What's New @ 542

September 2020


Get to Know Ms. Cook

Emily Cook is the new first grade teacher at Battle Lake School! She is from Alexandria, MN and went to school at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. She decided to become a teacher because she loves working with kids and has a passion for teaching. Her favorite subject to teach is Language Arts. Outside of school, she plays the piano and viola. She also likes to read, bike, and travel.

Her favorite thing about teaching is that each day is never the same as the last. "The kids make my job fun instead of boring," she says. Her goal for students is for them to become lifelong learners. She plans to achieve this by making lessons fun and hands-on. She also wants to encourage students to ask lots of questions. Welcome Ms. Cook!

Get to Know Ms. Holst

Shania Holst is the new second grade teacher at Battle Lake School! This is Ms. Holst's first year being a full time teacher, previously working as a long term substitute. She grew up in Staples, MN and attended Bemidji State University. When asked why she wanted to become a teacher she responded with “I had some pretty amazing teachers growing up and I love working with children and helping them to grow!”

Ms. Holst said she is enjoying it here in Battle Lake and goes on to say that the teachers have been a lot of help. Her favorite part about teaching is building relationships with the students and creating new friendships with fellow teachers. Her favorite subjects to teach are math and science.

Ms. Holst has three siblings, one older sister and two younger sisters. Her favorite hobbies include fishing, hunting, tennis, swimming, and being at the lake. Welcome Ms. Holst!

Cross Country, Then & Now - A Runner's Perspective

Before COVID, Cross Country was a fairly small sport. We had around 20 people on our team. Even though it was small, there were between 5-15 teams on average per meet. Parents could come and walk around the course and cheer us on. But with COVID that changed how it all looked. With Cross Country being the only sport active at the start of the school year, the team more than doubled in size, totaling 54 people. Only 3 teams could race per meet. If parents came to watch, they were asked to stay near the finish line and were asked to wear a mask. Two additional races were added because only a certain number of people could run in one race. Thre were nany changes to embrace, but we were thrilled we could participate.

Free Meals for Battle Lake Students

All breakfast and lunch meals will be provided without charge to all Battle Lake students until December 31, 2020 or until USDA funds are depleted, whichever comes first. This includes school meals, take-home meals, and meals for distance learners.

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Wash Your Hands

Handwashing at any time of the day can help get rid of germs, but there are key times when it’s most important to wash your hands.

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the bathroom
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal food or treats, animal cages
  • After touching garbage
  • If your hands are visibly dirty or greasy
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Take a Look at the Parent Portal

The parent portal is the "one stop shop" for everything a parent needs. You can access SchoolPay, Infinite Campus, Google Classroom and more!


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October Events

October 19

Financial Aid Night

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (School Auditorium)

One senior + one parent (masks required)

October 29

School Picture Day

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