IMPORTANT DATES
MARCH  2019
March 4 -  District Wide 4k and 5K (new to the district). Please register online and bring printed sheets to school. Registration 2:00 - 6:00 pm Bring Birth Certificate, Proof of Address and parent ID.

March 13 - Up close and musical visit

March 19- Culver's Restaurant night, 4:00-8:00 pm.

March 25-29  - Spring break
IMPORTANT DATES
APRIL 2019
April 1 - School Resumes

April 2- Spring election bake sale

April 4 - End of 3rd Quarter
 
April 5 - Early Release at 
11:35 am P/T conference planning
 
April 6 - Students sing National  Anthem at Capitol Ice Arena 7 :05 pm
 
April 9 - GEPTO Meeting at 6:00 pm - All Parents invited to attend
 
April 11 - Early Release 11:35am - Parent Teacher Conferences

April 26 - No School for Students - Professional Day for all Staff
QUICK LINKS

Dismissal Times:
Mondays at 1:55 p.m. and 
T-F at 3:27 p.m.  

Important Numbers

Gompers Office - 204-4520
Health Office - 204-4383
Badger Bus - 298-5471
For Spanish (Angie) - 204-4554



"Save the Date"

Garden Bonanza Night -
TBA

Dear Gompers Families,

Thank you to all families that joined us during our Winter Festival last month. It was a fantastic day for our students, families and community. All our families, enjoyed the Book Fair, Silent Auction, and the dance!  Special thanks to GEPTO for all their work. Please know how grateful we are.
 
March is upon us although Mother Nature clearly has something else on its mind, we are looking forward to Spring.  Also, while Black History Month has officially ended, we will continue to highlight Black Excellence at Gompers.  One way we will be doing this is through Because of Them We Can boxes.  Because of Them we Can is a website that was created by Eunique Jones Gibson to celebrate Black History all year long.  Here is a link to the website if you are interested in learning more about this great organization.  On Monday, students in third through fifth grade will be receiving the February Because of Them we Can boxes which include resources to highlight the contributions of black Americans.  The 4K through second grade classrooms will be receiving boxes for their classrooms.  The racial and linguistic diversity of our community is an asset to our community and we are excited for all of our students to experience this resource.  Please reach out if you have any questions.    
    
As we move into the spring months, you should be hearing from your student's teacher again for our April Parent Teacher Conferences. We would also like to invite families who have children of preschool and kindergarten age to register them for next year. 
 
Kindly, 
Jackie Smith
Principal
GOMPERS SAFE ARRIVAL
Parents Please Read
Safe Arrival Phone Number: 204-4522
Please call this number by 8:30am when your child will be absent or tardy.

Parents - please remember: The best way to ensure that your child is correctly marked for an absence is to call the Safe Arrival phone number directly. Other messages and notes may not be relayed to the correct person for record keeping. Thank you!

Use our online form to report your child absent from school. You are welcome to continue using our Safe Arrival / Attendance Line phone number if you'd prefer. The online form is simply an additional option for attendance reporting. LEARN MORE

Maynard's Lil' Ducks Reading Program



All Students came home last month with a packet for the Maynard's Lil' Ducks Reading Program. Included were calendar trackers and a classroom goal for reading. This month, your student will come home with a ticket order form.

Please return the order form with your request for Mallards tickets the Wed. before Spring Break. Each student can earn TWO free Mallards tickets for the game on Thursday, June 13, at 6:35pm. Additional tickets can be purchased for $9 each [Checks payable to Madison Mallards].  
Ticket order form
MEET OUR NEW STAFF MEMBER
Hi! My name is Jovaughn Lane and I am a special education teacher at Gompers. This is my first year teaching at Gompers and I am so glad to be here and be apart of this amazing community! I am looking forward to having a great year with all the great students and staff! 
Gompers Elementary 2019 Battle of the Books

Our school's winning teams for this year's Battle of the Books are:
 
      5th grade: Ixchel C., Angy M-M.,              4th grade: Mazzon J., Gabe K., 
           Jane C., and Lindsey F.                                and Christopher G.T.
      
These 2 teams will be representing us at the MMSD North Side competition on March 5th against Lakeview, Mendota, Lindbergh, and Sandburg Elementary.
2nd place teams were:
5th grade: Megan C., Queen M., and Neyla V.
4th grade: Mason C., Peyton M., Louis W., and Adrianna W. [Cassie S. and Meredith Z. also participated in preparing for this year's Battle, but unfortunately were ill on the day of the competition.]  
4K AND KINDERGARTEN 2019-2020 
4K enrollment for the 2019-20 school year will take place on Monday, March 4th, 2019, from 2:00-6:00 pm. at the Gompers office.

(Online enrollment for 4K and Kindergarten programming will open on February 25, 2019.) 
Begin the process online on February 25, 2019.  Bring your papers to school on March 4.
 
If your child is presently in a 4K class you do not need to register.  The student will be automatically registered for Kindergarten.
 
You will need to bring 4 documents to the school:
  • The verification page printed out at the end of online enrollment.
  • Verification of your child's age (either birth certificate, passport, or health record).
  • Verification of your address in the school district (either lease, recent utility bill, or mortgage).
  • Vaccination record
  • Verification of parent/guardian identity and relationship -- official photo identification (driver's license, passport or government issued ID) and the student's birth certificate or court documentation providing proof of parent/guardian relationship. If you are unable to provide verification, please contact the MMSD Enrollment Office at 608-663-4957 
Children are welcome to accompany parents to school to enroll, but they are not required to attend.

How do I know which school is my child's school?
The school your child attends is based on your address in the district. Online enrollment tells you which schools correspond to your address. If you want to do a search before you complete online enrollment, use the  find your school application.

Please visit our website for more information:

 NEWS FROM THE NURSES' OFFICE
Flu Facts
What is influenza?
Influenza, also called the flu, is a contagious viral infection of the nose and throat. Influenza is a serious illness that leads to approximately 20,000 hospitalizations, most in children younger than 5 years of age, and an average of 100 pediatric deaths in children less than 18 years old, nearly half of whom were previously healthy. Anyone can get influenza, but infection rates are highest among children (~20-30% annually). Influenza is not the same as the "stomach flu," which is a viral infection of the stomach and intestines that will typically goes away on its own within a few days.
 
How is influenza spread?
Influenza is spread easily from person to person; when someone who has it sneezes, coughs or even talks, the virus passes into the air and can be breathed in by anyone nearby. People can also become infected by touching something-such as a surface or object-with influenza virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
 
What are the symptoms of influenza?
Influenza can come on very suddenly and usually includes a high fever with fatigue, aches, headache, cough, sore throat, a runny nose, and muscle pain. Children may have additional symptoms such as ear aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
 
How can individuals prevent getting influenza?
Annual vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza. The vaccine is safe and effective, and is given to tens of millions of individuals each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a three-pronged approach: influenza vaccination, use of antiviral medications for treatment or prevention, and use of other measures to decrease the spread of influenza, including hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and staying home from work and school when ill.

VISITOR INFORMATION
MESSAGE FROM OUR CROSSING GUARDS

Safety Notes 
Thank you students, faculty and families! Students crossing the streets to
and from school  do a great job at remembering to stop at the red line on the sidewa lk. They wait for the Crossing Guard to stop traffic, give the "all clear" and then cross the street.  Thank you also to the parents and staff who remember to do this. You are being great role models of s afety for your child or children. 
 
Drivers are reminded that state law requires all vehicles to come a complete stop at least 10 feet from the crosswalk when a Crossing Guard is entering or is in the crosswalk. The vehicle should remain completely stopped until all pedestrians, including the Crossing Guard,
are safely back on the curb.  Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safe! 

GEPTO OFFICERS FOR 2018-2019
President - Amanda Kruse
Vice President - Jen Klutterman
Treasurer - Mike Kruse
Secretary - Vacancy
Community Outreach Coordinator - Lynnea Nielsen
Communications Coordinator - Kelly Hauser
Creative Consulting and support - Sara Heckman
Box Top Coordinator- Heather Irwin
GEPTO NEWS
News from Gompers Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (GEPTO) Family


Election Day Bake Sale

April Meeting and Board Elections
The next GEPTO meeting is Tuesday, April 9, from 6:00  - 7:00 p.m. in the Gompers school library. At this meeting, we will have elections for the 2019-20 GEPTO Board and we would love for you to join us! Being on the board doesn't have to be a significant time commitment, and we welcome everyone's talents and resources. If you have any questions, please contact GEPTO President Amanda Kruse at Amanda@gomperspto.org .

Trivia Night
We are working on putting together a trivia night for adults as fun way to wrap up the school year. We'll share more details as we finalize the date and location!

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