Crestwood Cricket

Crestwood's caregiver/school communication hub

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📆 Upcoming Events & Deadlines 📆

📚The Crestwood Fall Book Fair is Coming!

The Book Fair is a classroom fundraiser that also gifts every Crestwood student with a new book!

The fair will be open for TWO shopping days this year. Cash registers will be available on Monday, September 30 after school, and then again during the Open House the evening of Thursday, October 3rd.

Please consider buying a gift card! You can print-at-home, or email them to the recipient.

Also, we need volunteers! Students are welcome to join their adults during cashier and set up/clean up shifts. Pick up a shift using SignUp Genius, and you'll receive a 20% book discount with our thanks.

🏀Madison Memorial Youth Basketball Club

MMYB is a non-profit organization established in 2013 to promote the game of basketball to Elementary and Middle School Boys and Girls who live in the James Madison Memorial School District. The program is both developmental and competitive in nature. Teams will participate in the Badger Development League (BDL) in the greater Dane County area as well as basketball tournaments around the area. Open tryouts are Sunday, September 29 and Sunday, October 6.

👩🏽‍⚖️5th Grade Restorative Justice Club

We are looking for 5th grade leaders to be trained as Crestwood circle keepers through a 10 week curriculum introducing the use of restorative justice practices in schools. 5th graders will have an introduction during their REACH class and will have an option to apply for this opportunity. Applications will be due the week of September 23. Interviews will take place the week of September 30. We have room for 8 leaders each semester. Reach out to Ms. Jenni, Ms. Debbie or Ms. Erin with questions.

👨🏾‍🏫 CAPT Kick-Off Meeting

The first CAPT meeting of the 2019-20 school year is Tuesday, September 24, at 6:30 pm in the Crestwood LMC. Join us to learn more about how CAPT supports the wonderful kids at Crestwood.

We will discuss upcoming events, fundraising, and a variety of ways you can make a big impact at our school. Principal Britta Hanson will share information on the new things happening at Crestwood this school year.

Free childcare is provided. Spanish translation is available upon request. Hope to see you there!

👏🏽 Show your Crestwood spirit!

Support our students and teachers through the Crestwood Association of Parents and Teachers Crestwood Elementary Spiritwear 2019 apparel sale. Place your order online by Monday, October 7th.

📖 Other Information 📖

👮🏻‍♀️ 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.

🤓Scratch Coordinator Needed for 2020-21

Scratch Club is an after school program in which Crestwood 4th and 5th graders learn coding fundamentals under the supervision of UW Computer Science students. We meet for one hour per week, 10-12 weeks per semester. The program requires a parent coordinator to process student applications, attend class meetings, communicate with parents, and serve as the liaison between Crestwood faculty/admin and UW students and faculty. This volunteer position will be open as of the 2020-2021 school year. No coding experience is necessary!

Please email Jerry Hagen if you are interested in this opportunity.

📦 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!

✅ Attendance Makes a Difference!

Coming to school in the first month of school can predict good attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school. Visit the MMSD Attendance Website for more information.

👩🏻‍🎨 After School Drawing Classes

Young Rembrandts is offering After School Drawing Classes at Crestwood Elementary! Their structured, step-by-step curriculum helps children develop increased patience, discipline and focus as well as a host of artistic skills such as art vocabulary and history, drawing and art skills, and expanded creativity, imagination and confidence. They also offer scholarships to make the program accessible to all students

👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 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

🎓 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.

🚌 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.