Northeast News

May 2022


Dear Northeast Families,

The sun is starting to appear, the weather is warming, and flowers are starting to bloom. May is one of my favorite months of the year. This is the month where we as educators get to see the fruits of our labor. It is fun to see our student’s growth over the course of the year. Northeast students are in the process of taking the state FAST assessments. These assessments measure our students’ progress in the areas of reading and math. Our teachers will be assessing now through the end of May. We will share this data with you towards the end of the month.

Northeast students enjoyed an action packed Leadership week April 18-22. We kicked off the week with keynote speaker, Pastor Scott Rains. Pastor Rains delivered a message of kindness and inclusion to our students. He taught us that curiosity shrinks fear. He challenged our students to get curious and ask questions when we do not understand something.

Throughout the week, our students participated in two student led virtual assemblies where we saw leadership in action around our school. Students also “sharpened their saws” by engaging in activities to renew their bodies, minds, hearts, and spirits.

Thank you to all of our families who joined us for our CultureALL event on Thursday, 4/21. It was fun seeing the students and parents dancing, eating, and learning about cultures from around the world. It was a great evening!

We ended leadership week with a CultureALL assembly where we learned about music and customs from the Japanese culture. It was a fun week that showcased what it means to be a Leader in Me school.


Laura Ryan


MRA Survey – Please take a few minutes to take the Parent Leader In Me Survey. This information helps us to make decisions on Leader in Me programming and to determine next steps. We value and need your input.


If your child has had medication in my office, I will be sending that home with them on the last day of school. If you prefer to pick it up at a different time, please let me know.

As always, if your child has a new health condition that comes up in the summer, feel free to email me as I will be checking that regularly.

Have a wonderful summer break!


May Guidance Units


Unit Title: Careers

Essential Question: What is a job/occupation?

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Name a job and what one might do as part of that occupation.

1st Grade

Unit Title: Careers

Essential Question: How do my preferences and interests help me choose a job?

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Choose a job that connects to their interests and abilities.

2nd Grade

Unit Title: Careers

Essential Question: What are the skills you need to work in a cooperative group and how can I be a good team member?

Students Will Be Able To:

  • List characteristics of a productive team member.

  • Demonstrate active listening, (look, lean, and listen) one person talking at a time, fulfilling group roles, completing tasks, managing time and managing any conflicts.

3rd Grade

Unit Title: Careers

Essential Question: How are occupations sorted into career pathways?

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Match occupations to the correct career pathways.

4th Grade

Unit Title: Careers Continued

Essential Question: What training or education do I need for a future career?

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use resources to identify future career education/training.

5th Grade

Unit Title: Careers Continued

Essential Question: What are employability skills and how do they impact my future?

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Identify employability skills as related to their school responsibilities (work completion, punctuality, organization).


It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of the school year. We’ve had another busy month in the library. It was fun to celebrate our school libraries in April! Thanks to all of those students and classes who participated in our trivia game. Special thanks to my 5th grade helpers who did so much work organizing it!

2nd graders had a great virtual author visit with Chris Van Dusen this month. We enjoyed how he did an illustration and read one of his books.

As we begin to finish the school year, here are a few checkout reminders:

  • Last week of checkout (one book) begins on Friday, May 13th.

  • All library materials are due by Friday, May 20th. Please return all books on or before this day. On Friday, May 27th, fines will be assessed for all books that remain overdue.

  • If you think your child has lost his/her book, please contact Mrs. Brunelle and she will add the fine to your child’s account.

Media class:

5th graders will finish the year with a bridge STEM research/design project. Students will also be sharing their memories with a special memory book.

4th graders will complete their book trailer and share with different grade levels.

3rd graders will be completing their interview broadcast project.

2nd graders will finish their informational project. They will be recording and sharing!

1st graders are finishing their Who Would Win project. We share/present it and do another author study in May.

Kindergarteners will be using Wixie to type about their favorite parts of the school year. Students are working on adding images.


Attention all parents of 5th grade students:

The fifth-grade students will be presenting their spring band and general music concert on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Northeast gym. The band has been very busy preparing many new songs and is excited to share their progress with you!

The entire fifth-grade will also be performing selections from their general music class. This is a grade-wide event that we expect all fifth-grade students to attend. Northeast fifth-grade T-shirts and pants, shorts or skirts are appropriate attire for the concert.

Band students should report to the band room at 6:15 p.m. on the night of the concert to warm up.

All other students should meet in the music room at 6:20 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding this event please contact us via email. See you there!

Ms. Conley, Band

Mrs. Leisinger, General Music

Band News:

The last day of early band at Northeast will be on Thursday, May 19. Band lessons will continue during the school day through the last week of school.

All home baritones and tubas need to be returned to school by Thursday, May 19 so that they can be cleaned over the summer. If your child has signed up for 6th grade band, Ms. Conley will be in touch with you about obtaining an instrument from the middle school for next year.

Summer band camp registration for students who have completed grades 5-7 is now available at


Thanks for joining us at our April meeting. We have elected officers and have some volunteer chair positions left to fill. If you are interested in helping please reach out. We also decided that our initiative next year will focus on literacy and wellness. We are looking forward to continuing to furnish the light courts and add books to our classrooms. Our final events of the 21-22 school year are approaching with our silly string fundraiser (watch for a flyer to outline purchase details) which will be held on May 26 with a rain date of May 31. We will also be celebrating teacher appreciation in May. Keep an eye out for help we may need as that approaches! We have had another amazing year and we appreciate all of your continued support whether it be volunteering or your financial donations. Remember, if your company matches monetary or volunteer hours please get them submitted to me at Thanks again!

Laura – NE PTO President


On Friday May 20, we will host a 5th grade celebration where we honor our fifth graders as they transition off to middle school. The celebration will begin promptly at 8:15 in the gym. If you plan to attend this event, please fill out the Google Form that is linked below. All guests will need to run their IDs through our raptor system before entering the building. To expedite the check in process, we ask that if you have not done so already, please stop in the office prior to May 20 to run your ID through our system. We will pre-print visitor badges and send them home with your 5th grade student on Thursday, May 19. We would ask that you wear your badge into school on the 20th so you can avoid the line to scan your IDs. We look forward to celebrating our fifth graders with you on the 20th.

Please click here to access the Google Form that lets us know you will be attending.


Our fifth grade students will join the other north side 5th graders at the Prairie Ridge track for a track and field day on May 17. Parents are welcome to join us and watch the events from the bleachers. The track meet will begin at 9 a.m. and run until approximately 1:30 p.m.


Our applications for student roles are going digital! Is your student interested in serving NE in a student leadership role? Each week teachers will be showing what roles are currently available. There are monitors in the lunchroom that will also be showing available roles. If your student is interested they can apply using this link: Click here. We're looking forward to seeing even more student leadership!


It is important to contact the school if your child is absent or will be leaving early. Northeast's telephone number is 965-9620. You are able to leave a voicemail after hours and before school hours, as well as during the school day.

We now have a centralized school email that you can use. Please email your student's absence or appointment to This email is checked daily for messages.

Thank you so much for your help in assuring our students are safe and accounted for.


As spring approaches, NE teachers will begin the process of creating class lists for next year. Please trust our NE staff as we work to create balanced classrooms that take into account the needs of all of our students. Teachers, administration, and support staff analyze the unique social, emotional, and academic needs of all of our students and place them in an environment where they will thrive. We cannot accept parent requests for teachers or for class placement with friends.There are too many layers of consideration that go into the creation of these lists. Thank you for trusting Northeast staff in this process.


2022-2023 Before & After School Program Registration

2022-23 Before & After School Program registration will open online to current B/ASP families, including incoming Kindergarten siblings, at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 1. Beginning April 8, registration will open to all new B/ASP families, including incoming Kindergarten students. Space is limited and no longer guaranteed to current B/ASP families beginning April 8. Full registration and program information can be found on the B/ASP website:

2022 Summer Adventures Camp

Registration opens online Friday, April 1, 2022. Summer Adventures Camp is open to students who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade during the current school year. Space is limited. Camp details, including weekly themes, tuition, and registration information, can be found online:

B/ASP : Hiring for Immediate Positions & Summer Adventures Camp

Do you know someone who would be an amazing addition to the B/ASP team? We are hiring for multiple immediate & summer camp positions and are looking for individuals who love working with elementary-aged students; love working on an energetic team; and who are committed, positive role models!

Job perks:

· Multiple positions with competitive pay

· No nights or weekends

· Free work gear

· Paid sick leave

· Flexible hours *

· Make a difference & gain classroom experience

· Opportunity for continued employment over the summer & school breaks

* The Before & After School Program offers flexible hours. Most positions have the opportunity to work before school, after school, or both on select or all days of the week. Before school hours are 6:30-7:45 a.m. (6:30-8:45 a.m. on Wednesday); after school hours are immediately following school–6:00 p.m.

Applicants can apply online by clicking here! Note: high school students do qualify for the program assistant position. For application assistance, email


The link for the letter days for the month are located here on the Northeast announcement page


If you know you are moving for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact the office, 515-965-9620 or email and make us aware of your move.


The information distributed in the Virtual Backpack (vBackpack) is provided as a community service to inform members of the community of available activities or services. The majority of information included in the vBackpack is from community organizations. The vBackpack can be found here on the district's website.


  • May 2-6 – Teacher Appreciation Week

  • May 3 - 5th Grade Spring Music and Band Concert at 6:30 p.m.

  • May 4 – High School Seniors visit Northeast for Senior Breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

  • May 12 - 4th Grade Vocal Concert 6:30 p.m.

  • May 17 – 5th Grade Track and Field Day

  • May 20 – 5th Grade Celebration Ceremony 8:15 a.m. Doors will open to parents at 7:50

  • May 26 – Silly String PTO Fundraiser

  • May 27 – Field Day

  • May 30 – No School

  • June 1 – Late Start and 2 Hour Early Dismissal (12:55 dismissal time)

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