Lake Agassiz Elementary School

January 2023

Message from Mrs. Jonasson

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We received some exciting news last week!

**Mrs. Nadine Raymond, one of our 4th-grade teachers, is a nominee for a LifeChanger of the Year Award for 2022-23 from the National Life Group. We are extremely thrilled that Mrs. Raymond was recognized for her work with students and families and being nominated by a parent made this recognition even more special. **

January ~ Right Back At It!

Here we are...January 2023, already!

This month's calendar is on the "lighter side" when looking at events and happenings. That is great ground for getting back into the routines and procedures of school. But before we know it, we will have many happenings, almost weekly! Coming starting February: fundraising for our PTO, a Family Dance, and spring conference scheduling.

*Be sure to read our updates below from the Lake Agassiz PTO!

Lake Agassiz PTO Corner

Happy New Year from your Lake Agassiz PTO!

It is hard to believe we are already thinking about our spring fundraiser! We are trying something new this year and working with Butter Braids! If you have never had these before, they are a very delicious pastry bread that comes frozen and you bake them at home. For this fundraiser, your student will sell and collect the money and then the Butter Braids will arrive frozen and need to be picked up from the school and delivered by the student and their family. This fundraiser will start at the end of February, so we will have plenty of details soon.

This year we have added a restaurant fundraiser and so far, have teamed up with Taco John’s, Papa Murphy’s, Jersey Mike's, and up next is Boss’ Pizza & Chicken. These events have been a nice little boost to our PTO funds and gives you a night off from cooking! Our next event with Boss’ Chicken and Pizza will run from January 16th – January 18th. With this, we will earn 20% of the purchase you make. We will make sure to get our reminders closer to the event. If you have any ideas or suggestions of who we should team up with next, let us know.

Finally, we have our Family Dance coming up in February. Please save the date for February 23rd! We would love to see as many families as possible at this event. This event as well as the Boss’ Chicken and Pizza event can be found on our Facebook page. This is such a great way to stay in touch with your PTO. We hope to see you at our next meeting on February 7th at 6:30 PM in the library! Enter the school through Door #9.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, January 3rd

  • School Resumes

Monday, January 16th

  • No School - Professional Development Day

Wednesday, January 18th

  • Early Release at 1:30 p.m
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Notes from the Office

  • If your child is going to be late or absent from school, please call the attendance line at 746-2277. Communication between home and school ensures student safely.
  • If you are taking your child out of school early for any reason, come to the office to sign them out. Please let your child's teacher and office know before 2:30 p.m. as our phone lines are very busy from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. This makes it hard to answer all calls and get the information to students before they are dismissed. The sooner you can let us know the better!

Parents Lead

Influential Factors

One of the most influential factors during a child’s adolescence is maintaining a strong, open relationship with a parent/guardian. When we each create supportive and nurturing environments, children make better decisions. Though it may not always seem like it, children hear concerns, which is why it’s important that parents/guardians discuss the risks of using alcohol and other drugs. How do you start the conversation? Visit

Setting a Pattern of Rules and Consequences

Kids are less likely to use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs if their parents have established a
pattern of setting clear rules and consequences for breaking those rules. This applies to no-use
rules about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs — as well as bedtimes and homework. Have clear
expectations for behavior, monitor your child, and implement appropriate consequences. In
setting these rules, be sure you discuss your rules and expectations in advance and follow
through with the consequences you’ve set.

Don’t forget to acknowledge times when your child follows the rules! Parents who have a warm
relationship with their children while maintaining rules for behavior are teaching their children
self-discipline. Parents who have rules that are too harsh or no rules at all are more likely to
have children who are at greater risk for drug-taking behavior.

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Open Communication

Talking openly and honestly with your kids is one of the most effective ways to support their
behavioral health. Whether it’s everyday topics like friends and school, or more serious topics like substance use, anxiety, or depression, it’s never too early to start the conversation. As your kids grow, your conversations may change, but they will always be centered on keeping them happy, healthy, and safe. Keep your conversations relaxed, friendly, non-judgmental, and genuine. And most importantly, be a good listener. What should I say? Visit for more information.
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