Diamond Path News!

January 16 - January 27, 2023


Click on the "Translate" button on the right or the circle in the lower right of your mobile device to translate this newsletter into several different languages!

¡Haga clic en el botón "Traducir" a la derecha o en el círculo en la parte inferior derecha de su dispositivo móvil para traducir este boletín a varios idiomas diferentes!

Guji badhanka "Turjumi" ee midigta ama goobada ku taal midigta hoose ee qalabkaaga gacanta si aad warsidahan ugu turjunto dhawr luqadood oo kala duwan!


Included in this Edition!

  • Mark your calendar!
  • Letter from Principal Nelson!
  • Friendly Reminders and Expectations
  • Diamond Path Spirit Wear!
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • NOW OPEN - Kindergarten Registration for School Year 2023/2024!
  • Not returning to Diamond Path next year?
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • PTO Meeting
  • Cold Weather Reminders
  • Allergy Awareness
  • "Give Kids a SMILE" from MN Dental Association (English, Spanish, and Somali)
  • Teachers On Call - Hiring Substitute Teachers!

Mark your calendar!

Monday, January 16th - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 17th (Cycle Day 5)

Wednesday, January 18th (Cycle Day 1)

Thursday, January 19th (Cycle Day 2)

Friday, January 20th - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (Data Analysis Day-Elementary)


Monday, January 23rd (Cycle Day 3) - PTO Meeting, 6:30 PM, DP Media Center or Zoom (link below)

Tuesday, January 24th (Cycle Day 4)

Wednesday, January 25th (Cycle Day 5)

Thursday, January 26th (Cycle Day 1) - 5th Grade Band Concert, 6:30 PM

Friday, January 27th (Cycle Day 2)


From the Principal.....

Greeting Diamond Path Families!

In my letter I wrote that we had only 2/3 of the year left. Well, hard to believe, but we are now almost at our unofficial halfway point of the school year!

January is a time to set resolutions. It’s a time to reorganize and reset. Our productivity seems to increase. While most resolutions fade in time, some seem to stick. Reasons for their longevity vary, but most often it’s due to an emotional connection and attaching relevance and importance to our tasks. In other words, emotions solidify and make permanent our learning.

I’m confident that the foundations for success are securely in place. As individuals, recognizing there is always more to learn, and then having the dedication to learn it is essential. As a community, we can rely on each other’s strengths to complement our weaknesses. You and your child play a huge role in continual growth. Please sign up for Winter Conferences (February 8 and 9) as soon as possible. Information and the link is also found in this newsletter and on the Diamond Path Elementary website. Together, we are all determined to make a difference in the lives of the students at Diamond Path.

A reminder that next week is a shortened week. There is no school on Monday, January 16, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day or next Friday, January 20, for a district professional development day.

Your Principal,

Rob Nelson


Friendly Reminders and Expectations:

Attendance: If your child is absent from school, you must report their absence each day before 10:00 AM. If you have a planned vacation or know your child we be out for more than one day, you can report a series of dates that we can mark in our system so we don' t call you to verify the reason for the absence. If you have a sick child, are picking your student up early, or have a planned absence, please click here or email the Diamond Path Attendance email at dp.attendance@district196.org to report the absence. If your child is sick, include details of symptoms such as fever of 100.4 or greater, cough, sore throat, or COVID-19 test results. Also, to help eliminate any confusion at the end of the day, please report any transportation changes before 2:00 PM.

Transportation: We are not allowed to write bus passes for students to ride the bus home with other students, unless it's an emergency, which will then be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Lunch: Visitors are not allowed to have lunch with students this year. Thank You for your understanding!


Opportunity for Parents!

Interested in learning more about the magnet approach at Diamond Path? Parents are invited to meet with Mr. Nelson and members of the Magnet Action Team at Diamond Path on Tuesday, January 24, at 5:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, February 21, at 5:00 p.m. A history of the magnet approach at Diamond Path will be provided as well as how we might enhance our approach in the future. Your input and perspective is important to us in this process!

Allergy Awareness

Dear parents and families

This letter is to remind everyone of the growing number of people with food allergies our community experiences every year. Common allergens include nuts, seeds, dairy, eggs, shellfish, fruits, latex, wheat and bees. Exposure to allergens can result in a life-threatening allergic reaction.

We are asking for your help with the following items to assist in keeping our community members safe:

  • Wash hands after eating, including after breakfast before school
  • Refrain from sharing food with others
  • Keep your nurse and school informed if your child develops allergies
  • Schools may celebrate special occasions with school provided/approved foods

We thank you for your caring support of our students and families.


Nurse Deb

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