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Movie night is Friday, March 2 at Muir. (Free popcorn!) Details below.   

The Muir Messenger | February 26, 2018

Hello Muir families,

The PTO is hosting a movie night! Bring your family Friday, March 2. Doors open at 6:15pm in the south gym (cafeteria). The movie (TBD) will start at 6:30pm. There will be free popcorn - bring a bottle for water, and blankets/sleeping bags, etc. for seating. We will let you know as soon as we choose the movie. 

Muir has a new student group: the Kings of Kindness. This group of 4th grade boys organized themselves with the mission of spreading good deeds and kindness in our community. They hope to recruit and mentor new 3rd grade members so the club can be sustainable. How cool is that? Look for the "Kings" to sell popcorn at the April election to raise funds for their cause. (Below is a photo of some of the Kings greeting neighborhood friends, who were at Muir last week voting during the primary election.) Keep up the great work, Kings! We appreciate you being role models for Muir. 

Have a great day,

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


Friday, March 2 in the south gym (cafeteria). Doors open at 6:15pm, the movie (TBD) will start at 6:30pm. Free popcorn. Bring a bottle for water, and blankets/sleeping bags, etc. for seating.

Tuesday, March 13, 6:30pm in Room 25. Childcare provided. 

Friday, March 16. Professional staff development day.

Monday, March 26-Friday, March 30. School resumes Monday, April 2. 
Have you contributed to our classroom/teacher wish list? It's just been updated with some new items. These in-kind donations really make a big difference to Muir, so thanks for taking a look HERE and seeing how you can help out. Our gratitude!
The Advanced Learning (AL) department of MMSD is hosting the next AL Advisory Committee meeting at East High School on Wednesday, March 7, 6pm. All are welcome to attend. Dinner and childcare is provided. Please visit HERE for more info.

NBC15's Crystal Apple Awards are accepting nominations now! The NBC15 Crystal Apple Award is presented to five teachers in South Central Wisconsin in recognition of outstanding contributions to education. This award program was created for a way the community to express its gratitude for teachers that have made a positive, lasting difference in children's and families' lives. Nominations are due March 30. Everything you need to nominate a teacher is on NBC15's website HERE. Winners will be announced the week of May 7.

This is your PTO!
For many years, Becky Hustad had two children who were students at Muir. Now, one is in high school and the other in college, but Becky is more involved than ever in our school community. This is because she has stepped up to be our amazing gardener-in-residence. We are so lucky and grateful to benefit from all her time and expertise. Here is some Ms. Becky trivia:

Favorite item harvested: Visions of ‘Sun Sugar’ tomatoes are dancing in my head!

Something you might not know:  A few people call me “Farmer Becky”, but my dad was a real farmer and my garden work is not as demanding. The students call me Ms. Becky… It works for me.

Favorite plant: An early-blooming peony my grandfather shared with me. It reminds me of him and of my wedding bouquets.

Favorite project: I’m excited about the nature info stations we will be installing throughout the woods and gardens this May. Fiskars provided our Outdoor Education Program with a generous grant to purchase supplies. Thanks to all of our supporters!

Favorite non-garden activity: Dancing like no one is watching. If the consequence of this is that my teenagers are embarrassed, all the better!
Thing that makes me chuckle: Students don’t recognize me without my hat… They are really perplexed when they see me out and about.
*See below for Ms. Becky's favorite family-friendly recipe.

Ms. Becky's Best Buckwheat Pancakes
A hearty pancake for a chilly day

Whisk together:

6 T. melted butter

2 eggs

2 c. buttermilk

Sift the following, then stir into above until just moistened:

3/4 c. buckwheat flour

3/4 c. all purpose flour

2 t. white sugar

2 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

Lightly grease a griddle. Fry about 3 minutes on each side. Serve with maple syrup or your favorite topping. 

A little gold brightened up Ms. DesJardins' class!
Last week, Mr. Tom Schorr inspired students in Room 43 by sharing his friend's real gold medal from the 1980 Winter Olympics. His friend played on the US men's hockey team, which beat Russia in a game considered a “miracle on ice”. Kids discussed what it takes to be a winner - including perseverance, hard work, hopes and dreams. 

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