Weaver Lake Family Newsletter

September 2022

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Message from the Principal

Greetings Weaver Lake Families,

Welcome and welcome back to all our Weaver Lake STEM students and families! We're excited to have you be part of the Weaver Lake Wolfpack! We will be designing and introducing "Smartie the Wolf," as our mascot this year. "Success STEMs from Teamwork" is our theme for the 2022 - 23 school year. Weaver Lake students will also be learning about, and earning badges for, the following STEM learner identities this year: questioner, collaborator, creator, communicator, problem solver, analyzer, collector and evaluator.

In this newsletter, you will find information that will help you prepare for the school year. We are here to support your student and you. Please plan to check you emails, district and school websites for information all year long! Do not hesitate to reach out to the office, your child's teachers and me! We hope that the remainder of your summer is filled with joy! We look forward to seeing you at Open House and/or soon!

With Warm Regards,

Lena Christiansen, Principal


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Important Dates - September 2022

Monday, August 29

Teacher and Classroom Assignments - Watch your email for a welcome message for your student's assigned teacher!

Wednesday, August 31

Open House 5:00-6:30pm - Come visit the classroom and meet your student's teacher!

Tuesday, September 6

First day of School

Tuesday, September 13

PTO Meeting - 7:00-8:30pm, Media Center

Wednesday, September 21

PTO Student Directory Forms Due - PTO Sponsored

Friday, September 23

Weaver Wear Orders Due - PTO Sponsored

Tuesday, September 27

Dine 2 Donate Fundraiser @ Chipolte (9881 Maple Grove Parkway), 4:00-8:00pm - PTO Sponsored

Friday, September 30

Color Run - PTO Sponsored

22-23 School Supply Lists

There are some important school supplies your student will need to be successful through the year. You can view our 2022-23 grade-level school supply lists HERE.

ParentVUE Information

ParentVUE provides access to the tools parents and families need in order to support their student's learning including:

  • Access to student's transportation assignments (available late August)
  • Ability to schedule parent-teacher conferences (available in September)
  • Summary of student attendance
  • Report cards

Back-to-school forms

All back-to-school forms will be filled out online this year. Forms that are a part of this process include emergency cards, family contact information updates and photo/military denial releases. Complete the necessary steps today by going to the ParentVUE system. On-screen prompts will walk you through the back-to-school forms process.

Free/Reduced Meal Applications

The federal COVID-19 waivers which allow for free meals during the pandemic are expiring. Meals will once again be fee-based on family eligibility for the 2022-23 school year and onward.

To be considered for free or reduced-priced meals and other educational benefits, parents/caregivers must complete the Free/Reduced Meal Application. Applications are due Sept. 30.

Families may load student meal accounts via SmartSchoolK12.

Transportation Information

Watch for an email from the Transportation Department with student bus route information. Emails will be sent the last week of August. Transportation information will also be available for parents to view on ParentVUE at the end of August.

If you have any transportation related questions, please contact Transportation through one of the methods listed below:

District 279 Transportation Department - For students transported within District 279

Phone: 763-391-7244

Email: BusQuestions@district279.org

Website: https://www.district279.org/services/transportation

CST-MN (Collaborative Student Transportation of MN) - For students transported outside of District 279

Phone: 612-808-8868

FirstView Bus Tracking App

This year, families can sign up for FirstView bus tracking app can be used to track busses, which uses GPS to track your students bus arrival. Transportation information in the FirstView app will available to families the last week of August.

School Patrol

School patrol training will be taking place on Wednesday, August 31st from 4:00-5:00pm in Room 11. All school patrol members are expected to be present for the meeting. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. The squad information and patrol schedule will be handed out at this time. If your email/contact information has changed, please let Mr. Bjorlin know as this is the primary way families will receive patrol updates. If you have any questions, please call the school office at 763-420-3337 and leave a message for Bryan Bjorlin, our School Patrol Advisor.

Student Nametags

To help all of our staff and students to get to know each other, everyone will wear nametags. We will provide students with nametags, with first names, they will wear in school. Student nametags will have barcodes to be used for media checkout, lunch and breakfast. Please encourage your student to leave their nametag at school when they leave for the day.

Students who would like breakfast will be issued a 2nd ID badge with their barcode which they will bring back and forth to school.

If a student loses their nametag, they will need to bring in $1.00 to school for a replacement.

Nurse Notes

IMMUNIZATIONS - State required immunizations will need to be complete by your child prior the first day of school. If your child has a medical concern (Medical Exemption) or you conscientiously object (Conscientious Objection) to obtaining the required immunizations, a physician signed statement or notarized signature is required to be completed and on file. If you have any questions about your child's immunization status, speak with his/her doctor or the building nurse.

MEDICATION IN SCHOOL - Per district policy & state law, any medications to be given during the school day require 4 steps:

  1. Medication order by a licensed provide for any medication administered while at school. (This policy applies to over-the-counter and prescription medications.)
  2. Signed parent consent to administer the prescribed medication.
  3. Medication supplied in the original container with correct label information.
  4. Medication is not expired.

Medication permission forms are available from the Health Office or can be downloaded from the district website. All medications will be safely and securely stored in the Health Office.

EXTRA CLOTHING SET - Please ensure your child has an extra set of clothing in the event of a needed change at school.

Phy Ed News

Physical Education is an important segment of the elementary school curriculum. The physical education period is an instructional session with emphasis on activity. Students should be prepared for Phy Ed by wearing tennis shoes. Students should also be dressed appropriately for possible outdoor activities.

Kidstop Information

If you have your child enrolled in Kidstop, or are interested in the Kidstop before and after school program, you can contact the District 279 Kidstop program at 763-585-7281 or the Weaver Lake Kidstop classroom at 763-391-8877.

When you select our program we do more than simply care for your child. We strive to engage each child in an enriching, hands-on, fun environment that is safe and structured, yet gives your child choices in activities. It is our job to help each child discover and build on his or her strengths. It is our job to model and teach respect, honesty, problem solving, good communication, being resourceful, kindness and care. It is our job to listen and respond to the needs of families and children in our program. We hire staff that love children. Each team member brings unique skills to enhance our programs;

Most importantly, we keep your children safe right at your child’s school. We work to build the positive capacity of your child. We listen, we care and we respond. www.kidstop279.org

4 Star Express Program Information

District 279 offers a 4 Star Express Program at Weaver Lake Elementary. The program is a fee-based pre-k program. Your student must be 4 years old by September 1, 2022. The program hours are Monday-Friday 7:00 am – 5:30 pm. The purpose of the program is to provide a developmentally appropriate childcare/preschool experience that supports the early learning needs or your 4-year-old in an elementary school setting.


End of Day Transportation & Student Pick-Ups

Please call the Office before 3:30pm if there is a change to your student’s end of day routine. Families may dial 763-420-3337, press #0 to speak with the Office Staff to have a student placed on the End of Day Pick Up List.

Student Absence, Vacation or Late Arrival

If your student will be late or absent from school for any reason, families need to call the school prior to 9:30am. Families may dial 763-420-3337, press #1 to leave a message on the Attendance Line. Please leave your student’s name, grade, teacher, date and reason for the absence, identify who is calling and a number they can be reached at.

Weaver Lake Elementary

School Hours: 9:30am - 4:00pm

Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm