Wilder Elementary School

Parent Newsletter - October 2021

Greetings from Wilder Elementary School!

Happy October....Already!

It's always hard to believe how quickly the time goes once the school year gets underway. Thanks for all you do to help your child have a positive start to the school year. Establishing school routines at home are just as important as our routines at school. Early bedtime, a good breakfast (at school or at home), and staying in touch with your child's teacher through SeeSaw are 3 routines that will have a positive impact on your child's learning. Thanks!

Please note that we have a busy week next week with our first Parent/Teacher Conferences on Tuesday and Thursday evening AND Friday afternoon. Please make this time a priority as it sets the stage for helpful communication between school and home.

Walk to School Day is on Thursday morning. We hope you and your child will participate. See the flyer attached to this newsletter for more information.

Parents, please check your child's health status before sending them to school. This has been the expectation since long before Covid was ever an issue. If your child is sick, please keep them home. If children come to school not feeling well or feverish, you will be called to come and pick them up. Please see the Covid 19 school attendance guidance attached below. Thanks!

Let us know if you have any questions. Anne or I will be happy to assist you at 701-746-2320.


Leslie Wiegandt


Morning Breakfast Drop-Off Reminder

Please note that staff is not present in the building for supervision of students until 7:40 am. Therefore, please do not drop off your students before that time.
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Upcoming Dates

Please take note of these important upcoming dates!

Be sure to note the Early Dismissal Dates....so that your child can be picked up promptly at 1:30. (11:20 on conference Friday)

Also, note that we have 3 days of No School October 20, 21, and 22.



Tuesday, October 5 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00-7:00pm

Thursday, October 7 - SafeKids Walk to School Day (see flyer below), 7:45-8:30 am

Thursday, October 7- Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00-7:00 pm

Friday, October 8 - Early Release at 11:20 am

Friday, October 8 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 11:20-4:00 pm

Tuesday, October 12 - PTO Meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm

Zoom Link: https://mygfschools.zoom.us/j/88904390611

Wednesday, October 13 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm

Wednesday, October 20 - Professional Development -- NO SCHOOL

Thursday, October 21- Administrator Convention Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, October 22 - Administrator Convention Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, October 27 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm


Tuesday, November 2 to Thursday, November 4 -- Scholastic Book Fair in the Library

Tuesday, November 9 - PTO Meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm

Zoom Link: https://mygfschools.zoom.us/j/88904390611

Wednesday, November 10 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm

Thursday, November 11 - Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 25 - Friday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

October is National Principals Month


PTO Meeting

The October PTO Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 12th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. We hope to see you then via Zoom!

Zoom Link: Click Here

President: Sonja Brandt (Callan – Grade 5, Julia – Grade K)

Vice President: Looking to fill this position!

Secretary: Cindy Prescott (Emily – Grade 2)

Treasurer: Tim Prescott (Emily – Grade 2)

PTO Members: All parents/guardians, teachers, and staff of Wilder Elementary

Contact: wilderelementarypto@gmail.com or Wilder PTO on Facebook

Custodian Appreciation

October 2 is National Custodian Appreciation Day, and we send a Shout Out to Len Shadle and Sandy Johnson, who continue to do an extraordinary job keeping Wilder in tip-top shape. Thanks for all you do, Len and Sandy!!

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Early Release Days

Grand Forks Public Schools has determined a number of early release days to allow for teacher collaboration time. Wilder Elementary School is committed to providing the instruction and support needed for all students to achieve high levels of academic success. This collaboration schedule and what we do during this valuable time is vital to that commitment.

2021-2022 EARLY RELEASE WEDNESDAYS - 1:30 pm

October 13 and 27

November 10

December 1 and 15

January 12 and 26

February 9

March 23

April 6 and 20

May 4 and 18

On early release Wednesdays, students who are walking home or being picked up will dismiss from Door #4 promptly at 1:30 pm. Please plan accordingly.

Students enrolled in ENCORE's Early Out Club will report to their designated attendance location at Wilder at 1:30 pm.

Early Out Club will dismiss at 3:00 pm. Parents (of children not also enrolled in Encore) are to come to Door #1 (parking lot door) and sign their child out.

GFPS School Cancellation and Postponement Procedures

School postponement and cancellation alternatives will be as follows:

  • a. Hold school as normal
  • b. Open school but delay sending buses
  • c. Delay the start time in all schools by two (2) hours based on each school’s start time
    • Elementary School: Start time is 8:25, so school would start at 10:25. Doors will open at 10:15 a.m.
    • Middle School: Start time is 8:40, so school would start at 10:40. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m.
    • High School: Start time is 8:00, so school would start at 10:00. Doors will open at 9:50 a.m.
    • Head Start: Start time is 8:00, so school would start at 10:00. Doors will open at 9:50 a.m.
    • When school starts late, there will be no morning Early Childhood Special Education classes. Afternoon Early Childhood Special Education classes will be held.
    • Breakfast will not be served at any sites.
  • d. No school in Grand Forks Public Schools all day
  • e. No school for the Grand Forks Air Force Base School District students all day
    • Decisions related to the weather-related delayed opening or closing of air base schools may not always be consistent with those made for in-town schools. On those days when severe weather makes travel conditions so hazardous as to threaten the safety of staff members, opening delays or the closing of base schools will be given special consideration.
  • f. Once school is in session, it will not be terminated until the regular closing time except in very severe situations. However, school buses may leave early. Radio and TV stations will be used to notify parents.

The decision to close or delay school will be made as early as possible. Announcements will be made on the District webpage (www.gfschools.org), and District social media (www.facebook.com/GrandForksPublicSchools; www.twitter.com/GFSchools). Announcements will also be made on local radio and TV stations.

Grand Forks Public Schools will be using our Automated Calling system to call staff and parents if school will be delayed or cancelled due to severe weather conditions. Typically, this automated call will occur to staff between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., and to parents between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Parents or guardians may always exercise their right to keep students home or pick them up early during stormy conditions.

If an emergency situation should develop during the time school is in session, children will be cared for in school until the storm has subsided.

If buses are sent home early, all buses will be sent.

  • a. Radio and TV stations will make the announcement of the departure time.
  • b. The lead-time needed for the procedure is approximately one (1) hour.
  • c. If conditions are dangerous, bus drivers must use common sense in discharging students that must walk a considerable distance. If possible, use the radio and contact the base station. Have parents meet the bus or be on the lookout for their children. If the driver is unable to contact parents and conditions are dangerous, do not let students off the bus but return to school and notify the principal. Schools that have bus students must have a written procedure for caring for students in the event they must be kept overnight at school.

Updated 9/30/2019

Parents Lead: Substance Use Prevention Tips

Make sure your child knows your rules — and that you’ll enforce the consequences if rules are broken. Kids are less likely to use nicotine, alcohol, and other substances if their parents have established a pattern of setting clear rules and consequences.

Source: https://drugfree.org/

Written Notification of School Accountability Report/Interactive Dashboard

Please access the report below.

Safe Kids - October: Pedestrian Safety and Halloween

Please see below for the Safe Kids October newsletter and information on Wilder's Walk to School day ( Thursday, October 7).
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