Family Newsletter ~ April 23, 2020
Stingers Baseball Reading Program
We have been invited to take part in the Stingers Baseball Reading Program once again this year. We are getting a little later start, but I encourage families to still participate. Students are asked to read 15 min. 5 days/week for the next 2 weeks. Younger students may also have a parent read to them for the allotted time.
The forms for recording your reading were sent out via email. Please let me know if you need hard copies at pick-up tomorrow 4/24. You will need to record your efforts and then submit at least one of the two forms on Friday pick-up or via email. Anyone who meets this goal will be given two free tickets to a Willmar Stingers baseball game. There, backpacks will be handed out to the first 100 students in attendance at select games.
Remember that we will have pick-up/drop-offs every Friday indefinitely. The school will be open from 7:30-3:30 for you to stop.
Phy Ed Lessons
Just a note to remind you that Phy Ed lessons/pictures no longer need to be posted to Seesaw. Instead, please send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or a text at 612-817-7104.
Please do your best to return the tuition contracts in the next month. The materials fee is only $60/student until the end of May but will double after that. Also, if you wish to apply for a scholarship, please fill out and hand in the green form ASAP. It went out with the tuition contract.
I know many of you prefer to use automated systems for payments, and I want to make you aware of this capability from our school website. The system is set up through PayPal, so you’ll need to make an account when you log in if you don’t already have one, but then the process is simple from there. You can use this form for making payments of all kinds—simply add a memo to your payment indicating what it is for.
Adopt-a-Highway-- Saturday, 4/25
We are still looking for a couple of families who would have time to clean a portion of the road ditches for our spring Adopt-a-Highway project. This seems like an event we can continue to do safely if we have families take a ½ mile stretch. Please let me know if you are willing to help and we’ll get you the supplies. We are this Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 AM.
Scrip Program (reprinted)
The Scrip program is an easy fundraiser for us that permits a cash-back type of program for the school with no extra expense on your part. It just takes a little extra time to set it up. Here are a couple of video tutorials to help you get familiar with the program and use with the online program. You will find a link on our school website as well.
To use the Scrip program, we have a couple of options.
1. Buy the actual cards during Pick-up/Drop-off day from the school office. If you call ahead, they can be ready when you arrive.
2. Order Scrip E-Cards online with ScripNow: Perfect for yourself or to send as a gift to someone else. Enter LA99EF8L5526 to register as part of our program then shop for your favorite card.
I know these have been long, challenging weeks for many of you. We are juggling jobs, lunches, kids’ work, meetings, and a wealth of other things. I speak from experience in saying that I know some days are frustrating and some days are full of joy in having this time with our kids. I hope you know how much we as a school appreciate all that you are doing at home. So much of what happens is due to your commitment to us and to your children. You are doing great! Your kids are continuing to learn! Now let’s continue to keep them healthy.
Last year we spent some time particularly in May talking about our mental health. I hope that this conversation continues now at home. I encourage you to really spend some time checking on your kids about their social-emotional health. Take time to ask and really listen to how they are doing and feeling. We are fortunate to use faith as a guide in coping with the stresses we face. Help your children to talk to God about their struggles and then bring them to you.
I have found at my house that sometimes the kids just need alone time – too much togetherness makes everyone (Mom included), crazy! There is value in solitude at times. Maybe that is spent in prayer, or reading, or walking, or coloring…. I encourage you to give your kids a chance to be alone once in a while to regroup. And I encourage YOU to do it too. I am learning that being the principal, teacher, lunch lady, custodian, and counselor is exhausting work! I too need rest, solitude, and prayer. We – and our kids – will be better for it.
I continue to wish you well and pray for you daily.
Dr./Mrs. Kramer :)