Lake Agassiz Monthly Newletter

September/October 2019

Message from Mrs. Jonasson

It has been a great start to the new school year! Mr. DeWItt and I have been into classrooms meeting students and helping them get to know us as leaders in the building. We have read a few of our favorite books with our younger classrooms and had our 4th and 5th graders play a Kahoot trivia game about us. We've enjoyed getting to know students and making connections with them!

As a new school year begins, we make sure to practice our emergency procedures in the classroom setting and as a building as a whole. We have practiced one lockdown drill and will continue to practice our school fire drills in the coming weeks. Next month, representatives from our GF Fire Department will be presenting on fire safety to students in grades K-3. Their theme this year ties in perfectly with our school theme of Superheroes! Our firemen will promote that "Not all heroes wear capes. PLAN your ESCAPE." They will focus on planning escapes at school and at home. You can help by having that conversation with your child(ren). We appreciate our local firemen educating our students and helping them be safe at school, home, and everywhere in between.

Thank you to the Lake Agassiz parents that attended our Title 1 Parent Meeting and PTO meeting this Monday! We had a nice showing and some great plans in place. Please consider joining this group at our next PTO meeting on Tuesday, October 1st at 6:00 pm in our Library!

Lake Agassiz Superheroes!

Lake Agassiz staff members unveiled our 2019-20 theme of "Superheroes" by dressing in superhero attire. Students are invited to wear their own superhero shirts at our future rallies; on the first Friday of every month!

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Samaritan's Feet

Just a reminder if you have registered for Samaritan's Feet, this event will be held at the Betty Englestand Sioux Center on Saturday, Sept 21st from 2pm - 5pm. Children MUST be accompanied by adults.

School Pictures!

Caulfield Studios will be taking pictures on Tuesday, Oct 8th. All students will have their pictures taken. Families wishing to purchase individual packets must bring their money on the day pictures are taken. Picture packets (order forms) will be sent out prior to our picture day. Look for those in your child's Communication folder.

If you would like to VOLUNTEER to help guide classrooms to and from pictures, give our office a call or let your child's teacher know!

We are PEANUT and TREE NUT Restricted at Lake Agassiz!

A friendly reminder that all of GFPS elementary and middle schools are Peanut and Tree Nut Restricted buildings.

That means:

  • Any /all snacks brought to school must be nut or tree nut-free.
  • Any/all lunch items must be free of peanut butter or any other nut.

All Child Nutrition lunches are peanut and tree nut-free.

Looking for a few hours of work each day?

We are looking for lunchroom support staff from 10:45 am to 1:10 pm each day. If you are looking (or know anyone looking) for a few hours of work each day, go to this site to complete an application and let our Main Office know!

Apply here:

Important Dates!

  • Sept 27th: NO SCHOOL Staff Development
  • October 1st and 3rd from 4- 7 pm and Oct 4th 12-4pm Student Goal Setting Conferences
  • October 1st: RED event @ 2:30 pm
  • October 1st: PTO meeting at 6 pm in the Library
  • October 4th: 11:20 Dismissal- NO ENCORE
  • October 8th: Fall School Pictures
  • October 9th: Early Release - School dismissed at 1:30 pm
  • October 15th: Fall PTO Dance (in the gym) from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
  • October 17 & 18th : NO SCHOOL Administrator Convention Days
  • October 30th: Early Release - School dismissed at 1:30 pm.

Important Reminders

End of the Day Plans:

Please call the main office at 746-2275 to let us know of any changes to your child's schedule (different pick up for the day, leaving early for an appointment, etc). Please call as soon as possible as any call after 2:45 pm may not get to your child in time. The office is a busy place, especially from 2:30 pm to 3:20! If you know your plans far in advance, you can:

  • Message your child's teacher via SeeSaw
  • Send your child's teacher an email
  • Send a note in your child's Communication Folder
  • Call the office in the morning (you can even call after hours and leave a message if that works better for your schedule)

Drop off & Pick Up: North Lot

Special thanks to Mr. Sevigny for repainting the arrows in our driving lanes this week! Please follow those arrows to keep the traffic flow moving. A review:

** right lane (closest to the building) for stopping and picking up,

** middle lane for drop off, and

** the left lane for driving through and OUT or to circle the lot if you are unable to make it into a drop off/pick up lane. Do not STOP in the left lane! The left lane is what keeps our traffic moving out of the lot. Thank you!

Fall Hearing Screening



Each fall we screen children's hearing in our school system. We screen those children who have had difficulty in the past as well as any child(ren) whose parent requests hearing to be checked or any child(ren) whose teacher (with parental permission) has concerns for hearing acuity. We also screen all kindergarteners in our district. If you would not wish to have your child(ren)'s hearing screened, you will need to contact the speech pathologist at your child(ren)'s school. If not contacted, your kindergartener will have his/her hearing screened with their class. If you need any further information or have any questions, you may contact your school's speech pathologist or you may contact me at 746-2205 ext. 7142. Thank you for allowing us this opportunity to screen your child(ren)'s hearing.

FROM: Jane Humble, Educational, Audiologist

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Lake Agassiz PTO Meeting: October 1st at 6pm in the Library!

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Yes! You read that correctly! Our PTO will be sponsoring a fall dance! All students must be accompanied by an adult. We hope to see you there!

Student Bussing


  • Dietrich Bus Service will now require all students who ride a regular route bus to have a Transportation Request Form on file. This form can be completed online at
    • Any change must be made three (3) business days prior to the change taking effect. Changes can be made by submitting a new Transportation Request Form.

  • Dietrich has converted to using Google Maps for creating bus routes. If you visit the district/your school website, click on "Families" (top toolbar) > "Student Transportation" in (left sidebar), and the maps are under the "Links" section (right sidebar) LINK:
    • When you open a map, click on the Magnifying Glass in the upper left-hand corner, enter your home address, and you will see the nearest pick-up/drop-off location.

  • Dietrich has a transportation policy that we will require riders to abide by. This is also located on the "Student Transportation" page under "Transportation Policy." LINK:

  • Dietrich bus tickets may be purchased in the main office before or after school. Tickets are sold in strips of 10 only. At this time a strip of 10 tickets costs $10. Please make your check payable to Grand Forks Public Schools (GFPS) or bring exact change for the tickets.

    Selective Screens for Preschool Children

    In order to identify students between the ages of 3 to 5 who have a disability, the Grand Forks Special Education Unit holds a selective screen once a month throughout the school year (September-April). The purpose of the screen is to identify children who have a disability that may affect their school performance when they are of school age. Data collection in the areas of early intervention have demonstrated benefits of providing services early in the life of a child to significantly reduce the impact of disability during the school years.

    Screenings are completed based on a referral to the screen due to concerns about a child’s development in one or more of the following areas: speech/language, cognition, general development, social/emotional, fine and gross motor skills, vision and hearing. If you have questions about the screenings or have a child you would like to refer to the screen, please contact Nicole Reybok, Coordinator, 746-2205 ext. 7147 or Diane Schuster, Office Manager 746-2230.

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