10.15.21
Dates To Remember
October
Tues, 19 - Dine for Cushing @ Noodles, 4-8
Wed, 20 - FIELD TRIP: Green Meadows, 5K, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
Tues, 26 - FIELD TRIP: Retzer, 4th Grade

November
Fri, 5 - NO SCHOOL
Mon, 8 - Book Fair Begins
Thurs, 11 - Veterans Day Concert, 2:00 in Cushing Gym
Fri, 12 - Last Day of Book Fair
Mon, 15 - Christmas Clearing House Applications Due
Wed, 24 - NO SCHOOL
Thurs, 25 - Happy Thanksgiving
Fri, 26 - NO SCHOOL
Quick Links
Message from Mrs. Rach
Time Spent Reading........
The more reading children do, the more they will both see themselves, and grow as readers! It is recommended that beginning readers spend 15 -20 minutes reading each day (in addition to the reading they do at school). Our youngest learners (K-1), also benefit from being read to. They learn to listen for fluency and expression, which is so important when they are learning to read. Spend part of that time reading to your child, and some listening to them read. However, the amount of reading a child does is most important, not the amount of time he/she spends doing it. If a child spends 20 minutes reading a book that is very challenging, he/she will read less (in terms of the total number of words read) than if he/she spends the same 20 minutes reading “just right” books. A general rule of thumb is that readers in kindergarten and first grade should read for 10 minutes, second grade for 20, third for 30, and so on.

While 15 to 30+ (length of time will grow as your reader(s) grow) minutes is the recommended amount of reading, it is important to note that, if your child is interested in and enjoying what he/she is reading, encourage more time! However, we do not want children to become too tired. It takes a while for young, or out of shape readers to build up the stamina they need to read for longer periods of time. Be patient. Encourage a bit more time each night, and celebrate the growth.

Note that beginning readers generally benefit from reading to someone and many will not be interested in reading alone. Finding time to listen to your child read every day is important. Also, especially at the early stages of learning to read, reading will take energy and concentration. Therefore, it will be helpful to find a time when your child is not too tired and a place where he/she can read without too many distractions (such as the TV or other conversations) going on in the background.

You do not always need to be sitting right next to your child in order to listen to him/her read. You can ask him/her to read while you are driving, folding laundry, preparing meals, etc. If he/she needs help with a word, he/she can simply spell the word out for you.

Finally, many students will be bringing books home from school to read. Please take care to do a quick wipe down of the book with a disinfectant (not too wet) to ensure safety, or have your child(ren) wipe their hands with sanitizer, and then do a quick wipe down of the book Students will do the same with their books when they come back to school.

Famous author Kate DiCamillo once said, “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” Thank you for giving the gift of time to read to your child(ren). 
Cushing News & Announcements
Applications for Holiday Assistance 
Applications for assistance through Christmas Clearing Council will be taken until Monday, November 15th. The Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County is a community organization that promotes and coordinates assistance to families in need during the holiday season. The organization matches families in need with individuals, families, or organizations that are willing to help on a one-to-one basis. 

New this year: 
Information and applications are available online! Please use the following link if you would like to learn more about the program or if you are interested in applying: 


Questions? Please contact Beth Heine- Cushing School Counselor at heinee@kmsd.edu
 
Conferences
Connection, communication, and sharing feedback with our families is important to us. It is our goal to have a growth conference with each of our learners' families to share progress updates and celebrations in the near future. These growth conferences will be scheduled at 15-minute intervals. These will be offered both in-person at Cushing and virtually through Google Meet.  
 
There is no set day for conferences, rather, teachers will be organizing their own schedules for conferences via Sign Up Genius. Due to meetings and other conflicts, some teachers may have different times available. We will share Sign Up Genius links with families on 10/22. 
 
Families who have multiple children and would like face-to-face conferences are encouraged to email Mrs. Mirek (secretaryce@kmsd.edu) between 10/19-10/21 to coordinate their conferences. Teachers will be sharing pre-conference surveys in the near future to solicit parent input to maximize conference time.

Veterans Day
Veterans Day is a time we remember and honor the men and women of our Armed Services. The staff and students at Cushing would like to honor current and past service members for Veterans Day. If you or a family member is/was a member of any service branch and would like to participate in a Veterans Day event at Cushing please complete this form.  
 
Third grade students will be singing at this event. Third grade parents are invited to attend, in addition to any veteran that is a family member of a student at Cushing (any grade level). More information will be coming soon. Please fill out the form and attach pictures of veterans in your family, whether they can attend or not. Thank you!
Health Room News
Covid Testing
Home Tests are not accepted for the return to school. All tests must be PCR tests from a test center (ex. Summit Clinical Labs) or health care provider.
Friday Funny
What did the little corn say to the mama corn?
(Keep scrolling down for the answer)
Cushing PTO
Family Directory
The PTO Family Directory is now available to Cushing families. When you log into your Parent Portal, you will find the link to access the directory under the Announcements tab. It’s a valuable resource for parents and students for reaching out to classmates outside of school – for birthday party invites, play dates, car pools, etc.
 
Please note, the Parent Directory is only available on the desktop version of the Parent Portal. It is not available through the app.

Fall Book Fair
Save The Date! The Fall Book Fair will be held Monday November 8th through Friday the 12th.

Spirit Wear
Due to shipping delays industry wide, the spirit wear should arrive by the end of this week. We apologize for the delay. Thank you all for your support, and we can’t wait to see you sporting spirit wear around Cushing! 

Dine for Cushing at Noodles & Company
Plan ahead to take the night off from cooking. The next Dine for Cushing event will be at Noodles & Company on Tuesday October 19th from 4-8pm. They give Cushing PTO 25% of sales, which is the highest of any of the area restaurants. You may order online, but must use the promo code: GIVING25 for Cushing to receive credit. Also, guests must mention the fundraiser when ordering in person. 
Teacher Appreciation
Thanks to our FABULOUS Teacher Appreciation Committee at Cushing, our staff enjoyed a delicious lunch on Wednesday of 10 various soups, bread, salad, and sweet treats. The staff LOVED the soups! If you would like to join the fun crew on the Teacher Appreciation Committee please email Tara at tglocka@gmail.com today.  


Decathlon

THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE DECATHLON A SUCCESS! 

Click HERE to see all the fun in action!
Students -- You rocked the events with teamwork, enthusiasm, skill and style! Great job at the event, and for all your efforts to raise pledges for our school.

Donors -- Thank you family and friends! Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will fund important educational priorities for all Cushing students. We are very close to reaching our fundraising goal. You can still donate online—Go to www.kmsd.edu/cushingdecathlon and give today. The online decathlon page will be open for donations until 11/1/2021.
 (It’s not too late to turn in your pledges forms either—they are still being accepted and counted)!

Sponsors -- We are so fortunate to have the outstanding support of our community – Delafield is a GREAT place to live and educate our kids!

THANK YOU to our partner F45 Delafield! 
The students LOVED the energy and fun at the F45 Delafield station. 

THANK YOU to Sentry Delafield for donating pastries and Blue Collar Coffee for donating coffee for our day of event volunteers!

THANK YOU to our sponsors!

GOLD Sponsors ($1000): Rob Miller Homes, Legit Click Media, The Maple Group, Digitek Digital, Diedrick Family

SILVER Sponsors ($500): Delafield Family Dental, Children’s Hospital, DeLuca & Hartman Inc., Kreitzer Family, McKitrick Family, Prymas Family, Knab Family, Katie Lephardt Design

BRONZE Sponsors ($150): Adams Family, Hollman Family, Preferred Insurance Services, Merry Maids of Waukesha, Katie Andrew PT, JJ Hausmann@ Lake Country Listings, Olin Framing, Cars.com, Steenhagen Studios, Miller Family, Beres Family, Smith Family, Szerenyi Family, Winchell Family, Bartelt Remodeling, Gorney Family, Barker Family, Johnson Family, Eve Family, Kostichka Family, Mueller Family, Hansen Family, Carter Family, Seymour Family, Lieber Family, Schoene Family, Catahoula Coffee, Artis Family, Friemoth Family, McGuire Family, Farnham Family, Jaxom Family, Feaman Family

Teachers & Staff -- Thank you for your ongoing support, for promoting the Decathlon, ensuring the kids were ready and organized for their day, and for guiding them through their 10 events. 

Volunteers -- This event wouldn’t happen without our hardworking volunteers who are always willing and ready to create a fun-filled event for our students. Special thanks to Nicole Adams, Michelle Artis, Jen Szerenyi, and Magalie Miller. Well done!


Box Tops Collection
Cushing has a goal of $1,000 for this year school year. We are at $31.30. To make this program a success we need your help in scanning your receipts. The links to download the apps are below. It’s as easy as 1,2,3. Download the app, scan your receipt and submit. (Online shoppers can also email their receipts!)
 
To get the App The App Store or Google Play

Fall Sentry Receipt Roundup 
We hope you’ve been saving your Sentry receipts all summer!! The Albrecht’s Delafield Sentry supports our Cushing PTO by giving us 1% of the total value of receipts we collect. This amount adds up quickly to help our Cushing PTO. Sentry will honor receipts from the last 6 months. Please send your receipts to school in an envelope or baggie marked 'Sentry Receipts.' They will collect them in the office.

Amazon Smile
Do you order from Amazon? If so, please consider adding amazon smile to your account. Amazon will then donate a percentage of your purchase back to our non-profit, Cushing PTO. Use the link here to sign up.

October PTO Meeting Recap
  • Discussion of the 2021-2022 PTO budget.
  • The purchase of new outdoor playground toys approved! The 5th grade star council will be putting together a proposal and quotes for us to review and approve at the next meeting, along with some additional quotes for some other playground purchases.
  • New committee chairs set for the 2021-2022 school year - if you are interested in receiving information about any volunteer opportunities at Cushing please send an email to volunteercushing@gmail.com.
Friday Funny: Punch Line
Where is pop corn?
Community Education
KM Community Education provides recreational and educational opportunities for families. Please be sure to visit the website often for updates and new programs. For program information and registration forms, visit www.kmsd.edu/communityed.

KM Wrestling Club
Registration is now open for the 21-22 wrestling club for students in grades K-8. Join us on Mondays and Wednesdays at the High School. Season begins in December. Register today at https://kmsd.revtrak.net/rwcommunityeducation/
There is a parent meeting on October 20

LYBA Basketball
Online registration is now open for recreational basketball at KM for boys and girls grades 3-8 at KM Middle School. Seasons begin in December and concludes in February. Grade 3-8 will practice one night per week with Saturday games and followed by a season ending tournament.
Grades 1-2 will meet on Saturday mornings.Our emphasis will be on knowledge and execution of basketball skills, rules, sportsmanship, fair play and attitude. Practices and games will be held Saturday mornings for 90 minutes. Eight foot baskets will be used. 

Try it Lacrosse Clinic
Kettle Moraine Lacrosse will be offering a Try It Night on October 27th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Kettle Moraine High School on the turf at Vock Field.
 
Our Free Try Lacrosse Clinic is open to grades 1-8 boys, girls, and parents. This is a great opportunity to see what lacrosse is all about! 
 
Please bring a friend and join us at Vock Field. Please click on the link below and fill out the google doc, so we have all the necessary equipment and information for a successful event. 

Community Events and Flyers
Events/opportunities listed on our Community Flyers page are not endorsed by the Kettle Moraine School District. They have been approved for electronic sharing. Visit www.kmsd.edu/communityflyers to see the full list of current flyers. Links to recently-added flyers and upcoming events are included below.
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