The TEAM Times

Week of 10/11-15

What's going on this week?

Monday, October 11

Bring Pennies

Tuesday, October 12

Bring Nickels

Wednesday, October 13

Bring Dimes

Thursday, October 14

Bring Quarters

Friday, October 15

Bring any coins!

Monday, October 18

3-7 PM Fall Conferences & Bookfair

No after school or extended day. All students need to be picked up at 3:00 PM.

Tuesday, October 19

3-7 PM Fall Conferences & Bookfair

No after school or extended day. All students need to be picked up at 3:00 PM.

Wednesday, October 20

7:30 AM-3:00 PM Fall Conferences

7:30 AM-12:00 PM Bookfair

No School for students

Thursday, October 21

No School

Friday, October 22

No School

School Start & End Times

Please drop off and pick up in the parking lot or on our curb. If busses are present please do not use the curb. We are limiting visitors in TEAM this year - families will need to say goodbye outside TEAM.

7:00 AM - Extended Day open for families that qualify (must show adults in the home are working and cannot pick up)

7:40 AM - Doors open for all students

8:00 AM - School starts!

3:00 PM - School dismissal

3:00-4:00 - After School Program available to all families

4:00-5:00 - Extended Day open for families that qualify (must show ALL adults in the home are working and cannot pick up)


Join our TEAM Academy School Board

We are looking for a parent to join our TEAM Academy School Board. Our board is made up of teachers, a parent, and a community member. We meet once a month on the 3rd Wednesday at 4:15. Our meetings are usually only 30 minutes long. Current board members are Janel Schmidt, Chris Hering, Jenna Auen, Denise Gilbertson, Jenni Brittain, and Jed Kalbow. Contact Mrs. Courtney if you are interested in joining our school board -

Bookfair Fundraiser!

We are raising money for our upcoming Scholastic Bookfair to purchase some new books for the library. The class that brings in the most money will get a special treat!

Monday - bring pennies

Tuesday - bring nickels

Wednesday - bring dimes

Thursday - bring quarters

Friday - bring any coins

Washing Masks

Please make sure your child's cloth mask is being washed every night. We do have extras at school and have been giving them out too.

Extended Day - Mornings

Our doors open at 7:40 AM. If you drop off before that and your child does not qualify for Extended Day, they will need to wait outside until the bell rings at 7:40 AM.

No Outside Breakfast Food or Drinks

No outside food is allowed for breakfast. If your child has a shake, Mc Donald's breakfast, etc. please have them eat/drink it before they enter the building. Students are only allowed to have water in the classroom.

Clean up your voicemailbox

Please make sure your voicemailbox is not full. There are times we need to get ahold of parents and are unable to leave a voicemail.

Back to School Forms

We need all student forms turned in ASAP. Thank you to everyone who has them turned in already!

  • Free/Reduced Lunch form (purple)
  • Student Forms - see link below
  • New students - make sure your immunizations, birth certificate, home language survey, and records release forms are turned in to Mrs. Bartz.

Lunch Money

If your child is bringing a cold lunch from home and they want a milk, they will need to bring $0.50. You can send more money and we can deposit in their lunch account.

Upcoming dates to remember:

October 18-19 - No After School or Extended Day - All students dismissed at 3:00 PM

October 18 & 19 - Fall Conferences 3:15-7:00 PM

October 20 - Fall Conferences 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

October 20-22 - No School - MEA Break

October 28 - Picture Day

October 29 - Halloween Party 3-4 PM after school

December 1 - Picture Retake Day

Extended Day Sign Up

Does your child need to be dropped off before 7:40 or stay after 4:00 because of your work schedule? Fill out this form so they can be approved and put on the list.

Bus Information

If you have any questions about your child riding a school bus, please call:

Palmer Bus Company - 507-833-1150

Lenz Bus Company - 507-835-5104

COVID Testing Information

How Minnesotans can get a COVID-19 test:

  • Walk in or schedule an appointment for a free test at one of the state’s 11 community testing sites across Minnesota: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites
  • Order a free test through the state’s at-home testing program: COVID-19 Test at Home
  • Find other testing options near them through the state’s Find Testing Locations map, including through local providers, pharmacies and clinics: Find Testing Locations.

Who Should Get Tested

  • Even if you are vaccinated, Minnesotans should get tested:
    • if you have symptoms of the virus;
    • if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19;
    • if you are returning from international travel;
    • or if you have attended a large gathering or event where people are not wearing masks and are not able to stay 6 feet apart.
  • People who are unvaccinated should test before travel (domestic or international).
  • Unvaccinated teachers, staff and students in K-12 should test weekly at a minimum or more frequently per CDC guidance.
  • With the at-home program and 11 community testing sites offering free testing across the state, the state has made it easy for Minnesotans to find a test.

TEAM Academy COVID-19 Preparedness Plan 21-22

Our goal is to stay in person this school year! Here are the main things your family can do to help us. The full COVID-19 Preparedness Plan can be viewed in the link below. We had no positive cases in our building last year, so let's work together to make this happen again.

Masks: Masks are required indoors by all individuals (vaccinated or not). Masks are required on school transportation vehicles (mandated by CDC).

Students will not be considered close contacts if both the infected student (lab confirmed) and the exposed student(s) were correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.

Health Screening Process: If you're sick, stay home. If your child is exhibiting any illness-like symptoms please keep them home.

Other Mitigation Strategies: TEAM will continue to implement grade level cohorting, 3 feet physical distancing, hand hygiene practices, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and enhanced indoor air ventilation to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We also have new air purifiers in every room!

Vaccinations for School Age Students: Individuals age 12 and older are currently eligible for the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Community sites continue to offer vaccinations to students age 12 and up. The State of Minnesota Vaccine Locator tool allows searching by zip code, distance, age group, and more.

COVID-19 Testing: Minnesota and Vault Medical Services have teamed up to offer no-barrier, at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for everyone who lives in Minnesota, with or without symptoms. You can read more about this service on the Minnesota Department of Health website. We do have the saliva tests and rapid tests available to send home with families that request it. The tests are only for students to use.

Visitors: In order to help maintain our safe school environment, TEAM Academy is not allowing visitors during the school day.

Instruction during quarantine: If you child needs to quarantine, the classroom teacher will get work for them to complete.

TEAM Academy Covid-19 Preparedness Plan

Click to see our full Covid-19 Preparedness Plan for the 21-22 school year.

COVID Testing Options

There are many ways to get tested for COVID-19 and the following options are available at no cost to Minnesotans.

  • The state is providing free testing options for schools to offer to students and staff.
    • All schools are strongly encouraged to offer testing options and share information with parents/guardians and school staff, including how consent for testing will be obtained.
  • There are COVID-19 community testing sites across Minnesota offering free tests to all.
  • People can go to local pharmacies, hospitals and clinics. You can search for testing sites near you at Find Testing Locations.
  • Families can also use the COVID-19 test at home program to have a test mailed to them.


We've had a staffing change over the past week with our Music/Band/Choir teacher. We were able to hire Thomas Prahl, but he needs to complete his student teaching this fall. He will join us at TEAM when we return in January. Until then, the students will have all their Spanish classes this fall/winter with Mrs. Negrete. Then in January they will start Music/Band/Choir. He comes to us with an extensive music education background! We are excited to have Mr. Prahl at TEAM!

Updating Contact Information

Please be sure to notify the office of any change in address, phone number, change of work place, marital status, family members or emergency phone numbers. Notification of these changes as they occur are greatly appreciated.

You can also log into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal to update your contact information.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Login

If you need help with your login information contact: