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📆 Upcoming Events & Deadlines 📆

🚶🏽‍♀️Crossing Guard Recognition Week - January 13 to 17

When you see our two wonderful crossing guards this week -Wendy Novitzke and Katie Ayers- please take a moment to express appreciation for their work keeping everyone safe on their way to Crestwood.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction also has these suggestions for ways to say thank you. If you are interested in more details on Crossing Guard Recognition week, please visit

👨🏾‍🏫CAPT January Meeting - Tuesday, January 28 at 6:30p

Join us Tuesday, January 28, at 6:30 pm in the Crestwood LMC for our monthly CAPT meeting. Agenda TBD, child care provided!

Spanish translation available upon request, email Mariel Lopez.

Please note: the Restorative Justice Discussion, lead by Crestwood Teachers and Staff, has been rescheduled to Tuesday February 25, 2020.

✍🏻Drawing Class Openings - class starts Tuesday, January 14

A new session of Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes begins this week. The classes are held immediately after school on Tuesdays. It is a structured, step-by-step class for ages 6-11 that promotes increased art abilities, learning skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. All materials are supplied and lessons never repeat. You can still register online at

👾Scratch Club Applications Open - applications due Tuesday, January 21

4th and 5th grade students are invited to apply for Scratch Club this spring! This is a free program which meets after school in the LMC on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm from February 11 - April 28. UW-Madison Computer Science students will lead participants in an exploration of coding principles using Scratch, an introductory language with an accessible graphical interface. Paper forms will arrive home this week, or students may apply online at Applications are due by Tuesday, January 21. We hope your student can join us!

🤔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!

Also, please consider Sponsoring a Teacher for Trivia Night by gifting a few extra tickets to Crestwood staff and their partners. This is a great way to both support the CAPT Fundraiser and help our teachers have a zany night out!

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. If you are sponsoring Crestwood staff, please mention that in the order, and note how many tickets are part of your sponsorship.

Questions? Email

🎟 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.

🗣Restorative Justice Discussion Night - rescheduled to Tuesday, February 28

Join Crestwood staff for a discussion on Restorative Justice on Tuesday, February 28, 2020 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Crestwood Elementary School (LMC). This event will be held during our scheduled CAPT meeting in January.

Crestwood Staff have been committed to supporting a shift to the use of restorative justice practices as a way to build and maintain healthy relationships, repair harm, create just and equitable learning environments, and end the school to prison pipeline. While we have already seen many great outcomes since our journey began, we are eager to take this work to the next level by collaborating with families around these meaningful practices.

The kick-off event will be a time to eat, connect, hear "Our Crestwood Story", and gain a deeper understanding of what restorative justice means at Crestwood, how all students are benefiting from this shift, and how you can be involved in supporting this work.

Interested families will be able to obtain a free copy of, "Justice on Both Sides", and continue participating in meaningful conversations that honor and celebrate the diverse identities, values, and cultures that make up our community. We look forward to hearing your stories and bringing family voice into our work at Crestwood.

Pizza will be provide to families for this event.

Childcare and Spanish translation will also be provided for this event.

📖 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.

✅Attendance Matters

Our hope is to see students in school every day, ready to learn.

MMSD’s Board of Education has made school attendance a district-wide priority because of the powerful link between learning and attendance. The MMSD attendance policy states that all students will attend school on at least 94% of school days (Crestwood is at 93.74 ). To meet this goal, a student should not miss more than 11 days of school per year, including both excused and unexcused days. Once students have missed school time beyond the 10 excused, it could be the beginning of a potential truancy situation. When students have accumulated 5 unexcused absences, we will send a letter to review the state law around school attendance and request a parent meeting with an administrator.

Please know that it is not our goal to cause families any anxiety with these letters, but it is our responsibility to address absences and follow state compulsory attendance laws. We will work and communicate with you to find ways to ensure your student is in school every day, ready to learn. Please contact us right away if you feel there are circumstances causing your child to miss significantly more school than usual. We urge families to avoid taking vacations when school is in session, as days missed because of family vacation still count as days absent from school. If there is a barrier preventing good attendance, we want to help. Please call 204-1120 and ask for Ms. Jenni (Social Worker), Mr. Jesse (Psychologist), or Nurse Marjisana.

🚙 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.

📦 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.

❄️When is school closed due to weather?

Winter weather is here! MMSD’s top priority is the safety of students so guidelines are followed to make decisions about whether school will be open or closed.

MMSD tries to keep schools open. When schools close, many families have issues with child care. As a result, MMSD tries to keep schools open if it’s safe to do so. However, parents can always make the decision to keep their child(ren) at home in bad weather.

How does MMSD decide whether or not to close due to snow, ice and/or extreme cold? The district monitors weather conditions beginning early in the morning and consults with meteorologists, the City of Madison, Madison Police and transportation providers. MMSD will close schools before temperatures reach a Wind Chill Warning (minus 35 degrees or colder). MMSD is moving the school closing guidelines so that consideration will be given to close schools at negative 25 degrees. MMSD will make every attempt to make the decision at 9 pm the night before so families have more time to plan.

How can you find out if schools are closed? On days when the weather is bad, listen to any local radio or television station for information about school closing. If you provided your email address and/or mobile phone number during enrollment, you will be contacted in the morning regarding a school closing via email, phone and text message. You may also check the website.

Related links:

National Weather Service Heat Information

Windchill Information

Current weather conditions

When schools are closed, are other activities canceled as well? When Madison schools are closed for the day, it also means that all activities scheduled in school buildings for that day are canceled, including all MSCR programs, after school programs and athletics.

Please know that the safety of all of our students is MMSD’s first priority when making all weather-related decisions.

🎓 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.