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School begins each day at 8:30 am. Playground supervision begins each morning at 8:15. Monday dismissal is at 1:55 pm, dismissal Tuesday through Friday is at 3:27 pm (the extra minutes allow for possible snow days).

Tardy policy: To more accurately record attendance, the district's elementary school schedule now breaks the day into three parts. Students who arrive at school after the 15-min. tardy grace time (8:45am) will be absent for 1/3 of the day rather than the previous half day. Students who are picked up more the 15 minutes early (3:02pm) will be absent for 1/3 of the day rather than the previous half-day absence.

Student pick-up and drop-off. Please do not pick up or drop off children in either of the two Crestwood parking lots. In addition, do not pick up or drop off children on the north side of Old Sauk Road. It has been a long-standing policy at Crestwood that children who are riding to school in a car should be dropped off on the south side of Old Sauk Road and then cross the street with Dave’s assistance. In addition, parents should not be making U-turns in front of school. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated as the staff works to make Crestwood safe for all students.

Crossing Guards: Each day there are two crossing guards posted for Crestwood Elementary. One guards the crosswalk at 5900 Old Sauk Road each morning from 7:45-8:45, Monday afternoons from 1:40-2:40 and Tuesday through Friday afternoons from 3:00-4:00. The intersection of Rosa Road and Old Middleton Road is guarded each morning from 8:00-8:30, Monday afternoons from 1:50-2:30 and Tuesday through Friday afternoons from 3:20-4:00. Students and families, please cross with the crossing guard at all times.

Parking reminder! Parents are asked not to park in the bus bay or enter either of the Crestwood parking lots.

Lost and found. Please make certain that you write your child’s name on their school supplies so those items do not get lost or misplaced. It is also important that clothing is clearly marked. There is a “Lost and Found” bench in the lobby outside of the old gym for misplaced items. Please feel free to open the top of the bench and look for your child’s missing clothing whenever you happen to be at Crestwood.

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Recommended Snack List: The Madison Metropolitan School District would like to remind you that snacks brought to school to share in the classroom must follow the Healthy Classroom Snack List 2015-16 (link is to a PDF document on the MMSD web site).

You can contact the school at 204-1120. If you are calling to inform the school that your child will be either absent or tardy, call 204-1127 before 8:45 am and leave a message on the school office answering machine.

Lunch schedule. As has been the case in the past, parents are always welcome to join their child for lunch. Please call the school office by 9:00am if you would like to order a school lunch for yourself.

Prearranged Absences. Parents are reminded that any absences other than those due to illness, medical appointments or religious holidays must be approved by Mrs. Hanson. Request for Excuse of Absence Forms are available and need to be filled out and approved before the absence. No more than 10 days per school year will be approved.

Teacher communication. It is very easy to contact MMSD teachers via e-mail. Generally, it is the teacher’s first initial and last name (e.g. bhanson) You can also look up e-mail addresses on the main school district web site. However, parents need to know that time-sensitive information should be given to teachers through phone calls or notes. All Crestwood teachers have some days when they only have one 30-minute preparation period. It is difficult to stay on top of e-mails when they don’t have much time during the school day.

Biking to school. Consistent with School Board policy, 4th and 5th graders are allowed to bike to school with written permission from their parents/guardians. The permission slips are available in the office or from the 4/5 grade teachers. Any family seeking an exception must do so in writing directed to Mrs. Hanson.

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