September 9, 2022
Educational Excellence with an Environmental Emphasis
The first week of school!
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
Bike Locks ...
Pet Policy ...
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.
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
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: https://bit.ly/Duluth-Family-Survey
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.
OUR PTA NEEDS YOU
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: https://www.myschoolmenus.com/instance/782/district/778
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 www.duluthcommunityed.org.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For K.E.Y. Zone: 218.336.8900 x2 or email@example.com
IMPORTANT DATES 2022-2023
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
June 8th - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES - Most Recently Added will be at the top of the list
Play - The Juneteeth Story - Denfeld High School - 9/16 @ 7PM
WINTER BASKETBALL LEAGUE - RBA Duluth
Check out registration information for Winter Basketball leagues through RBA.
Leagues start on November 1st.
Champion Force Athletics - Cheerleading!
GND REC PROGRAMMING!
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!
Girls on the run club at Stowe
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: https://duluthmn.gov/media/13942/web-version_final-parks-brochure-fall-2022.pdf
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.