North Metro Flex Academy
Where You're Challenged...and Belong
October 9-13, 2023
IT'S FINALLY HERE - BOOK FAIR WEEK!
Kids are our future, and they deserve to know the world and the magic that can be found within it. Sometimes traveling the world and through time and space is as easy as opening a book. The power of reading can inspire and motivate us all. Reading can take us places that we could only dream of!
“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” – Frank Serafini
JOIN US IN THE WOLF PACK CLUB!!!!
HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN SCHOOL
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school - and themselves. Let's help our NMFA children by building the habit of a good attendance record early which will lead to success in the classroom!
School hours are: 7:30am – 2:00pm
School doors for parent pick up in the morning: 7:15am - 7:30 AM
School doors for parents pick up open in the afternoon: 2:00pm
PARENTS - DROP OFF AND PICK UP REMINDERS
All students must be signed in by an adult after 7:30 AM. Students will be marked tardy if they are arriving after 7:45 AM.
Any students being dropped off in the morning should be brought to the cul-de-sac on Helen Street until 7:30 AM. If you are needing to pick up your student who normally rides a bus, please call the office no later than 1pm to notify the front desk. They will get the message to their teacher.
For students who ride bus stops, your students must be at their assigned stop 5 minutes prior to the pick up time.
If your student is sick, please leave a message on the attendance line, utilize the attendance form on our website, or use the JMC Family App to submit attendance. As a general reminder, students will be sent home from school if they have a fever of 100 or over, they have vomited or have diarrhea. We may also call to ask that you pick your student up if they are not able to participate in class due to feeling ill. Students should be kept home until they are fever, vomit, or diarrhea free for 24 hours with no medication. Students who miss 3 or more days will need a doctors note.
Please call the front office if you are needing to speak with a staff member directly, or send an email to that staff member. During the day they may not be available to take a call directly but will call you back as soon they have a free moment.
Week of October 9 - 13: Scholastic Book Fair
Tuesday, October 17 Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Wednesday, October 18: School Pictures (In uniform please) The spring pictures will be out of uniform pictures.
Wednesday, October 18 :
NMFA School Board Meeting 4:00 PM - Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes are all listed on the Website NMFAMN.org.
**All parents are welcome to attend in person at school or virtually. If you would like a zoom link please call the office to get access to the meeting via zoom.
Thursday, October 19 and Friday October 20: **NO SCHOOL** MEA Break
Monday, October 23: **No School** Conference Prep/Staff PD
Thursday, October 26th - Parent Listening/informal chat session with Mrs. Kranz (Principal) (AKA: NMFA Parent Fun Committee)
Thursday, October 26: October birthday celebration
Friday, October 27 K-1 Field Trip to Sun Country Farm, 5 - 8 Field Trip to Fawn-Doe-Rose Wildlife Educational Park
Friday, October 27 FALL BALL for MS Grades 5 - 8 (Details coming soon!)
DESTINATION IMAGINATION NEWS!
We are excited to offer Destination Imagination again for our students!
What is Destination Imagination? Destination Imagination is project-based education. The students will be on a team of 4-7 students. Working as a team, they will choose a Challenge from one of the following categories: Technical, Scientific, Improvisational, Service Learning, Engineering, or Fine Arts. To complete the Challenge, the team will need to generate ideas, research, design, build, make decisions, work with a budget, implement their ideas, and manage their project timeline. They will utilize creativity, ingenuity, and teamwork.
Why Destination Imagination? The skills that are developed through Destination Imagination include self-confidence, creative and critical thinking, team building, collaboration and respect, problem solving, risk taking, project management, and perseverance. These skills will help prepare our young people for the future! When our young people enter the adult workforce, it is predicted 65% of the jobs that will be available do not exist today. Destination Imagination will help your child be prepared.
This year, the Destination Imagination teams will work meet on Tuesdays after school, from 2:00 – 4:00. We are asking students to apply online to be part of Destination Imagination. Once the student applies, his/her teacher will be asked for input.
If your child is interested, please have go to this link https://forms.gle/YmfSVEBMLAZ9p6H78 and complete the form.
TRANSFORMING EDUCATION ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME
Gifted and Talented Youth Week in Minnesota October 8 - 14, 2023
Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented ~ October 14th Annual Conference is for everyone!
MCGT's October 14th annual conference is for the entire family! While parents are attending breakout sessions with fabulous Minnesota gifted professionals (read all about those!), Kindergarten through 7th graders can attend a class with gifted peers. Have a teen? We are looking for teen volunteers to help in the children's program.
October 14, 2023 from 9:30am - 3:00pm. $50 for the first child, $40 for each additional child. Fees include morning and afternoon class programs and a morning and afternoon snack. Boxed lunches available at the time of registration for $13.
All students must be with an adult registered to attend the conference. $40 per adult for MCGT members. Non-members are $60 for the first adult, $40 for the second adult.
~ below is a glimpse of the day's activities for K-2 ~
Fantastical Frogs (1⁄2 day, morning and afternoon sessions)
Join us in the rainforest and discover the bright and beautiful world of dart frogs! In this class, you will learn all about dart frogs, including how to identify a dart frog, its hopping life cycle, and which rainforests these frogs inhabit. You will also build a replica of a vivarium, a model of a dart frog’s habitat. Ms. Walsh will be your guide for observing actual, live dart frogs.
Instructor: Katie Walsh has been a teacher for 20 years and is the co-owner of Finn’s Frog Farm, a family-owned and operated business that focuses on capitative breeding of tree frogs and dart frogs. She is passionate about education, frogs, and photography.
DID SOMEONE SAY A LIBRARY AT NMFA?!
COMING SOON to NMFA – a library for all students to enjoy! It is still a work in progress, but we are hoping to have a Grand Opening before the snow flies! If your family has any books that you would like to donate to our new library, please feel free to drop off at the front desk or send with your child to school. We are excited to have our very own library!
NMFA Every Meal Program
Please see the link below to enroll in a free weekend meal program! If you are interested and sign up student will receive 1 bag of ingredients. You have different options to choose from as well. All information requested in the form is for the school only.
NMFA Every Meal Sign up
New Curriculum at NMFA
We LOVE our food vendor at NMFA!
If you choose to send healthy snacks and healthy lunches to school, your student is still able to receive the breakfast and lunch, if they want it. (If for some reason you do not want your child to have the food offered, please let your child's teacher know.)
**OCTOBER BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUTS**
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THESE AWESOME NMFA STUDENTS!
- Leah Getahun
- Angel Galindo-Hernandez
- Orion Ring
- Heiden Adan Vargas
- Danny-Bradley Atanga
- Nora Delmont
- Maima Metzger
- McKenna Johnson
- Drayden Castillo
- Grayson Starfield
- Sebastian Ramirez Ortega
- Sage Register
- Anne Black
- Teagan Berry
(Birthday Celebration on Friday, October 26)
BUS Contact Information
Buses A, B, D, S2 AM ..... (651-621-1980)
Buses C, S2 PM ............. (651-777-2319)
East side Families ......... (612-808-8868)
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