Horace Mann/Roosevelt Elementary

SPARTAN BULLETIN - November 2019

The mission of Horace Mann/Roosevelt Elementary School

“Students achieving skills for a lifetime of learning”

School Improvement Goals

All students will demonstrate growth in the reading process.

All students will demonstrate growth in the writing process.

All students will demonstrate growth in the math process.

Dates to Remember!

November 4 PTA Meeting 6:15 p.m. @ Roosevelt Library

November 5&7 Grade 4 “I Wish the Hitting would Stop”

Baarstad 11:05; O’Meara 12:55; Erickson 1:50

November 7 Grade 1 Operation Big Band Aid

Farstad 9:00; Martin 10:15; Sorby 1:00

November 11 No School -Veterans Day

November 13 Plains Art Museum Visit- Grade 1

Mrs. Sorby’s Class 8:50-11:30 a.m.

November 14 Skate City 6-8 p.m.

November 15 Plains Art Museum Visit- Grade 1

Mrs. Martin’s & Mrs. Farstad’s Classes 8:50-11:30 a.m.

Grade 3 Play @MSUM 1-1:45 p.m.

November 25 Spartan Spotlight 1:15 p.m. @ Roosevelt Gym

November 27-29 No School- Vacation Days

Fall Reminders

Happy Fall Families!

As we leap into the season of giving thanks and gratitude, I would like to thank our families for your attendance at conferences this past October. We are enjoying watching your children grow in our care. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and stay warm as our weather reminds us that Old Man Winter is coming our way.

Take Care,

Mrs. Ostrom

Family Fun Night: Thank you very much to those of you who put in countless hours before our Family Fun Night Thursday October 24th! Our students had a blast and it was fantastic to see all of the families laughing and enjoying time with their friends and siblings. I love it when our buildings are filled with laughter! Our PTA works very hard behind the scenes and in front of the scenes to make this free event happen for our students. Our heart felt thanks for another great ‘Knight’!

Weather Changes: Families, please remember to dress your children in layers. As the weather can be tricky this time of year, please remember that we do go outside for recess and sometimes extra recess during the day. We have limited supplies of outside gear to borrow or have a both campuses so please have your child bring hats, gloves, appropriate shoes, and jackets.

Choir: Our 4th and 5th grade choir sang at the Fargo Force game last Friday Night and did a wonderful job being respectful, responsible, and safe! They sounded amazing! We are so proud of you all! Thank you to the families that got their students there and ready to sing! We look forward to more great music to come! Keep up the GREAT WORK!


We love having visitors for lunch but please remember if you are joining your child(ren) for the school lunch please call the office by 9:00a so we can get your lunch choice ordered. If you are bringing your own lunch you do not need to call. Thank you!

Important Information

Dispute Resolution Policy

Federal regulations require that each district adopt procedures for receiving and resolving disputes pertaining to Title programs.

If a parent, school personnel or any interested person wishes to file a complaint, the following process must be followed:

  • The written complaint must be sent via mail or e-mail to:

(Manager of Specific Title program)

Fargo Public Schools

415 North 4th Street

Fargo, ND 58102

Fargo Public Schools Title Managers

Title I Part A (Disadvantaged Students) Jan Anderson anderja@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title II Part A (Teacher Training/Recruitment) Robert Grosz groszr@fargo.k12.nd.us

Missy Eidsness eidsnem@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title III (English Language Acquisition) David Burkman burkmad@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title IX (Discrimination/Sexual Harassment) Brad Franklin franklb@fargo.k12.nd.us

Patty Cummings cumminp1@fargo.k12.nd.us

Section 504 (Students with Disabilities) David Burkman burkmad@fargo.k12.nd.us

  • Any complaint must include:

• The date;

• The name of the district, unit, or individual the complaint is against;

• The name, address, and telephone number of the person making the complaint;

• A detailed description of the complaint, including specific facts; and

• The signature of the person making the complaint.

When a complaint is filed, the appropriate Fargo Public Schools Title Manager will investigate and issue a written response within sixty (60) calendar days from the date the complaint is received.


Once a response is received from Fargo Public Schools staff, the person making the complaint has the right to have their complaint reconsidered. The complainant may submit a reconsideration request in writing to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Superintendent The Secretary of Education

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction U.S. Department of Education

600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept 201 555 New Jersey Avenue NW

Bismarck, ND 58505-0440 Washington, D.C. 20208


Revised 7/2017, 7/2018

Written Notification of School Accountability Report

Dear Parent/Guardian,

North Dakota has launched a new dashboard designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools. Insights features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including:

· Test Scores

· Graduation Rates

· English Learner Progress

· Student Engagement

· State Accountability

Transparency to the Public

North Dakota is committed to informing communities about how well our schools are doing. North Dakota’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be successful.

State education departments are required to annually create an accountability report for every public school in the state. The school accountability reports outline how schools are performing on the accountability elements North Dakota selected within its ESSA plan.

How is our School Doing?

To find out more information about our School Accountability Report, visit the dashboard at Insights.nd.gov, select “Find My School”, and search alphabetically for our school. The school accountability report is posted under the Dashboard heading.

Please note, the data made available to the public masks or hides data for groups with 10 or fewer students to protect confidential information about individual students. Therefore, if data is not available to less than 10 students, it will say “no data available”.

Family Engagement

We have strong plans for working to improve the educational programs at our school. We would like you and your child(ren) to continue to be active participants in our educational system. Please help support our high expectations for student achievement by participating in the school educational initiatives, offering input and support in our endeavors to raise student achievement, or volunteering at the school. Meeting our school’s goals will take a united effort, and I look forward to working with our families to ensure success for each student.

Continuous Improvement

All schools engage in continuous improvement for general support; therefore, our school has completed a continuous improvement plan through Cognia (formerly AdvancED).

As part of the overall school improvement plan, a strategy map is generated for each school. Our strategy map, outlining our key school improvement initiatives, is available on the Insights Dashboard.

Horace Mann Elementary School/Roosevelt Elementary School is a participating Title I school, with a student membership count of 347. If you have any questions regarding the information in the memorandum, please contact the school at 1025 North 3rd Street, 701-446-4600 or 1026 North 10th Street, 701-446-5300.


Leandra Ostrom
Building Principal

Ukeru Implementation:

As you know, we are committed to “Educating and empowering all students to succeed”. Our District is continually responding to the needs of our community in order to drive improvement. In order to continue delivering the best and latest practices we are introducing Ukeru, a restraint free crisis management system, to our organization.

We are utilizing new training on the conceptual ideas — such as trauma informed care and conflict resolution —. Ukeru training includes verbal and nonverbal communication, managing and de-escalating conflict by converting/diverting aggression, building an environment focused on comfort versus control, and recognizing traumatic experiences of individuals who receive services for developmental, behavioral and mental health needs. It also involves a system of blocking techniques to protect oneself and others during behavioral episodes including physical aggression. These techniques will minimize the need for restraint and maximize care for our students when they are most vulnerable.

Ukeru is being used in over 115 organizations across the United States who support a wide range of adult and childhood disabilities. We are proud to say Fargo Public Schools is the first district in North Dakota to utilize Ukeru.

We invite families to join us at our next two PTA meetings for further discussion on the topic of Ukeru, and answer any questions you may have.

- November 4th 6:15-7:17, Roosevelt Library

- December 2nd 6:15-7:15, Horace Mann Cafeteria

You may also like to visit www.ukerusystems.com for more information on this program.

Dina Schools Begins Next Week:

We are so excited to start our DINA Schools work and Parent Group work next week at Horace Mann. DINA Schools is a program is designed to promote emotional and social competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat aggression and emotional problems in young children 0 to 12 years old. Ultimately, the aim of the IY teacher, parent, and child training programs is to prevent and reduce the occurrence of aggressive and oppositional behavior.

Please read the message below from Carolyn Meske if you are interested in joining a community group for both DINA Schools and Parent Group that will be held in Moorhead:

Hello again, I have additional good news to add to this! This is actually going to be both a Dina School and Parent group running concurrently in the evening in Mhd. Although insurance is billed for these Mhd groups when possible, it is community (not school) based, and United Way funds do cover the rest.

It will run in the evening and they hope to start it in the next couple of weeks so if you do have additional families you would like to get into these groups please let me know and I’ll have our Mhd coordinator get connected with these families.

I know last year we had about 8 Fargo families get this service through Mhd so that was great!


If you are interested please contact me at ostroml@fargo.k12.nd.us and I will send you an online registration sheet with Carolyn Meske’s email address. Then she will get you in contact with the Moorhead Coordinator. Time and space are limited so if you would like to take part in this opportunity, a timely response is appreciated.

October After School Numbers

Coding Club 11 Boys; 14 Girls =25

Journalism Club 8 Boys; 10 Girls =18

Art Club 9 Boys; 48 Girls =57

Green Club 4 Boys; 7 Girls =11

Gym 78 Boys; 58 Girls =136

Board Game Club; 9 Boys; 7 Girls = 16

TOTAL = 263

Horace Mann/Roosevelt Elementary School

Leandra Ostrom, Principal

Matt Peck, Administrative Intern