Crestwood Cricket

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📆 Upcoming Events & Deadlines 📆

✨Caper 2020: Reach for the Stars!

Our biggest community and fundraising event of the year will be held on March 14 from 10-2p at Crestwood. Everyone is invited!

Running a booth for your kiddo's class is fun and easy - volunteer here! Please donate candy, soda, cereal, and baked goods for our Candy Spinner, Cake and Cereal Walk, and Soda Toss booths!

🧁Caper Bake Sale

Help with Crestwood's biggest fundraiser. Drop off donated baked goods at the Crestwood office March 11-13, on the morning of the Caper, or call Heather Rainwater for pick up (608-609-9619).

Sign up to work a shift at SignUpGenius or text/ call Heather (608-609-9619).

📋Caper Silent Auction Items Needed

The Crestwood Caper is coming! Do you have an item, tickets, or an experience you could donate to the auction? Or do you have a professional service or other talent you could provide? Proceeds from the silent auction and gift-card raffles go straight toward some of your kid’s favorite Crestwood programs, including outdoor education.

Do you have old gift cards just collecting dust? Add them to the Caper’s gift-card punch wall and families can buy raffle tickets to win them. The CAPT will collect donations for the auction and punch wall until Friday, March 13. You can send items to the classroom with your child, or deliver to the front office for the CAPT mailbox, or email Katy Morreau for pickup of larger items.

🧺Crestwood Caper Classroom Baskets

The silent auction at this year’s Crestwood Caper will feature tons of great items, including a basket contributed by each grade level. The CAPT will be collecting donations for baskets until Tuesday, March 10. You can send items to school with your child, or deliver to the front office for the CAPT mailbox. This year’s themes are Family Game Night (kindergarten), Fun in the Sun (1st), Kids Can Create (2nd), LEGO Extravaganza (3rd), Young Scientist (4th), and All About Bucky (5th). Email Karen Gibson with any questions.

👨🏾‍🏫CAPT March Meeting

Join us for the March 24th CAPT meeting, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the LMC. Our student focus discussion will be lead by Debbie Kennedy. We will be learning about the new science curriculum at Crestwood. During the March Meeting will also discuss the proposed budget for the next school year (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021). At our next meeting in April, we will vote on the proposed budget. Child care will be provided and Spanish translation will be provided upon request.

📖 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 Science Curriculum

Crestwood is one of only three schools this year in Madison that is implementing a new science curriculum throughout the building. Lowell and Franklin Elementary Schools are also implementing this year. This curriculum, Amplify Science, is going to be phased in at all schools in Madison over the next few years.

Crestwood staff was intrigued by the opportunity to be one of the first schools to try it and be able to give feedback on the curriculum that would impact implementation across the district, so we decided to join this small group of schools and be one of the first to try it out. We will be sharing our experience so far this year at an informational night at CAPT on Tuesday, March 24th.

Amplify Science is the product of a collaboration between the experts at the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science and the instructional technology experts at Amplify. Their mission is to highlight real-world contexts and encourage students to investigate, talk, read, write, think, and argue like real scientists and engineers.

Join us on Tuesday, March 24th from 6.30pm-7.30pm to hear more from staff, parents and students about the program and how it is going at Crestwood.

🚌 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.

🚙 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.

🎓 5th Grade Recognition: 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.