Medford Elementary Newsletter

2020-21 School Year - Vol. 5

Dear Medford Elementary Families,

Winter season in Minnesota is fast approaching! Just a reminder, students need to dress warm as they are waiting outside in the morning and going out for recess each day. Please try and drop off your child as close to 8:00 as you can. Here are a few notes to remember as the seasons change:

  • Recess/Morning Arrival time will be outside if the temperature and/or wind chill is above zero degrees Fahrenheit. If it is raining, recess/morning arrival time will be indoors. Please send your student(s) prepared for the day’s weather.

If you have any questions about cold-weather gear or outside recess, please let us know.

It's a great day to be a Tiger!

Josh Carlson

Elementary Principal

Check out our first Tiger Pride (virtual) Celebration of the Year!

Please check out these communication links from our school nurse!

What is our Attendance Line #?

If you are needing to call in your child due to an illness or another reason for an absence, please dial 507.214.6378.

Thank You

Are you familiar with our Single Sign-On Portal, Clever?

With Clever, your students only need to go to one location and, with a single sign-on, gain access to all of their digital learning resources in one location - the Clever Portal. Whether your student is currently learning from home, the classroom, or both, Clever is here to help your family with all things digital learning!

Clever has been installed on each student's school iPad or Chromebook.Your child can access the apps and websites necessary for distance and classroom learning with one username and password. It can be accessed with their school email.


password: TigersGradyear Example 4th grade students: Tigers2029

If you as the parent want to access your students information through Clever, there was an email sent out a few weeks ago to sign up. There will be another email from Clever in the future should we need to go to distance or hybrid learning.

You may also access Clever on the website or download the free app on devices from home.

If you have questions feel free to contact:

Cindy Schmidt, Clever Administrator, 507-214-6371

What will happen if my child gets ill at school?

  • Parents/Guardians WILL be contacted to pick up their child.

  • Further guidance will be given by the health office and depending on the situation further guidance may be given by a healthcare provider pending the diagnoses and given instructions.

  • It’s important for students to be screened daily, at home, before school. If a parent has a concern regarding their student’s health they can contact the health office.

  • If a student or staff member is ill, we will follow the MDH exclusion guidance. (see link above)

Daily Home Screening Process

Families will be responsible for daily at home health screening prior to their student entering the school building/bus.

Use this checklist every day before your child leaves for school to determine symptoms and/or close contact/potential exposure.


If your child has any of the following symptoms it indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student's ability to learn and also put them at risk for spreading illness to others. Please check your child for these symptoms.

  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

  • Sore Throat

  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing

  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain

  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Close contact/potential exposure:

  • Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19.
  • Traveled to or lived in an area where the local tribal, territorial, or state health department is reporting large numbers of COVID-19 cases.
  • If "Yes" is the answer to any of the questions above, keep the student at home and notify the school of your child's absence. Confidentiality will be maintained at all times.

Please contact our school nurse should you have any questions 507.214.6315

Want to give a Shout Out?

We are inviting families to email Mr. Carlson when their child/ren have a successful experience outside of school. The celebration will then be announced on our weekly student led video announcements. Ideas of things that families might want announced: winning a dance competition, moving up a belt in Tae kwon do, or excelling in a sporting event. If you have something that you would like us to recognize your child/ren for, please email

1. Child's Name

2. Child's Teacher

3. The Child's Achievement

Important Dates on the Horizon!

Oct. 15-16: Education MN Convention (No School)

Oct. 21: Bus Safety Day

Nov. 2: Picture Retakes (7:30-11:00)

Nov. 3: Picture Retakes (7:30-11:00)

Nov. 5: End of Quarter #1

Nov. 6: 1/2 Staff Development Day 1/2 Workday (No School)

Nov. 17: Conferences (4:00pm-7:30pm)

Nov. 19: Conferences (4:00pm-7:30pm)

Nov. 26-27: Thanksgiving (No School)

Dec. 24-Jan. 3: Winter Break