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📆 Upcoming Events & Deadlines 📆

🖼 Explore Art Night - Thursday, December 12

Join the CAPT Academic Booster Committee from 6-7:30p for an evening of competition-free art! All Crestwood students and staff are invited to display their work, and show what they love about art. Explore Art Night also includes hands-on art activities for students and their families to try. Historically, activities have included making clay tiles for the school mosaic projects, knitting, weaving, painting, drawing, screen printing, calligraphy, paper beads, a cartoonist and much more!

Knowing that attending school events over the dinner hour challenges busy families, this year we're offering PIZZA (courtesy Academic Booster Committee). The pizza is free, but a donation box will handy for anyone who would like to help offset the cost.

As with most Crestwood events, the success of Explore Art Night depends on volunteers. To help, contact Rebecca Auerbach, Nicole Kron or Crestwood Art Teacher Luke Bassuener. Shifts include set up (3:30-5:30p), exhibits (6-7:30p), and break down (7:30-8p).

Registration forms in English and Spanish will soon be available via Backpack Express, in the art room and in the LMC.

🎟 Spring Harbor Lottery Online Application - deadline January 31, 2020

Spring Harbor Middle School is an environmental studies magnet school located in the Memorial attendance area. Any student who lives in this attendance area is eligible to apply for Spring Harbor's lottery. Enrollment priority will be given to students living in the former Spring Harbor Elementary School attendance area and to siblings of students currently attending Spring Harbor who will continue to attend as 7th or 8th graders next year as long as you apply during the lottery window. Fifty percent of the students will come from the Jefferson attendance area and the remaining 50 percent will come from the Toki attendance area. Each year 90 students are selected. Online application opens on December 4, 2019 and closes on January 31, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

On January 16, at 6:00 pm Principal Pam Waite and her staff will be hosting an open house for potential incoming 6th grade parents and students. In addition, a member of Spring Harbor staff will be visiting with our 5th grade students when school resumes after winter break.

Beginning December 4th, anyone interested in attending Spring Harbor MUST submit an online application. Please note that the link will not work before December 4th.

🤔CAPT Trivia Night Fundraiser - January 31, 2020

Gather your friends and join CAPT for its Trivia Night fundraiser at the Nitty Gritty-Middleton! Tickets are $30 per person or $270 for a group of 10, and the evening includes a cash bar. Grand prize for the night is $200!

If you are interested in childcare (potentially provided by Blackbelt America) contact Childcare will be offered from 630 to 10p, and will cost $25 per child.

Tickets are available at all CAPT events, via Venmo (Crestwood-CAPT) or PayPal ( Pro tips: when paying electronically, select "Sending to a Friend" to avoid additional fees, and be sure to include your email address so CAPT can send you tickets.

🕺🏾1st Grade Dance - Wednesday, December 18

Bring the family and dance the night away! Join us for snacks and fun on Wednesday December 18th from 4:30-6:30 in the new gym. Brought to you by the 1st Grade class liaisons.

📖 Other Information 📖

🛑 Morning drop off: NO Y-TURNS

Please do not make a Y-turns near Crestwood. Cars pulling into driveways on south side of Sauk and backing up into the street to turn around is a dangerous move and children are at risk...especially the little ones who race up the sidewalk ahead of parents.

🔌 New Process: Student Device Charger Replacement

At the beginning of the school year, each student was issued a Chromebook and a charger for the device. If a student loses their charger, they will report this to their teacher. There will be a $35 fine issued in that student’s Infinite Campus account.

Families are required to pay this fine before a replacement charger will be issued. This can be done online via Campus Parent (formerly Parent Portal) or in the Crestwood school office.

🎓 5th Grade Graduation: Parents wanted!

Would you like to help plan your 5th grader's graduation day? Contact Jescie Kitchell via email or at 608-661-0561 for details.

👮🏻‍♀️ Help Keep Crestwood Safe

Crestwood’s crossing guards are located at 5900 Old Sauk Rd and at the corner of Rosa and Old Middleton during these hours:

  • Students and parents: please cross with the crossing guard at all times.
  • Drop off and pick up is on Old Sauk Road (opposite side of the school). Students and adults – please use the crosswalk. Do not park or drop off students at the bus drop or in the staff parking lots.
  • Making a U-Turn in a school zone is very dangerous to students, adults and other drivers.
  • Please review the Message from the Madison Police Department included with this article.

📦 Collect your Box Tops for Crestwood!

The BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION program is an easy way to raise money for Crestwood. Before you throw away or recycle product packaging, check it for Box Top for Education symbols. Clip and collect them in a baggie or envelope, then bring them in to your teacher or to the school office. A volunteer will sort them and send them to the company, and the company will then mail us a check. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and they add up quickly. Your trash is Crestwood's treasure!

🚌 Support for positive bus behavior

We’re hoping we can all work together to make sure every student feels safe and sense of belonging everywhere in our school community, including on buses.

Bus transportation is a privilege, not a right, and bus privileges may be taken away based on behavior. Students riding yellow school buses are subject to discipline in accordance with the Behavior Education Plan (BEP). Our approach is intended to help students learn positive behaviors and repair harm if any negative behavior occurs.

We recently reviewed this elementary slide deck with all students, intending to help clarify expectations and support positive bus behavior. If you get a chance, please take a look at the slides and discuss with your student if they ride the bus. Thank you for your support.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 Family Liaisons; volunteer opportunity

The purpose of the family liaison program is to increase the sense of belonging for all Crestwood families by building community at the classroom and grade level. So, what is a family liaison? A family liaison is volunteer who fosters classroom community outside of school hours. They plan and lead any events or activities that they believe will foster community among families. Click here to read more about family liaisons. Most importantly, a family liaison will be flexible, creative, and willing to try something new.

As this is only the second year of the program, CAPT will solicit feedback from family liaisons throughout the year to develop and improve the program. If you are interested in learning more about being a family liaison for your child's classroom this year, please contact Fern Knepp at or Nicole Kron at

🚙 School Drop-Off Dos & Don'ts

Once the school buses have left Crestwood (typically about 7:40am), you are welcome to drop your student/s off on the Crestwood side of Old Sauk Rd. Please pull as far ahead as possible so that vehicles behind you do not block the traffic. Your child needs to get out quickly and use the sidewalk and steps to enter school safely. School staff will be present to help them get into the building and to their classroom. If you would like to walk your child to the front door, please park on the opposite side of Old Sauk Rd. in the marked zone and walk your student across the crosswalk with the crossing guard. There is no curb-side pick-up after school due to traffic concerns.