Wilder Elementary School

Family Newsletter - May 2023

Greetings from Wilder!

Dear Families,

We celebrate our teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week during the first week in May! Please take a moment to contact your child's teacher(s) with a message of appreciation. Your words mean a lot! We are incredibly proud of the work our teachers do every day.

Just a reminder to register your child for school next year. The registration deadline is past due. Please complete the process no later than Friday, May 5th. Links to register were emailed to families. Let the office know if you have moved and will attend a new school. Creating class lists involves the administration, the current classroom teacher, next year's teachers, and special ed teachers. Due to this collective effort, please note that requests for classroom teachers are not accepted, and placements will not be changed once assignments are announced.

The parent focus group met for the first time. We discussed the High Reliability School Certification process. Information on how Wilder has sustained Level 1: Safe, Supportive, and Collaborative culture was shared. We also started discussing the drop-off/pick-up process at Wilder and plan to meet again. If you want to join our parent focus group, please call the office. The staff has spent the last month preparing for HRS Level 2: Effective Teaching in Every Classroom certification. The review team will assess the following areas:

* 2.1 The school leader communicates a clear vision as to how instruction should be addressed in the school.

*2.2 Support is provided to teachers to continually enhance their pedagogical skills through reflections and professional growth plans.

*2.3 Predominant instructional practices throughout the school are known and monitored.

*2.4 Teachers are provided with clear, ongoing evaluations of their pedagogical strengths and weaknesses that are based on multiple sources of data and are consistent with student achievement data.

*2.5 Teachers are provided with job-embedded professional development that is directly related to their instructional growth goals.

*2.6 Teachers have opportunities to observe and discuss effective teaching.

We thank you for your continued partnership in your child's education!

Leslie Bjelde


Feedback Survey from Families

Please click this link to provide any feedback about Wilder. We appreciate hearing ideas from all of our families.

Upcoming Dates

Please take note of these important upcoming dates!


Monday, May 1 - Friday, May 5 - National Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 8 - Wilder Music Program (Band, Orchestra, Choir) - 6:00 pm in the Gym

Tuesday, May 9 - PTO Meeting 5:30-6:30 pm in the Wilder Library

Wednesday, May 10 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm

Wednesday, May 10 - 5th Graders "Valley Preview to Middle School" Parent/Family

Night, 5:15-6:30 pm (Enter Valley at Door #7)

Tuesday, May 16 - 5th Grade Track Meet at Cushman Field 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Tuesday, May 16 - Wilder Spring Family Gathering - Playground Area - 4:30-6:30 pm

Thursday, May 18 - 5th Grade Class Spring Music Program in Wilder Gym - 6:30-7:30 pm

Friday, May 26 - RED Event - 2:30-2:50 pm

Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 30 - 5th Grade Celebration - 9:00 am


Thursday, June 1 -- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Beireis Family Gifts Wilder with McCormick Bench

Wilder was thrilled to have a bench delivered last week, gifted in memory of McCormick "Mickey Mac" Beiries. Mac would have been a 1st grader at Wilder this year, but sadly passed away in the spring of 2019. The Beireis family -- Jill, Allen, Rosaleigh, and Annabell -- pick a recipient each year to receive a bench for Mac's birthday (May 17), and our Wilder community is overjoyed to be this year's recipient!!

The current plan is for the bench to be added to Wilder's playground, where we can all celebrate Mac and remember the special light he was in our world!!

Our thanks to the entire Beireis family!!

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Wilder PTO News

Happy May, Wilder families! We have a number of events and opportunities coming up in the last weeks of the school year:

  • Teacher Appreciation Week is THIS WEEK -- May 1-5. Please sign up to bring treats for the teachers and staff or chalk and bubbles for classrooms using this SignUp Genius Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054da8ad2ba5f85-wilder3#/

  • Our final PTO meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, May 9th from 5:30-6:30pm (note time change). We will be electing new officers for the 2023-24 school year and discussing the upcoming Wilder family fun night!

  • See you all at the Tuesday, May 16th Wilder Family Gathering outdoors at Wilder! A hot dog meal will be provided. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Blue Zones Project will bring their special spin bike that makes smoothies! Please let us know if you have outdoor games or activities to bring and share that evening; feel free to bring something last-minute as well! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054da8ad2ba5f85-lawn#/

  • Don’t forget to vote for the Valley Middle School Referendum on Tuesday, May 16th as well. Voting will take place at the Alerus center from 7am to 7pm. Vote before or after the Wilder Family Gathering if not during the day!

It has been a wonderful year at Wilder! Thank you from your Wilder PTO!

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Online Registration for the 2023-2024 School Year is Open!!

Online Registration is open on the PowerSchool Parent Portal for the 2023-2024 school year. Every student at Wilder Elementary needs to be registered in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. This process replaces the paper forms sent home at the beginning of each school year, and allows you to verify and update various demographic information. If you haven't yet done so, please click on the link below to sign into the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Click on the Enrollment/Registration 2023/2024 link in the left column. Once you have updated your information, make sure you hit "Submit" to complete the registration process for next fall.


Please let the Wilder Office know if your student will not be returning for the 23-24 school year. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 701-746-2320.

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Listening is a powerful parenting tool.
You may not always know what to say but by listening carefully, with interest, and with empathy, you send the message that you care, are emotionally available, understand and accept. Kids sometimes feel that their parents “don’t understand” or “don’t listen” which can lead to a feeling of disconnection from parents. Good listening involves reflecting back or paraphrasing what your child has said so they know that you fully heard. Responses like, “It sounds like you are pretty angry at your coach” or “From what you are saying, it sounds like you feel she isn’t being a very good friend to you. Is that right?”
For more information and resources, visit www.parentslead.org

Safe Kids

Safe Kids is geared to help keep kids safe at HOME, at SCHOOL, at PLAY, and ON the WAY. Please see the attached May Newsletter from Safe Kids which includes great summer information.