Viking Newsletter

April 2022

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Every Day is a Gift!

Dear Families,

What an exciting time of year! We have many updates to share with you!

Based on our recent COVID data, the COVID Response Team initiated the consultative progress to move to Level 1 on our Safe Learning Continuum starting Monday, April 25. While data indicates we can currently shift to Level 1 safely, we want to monitor data over the holiday weekend before officially making the change.

With a return to Level 1, we are reaching out to let you know about volunteer opportunities in our schools! Each site has created an online volunteer form:

Early Learning

Sunrise River School

North Branch Area Middle School

North Branch Area High School

Norse ALC/Life Work Center

And, if you know an employer that would be interested in getting involved with student engagement opportunities, please let them know we are having a luncheon on May 18 to introduce employers to our Viking Bridge Program! This form helps us start the conversation with them!

Every day is a gift at NBAPS and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to serve you! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sara Paul



Viking Bridge Luncheon

North Branch Area Public Schools is excited to deepen our work with local employers! We value working in partnership to better serve our community by aligning educational opportunities with workforce needs. Working in partnership helps students make informed decisions about their future college and career paths. Viking Bridge represents the win-win of working in partnership! Viking Bridge is welcoming interested employers to a luncheon on May 18, from 11 am to 1 pm, at North Branch Area High School. If you know an employer interested in this exciting opportunity, please encourage them to complete this interest form and join us on May 18 to learn more about partnership opportunities!

Preschool Registration for the 2022-23 School Year Now Available

Children who are age three or four by September 1, 2022 are eligible to attend preschool at North Branch Area Public Schools. Class sessions are offered two or three times per week for 2.5 hour sessions in the morning or afternoon. Full day preschool is also available for four year old children (Monday/Wednesday/Fridays). Learn more by visiting the preschool webpage. Registration can be completed online, by phone 651-674-1220 or by dropping off the paper registration to the North Branch Area Education Center.

Early Childhood Screening for Incoming Kindergarten Students

Two dates remain for Early Childhood Screening this spring - April 21 and May 5. Call 651-674-1220 to schedule. Minnesota requires all children to attend Early Childhood Screening before beginning kindergarten!

Community Service Day - May 20

Community Service Day 2022 will be on Friday, May 20! If you have a family member, friend, or neighbor who could use a hand with spring chores due to illness or age, please contact Community Relations Coordinator Pat Tepoorten at 651-674-1018 or