Field News July 2019

Field News July 2019

Dear Friends of The Playing Field,

July has been a busy month at The Playing Field. We have been working in collaboration with our friends from Attic Angel in their efforts to raise funds for our new playgrounds. I hope many of our friends and School Family members can join us on Sunday for the Life is a Playground event!

We are so grateful for the support of Attic Angel Association and for the opportunity to participate in their celebration.

Wishing you all the best,
Abbi Kruse

You’re Invited!

In celebration of their 130th birthday, Attic Angel Association is hosting a celebration and The Playing Field is receiving a huge gift! We will receive the funds needed to improve our outdoor play spaces.

Please join us for this free event on Sunday, July 28th, from 1:00 to 4:00, Come rain or shine, we will be celebrating at the Attic Angel campus (Old Sauk and Junction Road.) There will be fun for all ages including magic shows, animal exhibits, an appearance by Bucky Badger and the UW Marching Band!

For a full list of the planned activities, see Attic Angel’s event page. You can find all the details here:

You can also learn more by watching us on For the Record With Neil Heinen:

We hope to see you there!

Attic Angel BD event newsletter


On Thursday, July 18th, the Madison Mallards joined in the celebration of Attic Angel’s 130th anniversary. They helped to draw attention to both Attic Angels and The Playing Field by asking the Executive Directors of both agencies to throw an opening pitch. 

Several families of The Playing Field were able to attend the game and enjoy the game as well as pizza and ice cream! In addition to having a great evening, $1500 was raised to support our playground projects!

We are grateful for the support of Attic Angels and the Madison Mallards!

MaryAnn & Abby
Kids at the Ballgame
Attic Angel and the Playing Field at the Mallards Ballgame
Attic Angel and the Playing Field at the Mallards Ballgame
MaryAnn & Abby

PBS Kids Get Up and Go Day

On Friday, August 2nd, The Playing Field will be featured on Wisconsin Public Television’s annual Get Up and Go special!

You can watch us on Wisconsin Public Television or join us in Madison at Warner Park from 10:00 to 12:00.

For more information, see the event page here:

Conscious Discipline Summer Institute

Conscious Discipline

Two of our teachers were able to attend the Conscious Discipline Summer Institute in Orlando, Florida.

Sara Aspenson, who has been with The Playing Field since we opened in 2015, was a helper at this week long event. She has attended this training once as a participant and twice as a helper, sharing her experience with other teachers who are just beginning the Conscious Discipline journey.

Sarah Stratman joined our School Family this year and attended for the first time. She posted to our Facebook page to share her gratitude for this experience: So grateful to The Playing Field for the opportunity to learn and grow professionally and personally at the Conscious Discipline Institute this week. Hoping to bring home many lessons to create a safe, composed classroom!

We are fortunate to be able to provide this level of training to our staff! We are grateful for Conscious Discipline, the new skills our teachers learn, and the School Family model!

Win Ice Cream for a Year from Chocolate Shoppe!

The Playing Field is the beneficiary of a yearlong fundraiser being sponsored by Madison’s Attic Angel Association, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2019. The organization seeks to raise $50,000 from throughout the community to help build a sensory playground that will support children with specific needs related to early trauma.Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream

A gift of any size will automatically be entered to win one of two Ice Cream for a Year awards from Chocolate Shoppe. Make your gift online at or in person at the Life is a Playground! birthday event on the Attic Angel campus (corner of Old Sauk and Junction) on Sunday, July 28, from 1 to 4 pm (online RSVP requested).

To RSVP and/or make a gift, visit

Attic Angel Association

Goods Donations

From time to time, people ask about donating used goods. While we greatly appreciate the thought, it is often not practical for us to receive such items.

The No Thank You List

Used Books – When we receive books, we have to have a staff person go through them to assure that they are culturally relevant and reflect the values of our School Family. We are also limited on storage space so, having multiple copies of each book can cause a challenge.

Clothing РStorage space is always a challenge in early childhood programs. In fact, we pay to rent storage space so that our classrooms can rotate furniture and materials. While we do occasionally see needs for clothing, we just don’t have the space to store items until a need arises. When we need clothing, we post the needed item along with the size on our Facebook page.

Car Seats – Due to concerns related to recalls and expiration dates, we can not accept used car seats. We also are unable to determine if seats have been involved in an accident.

Toys – Used toys are another item that we can not receive. We may not able to confirm the appropriate age for materials. Pieces are often missing and/or broken and we must devote staff time to assessing the condition of items.

Ways to Be Helpful

Gas or Grocery Gift Cards – We keep gift cards on hand to help families during difficult times. Even cards with a small amount are helpful.

Items from our Amazon Wish List – Our teachers put items that they would like to receive on the wish list. When these items arrive, it is like a birthday or holiday celebration! (The teachers are often as thrilled as the children!)

Packages of New Underwear – New, child-sized underwear is always needed and appreciated.

Volunteer – If you have time to volunteer, there are many ways to get involved. Consider the following opportunities: Help a teacher on our next staff work day, assist with prepping classroom materials, volunteer in the office or in classrooms.

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Want to help?

We continue to raise funds for ongoing needs including scholarships for children. These scholarship funds assure that no child is ever denied access to our high quality program.

Please email for more information.

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