MAY  2019
May 14  - All school Field trip- Madison Symphony Orchestra at Overture Center  10:15 am

May 14- GEPTO Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm - All Parents invited to attend

May 21- 4th/5th grade Spring/ Strings concert 2:30 pm

May 23- Garden Bonanza night 5:30-7:00 pm

May 27- No school/Memorial Day

JUNE 2019
June 7- All school picnic/Talent show

June 12 -  5th grade promotion ceremony

June 12- Last day of school

June 24 - First day of Summer School

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


Garden Bonanza Night May 23rd

Dear Gompers Families,

It is hard to believe that we are reaching the final stretch of the school year and I am very proud of all the hard work of our students and staff this school year.  We are working on our end of the year assessments and students are showing us all of the learning they have done this year.  

Thank you to everyone who donated items for teacher appreciation week as I am honored to work alongside such amazing educators each day.  I want to send a huge thank you to the GEPTO steering committee for decorating classroom doors and coordinating meals for teachers and staff all week. 

We hope you will be able to join us for some of our upcoming celebrations of our students including Garden and student showcase night on May 23.  We will be hosting our school wide picnic and talent show on June 7. Again, we hope you will be able to join us in celebration of our Gompers community.  

I appreciate you sharing your children with us each day.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.   

Jackie Smith
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

These are the remaining dates and grades for the upcoming Spring Concerts in May in our all purpose room:
May 21 - Spring /Strings Concert- 4-5 Grades at 2:30 p.m.

Our all-school picnic will be held on Friday, June 7th!Parents/Guardians and siblings are welcome to attend. We are asking parents to let us know how many will be attending by Friday, May 31st, so that we can plan accordingly when placing our food order.  An envelope will be sent home. The cost of the picnic lunch for adults and siblings is $3.55 each. For Gompers students who choose to eat the picnic lunch, payments must be made separately through the MMSD Eatery if you normally pay for your child's hot lunch. The cost is the same as a regular hot lunch. 
 GOMPERS PLAYGROUND (Front for K/1/2 ~ Back for 3/4/5)
 K/1/2: Recess @ 11:45, Lunch @ 12:05
3/4/5: Recess @ 12:15, Lunch @ 12:30
Our 2019-2020 school year calendar is now finalized and available at    
Facts About Sunscreen and Sun Protection

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), but it is also the most preventable because sun exposure is a major factor in its growth. The best line of defense against skin cancer is sunscreen and skin protection.

What is sunscreen?
Sunscreen is basically a barrier that protects the skin from absorbing ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two kinds of UV rays that can affect the skin. UVA rays tend to age the skin. UVB rays typically cause sunburn .
Sunscreen is considered an over-the-counter drug and is regulated by the by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Due to FDA regulations, a sunscreen can only be called "broad spectrum" if it protects against both types of UV rays.
In addition to broad spectrum information, the label will also have a number called sun protection factor (SPF). The SPF is a rating of how well the sunscreen blocks the sun. For example, a sunscreen with a 30 SPF rating blocks 97 percent of the sun's UVB rays, according to the American Academy of Dermatology . The higher the number, the better it works at blocking UVB rays.
It is important to note, however, that no sunscreen blocks 100 percent of UV rays. Also, no matter how high the number, all sunscreens protect for the same amount of time. An 80 SPF sunscreen, for example, doesn't let someone stay outside longer than a 15 SPF sunscreen. The 80 SPF just blocks more rays while the person is outside. All sunscreen needs to be reapplied at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
Sunscreen should be stored in a cool, dry place. With proper storage, a bottle can last five to 10 years. [ How Long Does Sunscreen Last Before It Expires? ]

What type of sunscreen is best?
There are hundreds of brands of sunscreen on the market, but they all aren't created equal. Some have better protection than others.
"This summer, opt for sunscreens that offer full protection," said Dr. Peter Capizzi, a cosmetic surgeon at Capizzi MD Cosmetic Surgery in Charlotte, North Carolina. "While traditional sunscreens protect against UVA and UVB rays, choose a sunscreen that also protects against HEV (high-energy visible) light, which has been shown to induce skin cancer, premature aging and hyperpigmentation."  
Also choose a sunscreen that has a high SPF rating. "Use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF, even on overcast days," said Dr. Dheeraj Taranath, a regional medical director with MedExpress in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Sunscreen that is water resistant can also be helpful, especially when swimming or sweating.
How much sunscreen is needed?
Most people don't use enough sunscreen to fully protect their skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In fact, most people only use 25 to 50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen.
A liberal amount is needed to fully cover the skin. "A shot glass (1 ounce) of sunscreen is an adequate amount to be used when most of your skin is exposed while wearing a swimsuit and should be reapplied every two hours," Dr. Delphine J. Lee, dermatologist at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, told Live Science.  
Many people wait to put on sunscreen when already outside. This is a no-no. Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before going outside to allow it to bond with the skin.
Also, applying sunscreen to the lips shouldn't be forgotten. Lip balms that contain sunscreen is the best way to protect the lip area. It should be reapplied regularly, especially if the person has a habit of licking their lips.

What other types of protection are there?
Other than sunscreen, there are many ways to protect the body from the sun's rays. Swimwear that is specifically designed to block the UV rays can be helpful. Seeking shade or wearing long sleeves, pants and a wide-brimmed hat can also be good ways to prevent sun damage to the skin. UV blocking tint on car and home windows can also block out UV rays during day-to-day life.
Eyes can also get sunburned and be damaged by the sun's rays, according to the Mayo Clinic , so it is important to protect them, as well. Sunglasses or eyeglasses that filter out 100 percent of the UV ray spectrum is best.
"The sun can cause serious damage to your eyes and its effects can begin in as little as 15 minutes," said Dr. Janelle Routhier, senior director of customer development at Essilor, a manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States. "UV damage is cumulative and often irreversible. There is actually no amount of UV radiation that is healthy for the eyes and repeated exposure can increase your chances of developing eyelid skin cancer, cataracts, or experiencing temporary blindness."
Even while wearing sunglasses, though, light can still enter the eyes from the side and from the back by reflecting off the back of the sunglass lens and into the eyes. Choose polarized sunglasses that include an antireflective coating on the backside lenses to prevent this reflection into the eyes, recommends Routhier.
Additional resources
What Parents/Guardians Need to Know About Head Lice
What happens if a child is found to have head lice at school? How do you prevent it? Click here to read more in English / Click here to read more in Spanish

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! 

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
News from Gompers Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (GEPTO) Family

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We are so grateful for your support this school year! In partnership with Gompers families, we accomplished the following:
  • Contributed to the field trip scholarship fund so all students could participate in class field trips.
  • Sponsored the student t-shirt contest and provided t-shirts to all students and staff with the winning design.
  • Donated playground items (balls, hula-hoops, chalk, bubbles, etc.) to each grade.
  • Donated money for Because of Them We Can boxes for grades 3-5.
  • Coordinated staff appreciation events and gifts for Gompers custodians, school bus drivers, crossing guards, administrative professionals, and teachers. Sponsored teacher snacks during parent-teacher conferences.
  • Planned family engagement nights, such as Fall and Winter Festivals.
  • Fulfilled classroom requests for supplies and snacks through the Buy-It-Now table at parent-teacher conferences.
  • Planned and coordinated fundraisers, such as the Fall Donation Drive, Scholastic Book Fair, Silent Auction, Election Day Bake Sale, and Restaurant Nights at Culver's and Benvenuto's.
April Meeting Notes
The notes from our April meeting are attached to this message.  Gompers minutes   

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