Congratulations to the Geography Bee Contestants
Congratulations to our School Geography Bee contestants: Desmond Donabedian, Violet Goeddel, Kelsey Henderson, Walter Heuring, Ben Hillabrand, Etta Rice, and Zuri Taylor. 

Violet was our school champion. Etta took second place and Kelsey was third place contestant. Violet will have the opportunity to take an online quiz to qualify as a state level contestant. Best of Luck!
Greetings from Music!
We have been busy singing and preparing for  Fine Arts Night, which is the evening of Wednesday, February 26.  We hope you can join us for a celebration of music, art, and community!

All classes have been playing  ukulele , and students have been tackling additional chords, different strumming patterns, and the challenge of singing while playing. We sometimes use a format like this:  Wavin' Flag - Play along .

Our Musician of the Month was an  a cappella  band:  VoicePlay ! Check out this interesting medley of songs from a recent movie:  VoicePlay - Frozen II

Looking forward to sharing music and art with you and your families on February 26th! More information will be coming home soon!
All the best,
Ms. Kazda
Congratulations to all Spelling Bee Contestants!
Congratulations to  Alexander Quam  for being our school's Spelling Bee winner! He will represent Marquette Elementary School at the city wide spelling bee on  Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at 9 AM  at the Mitby Theater.

Also congratulations to Julia Lisenbee for being our runner up. She will be the alternate for the city wide spelling bee. 

Thank you to the following students that participated in the spelling bee:  Violet Goeddel, Tevin Chimedtseren, Zuri Taylor, Zadie Becker, Lydia Seys, Abe Zolik, Kelsey Henderson, Etta Rice, Marlo Hunter, Kyra Vander-Zanden, Goldie Chawla, Owen Federspiel, Florian Hagen, Milo Brandt, and Frances Ball.
News from the LMC
Book Bowl

The 4th and 5th grade Book Bowl teams are working hard on preparing for competition! They have weekly opportunities now until the competition to meet with their teams to practice and discuss the books.

Final tips:
  • Students will want to learn the names of ALL authors as titles get 5 points and authors get 3 extra points!  Book Bowl Title and Author Lists
  • All the questions will start with “In which book…?” and will be answered by a title from the list.
  • Teammates can tell each other the plots of the Book Bowl books they have read and create sample questions from the books and quiz each other.
  • Students should try to complete at least 2 books for 4th grade and 3 books for 5th grade before the competition on February 28!

 Marquette Book Bowl
Thursday, March 12
Marquette Multipurpose Room
4th Grade Competition - 9:15-10:00
5th Grade Competition - 10:15-11:00

Families of Book Bowl participants are invited to attend! If you have questions, contact Ms. Heindel at 204-3229 or mheindel@madison.k12.wi.us
Marquette Elementary School will again be participating in the Maynard’s Lil’ Ducks Reading Program presented by TDS. In coordination with Marquette Elementary School, the Mallards have set up a program to help encourage your child to increase their time spent reading.

Here’s how it works:
  • Your child’s classroom teacher will set your child’s daily or weekly reading goal.
  • A 4-week reading tracker calendar will go home February 21.  
  • When your child reaches the reading goal for four weeks, the Mallards will provide your child with TWO free Mallards game tickets to our school’s Family Night at the Duck Pond on Tuesday, May 26th at 6:05 PM, plus a prize.

Family Night:
  • Your school’s family night is Tuesday, May 26th at 6:05 PM and tickets will only be valid for this game. Lapham has the same family night so families can attend together.
  • $9 discounted tickets are available for purchase for all additional family and friends.
  • All tickets will be available for pick up on the night of the game at your school’s designated Will Call table.

We hope you will join us in encouraging your child to complete the 2019 Maynard’s Lil’ Ducks Reading Program. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Marquette librarian, Maegan Heindel at 204-3229 or mheindel@madison.k12.wi.us
February is Black History Month! We want to let you know about the schoolwide events Marquette will be holding to celebrate Black Excellence this month.

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action
Black Lives Matter At School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education that encourages all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join our annual week of action during the first week of February each year.
Following this call, MMSD and MTI have adopted the week of February 3-7 as a district Week of Action. All classrooms at Marquette will take time each day that week to read books and have discussions around the Black Lives Matter at School themes, which include: 
  • Restorative Justice, Empathy and Loving Engagement
  • Diversity and Globalism
  • Trans-Affirming, Queer Affirming, and Collective Value
  • Intergenerational, Black Families and Black Villages
  • Black Women and Unapologetically Black
Read Your Heart Out Day

Read Your Heart Out Day is an MMSD tradition of honoring National African American Parent Involvement Day with reading celebrations across the district. We will welcome readers from the East High Black Student Union and enjoy an assembly with special guest State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor.

Marquette invites our African American/Black family members to visit our classrooms that day to read aloud to their child’s classroom or with their child or a small group. Contact your child’s teacher or librarian Ms. Heindel ( mheindel@madison.k12.wi.us or 204-2339) if you’d like to participate.
From the PTG:
The PTG has some some fun events coming up!

Family Science Night  is scheduled for  Wednesday February 12th 6-7:30pm  at the Marquette Field House. This hands-on, fun event will feature demonstrations from UW scientists, neighbors and friends; activity booths and games. Fun for the whole family. Questions? Contact Erica at  erika.hagen@wisc.edu

The  PTG Spring Auction  will be held  Saturday April 18 from 6-9pm  at Old Sugar Distillery. This is the PTG’s largest fundraiser and all of the money raised goes directly back to our school community providing teacher support and student enrichment programs. We need your help to make it a success! There is much to do, event promotion, donation gathering, data entry, or help setting up and running the event. We are also seeking donations for the silent auction. Consider donating your time or talents! Email Abbey at  abbeysabatino@gmail.com  with questions or for more information.

Planning is also underway for the International Food Fair and the Spring Talent Show. More to come!

Join us for the next PTG meeting on Tuesday February 11th in the Lapham Auditorium. Pizza and childcare will be provided. 

Unable to make the meetings? You can stay connected by following us on Facebook , Instagram , joining our mailing list , or by visiting our website .
Marquette Mustang Spirit Days on Fridays
For many years, teachers have often worn their Marquette clothing on Fridays to promote our Marquette Spirit. We are inviting students to do the same. For the rest of the year, unless a different Spirit Day is announced by student council , we will celebrate the Marquette school community spirit by asking staff and students to wear their Marquette t-shirts or sweatshirts. We can’t wait to see everyone wearing their Marquette gear on Fridays!
Damaged, Lost or Stolen Devices - Student Chromebooks
Damaged, Lost or Stolen Devices  
MMSD understands that accidents may happen with devices. If a student damages a device due to lack of proper care or intentional misuse, the student/family will be responsible for the repair or replacement cost. 

Offense Price 
1st Offense $50 
2nd Offense $100 
3rd Offense Price of Chromebook 

If a Chromebook is stolen, the student/family must submit a police report to the school Principal or Library Media Technology Specialist within 48 hours of discovering the theft. If the proper documentation is not submitted, student/family will be held responsible for the stolen Chromebook. 

Chromebooks are equipped with trackable software (GPS locator) that can be enabled if a device is lost or reported as stolen. The software is only activated when: 
  • Requested by school administrator, in most cases, because the device has been lost on campus. 
  • The device is reported as lost or stolen by parent. 
If the device is lost or damaged beyond repair, the district will charge the student based on the fee schedule, per Board of Education Policy 3710 (Fees, Rentals, and Fines).  
Box Tops:  Please continue to drop off your box tops to the Marquette office. Box tops have expiration dates so we want to collect them quickly and submit them frequently. Thank you for supporting our school!
Marquette Elementary - 1501 Jenifer St Madison, WI 53703
Office: 204-3220 | Safe Arrival: 204-3233 | Fax: 204-0467 
Sally Parks , Principal | Anna Brown , Secretary