Battle Lake Buzz

March 2021

Newsletter

What a Year! That’s what everyone is saying. But...this has been an excellent year. We have been fortunate to be in-person for the majority of the school year. Many students statewide are just getting back into school and nationally, many students are still not back in school. With cooperation from students, staff, and families, Battle Lake has once again shown how it can be a leader in the education world. Our plan, the execution of that plan, and the flexibility that has been allowed has proven effective and our students have benefited as a result.


The district is in the initial steps of developing a new strategic plan which will guide our district over the next several years. As part of the process, we will be gathering input from the community, the staff, and the students and that input will drive the development of the new plan. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate what we do well but also focus on the areas we can continue to improve on.


Student voice is very important to me. As such, I have started what I am calling the "Superintendent Student Advisory Council". Two students from each grade 9-12 (21-22 school year) will be selected to serve on this council Once selected, the students will serve the remaining years they have before graduation. This advisory council will advise the Superintendent on school matters from the perspective and opinion of students. This will be a great opportunity not only for the students, but for me as well.


The excitement certainly picks up in the spring. With the nice weather comes an upbeat atmosphere in the building while we creep closer to important events such as prom, spring sports and, of course, graduation. While things still have not returned to what we know as normal, signs of getting back to some level of normal are here and that will be good for everyone. These important events serve as lifetime memories for our students and their families and we are committed to creating the best experience we can within the guidelines given us.


I cannot end this article without extending a heartfelt thank you to our community. Battle Lake residents have been supportive of our school, our staff, and our students all year long. I have heard many times that a strong school makes a strong community. While this is true, it is also a strong and supportive community that makes its school strong. Together we make Battle Lake strong and a great place to live, work, and learn. Thank you for all the support you have shown; it is certainly appreciated.


We are busy planning for next year, but remain focused on closing out 2020-2021 strong.


Yours in Education,


Darren Kern

Superintendent/PK-6 Principal

Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, April 26 3:15 to 8pm

Tuesday, April 27 7:30 to 8:30am and 3:15 to 6:00pm

Wednesday, April 28 7:30 to 8:30am and 3:15 to 8:00pm

Thursday, April 29 7:30 to 8:30am and 3:15 to 8:00p

Friday, April 30 7:30 to 8:30am

Online shopping available April 26-30.
For a preview of the Book Fair or to shop online, go to the Battle Lake School website
www.battlelake.k12.mn.us In the menu, find “District” and then “Media Center”.

All proceeds benefit reading programs at Battle Lake School
Volunteers are needed. To help out, please call 218-862-4603
or e-mail communityed@isd542.org


Scholastic Book Fair

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Monday, April 26 4:00-8:00pm

Tuesday, April 27 4:00-8:00pm

Wednesday, April 28 4:00-8:00pm

Thursday, April 29 4:00-8:00pm

If you can help, please contact Tanya Maethner at communityed@isd542.org or call 218-862-4603.

Field Day

We have scheduled our 2021 Field Day for Thursday, May 13. We are planning the event with different scenarios in mind. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event.

Classroom Requests for 2021-2022 School Year


Teacher Requests for the 2021-2022 School Year Parents who would like to have a request considered must complete the Classroom Information Sheet and return it to the elementary office no later than April 29th. The form may be picked up in the elementary office or you may down load it directly from the Elementary Parent Resources pull down on the school web site. This step will greatly assist us in the planning process as we assign students to classrooms for the 2021-2022 school year. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Kindergarten Roundup

Battle Lake Public School is hosting the 2021-2022 Kindergarten Round-Up & Registration

Friday, April 30 & Friday, May 7 by appointment only.


FAMILIES ON OUR DISTRICT CENSUS HAVE BEEN MAILED AN INVITATION.

IF YOUR CHILD WILL BE 5 BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 AND YOU ARE NEW TO OUR DISTRICT, INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT OUR KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM OR YOU DIDN'T RECEIVE AN INVITATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL AT 218-864-5217.


We are looking forward to meeting you! The transition from PreK to Kindergarten is an

exciting time. This visit will give your child an experience to reference as you prepare.

Sincerely,

Patsi Kugler & Jen Kerzman

2020-21 Kindergarten Teachers

Concert

4th Grade Recorder / 5th - 6th Grade Band will be scheduled in May. A date and protocol will be sent out soon.

Battle Lake Preschool SNEAK PEEK 2021-2022

It's that time of year already!!!! Will your child be 3 (or 4) by Sept. 1 and is potty-trained? Are you looking for just the right program to help prepare your child for school? Battle Lake School Readiness is that program! We offer a fun and exciting hands-on approach to learning that will help prepare your child for Kindergarten and the long road ahead.

3 Year Old program:

· 2 days/week FULL days 8-3:15

4 & 5 Year Old options:

· 2 days/week FULL days 8-3:15

· 3 days/week FULL days 8-3:15

Preschool SNEAK PEEK will be available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday April 21, 22, 23. To schedule a time to meet the teachers and see the classrooms, please complete the google form at https://sites.google.com/isd542.org/earlychildhood/preschool-registration

NOTE: SNEAK PEEK is an opportunity to see the classroom; it is NOT registration night.

Preschool registration will once again be completed online. A link will be made available beginning at 5:00pm on Tuesday, May 25th. A $30 non-refundable deposit must accompany the registration form. Checks may be made to Battle Lake School Readiness. Sorry... no early registrations will be accepted.

For additional information, go to our website at www.battlelake.k12.mn.us or contact Ms. Julie at jfrost@isd542.org or by phone 864-8994.

We look forward to seeing you and your child at Battle Lake Preschool’s SNEAK PEEK!!!

Reminders

Thursday April 1 - half a day of school for students and staff. Buses will leave school at 12:00pm.

Friday, April 2 - No School

Monday, April 5 - No School