The Wave

Minnewaska Area Elementary and Intermediate Newsletter

Principal's Corner

Here we go, into the final stretch of the year with a little over 1 quarter remaining! As I wrote last month, we were preparing for a couple more winter storms, and 30 days later, we're celebrating even warmer weather.

Speaking of spring weather, we're also on the brink of our annual Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, or better known as the MCA's. Students in 3rd-6th grade will participate in both reading and math assessments. Fifth grade students also participate in a Science assessment. For us, it's a time of year that we're excited to see the growth students have made and use these assessment results to assist in goal setting and planning for the following year. Assessment dates are below.

April 16-17 Reading (3rd-6th Grade)

April 24-25 Math (3rd-6th Grade)

April 30 Science (5th Grade)

There are all kinds of exciting events taking place at Minnewaska yet this spring! We hope you take a look at the dates below and mark your calendar to join us!

Winter Weather Gear

Spring cleaning?! Don't put the boots and snowpants away yet! Yes, we know it's unlikely that we'll experience another event with significant flakes, however, snowpants and boots now have a different purpose. Our playgrounds are WET this time of year and we need your help keeping kids dry so they can learn through the day. As you can imagine, wet snowpants get very smelly this time of year, so we also need you to help us keep them washed every few days or weeks! We are in the home stretch, but for now, please continue to send students with them!

Food Drive at MAIS

The Friends of Rachel Club at MAHS is hosting a food drive to help restock our local food shelf. Minnewaska Intermediate students are invited to bring food shelf items to donate from Monday, March 25th until Friday, March 29th.
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Spring Scholastic Book Fair

If you're interested in helping Kristen with the Spring Buy One Get One Free Book Fair please contact her @

The Buy One Get One Free Book Fair is a very popular event and volunteers are needed to get students/parents through the check out line. Please consider helping!

The dates for the fair: Monday, May 6 & Thursday, May 10 - more info to come.

Calendar of Events

April 6 Pope County Community Expo

April 9 5th Grade Safety Day @ Morris Community Center

April 16 & 17 Reading MCA Assessment for grades 3-6

April 19 & 22 Spring Break

April 24 & 25 Math MCA Assessment for grades 3-6

April 30 5th & 6th Grade Band & Choir @ 6pm (Main Gym)

May 1 Minnewaska Day of Caring for grades K-12

May 2 4th Grade Field Trip to Prairie Woods ELC

May 7 2nd Grade Field Trip to Prairie Woods ELC

May 6 Opening Day for Scholastic Buy One Get One Free Book Fair

May 6 Spring Concert: 1st grade - 6:00 PM; 2nd grade 7:00 PM

May 8 3rd Grade Field Trip

May 8 1st Grade Field Day

May 8-10 5th Grade Field Trip to Long Lake Nature Preserve

May 9 Caring Hands Dental Clinic

May 9 Scholastic Buy One Get One Free Book Fair

May 10 K-3 Fun Run

May 14 3rd Grade Program at 6:00; 4th Grade Program at 7:00

May 14 MAES Art Show Chalk Festival 4-7 pm * open to public

May 14 6th grade State Capitol Trip

May 15 1st Grade Field Day - Make up Day

May 16 MAIS Art Show - 4-7 PM

May 17 4-6 Track and Field

May 22 Kindergarten Field Day

May 24 3rd Grade Track & Field Day 8:40-2:20

May 27 Memorial Day, No School

May 28 Kindergarten Graduation at 6:00

May 30 Last Day of School

May 31 Minnewaska Graduation

PTA Pipeline

Mark your calendar for a few upcoming events and watch for specific times!

  • Mother/Son Night on Thursday, March 28
  • MAES Spring Fling April 11th
  • Father/Daughter Dance on Sunday, April 28

MAIS Math Masters

Math Masters Schedule for March:

5th grade practice only:

  • April 4, 11, 18, 25

4/26 5th grade Math Masters Competition @ Alexandria

Please contact Mary Henriksen @ with any questions.

In Every Issue...


Should your child be ill or not joining us at school on a certain day, we need to know. Please call our schools at 320-239-4800.

Call ext. 2000 for Kylie and MAES or send an email to

Call ext. 1208 for Kristen at MAIS or send an email to

Bus Information:

For information regarding a bus issue, please call Palmer Bus Service at 320-634-3272.

Student Support:

K-6 Social Worker Mary Walsh 320-239-4800

Student Support Services Coordinator Brian Gruber 320-239-4800

K-6 Principal Sarah Suchy 320-239-4800