February 2023

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*Bold Items are Events for Parents/Community Members

February: I Love to Read Month (see below) & Dental Health Month

Feb. 1: Early Out at 1 p.m.

Feb. 3-4: Give Kids a Smile (see below)

Feb 6-10: National School Counseling Week

Feb. 10: 4th Grade Wax Museum (see below)

Feb. 12: Community Snowshoeing Event Noon-4 p.m. at Sonnenberg's Trails

Feb. 13: 100th Day of School

Feb. 13: ECFE Science Night at 6 p.m.

(Postponed) Feb. 13: JH/SH Band Concert at 7 p.m. (postponed)

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day

Feb. 14: Winter Walk to School Day (weather depending)

Feb. 15: Junior Class & Parents After-Prom Party Meeting 6 p.m. at Mills Lanes

Feb. 16: Kindergarten Sing National Anthem at Boys Basketball (between JV & Varsity)

Feb. 17: Kindergartenen Field Trip to Dentist

Feb. 17: Random Act of Kindness Day

Feb. 20: Snow Makeup Day from 12/14 (Presidents Day)

Feb. 21: NYM Pre-Kindergarten Registration Night 6 p.m. (see below)

Feb. 22: School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Feb. 24: BIO Girls Food Drive (bring a donation for the food shelf & wear a hat for the day)

Feb. 24: End of Elementary Trimester

Feb. 27: School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in HS Media Center

Feb. 27: ECFE Dad Night 6 p.m.

Feb. 27: JH/SH Band Concert at 7 p.m.

Mar. 2: Read Across America Day

Mar. 6-10: NYM High School Spring Week

Mar. 7-9: NY Mills Spring Scholastic Book Fair

Mar. 8: Junior Class & Parents After-Prom Party Meeting 6 p.m. at Mills Lanes

Mar. 9: Early Out and Parent/Teacher Conferences

Mar. 10: Kids Heart Challenge Kick-off (more information to come in March)

Mar. 17: St Patricks Day

Mar. 24: Kids Heart Challenge Final Celebration (more information to come in March)

Mar. 27: School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in HS Media Center

Mar. 27: JH/SH Choir Concert at 7 p.m.

April 3-May 12: MCA Testing Window

April 4: School Librarian Appreciation Day

April 5: Early Out

April 7: No School

April 10: Snow Makeup Day from 12/15

April 26: National Administrative Assistant Day

April 29: Prom

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February: I Love to Read Month!

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Feb. 1: Scheduled Early Out

Students are released at 1 p.m. for teacher PLC meetings.

Feb. 3-4: Give Kids a Smile

Because every child’s smile should be the picture of health, dentists and dental professionals volunteer in select clinics throughout the state to provide free care to low-income children in need. This special program, called Give Kids a Smile, is available on the first Friday and Saturday of February. After January 1, parents can find local participating clinics by visiting mndental.org or by calling United Way 2-1-1 or 1-800-543-7709.

Feb. 10: Fourth Grade Wax Musuem

Mark your Calendars for the NYM Fourth Grade Wax Museum! This year's wax museum will be on Friday, Feb. 10 in the Activity Center. Visit the museum between 9:30-11:00 and again from 1:00-3:00.

When you enter the Biography Museum, each student will be dressed as their character in their own little staging area, they will have a backdrop, and some props to display for their character. Press the “Magic Pretend Button” to hear a 1-minute speech about their character!

The Fourth Graders have been working hard on their biographies to prepare for the Wax Museum. Hope to see you there!

Feb. 12: Community Snowshoeing

Back in January, NY Mills Elementary students utilized the school's snowshoe fleet at Sonnenberg's Trails, located just north of NY Mills. On Sunday, Feb. 12, community members of all ages are invited to stop by Sonnebergs trails for some snowshoeing. Bring your own snowshoes or plan to utilize a pair from the school's supply. The school's snowshoes will be available from Noon-4 p.m.

Feb 13: 100th Day of School!!

We have been in school for 100 Days! Traditionally, NY Mills kindergarten and first graders celebrate the 100th Day of School with fun 100-theme activities and dressing as a 100-year-old. Check out the costumes on our teachers last year for some inspiration!
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Feb. 13: ECFE Science Night

Who doesn’t love exploring and experimenting?! Science activities will be geared towards 2-5 year olds. Event is from 6-7 p.m.

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day

Elementary celebrations are within the classroom! More information from your child's teacher.

The High School Student Council will hold its traditional Valentine's fundraiser. Students can purchase valentines that will be delivered Tuesday afternoon by Student Council members. Valentine's sales will start soon.

Feb. 14: Winter Walk to School

The New York Mills Elementary participates in Winter Walk to School Day. Younger and older elementary students pair up to practice walking safely around town. This event is weather depending.

Feb. 15: Juniors and Parents After Prom Party Meeting

The After Prom Party is planned by juniors and their parents. Plan to meet at 6 p.m. at Mills Lanes. This is a community-organized event.

Feb. 16: Kindergarten Sing National Anthem

Each year, our kindergarten students study patriotism and learn the National Anthem. They meet up at one of our winter home games to perform. This year they are performing before the Boy's Varsity Basketball Game on Feb. 16 around 7:30 p.m. Below are the students singing last year.
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Feb 17: BIO Girls Hats On Food Drive

On Friday, Feb. 17, the BIO Girls will be running a food drive for the NYM Food Shelf. They are asking NY Mills staff and students to bring a donation (money or food) for the food shelf. All those that support the food drive can wear a hat for the day!

Feb. 21: Pre-Kindergarten Registration Night 6 p.m.

Come learn about our amazing Pre-Kindergarten Program on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. Incoming students must be 4 or 5 by Sept. 1, 2023, to attend our program. Email kgesier@nymills.k12.mn.us for more information. Space is limited so we can keep class sizes small. Registration opens on Feb. 21.
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March 6-10: NYM High School Spring Week

Monday – Pj Day

Tuesday – Soccer Mom vs BBQ Dad Day

Wednesday – Beach Day

Thursday– Rodeo Day

Friday – Anything but a Backpack Day

*Nothing bigger than a large backpack

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Congratulations to Mrs. Hotakainen for being named NYM Teacher of the Year

Kayla Hotakainen 2023 Teacher of the Year

Thank you to our Amazing Paraprofessionals!

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This week, we celebrated our amazing paraprofessionals. Front Row: KayAnn Kahilainen, Shanetta Reitmeyer, Evelyn Ortega Martinez, Rhiana Roberts, Harley Wurst & Erin Friedsam. Middle Row: Emily Kopveiler, Rickee Anderson, Maria Bachim, Creeden Dunrud, Zach Hocking, Sarah Holzer, Missy Becker & Bev Witt. Back Row: Nathalie Milantoni, Denise Kupfer, Maureen Baymler, Josie Smith, Dawn Barvels, Tressa Leaders, Jenna Skoog, Rachel Lausten, Erin Guck, Julie Witt & Sheila Piippo. Not Pictured: Katherine Dittmann, Lacey Schik & Emily Roggenkamp.

Downhill Ski Interest Survey


GROUP TRIP INTEREST SURVEY (for 5th through 12th grades)

Would you like to have fun skiing or snowboarding with your friends? This is your chance to sign up for a group trip to Andes Tower Hills in Kensington, MN. We would need a minimum of 10 paid participants for the group rate. At this time we are just gathering names of those who would like to go. Everyone would need a Lift Ticket at $30 and bus cost at $10 = $40. These prices are optional depending on what you would need to rent: Ski Rental $10, Snowboard Rental $20, Helmet $8

If you are interested, please talk to your parents and have them sign up in the District Office. We will contact you via email if we get enough interest and then get a trip together. It would be on Saturday, February 25th and the hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Snow Make-Up Days

The snow make-up days for 12/14 and 12/15 will be Feb. 20 and April 10. If there are future snow days, the NYM School will implement e-learning. Click the button below for our e-learning plan.

Note from the Health Office

To help prevent the spread of illness:

  • Encourage your child to wash their hands.
  • Ensure your child gets adequate sleep each night.
  • Provide a water bottle for your child to use at school to keep him/her well-hydrated.
  • If your child is ill or is not feeling well, please keep him/her home.
  • If someone within your household tests positive for COVID, please keep all students that live in that house at home. Call the Health Office 385-4216 for further guidance.
  • Pink Eye - MDH no longer requires schools to exclude students with pinkeye. This was changed in 2019.

  • Fevers - Students should be fever-free (without the use of medications) for 24 hours before returning to school.

  • Strep Throat - Your child will need to be on antibiotics for at least 12 hours before returning to school.

Mr. Salo wins State Conservation Award!

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Tiple A Winners!

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Notice from the Elementary Office:

If your child needs a change in their afterschool plan, a parent or guardian must call the office no later than 2:50 p.m. Changes that come in after 2:50 p.m. will not be guaranteed.

Notice: All Sports Questions go to Matt Radniecki

Notice: All sports questions should go to the NYM Athletic Director Matt Radniecki. Matt can be contacted via email at mradniecki@nymills.k12.mn.us
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