November 2022

Senior Class of 2023

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A Note About Weather Calls

Notice on NYM Weather Announcements: The New York Mills Public School utilizes five sources to quickly inform parents about school calendar changes due to the weather. The three calls we utilize include the emergency early out, the weather-related late start, or the weather-related school day cancellation. Morning weather calls are typically made by 6 a.m.

  1. Our first resource is the instant alert system called School Messanger. Parents will receive an automated phone call and/or an email through the system. More information about the School Messenger can be found on our website under the Parent Resources tab. Link: https://www.nymills.k12.mn.us/parentnotificationsystem Parents can update their contact information through the Parentvue system, or by calling the elementary or high school office.

  2. Announcements will also be posted on the NY Mills Facebook page (Search New York Mills Public School ISD 553)

  3. Announcements will be posted on the pop-up box on our website www.nymills.k12.mn.us

  4. The message is sent to local radio stations to be announced

  5. The message is sent to WDAY TV

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Nov. 2: Picture Retakes at 9 a.m.

Nov. 4: End of HS Quarter One

Nov. 7: JH/SH Band Concert at 7 p.m.

Nov. 8: Election Day

Nov. 10: Veterans Day Programs 9 a.m. & 10 a.m. (public welcome)

Nov. 10: Early Out for Parent/Teacher Conferences starting at 1 p.m.

Nov. 11: No School

Nov. 14: JH/SH Choir Concert at 7 p.m.

Nov. 17: NYM Drama Department presents "Tammy" at 7 p.m.

Nov. 18: Community Carnival 4-7 p.m.

Nov. 18: NYM Drama Department presents "Tammy" at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 19: NYM Drama Department presents "Tammy" at 7 p.m.

Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 25-Dec. 3: Christmas Tree Festival

Nov. 28: School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 1: 3-4 Music Concert 6 p.m.

Dec. 6: ECFE Event Supper with Santa 5:30-7 p.m.

Dec. 7: Early Out at 1 p.m.

Dec. 8: Pre-K Music Concert at 5:15 p.m.

Dec. 8: 1/2 Music Concert at 6 p.m.

Dec. 12: JH/SH/Jazz Band Concert at 7 p.m.

Dec. 15: 5/6 Music/Band Concert at 6 p.m.

Dec. 19: School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 19: JH/SH Choir Concert at 7 p.m.

Dec. 23-Jan. 2: Holiday Break (school resumes Jan. 3)

Jan. 3: School resumes following the break

Jan. 16: No School

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Nov. 7: JH/SH Band Concert 7 p.m.

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Nov. 8: Election Day

Five candidates are vying for the three open seats on the New York Mills Public School Board, with only one being an incumbent. In an effort to help voters get to know all the prospective school board candidates, we reached out via email to each candidate with several questions for information posters. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Read about each candidate below:

Nov. 10: Veterans Day Program

The NY Mills VFW Auxiliary will host two Veterans Day Programs for New York Mills students.

9 a.m. Veterans Day Program: PreK-5th grade students will learn the meaning behind Veterans Day in this short program. Students will also receive poppies courtesy of the Auxiliary.

10 a.m. Veterans Day Program: The public is invited to join NY Mills 6th-12th grade students for a program to honor and remember area veterans. Student essay winners will be featured, and there will be several music performances.

Nov. 10: Parent/Teacher Conferences 1-7:45 p.m.

Elementary: Conferences are scheduled ahead of time. Please contact your child's teacher if you do not know your time.

High School: Conferences are NOT scheduled. Instead, parents should come to the school between 1-8 p.m. to meet with the teachers you would like to meet with. Parents may have to wait a few minutes for an opportunity to meet.

The Community Supporting Classrooms Committee will be selling Pre-Sale Tickets during Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 10 in the commons area at a 20% discount of 5 tickets/$1. Purchase your tickets on November 10 and then stop by the Will Call Booth the night of the carnival to pick up your pre-sale ticket envelope. No refunds.

Nov. 14: JH/SH Choir Concert 7 p.m.

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Nov. 17-19: NYM Drama Department presents "Tammy"

Tammy is your average pre-teen. She has a crush on a popular jock. She wants to fit in with the cool crowd. Her parents and teachers just don't get her. Oh, and she's part T-Rex. Being different is never easy, but it gets a whole lot harder when your lunch is raw meat and you get muzzled every time you roar in math class. With the help of her best friend, Hope, Tammy struggles to keep her talons in check and her head held high. But can she learn to navigate the hallways of middle school while governing her own prehistoric tendencies? A hilarious homage to growing up in the 90s.

  • Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. (following the Community Carnival)
  • Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Nov. 18: Community Carnival

The 11th Annual NYM Community Carnival will be held on Friday, November 18 from 4-7 p.m. at the school. This Community Supporting Classrooms event features 26 games, 2 inflatables, a balloon twister, a phenomenal prize table, and one of the community’s best silent auctions of the year.

"We are excited about the upcoming 11th annual CSCC NYM Carnival," said Hailey Windels, CSC member and first grade teacher. "Last year's carnival raised over $13,000 (the best year yet, despite having to reschedule it for a Monday) to donate back to elementary classrooms, High student council, High School teams & clubs, new Eagle shirts to all incoming Kindergarteners, and an author/speaker visit to the elementary. At this year's carnival, we have 5 new games, new prizes, and new silent auction items. Be sure to come check it all out on Friday, November 18th from 4-7 p.m. We hope to see you at the Carnival!"


The Carnival doors open at 4 p.m. and close at 7 p.m. Children of all ages (and adults too!) can play any of the 26 games or the 2 inflatables for the price of a few tickets. Besides game booths, plan to check out Clueless--The Balloon Twister & Friends. She will be twisting balloons into amazing characters, so make sure to stop by her booth and pick up your very own balloon friend.

Each game booth "costs" a certain amount of tickets. Tickets can be purchased the night of the carnival for 4 tickets/$1. We are also excited to offer Pre-Sale Tickets during Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 10 in the commons area at a 20% discount of 5 tickets/$1. Purchase your tickets on November 10 and then stop by the Will Call Booth the night of the carnival to pick up your pre-sale ticket envelope. (no refunds on pre-sale tickets)

Similar to an arcade, “winners” at the game booths earn prize “tokens” (we use punch cards), which can be spent at the prize table. The prize table will include a wide variety of exciting prizes that “cost” a certain amount of “tokens.” This way, children can choose the prizes they want to take home.

Silent Auction

Circling the Silent Auction tables will be a great way to spend the evening. The auction starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 6:45 p.m.

As has been our tradition, each elementary classroom puts together a basket of goodies for a themed basket. This year the baskets will feature everything from games to hunting, from baking to camping.

“We love the creativity of students and teachers, and we greatly appreciate the generous donations from families, teachers and community members,” said Hailey Windels.

Besides the classroom baskets, the silent auction includes donations from area businesses. Make sure to check it out!


Come hungry and enjoy supper served by the NYM High School Close-Up! The concession stands will also be open for candy and popcorn.

Following the Carnival

The NY Mills High School Drama Department will present “Tammy: A Coming of Age Story About a Girl Who is Part T-Rex” starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. (Please note: The play start time is 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday.)

Final notes:

  • In the case of inclement weather on November 18, the carnival will be moved to Monday, November 21 from 4-7 p.m.

  • We need volunteers!! If you would be willing to operate a game for a portion of the evening, please email the carnival committee at nymkid@gmail.com or message us on Facebook at: New York Mills Community Carnival.

  • If you would like to donate an item for the Silent Auction, please email nymkid@gmail.com, message us on Facebook, or drop it off in the District Office.
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Dec. 1: 3/4 Music Concert at 6 p.m.

3/4 will also perform a matinee at 1:30 p.m.
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Dec. 6: ECFE Supper with Santa

The NY Mills ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) Program will be hosting Supper with Santa from 5-6 p.m. on Dec. 6. The evening is for families of children ages birth to pre-kindergarten. The evening begins with supper in the lunchroom and will move to the sports center foyer where children can meet Santa, as well as complete a few "make and take" crafts.

Dec. 8: Pre-K/K Concert & 1/2 Concert

The Pre-K/Kindergarten Concert will be from 5:15-5:45

The 1/2 Concert will be from 6-6:30

K-2 will also perform at 1:30 p.m. (Pre-K does not participate in the matinee because half of the class is not at school that day.)

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Satchel Pulse

New York Mills School will be utilizing Satchel Pulse across the district to help monitor and improve the social-emotional learning (SEL) and well-being of students. Ensuring students’ emotional needs are met is an important priority that has been identified during the 2022 strategic planning session.

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social-emotional learning is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to

  • Develop healthy identities

  • Problem-solve effectively

  • Manage emotions

  • Achieve personal and collective goals

  • Demonstrate respect and responsibility

  • Feel and show empathy for others

  • Establish and maintain supportive relationships

  • Make responsible and caring decisions.

Studies show that SEL programs increase academic performance, attendance, behavior, and post-secondary success.

How will the NY Mills School District utilize Satchel Pulse?

Students in grades 2-12 will be (or were) given a self-screener for students to self-analyze their skills in the following five areas: (1) self-awareness, (2) self-management, (3) social awareness, (4) relationship skills, and (5) Responsible decision-making skills. Elementary teachers (K-6) will also complete a screener for each of their students.

After the screeners are completed, the Satchel Pulse program will analyze the data and provide the student support team with SEL interventions. The student support team will then meet with students to work on SEL-specific goals. Our Student Support Team includes: Jodi Raser (high school), Kelly Tumberg (high school), Kristin Draeger (elementary), Julie Radniecki (elementary), and Katherine Dittmann (elementary) The program also provides classroom lessons that can be used by teachers for all students.

Please note that the Satchel Pulse SEL screener is NOT a mental health screener. It is NOT designed to identify disorders requiring support from a mental health professional

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Notice to Elementary Parents:

We have received several calls concerning the transportation of students to other locations or on other buses. In response to these questions, we wanted to communicate the NYM Elementary Transportation Practice:

  • Elementary students have one pickup and one drop-off.

  • The NYM Busses can NOT be used for sleepovers, birthday parties, and other events. Other transportation arrangements need to be made.

  • Exceptions:

    • Blended families, with joint custody

    • With a note, students are allowed to get off at a different established bus stop within the same bus route. This is an exception because that student is already counted on the bus, and thus will not cause overcrowding.

    • Emergencies

Reasons behind this practice:

  • This practice is the safest way the school can assure all students are dropped off at the correct location

  • This practice allows us to limit bus overcrowding.

  • This practice limits the number of bus changes a day. Excessive numbers of bus changes have caused problems in the past.

  • This practice cuts down on confusion for bus drivers

  • This practice has decreased behaviors and bullying on buses.

Lessons from our Student Teachers

We have been enjoying our two student teachers this fall. Read on to learn what Zach Hocking and Jamie Geoge have learned over the last few months.

Early Childhood Family Education

Parents and Preschoolers Together (2-5 yo, separating class) on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7 pm. October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 15, 27 and 29.

Pop in Play (birth - 5 yo, non-separating class) on Friday mornings from 10 - 11:30 am. September 30, October 7, 14, 28, November 4 and 18.

Additional activities:

Supper with Santa on December 6th from 5:30 - 7 pm

2022-23 Adopt-A-Class Partnerships!

Adopt-A-Class is back and partnerships have officially been announced for the 2022-2023 school year! Thank you to the following businesses for volunteering to partner with our amazing students at New York Mills Elementary School for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year!

Farmer’s Daughter Rustic Bakery… Pre-K

Magnifi Financial (NYM)…. Kindergarten

Dr. Rachel Grieger, DDS… Kindergarten

NYM Public Library… 1st Grade

Mills Country Market…. 1st Grade

Designs By Tes… 2nd Grade

Centennial Realty… 2nd Grade

Farmers & Merchants State Bank… 3rd Grade

Mills Locker Plant… 4th Grade

Mills Lanes… 4th Grade

Lake Country Home Care… 5th Grade

Brunswick (NYM)… 5th Grade

Lumber Depot… 6th Grade

The goal of this project is to build relationships between New York Mills businesses, students, and the community. Adopt-A-Class invites the community into the school in support of teachers and their students. By adopting a class (an entire grade), businesses form partnerships with specific grade levels by providing moral support and positive feedback to students. This partnership also allows students to learn about businesses in NYM and share their talents.

This program is intended to be an opportunity for grades to display art/classroom work at the business partnership, find unique ways to work together throughout the year, and possibly a chance for the students to visit their partnered business. Any and all ideas for collaboration are welcome! We hope it will be a win-win situation…what a great way to improve business/school relationships! It is also a great way to showcase many of the great things that happen in our school!

This partnership will be in effect for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. If you would like to support any of the listed businesses in their partnership with their designated grade level, please reach out to that business! And be on the lookout for photos and postings of Adopt-A-Class activities throughout the school year!

If you have any questions, please reach out to NYM Elementary Principal - Judith Brockway, or the NYM Elementary School Adopt-A-Class Committee – Bridget Weller, Jacob Krebs, Jaden Karger, and Danielle Grieger.

Healthy Habits

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Thanks for Supporting the Book Fair

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Note 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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