March 2019 Newsletter
Dates to Remember
Important Dates

February 28 LITERACY NIGHT 3:30-6:30
March 11 PTO Meeting 6:30 in Teacher's workroom
March 18-22 NO SCHOOL/SPRING BREAK

Wacky Wednesday
March 6 Pajama Day
March 13 Wear Green Day
March 27 Class Color day 1st Red, 2nd Black, 3rd Blue, 4th Green

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LITERACY NIGHT
SAFETY
Safety is our biggest concern

PARKING LOT
The parking lot on Elizabeth St. is not an entrance or exit for students. Due to the amount of traffic that comes through this area, we will not be allowing the students to enter or exit these doors. Please do not drop them off or pick them up in this area.

PLAYGROUND
Teachers will sometimes bring students outside for purposeful play at the end of the day. Because of this, we are asking parents to remain on the outside of the fence around the playground until school lets out at 3:05. We also ask that you do not drive onto the parking lot/playground to pick up your child.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding our need to keep kids safe.
SORA
Meet Sora! by OverDrive: eBooks & Audiobooks for Marinette School District
 We’ve now made it even easier for families and students to find and check out books they will love to read. You can use Sora by OverDrive to access hundreds of e-books and audiobooks via Marinette Public Schools. Just log in with your Marinette.k12 Google account! You can even use your public library card and log into their collection too!

Sora is easy to use and works on all major devices:
For Chromebooks or computers, go to soraapp.com to read via an Internet browser.
For most other smart devices, such as smartphones and tablets, go to meet.soraapp.com and install the Sora app.
Books can be delivered to Kindles and e-readers as well.
Instructions: https://goo.gl/GmMxiU

Note: If you are also interested in reading other books or adult-level books from the public library, you can use your public library card. Sora can be set up for multiple libraries.
CHART YOUR COURSE
Marinette Summer Learning registration is now open! We have more courses this summer than we have ever had, including tons of sports options! For a list of the courses that we are offering this summer click this link . For directions on how to register for summer learning please click this link . A special highlight for 4th grade students: There is a class called Moving into Middle School that will help with the transition into Middle School, including tours of the middle school, locker help, and meeting the teachers that students will have next year. If you have questions please call or email Summer Learning Principal, Stephanie Betts at 715-735-2501 or sbetts@marinette.k12.wi.us
CYBER SAFETY
Being a parent today can be difficult, especially when technology is such a huge part of kids' everyday life. Just because you didn't grow up in the same environment doesn't mean you can't be informed about making smart choices while using technology. In a team effort with the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction we are able to make available to you an awesome resource called Interact to help keep our families safe online. 
CLICK HERE to learn more about a FREE online, interactive e-course.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT DAYS
Schedule Your Child's Developmental Check-up!
This event is for families of children who will be 3 to 5-years-old by September 1, 2019 - AND - who do not currently attend Marinette School District’s Menekaunee Sunrise Early Learning Center.

Families can schedule an appointment on one of three designated “check-up” days to learn about their child’s developmental milestones, as well as tour the Menekaunee Sunrise Early Learning Center.
SPIRIT STICK WINNER....MRS. LANG'S CLASS
 A running total is kept to determine which class had the highest percent of participation points for Wacky Wednesday. These points are tallied at the end of each month and the class that has the highest percent wins the Spirit Stick.
SPIRIT STICK WINNER
March Character trait--GRIT
What is grit? Grit is the ability to keep working toward a goal, overcoming challenges and sticking with it even when it's hard.

A true definition of grit would say that grit is a personality trait that helps you keep working toward long-term goals despite setbacks or failures. It is similar to  perseverance  and it requires a growth mindset— two similar character traits that mean you are willing to keep working and improving at something despite the challenges that get in your way.
JANUARY HONESTY WINNERS
Honesty was the focused character trait for the month of January. Garfield staff would like to recognize the following students for going above and beyond showing Honesty.
Mrs. Borths' class
SEYFERTS
Mrs. Seyfert's class
ANDERS
Mrs. Anders' class
not pictured: Nova & Chase
BAUER
Mrs. Bauer's class
not pictured: Bennett & Emma
LANG
Mrs. Lang's class
LEINONEN
Mrs. Leinonen's class
KLEIN
Ms. Klein's class
SMITH
Mrs. Smith's class
PEACHJAR

In an effort to improve parent and community engagement, we will begin using Peachjar to send digital flyers directly to our families.
Digital flyers will be sent directly to you by email so that you can see them on your smartphone or computer screen.
Additionally, all flyers will be posted to each school’s website.
CLICK HERE  to view the current flyers.
lunch
MARCH LUNCH MENU
(click  HERE  to see menu)
**Breakfast is  FREE   for all students,
doors open to the gym at 7:30.**
Parents/Guardians of 4th grade students, please click HERE to read information about a transition to Middle School course that summer learning will be offering.
The Reading Connection is a newsletter designed to suggest fun activities and books to parents/caregivers that promote positive reading experiences in the home.
Please click  HERE to read the latest version of the Reading Connection
The February School Board meeting "Spotlight on Learning" was presented by Garfield teachers Angie Smith and Amanda Klein and their students: Eli M., Kylie K., Wyatt S., Lincoln B., Courtney C., Connor H., and Aidan J. These students are leaders of their literacy circles and did a great job of sharing how the enrichment experience has been progressing since November! Nice job!
forward exam
Garfield Elementary students will participate in the Wisconsin
state-wide Forward Exam in April 2019. Students will take the Forward Exam between Tuesday, April 2, 2019 and Friday, April 12, 2019.

More information will be coming regarding how to help your student prepare. We ask that all students be present at school during this time. If an absence can not be avoided,   we ask that you contact the Main Office.
LOST AND FOUND
Below are the items that are currently in our lost & found. If any of these items belong to your child, please come and pick it up. Anything that is not claimed by March 15 will be donated to Goodwill.
LOST & FOUND
LOST & FOUND
LOST & FOUND
CHILD SIZE 13
LOST & FOUND
ADULT SIZE 8.5
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Hello Garfield Families and Friends--
Our new year has been off to a snowy start!  Would you like to help make sure all those days of lost school days don't get in the way of student learning?  Simply carving out just 15-20 minutes each night for reading can have a huge impact on student learning. Younger kids can read to you, the family pet, or a favorite stuffed animal. Older students can read to themselves.  If you have time to do more, have them log into any of the computer programs they use at school. A few examples would be EPIC, Think Central, xtramath, MobyMax, Tumble books, or Prodigy.  Doing a little extra at home can go a long at school.  We teach the kids that the only way to get better at something is to practice. Thank you for your efforts to supporting learning at home! 

Looking forward to seeing all our Garfield families and friends on Thursday, February 28th from
3:30-6:30 for Literacy Night! There will be chances to win gift certificates. We will have free pizza and activities the whole family can enjoy.  

Your partner in educating kids--

Cassandra Schultz
Principal
The Board of Education is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity for all students in the District. The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of any characteristic protected under State or Federal law including, but not limited to, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability in any of its student program and activities.
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