PTO NEWS

Dear Kromrey Families,

We hope you and your families are doing well and having an excellent start to 2021. Despite the many changes during this school year, the PTO remains committed to supporting your students and the Kromrey staff. Our board has continued to meet monthly to do what we can to positively impact the school community. As families move to different cities, students graduate to high school, and board terms expire, there are always leadership positions available with the PTO. Are you interested? We would love to work with you. All Kromrey parents & guardians are invited to apply for a board position! The open positions include Treasurer, Events Lead, Fundraising Lead, Communications Lead, Sunshine Fund Lead, and Website manager. To apply, please fill out this simple form by February 14, 2021. Joining the PTO strengthens the school & family partnership by organizing events, funding classroom and school programs that are not covered in the school budget, and creating community. The PTO is in a great position with new organizational systems set in place for longevity and effectiveness. A new set of PTO Bylaws was approved by the school & district to help guide the Kromrey PTO into the future. Being a part of this organization would be a positive experience for you and a chance to make a difference in our community. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at KromreyPTO@gmail.com.

ELECTIONS Please go to this link to express interest in a board position.

*SAVE THE DATE: Kromrey Back to School Night Q & A on February 4th at 5:45pm

PTO EVENTS

January 29 - Virtual Coffee Chat (English)

Please sign up by 1/27/21

January 29 - Café Virtual (Spanish)

Please sign up by 1/27/21

February 1-28 - Dine Locally month to support

our local businesses

February 14 - Family Survey

February 14 - Staff Appreciation Event

February 29 - Deadline to submit PTO board application


Virtual Coffee Chat / Café Virtual The PTO’s commitment to creating community remains strong. Although we've had new challenges, we will continue to do our best to connect families. On Friday, January 29, 2021 from 9:15 am to 9:45 am (ENGLISH) & 11:45 am to 12:15 pm (SPANISH), you are invited to attend a Virtual Coffee Break with the PTO. ​ This will be a forum to meet a few new people, visit with old friends and share how you are doing! There will be a short introduction from the PTO and 3 breakout sessions to create smaller groups for socializing. ​ We know this time is not ideal for everyone’s work and school schedules but for a weekday meeting, we thought an early time after the virtual school day begins has the best possibility of parents or guardians being able to attend. ​ Are you interested? We’d love to see you! ​ Please sign up using the Google Forms on this page - ENGLISH or SPANISH. You will receive an email with the Zoom Link by January 28, 2021.


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The PTO wants to hear from you!


As part of PTO we are asking parents to please fill out this short survey, by visiting this link. Your responses are important for planning and better serve our community. Family Survey >>





Masks Please remember that students will be required to properly wear masks that are effective for preventing the spread of Covid-19 during in-person instruction. Please visit the CDC website to learn more about choosing the correct mask and how to wear a mask.














Mask Drive

Please join the Kromrey Student Council in its MASK DRIVE.

The Kromrey Student Council is hosting a Mask Drive for students who may need a mask after the return to school. They will also donate masks to the residents of Attic Angels. Please donate handmade or store bought masks. There is a box for donations in between the front doors at Kromrey during school hours.

Thank you to the Student Council for your hard work and commitment to helping Kromrey students and residents of Attic Angels. Thank you to the Kromrey Community for your donations.

Dine Locally Campaign

Our local businesses are some of the largest supporters of our schools and school organization fundraisers. Rather than hosting a “Restaurant Night” for the PTO to raise money through a restaurant’s sales, it’s time to “turn the tables!” To show our gratitude, please dine locally to support our local businesses during these difficult times! The PTO will be highlighting a different business each week during the month of February via Facebook & Instagram! If you know a restaurant who would like to be highlighted, please send your contact info to KromreyPTO@gmail.org.


Trot-a-thon


During November, all Kromrey and Glacier Creek Middle School students had the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Trot-a-thon. This was a virtual event to motivate & inspire students to walk and run. It was optional and non-competitive. Students were encouraged to set a time goal, log their minutes and submit their totals. Kromrey students ran or walked a total of 20,116 minutes!

If you are interested in chairing a “live” event next year when it is safe to do so, please email us at www.KromreyPTO.org.


Playwrights for change

The Kromrey PTO donated $500 to provide all 8th-grade students at Kromrey the opportunity to participate in a virtual five-week writer's workshop to write a short play. They will be mentored by Ms. Frawley & Ms. Holman and collaborating on this unit with the Children's Theater of Madison (CTM). CTM partners with the American Alliance for Theater & Education (AATE) to offer students the chance to submit their plays to a playwriting contest called "Young Playwrights for Change". Each year this organization creates a theme for students to consider in writing their plays. The theme this year is "No One is Alone."

From AATE -" In Year 7, Young Playwrights for Change is looking for plays that address the topic "No One Is Alone." We are all interconnected, and our actions affect each other, even in isolation. What one person does may affect others in unexpected or unintended ways. Yet, in our loneliest hour, we still depend on each other for food, water, shelter, and more. To paraphrase the poem by John Donne, No one is an island. Have you ever felt alone in a crowd? Or accepted by strangers? What can make us reach across a barrier, group, or isolating situation to connect with someone? In what ways can creativity create bridges between the isolated or lonely?" Students will write short plays as part of this writing workshop, which will be offered outside of the universal synchronous schedule. Meetings are held in the afternoons after 2:00 once per week from January 18-February 20 exact dates TBD.

Students will have an opportunity to submit their plays to the Young Playwrights for Change contest. If one of our students' work is selected, that student will have a chance to have their play staged (most likely virtually) by CTM at the Spring Young Playwrights Festival. That student will work with CTM staff to help produce the short play! All Kromrey 8th graders will have a chance to view the recording of the Spring Young Playwrights Festival.


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 Code.org 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 -​ ​www.mcpasd.k12.wi.us/kromrey/enews-signup

● Kromrey PTO website -​ www.kromreypto.org/

● Subscribe to the Kromrey PTO e-mail list -​ ​www.kromreypto.org/about

● Kromrey PTO Facebook -​ ​www.facebook.com/KromreyMiddleSchoolPTO/

● PTO Monthly Newsletters -​ www.kromreypto.org/news

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:​ ​www.kromreypto.org/contact



Hola, padres / tutores y maestros de Kromrey,


Para este último boletín, estamos haciendo un “año en revisión” para mirar hacia atrás a todos los éxitos y logros que ocurrieron en el año escolar 2019-2020. Hay muchas razones para celebrar el progreso de Kromrey y la Junta de PTO está agradecida de desempeñar un papel en el apoyo a los maestros, administradores y estudiantes.


También esperamos con ansias el año escolar 2020 - 2021 y estaremos preparados para apoyar a la comunidad de Kromrey lo mejor que podamos.


¡Gracias por un gran año, que tenga un gran verano y nos veremos este otoño!


Su equipo de PTO de Kromrey


1. ¡Felicitaciones a nuestros niños! - Felicitaciones a todos nuestros estudiantes por completar su año escolar y avanzar al siguiente grado.


¡El PTO ofrece felicitaciones especiales a nuestros estudiantes de 8º grado de Kromrey mientras avanzan hacia la escuela secundaria! Para reconocer este logro significativo, cada estudiante tendrá un letrero con su nombre y se harán dos pancartas que digan “Felicitaciones a los estudiantes del 8º grado”. Los carteles y pancartas se colgarán en Kromrey antes del 4 de junio y permanecerán hasta mediados o finales de junio.


2. ¡Gracias a nuestros voluntarios! - A todos los padres que generosamente ofrecieron su tiempo para organizar actividades y eventos para nuestros hijos. ¡Su ayuda es sinceramente apreciada! Los líderes de comité de 2019/20 incluyen:

  • Celebración del octavo grado - Carly Knoche y Lindsey Harmon

  • Sunshine Fund - Melissa Dale y Nichole Carlisle (trabajadora social de la escuela Kromrey)

  • Agradecimiento al personal: Christine Laufenberg y Jennifer Stewart

  • Poesía Slam - Dom Ricks

  • Unidad de suministro - Melissa Dale

  • Feria del Libro Scholastic - Kerry Ostreng

  • Conexiones de la comunidad de pumas - Cristina Carvajal

  • Cougar Dash - Fran Priddy

  • Noches de restaurante - Fran Priddy

  • Ropa espiritual - Jen Mroch

  • Tapas de caja - Tiz Ihnchak


3. ¡Gracias a los profesores! - El PTO de Kromrey se esfuerza por asociarse con maestros enérgicos y apasionados que nos inspiran con formas innovadoras y creativas de promover el aprendizaje de los niños. En 2019/20, los fondos del PTO se utilizaron para apoyar muchos eventos, actividades y oportunidades de aprendizaje únicos.

Algunos ejemplos incluyen:

  • Sesión cibernética alojada: La sesión cibernética "Me gusta" se mostró el 19 de noviembre con el objetivo de ayudar a los estudiantes y padres a comprender los usos saludables y no saludables de las redes sociales.

  • Visita de la autora: La escritora Patricia Sutton visitó el quinto grado en febrero de 2020 para compartir su libro ¡Capsized!

  • Exploración de ciencias: Todos los estudiantes de ciencias de sexto grado tenían bolitas de búho para diseccionar como parte de su unidad de ecología para comprender mejor las redes alimentarias.

  • Almuerzo Bilingüe: Por primera vez, 70 estudiantes fueron reconocidos con un almuerzo organizado por el equipo de recursos bilingües / ESL por tomar la evaluación ACCESS.

  • Programación de computadoras: Brenda Weiss enseña alfabetización informática y ciencias de la computación a los cuatro grupos de edad. Concluyó que The Code.org tiene las mejores herramientas y quería comprar el “Circuit Playground” por $ 350. El PTO le proporcionó los fondos y esperamos conocer sus resultados positivos en los próximos semestres.

  • Visita del actor de APT: Carol Deyoung llevó al actor David Daniel a Kromrey para dirigir a los niños en Acting in a Greek Play. Fue una experiencia de aprendizaje emocionante, enérgica y entusiasta.

  • Premios Be Kromrey: Bill Luebke organizó las asambleas "Be Kromrey" el 24 de enero para celebrar la comunidad de Kromrey y enfatizar el progreso de los estudiantes con el tema de la comunidad del primer semestre de "Be Kromrey" y animó a todos a abrazar el tema del segundo semestre de bondad.

  • Oradores invitados: El 19 de febrero, Community Connections de PTO celebró su primer evento de serie de oradores. Cerca de 20 participantes - padres y estudiantes - se reunieron para escuchar a nuestra oradora invitada, la Dra. Beatriz Aguilar, hablar sobre “Empoderamiento de los jóvenes; Bridging Gaps ”.

  • Apoyo al programa musical: Darlayne Coughlin y los maestros de música de Kromrey se asocian con el PTO para fomentar un programa de música floreciente. El evento más grande apoyado por esta asociación es el Festival de Solo y Conjunto del Distrito que se llevó a cabo en Middleton High School el sábado 22 de febrero.


4. The Sunshine Fund - Un agradecimiento especial para todos los que donaron al Sunshine Fund. Sus donaciones pagaron por útiles escolares esenciales, productos de higiene, ropa y refrigerios para nuestros estudiantes. Estamos entusiasmados de continuar construyendo nuestra relación con MOM y esperamos las oportunidades que trae el próximo año.


5. Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores financieros: Gracias a todos los que donaron al PTO de Kromrey. Sin su generoso apoyo financiero, ninguna de nuestras actividades es posible.

  • Feria del Libro Scholastic - La feria del libro pudo recaudar casi $ 3,500 para la biblioteca de Kromrey.

  • Kromrey Spirit Wear: la recaudación de fondos Spirit Wear ganó $ 350 en $ 5,000 en ventas de mercadería.

  • Noche de restaurante - Recaudamos más de $ 250 para el PTO en nuestra primera noche de restaurante para recaudar fondos en Chipotle.

  • Día de información: casi el 90% de nuestros fondos provienen de donaciones hechas por padres / tutores durante el Día de información del 12 de agosto.


6. Mirando hacia atrás a los logros académicos 2019/20:

Las boletas de calificaciones escolares del Departamento de Instrucción Pública de Wisconsin (DPI) se emitieron el martes 12 de noviembre. Por quinta vez desde 2012, al menos la mitad de todas las escuelas del Distrito Escolar del Área de Middleton-Cross Plains “superaron significativamente las expectativas”. Las dos escuelas intermedias del distrito, Kromrey y Glacier Creek, ambas "superaron las expectativas". ¡La Junta del PTO aplaude a los maestros, administradores, estudiantes y padres / tutores de Kromrey por sus logros académicos!


Kromrey fue reconocida como ganadora del premio Gold por The Healthy Kids Collaborative del condado de Dane. El PTO agradece a los administradores, maestros y estudiantes que promueven todos los aspectos de la salud y el bienestar en nuestras escuelas y nuestra comunidad. ¡Felicitaciones!


7. Áreas de enfoque administrativo desde 2019/20:

La administración de Kromrey ha continuado fortaleciendo la cultura y el espíritu escolar a través de iniciativas específicas que incluyen PBIS (Be Kromrey), un nuevo sistema de pasaportes en los pasillos, programación contra el acoso, agregando puestos de personal adicionales e implementando boletines mensuales para mejorar la transparencia y las comunicaciones en general. Apreciamos el espíritu de colaboración y asociación que hemos recibido del director de Kromrey, Dom Ricks, y del director asociado, Eric Engel. ¡Gracias a los dos!


Herramientas y recursos de comunicación:

Hay muchas formas de mantenerse conectado con todo lo que sucede en Kromrey:

● Registro en eNews: www.mcpasd.k12.wi.us/kromrey/enews-signup

● Sitio web de Kromrey PTO - www.kromreypto.org/

● Suscríbase a la lista de correo electrónico de Kromrey PTO - www.kromreypto.org/about

● Facebook de Kromrey PTO - www.facebook.com/KromreyMiddleSchoolPTO/

● Boletines informativos mensuales de la PTO - www.kromreypto.org/news

Miembros de la Junta de PTO:

Presidente - Danielle Boorstein

Tesorero - Sam Garlock

Comunicaciones: Chris Jones y Heather Jones

Fondo Sunshine - Melissa Dale

Eventos - Cristina Carvajal

Recaudación de fondos - Fran Priddy

¡Nos encantaría saber de ti! Comuníquese con nosotros en: www.kromreypto.org/contact


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!" >>

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