• October MLE News

    Posted by Andy Sawatzke on 10/17/2018

    Greetings MLE Families,


    The sun has finally come out, the leaves have turned and we had to turn the heat on in the building, Fall is here and hopefully it stays for a while!  We are now over 6 weeks into the new school year.  Teachers and students have established routines and meaningful learning is taking place throughout the building. 


    We had our second Irish Pride Celebration of the year on Tuesday, October 9th.  We celebrated the students who displayed all aspects of Irish Pride during the month of September.  In October, students will focus on kindness.  We will have our next Irish Pride Celebration on November 13th, our next Late Start Day, and celebrate our students of kindness.  


    The message below is from Mark Lee the OJT and Youth Apprenticeship Teacher at Wright Technical Center in Buffalo.  If you are interested, but have questions you can email Mark at Mark.Lee@WrightTech.org or call him at 763-684-2242 (cell: 612-384-1302).


    We need your help,

    Career exploration is vital to our students and an integral part of the personalized learning plan.  Job shadowing is a proven method of career exploration.  

    Would you allow a student to job shadow you for 1-2 hours?  If so, please complete this Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/yCROYJvmxHwHo7BJ3

     We are interested in obtaining job shadow opportunities from each and every career area.  Please forward this to others who might be interested.

     Thank You;


    Maple Lake Schools will be partnering with USAgain, to collect unwanted textiles and raise funds for the schools in the "Schools Go Green" program.  See the attachment below for more information. 


    Maple Lake Elementary is still looking for a Minnesota Math Corps tutor.  This has been a highly successful program at MLE.  As a Math Tutor, you’ll help struggling 4th-6th grade students become proficient in math, a skill necessary for high school graduation and college admission.  We also are in need of a Kindergarten Reading Tutor.  We have part time openings and tutors serve most of their hours during the school day.  Tutors come from many backgrounds and include recent high school and college grads, career changers, stay-at-home parents, and retirees. With extensive training, support from onsite coaches, and evidence-based strategies, Math Corps tutors are well-equipped to change lives. Tutors may earn a living allowance, education award, and federal student loan forbearance, and will have the chance to make a real difference in the life of a child.  To learn how you can join the team of Minnesota Math Corps tutors, visit MinnesotaMathCorps.org. All tutors must apply online at MinnesotaMathCorps.org. Questions? Contact abby.fragodt@servetogrow.org or 320-247-5516.  You can also call or email Mr. Sawatzke if you would like more information.


    Tonight is the second evening of conferences and we will have all day conferences on Wednesday.  That means no school for students tomorrow, October 17th.  Conferences are a great time to learn about how your child is adjusting to his/her new classroom and set some goals for the remainder of the school year.  I do have some scheduled meetings during conferences but am often available if you have any questions for me.  


    Fall Holiday is October 18th and 19th, there is no school for students or staff. 


    If you haven't been receiving your low balance lunch account emails you should check your SPAM folder.   


    Wednesday Oct. 24th is UNITY DAY!  On this day, we encourage staff and students to wear orange to school to show that we are against bullying and instead we share kindness! 


    The PTA sponsored Halloween Carnival will be on October 27th from 3:00 to 5:00!  Look for more information to come about this fun, family event! 


    November 5th is a teacher workshop day.  Teachers will be working, but there is no school for students.  


    Reminder that PTA meetings take place on the second Monday of each month.  The Maple Lake Elementary PTA is looking for new members.  If you would like to join us, show up on November 12th at 5:30 in the MLE library or let me know if you would like more information.


    Have a great rest of October and go Irish!  

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  • September Email

    Posted by Melissa Jensen on 9/17/2018

    Greetings MLE families!

    It has been a great start to the school year!  The first couple of weeks have been spent learning and practicing important classroom and building routines.  Students are already displaying their Irish Pride, being respectful, responsible and safe throughout the building, and on the playground.  We will continue to model and practice daily routines to ensure student success and safety.
    The next few paragraphs pertain to student drop off and pick up.
    Students should not arrive before 7:45 in the morning.  If you drop off before this time, your child will be sent to Kidville and you will be charged for the service.  We are not staffed to supervise children before 7:45. 
    Students are dismissed to class at 8:00 and that is our official start time.  If you choose to drive your child to school, please make sure they are in our building by 8:00. 
    Thank you, to all of you who follow the expectations in the parking lot when picking up and dropping off your children.  I understand that all of you are very busy and like to get in and out quickly, so your patience is appreciated.  Kindergarten parents should park in the lot and come into the school to pick up your child.  All other parents may use the pick up / drop off loop but should not leave their vehicle unattended.  No parking is permitted in the bus zone.  When available use the patrols and cross at the crosswalk. This helps to set a good example for students and adults.  Once the buses leave, our staff will direct traffic to pull forward.  If you are unsure of a procedure feel free to ask a staff member outside or you can call the office for information.  Our School Resource Officer Jeff Fox is also available to provide information as needed.
    Students should not be picked up in the back of the building, as we do not have supervision in those locations. 
    Parents picking up their child should send a not to the teacher in the morning or write it in the planner, if this is not their usual routine.  Parents calling during the day with a change of destination should only be on rare occasions and not as a common practice.  This call should be made by 11:00 am.
    If your child rides the bus and you decide last minute to pick them up, please DO NOT grab them out of the bus line to take them home.  You should come into the office and they will assist you in making that change.
    All of our procedures for student drop off and pick up are designed to get students and you moving in and out of the school and the parking lot quickly, but most importantly SAFELY!  Please display respect and patience with staff if they ask you to comply to a rule that is in place to protect your child.
    Upcoming events and important messages:
    Tonight, Monday the 17th is our first volunteer orientation of the year.  This is necessary if you plan to attend a field trip with your child or would like to volunteer at school and haven't completed orientation within the past 3 years!  This will take place in the elementary computer lab.  If you have questions please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Celeste Dahlstrom.
    PTA Family Game Night is cancelled for this year.  It is the hope of the committee to have a game night every other year.  
    The MLE PTA is looking for parents to join the PTA.  PTA meetings take place the 2nd Monday of every month.  They will begin at 5:30 in the media center.  The PTA is a valuable organization at Maple Lake Elementary made up of parents and teachers.  They organize many school wide events and raise money that benefits the entire school.
    A'viands, the Maple Lake School District's school lunch and breakfast provider has provided the information on an app that can be used to see breakfast and lunch menus, and includes details concerning important nutritional information for every meal served in the Maple Lake Schools.  If you are interested in the app, I have copied a link of a video below, as well as flyer that will give you more details.
    If you have questions about any of the information in the email feel free to send me a note or give us a call.
    Have a great rest of September!  
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