Lake Agassiz Elementary School

May 2023

Message from Mrs. Jonasson

As we near the end of the school year, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the year. It has been a year filled with growth and many achievements for our students.

We would like to thank our staff members who have worked tirelessly to ensure the best year possible for our students. Their dedication, expertise, and commitment to the success of every child have been instrumental in shaping our school's culture.

We are excited about the opportunities that the next school year will bring. Next year we will have a few new faces and a few faces will not be here. See below to say goodbye to our departing staff and welcome our incoming LA Mustangs.

In preparation for the upcoming summer break we encourage you to enjoy your quality time with your children, engage in reading, and enjoy the simple joys of your child.

We wish you all a safe, restful, and joyful summer break.

Lake Agassiz PTO Corner

Hello from your Lake Agassiz PTO!

How has another school year already gone by? This year was great for PTO! We were able to host two in-person events at the school and plan to continue those next year.

We also had two great fundraisers with the coupon books and the Butter Braids. The coupon books are always our biggest fundraiser, so we plan to do those again next year in the fall. This year we also added in the restaurant profit sharing and they helped add a little extra money to our account.

With all the hard work of our students (and parents), we were able to help fund activities for the students such as trips to the pumpkin patch, the movies, local parks, and help teachers with some activities in the classroom. We also got to give our teachers a fun surprise during Teacher Appreciation Week and will send our 5th graders off with cake for their end of year celebration.

We have several open board positions on our PTO and would love to see some new faces. If you are interested, please reach out to us at or on our Facebook page - Lake Agassiz Mustangs PTO.

We hope everyone has a wonderful summer and we will see you at the Back-to-School open house!

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, May 2nd

  • Referendum Informational Meeting presented by Dr. Brenner at 6:15 p.m. PTO meeting to follow. Enter through Door 10.

Thursday, May 4th

  • 2nd Grade Program at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 5th

  • Encore Talent Show at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 10th

  • Early Release - School is dismissed @ 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 11th

  • Band/Chorus/Orchestra Concert @ 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 16th

  • 5th Grade Track Meet at Cushman Field @ 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 18th

  • 5th Grade Program @ 6:30 p.m.

Monday, May 29th

  • No School - Memorial Day

Thursday, June 1st

  • Last Day of School
  • Report card sent home electronically by the end of the day. If you have a question or concern regarding a grade, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Yearly Online Registration for the 2023-2024 School Year

It is that time again to register for the 2023-2024 school year! Every student needs to be registered in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. This ensures that we have your correct information such as; address, emails, phone numbers, emergency contacts, etc.

Click here for the link to the Parent Portal.

If the Parent Portal is tedious on your phone and you don't have access to a computer you may call/text Ms. Drayah, our Student & Family Liaison at 701-317-3278 to set up a time that she can help you at the school.

Please let the office know if your student will not be returning for the 2023/2024 school year. If you have any questions, please call the office at 701-746-2275.

Report Cards

The 3rd trimester ends on June 1st. Your child's report card will be sent to your email by the end of the day on June 1st. If you have any questions or concerns about how your child is doing in school please communicate with their classroom teacher.

Notes from the Office

Absences & Tardies

If your child is going to be late or absent from school, please call our attendance line at 746-2277 and leave a message. Communication between home and school ensures student safety.

If you are taking your child out of school early for any reason, come to the office to sign them out. Please let your child's teacher and office know ahead of time if possible.

Just a reminder that your child is not allowed to bring food from restaurants, fast food, etc. to school for lunch due to federal guidelines.

Notes From Our School Lunch Room is a handy way to pay for your child's lunch. Just a reminder that free lunches did not go through the state this year. Also, if your income would change throughout the school year you can fill out a new application. It is also good idea to check on your child's lunch account balances.

2023-2024 School Supply Lists

Grand Forks Public Schools will once again use TeacherLists to share 2023-2024 school supply lists information with our families! This free tool allows families to find and shop their student's supply list easily with the convenience of one-click shopping or in-store pickup from several national retailers, including Target and Walmart. If you'd rather complete your shopping in person, just visit the TeacherLists website to view/print your student's supply list.
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Lake Agassiz Staff Changes

We would like to take a moment to recognize and thank some Lake Agassiz Staff members who will be moving to new positions or retiring, and to introduce you to some new members of our team.

Lake Agassiz Staff Retiring

The following staff members are retiring this year. They have been an important part of our school community for many years and will be greatly missed. We wish them all the best in their well-deserved retirement.

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Lake Agassiz Staff - New Positions in the District

Additionally, we would like to announce the following staff members who will be leaving us for new positions within the district. They have all been valuable members of our team, and we are grateful for their contributions to our school community. We wish them all the best in their new role and schools.
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

New Staff and Position Changes for Fall of 2023

In addition, we are excited to welcome the following new staff members or current staff members in a new role!
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Listed Below Are Summer Programs & Family Events In The Community

Big picture

Movie In The Park Schedule


Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Upcoming Parenting Classes

Big picture
Big picture

Parents Lead

Tips for Being a Good Listener.
As a parent/guardian, sometimes you may feel as though your child does not listen to you. It is important that you communicate your needs and feelings to your child in an effective way. A simple suggestion to improve communication between you and your child is to use “I” messages rather than “You” messages (which often create an oppositional situation). For example, instead of
saying, “You always leave your dirty dishes on the table. Can’t you pick up after yourself?” say, “When you leave your dishes on the table, I get frustrated because it makes extra work for me when I get home and I’m trying to make dinner.” Visit for more information

Talk with your child about friendship.
Explain to your child what it means to be a good friend and that true friends protect, look out

for one another, and have each other’s back. True friends do not ask each other to do things that
they know are wrong and will get them in trouble, or things that are harmful. Talk often to your child about who their friends are and the things they do with their friends. Encourage them to stick to their beliefs and values and look for friends who share those values.

Listening is a powerful parenting tool.
You may not always know what to say but by listening carefully, with interest, and with empathy, you send the message that you care, are emotionally available, understand and accept. Kids sometimes feel that their parents “don’t understand” or “don’t listen” which can lead to a feeling of disconnection from parents. Good listening involves reflecting back or paraphrasing what your child has said so they know that you fully heard. Responses like, “It sounds like you are pretty angry at your coach” or “From what you are saying, it sounds like you feel she isn’t being a very good friend to you. Is that right?”
For more information and resources, visit

Big picture