IMPORTANT DATES
March 2018
March 5 - 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.  If you were unable to attend on the 5th, please stop by the office this week.
 
March 9 - Opera for the Young Assembly 9:30 a.m.  Parents are invited to attend.
 
March 13 - GEPTO Meeting at 6:00 p.m.  All parents are invited to attend. 
 
March 15 - Literacy Night (5:20 potluck/ 6:00 classrooms) 
 
March 16 - NO SCHOOL/Staff Development Day
 
March 16 - Rummage Sale Donations accepted Today       8 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
 
March 17 - Rummage Sale/ 8:00  a.m.
 
March 20 - Culver's Night Fundraiser 4-8 p.m.
 
March 26-30 -  NO SCHOOL/ Spring Break

IMPORTANT DATES
April 2018
April 2 - School Resumes
 
April 3 - Spring Election - Bake Sale 
 
April 4 - End of 3rd Quarter
 
April 6 -  Early Release at 
11:35 am
 
April 7 - Students sing National  Anthem at Capitol Ice Arena  6:05 pm
 
April 10 - GEPTO Meeting at 6:00 pm - All Parents invited to attend
 
April 12 -  Early Release 11:35am - Parent Teacher Conferences

April 27 -  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
 


MUNCH PROGRAM
For more information click on link
 
Click here for more information on our up and coming community English classes 
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.
 
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. 
 
It is hard to believe that it is March.  The snow will be melted before we know it..  Spring is in the air with the days being longer and the sun shining brighter!   With spring coming we have many exciting events at Gompers!  Please join us.

Kindly,
 
Jackie Smith
Principal
NBC15'S CRYSTAL APPLE AWARDS

NBC15's Crystal Apple Awards are accepting nominations now! The NBC15 Crystal Apple Award is an award that is given to five teachers in South Central Wisconsin in recognition of outstanding contributions t o education. Crystal Apple Awards was created for a way the community can express their gratitude towards a teacher that has made a difference in their lives. 

Now through March 30th, we are asking families to send in their nomination for a teacher that has touched their life, has touched the lives of others. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of NBC15 judges and narrow nominations to five Crystal Apple recipients and ten Honorable Mentions. Crystal Apple Award Winners will be announce the week of May 7th.
For more information please visit:  NBC15.com
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
IMAGINATION LIBRARY
United Way of Dane County is launching the  Imagination Library, you may have seen the article this weekend by Simpson Street Free Press.  Families with children ages 0-5 can now sign up to get a book mailed to their home every month until the child turns age 5!  FREE!  Get free books delivered to your homes - all it takes is entering your address and answering a few questions to get enrolled.
4K and Kindergarten 2018-2019 
 
4K enrollment for the 2018-19 school year will take place on Monday, March 5th, 2018, from 2:00-6:00 pm.  at Gompers in the office.

(Online enrollment for 4K and Kindergarten programming will open on February 27, 2018.)
 
Begin the process online on February 26, 2018.  Bring your papers to school on March 5.
 
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/
2018-2019 SCHOOL CALENDAR
Our 2018-2019 school year calendar is now finalized and available at www.mmsd.org/calendar  
PARENTS /GUARDIANS REVIEW STUDENT FEES IN INFINITE CAMPUS
Due to online enrollment for elementary and middle schools, parents no longer receive a fee statement to see outstanding balances on their account.  If you have not done so, please sign into Infinite Campus to check if you have any unpaid fees. Directions can be found below on how to log in and find the fees tab. 

Thank you for your support and please feel free to contact Jim Beilke or Ruth Schultz from our Accounting Department if you have any questions.  There contact information is below and they will be happy to support you.   

Please check Infinite Campus for unpaid fees by logging into: https://enrollment.madison.k12.wi.us/fee-payment-information

To check fees, select Fees from the Index on the left-hand side of the screen.  

To make payments, select Payments from the Index on the left-hand side of the screen.  If you need directions, please go to: Payment link

There is a $3.00 convenience fee for online payments.
If you prefer to pay with a check (payable to MMSD), there are two options:
(1)     Send your check (or cash) to your child's school
(2)     Mail your check to the Madison Metro School District, ATTN: Student Fees, 545 West Dayton Street Room 200, Madison WI  53703-1967.

Please be sure to include your student's ID number on the check.
You also have the option to set up a payment plan by contacting Jim Beilke at 663-5362 or Ruth Schultz at 663-5365.

If there is a fine for any lost/damaged item, you can return the item to the school and the school will delete the fine.
Parents can still complete the Free/Reduced meal application at https://food.madison.k12.wi.us/reduced.htm  or talk to the principal about a fee waiver.  
NEWS AND HAPPENINGS
Gompers Elementary 2018 Battle of the Books

The annual Battle of the Books Competition occurred on February 21 with great success! Two 4th grade teams and three 5th grade teams spent the past 3 months reading as many books as possible from their respective class lists. They then met on the day of the battle to work as a team to identify what statements about the stories came from which book, as well as who the author of the book was. The point difference between the top two 5th grade teams was only 4 points, while the 4th grade teams were only separated by 1 question!
Results are as follows:


5th grade - 1st place:                                 2nd place:                                   3rd place:
Muhammad, T'iozja, Finn       Lola, Khary, Angelina, Kayleigh          Isiah, Sami, Mikayla, Grant
        Brian + Lane
                                                      
                            4th grade - 1st place:                                       2nd place:
                            Angy, Kristina, Jane                                   Ava, Leif, Megan

Each of the winning grade level teams will now go on to compete at the NorthEast MMSD Battle of the Books at Lakeview Public Library on Thursday, March 8th, where they will compete against Lindbergh, Sandburg, Mendota and Lake View. Good luck to our champions!
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 2017-2018
President - Amanda Kruse
Vice President - Jen Klutterman
Treasurer - Jenny Camponeschi
Secretary - Vacancy
Community Outreach Coordinator - Lynnea Nielsen
Communications Coordinator - Kelly Hauser
Volunteer Coordinator - Vacancy
Box Top Coordinator- Heathere Irwin
GEPTO NEWS
News from Gompers Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (GEPTO)Family

Mark your calendar: our next GEPTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13, at 6:00 p.m. in the Gompers library. We will discuss upcoming events, including the Rummage Sale, Culver's Night, and Election Day Bake Sale. Childcare is available for children ages 3 and up.
At our April meeting, we will have GEPTO board elections. If you're interested in learning more about the available board positions, please contact GEPTO President Amanda Kruse at amanda@gomperspto.org ) if you would like more information or have any questions.

Upcoming Fundraisers
Amazon Smile
When you shop on Amazon, you can support GEPTO at the same time. Once you've filled your Amazon cart, go to Smile.Amazon.com and choose Gompers Elementary Parent Teacher Organization from the list of charitable organizations. We receive 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. 

Getting Ready for the Annual Gompers Rummage Sale
The annual Gompers rummage sale will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. If you're doing any spring cleaning, hold on to items and donate them to our sale! We will accept household goods, toys, books, clothes, and furniture. You can donate items on Friday, March 16, from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Students do not have classes that day, but the school will be open. We are looking for volunteers to sort and price items, make bake sale items, and help with the sale. If you're available, please sign up at https://www.volunteersignup.org/D7QHL.

Join us for Culver's Restaurant Night
Please join us for our next Restaurant Night fundraiser at Culver's (1325 Northport Drive) on Tuesday, March 20! GEPTO will receive 10% of all sales between 4:00-8:00 p.m. that day, so stop by for dinner or a scoop of custard! No fundraising flyer is needed. We are looking for volunteers to serve food and wipe down tables. Please sign up for a one-hour shift at https://www.volunteersignup.org/MCWJR . Our restaurant nights at Culver's are always fun, and we hope to see many families from Gompers! 

Election Day Bake Sale on April 3
The spring election will be held on Tuesday, April 3, and GEPTO will have a bake sale outside of the Black Hawk Middle School library polling site. For this event, we need volunteers to donate baked goods and run the sale. Please see sign-up online at https://www.volunteersignup.org/8Q3RD  if you're able to help!

Sharing Information with You!
GEPTO shares information with families through flyers in backpack mail, Facebook (you can "Like" us at Gompers Elementary Parent Teacher Organization), and this email newsletter. We plan to send this newsletter twice a month. If you prefer not to receive these emails in the future, please send a message to Kelly Hauser, GEPTO Communications Coordinator, at kelly@gomperspto.org.

Follow us on !