MPS Elementary Newsletter

November 2021

Upcoming Events

11/2- Picture Retakes

11/2- Vision Screenings

11/11- No School

11/12-No School

11/15- School Board Meeting @ 4:30

11/17- Pajama Day

11/24- Early Out @ 1:00

11/25- No School

11/26- No School

All of these dates can be found on the school website OR this calendar link-

Bus Wait

Buses will only wait 2 minutes for students in the morning.

Make sure students are ready to go 10 minutes before their bus time so they do not miss the bus.

Winter Gear

It is getting closer to that time when we know colder weather is upon us and we may see some of that beautiful white stuff on the ground. Please prepare your students' winter gear---coats, snow pants, boots, hats, gloves, etc. before the first snowfall. Students in grades PK-6 do go outside everyday unless it is colder than -10 degrees below windchill.

Please be prepared for this as it is so important for all of the MPS learners to go outside daily in order to learn at their fullest potential.

Halloween Carnival

The Elementary Leadership Team-The Buffaloes- and the HS student council planned a carnival for the students to attend to play some games. Ms. Johnson, school counselor, leads both of these group. They all worked so hard to decorate and plan this event. All students enjoyed it!

Counselor's Corner

As November arrives, classroom guidance lessons continue to be focused around empathy and critical thinking. Lower elementary students have been learning about emotions and how to recognize feelings in themselves and others. Upper elementary students have been working on developing the use of empathy, the understanding of others feelings, in order to respond in more understanding ways. Thank you for supporting your child's education and please let us know of any concerns you have with your child.

Student of the Month

Each grade level will be eligible to receive student of the month.

They will be recognized on the school website and FB page as well as receive a small reward for their accomplishment.

Student engagement staff will look for when nominating a student of the month:

  • Good Attendance!
  • Completion of Work!
  • Collaborates well with peers and staff!
  • Follows school expectations!

Check out last months students of the month on our website!

Family Involvement

Being involved in your students education is vital for their success.

Asking students specific questions about school can help to form a better understanding of your students academic and behavior progress at school as well as motivate them to strive better. There is a very strong partnership and connection between school and home.

Here are some questions to ask your child about their day at school....

  • Tell me about the best part of your day.
  • What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
  • Did any of your classmates do anything funny?
  • Tell me about what you read in class.
  • Who did you play with today?
  • Do you think math [or any subject] is too easy or too hard?

Spirit Lake Tribal Health

Shantel and Gail came out to visit about Halloween Safety.

Some safety tips include:

1. Do not reach into candy bowls.

2. Have an adult check kids' candy bags.

3. Wear Masks.

4. Stay in small groups and do not congregate.

5. Leave a light on outside if you are having trick or treaters come.

Meet Connie Soderholm!

I first taught at Minnewaukan School right out of college in 1993 at the old school. I taught 6th grade for six years before staying at home with our growing family. Eventually, I began substitute teaching and then got a full-time job at New Rockord-Sheyenne School as a Title I teacher. I also taught junior high English during my ten years there. In 2019, I came back to Minnewaukan School and was an interventionist for two years. In 2021, I moved into the position of Instructional Coach. I love finding trends in data and helping develop plans for improvement! I love teaching at our school because it’s refreshing for me to see our students be so accepting of each other. I live in Sheyenne with my husband and son. In my spare time I am involved with horses and enjoy being outside gardening, mowing the lawn, competing on my horses, or cross country skiing.
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Meet Amy Erterlt!

I am Amy Ertelt and I am the Pre-K teacher here at Minnewaukan School. This will be my 20th year teaching and 13th year at Minnewaukan School. I live in Devils Lake with my husband Matt and my two children. Jaxon is 10 and in 5th grade. Mattyson is 15 and in 10th grade. I also live with my three crazy cats. I love teaching at Minnewaukan School because of all the amazing students and staff.
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Students should not miss more than 20 days in a school year max. A student who misses 20 or more days could be retained in their current grade level. It is important to send your student to school daily so they can keep up on their grade level skills and also learn routines are important to being successful in daily life.

If your student is ill, has an appointment, or has to be gone for any other reason please call the school as soon as you can so we can be aware of what is going on.

Minnewaukan School Website

The website includes the school calendar, daily events calendar, calendar of activities, lunch menu, and all of the instant alerts that have been sent out. Please use this tool to keep up to date on happenings within the school.