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Did you know it's National Public School Volunteer Week? We are celebrating you and all you do for the Muir community. P.S. THE COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR OUR NEW PLAYGROUND. 

The Muir Messenger | April 23, 2018

Hi Muir families,

Huge thanks to Kim Cowles for organizing and overseeing a fantastic Muirkea! And thanks to the parents and families who volunteered and helped out. Above all, we salute our budding young scientists and appreciate all the hard work they put into their projects. 

One last reminder that our
playground install is set for Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28! You can come one day or both days - there's some heavy lifting on Friday and lots of mulch-spreading on Saturday. There are so many ways to help out, and all of them are important. Click HERE for all the info and to sign up to lend a hand. (Or just show up if you've got an hour or two! Bring a wheelbarrow or a rake or work gloves or just yourself.) Big shout-out to everyone who has signed up so far - especially our amazing Muir staff members. Way to go above and beyond, guys!

, you can still make a donation, by clicking HERE.

It certainly takes a village to make Murieka and a fabulous new playground possible. We're so grateful you're part of ours. 


Have a great week,

Kathleen Spencer, President,
Traci Janikowski & Scott Wildman, Co-Vice Presidents,
Lennie Marcott, Secretary,
Andrea Southgate, Treasurer,  


Friday, April 27. Professional development day for staff. This will also be the day for our new playground installation. Sign up using the link above.

Saturday, April 28. Sign up using the link above. OR just stop by - there's no need to formally RSVP. Just show up - bring a wheelbarrow or a rake or work gloves (or all of the above!) if you have them.

Friday, May 4, 6-8pm in the two gyms. Interested in helping? Visit HERE.

We are kicking off our spring Box Top collection drive! The class that gathers the most Box Tops (average per student) by the deadline of June 1 will earn a class party and an individual free pass to Pump-It-Up. You can find the 10₵ for Box Tops coupons on hundreds of your favorite products and brands, including Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Ziploc, Kleenex, Hefty and more. Please help by clipping and turning in all coupons in a Ziploc baggie or envelope labeled with your child’s name and teacher. To participate in the contest, students should turn in Box Tops directly to their classroom teacher. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Talarczyk at

This is your PTO!
This week, we are delighted to feature Scott Wildman. Scott works in the Carbone Cancer Center on campus, and his wife Katie is on the faculty in Biochemistry at UW. Scott and his family have lived in Madison for three years, and he has volunteered with the Muir PTO for the last two, notably serving as Scratch Club Coordinator. Next year, his daughter, Martha, will be moving on to Spring Harbor, but his son Thomas will be in kindergarten, just in time to keep the family at Muir for more years to come. "We enjoy the welcoming community here, and we see the strength of the school coming through in the combination of student diversity and solid performance," Scott says. "Anyone can - and should - be involved as much as they want."
Scott's favorite family-friendly recipe is for his crepes. Bon appetit - and merci, Scott!

Scott's Crepes (they're easier than you think, he says)

2 C. milk (warmed; Scott usually uses 1% but anything goes)

2 Tbs. melted butter

2 eggs

½ tsp. vanilla

1 ½ C. flour

1 Tbs. sugar

½ tsp salt

½ tsp baking powder


Whisk wet ingredients and sift in dry ingredients, whisking to mix thoroughly. Cook in hot skillet (1/3 C. for 12” pan), tilting pan to spread batter evenly. Cook each side until golden brown (about 30 seconds per side). Serve with berries, Nutella or jam. Scott notes that this recipe is pretty forgiving and that you can easily freeze leftover crepes and reheat them later for a yummy treat. 

Scott's kids, Thomas and Martha, enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin spring weather. 

Muir's Community Corner
The PTO doesn't sponsor or endorse these events, but we think they're pretty neat. 

Madison Memorial’s Little Spartans Preschool is looking for children who are 2 to 5 years of age and toilet trained. Little Spartans Preschool will run 8:15-11:15am Tuesdays - Fridays, May 1-25. The cost is just $15 for the full session. For information or an application, please contact Annie Costello at or 772-6988.

It's spring! (Or not.) Our teachers always have new ideas and needs for projects and supplies in their classrooms, especially now that the weather is getting nice again. Click HERE to make a classroom donation that will be greatly appreciated.
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