A Message from the Principal
Hello Garfield Families and Friends!
  The month of September sure flew by!  I guess the saying is true---time sure flies when you're having fun!  Teachers have been working hard to analyze data to provide our students some personalized learning opportunities during our Strive time. Strive time has been built in during the day to provide students additional support to meet their learning needs.  One way you can support learning at home is to designate 15-20 minutes each night to reading. Find a quiet place in the home for you to read to your child or have your child read to you. That's it!  Just 15-20 minutes each night can have an incredibly positive impact on student learning!  

For parents new to Garfield, at the end of each month we have a character development assembly. The traits we focus on are respect, responsibility, growth-mindset, honesty, grit, compassion, self-discipline, fairness, and courage. At this assembly, we teach students about the new character trait for the upcoming month and recognize students who have been nominated for the current month's character trait.  Students that are recognized for 3 different character traits will then earn a T-shirt and a window cling for your car!  By the end of November we should have our first T-shirt recipients.  

 Looking forward to a great October!! 
Dates to Remember
Important dates

Oct 3 4th Grade Environmental Field Trip
Oct 5 1st Grade Public Library Field Trip
Oct 8 PTO meeting-6:30 in teachers workroom
Oct 9 Picture Retake Day
Oct 10 Walk to School Day
Oct 25 Early Release 11:30

Wacky Wednesday (click to see the full schedule)

Other Dates to remember (click to see the Calendar at a Glance)
Your Garfield Elementary Staff .
Not pictured: Renee Prange, Monica Franco, & Sue Carlson
Morning Dropoff
Just a reminder that every morning we offer all students a free breakfast starting at 7:30. Feel free to take advantage! Students just need to stop in the gym to eat. They can then head to the playground.

Please note...On those bad weather days--such as rain or below zero temps, all students will be sent to the gym to wait for the 8:00 bell. Because of the large number of students, the expectation will to find a spot on the floor to sit and visit with friends. We do ask, if it is at all possible, that you drop your child off closer to 8:00 on those days. This will help with supervision.

We thank you for your support in this request.

Character trait: RESPECT.
Every month we work on a specific character trait. For September, students are recognized for consistently demonstrating a high level of respect throughout the month. Each student recognized will be given a certificate and a window cling for the family car to show off their pride! In time we are looking forward to seeing many cars driving around our community sporting Marinette pride!
When kids are recognized for 3 character traits, they will also be given a T-shirt. On our assembly days, we will ask students who have earned a shirt to wear it! We'll be sure to use Class Dojo to remind the parents and kids--but it typically is the last Friday of the month. Looking forward to seeing the growing number of kids in the crowd wearing our "This kid is propelled by great character" shirts.
RESPECT Award Winners
Mrs. Borths' class
Mrs. Seyfert's class
Mrs. Bauer's class
Mrs. Anders' class
Mrs. Lang's class
Mrs. Leinonen's class
Ms. Klein's class
Mrs. Smith's class
September Spirit stick winners:
Mrs. Smith's class
The SPIRIT Stick

Each Wacky Wednesday, Ms. Schultz will go into each classroom to tally the number of students and teachers that participated. A running total for each week will be kept to determine which class had the highest percent of perception for the month. During our monthly character trait assembly, we will present the winning class with the SPIRIT STICK. That class will display it in their room until the next month's assembly when we will review the participation rates again and award the newest winner.

Calling in an absence

Please remember to call the school office, when your child is absent from school. Our number is 715-735-2400.
PTO news & notes
Click HERE for the notes from the last PTO
Parent/Student Handbook
Here is the 2018-2019 Parent/Student Handbook. Please take the time to read through this information.

October Lunch Menu
Volunteering at the Marinette School District
If you are interested in volunteering at your child's school, chaperoning a field trip, or helping in a classroom, please apply to become a volunteer. Simply fill out the online volunteer application by clicking this HERE . Volunteers are approved for 2 consecutive school years.

If you are unsure if you are approved as a volunteer or have any questions, please call Mrs. Cunningham at 715-735-2400 or email her at  jcunning@marinette.k12.wi.us .
Here are some items that are currently in our Lost & Found.
The Reading Connection is a newsletter designed to suggest fun activities and books to parents/caregivers that promote positive literacy experiences in the home, outside of the school environment. Watch each month for a new Reading Connection Newsletter filled with fun literacy focused things to try at home!

Please click HERE to read the latest version of the Reading Connecition

We need your help!!
Clothing Drive

Our clothes closet is running low on some items. If you have some of the following items and you would like to donate them to us, we would truly appreciate it.

Items in need are:
Girls pants
Sizes 4-14
Girls tops
Boys pants
Please help us out by recycling your items and supporting our libraries at the same time. Our schools participate in the CFK recycling program that recycles cell phones, laser & inkjet cartridges, laptops, iPods, tablets, ereaders, notebook computers, ipads, etc. There are only certain types of recycling that we can accept. Please check the CFK list HERE  before bringing your items to the school Library Media Center for recycling.
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.
Garfield Elementary School
1615 Carney Blvd.
Marinette, WI 54143
Marinette School District
Inspiring Learners. Engaging Communities. Impacting the Future.