May 2023

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*Bold Items are events for Parents/Community Members

April 28: Junior High Softball Tournament

April 29: Prom (Grand March at 7 p.m.)

April 30: Pink Lemonade Daddy & Daughter Dance 3-6 p.m. (Grand March at 3)

May 1: National Principal's Day

May 2:

  • Pre-K Field Trip to Otter Cove
  • Fifth Grade Field Trip to Walker Lake

May 3: Pre-K Field Trip to Otter Cove

May 4:

  • NYM Senior Scholarship Ceremony at 1 p.m.
  • K-2 Spring Concert at 5:30-kindergarten; 6:00-first grade; 6:30-second grade

May 5:

  • School Lunch Hero Day
  • Third Grade Field Trip to Itasca State Park
  • Kdg Field Trip to Mursu Dairy Farm
  • Sixth Grade Field Trip to Otter Tail Operations Center (a.m.)
  • Sixth Grade DARE Graduation 1:30 p.m.

May 6: NYM Booster Club Golf Tournament

May 8-12: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8:

  • Pre-K to Bakery (Adopt-A-Class )
  • Bandwagon Meeting in the commons at 6:30 p.m.
  • JH/SH/Jazz Band Concert at 7 p.m.

May 9: Pre-K to Bakery (Adopt-A-Class )

May 10: School Nurse Day

May 11:

  • Fifth Grade Field Trip to Fort Ripley and Safari North Zoo
  • Muffins with Wonderful Women at 2 p.m. (Kdg-Weller)
  • 3-4 Music Concert 5-6 Band Concert at 6 p.m.

May 12:

  • Muffins with Wonderful Women at 2 p.m. (Kdg-Karger, Krebs, Grieger)
  • First Grade Field Trip to Zoo (Rain Date: Friday, May 19)
  • Fourth Grade Field Trip to Glendalough

May 14: Mother's Day

May 15:

  • Second Grade Field Trip to Bonanzaville
  • Third Grade Cookout with F&M Bank (Adopt-A-Class)
  • JH/SH Choir Concert at 7:30 p.m.
  • Optional Classroom Preference Form due to Elementary Office

May 16:

  • Young Writer's Conference for 3-6 graders
  • HS Child Development Class tours Wadena Hospital
  • First Grade to NYM Library (Adopt-A-Class)
  • Pre-K Graduation at 5:30 p.m. in Auditorium

May 17: Track & Field Day for grades 1-6 (Rain Date: May 24)

May 18:

  • National Speech Language Pathologist Day
  • Senior Breakfast hosted by Mrs. Tumberg, Mrs. Hendrickx & Mrs. Weller 7:30-8:30
  • Senior Photo at 9 a.m.
  • Track & Field Day for Kindergarten at 1 p.m. (inside if raining)
  • 5/6 Music Concert at 6 p.m.

May 19: Fourth Grade Field Trip to Recycling Center & Rollerskating

May 22:

  • Fourth Grade Fairy Tales 9:45 & 1 (Day 1 of 3)
  • School Board Meeting at 5:30 in HS Media Center

May 23: Spelling Bee at 9 a.m.

May 24:

  • Fourth Grade Fairy Tales 9:45 & 1 (Day 2 of 3)
  • Rain Date for Track & Field Day
  • Sixth Grade Field Trip to Alexandria
  • Last Day of Classes for the Class of 2023

May 25:

  • Fourth Grade Fairy Tales 9:45 & 1 (Day 3 of 3)
  • Senior Graduation Practice and Senior Walk 9 a.m.

May 26:

  • Last Day of School (Elementary Bingo & DJ on the Playground)
  • Early Out at 1 p.m.
  • Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

May 29: Memorial Day Program at 10 a.m.

May 30: Teacher Work Day

May 31: Teacher/Staff Development Day

July 24-27: Elementary Eagle Boosters

July 31-Aug. 3: Elementary Eagle Boosters

Aug. 7-10: Elementary Eagle Boosters

Sept. 5: First Day of 2023-24 School Year

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May 4: Senior Scholarship Ceremony at 1 p.m.

Please join us as we recognize the achievements of the New York Mills Class of 2023 during the Scholarship and Awards Ceremony starting at 1 p.m. The junior class National Honor Society members will also be recognized.

May 4: K-2 Spring Concerts at 5:30, 6 & 6:30

The K-2 Spring Music Concert will be held on Thursday, May 4. Due to large class sizes, each grade will have its own performance time. The kindergarten will sing at 5:30 p.m., the 1st grade will sing at 6 p.m. and the 2nd grade will sing at 6:30 p.m. All concerts are in the auditorium. There will be no day time performance.

May 5: Sixth Grade DARE Graduation at 1:30 p.m.

Family and friends of the NYM Sixth Grade Class are invited to join us for DARE Graduation. The ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Students will each receive their DARE certificate and the winning student essays will be read.

May 6: Booster Club Golf Tournament

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May 8: JH/SH/Jazz Band Concert at 7 p.m.

May 11-12: Muffins with Wonderful Women at 2 p.m.

Thursday, May 11: Mrs. Weller's class will host Muffins with Wonderful Women at 2 p.m.

Friday, May 12: Mr. Krebs', Mrs. Karger's, & Mrs. Greiger's kindergarten classes will host Muffins with Wonderful Women at 2 p.m.

May 11: 3-4 Music Concert & 5-6 Band Concert at 6 p.m.

The 3-6 concert will NOT have separate start times. Expect a full house.

May 15: JH/SH Choir Concert at 7:30 p.m.

May 15: Optional Classroom Preference Form Due

Each spring, New York Mills elementary teachers work diligently as a grade level to make classroom placement recommendations for each child for the coming year. This process focuses equally on creating balanced and compatible groups of peers, as well as matching students with complementary teacher characteristics.

It is our PREFERENCE that parents will trust the staff to make an appropriate classroom placement for their children. However, we understand that in a small number of cases, there are exceptional circumstances that call for a form as an option for parents who feel strongly about providing input into placement decisions.

There is an OPTIONAL Classroom Preference Form available in the Elementary Office. This form must be completed and returned by May 15, 2023. (Typically, we have a deadline of April 1. This year, we inadvertently left this information out of the March newsletter. Thus, the deadline has been extended to May 15.)

May 16: Pre-Kindergarten Graduation at 5:30 p.m.

Family and friends of the NY Mills Pre-Kindergarten classes are invited to attend our annual Pre-Kindergarten Graduation night starting at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for seating and pre-kindergarten line-up will start at 5:15 p.m.

May 17: Track & Field Day for grades 1-6

We are excited about our annual Elementary Track & Field Day. This event is held at the football field/track located near Smith Park.

Grades 4-6 will be in the morning from 8:45-11:15 a.m.

Grades 1-3 will be in the afternoon from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

May 18: Senior Breakfast & Senior Photo 7:30 a.m.

Senior Breakfast: Per NY Mills tradition, the members of the Class of 2023 are invited to join the kindergarten teachers for a walk down memory lane on Thursday, May 18 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. for the Senior Breakfast. Donuts and juice will be served in the BIG Kindergarten Classroom (currently Mrs. Weller's room). Seniors are invited to stop by to visit their kindergarten teachers (Mrs. Tumberg, Mrs. Hendrickx, & Mrs. Weller), look through (and keep) the photos and work from kindergarten, and enjoy a donut. All seniors are welcome, even those that did not attend kindergarten at NYM.

Senior Photo by Caulfield Studio: The Class of 2023 Senior Photo will be at 9 a.m. in the auditorium. Set up takes time because high school office staff must first hand out cords and stoles. Individual senior photos will also be taken at this time. Seniors should arrive with their robes, hats, and completed photo packages. Seniors can start getting fitted and pick up their caps, gowns, and tassels the week of May 1st till the 17th (the day before the group photo). The rental is $15.00 and must be paid in the District office prior to being fitted for your cap and gown.

May 18: Kindergarten Track & Field at 1 p.m.

Join us on the NYM Elementary playground for Kindergarten Track and Field day. (The event will move inside if it is raining.) Start time is 1 p.m.

May 18: 5/6 Music Concert at 6 p.m.

May 22: School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m.

The NY Mills School Board meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the NY Mills High School Media Center.

Please note: In June, July & August, the Board will meet at 5:00 p.m.

May 23: Elementary Spelling Bee at 9 a.m.

Families of Spelling Bee Finalists will be invited to attend the NYM Spelling Bee at 9 a.m. The written semi-final rounds are already taking place.

May 22, 24 & 25: Fourth Grade Fairy Tales

Mrs. Paavola's reading classes (both Mrs. Paavola and Mr. Gieser's classes) will perform Fourth Grade Fairy Tales at 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, May 22, Wednesday, May 24, and Thursday, May 25. Fourth Grade family and friends are invited to attend one of the performances. Watch for more information from Mrs. Paavola.

May 24: Last Day of Classes for Seniors!

Although Wednesday, May 24 is the last day seniors attend classes, all seniors are expected to return for graduation practice on Thursday, May 25.

May 25: Senior Graduation Practice & Senior Walk at 9 a.m.

Led by the administration and the senior class advisors, the Class of 2023 will walk through what is expected during the commencement ceremony during graduation practice. The Class of 2023 will also participate in one final Hallway Parade. Underclassmen will line the halls as seniors make their final loop around the NYM School.

May 26: Last Day of School for K-11

Friday, May 26 is the Last Day of School for students in grades K-11. This is a scheduled early release. Busses will leave at 1 p.m.

Two fun activities have been planned for the elementary students: The Community Supporting Classrooms will be calling bingo from the elementary office and recess will be a dance party with DJ Taylor Peterson providing music.

May 26: NYM Class of 2023 Commencement at 7:30 p.m.

The NYM Class of 2023 Commencement will be held on Friday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the sports center.

May 29: Memorial Day Program at 10 a.m.

The NYM VFW will host a Memorial Day Program at the NYM School on Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
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A few openings for Pre-K

We currently have a few openings for students in our Pre-KIndergarten program for the 2023-2024 school year. Students that will be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2023, qualify. Email Kendra at kgeiser@nymills.k12.mn.us

Stuff the Bus Applications being accepted

Click the button below for a pdf of the application

Public Notice: Cameras installed on buses

This week, six video cameras have been installed on each of the 14 New York Mills School Buses. The cameras are video only, with no sound being recorded. Two cameras will be utilized as Stop Arm Cameras, recording vehicles that violate the stop-arm sign. We are working closely with the New York Mills Police Department to help notify the public of Stop Arm safety. Vehicles must refrain from passing a school bus with its Stop Arm extended.

In addition to the external cameras, four cameras have been installed inside each bus. These cameras will primarily be used to assist in student behavior incidents.

Cameras are not a live feed and will be reviewed later by the administration only. Although the cameras will record continuously when the bus is on, bus drivers also have access to an event button. Pressing the event button adds an indicator mark on the footage, which will make specific incidents easier to review.

The entire cost of this project was paid for using grant funds from The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Minnesota School Bus Stop Arm Signal Camera Grant. There will be quarterly reports on stop-arm incidents with the state of Minnesota to help show the effectiveness of public awareness and the added bus camera systems.

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Need Daycare? Our Summer Childcare Program is a great option

QUALIFICATIONS: Children who are at least age 5 and enrolled in Pre-K through Grade 6 in the New York Mills School District.

DATES: Tuesday, May 30 - Thursday, August 17, 2023 (NO FRIDAYS)

TIMES: 6:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

COST: $3 per child, per hour

CONTACT: Bev Witt by phone at (218) 385-4209 or email at childcare@nymills.k12.mn.us

Summer Childcare Contracts are located in the Childcare Room, Elementary Office & District Office.

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Summer Rec Activities

New York Mills School District will be having Summer Recreation again this year. In the next week, the summer rec brochure will be sent home with your children and posted on our website. Please note that the deadline to register your children in Summer Recreation activities will be Friday, May 19. The Summer Recreation Coordinator is Alicia Page. The Summer Rec Facebook Link is https://www.facebook.com/nympssummerrec

Now Accepting Bids for Student Built House

Thanks to our Administrative Professionals!

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Note from the Health Office

To help prevent the spread of illness:

  • Encourage your child to wash their hands.
  • Ensure your child gets adequate sleep each night.
  • Provide a water bottle for your child to use at school to keep him/her well-hydrated.
  • If your child is ill or is not feeling well, please keep him/her home.
  • If someone within your household tests positive for COVID, please keep all students that live in that house at home. Call the Health Office 385-4216 for further guidance.
  • Pink Eye - MDH no longer requires schools to exclude students with pinkeye. This was changed in 2019.

  • Fevers - Students should be fever-free (without the use of medications) for 24 hours before returning to school.

  • Strep Throat - Your child will need to be on antibiotics for at least 12 hours before returning to school.

NOTICE: If your child needs any prescription medication administered at school, including eye drops, you must present a doctor's order requesting the medication be given at school. The order must be turned in before any medication will be administered. Office visit notes will not be accepted as a doctor's order.

Notice from the Elementary Office:

If your child needs a change in their afterschool plan, a parent or guardian must call the office no later than 2:50 p.m. Changes that come in after 2:50 p.m. will not be guaranteed.

Notice: All Sports Questions go to Matt Radniecki

Notice: All sports questions should go to the NYM Athletic Director Matt Radniecki. Matt can be contacted via email at mradniecki@nymills.k12.mn.us
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