Myers-Wilkins Wolf Tracks

September 2017 - Issue 2

What a great start to the new school year! We are well into the school year. There is lots of learning happening already. Our students are really focusing in on our three school wide expectations; respectful, responsible and safe in different areas of our building. We are focusing in on classroom routines and procedures so we are better able to focus on academics and the social emotional needs of our students.

Just a reminder that we are going to be entering our fall season shortly. Weather can be tricky this time of year. Please ensure to send your child prepared for varying weather options. This is a good time to dress the kids in layers so they can adjust if they get too warm or a bit cold. If you need support with this please contact Laura, Seiquayia, or Stephan at ext. 2501 and they can connect you with Kids Closet.

As many have noticed our playground is undergoing some construction. The tentative date for finalization of the playground construction is the mid-October. In the meantime, the students are having recess near Grant Rec and using the playground as well as field up there. We will keep you posted if the date changes but rest assured your child will have physical movement daily outside if weather permits.

As we enter into the 2017-2018 school year I wanted to let you know that we will no longer be composting at Myers-Wilkins. The staff at MW got together to discuss whether or not this was something we would be continuing here. Although we all agree and recognize it is important the costs to continue to compost in our building is no longer feasible to maintain. Our hope is to one day bring it back to MW but until we are able to incur the costs and it not impact the academic and social emotional needs of our students it will be suspended.

Our teachers are excited and have been raving about their classes. We are looking forward to a great school year! As always if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Go Wolves! Paw Pride!

Elisa Maldonado

Family Dinner Night with our Parent Student Advisory Council

Myers-Wilkins has a very active and inclusive parent group. We get together the second Tuesday of each month. This year we are changing things up a bit and will be meeting throughout the community and having family dinner nights. Mark your calendars for our first family dinner night!!! It will be on Tuesday October 10th. We would like as many parents as possible to be a part of this night. We will have a dinner and informal conversation about happenings in the school, community and important topics to our parents. There is child care and if you need a ride here you can contact Jen Eddy from our collaborative @ ext 2459. Family dinner night will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

Myers-Wilkins Collaborative September Update

Fall After School programming runs from Oct. 4th– Dec. 14th

COMPASS - Monday – Thursdays

Girl Power! – Monday – Wednesdays

Terrific Tuesdays – for K-2nd graders

Thursday Thrillz – for 3rd- 5th graders

Kako’s Choir – Wednesdays

Lego Robotics - Tuesday & Thursdays for 4th/5th graders

Volunteering Opportunities:

We are looking for volunteers to help in after-school classes from 2:15-5p.m. (volunteer with tutoring, art, sports, cooking, outdoor adventures, girl scouts, science and more)

If you are interested, please call 218-336-8860 x8 or email

Upcoming Events:

Harvest Fair, Thursday, September 21st from 4:30-6p.m.

  • Bring your displays of your homegrown vegetables to the tables by the Myers-Wilkins School office beginning on Tuesday, September 19th or bring them to the Harvest Fest
  • Harvest-themed activities for all! Games, Arts, healthy cooking, snacks, and more!

Families in Transition Program

The Families in Transition program exists to assist families experiencing homelessness or in transitional housing with enrollment, attendance and academics.

Stacey Achterhoff is one of two intervention teachers for Duluth Public Schools' Families in Transition program. Stacey's office is located in room 120 at Myers Wilkins. She can be reached at 218.336.8860 ext. 2451

Ms. Achterhoff coordinates the Back Pack (Friday Food Bag) program through Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Friday Food Bags will begin mid-October this year. The purpose of the Friday Food Bag program is to provide easy-to-prepare food for kids who might not otherwise have enough on the weekends. If this program would benefit you and your family please stop by the office and fill out a consent form.