EAGLE NEWS

November 2021

A Note from the District Office

As we turn the calendar to November, my attention is drawn to the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving has its roots in the Plymouth colony in the 1600s, when the colonists prepared a harvest feast to thank the native people for teaching them to grow corn, beans and pumpkins. Crops that were essential for survival in those times. The colonists were thankful and wanted to show their gratitude through a special feast. Hundreds of years later, the core meaning of Thanksgiving remains “being thankful.”


With that said, I want to practice thankfulness. We at the New York Mills Public School are grateful for many things, from the beautiful facility to the recent upgrades in technology (like the new interactive flat screen tvs in each room). As the fall sports season comes to a close, I am thankful for the myriad of opportunities we have for our students--from football to the fall play. I am thankful for the curriculum, which not only meets state standards it also molds itself to support students at all levels. With all these things that I’m thankful for, I know that it’s the people--the staff and students--that show up each day determined to do their individual duties, which in turn helps the district as a whole move toward our goals. To put it simply, I am grateful to be part of the team here at the New York Mills Public School.


The team goes beyond the school walls though. I am appreciative of the supportive and caring community we serve. Schools cannot achieve success without the support of the families and businesses within the community. On this sunny fall day, I believe I can speak for the entire team at the New York Mills Public School when I say: Thank you, New York Mills, for your continued support along this road of education.


Happy November!


Blaine Novak, Superintendent

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November 1 - JH/SH Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. (Complete Concert Series Poster Below)

November 2 - Election Day

November 5 - End of Quarter for the NYM High School

November 5 - Eagles Football Section Championship Game at the FARGODOME at 5:30 p.m. vs Breckenridge (Eagle Pride Day at School---Wear Blue & White)

November 7 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

November 8 - JH Knowledge Bowl @ Fergus Falls (bus leaves at 7 a.m.)

November 8 - JH/SH Choir Concert at 7:30 p.m. (Complete Concert Series Poster Below)

November 9 - Flu Clinic from Otter Tail Public Health from 2:30-4 p.m. (see below)

November 11 - 1:00 - Early Dismissal Students/Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00-8:00 (see below)

November 11 - Veterans Day Program 9 a.m. & 10 a.m. by the VFW Auxiliary (see below)

November 12 - NO SCHOOL

November 17 - JH Knowledge Bowl @ Fergus Falls (bus leaves at 7 a.m.)

November 18 - NYMHS Drama Presents "The Play that Goes Wrong" at 7 p.m. (see below)

November 19: Eagle Pride for K-4th Grades 8:30-9 a.m.

November 19 - NYM COMMUNITY CARNIVAL 4-7 p.m. (see below)

November 19 - NYMHS Drama Presents "The Play that Goes Wrong" at 7:30 p.m. (see below)

November 20 - NYMHS Drama Presents "The Play that Goes Wrong" at 7 p.m. (see below)

November 22 - Community Carnival Inclement Weather Make-Up Day 4-7 p.m. (IF NEEDED)

November 22 - School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in HS Media Center

November 24 - Elementary Trimester 1 Ends

November 25 and 26 - THANKSGIVING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

December 1 - Early Dismissal at 1 p.m.

December 3 - Eagle Pride for K-4th Grade 8:30-9 a.m.

December 6 - Elementary Report Cards Go Home

December 6 - PreK/K Concert at 6 p.m. (Complete Concert Series Poster Below)

December 6 - 1/2 Concert at 6:45 p.m. (Complete Concert Series Poster Below)

December 13 - ECFE Supper with Santa at 5-6:30 p.m. (see below)

December 13 - JH/SH Band and Choir Concert at 7 p.m. (Complete Concert Series Poster Below)

December 16 - 3/4 Concert at 6 p.m. (Complete Concert Series Poster Below)

December 20 - School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in HS Media Center

December 20 - 5/6 Concert at 6 p.m. (Complete Concert Series Poster Below)

December 22 - Christmas parties and holiday movie (elementary)

December 23-January 2 - Holiday Break (may be adjusted for Snow Makeup Day)

December 23 - Snow Makeup Day (if needed)

January 3 - Classes Resume

January 7 - Eagle Pride for K-4th Grade 8:30-9 a.m.

January 14 - End of HS Semester

January 17 - No School for Students (teacher in-service)

January 24 - School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in HS Media Center

February 2- Early dismissal at 1 p.m.

February 7- JH/SH Band Concert at 7:30 p.m.

February 14 - Valentines Day

February 21- No School

February 21-25 - School Board Appreciation Week (Thank you School Board Members)

February 23 - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

February 28 - School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in HS Media Center

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November 1 & 8: Jr & Sr High Band/Choir Concert

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Below is a PDF of the Concert Poster for easy printing.

November 9: Flu Shot Clinic 2:30-4 p.m.

  • All Appointments need to be scheduled online (link below)
  • If you have had a known exposure to COVID-19 or you are currently in quarantine for a known exposure to COVID-19 you will need to reschedule your appointment. You can reschedule your appointment by clicking the link at the bottom of this email or by calling our office at 218-998-8320.
  • Masks are required during Vaccination Clinics
  • Bring a Copy of your Insurance Card with you.
  • For School Clinics: A parent/guardian is required to be present for all kids 4th grade and below to receive their vaccination.
  • Link to Register: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=20228332&calendarID=6132549

November 11: Veterans Day Programs

The NY Mills VFW Auxiliary will host two Veterans Day Programs for New York Mills students.


9 a.m. Veterans Day Program: PreK-5th grade students will learn the meaning behind Veterans Day in this short program. Students will also receive poppies courtesy of the Auxiliary.


10 a.m. Veterans Day Program: The public is invited to join NY Mills 6th-12th grade students for a program to honor and remember area veterans. Student essay winners will be featured, and there will be several music performances.

November 11: Parent/Teacher Conferences 1-8 p.m.

Elementary: Conferences are scheduled ahead of time. Please contact your child's teacher if you do not know your time.


High School: Conferences are NOT scheduled. Instead, parents should come to the school between 1-8 p.m. to meet with the teachers you would like to meet with. Parents may have to wait a few minutes for an opportunity to meet.


The Community Supporting Classrooms Committee will be selling Pre-Sale Tickets during Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 11 in the commons area at a 20% discount of 5 tickets/$1. Purchase your tickets on November 11 and then stop by the Will Call Booth the night of the carnival to pick up your pre-sale ticket envelope.

November 18,19 & 20: NYMHS Drama Presents "The Play that Goes Wrong"

Check out the NYM HS Drama Department Trailer of their upcoming fall play called "The Play That Goes Wrong." Meet the cast and crew, as they slip into character and talk about the play.


Performances are:


  • Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. (Time different to avoid conflict with the carnival)
  • Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and available at the door.
NYM Drama Department Trailer

November 19: The Community Carnival 4-7 p.m.

The 10th Annual NYM Community Carnival will be held on Friday, November 19 from 4-7 p.m. at the school. This Community Supporting Classrooms event features 26 games, 2 inflatables, a phenomenal prize table and one of the community’s best silent auctions of the year.


“It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it,” said Hailey Windels, CSC member and first grade teacher. “Although the carnival was cancelled last year due to COVID restrictions, the 2019 Carnival brought in more than $12K for classrooms and student learning opportunities.”


Games

For children, the carnival is all about the games! We asked fourth graders what they remembered about the last carnival we had back when they were in second grade and they all have memories from the game selection.


Trygg Roder said, “I liked the bouncy houses and the fishing rod game that you threw over the board and it would come back with candy or something.”


“I remember this cup game and you had to punch through some wrapping paper and there was a prize,” said Jeffrey Schwantes.


Tige Long said, “I definitely would go to the carnival again. I remember throwing a football into the holes.”


“I forgot what prize I got but I know my favorite game was tossing a bean bag and trying to hit something,” said Raiden Dabill. “That was fun!”


Anna Weatherhead said, “I remember the connect four game.”


Whatever your game preferences, our game selection is for all ages.


Here are the details:

  • Carnival doors open at 4 p.m. and close at 7 p.m.

  • There are 26 games and 2 inflatables

  • Clueless--The Balloon Twister & Friends will be at the carnival for the first time. She will spend the night twisting balloons into amazing characters, so make sure to stop by her booth and pick up your very own balloon friend.

  • Each game booth "costs" a certain amount of tickets. Tickets can be purchased the night of the carnival for 4 tickets/$1. We are also excited to offer Pre-Sale Tickets during Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 11 in the commons area at a 20% discount of 5 tickets/$1. Purchase your tickets on November 11 and then stop by the Will Call Booth the night of the carnival to pick up your pre-sale ticket envelope.

  • Similar to an arcade, “winners” at the game booths earn prize “tokens” (we use punch cards), which can be spent at the prize table. The prize table will include a wide variety of exciting prizes that “cost” a certain amount of “tokens.” This way, children can choose the prizes they want to take home.


Silent Auction

Circling the Silent Auction tables will be a great way to spend the evening. The auction starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 6:45 p.m.


As has been our tradition, each elementary classroom puts together a basket of goodies for a themed basket. This year the baskets will feature everything from games to hunting, from baking to camping.


“We love the creativity of students and teachers, and we greatly appreciate the generous donations from families, teachers and community members,” said Hailey Windels.


Besides the classroom baskets, the silent auction includes donations from area businesses. Make sure to check it out!


Food

Come hungry and enjoy Taco in a Bag! The meal, which includes a cookie and a drink, will be in the cafeteria. This is a free-will offering to help support the NY Mills Bandwagon. The NY Mills Bandwagon is a non-profit group that supports our amazing Marching Eagles in various events--including the trip to Florida this spring! The Bowling Team will be running the concession stand from 4-7 as well, for drinks and snacks.


Following the Carnival

The NY Mills High School Drama Department will present a comedy called “The Play that Goes Wrong” starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. (Please Note: The play start time is 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday.)


Final notes:

  • In the case of inclement weather on November 19, the carnival will be moved to Monday, November 22 from 4-7 p.m.

  • We need volunteers!! If you would be willing to operate a game for a portion of the evening, please email the carnival committee at nymkid@gmail.com or message us on Facebook at: New York Mills Community Carnival.

  • If you would like to donate an item for the Silent Auction, please email nymkid@gmail.com, message us on Facebook, or drop it off in the District Office.

November 25-28: Thanksgiving Break

We hope you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by all your favorite people. See you back at school on Monday, November 29.

December 13: Supper with Santa

The NY Mills ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) Program will be hosting Supper with Santa from 5-6 p.m. on Dec. 13. The evening is for families of children ages birth to pre-kindergarten. The evening begins with supper in the lunchroom and will move to the sports center foyer where children can meet Santa, as well as complete a few "make and take" crafts.


For more information, contact Kendra Geiser at kgesier@nymills.k12.mn.us
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Adobt-A-Class Partnership!

Adopt-A-Class is back and partnerships have officially been announced for the 2021-2022 school year! Thank you to the following businesses for volunteering to partner with our amazing students at New York Mills Elementary School!


Farmer’s Daughter Rustic Bakery… Pre-K

Mills Country Market…. Pre-K

Central Minnesota Credit Union…. Kindergarten

NYM Public Library… 1st Grade

Designs By Tes… 2nd Grade

Centennial Realty… 2nd Grade

Farmers & Merchants State Bank… 3rd Grade

Mills Locker Plant… 4th Grade

Lake Country Home Care… 5th Grade

Lumber Depot… 6th Grade


The goal of this project is to build relationships between New York Mills businesses, students, and the community. Adopt-A-Class invites the community into the school in support of teachers and their students. By adopting a class (an entire grade), businesses form partnerships with specific grade levels by providing moral support and positive feedback to students. This partnership also allows students to learn about businesses in NYM and share their talents.


This program is intended to be an opportunity for grades to display art/classroom work at the business partnership, find unique ways to work together throughout the year, and possibly a chance for the students to visit their partnered business. Any and all ideas for collaboration are welcome! We hope it will be a win-win situation…what a great way to improve business/school relationships! It is also a great way to showcase many of the great things that happen in our school!


This partnership will be in effect for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like to support any of the listed businesses in their partnership with their designated grade level, please reach out to that business! And be on the lookout for photos and postings of Adopt-A-Class activities throughout the school year!


If you have any questions, please reach out to NYM Elementary Principal - Judith Brockway, or the NYM Elementary School Adopt-A-Class Committee – Bridget Weller, Jacob Krebs, and Jaden Karger.


FROM THE NURSE'S OFFICE

To help prevent the spread of illness:

  • Encourage your child to wash their hands.
  • Ensure your child gets adequate sleep each night.
  • Provide a water bottle for your child to use at school to keep him/her well-hydrated.
  • If your child is ill or is not feeling well, please keep him/her home.
  • If someone within your household tests positive for COVID, please keep students home. Call the Health Office 385-4216 for further guidance.



Flu Clinic at the School on Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 2:30-4 p.m.

  • All Appointments need to be scheduled online
  • If you have had a known exposure to COVID-19 or you are currently in quarantine for a known exposure to COVID-19 you will need to reschedule your appointment. You can reschedule your appointment by clicking the link at the bottom of this email or by calling our office at 218-998-8320.
  • Masks are required during Vaccination Clinics
  • Bring a Copy of your Insurance Card with you.
  • For School Clinics: A parent/guardian is required to be present for all kids 4th grade and below to receive their vaccination.
  • Link to Register: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=20228332&calendarID=6132549



Check Out the "Why You Need Sleep" pdf below for some great information and tips!

From the High School Office:

Hello parents of 7-12 grade students. It is the time of year that we ask you to please check on your students' progress on ParentVue. If your student is missing work, please make sure that they are staying after school to meet with their teacher or in the media center to get caught up with their assignments. Thank you! End of the NYMHS First Quarter is Friday, Nov. 5.

From the elementary office

Please be sure to have your child(ren) ready for cold winter days by making sure they have winter jackets, hats, boots, snow pants and gloves that fit properly. Students will be expected to dress appropriately for cold weather for our outdoor adventures (such as recess), as well as the bus ride.


Students in PreK-3rd must wear jackets, hats, gloves, boots and snow pants in the winter.


Students in 4-6 must wear jackets, hats, gloves and boots.

Our Amazing Paraprofessionals

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Halloween Photos

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Snapshots from the Month

Every week we post photos that showcase exciting happenings from inside the school. From fun projects, to field trips to special school events...we continue to focus on the Eagles as much as we can. Make sure to visit our Facebook page and our Website for full photo albums.
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