Volume 3 | Issue 14 | November 16 , 2018
Please note that there will no Connect next week, due to the holiday. The next issue will be on November 30.
District News
2017-18 District and School Report Cards
Please read this letter from Superintendent Dr. Olson, which explains and responds to the 2017-18 district and school report cards recently released by the Department of Public Instruction.
Parent Learning Academy
Increasing Rigor in the Whitnall School District
Thursday, December 6th
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Community Board Room

Please join us for our next Parent Learning Academy on Thursday, December 6th. Based on input and current events in our schools, our main topic will be “Increasing Rigor in the Whitnall School District.” We will look at current data, data trends, and action plans. As always, if you have questions that fall outside of this topic, feel free to reach out to teachers or administrators for further discussion.
Food Service Box
We have added a food service box right outside of the district office for those looking to drop off money for their child's lunch account. You will find directions and envelopes for leaving the cash or checks made out to the Whitnall School District.
Board Brief | November 12
Board briefs are simple summaries of our board meetings. Without having to labor through or wait for the comprehensive board minutes, you can access what changes the board approved at each of their meetings! The latest board brief (for the November 12 meeting) has been posted. Check it out on the right sidebar of our Agendas & Minutes page.
Development Day
The Whitnall School District will be sponsoring their 21st annual "Whitnall Child Development Day" program on Friday, November 30th. The program combines a developmental screening of preschool children with an opportunity for parents to learn more about child and family related services in the community. All families with 3 year olds residing in the Whitnall School District are welcome to attend. Please complete the form to register. An email will be sent to confirm your registration and appointment time. 
HCL Updates
The Hales Corners Library is closed on Thanksgiving Day (11/22) and open regular hours all weekend. 

The Village Tree Lighting event is on Saturday, December 1 and features the Whitnall Middle School Band, with help from the Whitnall Honor Society students. See attached flyer for more information.
Whitnall High School
High School Parents, We Would Like To Hear From You!
We are hosting a parent focus group on grading and reporting. We are looking for feedback, and we are looking to explore ways to better communicate grades to parents.

November 28, 6:30 PM
Community Board Room
If interested in please sign up using this link:
Senior Pictures and Ads
1. When are senior pictures due?
All senior pictures are due by or on December 1.  
Click this link and upload the picture via the Community Upload button at the top of the page, using the code Whitnall (case sensitive). Or send the image to WHSYearbook@whitnall.com .

2. Interested in purchasing a senior ad for your grad?
All senior ads purchase are due by or on December 1. 
Click this link   and scroll to the bottom of the page to create your senior ad. If the website doesn't seem to be working, try using Chrome as your web browser.

3. It's not too late to purchase a yearbook for $60.00.
Click this link  to order your book for the low price of $60.00. The price goes up to $65.00 on November 21.
Dance Team Poinsettia Fundraiser
The Whitnall Dance Team is hosting their annual poinsettia fundraiser to help fund their dance season. Funds raised will be put towards competition outfits and travel expenses as well as supplies. For more information, please see this  document .   To place an order, please complete the   link   or complete the information document and send payment to the WHS Dance Team. Contact Emily Mayer at  emayer@whitnall.com  if you have any questions.
Whitnall Middle School
Parent Teacher Conferences
Thank you to the families that were able to attend our parent teacher conferences on November 13 and November 15. If you were unable to connect with a teacher, please send an email or call to set up a time to connect.
WMS Milwaukee Bucks Night
Join WMS friends and families for a night of fun with the Milwaukee Bucks. Seats have been set aside for the Bucks vs. Hawks game on January 4, 2019 @ 7:30 PM. Tickets start at $25 per person. Tickets must be ordered by December 4th. Order at   www.bucksgroups.com/WMS . Only a limited number of tickets are available, so order now!
PTO Eat and Earn
On Tuesday, November 20, the WMS PTO will be hosting an eat & earn at Cafe Zupas. It will be held at the Cafe Zupas located at 84 South on Layton Ave (8775 West Sura Lane) from 5 PM - 9 PM. Mention that you are there for the WMS PTO fundraiser and your purchases will be counted automatically. Give yourself a break from Thanksgiving preparations and enjoy someone else cooking for you! See you there!
Edgerton Elementary
Square 1 Art Orders
We have received an extended deadline for ONLINE & PHONE orders only, through midnight of 11/21/2018. Order now at www.square1art.com/shop or call 888-332-3294. These products would make great holiday gifts. Please contact Mrs. Weeks at aweeks@whitnall.com if you have any questions. Thank you for supporting the arts!
PTO Craft and Vendor Fair Tomorrow!
Edgerton PTO’s annual craft and vendor fair is tomorrow, Saturday, November 17 at Edgerton Elementary School from 9 AM - 2 PM. From 10 AM - 1 PM , while adults shop our local crafters and direct sale vendors, kids can enjoy their own holiday shoppe. There will also be pictures with Santa for only $5 (10 AM - 1 PM), letter writing to Santa supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a bake sale, and concessions. All proceeds will benefit Edgerton Elementary.
Upcoming Concerts
Mark your calendars for our Grade 2 and 3 concerts. The students have been working hard and are looking forward to performing for family and friends. Grade 2 is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19 and Grade 3 is Thursday, December 20th. Both concerts will be at 6 PM in Edgerton’s Main Gym.
Lost and Found
There are currently many unlabeled articles of clothing, lunch boxes/bags, water bottles, and other items that are in our Lost and Found. If your child is missing anything, stop by and check our lost and found. All unclaimed items will be donated in late December. In addition, please take a moment to label your child’s personal belongings with their first and last name. It will help us reunite found items with their owner.
Hales Corners Elementary
Construction Update
We are holding a ceremonial groundbreaking on November 21 at 9 AM outside of HCE, facing Janesville Road! Due to the construction, we have IMMEDIATE changes to our drop off and pick up procedures that begin on Monday, November 19. An informational letter and Drop Off/Pick Up diagram was sent home with all K4 students and the youngest K5-5th grade child in each family. The diagrams are also available on our HCE website .
Come join us at the next PTO meeting on Tuesday, November 20 at 7 PM. Prior to the meeting, you can join Mrs. Komas at 6:30 PM for a “Principal Chat.” The meeting is held in the library.
Gratitude Soup
Gratitude Soup by Olivia Rosewood is our November book of the month. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, our HCE staff is thankful for the students, parents, and many volunteers that make our school successful! Happy Thanksgiving!
Please wear your tie-dyed community t-shirts on Tuesday, November 27.