Stowe Updates

September 23, 2022

Educational Excellence with an Environmental Emphasis

Happy Fall!

We had such a great time at the Fruit, Flower, & Vegetable show today! Below you can see some of our amazing and creative creations. Thank you for contributing to this fun event at our school. We are so grateful to be able to open our doors to families again!

Today marks the end of the third week of school and we are settling into classroom routines. Communication is key and at Stowe we believe that partnerships with families are the most important way to help students learn. As crazy as it might seem ... you can look for information coming home in the next few weeks about fall conferences. But for now ... enjoy the fall weekend.


Jessica Cook, Principal

jessica.cook@isd709.org

218.336.8845 x1134

Pick up and Drop Off ...

Families,

The safety of your child is important to us! We require a "hand to hand" exchange at the elementary level. This means that you must come into the building to drop off your child or come into the building to pick them up. Thank you for understanding and for for helping with this. A sign in/out sheet is in the main office.

Picture Day is Coming Soon!!!!

Lots of questions about picture day! Don't worry - it is coming soon!

October 19th and we will send out order forms from LifeTouch Photography when they arrive.

Volunteers - Stowe Library ...

The Stowe School Library is looking for volunteers who can spend an extra couple of hours a week working in our beautiful library. It can be during or after school hours. Please reach out to Mr. Schilling at 218-336-8700 x1042 or brian.schilling@isd709.org.

5th grade Forestry Day!

Our 5th graders were able to spend the day at Spirit Mountain this week learning all about the outdoors. Here are some pictures of them learning about forest management, fighting wildfires, measuring the age of trees, and learning about plant identification. Learning outside in the fall = THE BEST!

Human Development Center (HDC) - School-Based Mental Health Services

We proudly provide mental health services at Stowe Elementary School with our community partner HDC. Mental health providers are on-site Thursdays and Fridays for appointments. This is completely optional and must be coordinated directly with HDC. Your child's teacher can get you more information or you can contact HDC directly at:

https://hdcnorth.org/

Pet Policy ...

Families -

We love our pets and we know that you do too, but please do not bring pets to the school grounds. It is a liability that we just cant afford to take with animals around the children. Thank you for understanding and for enjoying time with your pets off of school property while students are present.

Building Security Doors ...

Parents are required to check in at the main office when arriving at the building

Similar to last year, parents and other visitors will not be allowed inside the building except for special situations or events.

ALICE

ISD 709 uses the federally supported safety protocol - ALICE.

Throughout the year both teachers and students will learn more about these techniques when we complete our required fire and lock down drills. More information will be sent out in our next newsletter about this program. Any questions that you have can be directly to Ms. Cook in the main office.

OUR PTA NEEDS YOU

Looking for officers to help with PTA. Some of the big events at our site cannot happen without the support of our amazing parents! The PTA helps to coordinate and support our Peacemaker assemblies, Bookfair, End of Year carnival, etc. If you are interested in helping with PTA please reach out to Karyn Pederson.

karyn.pederson@isd709.org

218-213-2698


Family Experience Survey ...

The Desired Daily Experience will ask families, when they engage with the school or when they come to school, what is the Desired Daily Experience? What does that look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? This information will be used to build our operational plans moving forward.

If you are a family member of a student, please fill out our Desired Daily Experience survey here: https://bit.ly/Duluth-Family-Survey

Draft Families Desired Daily Experiences:

  • I have a voice in my child’s education, am connected to the school/district, and am informed through consistent multiple communication methods.
  • I have a sense of belonging within the school community with meaningful relationships with staff, ensuring safety and trust in the quality of education.
  • I feel welcomed and a sense of community at school including with other parents, teachers, and administration.
  • My child is welcomed, seen, heard, safe, engaged and happy while at school.
  • My child has pathways to success and opportunities beyond high school.
  • My child’s school provides an interesting, meaningful, and engaging academic learning environment/experiences that are equitable, diverse, and inclusive.
  • My child is supported with comprehensive resources that support their mental health, social emotional learning that allows for their growth.
  • My child has class sizes that allow for differentiation and individualized attention to meet their learning needs.
  • My child has equitable access to before, during, and after school activities where everyone can participate and experience success without barriers.
  • When my child makes a mistake at school they are treated fairly.

Social Media ...

If you want to catch up on the latest happenings check out our School website and Facebook page for updates. We are excited to share details of all the exciting things happening at Stowe!

IMPORTANT DATES 2022-2023

September 28-30th - 5th Grade to Wolf Ridge

October 11 & 13th - Fall Conferences

October 12 - Walk to School Day

October 19th - Picture Day

October 21 & 22 - NO SCHOOL

October 28th - Happily Haunted Hike (More details to come)

October 31st - Halloween Parade! 1:00

November 7th - NO SCHOOL

November 11th - Veterans Day Assembly (More details to come)

November 23rd - Picture Retakes

November 24 & 25 - NO SCHOOL

December 23 - January 2 - NO SCHOOL

January 16th - NO SCHOOL

January 23rd - NO SCHOOL - Semester End

February 7 & 9 - Spring Conferences

February 20-24 - NO SCHOOL

April 10-14 - NO SCHOOL

May 29th - NO SCHOOL

June 8th - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES - Most Recently Added will be at the top of the list

West Duluth Girls Basketball - Starting October 4th

Scholarship information is available - contact directly for more information and for registration details.
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WINTER BASKETBALL LEAGUE - RBA Duluth

https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/northern/Duluth/rookie-basketball-association/

Check out registration information for Winter Basketball leagues through RBA.

Leagues start on November 1st.

Champion Force Athletics - Cheerleading!

See attachment about cheerleading squad enrollment starting September 21st.

GND REC PROGRAMMING!

GND Rec programming is back this year with 4 days of fun a week, meeting from 2:15-4:30 Monday-Thursday. This free programming is for ages 5-15. We focus on outdoor education, sports, and art. Our dedicated YMCA staff serves kids a free 5-component meal, we spend time exploring the Stowe School Forest, and doing activities. The fun ends at 4:30 with pick-up at the Rec.


Visit either the GND Rec Facebook page OR the YMCA Website to find links to sign-up for programming. *September links will go live at noon on Sept 6*. There are a limited number of spaces, and they are first-come, first serve for sign-ups. In the following months, links will go live at noon on the 30th of each month, and Feb. 27.

https://www.facebook.com/gndcommunity


3) New this year: Registration will close at midnight on Saturday for the following week's programming. This gives teachers time to plan who is staying after for the week.


We hope to see you soon!

Ms. B"

Girls on the run club

Exciting news: Girls on the Run is coming to Stowe Elementary! Girls on the Run is an afterschool program that uses the power of running to prepare 3rd - 5th grade girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Over the course of the 10-week, 20-lesson season, girls learn life-changing lessons about healthy friendships, teamwork, decision-making, self-respect and more, all while preparing to run a 5k. Open to all 3rd - 5th grade girls and non-binary/gender expansive youth; no previous running experience required, and generous financial aid is available. Registration is open at www.gotrmn.org now! Our season will be each Monday & Wednesday 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. from September 12 - November 12, culminating with the Girls on the Run 5K the weekend of November 12/13. Space is limited so register early! Visit www.gotrmn.org or contact Karen Tokarczyk at 218-336-8965 ext. 3259 for more information.

Duluth Parks and Rec Events ...

The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Division is excited to share our fall program brochure. The brochure is full of recreation activities for all ages, located in parks, community centers, and trails throughout the City.

These program offerings range from activities for youth to 55+ programs, community events, mobile recreation, introductory outdoor experiences, and more! Fall programs take place September – December; you can find the digital program brochure here: https://duluthmn.gov/media/13942/web-version_final-parks-brochure-fall-2022.pdf

Gary New Duluth Rec Center

The Gary New Duluth Recreation Center has teamed up with the city of Duluth to rally and organize the community needs of kids, families and seniors. They've recently partnered with the YMCA to create a space with a strong sense of place and purpose for children. Their focus is on P.L.A.Y.: Promoting Lifetime Activities for Youth.

GND REC Facebook

GND REC Website