Wilder Elementary School

Parent Newsletter - September 2022

Greetings from Wilder!

Dear Families,

Thank you for attending Open House! It was great to meet so many new faces. Our current enrollment at Wilder is 172 students! The first week at school was wonderful, and the teachers are working hard to build relationships and teach the rules and daily routines. We appreciate your partnership with your child's education!

For the first 6 weeks of school, the staff will teach the students the expectations for behavior in different locations at Wilder. During the first week of school students learned the hallway and restroom expectations. As a staff, we strive to teach the expectations in the same manner to provide consistency for our students. Our HOUSE meetings will begin next week! Our new students and kindergarten friends will find out which house they belong to next week. Our HOUSE meetings focus on building strong character traits.

Just a friendly reminder that we do not have school on Friday, Sept. 2nd or Monday, Sept. 5th. Our teachers will participate in Professional Development on Sept. 2nd to learn more about phonics instruction.

Our annual Title 1 Meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 26th at 2:30 pm. During our Title 1 meetings, you learn more about our school data and ways the Title funds support our school. We hope to see you at the meeting!

Please have a safe Labor Day weekend!

Leslie Bjelde


Upcoming Dates

Please take note of these important upcoming dates!


Friday, September 2 - Professional Development - NO SCHOOL

Monday, September 5 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 13 - PTO Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm in the Wilder Library

Wednesday, September 21 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm

Monday, September 26 - Picture Day (Caulfield's)


Wednesday, October 5 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm

Tuesday, October 11 - PTO Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm in the Wilder Library

Thursday, October 13 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00-7:00pm

Friday, October 14 - Early Release at 11:20 am

Friday, October 14 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 11:20-4:00 pm

Tuesday, October 18- Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00-7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 19 - Professional Development - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, October 20- Administrator Convention Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, October 21 - Administrator Convention Day - NO SCHOOL


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 student(s) before that time. THANK YOU!

District-Issued Student Learning Devices (iPads/Chromebooks)

Wilder Families -

The following communication was sent out from the District office on August 22. It is being included here in case you missed that earlier email.

As we prepare for the 2022-2023 school year, students at the Grand Forks Public Schools will be issued a student learning device. Kindergarten–2nd grade students will receive an iPad, while students in grades 3-12 will be issued a Chromebook.

Please note that students that still have a missing learning device from last school year will not be issued another device until either the original device is returned or the replacement fine is paid.

With these digital tools comes a variety of information for our families. Please carefully review the two attachments for information on the following:

* Acceptable Use Policy,
* Receiving, caring for, using, and returning the learning device,
* Device Use Pledge,
* Device Protection Plan (DPP) - While optional, this is strongly encouraged to cover any accidental damage to device

The Device Expectations and the Device Protection Plan documents are attached at the end of this newsletter for your information. As always, we appreciate your support as we work together to make the 2022-2023 school year a success. Thank you!

PTO Kick-Off Meeting for 22-23

The Wilder Elementary School PTO would like to welcome you to a new year at our school. For those of you who are unfamiliar with us, we are a volunteer organization made up of parents, teachers, administrators, and other support staff who are all dedicated to the successful education of our children. The Wilder PTO works hard to help make the school year both enjoyable and exciting for students, teachers, and parents by providing support for educational and recreational needs; to promote open communication between administration, teachers, and parents/guardians, and to encourage Wilder school spirit and pride.

We are looking forward to meeting families, parents/guardians, and grandparents that would like to get involved with our PTO this school year. Everything we do is based on volunteers and we are looking to you to help make a difference in the lives of our children. Every parent/guardian is already a member of the PTO and we encourage you to get involved!

Please join us at our first meeting of the 2022-23 school year on Tuesday, September 13th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. We will meet in the Library at Wilder with free pizza provided!

Join us as we start out the school year with electing a social media officer and plan activities for the coming year.

President: Sonja Brandt (Julia – Grade 1)

Vice President: Amanda Vingelen (Sophia – Grade 3)

Secretary: Cindy Prescott (Emily – Grade 3)

Treasurer: Tim Prescott (Emily – Grade 3)

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

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

Winter Gear Information from Wilder's Social Worker

Good morning Wilder Families,

It may not feel like it now, but cold weather is just around the corner! As your School Social

Worker, it is part of my job to ensure that our students (and families!) have what the need to keep safe and warm. When the snow comes, school dress requirements change. Students are not permitted on the playground when there is snow unless they have the following items:

 Winter coat

 Snow pants or bibs

 Snow boots

 Hat or jacket hood

 Gloves or mittens

It is recommended that students bring or leave a pair of sneakers at school during the winter

months so that they can change out of wet snow boots. If you are having trouble finding these items or are unable to purchase them, they are available through me. Families can call in to the front office to speak with me regarding sizes for clothing for their students. For older siblings please refer to their school social worker, but I am happy to help source items for children who are not yet school aged, if needed. If adult sizes are needed for a caregiver, I may be able to assist.

Items are provided by generous donations from our community. If you or your children have

outgrown last year’s winter gear, please consider dropping it off in the Wilder front office to

benefit other children in our district.

Winter items are available to borrow on a first come, first serve basis if a student forgets their

snow gear. However, students will only be permitted to borrow a limited number of times. If

students do not have weather appropriate gear, they will not be allowed to play on the

playground if there is snow. There is no grantee that an item in your child’s size will be

available to borrow.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at (701) 746-2320 and ask for Mrs. Naughton.

Thank you,

Brooke Naughton, LCSW

Wilder Elementary School Social Worker


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.

2022-2023 EARLY RELEASE WEDNESDAYS - 1:30 pm

September 21

October 5

November 2, 15, and 30


January 18

February 8 and 22

March 8 and 29

April 12 and 26

May 10

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.


Important School Times

First Bell: 8:20 am -- Use Door #4 (if not having breakfast at school)

School Begins: 8:25 am

Breakfast: Served from 7:40-8:15 am -- Use Door #1

School Dismissal Time: 3:00 pm -- Students will be dismissed through Door #4

Wilder's Snack and Food brought from home Requirements

Wilder Elementary School is a peanut-free and tree nut-free school. We follow district guidelines regarding food items being brought to school from home. In order to meet those expectations, we ask you to please cooperate by following our routines for any food items brought into the building.

Did you know snacks must be sent to school in their original packaging so the ingredient list can be read? The teacher is then able to identify if the product is peanut free.

  • Fruits and vegetables are the best options. If you check ingredient labels to be certain items are not processed in a facility that also produces peanuts, you may send these items as a snack in their originally packaging:

cheese sticks, yogurt, applesauce, pretzels, popcorn, fruit cups,

Goldfish crackers, graham crackers, raisins, dried fruit

The items listed above meet our Wellness Policy guidelines. Please refrain from sending fruit snacks to school for snack.

  • Cold lunches brought to school need to follow the same guidelines. No peanut products or tree nut products are allowed at school. What makes this difficult is that so many packaged "convenient" snacks are made in facilities that also produce peanut items. The nutrition label for packaged food items cannot say that it was "made in a facility that produces peanut or tree nut products."

  • Birthday food treats for classroom sharing are not allowed. Non-food items such as stickers, pencils, or a classroom book or a game are an alternative, if you wish.

We sincerely appreciate your efforts to abide by these guidelines.

Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Now that our students know where their classroom is located and understand the routine of hanging up their backpacks, we ask that all families say their goodbyes to their child at the door or from their vehicle. If you need to enter the school for other reasons, please follow our Visitor Procedures by checking into the office and a staff member will bring you to the desired location.

From previous newsletter to share with others who may pick up your child one day:

Our students' safety as they arrive and dismiss from school is very important to us. Please note the following expectations to ensure that we are working together to keep kids safe at these busy times of day:

Before School:

  • Students not eating breakfast should be dropped off near door #4 on the East side of the school as close to 8:20 as possible. We do not want students sitting outside for a long period of time during poor weather conditions. Students are not to arrive early or play on the unsupervised playground. They may stand nicely in a line outside door #4. Drop off your child along North 4th St.

  • Students eating breakfast may not enter the school until 7:40 AM. Please have your child wait in the car with you until 7:40. Students enter through the main entrance in the parking lot, directly in front of the door.

  • We encourage participation in the breakfast program. If your child will not be eating breakfast at school, but needs to be safely dropped off earlier than 8:20, please contact the office. We have limited space, beyond serving breakfast participants.

After School:

  • Pick up your child along N. 4th Street. Students are dismissed through Door #4. Parents are expected to promptly meet their children outside at dismissal time. Each grade level will be lined up on the grassy area near the sidewalk along N. 4th St. They will be in order from building to fence: Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

  • If you or your child need to cross the street to get to or return to your car, use the crosswalk. Playing on the playground is not an option, unless a parent is there to supervise.

  • Students enrolled in Encore, the after school program on site, will not begin until Monday, August 30.

  • In order for safe habits to be established, it is especially important that parents help their children follow our pick up and drop off routines and procedures.

Absences and Tardies

If your child is going to be late or absent from school, please inform the school office at 746-2320 before 8:25 am. Communication between home and school ensures student safety. If the school does not hear from you, the office will call to make sure your child is safe.

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 know ahead of time if possible. Daily attendance is very important. If your child is not in school, he/she is missing out on very important learning. Tardies and early pick ups result in lost instruction as well.

GFPS COVID-19 Updated Guidelines.

GFPS remains committed to the health and safety of our learning communities and will continue implementing guidance set forth by the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Grand Forks County Public Health when it comes to communicable diseases.

Below is a summary of the new guidelines put forth. We are relying on everyone to follow the guidelines to manage all infectious diseases, including COVID-19 as responsible members of our school and community.

GFPS has modified the following procedures according to new CDC/NDDoH guidance. We will no longer:

  • Conduct contact tracing or send notifications if we become aware of a positive COVID-19 positive case in a classroom.

  • Provide on-site COVID-19 tests. At-home test kits will be available upon request at each campus.

  • Require individuals exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine. As long as asymptomatic, individuals exposed to COVID-19 may attend work/school.

  • Require classes to cohort or physically distance.

GFPS supports the following recommendations provided by the NDDoH to support safe in-person learning and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases:

  • Stay up-to-date on vaccinations,

  • Stay home when ill,

  • Practice good hand hygiene,

  • Regularly clean environmental surfaces, and

  • Increase building ventilation.

What to do when ill:

  • People who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home. Staying home when sick can lower the risk of spreading infectious diseases, including COVID-19, to others.

  • Testing is recommended for people with symptoms of COVID-19 as soon as possible after symptoms begin.

  • For more information on staying home when sick with COVID-19, including recommendations for isolation and mask use for people who test positive or who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html.

Isolation and Precaution Guidelines for People with COVID-19:

  • Isolate to prevent spread to others.

  • Students and employees with no symptoms, or who had symptoms may end isolation after day five if:

    • Fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving.

    • If fever or symptoms have not improved, continue to isolate until they improve.

    • Students and employees with moderate illness (experienced shortness of breath or had difficulty breathing), severe illness (were hospitalized), or who have a weakened immune system, should isolate through day 10.

Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate yourself from others when you have COVID-19. You should also isolate yourself if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results. If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least five days and isolate yourself from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first five days.

If you test negative:

  • You can end your isolation

If you test positive but have no symptoms:

  • Day 0 is the day you were tested (not the day you received your positive test result)

  • Day 1 is the first full day following the day you were tested

  • If you develop symptoms within 10 days of when you were tested, the clock restarts at day 0 on the day of symptom onset

If you test positive and have symptoms:

  • Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset, regardless of when you tested positive

  • Day 1 is the first full day after the day your symptoms started

  • You may end isolation after day five if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving
  • If you still have a fever or your other symptoms have not improved, continue to isolate until they improve.



Talking openly and honestly with your kids is one of the most effective ways to support their behavioral health. Whether it’s everyday topics like friends and school, or more serious topics like substance use, anxiety, or depression, it’s never too early to start the conversation. As your kids grow, your conversations may change, but they will always be centered on keeping them happy, healthy, and safe. Keep your conversations relaxed, friendly, non-judgmental, and genuine. And most importantly, be a good listener.

Source: www.parentslead.org


Safe Kids is geared to help keep kids safe at HOME, at SCHOOL, at PLAY, and ON the WAY. Please see the Back to School Safety Flyer and the September Safe Kids newsletter attached below for some great information about Child Passenger Safety.
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