Newport Elementary School

Family Newsletter 2021-2022

Newport Elementary School

Newport Elementary School is a Pre-K to fifth grade school serving the families of Newport Minnesota. Newport Elementary is part of the South Washington County Schools District 833. Please call the Main Office at 651-425-4301 with any questions. School day: 7:55am-2:25pm


Picture Day is Monday October 4th, 2021 and retakes will be Tuesday November 9th, 2021.

All picture orders are made on-line at:

Use event code: FE17521

A white flyer will be sent home with kids the last week of September.

2021-2022 SCHOOL HOURS

Please do not drop off students before 7:30am

7:30am Breakfast begins and non-breakfast students report to classrooms

7:45am First morning bell indicating students should be getting to class.

7:55am Second morning bell indicating school has started.

10:35am-12:35pm Lunch and recess by grade level.

2:20pm First closing bell indicating students should be getting ready to pack-up.

2:25pm Second closing bell indicating the school day has ended.

2:30pm Regular education busses leave the parking lot.

Please pick-up students by 2:35pm

Frequently Asked Parent Questions

Please open the document below with the Parent FAQs for the 2021-2022 school year. These questions and answers are some of the most frequently asked parent topics.

Family Calendar 2021-2022

NEWPORT 2021-2022 CALENDAR (updated 9-12-21)

All events subject to changes in covid restrictions.

Sep 28 Fundraiser orders due

Oct 4 Fall Pictures

Oct 12 PTO meeting @5:30pm – Media Center

Oct 21-22 No School

Oct 25 No School

Oct 29 Fundraising Limo Ride

Oct 29 Fundraiser product pick-up 2pm-6pm

Nov 2 No School

Nov 9 Fall Picture Retakes

Nov 9 PTO meeting @5:30pm – Media Center


Nov 16 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30pm – 8:00pm

Nov 18 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30pm – 8:00pm

Nov 23 End of 1st Trimester

Nov 24-26 No School

Dec 16 Choir concert @7:00pm in gym

Dec 21 PTO Holiday Breakfast for teachers

Dec 22–31 No School

Jan 3 School Resumes Monday January 3, 2022

Jan 11 PTO meeting @5:30pm – Media Center

Jan 17 No School

Feb 15 PTO meeting @5:30pm – Media Center

Feb 18 No School

Feb 21-22 No School

Feb 28-Mar 4 SPIRIT WEEK

Mar 1 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30pm – 8:00pm

Mar 1-4 “I Love to Read” week

Mar 3 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30pm – 8:00pm

Mar 4 End of 2nd Trimester

Mar 7-14 No School

Mar 15 School Resumes Tuesday March 15, 2022

April 5 PTO meeting @5:30pm Media Center

April 7 Choir concert @7:00pm in gym

April 11-14 MCA Reading Tests (grades 3-5)

April 14 Statewide Tornado drill at 1:45pm

April 15 No School

April 18-22 MCA Math Tests (grades 3-5)

April 25 No School

April 26-28 MCA Science Tests (grade 5)

May 30 No School

June 1 Pre-K & Kindergarten celebrations

June 1 Last Day for students!

The Newport Birthday Club means no need to buy cupcakes or treats!

All Newport Elementary students are enrolled in the Newport Birthday Club! Students will celebrate their birthday at a school-wide monthly assembly. The entire school will sing a happy birthday song to them and each birthday student will receive a book as a special gift.

No need to buy birthday treats or cupcakes. All birthday treats are prohibited based on our District's Wellness guidelines and as a precaution to allergy exposure.

Congratulations Newport Elementary School!

Congratulations to Newport families, students, and school staff!

School Sparrow has listed Newport Elementary School as one of the 10 Best Elementary Schools in the Minneapolis Suburbs!

We are so excited to share this news with you. This recognition is well deserved as the Newport families, staff, and students have worked hard over the last few years to help make gains in academic achievement for all and to help make Newport Elementary a great place!

Please see the article at the link below:

Newport Title 1 School

Newport is a Title One School

South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) offers a Title I program that meets the needs of the children at individual schools. At some buildings, this may mean that selected students receive assistance during the regular school day either in their classrooms or in another location within the school. Generally, students work individually or in small groups with a teacher or a trained instructional assistant.

  • Do all schools have a Title I program? No. Federal guidelines require that Title I programs are available in schools with the greatest concentration level of low-income families. Once a school qualifies, academic need - not economic status - determines whether students are eligible to receive extra instruction.

  • Who are Title I students? Title I students are students who will succeed when given some extra instruction. The students are identified by their classroom teachers as needing additional help in reading and/or math based on their test scores and academic performance. Those who show the greatest educational need and are not receiving special education services are served first.

Below is a link to the District 833 Title One Web Page:

To view the District 833 Annual meeting presentation, please click on the link below:

Title I Annual meeting presentation video 2020- 21

Feel free to reach out to Kelly Ralston, Newport Title One Teacher with any questions or concerns: phone: 651-425-4301

Transportation and Busses

Call the District 833 Transportation office at 651-425-5303 for all questions and requests for bussing. Remember that students can not ride a different bus or get off at a different bus stop without permission from Transportation. Hand written notes given to the bus driver, school office, or the child's teacher will not be accepted. Change in bus plans must be made in advanced and approved through the Transportation Department. Please see the document below for more information.

Also click on the link below to go to the District 833 Transportation website:

Join the Newport PTO!

Come join us and help support the students, staff, and families of Newport Elementary School! PTO meetings are held on Tuesdays at 5:30pm. Check the family calendar above for PTO dates.

We would love to have you join us!

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Newport Elementary School testifies at State Capitol meeting on academic success!

Senator Carla Nelson selected Newport Elementary School to testify to the E-12 Education Committee hearing at the State Capitol regarding schools who are "Beating the Odds". Senator Nelson used academic data to select 13 schools around the state who have performed higher in reading scores despite their economic challenges. This is a tremendous honor to our teachers, staff, students, and Newport families.

Principal Rich Romano and Associate Superintendent Kristine Schaefer presented what strategies have been working and how teachers, staff, and families have supported Newport kids. Both Senators Karla Bigham and Susan Kent also attended the hearing to lend their support and appreciation to Newport Elementary School and the Newport Community.

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Associate Superintendent Kristine Schaefer and Principal Rich Romano testifying on 2-19-20

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Senator Nelson, Principal Rich Romano, Associate Superintendent Kristine Schaefer, and Senator Kent.

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Volunteers and Field Trip Chaperones

Parents due to the Covid 19 crisis all Volunteers in the schools have been postponed until further notice. At this time the District 833 elementary schools will be unable to have volunteers help out at the school.

In October we transitioned to a new visitor/volunteer management system. Thank you to those that have already create a new profile or transferred their old one. Here is a reminder on how to do these:

To create a new volunteer profile proceed here:

If you believe you have had a volunteer background check in the past two years and would like that transferred proceed here:

A $5 background check is required for chaperoning a field trip, volunteer academic/athletic coaching and any volunteer opportunity that a volunteer would be alone with students. These background checks are now good for two years and our volunteer management system will remind volunteers when it’s close to expiration.

If you will be volunteering in a capacity that does not require a background check, please still create a volunteer profile.

District Volunteer Page for Q/A’s:

Questions: Contact Jessica Johnson at