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📆 Upcoming Events & Deadlines 📆

🍱 'Share Your Holidays' Food Drive - November 1 to 30, 2019

MTI Cares, MMSD, and AFSCME are joining together with Madison families to support the Second Harvest and NBC15 Share Your Holidays Food Drive. Please review the 'most needed items' list, and then gather non-perishable foods and self-care items (no glass, please) and deliver them to one of the Drive's participating locations. You can also donate online, or direct a check to Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, 2802 Dairy Drive, Madison, WI, 53718.

👏🏻 Teacher and Staff Appreciation: Pie PALOOZA - Wednesday, November 20

Join us in giving thanks for Crestwood teachers and support staff by contributing to create a Thanksgiving Pie Palooza!

Consider donating a pie, toppings, and other Pie Palooza celebration items. You can sign up to donate here.

Baking and shopping not your favorite things to do? Please consider making a cash donation (Venmo: Crestwood-CAPT; PayPal: which will be used to supplement donated goods:

Please deliver food donations to Crestwood by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20

Please make cash donations by 5 p.m. on Mon. November 18

🎬Crestwood Animation in Film Festivals - November 9 & 16

Crestwood's 4th/5th grade mythology animation project is making the rounds at film festivals again this year. Last spring's film, The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd has so far been selected to play at three different festivals this fall, including our first ever international screening, which will be held at the Enimation Festival in Slovenia at the end of November. If a flight to Slovenia isn't going to work in your schedule, thankfully the other two events are much closer to home: The Eau Claire World Film Festival, November 8-9, and the Weyauwega International Film Festival, November 13-16. Festivals generally offer free tickets to Crestwood families who make the trip, and are happy to offer students opportunities to either introduce the film or take part in a Q&A afterward. Email art teacher Luke Bassuener for more information.

Weaver Girl and the Cowherd screening times:

Saturday, November 9 (1:30pm)

Eau Claire World Film Festival, Pablo Center - Eau Claire, WI

Saturday, November 16 (12:45pm)

Weyauwega International Film Festival, Gerold Opera House - Weyauwega, WI

November 26-30. Date/time TBA.

Enimation Festival - Maribor, Slovenia

📖 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.

🎓 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!

🚙 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.

🚌 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