Updates from Superintendent Radeke

March 4, 2022

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Staff Highlight: Cheryl Bayerl - Kids Depot Coordinator; Student Council Advisor, Paraprofessional

A little bit about Ms. Bayerl: I grew up in Winsted, attended Holy Trinity, and moved to Lester Prairie in 1996. I'm in my 8th year as a paraprofessional. I have been married to my wonderful husband Rich for 21 years (we've been together for 32) and have 2 amazing children: Parker is a Junior at NDSU studying Construction Management and Taylor is a sophomore at Mankato State University studying Elementary Education.

Favorite things to do: plan things - parties, events, weddings. It is my dream job!

Hobbies: camping, scrapbooking, sewing and spending time with my family and friends.

Something you may not know about me: I went to school for cosmetology.

Favorite movies: anything with Sandra Bullock - she's my favorite actress.

Favorite book: Where the Red Fern Grows because it teaches loyalty, determination, hard work, love, and heartbreak.

If I could meet any historical person, it would be Ronald Reagan because he was my favorite President.

Staff Highlight: Katie Carmine - Grade 5 Teacher; FPS Coach; Knowledge Bowl Coach

A little bit about Ms. Carmine: I grew up in Red Wing, MN. I have an Elementary Ed degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN (Go Cobbers!) and a Masters degree from Saint Mary's in Winona, MN. I am currently in my 20th year of teaching. I have two adorable dogs, Lotta and Tink, who are both rescue dogs (Adopt, don't shop!)

Favorite things to do: Anything puzzle related! Jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, number puzzles, you name it!

Hobbies: I enjoy reading, game nights with friends, puzzles, and napping! Legos, Diamond Painting, and games of (almost) any kind are fun, too!

Something you might now know about me is: I played tennis from 4th grade until my senior year of college.

Favorite movie: Mary Poppins because I love how she brings everyone together and is so creative! The songs are super catchy and fun to sing!

Favorite book: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult because it has so many connections to today's world and how people treat each other. We all have our own stories that impact our lives, but reading how those experiences cause biases and prejudicial actions is very intriguing. Jodi Picoult has a talent for creating an awesome twist, too!

Favorite sport: Football because I love the strategy and team dynamics of the game. Watching the games, participating in Fantasy Football, and going to games are a lot of fun! I love a great rivalry. Also, I'm a diehard Packer fan! Go Pack Go!

Community Education Updates:

A Medicare informational class will be held on Monday March 7 6:00-7:00 PM in the Media Center. Please contact Kelly Elling (elling@lp.k12.mn.us or 320-395-3000) to register.

Adult exercise classes continue to be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through March. Contact Shannon Alsleben (320-224-6572) for more information.

We are half-way through our first session of Driver Ed. The next session will be held in the summer, dates are TBD.

CPR class will be held Monday March 21 5:30-9:30 PM in Room 112. Please contact Kelly Elling (elling@lp.k12.mn.us or 320-395-3000) by March 15 to register.

Super-Duper Messy Art Class will be held on March 25 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM. This is an early-release date. The class is open to students ages 5-12. Cost is $10 per child. Registration is required by March 16. Registration forms went home with all elementary students and are also available in the school entrance.

Robotics class for 5-12th graders will be held 3:00-5:00 PM starting March 24. 8 sessions will be held. Cost is $28. Registration forms are available in the school entrance and are due by March 17.

United Way of McLeod County has activity scholarships available for K-12 students who are residents of McLeod County. Scholarships can be used for extracurricular and most Community Ed offerings. Applications are available in the school entrance.

Does the School District have your most current contact information?

The School District uses the School Messenger Alert System to inform parents of school closings, late starts, early outs, and emergencies. Please make sure we have your current contact information so you receive our communications!

Community members can sign up to receive our inclement weather and emergency messages using a form on our website under the Community tab or click here.

Masks = no longer required on Lester Prairie school buses

Effective February 25, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention (CDC) is no longer enforcing the requirement that people wear masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs. Therefore, masks are no longer required on Lester Prairie school buses.

Next Regular School Board Meeting: March 21st at 5:45pm in the Media Center

Please visit the School Board tab on our website to view upcoming Board Meeting agendas.


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