From the Office of the Superintendent 5/25/18

ISD 709 News for Families

Resources for Families: Talking With Children About Abuse

Recent headlines regarding the arrest of a local teacher are a topic of conversation among both adults and children. School counselors and social workers, along with local organizations like First Witness and PAVSA, offer the following advice and support when talking with children about what happened:

  • Silence is not on our side. It's the very fear of speaking up that allows abuse to happen in the first place. If we can’t talk to our children about abuse, we risk their voices remaining silent.
  • We can always tell our children: “you can ask me anything”, “you can tell me anything”, and “this is never, never, never, a child’s fault."
  • The Healthy Relationships Initiative and shares the following tips; Stay Calm, Listen, Inquire, Refrain from judgment, Bring up hard topics in the right setting, and thank them for their honesty. For more information, see their article “Having Difficult Conversations with your Teen."
  • Kids don’t often understand “jail”, “incarceration”, or many of the other terms they see on TV or social media or hear from friends.
  • The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation along with Friends Outside have authored “How to Explain Jails and Prisons to Children - A Caregivers Guide”. The information may be helpful t when talking with kids - particularly younger ones.
  • Local resources are available to help us talk with our kids. Contact First Witness (218-727-8353) or PAVSA (24 hr Crisis Line 218-726-1931) with questions about sexual assault, sexual abuse, health boundaries or just talking to kids about difficult topics. In an emergency, call 911 or the Mobile Crisis Unit at 623-1800.
Many thanks to our school counselors, social workers and community partners for this important information.

Free Meals for Children: 2018 Summer Breakfast & Lunch Program Begins June 12

Funded by the US Department of Agriculture, meals are provided to children 18 years of age and under without charge, adults who accompany their children can purchase a meal for $4.00.

Meals are served June 12 - August 24, 2018 (no mealservice on July 4, 2018). No paperwork necessary, just show up for good food and friendly service.
Menus include a variety of food items: hot entrees, salads, sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, bread, milk, and dessert items.
--Breakfast: 8:00AM to 10:30AM
--Lunch: 11:30AM - 1:00PM
ISD 709 Summer Meal Locations
>Lester Park Elementary, 5300 Glenwood Street
>Myers-Wilkins Elementary, 1027 N 8th Avenue East
>Piedmont Elementary, 2827 Chambersburg Avenue
>Laura MacArthur Elementary, 720 North Central Avenue
>Stowe Elementary, 715 - 101st Avenue West
Note: Denfeld High School, 401 North 44th Avenue West, will have regular breakfast and brown bag lunch service this summer.

Lowell Spanish Language Immersion: Openings for Kindergarten & Grade 1

There are nine Kindergarten and a handful of Grade 1 openings for the 2018-19 school year, families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

For detailed information:
Nueva Vision Spanish Immersion, Grades K, 1
Crystal Goldman, Spanish Immersion Coordinator:
crystal.goldman@isd709.org or 218.336.8700, ext.1166

KEYZone Accepting Registrations for 2018/19 School Year

Currently, the K.E.Y. Zone program is taking registrations for the 2018-19 school year. For program and registration information, please contact Mark Connor at 218 336-8900 x 2, or www.duluthcommunityed.org or www.duluthymca.org. Find us on Facebook.

KEYZone News:

Fitger's 5K: Several Laura MacArthur and Stowe K.E.Y. Zone Run Club students participated in the Fitger’s 5K. Members of the club trained for several weeks before the race date. All participants did very well and had a great time running the race. The K.E.Y. Zone staff and children would like to thank all the individuals who donated money to help pay the race fees and the purchase of team T-Shirts for the participants.

Global Youth Service Project: Each year KEYZone participates in a Global Youth Service Project. Each program decides what their event will be, and where the proceeds from the event will be donated. Events were held at all 9 elementary school programs.

Helping Hands Theater: Friends and family enjoyed the Laura MacArthur K.E.Y. Zone Helping Hands Theater presentation of “ The Quilt Makers Gift”. The play was based on the book by Jeff Brambeau. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Damiono Center.

Denfeld HS Auto Auction - All Bids Due by Friday June 1
Check the auction form for detailed information: https://bit.ly/2KLHFCI
These seven donated vehicles have served to help teach and build some of the best and brightest automotive technicians in the region. The cars are now being made available to the public to purchase. Some are safe drivers and some are just parts cars for people who might want or need them.
All proceeds will go back to the school’s Automotive Technology program to support the club and support installation of 2 new hoists in the Automotive Lab for fall 2018. The lab serves Denfeld and Duluth East students.
>>Vehicles viewable outside the Denfeld Automotive Lab, north side of the school.
>>For technical info regarding the vehicles: 218-336-8700 x2084
>>For questions regarding the auction: 218-336-8738
Congratulations, Joe Schingen, 2018 Gold Star Teacher Award
Joe Schingen, Area Learning Center and Academic Excellence Online High School (AEO), is the recipient of the 2018 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award. Andy Goldfine made the announcement at a reception at Lincoln Park Middle School Wednesday evening during which he presented Schingen with a trophy and a $5,000 check.

Work of Art by Lincoln Park Middle School Students, Local Artists

Thank you, College of St. Scholastica and Duluth artists Sarah Brokke, Jonathan Thunder, and Paul La Jeunesse for collaborating with students on this project.


Big Hearts, Meaningful Learning at Piedmont

First grade students wrote letters and made blankets for children at the Essentia/St. Mary's Children's Hospital. The work supports a social studies unit on citizenship and teaches the important values of kindness and caring for others. #PantherProud

Top Gilruth Continuum aviation science students, Gina Udd, Lincoln Park Middle School, and Siri Pilate, Lyvia Lyons, and Ellie Stumme, Ordean East Middle School, received the 2018 Apollo-Gilruth Continuum Award for academic excellence from the Duluth Aviation Institute. The Institute supports 6th grade science teachers with curriculum and classroom kits for the two month aviation science unit, the recipients excelled in aero-activities, extra credit projects, and in the post-test.

The top 15% students were rewarded with the Kundel First Flight Event at Lake Superior College Center for Advance Aviation in May. These top students received a Young Eagles flight at Duluth International Airport.

Denfeld High School Singer/Songwriter

A Duluth Denfeld early graduate is finding his passion through music. 17-year-old Jacob Mahon graduated last week from Denfeld High School.

Profile on WDIO-TV

Fit-n-Fun Run at Denfeld

The 11th annual Essentia Health Fit-n-Fun Run was held at Public Schools Stadium track.

Over 1,900 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from Duluth elementary schools participated in the one-quarter mile races, and all students received Fit-n-Fun Run T-shirts and ribbons.