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Crestwood Cricket The Newsletter of Crestwood Elementary School
Greetings Crestwood Families,
By now Im sure youve heard the news that Crestwoods new principal for next year
will be Britta Hanson. Britta has over twenty years of experience as a leader in education.
She currently serves as the principal of Franklin Elementary School, and has also worked
coaching teachers at two other Madison elementary schools. She has more than ten years
of teaching experience herself. Britta has a masters degree in curriculum and instruction
from the University of Wisconsin Madison. I am looking forward to working with Britta
as we make this transition. What a wonderful school and community she is entering into!
CONGRATULATIONS to Tyler Steinmetz who won the Crestwood Spelling Bee and
finished in the TOP TEN in the recent All City Spelling Bee held at Madison Area
Technical College. The top spellers from schools all over Madison were represented.
These spellers ranged in grades from 4th through 8th. Tyler was the ONLY 4th grader
who finished in the top ten, obviously quite an accomplishment! I would also like to
congratulate Gillian Gullen who finished second in our Crestwood Spelling Bee.
The Foundation for Madison's Public Schools' School Endowments provides each
school with annual income to fund creative and innovative programs and projects. This
year Crestwood received $1422 in endowment income to use to make grants for
imaginative programs and projects that propel student learning. The grants committee
decided to fund these two projects:
1) Print Path Project - a handwriting curriculum for Kindergarteners and first graders that
complements the Mondo Literacy program, and
2) Hip Hop Dance Project - A project that provides every student with the opportunity to
participate in a week of hip hop dance instruction led by Kevin Admundson, a
professional choreographer and dancer. Our students totally enjoyed the All School
Assembly that we had on March 6 where they had the opportunity to showcase their
Im looking forward to seeing all of you at our Parent-Teacher Conferences that will be
held on March 19!
Bring on those spring flowers,
If your child is ill or
is going to be
absent or tardy for
any reason, please
call 204-1127 before
8:45am to leave a
April 2015 - Volume
63, Issue 7
April 7 end of spring break - school resumes
April 17 Staff Development early release 11:35 am May 1 - 10:00am 3rd Grades to Olbrich Botanical Gardens - Thomas, Miller, Ridel May 7 - 9:00am - All 2nd and 3rd Graders to Haag Farm, Lodi WI May 8 - 9:45am 5th Grades Visit Cherokee Marsh, Greenwalt, Thomas, Miller, Jalensky May 14 - 8:45am - 2
grade overnight at Jackson School Forest May 15 9:45 am -2
grade overnight at Jackson School Forest May 15 - 10:00am 5th grades to Humane Society Shea, Waity May 22 - 10:00am 5th grades to Humane Society Jalensky (sub),Miller, Greenwalt May 25 Holiday no School The Cricket is published
by the Crestwood
Association of Parents
and Teachers (CAPT)
Dr. David Bray, Interim Principal
If your child is ill or is going to be absent or tardy for
any reason, please call 204-1127 before 8:45am to
leave a message.
CAPT Contacts Co- presidents:
Jaime Harkrader - (972)800-6415,
Stefany Grainger - (805)835-3759,
Rebecca Auerbach (Tietge), 238-7585,
Ben Daggett - firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurie Reinhardt, 608-233-1389, email@example.com
Mike Kollath, 279-4099, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chantel Schmitz, 203-5355, email@example.com
Interim Principal: Dr. David Bray, 204-1124, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher representatives: Karen Lenoch, 204-1120, email@example.com
Andy Waity, 204-1120, firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date June 2, 2015
Crestwood Elementary Fun Run and
Published by the CAPT. Vol. 63, no. 7,
The Crestwood Cricket welcomes articles or
items of interest from teachers, CAPT
committee members, students and parents.
Please e-mail articles for publication to Terri
White, email@example.com. Deadline for
the May issue of the Cricket is Friday,
April 10, 2015.
Crestwood web site: crestwoodCAPT.us
To subscribe, send an email request to:
Secretary@CrestwoodCAPT.us. The listserv is
moderated and all messages are previewed by
the CAPT Board
5th Grade Graduation
On Wednesday, June 10th, the 5th graders will
celebrate their last full day of elementary school
with a recognition ceremony at 8:45 am at
Crestwood. Parents and families are welcome to
attend the ceremony.
This will be followed by a 5th grade field trip to
Vitense Golfland, lunch and splash time at
Lakeview park. More to come in backpack
Contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Shaun at email@example.com if you would
like to help.
5th Grade Pictures needed for
Fifth grade parents...The Fifth Grade Memory
Book and DVD need your pictures! If your have
pictures from fifth grade events this year, or fifth
graders in classroom events in past grades at
Crestwood, please send them to Shaun OKeefe
at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Crestwood Annual Budget Meeting
Please attend our annual budget meeting on
Tuesday April 21, 7-8 pm in the LMC. Families
of Crestwood students are invited to learn more
about the budget process and approval. Childcare
Hip Hop at Crestwood!
Crestwood Elementary students participated in a week long dance program during all physical education classes during the first week in March. Kevin Andrews, a dancer and choreographer
from Nashville, Tennessee, taught our students hip hop/pop dances. Each class learned a dance and then performed it in our school wide dance party on March 6th. Our staff show cased a dance of their own too during the dance party. This program was made available to our students
through a Madison Foundation grant.
By: Avanish, Stan and Francisco Everybody in Crestwood has been taught hip-hop dance in P.E. The person who taught it to us is
Mr. Kevin. He taught us dances to the songs such as, Turn Down for What and Everything is Awesome. There were also more dances for different classes and grade levels. We thought it was very fun with cool dance moves and energetic style. After we learned the dances, the whole school
performed their dances on Friday in an all school dance party. This is the second time with Mr. Kevin. The whole school really loves this!
THANK YOU CRESTWOOD FAMILIES
Crestwood families, we did it!! The Jurassic Schoolhouse Caper was an amazing success, raising more than $7,000
gross revenue which all will go back to the school!!! All of this was because of our room leads, volunteers, and
amazing families whose creative minds helped us transform our school into a Jurassic schoolhouse. It was a fun an
exciting event for all ages with Jungle scenes, a massive volcano, the amazing Styraco soda ring toss and many other
great scenes for all to take in. While all of this was happening in our gyms we can all thank Camille Zanoni for her
coordination of the very popular Dino Diner. Many other thanks are also in order. Thanks to Paty Montero for hours
spent translating flyers and caper information into Spanish. Thanks to Nicole Schneider our prize czar; Anne Olson for
a tasty bake sale (and all those that donated tasty treats); Andrea Romines for another great raffle; and Chantel Scmitz
and Mike Kollath for managing the money. It wouldnt have been possible without the Memorial Spartan Youth
Service who acted as fill in volunteers wherever needed. A big thanks to Danielle Burdick for being a great sport while
kids taped her to the wall, something that will not soon be forgotten. And we cant forgot to thank everyones favorite
custodial staff (Toby, David, and Scott); Joe House and crew for set up and take down of the framework; Dr. Bray for
all his help and support; Cindy Koratko and the rest of the office for letting us take over your space for the day.
Thanks to our CAPT co-presidents, Jaime Harkrader and Stefany Grainger, for all their help trouble shooting and
problem solving. A final shout out to all of you who volunteered, bought raffle tickets, punch cards, and auction