Stowe Updates

September 9, 2022

Educational Excellence with an Environmental Emphasis

The first week of school!

Families -

From all of the Stowe staff ... we would like to thank you for a great first week of the school year. Getting into new routines can be challenging, but we are so excited to get to know your children and to work toward sparking their joy and love of learning this year. Here's to a great 2022-2023 school year. Enjoy your weekend and we will see you all for week #2 on Monday.

Jessica Cook, Principal

218.336.8845 x1134

Fruit, Flower, & Vegetable Show ...

Our annual Fruit, Flower, & Vegetable Show will be held on Friday, September 23rd. More details coming out soon. See attached information about displays that students can bring in to share.

Bike Locks ...

We encourage students to ride their bikes to school. Our school patrol are ready to help with safely crossing intersections. If you send you child to school with their bike, please also send them with a way to lock their bike.

Pet Policy ...

Families -

We love our pets and we know that you do too, but please do not bring pets to the school grounds. It is a liability that we just cant afford to take with animals around the children. Thank you for understanding and for enjoying time with your pets off of school property while students are present.

Building Security Doors ...

Parents are required to check in at the main office when arriving at the building

Similar to last year, parents and other visitors will not be allowed inside the building except for special situations or events.

School Day Hours

7:30am - Students should not arrive before this time

7:30am - Students are allowed in the building. They enter through door "I."

7:45am - Start of the school day. Students must be in their classrooms.

2:15pm - End of the school day. Students must be on buses or picked up by 2:25.

Information on Tardy and Unexcused:

  • Students need to be in the classrooms by 7:45.

  • Students who arrive between 7:45-8:15 will be marked tardy

  • Students who arrive after 8:15 am will be marked absent

  • After so many tardies, unexcused or excessive absences, attendance letters will be mailed out.

  • A phone call goes to families at 8:45 if attendance has not been reported to the office. Please understand that this is for the safety of your child and for us to know where they are.

School Patrol For Students Who Walk

Trained School Patrol members will be on duty to assist walkers between 7:25-7:40 a.m. and 2:15-2:25 p.m. Before 7:25 a.m. or after 2:25 p.m. walkers are responsible for their own safety in crossing streets, Please urge your walkers to respect and listen to our school patrol members. They are there for student safety. Students may not cross at these intersections without the assistance of school patrol members. Commonwealth Avenue may be crossed only at Stowe Street or Fillmore. The student School Patrol members will be located at the following corners:

- Stowe and Commonwealth

- Stowe and 101st

- Stowe and Vintage Acres


ISD 709 uses the federally supported safety protocol - ALICE.

Throughout the year both teachers and students will learn more about these techniques when we complete our required fire and lock down drills. More information will be sent out in our next newsletter about this program. Any questions that you have can be directly to Ms. Cook in the main office.

Family Experience Survey ...

The Desired Daily Experience will ask families, when they engage with the school or when they come to school, what is the Desired Daily Experience? What does that look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? This information will be used to build our operational plans moving forward.

If you are a family member of a student, please fill out our Desired Daily Experience survey here:

Draft Families Desired Daily Experiences:

  • I have a voice in my child’s education, am connected to the school/district, and am informed through consistent multiple communication methods.
  • I have a sense of belonging within the school community with meaningful relationships with staff, ensuring safety and trust in the quality of education.
  • I feel welcomed and a sense of community at school including with other parents, teachers, and administration.
  • My child is welcomed, seen, heard, safe, engaged and happy while at school.
  • My child has pathways to success and opportunities beyond high school.
  • My child’s school provides an interesting, meaningful, and engaging academic learning environment/experiences that are equitable, diverse, and inclusive.
  • My child is supported with comprehensive resources that support their mental health, social emotional learning that allows for their growth.
  • My child has class sizes that allow for differentiation and individualized attention to meet their learning needs.
  • My child has equitable access to before, during, and after school activities where everyone can participate and experience success without barriers.
  • When my child makes a mistake at school they are treated fairly.


Looking for officers to help with PTA. Some of the big events at our site cannot happen without the support of our amazing parents! The PTA helps to coordinate and support our Peacemaker assemblies, Bookfair, End of Year carnival, etc. If you are interested in helping with PTA please reach out to Karyn Pederson.


Breakfast and Lunch Programs

During the 2022-2023 school year breakfast continues to be free for all students. This year students will need to pay for school lunches. We ask that every family fills this form. You can also pick up this form at the school office.

Cost for school lunch is $2.60. Students can purchase milk for $0.50. Payment can be made by cash, check (made out to Child Nutrition), or online. School menus can be found here:

Child Care and K.E.Y. Zone Program

K.E.Y. Zone is a high quality, collaborative program of the Duluth Y and Duluth Community Education. They provide supplemental services for grades K-5 for for times when school is not in session. This is a year round service and includes summer and school breaks.

  • After school service begins September 6th.
  • Families who need care must register with K.E.Y. Zone for their program at
  • Registration must be submitted prior to attending the program.
  • Hours of Service: 2:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (when school is in session)
  • Activities include club activities, games & toys, arts & crafts, homework help, outdoor & gym time.
  • Snacks are provided each day after school.


Contact: 218.336.8965 #7 or

For K.E.Y. Zone: 218.336.8900 x2 or

Social Media ...

If you want to catch up on the latest happenings check out our School website and Facebook page for updates. We are excited to share details of all the exciting things happening at Stowe!


September 23rd - Fruit, Flower, Vegetable Show - more info to come!

September 28-30th - 5th Grade to Wolf Ridge

October 11 & 13th - Fall Conferences

October 19th - Picture Day

October 21 & 22 - NO SCHOOL

November 7th - NO SCHOOL

November 23rd - Picture Retakes

November 24 & 25 - NO SCHOOL

December 23 - January 2 - NO SCHOOL

January 16th - NO SCHOOL

January 23rd - NO SCHOOL - Semester End

February 7 & 9 - Spring Conferences

February 20-24 - NO SCHOOL

April 10-14 - NO SCHOOL

May 29th - NO SCHOOL


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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES - Most Recently Added will be at the top of the list

Play - The Juneteeth Story - Denfeld High School - 9/16 @ 7PM

An community play being organized by the ISD 709 Office of Educational Equity. The event is free and intended for those 8 years and older. Registration in advance is required for seating.


Check out registration information for Winter Basketball leagues through RBA.

Leagues start on November 1st.

Champion Force Athletics - Cheerleading!

See attachment about cheerleading squad enrollment starting September 21st.


GND Rec programming is back this year with 4 days of fun a week, meeting from 2:15-4:30 Monday-Thursday. This free programming is for ages 5-15. We focus on outdoor education, sports, and art. Our dedicated YMCA staff serves kids a free 5-component meal, we spend time exploring the Stowe School Forest, and doing activities. The fun ends at 4:30 with pick-up at the Rec.

How can you be a part of the fun?

1) Attached is a waiver (one per family please) that can be printed out and returned to your teacher. This must be given to Y staff before your child can stay after school. One waiver is good for the whole school year.

2) Visit either the GND Rec Facebook page OR the YMCA Website to find links to sign-up for programming. *September links will go live at noon on Sept 6*. There are a limited number of spaces, and they are first-come, first serve for sign-ups. In the following months, links will go live at noon on the 30th of each month, and Feb. 27.

3) New this year: Registration will close at midnight on Saturday for the following week's programming. This gives teachers time to plan who is staying after for the week.

We hope to see you soon!

Ms. B"

Girls on the run club at Stowe

Exciting news: Girls on the Run is coming to Stowe Elementary! Girls on the Run is an afterschool program that uses the power of running to prepare 3rd - 5th grade girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Over the course of the 10-week, 20-lesson season, girls learn life-changing lessons about healthy friendships, teamwork, decision-making, self-respect and more, all while preparing to run a 5k. Open to all 3rd - 5th grade girls and non-binary/gender expansive youth; no previous running experience required, and generous financial aid is available. Registration is open at now! Our season will be each Monday & Wednesday 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. from September 12 - November 12, culminating with the Girls on the Run 5K the weekend of November 12/13. Space is limited so register early! Visit or contact Karen Tokarczyk at 218-336-8965 ext. 3259 for more information.

Duluth Parks and Rec Events ...

The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Division is excited to share our fall program brochure. The brochure is full of recreation activities for all ages, located in parks, community centers, and trails throughout the City.

These program offerings range from activities for youth to 55+ programs, community events, mobile recreation, introductory outdoor experiences, and more! Fall programs take place September – December; you can find the digital program brochure here:

Gary New Duluth Rec Center

The Gary New Duluth Recreation Center has teamed up with the city of Duluth to rally and organize the community needs of kids, families and seniors. They've recently partnered with the YMCA to create a space with a strong sense of place and purpose for children. Their focus is on P.L.A.Y.: Promoting Lifetime Activities for Youth.

GND REC Facebook

GND REC Website

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