Clint Smith: The danger of silence
"We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.
Rice Lake School Year 2023-2024, February
Rice Lake Students and Families,
Welcome to Black History Month, a time to honor the deep, pure, honest lives and experiences of our Black History in the United States.
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
— Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist
This February started with a fabulous beginning by seeing so many students enjoying their learning in the classroom from students in kindergarten sharing their drawings of penguins from their artic unit, to first graders showing me their writing, catching second grade doing it right in the classroom, to third grade reading groups sustaining their reading, to fourth and fifth grade enjoying problem strings, to basketball fun in PE and of course the recorders in music. I am looking forward to a tremendous February ahead.
UPCOMING RL EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS
This week, Ms. Mahnke's class won the Road Runner Rally Trophy for showing Respect, Learning and Responsibility in all areas of Rice Lake! Congrats to the students and Ms. Mahnke!!!
This important award reflects the work all of us do each day with students to support positive decision making in class, at recess, in the cafe' and hallway. Remind them of the core values of our school rooted in Responsibility, Learning and Respect and how they show up sharing these values each day in our community.
WOOT WOOT!!! We won a grant from the 279 Foundation for one of the most creative baskets!!!! So proud of our school and all that we do!
Our All School Morning Meeting in February will be dedicated, in our New Gym. During this time, we will unveil the grade level work they did to develop our expectations in the Hallways, Cafe', at Recess and in the Restroom. Thank you all for the gifts your children come with and share to make our school a wonderful place to be and learn.
Donuts with Diane will be held this month on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, from 9:00-10:00am in the RL Conference Room. Please join us to discuss, ask questions, share wonderings, and hear about our beginning budget information for the 24-25 school year. Hope to see you and a friend for coffee, conversations and definitely delicious donuts with Diane.
PBIS Tickets to Track Challenge for February: Recess
We will be doing this month's PBIS challenge in the Recess and following all the identified expectations from classrooms across the building. This month the winning classroom will have a Popcorn Party!!!
Miigwech, Many Thanks
Diane Bagley, principal
Upcoming Trimester II Events
February 8, 2024 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Media Center at Rice Lake
DONUTS WITH DIANE
February 20, 2024 from 9:00-10:00 in the Conference Room. Bring yourself and a friend to engage in discussions about our wonderful school!
ALL SCHOOL MORNING MEETING
February 23, 2024 Celebrating our Students
Spring Conferences: See parent vue for sign up this upcoming week
- February 20 3:40-7:40pm
- February 22 3:40-7:40pm
- February 28 3:40-7:40pm
Willy Wonka Continues Rehearsals for this Springs Production
Educational Benefits Form
Families are strongly encouraged to complete the Educational Benefits form. Families who qualify may access free or reduced prices for iPad and Chromebook repair and replacement, band/orchestra instruments (5th grade), home electricity bills through Excel Energy, and home internet from some providers, other benefits.
In addition, schools receive additional funding based on the number of students who qualify for Educational Benefits. Rice Lake receives a significant amount of money that is used to hire additional teachers and ESPs to support students. Filling out this form will help to ensure Rice Lake can continue to provide that additional support to students.
To be considered for free or reduced-priced meals and other educational benefits, parents/caregivers must complete the Free/Reduced Meal Application each year. The benefits of filling out the application and being approved (or qualifying) may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Free or reduced meal costs for your student if your household income qualifies.
- Applications completed and approved prior to Oct. 1 will help provide funding for the school your child attends, which can be used to provide additional resources that benefit students.
- To qualify for P-EBT benefits if extended into the upcoming school year.
- Testing fees for the ACT, SAT and AP Fees may be discounted as well as field trips and instrument rentals.
- Reduced internet rates with certain providers.
- Athletics fees waived or reduced.
Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students
One breakfast and one lunch per day are free for all students in Minnesota.
If students bring a lunch from home and wish to have school milk, they must purchase one for 50 cents using their SmartSchoolK12 lunch account. Once you’ve created this account, you can log in and add money to your child’s meal account. Balances are shared by all students in a household.
To load your student’s lunch account, view menus, apply for free/reduced lunch, etc., please visit www.district279.org/services/nutrition-services.
Click the button below to create a SmartSchoolK12 account.
Parent Vue is a web application used by Osseo Area Schools for parents to access their child's report card, sign up for conferences, view health information, etc. It is critical that all parents/guardians have access to Parent Vue. To use, simply install the app on any smart phone and create your account. To ensure confidentiality, each student has their own access code. All accounts are prompted in the fall to update their back to school forms so that contact information is up to date with all families.
Computers and assistance will be available during Open House to sign up for Parent Vue.
Late Arrival Absences
Arriving at school on time is incredibly important for your child so they are a part of all classroom community building and learning opportunities. Students should arrive at 8:40am (please review the handbook for specifics) . A late arrival will be marked for students that arrive at school after 8:50am. Late arrival absences can be marked as excused, or unexcused, based on reasoning. Parent or guardian must come into the building with students to fill out a form for their late arrival.
Out of respect for instructional time, family and religious choices, and many food allergies, birthday treats are not permitted in the classrooms. This is a district wide policy.
It is important for families to be able to communicate with their scholar either before or after school, however during the school day, cell phones, smart watches and other devices become a distraction for the student in their learning and the learning of those around them. We ask if you are able to keep the cell phone, smart watch or other device at home please do so; however, if this is not possible for your family, we ask that students drop off cell phones/smart watches or other devices in the main office for the day and they may pick them up at the end of the school day. This will ensure and maintain a learning environment in classrooms and throughout the school.
Arrival and Dismissal for Students Who Are Parent Pick-Up
The Rice Lake parking lot gets busy and crowded during arrival and dismissal. PLEASE drive slowly, pay attention, and be patient and kind to others.
Students may arrive at 8:40 am. There is no adult supervision prior to that time; students should not arrive earlier than 8:40am. School doors will open at 8:40 am.
Morning Drop Off: PLEASE CROSS AT THE CROSSWALK
Parents who are dropping off are encouraged to enter the drop off line and line up at the curb by the black fence. Students should leave their vehicles at 8:40 am and wait at the school doors; please do not have students wait in their vehicle until 8:40 am when doors open because it backs up traffic. Students should only exit their vehicle when the vehicle is stopped at the curb, not in the lane for vehicles to leave. Parents should remain in their vehicle except if a pre-k or kindergarten student needs assistance with the vehicle door.
Afternoon Pick-Up: PLEASE CROSS AT THE CROSSWALK
Students who are parent pick-up are dismissed at 3:15 pm. Parents are encouraged to use the pick-up line rather than parking. Please remain in your vehicle. There are multiple staff who assist students to the correct vehicle. Students should be picked up from school NO LATER than 3:20 pm.
Parents may also choose to park in the morning or afternoon. Parking spaces are limited. Handicap spaces may only be used by vehicles with a handicap sign clearly displayed. Please use the designated walkway and cross walks. Wait for your child near your vehicle or near the cross walk. Please do not wait for your child by the doors of the school.
Bus Number and Bus Stop Information
You will receive an email from our Transportation Department with your child's bus number, bus stop, and pick up/drop off times the week before school starts. Bussing information for your child is also available on the Parent Vue app. If you have any questions regarding this, please call 763-391-7244. Changes or cancellations to transportation can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bus Stop Safety Reminders
- Arrive 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to pick up
- Keep safety in mind (no horseplay, games, chasing, or pets)
- Wait on the sidewalk, boulevard or edge of the roadway. Stay away from houses, garages, and porches.
- When you see the bus approaching, form a line to board the bus. Stay in line until the bus comes to a complete stop.