Volume 3 | Issue 23 | January 25 , 2019
District News
Two-Way Communication
Monday night, the district held a focus group related to two-way communication. With parents and community members, we explored the idea of a venue that allowed for stakeholders to have a voice -- asking the district timely questions, receiving input from other parents, opinion gathering, info sharing, etc.

Parents and community members provided valuable input, but recognized that to truly get a picture of the needs and preferences of the entire parent population, we would need to solicit further input. In response, we have created this survey . Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts.

While we will need time to gather and review your input, we wanted to provide two-way communication as soon as possible. Therefore, we have created a Facebook group . Please join the group, and feel free to begin interacting with the district and other parents.

In the survey, there is a section to share what you believe should be guidelines for the two-way communication venue. But we will begin with the legal considerations of the district and the guidelines expressed by the participants of Monday's focus group.

  • Refrain from naming (this includes students, staff, and other parents, but applies especially to minors).
  • Refrain from posting speculative information, rumors, and inaccurate information as fact.
  • Engage with the page in an appropriate and positive manner (no profanity, bashing, etc.)

When we review the results of the survey, more formal guidelines will be put in place.

The responses to this survey--as well as monitoring the successes and challenges of the Facebook group--will inform how we move forward. Thank you for your participation.
Parent Teacher Conferences Survey
In December, the school board approved the 2019-20 school calendar, and we have posted the calendar online. We noted that we are still finalizing dates for parent teacher conferences. We would like to solicit parent feedback on conferences to make them as effective and beneficial as possible. It is important that we hear from all parents, regardless of if you have attended conferences or not. Please complete this survey by Friday, February 1.
With all of the snow and cold this week, there has understandably been a lot of talk about closings.

First, understand that if we were to close school, that would be communicated to you; you would not need to ask. You would get an emergency Infinite Campus message, you would see an emergency banner if you visited our website, and it would be broadcast by the local news stations.

Second, we will never close school due to a National Weather Service "advisory." We only consider closing when there is a NWS "warning." Today was only an advisory, for example. This explanation, along with a link to the thresholds for "advisories" and "warnings," can be found on our website: https://bit.ly/2S5ncA6 .

Some final considerations:
-With limited make up days available, we need to close school only when absolutely necessary.
-Of course, if the weather is very uncomfortable, schools will refrain from outdoor activities.
-Our closing decisions are made in conjunction with the bussing company, the NWS, and the other districts in our area.
-If at any time you feel it is too dangerous to send or bring your child(ren) to school, we respect your judgement and your decision to keep your child(ren) at home.
Weekly Construction Updates
Did you know that we have weekly construction updates on our referendum page ? Check them out to follow the progress!
K4 and New K5 Information Meetings & Tours
Click here for the flyer!
HCL Lego Club
The first meeting of the Hales Corners Library's Lego Club is January 28! Check out the flyer for more details!
Community Alliance
Hales Corners and Greendale Community Alliance is excited to announce its 2 nd Annual Community Wellness Event: Understand How Mental Health and Substance Abuse Risk Connect at Greendale High School on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 5:45-8:30 PM. The event begins with a community resource fair at 5:45 PM. The presentation and panel discussion will begin at 7 PM. We'll hear from local professionals who will address this topic and provide practical information for parents and teens. We invite parents and students to attend and learn more about the connection between mental health and substance abuse. Visit the Community Alliance Facebook page today for more details.
Board Agenda | January 28
Interested in the items being considered at the next board meeting? Check out the agenda for January 28 on our Agendas & Minutes page .
Whitnall High School
Spring Musical
Whitnall Theatre is proud to announce that the spring show will be You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown !

SHOW DATES: MARCH 1, 2, 8 & 9 AT 7 PM, MARCH 3 AT 2 PM

You can get your tickets here: https://whitnall.seatyourself.biz
AP Exam Registration
Registration for AP Exams is now open through March 21. Follow this link to get to the registration form.

Fees may take up to 24 hours to be posted to your Infinite Campus account. Also attached is the 2018-19 Student & Parent Bulletin . Please don't hesitate to contact Rene Freyer with any questions.
Next Booster Club Meeting
As a correction to last week's Booster Club article, the next meeting is February 5th at WHS in the Library at 7 PM.

Please direct any questions to Nicole Bartkowiak, President of Whitnall Falcon Booster Club at WhitnallBoosterClub@gmail.com
Whitnall Middle School
7th Grade Youth Frontiers
Tuesday, January 29, all 7th graders will be participating in a leadership summit that is supported by Youth Frontiers. Information and permission slips have been shared and sent home. If there are any questions, contact one of our 7th grade teachers!
Electives Showcase
Thursday, January 31 from 6 - 7:30 PM, all WMS electives teachers will be in the building to share all of the amazing opportunities that students at WMS have during the three year middle school experience! Everything starts at 6 PM in the cafeteria, but feel free to stop in anytime! This is open to all current WMS families and to our incoming students/families! Check out the flyer!
Track and Field Coaches Needed
WMS is looking for coache s for the track and field program. Anyone interested should contact Dave Pentek , Athletic/Activities Director.
Edgerton Elementary
Report Cards
First semester report cards will be posted in Infinite Campus today after 3:30 PM. If you do not have access to your Infinite Campus parent portal, please contact Kay Larson at 414-525-8526.
Kid's Heart Challenge (Formerly Jump Rope for Heart)
Edgerton kicked off their Kids Heart Challenge on Thursday. We are off to a great start! Your child should have brought home a flyer with all of the information. Thanks for supporting the fight against heart disease and helping us to reach our fundraising goal. Click here for Edgerton’s school site. You can sign up your child and read more about the program.
9th Slice Pizza Fundraiser
The Edgerton PTO is hosting a fundraiser at 9th Slice Pizza in Hales Corners on Tuesday, January 29th. Please join us in supporting the PTO and Edgerton Elementary. Click on the link for all the details. 9th Slice Pizza Flyer
Cub Scout Service Project
Edgerton’s Cub Scout Pack 574 is sponsoring a shoe drive for the Soles4Souls Foundation. Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Their vision is to disrupt the cycle of poverty. From January 2 - February 1, please consider participating in this program. Bring your gently used shoes of any kind to Edgerton’s school lobby. There will be labeled bins to collect the shoes. For more information, visit https://soles4souls.org/gogreen/ . Give Shoes. Give Love. Go Green!
WMS Electives Showcase
Attention Grade 5 Families: WMS will be hosting an Electives Showcase on Thursday, January 31 from 6 - 7:30 PM at the middle school. The showcase is intended to educate students and parents about which elective courses are offered at WMS and the curriculum focus. Fifth grade students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend.
Hales Corners Elementary
Construction Update
Take a look at photos of our evolving construction site on the weekly construction updates linked HERE .
2019-20 K4 & New K5
2019-20 school registration has begun for K4 students and new to HCE K5 students. Please follow this LINK for enrollment information. Please join us on Tuesday, January 29 in the Community Board Room at 5:30 PM for an information session about K4 and at 6:45 PM for K5 information.
Kid's Heart Challenge (Previously Jump Rope for Heart)
Wednesday, January 23, our students learned about the Kid’s Heart Challenge, previously known as Jump Rope for Heart. To view our fundraising stats and get more information, please click here .
Have your child wear their tie-dyed HCE community t-shirt on Tuesday, January 29!
Wear Red for Women Day
Friday, February 1, is Wear Red for Women Day for women’s heart health!
Group Photos
Group photos will be taken on Friday, February 1. Please be sure to have Boy and Girl Scouts dressed in uniform. Instrumental music students should bring their instrument to school for their photo.