Volume 2 | Issue 29 | March 16 , 2018
District News
Superintendent's Corner
Over the past couple weeks, I've shared the experiences I've had with our younger learners in regards to leadership. But this week, student leadership couldn't have been more evident than in our events at WHS. When Mahatma Gandhi said "Be the change you wish to see in in the world," he meant exactly what our students did this week.

Wednesday was an impactful day full of #WhitnallPride. Our high school students planned, organized, and implemented an event to commemorate the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School. The words spoken and not spoken were very moving. The respect and empathy our students displayed was nothing short of amazing.  Click here to view the newscast that captured the event. You can also check our district Facebook page for photos. 

Later that day, our National Honor Society students helped served dinner at our annual Senior Citizen Dinner and a Show. Observing their inter-generational interactions and respect to our community senior citizens was impressive. And, of course, our musical cast put on a great show.

Don't forget that, on Monday, March 19, you can start absentee voting in person at your municipal clerk's office! You can look below for more messages related to the referendum and voting.

Feel free to contact me at lolson@whitnall.com and follow me on Twitter !
Referendum Email List
If you would like to be added to an email list that receives updates related to our facilities planning and referendum, fill out this form !
Absentee Voting
If you will be out of town on April 3rd, be sure to vote absentee! To vote absentee, go to www.myvote.wi.gov . All the way to the right of the site's top menu is Vote Absentee. Click this menu item and follow the directions to request an absentee ballot. Check out our video on voting absentee , which walks you through the process step by step! Please note that you must request your ballot prior to 5 PM on March 29th.
Parent Learning Academy on School Safety
There will be no Parent Learning Academy for the month of March, due to conference schedules at all schools. Please join us for the April 10th Parent Learning Academy, when the topic will be school safety. We will have a panel of individuals, including law enforcement and mental health professionals.

Parent Learning Academy
April 10, 2018
6:30 PM
Community Board Room
Board Meeting | March 12
Because Monday's board meeting was a workshop, there were no action items. Therefore, there is no board brief for the March 12 meeting. As is the case for all board meetings, you can view the meeting on our YouTube channel.
Safety Tips
As school safety has moved to the forefront of our concerns and conversations, we have decided to introduce this recurring Connect item that offers safety tips for parents each week. These tips are courtesy of the Greenfield Police Department.

  • Help your child understand the value of accepting individual differences.
  • Note any disturbing behaviors in your child. For example, frequent angry outbursts, excessive fighting and bullying of other children, cruelty to animals, fire setting, frequent behavior problems at school and in the neighborhood, lack of friends, and alcohol or druge use can be signs of serious problems. Get help for your child. Talk with a trusted professional in your child's school or in the community.
  • Keep lines of communication open with your child even when it is tough. Encourage your child always to let you know where and with whom he or she will be. Get to know your child's friends.
March 19 Workshop at Hales Corners Library
On Monday, March 19 (a no school day), HCL is hosting one of their U-Build-It workshops! This is a drop in program with no registration required. For more information, view this flyer .
iPads to Chromebooks
At the end of March, we will begin the process of transitioning the high school Technology 1:1 Program from iPads to Chromebook laptops starting with 9th grade students (other grades will transition in the fall). On March 26, 27, or 28, 2018, 9th grade students will be turning in their iPads and signing out a Chromebook laptop.

Students must turn in their iPad in working condition with their charging block and cord in order to receive a Chromebook. If students do not have their iPad on the day their class is signing out Chromebooks, they will not be issued a Chromebook until the iPad is returned.

We hope this will be an easy and welcomed transition as students will continue their learning using technology that will be more practical in use and will better prepare students for post-secondary educational experiences.
Whitnall High School
Whitnall Gives Back Week
The week of March 26, high school students will participate in the Whitnall Gives Back spirit week sponsored by the student council. For more information, please see the event flyer here .
Band/Pops Concert
Enjoy the wonderful sounds of Whitnall High School's band at the Band/Pops Concert on Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 PM.
Whitnall Middle School
Upcoming Events
On March 21, we will hold the New York parent meeting at 6:30 PM in the WMS Library. On March 22, WMS musicians will participate in the Pops Concert at WHS at 7:00 PM.
Edgerton Elementary
PTO Restaurant Fundraiser
The PTO will be sponsoring a fundraiser at the newest pizza place in Hales Corners, 9th Slice Pizza. This fun evening is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 from 4:00 - 9:00 PM. Take the night off from cooking, get some pizza, and socialize with other EES families. Many thanks to the PTO and all the volunteers who plan these events which in turn support our students.
Book Swap
Edgerton Elementary will be hosting a book swap in June. If you have any gently used children’s books your family is no longer reading, please consider donating them to the book swap. With enough donations, every child at EES will take home new and exciting books for their summer reading! Donations may be dropped off at the Edgerton office during regular school hours.
Spring Picture Day
Our photographer will be at EES on Friday, March 23 for spring pictures. Class photos will also be taken. Order forms for class photos were sent home with your child this week. Please contact the school office if you have any questions.
All School Zoo Field Trip
Edgerton is planning an all school field trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo on Friday, June 1. We will need many parent chaperones to join us that day. If you think you might like to join us, please be sure to complete the Volunteer Application and Consent Form . Your approved application is valid for three years.  
Hales Corners Elementary
Chat with the Principal
Join Mrs. Komas at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, March 20 for a Chat with the Principal . The PTO meeting follows at 7:00 PM in the LMC.
Bricks 4 Kidz
A new after school enrichment program, Bricks 4 Kidz, will be starting at HCE on Monday, April 10. Build and play with Lego(R) bricks. The theme for these classes is Ticket to Ride . Build a new ride each week. The link to the handouts and flyers is HERE .
The Knowledge-a-thon is in one week! Information was sent home last week about this event. We are in need of many volunteers for this fun and exciting event. If you or a family member is interested in helping out in your child(ren)'s classroom, or any time during the day, please click on this link to sign up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0E4FAEAB2BA5FD0-knowledgeathon1 If you have any questions about this event, please contact Margaret Drake at hcepto@whitnall.com.