Wilder Elementary School

Parent Newsletter - May 2022

Greetings from Wilder Elementary School!


Next week, May 2-6, is Teacher Appreciation Week. Everyday, I get to witness the care, concern, pride, and determination this staff has for helping our students succeed. I hope you will find a way to show your childrens' teachers some appreciation next week. Wilder has the BEST!

We look to May as a month of "wrapping up" the school year. The concerts, programs, and celebrations on the calendar are evidence of that. We also take pride in the growth we see in our students throughout the year. It is rewarding to reflect and see how far students have come in their learning. While we continue teaching and learning to the end of the month, we also enjoy the anticipation of the summer ahead. It 's a fun month to be at school!

This year-end is filled with mixed emotions for me as I retire after 36 years as an educator. My years of experience include 14 as a teacher, 15 as a principal in another district, and 7 here at Wilder. I will always refer to my time at Wilder as the "icing on the cake". I am so proud to have been a part of the Wilder community. I am grateful to parents for their support and partnerships through the years, including through a pandemic. I am in awe of this staff for their commitment to Wilder students and families. They are the best! And, your children are my greatest blessings. I will miss my daily encounters with students as I kept them at the heart of "why" I do what I do. As A.A. Milne states, "How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." Thank You! A new principal has not yet been named, but the district is in the process of hiring.


Leslie Wiegandt


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Wilder Summer School

The deadline to register online for Summer School is today. If you are still interested or have questions about your child's attendance at summer school, please call the office at 701-746-2320. Summer School runs June 6-20 from 8:00-12 Noon, with breakfast at 7:45 AM daily. Be sure to reach out if you have questions.


Upcoming Dates

Please take note of these important upcoming dates!


Wednesday, May 4 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30

Monday, May 9 - Band, Orchestra, Choir Concert, in the Gym - 6:30-7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 10 - PTO Meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm

In the Wilder Library

Thursday, May 12 - 5th Grade Music Program - 6:30-7:00 pm


Tuesday, May 17- 5th Grade Track Meet at Cushman Field 11:30-2:00

Wednesday, May 18- Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30

Thursday, May 19 - Kindergarten Music Program in the Gym - 6:30 pm

Monday, May 30 - NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)


Thursday, June 2 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

(Report cards get emailed)


Greetings from the Wilder PTO! We are looking for volunteers to help with a few events coming up to finish our school year.

  • Teacher Appreciation Week is next week (May 2-6) and we need families to sign up to bake or purchase treats for the teachers and staff. Use this SignUp Genius link to choose a day that works for you and to see the items requested for each day: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054DA8AD2BA5F85-wilder1

  • Wilder's Bike to School Day is next Thursday, May 5th. Wilder needs volunteers to help at the bike rack from 7:40-8:20am that day. Safe Kids will be there to hand out prizes to kids and one more adult is needed to help! Use the same SignUp Genius link to let us know you can help out: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054DA8AD2BA5F85-wilder1

  • We will be holding a free book shopping event with a clothing exchange in May! The date is still to be determined, so stay tuned! Please send to school your freshly washed and gently worn clothing for kids sizes toddler (12 months) to size 16, including shirts, shorts, pants, sweatshirts, dresses, and skirts. Do not send undergarments, socks, or footwear. We will have games and treats available for kids and families as well! We are looking for adult volunteers to help stand at tables to help families shop; you will also have time to shop for your children as well! 4th and 5th grade students will be helping with the games. We will send a flyer home with students once the date is set. We will then send a sign up for parents to help manage tables.

  • The May Wilder PTO meeting will be held in person on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 6pm with free pizza and childcare provided! We will meet in the Wilder library to finish our last meeting of the year with opportunities to elect PTO officers for next year and to help sort books and clothing items for our Wilder Family spring event. We would love to see you there!

2021-22 Wilder PTO Officers:

Sonja Brandt, President
Amanda Vingelen, Vice President
Cindy Prescott, Secretary
Tim Prescott, Treasurer

Join Safe Kids for Bike to School Day - Thursday, May 5!

Wilder Elementary

Thursday, May 5th

7:50 - 8:20 a.m.

Ride your bike to school and stop at the bike racks. Safe Kids will be there along with other volunteers to pass out incentive items. And remember to wear your helmet!!

This would be a great day to have your parents ride with you. If you live too far away, consider having them drive you part way and then ride the rest of the way.

A flyer on this event is included below.

Early Release Days

Grand Forks Public Schools has determined a number of early release days to allow for teacher collaboration time. Wilder Elementary School is committed to providing the instruction and support needed for all students to achieve high levels of academic success. This collaboration schedule and what we do during this valuable time is vital to that commitment.


May 4 and 18

On early release Wednesdays, students who are walking home or being picked up will dismiss from Door #4 promptly at 1:30 pm. Please plan accordingly.

Students enrolled in ENCORE's Early Out Club will report to their designated attendance location at Wilder at 1:30 pm.

Early Out Club will dismiss at 3:00 pm. Parents (of children not also enrolled in Encore) are to come to Door #1 (parking lot door) and sign their child out.


Online Registration is open on the PowerSchool Parent Portal for the 2022-2023 school year. Every student at Wilder Elementary needs to be registered in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. This process allows you to verify and update various demographic information and completes the registration process for the 2022-2023 school year. 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 2022/2023 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 office know if you student will not be returning for the 22-23 school year. If you have any questions, please call the office at 701-746-2320.

Parents LEAD

Get to know your child's friends and their families
An advantage to getting to know the parents/guardians of your child's friends is that you will know the kind of people that are influencing your child. Also, by getting to know their families, you can verify your child's statements when he or she says, "All my friends get to do it." Most importantly, connecting with the families of your child's friend will help form a safety net for your child because you can help supervise each other's children and look out for their safety. It is common in small towns for everyone to know everyone even through generations! Here are several ways you meet other families: set playdates, arrange to share driving for after-school activities, volunteer at your child's school, join PTO, attend community activities, attend sporting events or other social gatherings, etc.

For more information, visit http://www.parentslead.org/.

Important End-of-Year Information from Wilder's School Nurse

Please take a look at the flyers at the end of the newsletter for important information about picking up any medications that you may have at school for your child, as well as a Summer Health checklist.

Safe Kids May Newsletter

Safe Kids is geared to help keep kids safe at HOME, at SCHOOL, at PLAY, and ON the WAY. Please see the May Safe Kids newsletter attached below which has some great information for Spring.
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