Dear Marquette Families,

I hope you have had the opportunity to join our Community Read. We are currently reading Sylvia & Aki and Separate is Never Equal. Mrs. Heindel has been sharing different ways to engage in the Community Read and that information is included in this newsletter.

As the weather gets colder, and we continue to socially distance, I hope you and your family can find some joy and togetherness in books. Reading and enjoying books has many benefits such as encouraging empathy, builds a better understanding of relationships, reduces stress, and increases ability to share and talk about emotions. These are all benefits we can appreciate right now. 

Your child has access to Sora which is an online library of eBooks. There is a range of books available that should appeal to children of all ages and interests. You can access these e books through the Marquette Virtual Learning site or Marquette Library Portal. You will find on the portal that Mrs. Heindel recommends books related to our community read and other relevant topics. 

Mrs. Heindel is also offering limited curbside pick up of books at Marquette some Tuesday mornings. She emails the details in advance. Curbside pickup is also available at many other elementary libraries if the location and times work better for you there. Find information on other libraries’ open times as well as Madison Public Library curbside pickup on this site: MMSD Library Books.
I’ve always thought winter was a great time for a cozy book. This year it’s even more important. I hope you are able to work books and reading into your family’s schedules. 

Happy Reading!
Mrs. Parks
From the LMC
Curbside Library Book Pickup on Tuesday, December 15!
  • WALK, BIKE, OR DRIVE: Drive up or walk up on the Spaight Street side by the Field House
  • GET SOME BOOKS: Bags of library books preselected by your friendly librarian, Ms. Heindel!
  • DO IT AGAIN! Get more books and return finished books every other Tuesday morning 9:30-11:30 (next opportunity is Jan. 5)
You can still shop the Online Book Fair NOW through Dec. 5!
Shop to support your Marquette Library and get great books! You’ll get free shipping if you order over $25 in books. Some students will receive a gift certificate courtesy of the Lapham-Marquette PTG. Check your email to see if you’re a lucky recipient!

Digital Citizenship Lessons

It’s more important than ever to know how to find and use reliable digital information and interact online in a safe, kind, and responsible manner.

All classes finished their Digital Citizenship lessons in November, with weekly activities on Wednesdays in Seesaw. Check out these resources from Common Sense Media to keep the conversation going!

We’re almost done with this year’s Community Read! If you haven’t jumped into this great story yet, there’s still time! Both the Community Read books are linked in the Marquette Virtual Library, as well as many Read-Alikes!
Families can also have conversations about the books using weekly Family Gab Discussion Starters. Watch your Seesaw announcements on Fridays for new sets of questions!

Watch for another amazing reading opportunity coming up for 5th graders: the All-City 5th Grade Read of Front Desk by Kelly Yang! Launching at Marquette in January!
 Hello from the virtual art room! 
Marquette Artist Jessica D, 5th grade
 Artist Jeff Koons
Hello from the virtual art room! 

Recently, we have been learning about perspective (the way we see things) and value (light to dark). In this project, we looked at artist Jeff Koons famous balloon sculptures and examined how light reflected off the art creating natural highlights and shadows. Then we tried our own! It’s tricky to translate a 3-D object into 2-D but with a little value practice, these kids nailed it!

I also wanted to say thank you for supporting your artist(s) during these times. Art over zoom is not the easiest but our mustangs have stepped up, embraced the challenges and are doing amazing. This is hard on all of us and your support does not go unnoticed, so again, THANK YOU! As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Stay safe,
Marnie (Mrs. Miran)
News from the Health Office
Lapham-Marquette - Parent Teacher Group (PTG)
Lapham-Marquette - Parent Teacher Group (PTG)
Next meeting for the 2020-2021 school year:
Tuesday, December 8, 6:30-7:30pm

Our next virtual PTG meeting will be held Tuesday December 8th at 6:30pm. Zoom invites will be sent out via email prior to the meeting.

Make sure you subscribe to the mailing list, for ongoing communications from the PTG. Unable to join the meetings? You can also stay connected by following us on FacebookInstagram, or by visiting our website.  
Additional Links for Helpful Information
The MMSD School Year Calendar has been updated for quarter 2 to reflect our all virtual schedule. You can view the updated calendar in English, Spanish and Hmong at

There area number of Pop-Up Mobile Food Pantries available for MMSD families and the entire community.

Make sure to continue to check for the latest updates on virtual learning, food and device distribution and more. 

The MMSD Student & Staff Support department has compiled a variety of COVID-19 Mental Health Resources on our website that you and your children can take advantage of. Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you need additional support.  

​The schedule for our 40 school food distribution sites that are offering free curbside meal service for all children 18 years old or younger, along with a pre-order form and additional information is on our website here

How to contact your school: While we're virtual, we want to make sure you're still able to contact your school. There are currently three ways you can get in touch with your school. Find them here. You can also call Anna Brown, Marquette's administrator's assistant in the office at 608-204-3225 or email

Attendance is being taken every day. Learn about how attendance works during virtual learning

Tech support and devices If you are having chromebook problems, please contact your school's LMTS. Learn more about the process here. Marquette's LMTS is Maegan Heindel and you can email her for help at
Marquette Elementary - 1501 Jenifer St Madison, WI 53703
Office: 204-3220 | Safe Arrival: 204-3233 | Fax: 204-0467 
Sally Parks, Principal -
Anna Brown, Secretary - 608-204-3225,