Cannon Falls Elementary School Principal News -November 2022

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Hello Cannon Falls Elementary School Families-

It was so great to see many of you at conferences this past week. Thank you to our PTO for the amazing meals that were provided for teachers as well as their work with the incredible book fair. It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of October and November is almost here. Time is flying by.

Each month, I will be sending out a monthly newsletter that will include all of the happenings and other informational items about our building. Our goal is to stay as connected as we can with all of our families. If you ever have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us!

Thank you as well for your continued support to the CFES school community! - Mrs. Chappuis

Keep It Real Winners for the week of 10/17/2022

The REAL Deal winners this week are Ellis Davidson, Owen Austin, Cameron Bauer, Sienna Winchell, Sawyer Reberg, Briar Palodichuk and Ruby Kyrra along with 5th grade substitute teacher, Mrs. Anita Koch.

The REAL Deal classroom award went to Mrs. Alaine Nelson's kindergarten class. The No Lion award for a clean classroom went to Mrs. Melissa Biever's first grade class and Mrs. Deb Kadrlik's 3rd grade class.

Congratulations to everyone for keeping it REAL in our school!

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Fall Bomber Academy Starts Oct. 25th

We will be having a Fall Bomber Academy session this year that will start on Oct. 25th. Students are recommended by their classroom teacher using district assessments. This will run on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 3:00-4:15 PM. At this time, if you have not received paperwork then your child was not recommended. The amount of students we will be able to service will be pending our teacher availability.

Staff Shortages- How can you help?

Our district is in great need of teacher substitutes AND paraprofessional substitutes. We are short staffed on a daily basis and could really use your help if you have a flexible schedule. A para substitute requires a minimum of a high school diploma. A teacher substitute requires a bachelors degree. The district utilizes Teachers on Call for all of our substitute needs. Please reach out to Teachers on Call at 952-346-1656 or for more information. Thank you for your help! It takes a village!

Care Solace

Cannon Falls Area Schools partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of students and their family members. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential care coordination service that can help you quickly find mental health or substance use treatment options matched to your needs, regardless of circumstance.

If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use and would like to use Care Solace to find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595. Support is available 24/7/365 in any language.
  • Visit and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.


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Give to the Max Day (Nov. 17th) Cannon Falls Education Foundation

The Cannon Falls Education Foundation's annual pledge drive kicks off November 1. The CFEF supports the Cannon Falls Schools by making programs available to students that are normally outside the realm of the normal school budget. No gift is too small! CFEF is a non-profit organization committed to improving education at ISD252.

Last year alone, a total of over $107,000 in teacher/staff requested grants were funded though this amazing foundation. You can donate anytime by going to the site and search Cannon Falls Education Foundation OR you can support the Ed Foundation's "Give to the Max Day" fundraising campaign on November 17 at and increase their chances of winning additional monetary prizes when you donate. Cash or check donations can be dropped off at Cannon Valley Specialties or Freeberg Insurance. Additionally, you can mail a check anytime to “Cannon Falls Education Foundation” 820 E. Minnesota St. Cannon Falls, MN 55009. Donations are tax deductible.

Volunteering at C.F.E.S

If you are volunteering in the classroom for parties or chaperoning for a fieldtrip we have updated our process. You will be required to submit a copy of your drivers license and sign our volunteer agreement. This will be done once per school year. There may be situations that require a background check in addition to the two items mentioned above. This ensures the most safest environment for our students and safe. Thank you for your willingness to volunteer and partnership in our process. We look forward to seeing you in our wonderful school.

B.O.L.D Day Reminders

With the cold weather approaching, it's a great time to revisit our BOLD Day (Bomber Online Learning Day) guidelines. The first two cancellations will not be considered BOLD days. The following 5 cancellation days will be "BOLD" days and counted as regular instructional days. Your child's teacher will be communicating with you what the "BOLD" day learning expectations will be.

Parent Pick-up/Drop-off Reminders

During the first week of September an email was sent out in regards to expectations of our parent pick-up/drop-off and other parking lot helpful hints. The document for reference can be found below. I encourage you to revisit often. Please share with anyone that is going to be picking up your student.

Safety and Security

At this time of year, parents are no longer able to walk their child INTO the school building at the beginning of the day. This is only done during the first couple weeks of the school year. A students independence grows so much when they get an opportunity to walk into the building by themselves. You may walk them up to their designated door. Please drop off any items that your child needs for their day in the main office and we will get it to them.

Emergency Drills

For those of you unaware, our district uses the ALICE method in the event of a threat. We will continue to remind students of our expectations during both of these types of drills. Our ALICE drills are not intended to create anxiety for our students but rather provide a knowledge base that will help them in the event they need it. Here is a short video for more information on ALICE. Severe weather drills will take place in the Spring.

Remaining PLC Early Release Days for the 2022-2023 School Year

Students are released at 12:50 PM on the following Friday's:
  • Nov. 11th
  • Dec. 9th
  • Jan. 13th
  • Feb. 10th
  • Mar. 10th
  • Apr. 14th

Did you know...Attendance Matters

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school AND themselves. Start building this habit early (PK or kindergarten) so they learn that going to school on time, every day is important. Eventually good attendance will be a skill that will help them succeed

Please see the document here for more information about the importance of Attendance.

District Transportation

If you have district transportation questions please contact Alison Godfrey at

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Oct. 20-21 NO SCHOOL (Education Minnesota)
  • Oct. 31 PTO Family Halloween Event (5-7 PM)
  • Nov. 11 Veterans Day Program
  • Nov. 11 PLC Early Release - 12:50 PM
  • Nov. 17 Give to the Max Day - Cannon Falls Education Foundation
  • Nov. 17 STEAM Night (5:30-7:00 PM)
  • Nov. 17 PTO meeting 7:00 PM (in person)
  • Nov. 23-25 NO SCHOOL Fall Break
  • Dec. 9 PLC Early Release - 12:50 PM