The TEAM Times

TEAM Academy's August 2021 Newsletter

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer! Here are a few updates from TEAM Academy. Look for more information to be sent out as we get closer to the start of the school year.

- Mrs. Courtney

Bussing

Waseca Families,

We are asking you to take a moment and fill out the 2021-2022 school bus transportation registration form. In order for us to provide the best service in regards to number of students per bus and pick-up/drop-off times, we are requesting this information be returned to us no later than Monday, August 9th. Any registration forms received after this date will not be processed until Friday, October 1st so that bus companies can accurately plan for routes in order to get the school year started. Students must live outside a one mile radius from the school they are attending, which is the same distance that was used during the 2019-2020 school year. You will be notified if your student qualifies for transportation. Please remember completing the registration form is not a guarantee that your student qualifies for transportation. The information you give us will be used to help us plan our routes. Once routes are complete, families will be notified by the bus companies regarding pick up times and locations.


Please review school bus safety rules and regulations with your students prior to the start of the school year to help ensure the safety of all students and the drivers. New bus passes will be handed out before the start of the school year. Old bus passes will no longer be valid in the bus pass system and you will be notified at a later time on when and where the old bus passes will be collected.


We hope that we do not have another year with Covid restrictions, but please continue to check the school portal for the latest updates where school transportation is involved.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together and look forward to the new school year.


Respectfully yours,

Kelli Lenz and Bill Radil


Bus sign up form

School Supply List

Our school supply lists can be viewed online here. You can also view them here and purchase supplies online through Amazon, Target, or Walmart.


If you need assistance purchasing school supplies, please contact one of our social workers:

Jenna Auen - jauen@team.k12.mn.us

Ashlee Conely - aconley@team.k12.mn.us

Enrollment Update!

All students who are currently attending TEAM are automatically enrolled for the following school year. NEW students will be enrolled on a first come first serve basis. All students who sign up after a class is full will be put on a waiting list. If you know of anyone thinking of enrolling their child at TEAM please encourage them to do so as soon as possible to ensure they have a spot. Enroll any NEW students here.

TEAM Academy COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Summer/Fall 2021

This plan will continue to be reviewed and changed as new guidelines come out over summer/fall 2021.


Masks: Masks are strongly encouraged indoors by all individuals (vaccinated or not). Masks are required on school transportation vehicles (mandated by CDC).


Health Screening Process: If you're sick, stay home. All people entering TEAM Academy facilities are expected to perform a self-health screening prior to entering the building (screening for elementary children must be completed by an adult).


If you or your child has a fever 100.4 degrees or higher; new onset cough or a cough that gets worse; has difficulty/hard time breathing; new loss of taste or smell, you/ they will be required, per MDH decision tree, to test for COVID-19 or have an alternate diagnosis from a medical provider.


Isolation: If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, he/she must quarantine for 10 days during the infectious period.


Communication: Families are REQUIRED to report a positive case of COVID-19 to the director. Families will be notified of a positive COVID-19 case.


Attendance/Rosters: Daily attendance will be documented for each class/activity.


Contact Tracing: Families will be notified if their child has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case.


Quarantine: In the event of an exposure, TEAM Academy encourages, but does not require, a quarantine period. The CDC recommends a 14-day quarantine period, with two other options: (1) 7-day quarantine period (test on day 5 or after) or (2) 10-day quarantine period without a test.


Household Contacts: Any person who lives in the same household as the person that tested positive is REQUIRED to quarantine. See quarantine information above for details.


Other Mitigation Strategies: TEAM Academy will also implement student cohorting, social distancing (at least 3 feet), hand hygiene practices, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and enhanced indoor air ventilation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Vaccinations for School Age Students: Individuals age 12 and older are currently eligible for the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Community sites continue to offer vaccinations to students age 12 and up. The State of Minnesota Vaccine Locator tool allows searching by zip code, distance, age group, and more.


Student and Staff COVID-19 Testing: Minnesota and Vault Medical Services have teamed up to offer no-barrier, at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for everyone who lives in Minnesota, with or without symptoms. You can read more about this service on the Minnesota Department of Health website.


Students with disabilities: Appropriate accommodations will be made for students. The special education coordinator and case managers will consult with school staff.


Coordination with state and local health officials: TEAM Academy school staff will continue to collaborate with officials from the Waseca County Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Email Jill Courtney, TEAM Academy Superintendent, for public comment - jcourtney@team.k12.mn.us

Back to School Open House

September 2nd

4-6 PM

Save the date for our Back to School Open House! Come anytime from 4-6 PM to:

  • Meet your teacher
  • Find your locker
  • Drop off school supplies
  • Drop off medications with the nurse
  • Fill out yearly student forms
  • Order new TEAM Academy t-shirts ($10 each)
  • And more!

Welcome New Teachers!

We have new staff at TEAM this year!!

Abby Osmundson - Kindergarten

Alexis Thompson - 4th Grade

Polly Christensen - 5th Grade

Laura Galbus - Music/Band/Choir

Amanda Partain - Paraprofessional

Kelly Olmsted - Kitchen Manager/Custodian


Welcome to our TEAM Academy Family!

Band and Choir

We are looking for students to join the Band and/or Choir! If your child is interested you can email Ms. Galbus at lgablus@team.k12.mn.us or talk with her at our Back to School Open House on September 2. Band is open to 5th and 6th grade students and Choir is open to 4-6 grade students.

Updating Contact Information

Please be sure to notify the office of any change in address, phone number, change of work place, marital status, family members or emergency phone numbers. Notification of these changes as they occur are greatly appreciated.

You can also log into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal to update your contact information.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for EVERY Student

We are pleased to announce that TEAM Academy will participate again in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for School Year 21-22. What does this mean for you and your children attending TEAM? All enrolled students of TEAM Academy are eligible to receive a healthy break-fast and lunch at school at no charge to your household. As parents, you can count on your child(ren) eating two healthy meals each day! If your child brings a lunch from home and needs a milk or wants to purchase a 2nd milk for their lunch it will cost them $0.50.

Free Healthy Snacks

TEAM Academy will once again have the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) this year. A fresh fruit or vegetable snack will be provided for students every day. Snacks will be served mid-morning. The main goal of the FFVP is to increase the fruit and vegetable consumption of elementary school children. In addition to providing fresh fruits and vegetables, another goal of this program is to provide nutrition education to the children. Please continue to talk with your children about the healthy choices they receive at school.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Login

If you need help with your login information contact: mpfeifer@team.k12.mn.us