Hello Kromrey parents/guardians and teachers,

For this last newsletter we are doing a “year in review” to look back at all the successes and accomplishments that occurred in the 2019 – 2020 school year. There are many reasons to celebrate Kromrey’s progress and the PTO Board is grateful to play a role in supporting the teachers, administrators, and your students.

We are also looking forward to the 2020 – 2021 school year and we will be prepared to support the Kromrey community to the best of our ability.

Thank you for a great year, have a great summer, and we will see you this fall!

Your Kromrey PTO Team

1. Congratulations to our kids! - Congratulations to all of our students for completing their school year and advancing to the next grade.

The PTO offers special congratulations to our Kromrey 8th graders as they move forward to high school! To recognize this significant accomplishment, each student will have a sign with their name on it and two banners will be made saying “Congratulations 8th Graders”. The signs and banners will be hung at Kromrey by June 4th and will remain until mid-to-late June.

2. Thank you to our volunteers! - To all the parents who generously volunteered your time to organize activities and events for our kids. Your help is sincerely appreciated! Committee leaders from 2019/20 include:

  • Eighth Grade Celebration – Carly Knoche and Lindsey Harmon

  • Sunshine Fund – Melissa Dale and Nichole Carlisle (Kromrey school social worker)

  • Staff Appreciation - Christine Laufenberg and Jennifer Stewart

  • Poetry Slam – Dom Ricks

  • Supply Drive – Melissa Dale

  • Scholastic Book Fair - Kerry Ostreng

  • Cougar Community Connections - Cristina Carvajal

  • Cougar Dash – Fran Priddy

  • Restaurant Nights – Fran Priddy

  • Spiritwear - Jen Mroch

  • Box tops - Tiz Ihnchak

3. Thank you to teachers! - The Kromrey PTO strives to partner with energetic, passionate teachers who inspire us with innovative, creative ways to advance kids’ learning. In 2019/20, PTO funds were used to support many unique events, activities, and learning opportunities.

A few examples include:

  • Hosted Cyber Session: Cyber Session “Like” was shown on Nov 19th with the goal of helping students and parents understand healthy vs. unhealthy uses of social media.

  • Author Visit: Writer Patricia Sutton visited the 5th grade in February 2020 to share her book Capsized!

  • Science Exploration: All 6th-grade science students had owl pellets to dissect as a part of their ecology unit to better understand food webs.

  • Bilingual Lunch: For the first time, 70 students were recognized with a lunch organized by the ESL/Bilingual Resource team for taking the ACCESS assessment.

  • Computer programming: Brenda Weiss teaches computer literacy and computer science to all four age groups. She concluded that The has the best tools and wanted to purchase the “Circuit Playground” for $350. The PTO provided her the funds and we look forward to hearing about her positive results in future semesters.

  • APT Actor Visit: Carol Deyoung brought actor David Daniel to Kromrey to lead the kids in Acting in a Greek Play. It was an exciting, energetic, and enthusiastic learning experience.

  • Be Kromrey Prizes: Bill Luebke hosted “Be Kromrey” assemblies on Jan 24th to celebrate the Kromrey community and emphasize the progress the students made with “Be Kromrey’s” 1st semester theme of Community and he encouraged everyone to embrace the 2nd semester theme of Kindness.

  • Guest Speakers: On February 19th, PTO’s Community Connections held its first speaker series event. About 20 participants - parents and students - gathered to hear our guest speaker Dr. Beatriz Aguilar discuss “Youth Empowerment; Bridging Gaps”.

  • Support of Musical Program: Darlayne Coughlin and the Kromrey music teachers partner with the PTO to encourage a flourishing music program. The biggest event supported by this partnership is the District Solo and Ensemble Festival that was held at Middleton High School on Saturday, February 22nd.

4. The Sunshine Fund - A special thanks for all who donated to the Sunshine Fund. Your donations paid for essential school supplies, hygiene products, clothing, and snacks for our students. We are excited to continue building our relationship with MOM and look forward to what opportunities next year brings.

5. Thank you to our financial supporters: Thank you to all who donated to the Kromrey PTO. Without your generous financial support, none of our activities are possible.

  • Scholastic Book Fair - The book fair was able to raise almost $3,500 for the Kromrey library.

  • Kromrey Spirit Wear - The Spirit Wear fundraiser earned $350 on $5,000 in merchandise sales.

  • Restaurant Night - We raised over $250 for the PTO at our first restaurant night fundraiser at Chipotle.

  • Information Day – Almost 90% of our funds are from donations made by parents/guardians during the August 12th Information Day.

6. Looking back at 2019/20 academic accomplishments:

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) School Report Cards were issued on Tuesday, Nov 12th. For the fifth time since 2012, at least half of all Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District schools “significantly exceeded expectations”. The district’s two middle schools – Kromrey and Glacier Creek – both “exceeded expectations”. The PTO Board applauds Kromrey’s teachers, administrators, students, and their parents/guardians for their academic achievements!

Kromrey was recognized as a Gold Award Winner by The Healthy Kids Collaborative of Dane County. The PTO thanks the administrators, teachers, and students who promote all aspects of health and wellness in our schools and our community - congratulations!

7. Areas of administrative focus from 2019/20:

The Kromrey administration has continued to strengthen the culture and school spirit through specific initiatives including PBIS (Be Kromrey), a new hallway passport system, anti-bullying programming, adding additional staff positions, and implementing monthly newsletters to improve transparency and overall communications. We appreciate the spirit of collaboration and partnership we’ve received from Kromrey’s Principal Dom Ricks and Associate Principal Eric Engel. Thanks to both of you!

Communications Tools and Resources:

There are many ways to stay connected with everything happening at Kromrey:

● eNews signup -​ ​

● Kromrey PTO website -​

● Subscribe to the Kromrey PTO e-mail list -​ ​

● Kromrey PTO Facebook -​ ​

● PTO Monthly Newsletters -​

PTO Board Members:

President - Danielle Boorstein

Treasurer - Sam Garlock

Communications – Chris Jones and Heather Jones

Sunshine Fund – Melissa Dale

Events – Cristina Carvajal

Fundraising – Fran Priddy

We'd love to hear from you! Please contact us at:​ ​

Hello from the Kromrey PTO,

This is teacher appreciation week and we are encouraging all our parents and students to give the gift of gratitude to your teachers!

Please take a moment to say "thank you"! Send an email. Make a brief video. Write a poem. Whatever inspires you to take action to show appreciation. We (the kids and parents) see how hard the teachers are working to make online learning as effective as possible.

We know it's a brave new world for everyone and we're all in uncharted territory. Teachers, students, and parents all experimenting with new technologies, new curriculum, and new ways of staying connected with each other.

We appreciate all the creative ways that our teachers are helping students do their best work under challenging circumstances.

All the best,

The Kromrey PTO team

This email was sent on May 4, 2020 to Kromrey Families who are subscribed to receive PTO information.

Staff Appreciation Week - May 4-8, 2020

You are invited to help show appreciation to the Kromrey Staff for their dedication, hard work, and passion for teaching from May 4 through May 8. Please use these daily activities as suggestions of how to express your gratitude. Thank you!

Make a “thank you” sign. Take a photo of yourself holding the sign. Email the photo to your teachers!

Use sidewalk chalk to thank your teachers and show your Kromrey Cougar Pride! If you don’t have sidewalk chalk, hang a teacher appreciation sign in your window! Make your own sign or use this printable sign.

Email your teachers to share a favorite memory from this year.

Write a poem for your teachers. If you’d like, make it rhyme, it only takes a little time!

Take a photo of yourself reading, writing, playing music or doing art. Share the photo with your teachers!

The Kromrey PTO sincerely thanks the Kromrey staff for their commitment and constant support of our students! 

"Thank You Themes" to inspire families to connect & say "Thanks!" >>

Teacher Appreciation Weekpdf

Spirit Night 2020 Is Coming Soon! (March 13th)

Kromrey spirit night is one of the most fun, festive, and exciting events of the school year! Please encourage your 6th-8th grade students to attend. The goal of the event is to promote healthy choices for teens and a spirit of connectedness to Kromrey. The cost is $7.00 to pay for snacks, dinner, games, movies, prizes, tournaments, and a DJ for the dance. Spirit Night is open to all 6th-8th grade students.

See link to the Kromrey website:​ ​

Poetry Slam is Coming! Mr. Ricks is Leading the Way!

From Mr. Ricks Monthly Message: ​“We are under a month away from Kromrey’s first annual Poetry Slam! As a former teen slam poetry champion and poetry coach I have been giving mini lessons on poetry in literacy classes. I have done four so far and have four more on my calendar. If your student is a writer, performer, or interested in trying something new, please encourage them to sign up for the Poetry Slam on March 18th. You can sign up at”The Poetry Slam is March 18th at 6:30 pm

Acting in a Greek Play with “Artist in Residence” APT’s David Daniel

Carol Deyoung provided a few action photos of an arts enrichment program funded by the PTO. David Daniel from the American Players Theatre led the kids in an exciting, energetic, and enthusiastic learning experience. Thanks to Carol for leading this program!For more background on David Daniel, please follow the link: f​

The Green Schools of MCPASD March 19th

The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy and MCPASD are joining forces to promote Green Schools. Please plan to attend a talk by MCPASD Director of Communications Perry Hibner on March 19th. He will cover a wide array of topics including: sustainable efforts across the District, the commitment the District has made to sustainability, and how students are playing a role in the culture of sustainability.Mr. Hibner’s talk begins at 6:30 pm and will be held in Kromrey Community room 510. It is open to the public.

Chipotle Restaurant Night Fundraising Success

Thanks to you for dining at Chipotle and supporting our first restaurant night fundraiser. We raised over $250 for the PTO. Those funds will be redirected toward enrichment events like the coming Kromrey Spirit Night.

The ”We Love the Kromrey Staff Appreciation Luncheon” was held on Feb 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day

As we reported last month, the PTO was honored to recognize the great work that the teachers and administrators are doing at Kromrey. Their commitment to our community’s success is second-to-none.The luncheon on Feb. 12th went very well, with many staff coming in to take advantage of the Costco pizza, side salads, veggies, fruit and many desserts. The PTO paid for 11 pizzas and Kromrey families brought in all the sides, water, and dessert. The staff were very appreciative of the luncheon. The PTO plans to hold another similar event in May during Staff Appreciation Week. Food contributions from families were so generous that the PTO is shifting to having families bring in ALL the main dishes, side dishes, water and dessert during the next Staff Appreciation Week.The PTO Board would also like to thank Christine Laufenberg and Jennifer Stewart for leading the luncheon for 175 people. Successful events are always led by exceptional volunteers; thank you to Chris and Jen for a job well done!

Cougar Community Connections Event held on Feb 19th. "Youth Empowerment; Bridging Gaps"

On February 19th, PTO’s Community Connections held its first speaker series event. About 20 participants - parents and students - gathered to hear our guest speaker Dr. Beatriz Aguilar discuss “Youth Empowerment; Bridging Gaps”. She talked about the benefits of pursuing post secondary education and minority representation. Then a panel of high school students answered questions about their own experience at MHS. Our participants were very interested and had lots of questions for our MHS students. Last, we had Mr. Greg Benz from MHS talk a little about Carrier Pathways at MHS, as one of the many opportunities our students have.Stay tuned for our next event, April 8th at 6:30 pm our guest speaker Dr. Hentz from CEO’s of Tomorrow will talk about how young generations can influence their world through social entrepreneurship.

PTO Funding Follow-up By Kelli Maring

The after-school club “Be Kromrey” partnered with the PTO for funding one of our recent projects. In the beginning of the school year, students in ELT created a school logo. A month later, all ELT classes voted on the winning logo and our school reached a winner. In an effort to create engagement and excitement, this project was presented with an incentive for the winning team. Our PTO so graciously funded stickers and pins with the winning logo to the students that won!

Online Donations to the Kromrey PTO

Events like Kromrey Spirit Night, the Artist in Residence series, Cougar Connections, Staff Appreciation luncheon, and the Kromrey Logo contest all depend on your generous financial support. Separate fundraising events like the Chipotle Restaurant night do raise some money, but the largest portion of our funding comes from you, our Kromrey families.If you haven’t had the opportunity to donate, please follow this link to the PTO website and click on the red "PTO Donations" button. It’s quick, it’s easy, and your gift produces great results for your kids. Thank you!!!​ ​

Communications Tools and Resources

There are many ways to stay connected with everything happening at Kromrey:

●  eNews signup -​ ​

●  Kromrey PTO website -​

●  Subscribe to the Kromrey PTO e-mail list -​ ​

●  Kromrey PTO Facebook -​ ​

●  PTO Monthly Newsletters -​

PTO Board Members

President - Danielle Boorstein

Treasurer - Sam Garlock

Communications – Chris Jones

Sunshine Fund – Melissa Dale

Events – Rebecca Charles

Fundraising – Fran Priddy

We'd love to hear from you!

Please contact us at:​ ​

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