Phoenix Elementary School
Note from Mr Ohnstad
Dear Phoenix families –
We are excited to get started!
A warm welcome to our new families that have joined us at Phoenix Elementary School. We are dedicated to taking good care of your children as they grow and learn. We believe that you will immediately feel the energy in our school. Our focus continues to be on learning. However, we know you will appreciate the caring adults we have working in our school.
We have hired several new staff members so please welcome them to our school with a smile and a greeting.
Jana Makovsky - Grade 1 & 2 Combo Class
Erin Jenkins - Grade 2
Kailey Olson - Grade 4
Angie Blacknik, Kyle Knutson & Terry Davis - Physical Education
Alison Cieklinski - Media Specialist
Heidi Neubert - ECSE Teacher
Amanda Loiland - Autism Teacher
Wendi Ghassemi - ALP
Shyanne Driscoll - SLP
Abby Goldenstein - SLP
Kyle DeWitt - IDC
Tiahna Edevold - Social Worker
The Back to School newsletter provides you with important information as we prepare for the school year to begin. If you have any questions, please call our office at 746-2240. You may also access the Grand Forks Public Schools website at www.gfschools.org. Enjoy the rest of the summer with your family.
Kevin Ohnstad, Principal
Class Assignments, Open House info, Breakfast and more!
Before School- As of now it's very different from previous years. Breakfast will be served at 7:50 am this year. Students will be allowed in the building to receive breakfast.
School begins at 8:25 am and ends at 3:00 pm. (Breakfast starts at 7:50 a.m.).
Open House! Tuesday, August 24
Come to our Open House
Meet your teacher between 4:00 and 6:00pm
Drop off school supplies
Meet new friends
2021-2022 Phoenix Class Lists
Miss Finger's Class
Mrs. Junes's Class
Mrs. Makovsky's Class
Miss Jenkin's Class
Randy Jr. S.
Mrs. McDonald's Class
Mrs. Mercil's Class
Ava Sue S.
Mrs. Mitzel's Class
Mrs. Olson's Class
Mrs. Bohm's Class
Mrs. Katka's Class List
Arrival/Dismissal for the 2021-2022 School year-
Phoenix Elementary School - Morning Arrival Plan/3:00 pm Dismissal Plan
1st Bell – 8:20 am Tardy Bell – 8:25 am Dismissal Bell – 3:00 pm
Greetings to our Phoenix Families: Our priority is to keep all of our students safe while providing an opportunity for them to learn. Please read through this document carefully. I would like to thank our entire Phoenix staff, specifically our amazing paraeducators, for making this plan work for our students and their families. Reminder: students should not be playing on the playgrounds in the morning or after school unless a parent is supervising their child. We do not provide outside playground supervision either before or after school.
Arrival Doors/Dismissal Doors
Mrs. Kelley – Kindergarten – Door 7
Ms. Finger – Kindergarten – Door 8
Mrs. Junes Grade 1 – Door 5
Mrs. Makovsky Grades 1, 2 - Door 6
Ms. Jenkins – Grade 2 – Door 6
Mrs. Mercil – Grade 3 – Door 1
Mrs. McDonald – Grade 3 – Door 1
Mrs. Olson – Grade 4 – Door 4
Mrs. Mitzel – Grade 4 – Door 4
Mrs. Katka – Grade 5 – Door 2
Mrs. Bohm – Grade 5 – Door 2
All students will be allowed to enter Door 1 for breakfast at 7:50 am.
As students in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 finish eating breakfast they will be dismissed to gather all of their personal belongings and report to their morning work location. Kindergarten students will remain in the lunchroom and be escorted by an adult to their Kindergarten classroom at 8:20 am.
Morning Work Locations
Grade 1 – Room A132 Mrs. Johnson Grade 2 – Room 161
Grade 3 - Library Grade 4 - Music Room Grade 5 - Gym
Students in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 arriving at their designated door prior to 8:20 am should report to their assigned morning work location. These students may eat breakfast as well. When they finish eating breakfast, they will be dismissed to their morning work location. An adult will be available to open Doors 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 for students arriving prior to 8:20 am. If parents stay at school with these students and would prefer to keep their children outside with them that is acceptable.
Kindergarten – Students may attend breakfast and other students will be dropped off by parents at Door 7 (Mrs. Kelley) and Door 8 (Ms. Finger). Parents are required to stay with their child until the classroom teacher greets families at 8:20 am. If they arrive after 7:50 am and would like to enter the school they should enter Door 1 and go to the lunchroom. They will remain in the lunchroom until 8:20 am and then be escorted by an adult to their Kindergarten classroom.
Dates to Remember
Open House 4:00pm -6:00pm
First day of School!
ENCORE - Starts for the 2021-22 School year
Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
Early Release - 1:30 pm
School Picture Day! - 8:30 am
Phoenix School families,
Please make sure you complete the registration process in the Parent PowerSchool Portal. You MUST have this completed for your child to be registered for the upcoming school year.
There will be a comupter set up in the school office during the open house for those who need to finish their child's enrollment.
This is an optional form so please read this very carefully as we have had parents/guardians check something they did not actually want to. Option A is the big one to read carefully as if you mark this then your student will not be able to be in the yearbook.