10.29.21
Dates To Remember
October
Fri, 29 - Wear Black & Orange Today!

November
Thurs, 4 - Dine for Cushing @ Marty’s Pizza. 3-8.
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
Fri, 19 - Marcus Ticket Orders Due
Wed, 24 - NO SCHOOL
Thurs, 25 - Happy Thanksgiving
Fri, 26 - NO SCHOOL
Quick Links
Message from Mrs. Rach
Our students and staff have been unified and busy at work this week while working on one of two STEM (science technology engineering and math) and Habits of Mind challenges that they were able to choose from. Students have spent time collaborating, communicating, and managing their impulsivity while working to build the strongest “house” or the tallest tower. If your learner hasn’t mentioned this at home, you might want to consider asking them about it. 

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I also wanted to inform our families that two classes at Cushing have shifted to a temporary distance learning environment. This shift is due to a high percentage of COVID + cases in their classes. These classes currently have a return date of 11/8.  

It is important to know that our health room and district staff monitor attendance information daily. We are following guidance from the Waukesha County Health Department who is supportive of our decision to shift to temporary distance learning. Since we are a mask-recommended district, shifting to a temporary distance learning environment is an appropriate mitigation strategy. I know situations like this are inconvenient for families. I understand they are tricky to navigate; I am sorry for that. I truly appreciate the support and understanding of our Cushing community.
Cushing News & Announcements
Operation Gratitude: November 1-3
Our Star Council will be collecting Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude's Halloween Give Back Program is a way to give thanks to those who serve our nation by sending them a sweet treat. From November 1st through November 3rd, students will drop off their candy donations outside of the office each morning in their classroom bucket. The classroom with the heaviest bucket of candy will be recognized with an incentive sponsored by Dr. Michelle Kelly!
 
Beauty & the Beast at KMHS: November 11-13
Be our guest at the KM All Campus Musical, Beauty & the Beast! All seats are reserved for our live performances Nov, 11-13 and tickets are on sale now! Click here for more information or to purchase tickets. 
 
Out of town or busy Nov. 11-13? No problem! You also have the option to purchase a Scheduled Content ticket to view a recorded version of one of our live performances. This video content will be available for viewing Nov. 18-20 and tickets can be purchased at the same link listed above.

From the Nursing Staff
As we head into the fall and winter months it is important to monitor health symptoms of your learners. Relative to COVID, if your learner has a household or non school exposure to a positive case, your elementary student must be quarantined. Should this be the case, notify their school of the need to quarantine and then connect with the health room to discuss return dates. Please monitor your child for symptoms of COVID, reporting to attendance if your child is being tested or too ILL to engage in the temporary distance learning. 
 
Symptoms of COVID-19 include: cough*, shortness of breath/trouble breathing*, fatigue, new loss of sense of taste or smell*, fever/chills, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, runny nose/congestion, diarrhea, muscle or body aches).

If your child develops one symptom marked * or two or more other symptoms of COVID-19 (even if fully vaccinated):

  • Immediately have your child begin to isolate. More specific information on the duration of isolation is provided in this overview of isolation.  
  • Keep all unvaccinated siblings home, and any symptomatic vaccinated siblings. Report to their healthroom. 
  • Contact their healthcare provider for evaluation. 
  • Seek PCR testing. Only negative PCR tests will be accepted for a student who is symptomatic. Please speak with your doctor about this or inquire at a testing site. If positive, further dates will be discussed with health staff. If PCR negative, return to school dates can be discussed with health staff. 
  • Contact your student’s health room. All Health Room contacts can be found HERE.
 
Minute to Meet our Staff
We are spotlighting our staff by sharing a short video with our families. Kicking off the series, is a video about our art teacher, Ms. Mueller. Check out the video by clicking on the link.
 
It’s Time for Layers!
It's that time of the year when we need to start wearing layers of clothes to school. Please make sure that you start sending your child(ren) with a sweatshirt or coat labeled with their name in case they forget it on the playground. Also, keep in mind that snow pants, boots, jackets, hats, and gloves will be needed in the near future. Please make sure all outdoor clothing is labeled with your child(ren)'s name.

Conferences - SignUp Genius Links
 
4K

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2nd

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4th/5th 

5th


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 our 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. Additionally, any veteran who is a family member of a Cushing student (any grade level) is invited to attend along with one guest of the veteran's choice. 
 
This event will take place on Veterans Day - Thursday, November 11th at 2:00pm in the Cushing gym. Please fill out this form to attach pictures of veterans in your family, whether they can attend or not. Thank you!

Design Lab
Our Design Lab will be starting soon! 

Our Design Lab is a place for students to create, design, and build during their lunch recess. Students sign up with their teachers and may choose from a number of activities, including: building with the Rigamajig, kinetic sand, wooden blocks, Legos, Make & Take, robots, etc. There are a limited number of students participating at a time and they are responsible for cleaning up.

In order to make this possible, we are looking for parent volunteers to supervise a small group of students. Days and times are: 

Tuesday: 1st & 2nd, 11:30 - 12:15
Tuesday: 5K, 12:15 - 12:55
Wednesday: 3rd, 11:05 - 11:45
Wednesday: 4th & 5th, 12:45 - 1:25

If you are able to volunteer for any amount of time, please email Holli Klatt, Library Media Specialist, at klatth@kmsd.edu or call 262-646-6700 ext 8118.

We will also gladly accept donations for the Design Lab or whole school STEM Challenges. Items can be brought in anytime and put in/near the Design Lab bin in the front lobby.

  • Cardboard tubes (paper towel, wrapping paper roll, etc.)
  • Small cardboard boxes (cereal, shoe, etc)
  • Masking Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Tissue paper
  • Stickers
  • Old CD’s or DVD’s
  • Q - Tips
  • Aluminum foil
  • Index Cards

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
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
Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert?
(Keep scrolling down for the answer)
Cushing PTO
City Tins Fundraiser
The CityTins® fundraiser is back, just in time for the holidays! CityTins® are great gifts for family, friends, employees - and don't forget one for you too! Each Tin has coaster coupons for $10 off dine-in/ $5 off carry-out (a minimum $25 purchase) to 25 restaurants. Lake Country, Milwaukee, and Madison Tins are available for $30 each. Cushing PTO will receive $10 per Tin sold - so you are supporting your local restaurants and your school all at once! If you would like to order Tins for yourself or as gifts, please fill out this form, include your payment, and return to Cushing by November 12. CityTins® will be delivered by November 19. Contact Sherrie Flemming at s_gosbee@yahoo.com with any questions.

Fall Book Fair - November 8th-12th
The Cushing Fall Book Fair is back! The Book Fair Committee is very excited to be able to welcome parents back to shop the fair in person this fall. The book fair will be open the following dates and times:

Monday, November 8th     10:30am-4:00pm
Tuesday, November 9th    9:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday, November 10th 9:00am-5:30pm
Thursday, November 11th   9:00am-5:30pm
Friday, November 12th     9:00-Noon

Parents are welcome to shop in person any time during the open hours. Students will be visiting the book fair with their class beginning November 8th and will be able to purchase books at that time or return later in the week to make a purchase. We will again be offering eWallet as a safe, cashless way for students to shop the fair. Easy to set up, eWallet funds eliminate the need to send cash to school.

The book fair is a fun event to VOLUNTEER at and we could use your help. Sign up today!

Box Top Collections
Cushing’s goal is $1,000. As of this week the school has earned $32.40 
 
Please download the app and start submitting your receipts.
To get the App The App Store or Google Play
 
For the list of products click this link and click download. 

Dine for Cushing at Marty’s Pizza - November 4th
Fall Sentry Receipt Roundup 
Please send in all your Sentry receipts from this summer and fall. 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.

Spirit Wear Update
We sincerely appreciate your patience. We have received about half of the spirit wear items and are awaiting the other boxes. Per the tracking number, they should arrive Tuesday. Thank you again.

Marcus Movie Tickets
Friday Funny: Punch Line
Because she was stuffed.
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/
 
LYBA Basketball - Deadline to register is TODAY
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. 
 
Fastpitch Softball
Anyone interested in playing select fastpitch softball for U-12 or U-14, please contact the community Education Office for a tryout at 262-968-6273 x4641. Winter/indoor practices begin soon with the season running April-August.
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.

Dining Night Out - Tuesday, November 2. 4-7 at Delafield Brewhaus
Kettle Moraine Laser Fastpitch Club is teaming up with Delafield Brewhaus for a Dining Night Out Tuesday, November 2nd, 4-7 pm.
Delafield Brewhaus-3832 Hillside Drive, Delafield
Dine-In Or Carry Out
Call 262-646-7821 to place your order
 
*Bring flier or mention KM Laser Fastpitch Club when ordering both dine in and carry out and 15% of your bill will be given back to KMLFC! 
 
Checkout their website for current specials!
227 Genesee Street | Delafield, WI 53018 | 262-646-6700