USC Elementary REBEL Review

You Matter! Every Child - Every Day

February 2019

2nd semester is upon us and it is a good time to remind everyone about the importance of good attendance at school and being ready to learn. Being in school every day means your child won’t miss out on learning. If your child asks to stay home “just because”, remind him/her of what they will miss, such as reading group or art class. Explain that he/she can only be absent if they are sick or if there’s a family emergency. Thank you for your support in helping your student achieve good attendance at school!

February is "I Love To Read Month"!! Watch for the calendar of fun reading activities for home!

Also, we will again be having our "Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham" Breakfast on Friday, March 1st at 7:00-7:50 am. See below for more details! We hope you can join us!

Let's have a great 2nd semester!!

~Mrs. Magnuson

P.S. - please note the February breakfast/lunch menus are attached at the bottom of this newsletter.

Important Info...

Jan. 21~~ NO SCHOOL K-12 - Teacher Work Day

Jan 22 ~ NO SCHOOL K-12 - Staff Development

Jan 31 ~ MN Student Survey Grades 5, 8, 9, 11

Feb. 5~ Limo Rides for Cherrydale Fundraiser - Watch for more info to come!!

Feb. 14~ NO Kids Academy - Valentine's Day

Classroom Valentine's Day Parties K-4

Jump Rope For Heart during PE

Feb. 15~ No School

Feb. 18~ No School - President's Day

Feb. 19~ School Board Meeting @ 5:30 pm

Mar. 1~ Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast 7:00-7:50 am

Mar. 1~ Prairie Fire Theater performance for Grades K-6

Maker Space Lab!

We are excited to announce a new S.T.E.A.M. opportunity for our students! Starting Jan. 23rd, students will have the opportunity to learn, explore, and create in our Maker Space Lab located in the media center.

Maker Space is a great way for students to use their skills and knowledge they have acquired throughout the school year. The Maker Space Lab will be set-up to allow students the flexibility to use their imaginations, to be creative, and to inspire them!

Examples of Activities include:

  • Bee-Bots - used to learn coding skills to code a robot
  • Legos - Free building and challenge cards
  • 3D Printer - Learn how the 3D printer works
  • Creating and Building - use a variety of materials to build creations
  • Magnet Stations - Explore how magnets work
  • Plus much more!!!

If a project is able to be brought home, the students will do that. Otherwise, we will take pictures and post on the webpage and Facebook.

Flex Learning Days

It's that time of year again where we need to be prepared for the event of winter weather. The USC School Board approved up to 3 Flex Learning days if needed due to inclement weather. If school is cancelled, you will get a notice that it will be a Flex Learning Day. This will also be announced on radio and TV stations in the area.

PK-4 students should have Flex Folders in their backpacks, ready to access in this event. There are directions for what to complete for that day, as well as information about how to get in touch with teachers during the day for any questions you might have in order for your child to complete the work.

Fifth and sixth grade students will need to go onto Schoology to find their assignments for the day. There is also information on there about contacting teachers if needed.

If you are unable to connect to the internet, please send a note with your child the next day with that information. Students will have 2 days to make-up their work from the Flex Day.

Jumping For A Great Cause

Our annual Jump Rope For Heart event will be on Thursday, Feb. 14. This event has always been a successful event and in the past our students have raised over $40,000 for the American Heart Association!! All students will participate during their PE class.





DATE: March 1, 2019


TIME: 7:00 -7:50 AM

Please watch for more information to come home regarding cost and reservation form. All payments for breakfast must be returned to school prior to breakfast on March 1st.

Milk Moola is Ending!!

We have been informed that the Milk Moola Program will be ending on March. 31. Please send in any caps/labels you have at home by Mar. 10th so we can redeem them before the deadline.

Thanks for all of your support!

Growth Mindsets - The 7 Mindsets - We Are Connected

For the month of February we will be focusing on the mindset called "We Are Connected". The We are Connected mindset teaches us that everyone who comes into our lives can help us to achieve and live our dreams. Working with, for, and through others is crucial to realizing our dreams. When you understand this and constantly seek the positives from relationships with others, your performance in every area of your life improves. In the lessons for this mindset, we help students explore synergies with others, embrace diversity, and relish the competition that will allow them to maximize their potential by working with and through others.

February Events:


5~ Cherrydale Fundraiser Limo Rides - Watch for more info!

13~ Preschool Screening

14~ Preschool Screenng

15~ No School

18~ No School - Presidents Day

19~ School Board Meeting @ 5:30 pm


1~ Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast

6~ NAEP Testing for Grade 4 Students

6~ 6th Grade Science Fair

12~ Spring Picture Day

13~ 2 Hour Late Start - PK-12

14~ K-6 Conferences 3:30-7:00 pm

27~ End of 3rd Quarter


1-5~ Rollerskating - Grades K-4

Snack Cart/Milk Break Money

Second semester begins January 23rd. Please watch for notices about 2nd semester Snack Cart/Milk Break money to be coming home. This is due by Jan. 30th. You may pay at the start of each quarter or for the remaining 2 quarters of the school year.

February STEAM Home Challenge

Check out this link! It has many fun STEAM ideas for you to do as a family!!

USC District Testing Information 2018-2019 Testing Schedule


September 5-Oct. 5 FAST Testing K-6

September 5-14 STAR Reading and Math K-12


October 10 PSAT – Grade 11

October 29-November 6 STAR Reading and Math K-12


January 7-16 STAR Testing Reading and Math K-12

January 23-February 14 FAST Testing K-6

January 28 ELL (ACCESS) Testing Window Begins


February 14 ASVAB - Grade 11


March 4 MTAS Reading, Math, and Science Begins

March 6 NAEP – Grade 4 Only – Reading/Math

Mar 18-22 STAR Testing Reading and Math K-12

March 22 ELL (ACCESS) Testing Window Ends


April 2 WorkKeys – Grade 12

ACT Testing – Grade 11

Pre-ACT – Grade 10

Civics Test – Grade 9

April 8-12 MCA Math Grade 11

April 8-12 MCA Reading Grades 3-8, 10

April 15-26 MCA Math Grades 3-8

April 29 -May 3 Science MCA Grades 5, 8, and 10


May 3 MTAS Math, Reading, and Science Ends

May 6-17 STAR Testing Reading and Math – K-12

May 6-17 FAST Testing K-6

USC Elementary Breakfast and Lunch Menus