USC Elementary REBEL Review

You Matter! Every Child - Every Day

May 2019

Wow!! Spring has finally arrived and the end of the year is fast approaching! We have many exciting things happening at USC this month and hope you can join us in the fun!!

~Mrs. Magnuson

Last day of school for students is Friday, May 31, 2019.

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

Important Info...

Cherrydale Fundraising Limo Rides!!

After many different attempts and weather postponements, we finally have a new date for the Cherrydale Limo ride winners!! The limo will be here on May 20th for those who earned the ride by selling enough product. We thank you for your patience while Mother Nature played with our scheduling a few times. We are looking forward to a great time!!

Kids Academy Ends on Thursday, May 2nd

Students will be finishing Kids Academy on Thursday, May 2. We will have a small celebration of everyone's hard work throughout the school year!

MCA Testing

MCA testing will be completed the week of April 29-May 3rd. Thank you to all of our families for making sure our students were here at school and well-rested. I also want to thank our students for all of their hard work and focus during the tests!

3rd/4th Grade Track and Field Day

The 3rd and 4th graders will participate in our annual Track and Field Day on Wednesday, May 29. The Minnesota Twins mascot, TC, will also attend that day. Stay tuned for more information!

Two Hour Late Start May 8th

Our final 2-hour late start will be on Wednesday, May 8th. USC teaching staff will be working in Professional Learning Communities and use this time to analyze data, research best practices, and engage in group planning to improve student achievement. On Wednesday, May 8th school will begin two hours late. It will start at 10:20 A.M. and breakfast for students will not be served at school.

We realize this can be difficult for some parents to find supervision for their children on these late start days. In order to help with this, elementary students in grades K-6 will be allowed to come to school from 8:20 – 10:20 A.M. and be supervised by staff. During this time they will be viewing a movie in the elementary music room. Students should report directly to the music room. Students must be here by 8:20 A.M. in order to be supervised, and they will not be allowed to leave the building once they get here. Students coming to school to be supervised from 8:20 – 10:20 A.M. will need to be transported because buses will only be running on the two hour late schedule.

Elementary Spring Concerts

Please join us as we sing and celebrate spring!!

Monday, May 20

5th-8th Grades Band/Choir Concerts @ 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 28

Grades K/1/2 at 1:30 pm - Auditorium

Grades 3/4 at 2:15 pm - Auditorium

Growth Mindsets - The 7 Mindsets - Everything Is Possible!

For the month of April we will be focusing on the mindset called "Everything is Possible". The Everything is Possible mindset teaches that we are all capable of living extraordinary lives. Students learn that everything which exists today was once just an idea until someone believed it was possible and took the actions to make it into reality. This is true with our lives as well – they become, in many ways, whatever we expect them to be.

May Events:



6-10~ Teacher Appreciation Week

8 ~ 2 Hour Late Start - No breakfast served

16~ 1st Grade Fishing Field Trip

20~ 5th-8th Grades Choirs/Band Concerts

22~4th Grade Base Camp Field Trip - 8:10-4:30 pm - PARENT Pick Up @ 4:30 pm

22~5th Grade Environmental Day Field Trip - 8:45 am - 2:30 pm

23~1st grade Field Trip Albert Lea/Freeborn Historical Museum

24~ Pre-school Graduation @ 1:00 pm

24~ 2nd Grade Hormel Nature Center Field Trip - 8:30-2:30 pm

28~Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade Spring Concert

28~3rd/4th Grade Spring Concert

29~ 3rd/4th Grade Track and Field Day

29~6th Grade Field Trip- Fort Snelling 8:30-3:00 pm

30~5th Grade to Laura Ingalls Wilder/Niagara Cave - 8:30-5:00 pm - PARENT Pick up at 5:00 pm


K-2 Play Day

5/6 Reward Day

May 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 22-26 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