Viking Newsletter

July 2020

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Back to school survey results and upcoming engagement

In June, NBAPS asked families to complete a back to school survey with some basic questions about levels of concern around various aspects of the school day. The results indicate that the vast majority of NBAPS families want to return to school this fall! Community Relations Coordinator Patrick Tepoorten created this video summary of the results to share with you. If you prefer, you can view the summary presentation at this link. Families should be on the lookout for a Thoughtexchange mid- next week that will seek ideas for dealing with challenges to in-school instruction.

Announcements and opportunities

School Board Election Information: North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) school board elections are November 3, 2020. Three members will be elected to four-year terms at that time. Individuals interested in running for the school board can file affidavits of candidacy from July 28 to August 11 at 5 pm. Due to the pandemic, interested individuals should contact administrative assistant Arle Chambers at 651-674-1011 or by email at to arrange an appointment to meet at the district office and complete affidavits.

Yearbook Update: High School staff contacted a LifeTouch representative on Thursday, July 9, who indicated that yearbook orders have started to ship and LifeTouch is hopeful NBAHS yearbooks could be ready for delivery any day. Once the order is received, yearbooks will be mailed directly to student's homes. When NBAHS receives word that the shipment is ready for delivery, it will send a message to all students regarding delivery. The Middle School is awaiting an update on the status of middle school yearbooks, and will contact families when yearbooks are ready.

Minnesota Reading Corps: Sunrise River School and the North Branch Area Education Center have open Reading Corps positions and a need for tutors in grades K-3. If you know of someone who might be a great fit, encourage them to contact Minnesota Reading Corps at or 866-859-2825.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT): If your child was between the ages of 5 and 18 on September 1, 2019 and was eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the 2019-20 school year, you could receive $325 per child in Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits. These benefits can help your family purchase groceries and are available even if your child continued to receive school meals during the distance learning period. This program is a benefit for your child, and applying for P-EBT does not affect enrollment in any other program. This flyer give important information about receiving this benefit.

Free Meals for Kids Mobile App: SummerEatsMN has created a Free Meals for Kids mobile app, in partnership with MDE, to support school nutrition programs for students during COVID-19. The app is powered by GPS and shows locations of schools and other sites that are providing meals and meal packs with days and hours of distribution. It also shows the distance and directions to the nearest site. Listings are updated daily. Click here to learn more.

NAMI: Need more information on COVID-19? Trying to keep up with with the latest executive orders? NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Minnesota has compiled resources on the coronavirus pandemic to help families find support and information. Click here to access our NAMI Minnesota COVID-19 Resource Page.