9.10.21
Dates To Remember
September
Wed, 15 - Spirit Wear Orders Due
Mon, 20 - Homecoming Spirit Week: Crazy Socks Day
Tues, 21 - Homecoming Spirit Week: Class Color Wars
Wed, 22 - Homecoming Spirit Week: Mismatch/Inside Out Day
Thurs, 23 - Homecoming Spirit Week: Dress as your Favorite Character in a Book Day
Fri, 24 - Homecoming Spirit Week: Cushing/KM Spirit/Blue and Gold Day
Fri, 24 - KM Homecoming Parade, meet up at 4:45
Mon, 27 - Dine for Cushing: Culver’s in Wales, 5-8

October
Fri, 1 - NO SCHOOL
Mon, 4 - NO SCHOOL
Wed, 6 - Cushing Decathlon at St. John’s
Thurs, 7 - Cushing Decathlon - Rain Date
Tues, 12 - Picture Retakes, morning
Quick Links
Message from Mrs. Rach
The 2021-2022 school year is in full swing here at Cushing! We have spent our time getting used to our school routines and schedules and are settling in. You might recall that at the start of the year we intentionally focus on strengthening our school and classroom community. I know that for many, as parents, staff, or students, it has been hard to feel connected during the pandemic. That being said, we are excited for the opportunity to welcome volunteers and visitors back at Cushing; volunteer opportunities may range from school-wide to classroom opportunities. We look forward to having the energy and community back in our building that we missed over the last (almost) two years.
Speaking of energy and community, Cushing will be represented in the upcoming KMHS Homecoming parade on Friday, September 24th. Any Cushing student/family is welcome to join the fun. Interested families should plan on lining up at Firemen’s Park (W. South Street) at 4:45. We’ll share more information as the date approaches!
Cushing News & Announcements
**NEW** Health Room E-mail Address
Our Health Room has a new email address! Please use ce-healthroom@kmsd.edu when you need to email our Health Room staff. Our School Nurse (Becky) and our Health Room Assistant (Susan) are here on different days throughout the week. Having one email address will help keep communication flowing no matter who is working that day. Thanks!
 
Volunteer Applications
All adults need to fill out a Volunteer Application every school year. These applications are required to volunteer in the classrooms, chaperone field trips, join your learner for lunch, help with PTO-sponsored events (ex: Decathlon volunteers AND spectators), etc. Paper forms are in the Front Office. You can also find the form HERE. Please return completed forms to Mrs. Mirek.  
 
Communication Survey
We are interested in learning about what kinds of feedback our families appreciate as well as communication preferences. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey if you did not complete it at Open House. 

Computer Science Survey
Kettle Moraine continues to provide Computer Science to all students. This year we will be using Code.org in grades 5K - 5th to help your child learn key CS concepts and skills. Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in school. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey if you did not complete it at Open House.
 
Cushing Spirit Week: September 20-24
We’ve got spirit...yes, we do! We’ve got spirit...how ‘bout you? September 24th is KM’s Homecoming. Cushing will be getting into the Homecoming spirit ALL WEEK!
 
Monday, September 20 - Crazy Socks Day
We know you have CRAZY socks. This is your chance to wear them.
 
Tuesday, September 21 - Class Color Wars
Dress in your grade’s color and let’s see what grade has the most spirit!
 
4K - Red
5K - Orange
1st- Yellow
2nd- Green
3rd- Blue
4th- Purple
5th- Black
 
Wednesday, September 22 - Mismatch/Inside Out Day
Stripes + Plaid is celebrated today. The less coordinated you look - the better.
 
Thursday, September 23 - Dress as your Favorite Character in a Book Day
Harry Potter. Hermione. Cat in the Hat. Alice in Wonderland. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Fancy Nancy. Junie B Jones. Pete the Cat. The possibilities are endless.
 
Please Note: If Captain Underpants is your favorite character, you HAVE to wear pants. 
 
Friday, September 24 - Cushing/KM Spirit/Blue and Gold Day
Show your Kettle Moraine/Cushing Pride by wearing your KM/Cushing gear! Play a sport for KM? Wear YOUR team jersey! Don’t have any spirit wear? That’s ok! You can wear Navy and Gold instead!
 
Cub Scout Pack 20 
Cub Scout Pack 20 would like to invite Kindergarten Families and any other interested families to our Cub Scouts Info Night. Wednesday September 22nd 6:45-7:45 in the Cushing Cafeteria. Come and find out what we are about and if cub scouts is something your child/family might be interested in.
 
1st Grade - Girl Scouts
We would love to hear from all 1st grade girls who are interested in Girl Scouts!!
 
The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. It is an awesome opportunity to build friendships, learn about leadership and success, and to experience adventures.
 
The troop typically meets every 1st Tuesday of the month (the first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 5th). Additional activities are scheduled throughout the year as well. 
 
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please contact Jenny Beres/Kelli Grutz at girlscoutstroop1235@gmail.com.

School Pictures
If your learner’s picture was taken during our Soft Start days, you should receive an email from Empire Photography containing a link to your child’s private, PIN-protected gallery. If you do not receive an email, please check your spam folder and contact Empire Photography (608-257-2941) if you need assistance. You may also receive a paper proof in the mail in the weeks after picture day.
 
There is no obligation to order. If you decide to order, you can complete your purchase for photo print and specialty products online (or via the mail if you prefer to order with the paper proof). All photo orders will be mailed directly home to the address provided during checkout and will be shipped within 2-5 business days.
 
Picture Retake Day - Tuesday, October 12
If your learner did not have their picture taken, or they need a re-do, picture retakes will be held in the morning on Tuesday, October 12. 
 
Bus Riders - Assigned Routes
Students are not allowed to ride home on friends’ buses. They may only ride to and from home on the bus they are assigned to.
 
Three or Four-Year-Olds Wanted
The Kettle Moraine School District’s Early Childhood Special Education Department is continuing the Preschool Integration Program at Dousman. Through this program we invite general education students to learn alongside students with special education needs. We are looking for 3 and 4 year old peer models to join our Early Childhood Special Education class at Dousman Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. This program is at no cost to peer models; however parents would need to provide transportation and complete Kettle Moraine School District enrollment paperwork. Please contact Tricia Anderson at (262) 965-6520, ext. 8701 or andersot@kmsd.edu to set up a visit and complete a brief developmental history. 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 does a cloud wear under his raincoat?
(Keep scrolling down for the answer)
Cushing PTO
Decathlon
Cushing's ninth annual Decathlon will be held on Wednesday, October 6th 2021 at St. John's Military Academy.

The Decathlon challenges students to tackle 10 fun events, and they will raise funds through pledges for their efforts. Some of the events include: bowling, hula hoop, and relay races, to name a few. 4K will have a special course of their own!

The Decathlon will be held during the school day and parents will help volunteer to make the event a success!

ALL students will be receiving a Decathlon T-Shirt!

ALL donations are used to support Cushing Staff, teachers, and classrooms

How Can You Help this Year?
Volunteer to help on the day of the event: Email Jen at jrszerenyi@gmail.com or sign up on the sheet at school located at the front desk. We will then send out a sign-up genius to interested parents to volunteer at one of the fabulous and fun Decathlon stations. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the action first hand. 

Be A Sponsor (or know someone who may be interested?): Sponsorship opportunities are available, starting at $150. Sponsors will be recognized in all Decathlon web communication and on the Decathlon 2021 T-shirt.  

Donate Online: Go to www.kmsd.edu/cushingdecathlon and give today or create an individual or family fundraising page to reach out to family and friends.

THANK YOU to our early sponsors!

GOLD Sponsors ($1000): Rob Miller Homes, Legit Click Media
SILVER Sponsors ($500): Digitek Digital, Delafield Family Dental, Children’s Hospital, DeLuca & Hartman Inc.
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



Cushing Family Directory 2021-22
Please take a moment to fill in your pertinent information for this year’s Cushing PTO's Family Directory.

The Cushing Family Directory is offered by the PTO each year as a convenience to share contact information with other Cushing families. To participate in the 2021-22 Cushing Family Directory, you MUST complete a form for EACH of your children attending Cushing, as the KM District does NOT share your information with the PTO. Also, your information is not carried over from year to year.

To read more and to submit your information, please click: Cushing PTO Directory 2021-22.


Spirit Wear - Order by Wednesday, September 15
Show your Cushing pride by ordering your new spirit wear today! Spirit Wear may be ordered by paper order form as well as online! The paper order form will be included in your student's take home folder. Click here to order online. We will have Spirit Wear orders open until September 15th. Orders will be delivered to Cushing, labeled with your student's name, and sent home by the second week of October. Cushing PTO does earn a profit from each piece sold - so thank you for supporting Cushing!

Dine for Cushing: Culver’s in Wales - Monday, September 27, 5-8
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.

Cushing PTO Volunteer Form
The PTO is a great way to connect with others at Cushing. We have opportunities to volunteer regularly at school in the library or teacher work room, or to occasionally drop off an item to support teacher appreciation, or help with an event. Please complete this Volunteer Form so we can share the opportunities with you. The school and district do not share your contact information with the PTO. 

PTO Meeting Update
Here's a quick recap from our September PTO Meeting:

The board discussed the following items:
  • Pavilion - work will be started soon with hopes to complete by November 2021
  • Fall Book Fair
  • Decathlon (date set for 10/6)
  • Student activities - star council & getting our 4th & 5th graders involved
  • St. Johns Veterans Day Program - 11/11
  • Recent open house
  • Filling committee chair positions along with timeline for the year

As for the Budget, the board approved $510 in Teacher Grants for shelving & read-aloud books for music class, along with storage for 1st & 2nd grade classrooms. Over the summer, the board also approved $300 to be used to buy reading bags for all 4K, 5K and all new students and $80 for a new classroom Lego wall.  Over the summer, funds were received from the Piala's Plant Fundraiser, the School Supplies Fundraiser and from AmazonSmile. Thanks to the Teacher Appreciation committee, the PTO was able to provide lunch from the Picnic Basket on Aug 23 and dinner from Jimmy Johns on Aug 31 for the teachers and staff at Cushing.  

Have a comment or question on the re-cap or on another subject, click this link to let us know: https://forms.gle/TQsyQv6CaLgrAELH7

And as always, if you'd like to get more involved with your school's PTO, volunteers are ALWAYS needed, please email us (volunteercushing@gmail.com) or click the link to let us know in the comment section.
Friday Funny: Punch Line
Thunderwear. :)
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.

After School Spanish
SWING BACK INTO SPANISH! Did you know that students learn a language best when they find the topic FUN and INTERESTING? What better way to ignite FUN in the Spanish classroom than with two topics they will be excited about-Playing and Camping!

In our ‘Vamos a Jugar’ and ‘Vamos a Acampar’ classes, students will explore sports, games, hobbies and the great outdoors. Using builder phrases, we will get the students speaking small sentences and phrases in class right from day one. Whether on the field, at the lake, or on the playground, your child will be able to use his or her new Spanish skills! Classes fill up fast –Register today, Don’t delay! Enroll online: https://kmsd.revtrak.net/rwcommunityeducation/

Adult Conversational Spanish classes offered


KMBBC 2021-22 Basketball Season
All boys who reside in, or attend school in the Kettle Moraine School District in grades 3-8 are invited to try out for the KMBBC. Our goal is to select two teams per grade level. Teams practice twice per week and participate in Sunday league games and weekend tournaments from November through mid-March depending upon the team.
 
Tryout dates are as follows:
 
Monday September 13th | KMHS Middle Gym
6:30pm - 8:00pm - 3rd & 4th Grade
 
Fee: $350 per player (fee includes league/tournament fees and uniform fees). 
 
For more detailed information, and to register for tryouts, please click the link below or go to the KMBBC website:
 
 
Zumba
Join us Wednesdays at 4:15 at Wales Elementary For Zumba Gold. ZUMBA GOLD® is perfect for active older adults, those new to exercise, those looking for a lower impact choice and those coming back into the fitness routine who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity.
 
Class is $5.00 per session*. Come when you can! Class will run for the entire 21-22 school year. Bring a mat and a towel to class! Sign up in person at class.
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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