October 2022 - Newsletter


It has been an excellent start to the school year.

Our kids and families have been exceptional!

Thank you for your patience while we learn routines and make adjustments. Our staff have been working hard to welcome all our new friends. We are fortunate that our district encourages involvement in early childhood programming. Please look at the additional opportunities for families through ECFE. We have special events planned throughout the fall.

All children are welcome, including siblings!

If you have questions or would like to suggest an event,

please let Jane Helgestad know!


Jane Helgestad, Coordinator


October 11: POPs Mtg @ 6:00 PM in Media Center

October 12: Wear blue for Trustworthiness (Character Counts)

October 13: Picture Retake Day

October 20 & 21: No School

Picture Retake Day - Mark Your Calendar

Zahler Photography will be conducting picture retakes on

Thursday, October 13 from

8:00-9:30 AM and from 11:30-12:00 PM.

(Not all preschool students have school on October 13. All Bright Beginnings Preschool sessions are welcome to come in for picture retakes.)

*Send back your original photo packet in order to receive Free retakes.*

Weather Related School Closures - What does this mean for Bright Beginnings Preschool?

That season is sneaking up on us!
If STMA schools are delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be announced on local TV stations, school social media sites, and on the district website. Please monitor these often!

If STMA schools have any modifications, so does Bright Beginnings and ECFE.
Late start: No morning preschool
Late start: All-Day sessions begin at 9:45 AM
Early dismissal: No afternoon preschool

*We do not offer tuition credit for snow days.

POPs - Parents of Primaries

POPs is the parent organization at Albertville Primary School. The goal of POPs is to support and encourage the students, parents and staff of Albertville Primary.

Parents/guardians of Albertville Primary students are welcome to attend any or all of the meetings. Meetings are held in the Albertville Primary Media Center at 6:00 p.m.

Meeting dates are:

· October 11

· December 13

· February 21

· April 11

Don’t miss our first meeting on Tuesday, October 11!

During this meeting I will be asking parents the following questions:

· How has the transition to preschool been for your child? For you?

· What form of communication do you prefer? I.E. email, Facebook, Twitter, SeeSaw, School Website, etc.

· What can we do better as a school?

· School Safety

· We will also have a school levy presentation at this meeting

Thank you,

Mr. McDonald

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Remember to Vote on November 8!

On November 8, 2022, STMA will ask taxpayers to consider an operating levy. This is a predictable and sustainable source of local revenue that focuses on students and the classroom.

While STMA schools are a big point of pride in our community, our district faces pressing financial challenges due to forces largely out of our control. Low state funding and stabilizing enrollment, exacerbated by the pandemic, have created an unforeseeable combination of multiple short-term and long-term impacts to our budget. Over the last few months, we listened to stakeholders and adjusted. Our needs remain, and we are asking for considerably less than requested in November, 2021.

Please visit the levy webpage or attend an informational session to get factual information.

  • Friday, October 7 1:00 p.m. MW Auditorium Coffee & Conversation

  • Wednesday, October 12 7:00 a.m. MW Auditorium

  • Thursday, October 13 7:00 p.m. HS PAC

  • Monday, October 17 9:00 a.m. MW Auditorium Coffee & Conversation

Please remember to vote! You can vote on November 8 or you can vote early as MN allows voters to cast ballots early for any reason. Early voting started Friday, September 23. Early voting forms can be found in all school offices and on the levy webpage.