IMPORTANT DATES
FEBRUARY  2019
Feb 15 - Read Your Heart Out Day

Feb 15 - Winter Festival, Dance, Silent Auction, Snacks 6:00-8:00 pm

Feb 19 - Spring Elections

Feb 21- 4th + 5th Battle of the Books 2:45-3:15 pm
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 and Proof of Address.

March 7 - Literacy Night 5:30-7:00 pm

March 18  - NO SCHOOL/ PD day

March 25-29 - Spring break
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"
Family Academic Success Nights:  
Love Your Literacy Night -
Thursday, March 7
Garden Bonanza Night -
TBA


Dear Gompers Families,

We are excited to be getting into the swing of things again after the Polar Vortex.  As you all know, February 8, was a full day of school to make up for instructional minutes that were lost due to recent school closures.    

Congratulations to Jane Corcoran, our winner of the Spelling Bee. Also, congratulations to all of our fourth and fifth grade participants who worked hard to participate in the spelling bee.

We have now entered the third quarter of the year and we are excited for all of the learning that will take place over the next few months. If you have any questions on the learning your student is engaging in or would like more information on how to support them at home, please reach out to us as we are happy to support.

February 15, will be an exciting day at Gompers Elementary school as we will be hosting Read Your Heart Out in honor of National African American Parent Involvement Day.  We will have parent and community members through the day with an assembly at 2:15 pm.  If you are interested in reading in your students' classroom, please schedule a time with their teacher.  Also, on February 15, GEPTO will be hosting our Winter Festival from 6 - 8 pm.  There will be a dance, silent auction, book fair and garden related activities.  

February marks Black History month and we know that the diversity of our school community is one of our strengths.  Also, we want to honor and recognize that Black History is all of our history.    

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

READ YOUR HEART OUT/ FEB 15th 
Gompers will be hosting Read Your Heart Out on Friday, February 15th, which honors National African American Family Involvement Day. The purpose of this day is to celebrate our African American families and their many contributions to our community! We will be having guest readers at Gompers all day. 

We are welcoming guest readers into our classrooms that day and if you or someone you know is interested please enter your information in this link.

There are also paper copies of this form located in the main office.
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 Gompers in the 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.
 
Parents or guardians need to show the following documentation when they enroll their child:
  • Verification of your child's age (birth certificate, passport, or health record)
  • Verification of your address (lease, mortgage or recent utility bill)
  • Your child's immunization record
Children are welcome to accompany parents to school to enroll, but they are not required to attend.
 
Please visit our website for more information: https://enrollment.madison.k12.wi.us/

 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

Winter Festival is next week!
The Gompers Winter Festival will be held on Friday, February 15 from 6:00-8:00 PM. The evening will include a Silent Auction fundraiser, Scholastic Book Fair, and family-friendly activities. If you want to shop early, the Book Fair will open immediately after school and remain open until 7:30 PM.

There will not be a potluck, but food will be provided by volunteers with the Gompers Grows garden program. They will be serving winter vegetable soup, roasted potatoes and cabbage slaw.

Silent Auction items include restaurant gift cards, birthday party packages, camping gift certificates, fun activities, themed gift baskets, and more! Proceeds from the Scholastic Book Fair will benefit the Gompers school library while the Silent Auction will benefit the Gompers Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (GEPTO).

We need your help for a successful event! If you can volunteer to help with the Book Fair or Silent Auction, please sign up at volunteersignup.org/EJ9WY . If you can donate an item for one of the Silent Auction gift baskets, please sign up at volunteersignup.org/9E9FB.

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