Ed Clapp Elementary

EXPLORER BULLETIN - DECEMBER 2020

The mission of Ed Clapp Elementary School

Achieving excellence by educating and empowering all students to succeed.

Upcoming Events

December 7: Fill the Dome Collection Begins

December 16: Fill the Dome Collection Ends

December 17: PTA/Papa John's Pizza Fundraiser day

December 24: Winter Break Begins

January 4: Classes Resume

Winter Break Meals

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is offering free breakfasts and lunches to students during winter break. Meals must be pre-ordered by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17. Meals will be available for pickup on Wednesday, December 23 at a variety of locations and times. Your pickup time and location can be selected when filling out the meal order form. Meals will include both cold and frozen food items. Student names and ID numbers are required at pickup. To order meals, fill out this Winter Break Student Meal Order Form.

Fargo Public Schools 2020-2021 Annual Report

As evidence of Fargo Public Schools’ commitment to our patrons, the FPS 2019-20 Annual Report is now available. It showcases the qualities and services of our school district and provides a wide array of information to familiarize families and the community with Fargo Public Schools. Report details include enrollment, staffing, and budget numbers. It also gives overviews of student services and student assessment data. Thank you for your continued support as we serve the citizens of Fargo by providing students an excellent educational experience. You can access the full document at this link.

2020-21 Snow Day Procedures

After careful consideration, Fargo Public Schools (FPS) will do the following if our weather prevents us from having school:

  • School will be cancelled for the first one to two snow days that fall Monday through Thursday. If there is a snow day on a preplanned Friday distance learning day, distance learning will occur. If one to two snow days occur, we will make up the days on either April 30 and or May 17.
  • Any additional snow days after two days will either be a distance learning day at home or will be cancelled and the makeup requirement waived.

For more information about the 2020-2021 snow day procedures, visit the FPS school cancellation process webpage.

Winter is Here

With the winter weather here to stay, please be sure to send warm winter clothes to school with your child. The district policy is students go out for recess unless the temperature or wind chill reaches 15 below. Students need warm coats, hats and gloves.


All students need to wear boots. Our Kindergarten through second grade students also need snowpants in order to play in the snow. Snowpants are optional for grades 3 through 5. If you need any assistance with getting your child warm winter clothes, please contact our office.

Tardies/Absences/Appointments


  • Class starts at 8:20. Students who arrive after that time are marked tardy and should report to the office for a tardy slip. Learning starts right away in the classrooms, so it is important for your child to be on time.
  • Absences: If your child is going to be absent please contact the office staff at 446-2900. If we do not hear from you our office staff will be calling to check the whereabouts of your child....your child's safety is always our number one concern. Being on time and having good attendance is crucial for learning. When a child is habitually absent/tardy, there is a negative impact on learning. If you are ever having trouble with getting your child to school or your child is feeling sick too often, please call our school counselor, Ali Moody at 446-2938, who would be happy to work with you and offer support and suggestions.
  • If you need to pick up your child during the day, please call the office at 446-2900 when you get to the school or come to the front door and wait in the entry way. The office will call your child out of his/her classroom. Due to district policy, we are unable to call your child out of the classroom before you have arrived at the school.

Ed Clapp Elementary

Jennifer Schuldheisz, Principal

Lori Conmy, Dean of Students