Washington Learning Center News

"Learning for fun, learning for growth, learning for life"

September 2022 Message from Principal Brown

We are all very excited to begin a new school year at WLC. This is the 7th year of WLC as a preschool and kindergarten building. We continue to develop and grow every year with the help of our talented, creative, and caring staff.

Each year we all continue to learn and grow, just like the children. This year you will be hearing about the following:

  1. Kindness - an overall theme for WLC "Be kind! Be Safe! Be a learner!" We have a wonderful school song that your child knows and can sing for you!
  2. The Pyramid Model in the preschool (which is a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children's healthy social and emotional development)
  3. Outdoor learning experiences and play.

The kindergarten teachers are planning their first field trip. We are hoping for some beautiful fall weather for exploring at Flandrau State Park and for the adventure at the Apeeling Apple Orchard.

Kindergarten Goals

Our kindergarten goals this year are from the Minnesota State Standards:

By May 2023 all kindergarten students will be able to:

  • name all uppercase and lowercase letters in the alphabet.

  • make all letter sounds.

  • read, write, and represent whole numbers from 0 - 31.

  • count with and without objects, forward and backward to at least 20.

Our teachers will also be focusing on implementing regular use of our outdoor spaces for both learning and play. Please be sure that they always have an extra set of clothes to change into if they end up getting wet or really dirty.

Seesaw and Washington Learning Center (WLC) Social Media

Lastly, stay connected with WLC and NUPS on social media. Please follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You will also want to get signed up for Seesaw with your kindergarten child's classroom. Teachers will be posting photos and activities to Seesaw (kindergarten) and social media which will help give you a snapshot of what your child/children are doing at school.

Thank you!

Drop off and pick up have been going quite well and will continue to improve with each day. We greatly appreciate your efforts in making this process safe and swift. Please always use the cross walks to cross streets and to walk up to our office door, #1.

Many children already know how to buckle themselves into their care seat. This is very helpful and allows for a swift dismissal. We realize many have other children to pick up at other locations.

We will continue to help those who still need assistance. We have 50+ students dismissed at curbside which means there are 50+ different car seats for staff to learn about and experience. We can watch informational videos to help us understand the proper way to buckle in a child, but we will still ask you if we have done it correctly. You know your child's carseat best. If you choose to buckle your own child or need to make any adjustments, you will need to pull into a parking space in order to make those changes. We will help manage the traffic flow to maintain safety.

We look forward to this year with your child/children and will continue to provide them with an excellent experience at WLC!

Mark Your Calendars:

  • September 15th - International DOT day! Help your child celebrate by wearing polka dots.
  • September 19th-23rd: Homecoming Week - help your child participate in our fun dress up days.

Monday, September 19th: Comfy/Pajama Day

Tuesday, September 20th: Hat Day

Wednesday, September 21st: Favorite Color Day

Thursday, September 22nd: Sport Shirt Day

Friday, September 23rd: Purple & White/NU Eagles Day

  • Tuesday, September 27th: Kindergarten Field Trip to A-peeling Acres Orchard (watch for a chaperone signup coming out via Campus Messenger next week)
  • Friday, September 30th: Kindergarten Fall Field Trip to Flandrau (watch for a chaperone signup coming out via Campus Messenger next week)
  • Sunday, October 9th-Saturday, October 15th: Fire Prevention Week
  • Tuesday, October 11th: Fire Department visits WLC
  • Wednesday, October 12th: Kindergarten walking field trip to the New Ulm Fire Department (watch for a chaperone signup coming out via Campus Messenger next week)
  • Wednesday, October 12th: WLC Picture Retake Day
  • Wednesday, October 12th: Early Childhood Screening at WLC - if you need to schedule a screening please call 507-233-8300 to do so.
  • October 20th & 21st: NO SCHOOL - MEA BREAK
  • October 29th - ECFE Trunk or Treat - Watch for more details!

WLC will be celebrating International DOT Day on September 15th!

Click here for more information on International Dot Day and if able help your child to celebrate with us by sending them wearing a Dot Day shirt, polka dots, or anything with polka dots on September 15th!
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Upcoming KINDERGARTEN Field Trip Information:

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Important Homecoming Information!

Please see the below information about New Ulm Public School's upcoming homecoming! WLC will be participating in fun dress up days. Please help your child to share the excitement of homecoming & come dressed up for the fun!
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Drop Off / Pick Up Reminders

Franklin Street

Please refrain from parking on the WEST side of Franklin Street throughout the school day.

Preschool parent cars will be lining up along Franklin, the length of the parking lot, as they wait to turn right onto 14th N Street.

Kindergarten parents will continue to line up along the WEST side of Franklin just north of the parking lot entrance.

Thank you for your efforts in following these plan to keep everyone safe.

Please review the 2 maps below for preschool and kindergarten traffic plans.

Preschool Map

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Kindergarten Map

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Parking and Entering the Building

Please use the PARKING LOT when you plan to leave your vehicle and enter the building with your child. Our crosswalk lines are worn off and need to be painted, but the crosswalk is located by door #1 entrance.

We want to keep Franklin Street free of parking cars during drop off and pick up so parents waiting in cars can line up there and not block the street.

Thank you for your efforts in following these plan to keep everyone safe.

Please see the maps and contact the office with any questions. (507) 233-8300

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WLC September Breakfast Menu

Breakfast is FREE for all students from 7:30am-8:00am. Please remember if your child is needing to eat breakfast at school they need to be here early enough to make it up to their classroom by 8:00 A.M. Kindergarten does officially start at 8:00 A.M. and students will begin to be marked tardy if they are coming up late from breakfast. Thank you for your assistance and effort in helping the students be up to their classrooms to get their days started on time.

ISD 88 School Nurse

Hello! My name is Tara Fausch and I am one of the licensed school nurses that is new to the district this year. I will primarily be providing nursing coverage at Washington Learning Center and the High School. I have been a nurse for 11 years and have worked in a variety of settings, including home care, hospitals, and public health. I have one child, Knox, who is 8 years old, and we have several pets that keep us busy. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my son and my extended family, having bonfires when the weather cooperates, and flower gardening. I am excited to join the district and look forward to working with all of you!

WLC Health Assistant - Marya Helget

Hello, and welcome to a new school year! My name is Marya Helget and I am the Health Assistant here at WLC. I am looking forward to meeting students and attending to any medical needs that they may have. Here are a few reminders to start off the school year.

  • Please make sure that special health needs have been communicated to the school.

  • Please ensure that if your child has medication at school the proper forms have been turned in.

  • Please check that immunizations are up to date or the appropriate forms are filled out.

If throughout the school year you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.



Early Childhood Family Education - Betty Uehling

We had an amazing summer with ECFE in the Park! ECFE classes begin on Monday. We still have room in most classes...come make some memories with us! <https://newulm.ce.eleyo.com/>

Eagles Preschool - Betty Uehling

We have an amazing Eagles Preschool team who were so excited to meet their new students! They spent workshop week not only preparing the classroom for the new year, but they attended a training by Ann Vote on IMPACT to Influence <https://www.annvote.com/> on how to build and nurture a culture where people (students, parents, co-workers) feel valued, trusted and confident. The training was so amazing, we asked her to come back the next week for mentoring! We also refreshed our CPR/Choking skills with Jeffrey from Allina.
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Ms. Carla

Hello! My name is Mrs. Carla Berg and I have been teaching Early Childhood for 25 years. My background includes teaching in a variety of Preschool Classroom settings and being an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher. My husband's name is Kenny and we have 3 children - Tucker 15, Addley 11 and Cooper 8. In my free time, I enjoy gardening, exploring the outdoors, watching and playing sports and spending time with my family.

Ms. Eileen

Hi, my name is Ms Eileen, I am beginning my 24th year of teaching preschool in New Ulm. I have a daughter named Caitlin. She is married and a nurse living in Washington State. I also have a 9 year old dog named Rosie. I coached the New Ulm Swim Club for 20 years and enjoy swimming and hiking. I play the piano for the Concord Singers and listen to all types of music and love to sing my way through each day. My favorite thing to do is make people laugh and smile.

Ms. Jill

Hello!! My name is Ms. Jill and I am an Eagles 3 preschool teacher! This is my 6th year at WLC! I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a bachelor of science degree in Early Childhood Education! I am very excited for the 2022-23 school year and the opportunity to work with an amazing group of students and staff!!

Ms. Melissa

Hi, my name is Melissa Nehls and I am one of the Eagles 3 teachers here at WLC. I graduated from Martin Luther College in 2010 with a BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. I am excited to start my 4th year teaching here!

Ms. Sara

My name is Sara Ahrens and I am one of the Eagles 4 teachers here at WLC. My husband Jeff and I have been married for 32 years. We have two children , a son who is 23 and a daughter who is 16. We live in the country by Madelia. I have been working in the New Ulm school district since 1992.


Mrs. Berkner

Hi! My name is Steph Berkner and I've been teaching kindergarten for 13 years. I love the excitement of 5 and 6 year olds! The amount of growth that the kindergartners gain during the academic year is astounding! When I'm not teaching, you can find me spending time with my family, including my husband Craig and our 3 children, Emmalyn (7), Addlie (5), and Elliot (1). I also enjoy gardening, baking, traveling and spending time at the lake.

Ms. Dahle

Hi, I'm Ms. Dahle and this is my third year here at WLC, teaching kindergarten. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, and being cuddled up in a blanket. I am looking forward to having a wonderful school year!

Mrs. Dummer

My name is Brittany Dummer. This will be my 8th year teaching and my 2nd year at Washington Learning Center! I grew up nearby in Lafayette. I am currently living in St. George with my sweet cat, Grace, and my energetic pup, Lucy. In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with friends and family and hiking!

Mrs. Niehoff

My husband and I have 8 grandchildren from ages 4 months - 10 years old and twins on the way in October. Which makes me the grandma teacher here at WLC.

  • I love to travel, especially to the beach where it is warm.
  • I like all kinds of music, *I enjoy playing and watching all kinds of sports.
  • I have been a kindergarten teacher for 20 + years.
  • My favorite color is purple.
  • My favorite thing to do is to teach kindergarten!!

Mrs. Owens

Hello, my name is Nicole Owens and I am a Kindergarten teacher at WLC! I moved to this position recently after time spent as a special education teacher.

Mrs. Sasser

My name is Mrs. Janel Sasser.

I have been teaching for 29 years.

I love exploring and learning along side my kindergarten students.

My husband Michael and I have 4 children.

Mikayla (28); Brooke (25); Cole (23); and Carson (20).

I love reading, collecting seashells off the beach, gardening, walking my dog Ruby, and snuggling with my cat named Azul.

I am looking forward to watching my students grow both academically and socially during the 2022-2023 school year.

Mrs. Gasow

Hello! I’m Mrs. Gasow, and this will be my second year teaching kindergarten at WLC. I have 7 years of experience teaching before joining NUPS. I live in New Ulm with my husband, Tyler, and my 2 kids, Bentley & Clara. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing volleyball, and reading on my Kindle. I look forward to another wonderful year teaching at WLC!

Mrs. Syverson

I am Holly Syverson, This is my 21st year teaching with District 88. I love the outdoors and incorporate outdoor learning into every kindergarten day.

Music & Art - Mrs. Hanson

Hello! My name is Andrea Hanson and I am the Art and Music Teacher at Washington Learning Center! I love sharing with kids how these valuable pastimes enrich our lives. I am passionate about building the students’ self-confidence, and I strive to create a fun and lively classroom environment where all students feel they can laugh and engage together in creative fun through art, music, theater and dance.

Physical Education & DAPE

Hello! I'm Ms. Lindell, the physical education and DAPE teacher here at Washington Learning Center! I love getting to know and watching each kindergarten student grow in a multitude of ways through physical education during the school year!
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Library and Technology News - Ms. Hoek

Greeting my name is Ms. Hoek. The students see me for library and technology each week. I also work on the intervention team at WLC. This is my 21st year at New Ulm Public Schools and my third year at WLC.

This month the students were able to check out their first school library books. They learned about taking care of their library books and returning them each week. By the end of this month, students will be able to check out two books each week. During storytime this month, they will hear tales of sharks, bookworms, football, hedgehogs, and apples.

The students come once a week for technology. EPIC will be the first app they learn how to use on iPads. Epic reads them stories that they choose or I assign. SeeSaw is the second app they will learn how to use. Their first SeeSaw activity will be a library scavenger hunt. Look for their finished project on your family SeeSaw account later this month.

School Social Worker

My name is Karla Diehn and I am new in my role as Social Worker/District Homeless Liaison for at Washington Learning Center. It has been an exciting journey so far and has been so fun getting to know all of the students. I look forward to continuing to build relationships with students and families throughout the rest of the school year!

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathologist - Jaci Krueger

My name is Jaci Krueger. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist at WLC. My favorite thing about working with the preschool students at WLC is experiencing the excitement of learning and playing through their eyes. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 daughters, being outside, and baking all sorts of sweet treats!

Speech-Language Pathologist - Amanda Fuchs

My name is Amanda Fuchs. I am a Speech Therapist that works primarily with the Kindergarten students at WLC. My husband and I have two daughters. When I am not at WLC, I enjoy spending time by the lake and on side-by-side rides with my family!

Early Childhood Special Education - Jenessa Rothmeier

This is my 3rd year teaching at Washington Learning Center working with kindergarteners! My favorite part of WLC is the community garden and exploring with the students. Outside of school I enjoy going camping and visiting MN State Park.

Early Childhood Special Education - Adrianna Evers

I am Adrianna Evers, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher at WLC. My family and I moved back to New Ulm from St. Cloud. I have been an ECSE teacher for the last 8 years working birth-3 years and 3-5 years of age. I am excited to build relationships with staff and students!

Early Childhood Special Education - Jennifer Lee

Hi my name is Jennifer Lee. I have been with ISD 88 for my entire Early Childhood Special Education teaching career, 25+ years. The highlight with young children is to be able to teach them how to play by getting to be a big person playing too.

Early Childhood Special Education - Erika Lieser

I am Erika Lieser, ECSE teacher in preschool. I am in my 8th year of teaching special education. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family biking, working out and hiking. I am excited to spend the year helping students grow!

Early Childhood Special Education - Sarah Steinbach

I am looking forward to another great year at WLC. As a special education teacher and case manager, I see a variety of different students and settings in our building each day. It is amazing to watch the students progress throughout the year and to see their proud smiles as they learn new things.

School Resource Officer - Officer Andrew Achman

My name is Officer Andrew Achman and I am the School Resource Officer or SRO. I have

been a police officer with the New Ulm Police Department for 8 years and this is my

second year as an SRO. I am here to help anyone with questions or concerns they might

have, so please contact me with anything that comes up.

Reminder that per Minnesota Statute 169.685 (Seat Belt; Passenger Restraint System for

Children) when transporting a child who is under age 8 or shorter than 4 feet 9 inches,

the use a child restraint that is appropriate for the child’s height and weight is required

and installed according to the manufacturer&#39;s instructions.

More information can be found at: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/child-passenger-safety/Pages/default.aspx

A good guide for child car seats can be found at: https://ucsg.safekids.org/

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Community Education - Crystal Fleck

A Parent’s Guide to TikTok Online Zoom Class

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 12pm – 1pm
Online through Zoom Fee- $19.75 Instructor: Nickie Welsh
Have you heard about the latest new app called TikTok? In this fun class we'll take a look at the fastest growing social media app used by millions each day. Learn how it's used and how parents can also help their kids stay safe while on it. We'll cover everything you need to know as it's paving the future of a new social media. ***Please Note that each class recording will be sent to all registered students so that they do not have to attend at the exact designated time. Follow-up support is also included from the instructor and students are encouraged to reach out with questions at any time before or after the class has concluded.

Your Guide to Gut Health Online ClassInstructor:Autumn Enloe, MS, RD, LD, CLTTuesday, September 20th 6:30pm-7:30pm Fee $21.00 The gut is the foundation for our health and is associated with our digestion, immune system, energy, brain health, and stress. Learn from a registered dietician, Autumn Enloe, on the basics of gut health and simple ways to improve yours today for better digestion, moods, and more!

Community Education Trips:

Les Miserables at The Orpheum Theatre
Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:00pm show
Registration deadline October 15, 2022 (Min 40 students to hold it) Fee: Charter bus and Ticket $90
Bus will leave at 10:30am from the Middle School Parking Lot on South Garden Street.
Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Miserables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.

Footloose at The Chanhassen Dinner Theaters

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 Lunch at 11am, show begins at 1pm Registration deadline Dec. 1, 2022 (Min 40 students to hold it) Fee: Charter bus and Ticket $105
Bus will leave at 10:30am from the Middle School Parking Lot on South Garden Street.
When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

Registrations can be received by:

Online with a credit card at http://newulm.ce.eleyo.com

Phone: 507-233-8307 (registration is complete only after payment has been received)

Mail: Community Education, 910 14th St. North, New Ulm, MN 56073

Stop in at our office at the Washington Learning Center, 910 14th St. North (door #1) (Due to COVID, we are refraining from having others enter our school, however there will be a drop-box outside of the school you can drop it in)

Crystal Fleck

Community Education Coordinator

Washington Learning Center

(507) 233-8307

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