The Wave

Minnewaska Area Elementary and Intermediate Newsletter

Welcome to the Wave

We're so glad you're joining us to know more about what happens at Minnewaska Area Elementary and Intermediate. We're excited to use a new format for our newsletter to try to reach more families. We know you're busy raising the kids we love and need quick access to the important information. Feel free to share this link with neighbors and other parents!

In Every Issue...


Should your child be ill or not joining us at school on a certain day, we need to know. Please call our schools at 320-239-4800.

Call ext. 2000 for Kylie and MAES or send an email to

Call ext. 1208 for Kristen at MAIS or send an email to

Bus Information:

For information regarding a bus issue, please call Palmer Bus Service at 320-634-3272.

Student Support

K-6 Social Worker Amber Hvezda-Kirkwold 320-239-4800

Student Support Services Coordinator Brian Gruber 320-239-4800

K-6 Principal Sarah Suchy 320-239-4800


Are you hearing a buzz about WIN? WIN stands for What I Need. Each child in 1-6 receives 30 minutes of WIN time each day that is targeted to their needs. Students in each grade level move into smaller groups as we provide more support with reading skills and strategies. We know students learn and grow at different paces, so we have scheduled times to review student data, monitor their progress and move students between groups for various skills and strategies needed. We're excited to differentiate our teaching to match student needs better and are excited to provide instruction just where your child needs.
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Picture Retakes

Picture Retake day will be on Tuesday, October 17th. Should you be wishing to have retakes completed, please send your child's picture packet as you received it back to school and we will take care of it that day.

PTA Pipeline

All Minnewaska are Parents are invited and encouraged to join our PTA! The next meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 12th from 4:30-5:30 in MAES Lounge.

PTA will be sponsoring the FALL FUN NIGHT for grades 4-6 on October 27th in the MAHS Small Gym from 6:00-8:00. Look for more information coming home with your child shortly.

PTA will be looking families to donate food for Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 6th and 9th. Contact your child's school, Dawn Jenson or Mary Walsh ( to donate.

Contact Dawn Jenson, PTA President for any questions regarding PTA at

MAES Math and Reading Club (Targeted Services)

MAES Math and Reading Club will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 17th. Students in Targeted Services should plan to be at school from 2:45-4:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

5th and 6th Grade Fundraiser

5th and 6th grade will be selling Harry's Handmade Pizza to support field trips and other hands on experiences as we learn through the year. Pizza sales began on Oct. 4th and forms are due Oct. 25th. Pizza Pick Up for parents will be between Nov. 13-15. More information coming to all families regarding pick up once a date has been set.

Should you be interested in ordering pizza to support our 5th and 6th Grade students, please call the school office and we'd be happy to help you.


Both MAES and MAIS will have their Book Fairs during conference week from Nov. 6-9. Make sure to check out the Media Center in both locations to find new and exciting adventures for your child to read about.
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What's Coming Up

Oct. 17 Picture Retakes

Oct. 17 MAES Math and Reading Club Begins

Oct. 19-20 MEA, No School

Oct. 23 Teacher Workshop, No School

Oct. 27 4-6 Fall Fun Night from 6:00-8:00 in MAHS Small Gym

Nov. 6 K-12 Conferences

Nov. 6-9 Elementary and Intermediate Book Fair

Nov. 9 Veteran's Day Program at 9:00 am

Nov. 9 K-12 Conferences-Early Dismissal at 11:30

Nov. 10 No School

Nov. 23 and 24 Thanksgiving Break, No School

Nov. 27 Teacher Workshop, No School

The Power of Yet!

When was the last time you thought, I can't do that or I'm not good at that? As humans, we often say things to ourselves like this and create a mindset where we believe we can't do things. Unfortunately, our kids follow suit and sometimes tell themselves they cannot complete difficult tasks or be successful. At MAEIS, we believe in the power of yet, we believe a growth mindset and we believe kids can do anything they put their mind to. They just might not be able to do it yet. There's a ton of great information on Growth Mindsets and The Power of Yet online, but below is a little video clip to get you started.