Mark's Monday Morning Memo

April 11, 2016

Final Family Fun Night

The final PTO Family Fun Night will be held April 19, 2016, at the new Cafe Zupaz at The Fountains of Arbor Lakes from 5:00-9:00. This is a great way to support PTO and help them earn money that goes right back to supporting teachers and students at Rice Lake. It would be nice to show thanks and appreciation to our PTO by making a strong staff showing during this event. It's easy, kids love seeing staff members, we make money for the PTO, and I can attest, the food is great!
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District 279 Foundation's Investment in Youth Awards

Congratulations to 3rd grader Mia Levan and volunteers Dennis and Maureen Wavrin for being selected as the 2016 Rice Lake District #279 Foundation's Investment in Youth Honorees. Mia is being recognized in the category of Significant Investment in Their Own Learning and Dennis and Maureen are being honored in the category of Significant Investment in Helping the Community. They will be honored at a dinner and program on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at PCSH. If you are interested in receiving an invitation to the event where you will be seated with our honorees, please let me know.
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National Walk & Bike To School Day

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, is National Walk and Bike to School Day. With PTO's support, we will promote this activity among our Rice Lake families encouraging students to walk and bike to school that day. Look for future announcements about this upcoming event. Maybe someone will promote staff walking or riding their bikes to school that day!
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Conference Attendance Hits 99%

Congratulations to classroom teachers for achieving 99% conference attendance for the Winter 2016 conferences. With support from special educators, EL teachers, and other specialists, teachers worked hard to achieve this success. And for the outstanding conferences, teachers reported multiple efforts to reach families and some teachers are still pursuing those. We celebrated this achievement at our April 6, 2016, staff meeting with a Heads Or Tails game, a $99 prize, music, coffee, donuts, and a drone! Thank you to everyone for your hard work and strong efforts to achieve a 99% conference attendance rate!
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