Battle Lake Buzz

Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

September 14

Homecoming Week in the Elementary

September 17 - 21

 

Monday- Superhero/Princess Day

Tuesday- Class Color

  Kindergarten wears Green

  1st Grade wears Orange     Walk-a-thon 2:00pm

  2nd Grade wears yellow                                    

  3rd Grade  wears white

  4th Grade wears Blue

                                          5th Grade           wears Red

   6th Grade  wears  Black

 

Wednesday- America Day

 

Thursday- Dress Up Day individual and class pictures

 

Friday- School spirit Day

 




April 20, 2018

Greetings,

It appears that spring has finally arrived!  The warmer temperatures and longer days put a little extra spring in our step which is probably a really good thing because the end of the school year is full of activity. 

I want to personally thank you for placing your trust in us to care for the needs of your children.  We take our responsibility very seriously.  It is our intention to create a kind, nurturing environment that both supports and challenges our students to reach their potential.

I have the privilege of seeing the growth in our students and the commitment of the staff up close on a daily basis. From 6th grade students sharing their Rube Goldberg Machines with younger children to the kindergarteners putting on three short plays for their families to a thoroughly enjoyable 4th – 6th grade choir concert – great things are happening here!

Thank you for supporting your child and for supporting our school.  Enjoy these last few weeks of the school year and have a terrific summer!

Warmest Regards,

 

Jeff Drake

Superintendent, Battle Lake Public School

Summer Splash!

Are you ready to hit the road for the Summer Reading/Math Around the World Challenge?

Pack your suitcase and join the fun!

When students return to school each fall, we discover that many of them have forgotten critical information they learned during the previous year. 

Summer Splash is an enrichment program designed to actively engage students in their learning and help prevent the common “summer slide” that takes place. 

Students will refresh their literacy and math skills, learn about technology, and take virtual field trips around the world. 

                  

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Students ages 4 through those entering 6th grade in fall 2018.  Participants must be able to participate independently within a 1-10 student to staff ratio.  If you have questions about whether your child meets the criteria for the program please contact the school.

 

DATES & TIMES                                               Preschool & Kindergarten              1st & 2nd grade                3-6  grade

Mondays & Wednesdays                              9:00-11:00 am                                  11:30 am-3:00 pm               12:00-3:00 pm

June 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27             Snack Provided: Preschool- Kindergarten           Lunch is provided:  1st – 6th Grade
July 2, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23

More information and registration forms will be sent home soon!


Teacher Requests for the 2018-2019 School Year Parents who would like to have a request considered must complete the Classroom Information Sheet and return it to the elementary office no later than April 27th.  The form may be picked up in the elementary office or you may down load it directly from the Principal page on the school web site.  This step will greatly assist us in the planning process as we assign students to classrooms for the 2018-2019 school year.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

Summer Recreation Forms will be sent home with students next week.

 

 

Important Dates:

Thursday, April 26                                                      Elementary Band Concert Grades 4 - 6, 7:00pm

 

Wednesday May 9                                                     Walk/Bike to School

 

Monday, May 14                                                        4th Grade to the Young Writers Conference

 

Wednesday, May 16                                                  Kindergarten Zoo Trip

Wednesday, May 16                                                  Bike Rodeo, 6:00p

Friday, May 18                                                            Elementary Awards Day at 11:00am, in the Auditorium with picnic lunch to follow                                                                                          and Field Day starting at 12:30pm

 

Monday, May 21 – Wednesday, May 23                  5th Grader trip to Long Lake Conservation Camp

 

Tuesday, May 22                                                        3rd Grade Parade of States, 1:45pm

 

Tuesday, May 22                                                        Preschool Round-up,

3 year olds  5:30 – 6:30pm   4 & 5 year olds  7:00 – 8:00

 

Wednesday, May 23                                                  6th Grade Class Trip to St. Paul

 

*Friday, May 26*                                                        Last day of school - Snow day make-up

             (FULL DAY OF SCHOOL)



October 13, 2017

Greetings,

 

The new school year is off and running!  I hope that everyone is having a great experience so far.  We have a lot of irons in the fire this year, but it is a very exciting time to be working in the district.  We have established a common set of behavior expectations for all of our elementary students and it seems to be going well.  Our students in grades 3-6 are able to use the Chromebooks as part of their daily learning experience and pre-K- 2nd grade students have access to Kindle Fires in the classroom.   We will unveil the new Makerspace lab where students can bring their imaginations and creativity to life.  Thanks to the very generous support of the Battle Lake 542 Foundation we will be able to set up our digital media production studio.  In addition, our students make trips out to Glendalough State Park for very unique learning experiences. There is always a lot going on!

 

Walk-A-Thon!

I would like to thank the students, parents and staff for the incredibly successful Walk-A-Thon.  The Walk-A-Thon brought in over $3800 this year.  The kindergarten class earned the most with a very impressive total of $712 and will be the first class to officially use the new Makerspace.  We have lots of cool options for them to build and create.  The monies earned will go to support elementary instruction and activities.

                                                                                                         No Pets Allowed

In order to better ensure the safety of our students, staff and community, the school does not allow pets on the premises.  There are a couple of exceptions - one being the petting zoo sponsored by the FFA in the spring.  From personal experience, I can attest that even the nicest pet is capable of biting someone.  The school is in the process of getting more “No Pets Allowed” signs for our school grounds as a reminder.  In the meantime, I respectfully ask that you keep all pets off the school grounds.   

 

Elementary Art Day

Elementary Art Day is an annual tradition that the students and staff really look forward to.  This year it will take place on Wednesday, October 18th.

                                                                                                         Fall Carnival

Please plan to join us on Thursday, October 26th for a great evening of family fun and games.

                                                                                                           School Safety

Each year, we spend time with our students teaching them about safe practices in case we are ever confronted with an emergency situation.  The state requires us to cover bus safety at the beginning of the year which includes a bus evacuation drill.  In addition, we are required to conduct a minimum of five lock-down drills and five fire drills during the year.  So far, we have had two of each.  On Monday, October 16th, our entire school will conduct a school evacuation drill where we relocate to a site off campus.  We conduct a school evacuation and relocation drill about every two or three years.  In the spring we also participate in a tornado drill.  All of this practice helps to ensure that we will be safe in the event of an actual emergency.

I hope that you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather.  Please free to contact me if you every have questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

Jeff Drake

We will be selling class pictures November 8 & 9 at parent teacher conferences.  The cost is $5 for a 5”x7” picture. 

The Infinite Campus link on our web site allows you to access your child’s grades, assignments, and attendance.   It also lets you monitor lunch account information.  If you have any questions on how to access this service please call the Elementary office at 218-864-5217 and we will be happy to set you up.

Your help is needed!  Students need to come to school prepared to go outside for recess.  The wind is a major factor on the playground.  Hats, mittens and warm jackets are needed.  Boots and snow pants will be needed when we get snow.  We go outside for playtime unless it is raining or the wind-chill is below -5º, so please send your children dressed appropriately.  

Important Dates: 

October 18                         Half a day of school for students, PM Staff Development.  Buses will leave at 12:20pm.

October 19 – 20                NO SCHOOL    Education Minnesota

October 26                         Fall Carnival for Preschool – 6th Grade, in the cafeteria from 5:00 – 7:00pm,

November 9                       Veterans Day Program - 10:00am, in the gym

November 8 & 9               Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00 – 8:00pm

November 10                    NO SCHOOL

November 23 & 24           NO SCHOOL  Thanksgiving

December 4                       Winter Band Concert Grades 5 – 12 at 7:00pm, in the Auditorium

December 18                     Elementary Holiday Concert Grades K – 3 at 7:00pm, in the Auditorium

December 20                     Spelling Bee – 12:30pm, in the cafeteria

December 25 – January 2     NO SCHOOL   Christmas Vacation

January 3                            School resumes                 






April 11, 2017

Dear Parents,

 

Spring is officially upon us and our school year will finish with a flurry of activity!  A few of the upcoming dates to be aware of are:

 

April 27th Elementary Band Concert

May 5th – 6th Grade trip to the state capitol

May 15th – 17th   5th Grade to Long Lake Conservation Camp

May 19th – Elementary Award’s Day and Field Day

May 24th – 3rd Grade Parade of States

 

I would like to take this opportunity to let you know about our Summer Splash program.  When students return to school each fall, we discover that many of them have forgotten critical information they learned during the previous year.  Summer Splash is an enrichment program designed to actively engage students in their learning and help prevent the common “summer slide” that takes place. 

Students will refresh their literacy and math skills, learn about technology, and take field trips in an exciting learning format.  Lunch is provided!  Please refer to the Summer Splash brochure for more information about this exciting new program.

 

Thank you for trusting us with the education of your children.  Have a wonderful summer.

 

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Drake

K-6 Principal & Superintendent

 

 

Teacher Requests for the 2017-2018 School Year Parents who would like to have a request considered must complete the Classroom Information Sheet and return it to the elementary office no later than April 28th.  The form may be picked up in the elementary office or you may down load it directly from the Principal page on the school web site.  This step will greatly assist us in the planning process as we assign students to classrooms for the 2017-2018 school year.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates:

Thursday, April 13                                                  Half a day of school for students and staff.                                                                                                                  Busses leave at 12:05pm

Friday, April 14                                                        No School

Monday, April 17                                                    No School

Thursday, April 27                                                  Elementary Band Concert Grades 4 - 6, 7:00pm

Friday, May 5                                                           6th Grade Class Trip to St Paul

Friday, May 12                                                        4th Grade to the Young Writers Conference

Monday, May 15 – Wednesday, May 17                5th Grader trip to Long Lake Conservation Camp

Wednesday, May 17                                              Kindergarten Zoo Trip

Friday, May 19                                                        Elementary Awards Day at 11:00am, in the Auditorium with picnic                                                                                   lunch to follow and Field Day starting at 12:30pm

Wednesday, May 24                                              3rd Grade Parade of States, 1:45pm

Tuesday, May 23                                                     Preschool Round-up, 5:30 – 7:00pm

*Friday, May 26*                                                   LAST DAY OF SCHOOL  (FULL DAY)




January 13, 2017


April 18, 2016

Greetings,

I hope this note finds you doing well.  We are nearing the end of another exciting school year and it appears that spring is finally here to stay!

April is a very busy month for state testing.  Our students have been working hard and we are expecting strong results.  Once we get through the testing season, the kindergarten class will take their annual trip to the Chahinkapa Zoo, the fifth graders will be traveling to the Long Lake Conservation Center and the sixth graders will be taking in the wonderful Minnesota Science Museum.  In the meantime, the third grade class is busy working on their Parade of States projects.  There is a lot going on!

The spring music concerts are just around the corner and before we know it, we will finish with Elementary Awards Day and Field Day.  I would take to take this time to thank you for entrusting us with the care and education of your children.  It has been pleasure working with you this school year and I wish you all a fantastic summer.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Drake

K-12 Principal & Superintendent

 

Teacher Requests for the 2016-2017 School Year Parents who would like to have a request considered must complete the Classroom Information Sheet and return it to the elementary office no later than April 29th.  The form may be picked up in the elementary office or you may down load it directly from the Principal page on the school web site.  This step will greatly assist us in the planning process as we assign students to classrooms for the 2016-2017 school year.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

 

 

Important Dates:

Thursday, May 5                                                                           Elementary Band Concert, 7:00pm, in the auditorium

Tuesday, May 10                                                                          4th Grade to the Young Writers Conference

Thursday, May 12                                                                         6th Grade Class Trip to St Paul

Monday, May 16 – Wednesday, May 18                                 5th Grader trip to Long Lake Conservation Camp

Friday, May 20                                                                              Kindergarten Zoo Trip

Tuesday, May 24                                                                          3rd Grade Parade of States, 1:45pm, in the Auditorium

Tuesday, May 24                                                                          Preschool Round-up, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Wednesday, May 25                                                         Elementary Awards Day at 11:00am, in the Auditorium with picnic lunch to follow and Field  Day                                                                                         starting at 12:30pm

*Thursday, May 26*                                                  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL  (FULL DAY)



January 5, 2016

Happy New Year! 

The end of the calendar year usually brings forth an opportunity to reflect on some of the highlights of the past year.  I am proud to say that 2015 was an excellent year for our district!

Our school celebrated its fifth consecutive Minnesota Reward School designation by the Minnesota Department of Education. Only fifteen schools out of approximately two thousand in Minnesota have accomplished this. 

Our fall sports teams had remarkable seasons as OTC football reached the semifinal game in the state tournament, OTC boys cross country went to state and the Battler volleyball team finished with their best record in many years. 

The school musical, “Mary Poppins” was a wonderful production showcasing the talents of our school and community and then we were treated to beautiful concerts by our music students to put us in the holiday spirit! 

We finished up with a week-long artist in residence program with the Zenon Dance Company as they worked with students across several grades to put on a dance program.  There is never a shortage of positive things going on!

What will 2016 bring?  For starters, January will crown a new school champion in the Geography Bee and the Spelling Bee. 

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on the evening of February 3rd

This spring, we will get to use forty bicycles we received through a grant to teach bicycle safety and explore Glendalough State Park.  Sixth graders will take a trip to the Minnesota Science Museum and the fifth graders will visit Long Lake Conservation Camp.  Who knows – we may throw another surprise or two into the mix as well.

Thank you for your continued support of our school.  May 2016 bring you peace, love, good health and happiness.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff

 

EARLY RELEASE FOR STUDENTS -  Friday, January 22

End of First Semester – Afternoon Staff Workshop

Students dismissed at 12:10 for 12:20 Busses

 

Monday, February 1, we kicked off I Love to Read Month.    Each classroom teacher will set goals for their students and students meeting those goals will be recognized each Friday in February.   This event will come to a conclusion with a visit from Hawkeye of the Fargo/Moorhead RedHawk’s tentatively set for Friday, February 26.

 

Scholastic Book Fair is coming up soon and we need your help!     The schedule for the book fair is listed below, we need about 2 – 3 volunteers at each time slot.     Please call the Elementary or Community Ed office if you are willing to help 218-864-5217.

Book fair sales begin –    Tuesday, February 9th                     3:15-7:30 PM   

                                             Wednesday, February 10th             7:30-8:30 AM    and   3:15-5:00 PM

                                             Thursday, February 11th                 7:30-8:30 AM    and   3:15-7:30 PM

                                             Friday, February 12th                       7:30-8:30 AM

Parents are invited to come and shop with their children!

 

 

 

 

Important dates:

Monday, January 11                                      Geography Bee (grades 4 – 8) 1:45pm in the auditorium

Friday, January 15                                          5th & 6th Grade trip to Andes Tower Hills

Friday, January 22                                          Half day of school for students, busses will leave school at 12:20pm

Monday, January 25,                                     Spelling Bee (grades 5 – 8) 1:45pm in the auditorium

Wednesday, February 3                               Elementary Parent Teacher Conference, 4:00 – 8:00pm


Tuesday – Friday, February 9 – 12               Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, February 15                                    NO school for students and staff President’s Day






November 11, 2015

Wow – what a great fall we are having!  Our enrollment is up considerably from last year and I want to give a special welcome to our new families.  We hope that your children are having a wonderful experience in Battle Lake Elementary.

We had another terrific turnout for the annual Fall Carnival.  Thanks go out to all who help out with this event each year.  Elementary Art Day saw our students actively showing off their creative talents!  We have some fine artists in our midst.

Although it is getting a little late in the season now, our school received an enclosed trailer and forty bicycles through a grant.    These bikes are fully adjustable to serve the needs of all students.  The bicycles will allow our students to experience much more of Glendalough State Park in the future and we are very excited to have this opportunity.

Thanks to everyone who donated to our annual Walk-A-Thon!  The event raised over $2000 which will go towards classroom needs that support the education of our students.

Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius visited Battle Lake on Friday to commend the students, faculty and staff on the district's academic accomplishments. Commissioner Cassellius was given a tour of the school and had time to meet with several staff members.                                   

Her intent was to gather information about what makes the Battle Lake School District so special and share this information with other school districts. Battle Lake High School is one of only 14 schools out of 2000 in Minnesota to be a five-time Minnesota Reward School. We were very honored to have a visit by Commissioner Cassellius!

Our fifth and sixth graders recently participated in some leadership training at Inspiration Point.  It was a nice change of pace from our normal routine and the students reported that they enjoyed the experience.

Finally, we are desperately in need of some volunteers to help out with our elementary gifted and talented program.  We have the materials; we just need a few volunteers to spend an hour each week with a group of bright, enthusiastic learners.  Please contact the school at 862-4605 if you would be willing to help out!

 

Committee Opportunity:

The state requires public schools to have a World's Best Workforce plan and an advisory committee. We are looking for community members who might have an interest in serving on this committee. Please contact 862-4605. Thank you.

 

The Elementary K- 3 Holiday program is at 7:00pm on Thursday, December 17, in the Auditorium.  Students need to arrive at 6:45pm and go directly to their classrooms.  The teachers will line them up and bring them to the auditorium.  If possible; Kindergarten class should wear a Santa hat and first graders should wear a Christmas sweater.  Grades 2 – 3 come dressed in Christmas finery or Christmas colors.  We hope to see you and your whole family.

As you know, the weather is getting colder and windy.  The wind is a major factor on the playground.  Hats, mittens, warm jackets, boots and snow pants are needed.  We go outside for playtime unless it is raining or the wind-chill is below -5º, so please send your children dressed appropriately.  

Important Dates: 

November 11 & 12           Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00 – 8:00pm

November 13                    NO SCHOOL

November 16                    Flu Shot Clinic in the cafeteria from 2:00-4:30pm

November 26 & 27           NO SCHOOL  Thanksgiving

December 7                       Winter Band Concert Grades 5 – 12 at 7:00pm in the Auditorium

December 17                     Elementary Holiday Concert Grades K – 3 at 7:00pm in the Auditorium

December 23                     Half day of school for Students and Staff.  Buses will leave at 12:10pm.

December 24 – January 3     NO SCHOOL   Christmas Vacation

January 4                            School resumes 



Homecoming Week in the Elementary

October 5 - 9

 

Monday- Dress up Day

Tuesday- Class Color

Kindergarten     wears      Green

                           1st Grade              wears    Orange                           Walk-a-thon 2:00pm

                                         2nd Grade             wears  yellow                                               

3rd Grade             wears    white

4th Grade             wears    Blue

5th Grade             wears    Red

6th Grade             wears    Black

 

Wednesday- Pajama Day

 

Thursday- School spirit Day

 

Friday- Mismatch Day




Battle Lake Buzz

October 1, 2015

Greetings,

I would be hard pressed to envision a more positive start to our school year!  Most noticeably, our enrollment is significantly up from what we projected last spring.  We welcome all of the new faces to our district.

Our district test results once again placed us near the top of area schools.  The following table shows the percentage of students in each district that met state proficiency benchmarks in reading, math, and science: 

Reading

Math

Science

Battle Lake Dist.

73.8

Brandon-Evansville

77.2

Ashby

66.1

Brandon-Evansville
70

Alexandria
72.3

Battle Lake Dist.
65.5

Henning
67.1

WCA
68.2

Brandon-Evansville
60.7

Alexandria
66.1

Parkers Prairie
67.6

Fergus Falls
58.6

WCA
64.2

Battle Lake Dist.
67.4

Detroit Lakes
58.5

NYM
64.1

Detroit Lakes
63.9

Alexandria
57.9

Perham
63.1

Henning
62.7

Frazee
53.6

Frazee
63

Frazee
61.3

NYM
53.4

Ashby
62.8

Fergus Falls
60.9

State
53.4

Fergus Falls
61.2

State
60.2

Perham
52.8

Verndale
61.1

NYM
59.9

Breckenridge
51.9

Detroit Lakes
59.8

Perham
59.5

Underwood
48.9

State
59.5

Verndale
54.3

Henning
46.9

Parkers Prairie
58.8

Breckenridge
51.9

WCA
46.5

Breckenridge
54.8

Ashby
49.6

Parkers Prairie
44.7

Underwood
50.5

Underwood
46.1

Verndale
40.2

 

Based on the academic achievement of our students, the district has garnered a couple of additional distinctions.

For the 5th consecutive year, Battle Lake High School has been named a “Minnesota Reward School.”  There are only 14 schools out of a total of approximately 800 eligible schools in the state to have reached this milestone. The following quote comes from Minnesota Commissioner of Education, Brenda Cassellius:

 

"I want to congratulate each of the Reward schools today, and especially give big congratulations to the 14 schools receiving this designation for the fifth time in a row," Cassellius said. "These schools have proven year after year that they are leaders in education for our state. I am excited to visit each of these schools and learn about best practices that can be shared with schools throughout Minnesota."

 

Battle Lake Elementary was named a “Celebration Eligible” school.  The elementary has attained this recognition in multiple years.  Congratulations to our students, faculty, staff and parents on another year of outstanding student achievement!

Academics aren’t the only area to be proud of - football, volleyball and cross-country are all having outstanding seasons.  Our high school choir was invited to perform at prestigious Carnegie Hall this spring and the fall musical, “Mary Poppins” is right around the corner.  Our school offers a wonderful blend of academic rigor, fine arts and vocational opportunities with the ability to participate in athletics, numerous clubs and organizations. 

We look forward to Homecoming Week beginning on October 5th.  We will host the football game in Henning on Thursday night, October 8th against Wadena-Deer Creek.  Our girls’ volleyball team will play a “home” match in Henning on the 9th against Rothsay with the Homecoming dance in Henning to follow.

The elementary will be participating in our annual Walk-A-Thon on October 6th at 2:00 p.m.  Proceeds will go towards lyceums, apps for the iPads, and other learning enhancements for all elementary students. 

Elementary art day is going to be held on Wednesday, October 14th and an excellent program has been arranged. 

The school received a grant for forty bicycles and a trailer to haul them last January.  The bikes have started to arrive now and we look forward to incorporating them into our curriculum.  In particular, we will be able to expose students to a much greater portion of the diverse ecosystem at Glendalough State Park and get some exercise in at the same time. 

Enjoy our beautiful fall weather and please visit the school for parent/teacher conferences on November 11th and 12th.

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Jeff Drake

Superintendent & K-12 Principal

 

We will be selling class pictures November 11 & 12 at parent teacher conferences.  The cost is $5 for a 5”x7” picture. 

The Infinite Campus link on our web site allows you to access your child’s grades, assignments, and attendance.   It also lets you monitor lunch account information.  If you have any questions on how to access this service please call the Elementary office at 218-864-5217 and we will be happy to set you up.

Your help is needed!  Students need to come to school prepared to go outside for recess.  The wind is a major factor on the playground.  Hats, mittens and warm jackets are needed.  Boots and snow pants will be needed when we get snow.  We go outside for playtime unless it is raining or the wind-chill is below -5º, so please send your children dressed appropriately.  

Important Dates: 

October 6                         Walk-A-Thon  2:00pm on the track

October 14                         Half a day of school for students, PM Staff Development.  Buses will leave at 12:30pm.

October 15 – 16                NO SCHOOL    Education Minnesota

October 30                         Fall Carnival 5:00 – 7:00pm

November 11                    Veterans Day Program 10:00am

November 11 & 12           Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00 – 8:00pm

November 13                    NO SCHOOL

November 16                    Flu Shot Clinic in the cafeteria from 2:00-4:30pm

November 26 & 27           NO SCHOOL  Thanksgiving

December 7                       Winter Band Concert Grades 5 – 12 at 7:00pm in the Auditorium

December 17                     Elementary Holiday Concert Grades K – 3 at 7:00pm in the Auditorium

December 23                     Half day of school for Students and Staff.  Buses will leave at 12:10pm.

December 24 – January 3     NO SCHOOL   Christmas Vacation

January 4                            School resumes                

     

*    January 15, 2015

 

 

Ski Trip to Andes Tower Hills has been scheduled for Friday, January 23, for the 5th and 6th grade physical education classes.

 

Monday, February 2, will kick off I Love to Read Month.    Each classroom teacher has set goals for their students and students meeting those goals will be recognized each Friday in February.   This event will come to a conclusion with a visit from Hawkeye of the Fargo/Moorhead RedHawk’s tentatively set for Tuesday, March 3.

 

Scholastic Book Fair:  Parents are invited to come and shop with their children

Book fair sales begin –    Tuesday, February 10th                   3:15-7:30 PM   

                                             Wednesday, February 11th             7:30-8:30 AM    and   3:15-5:00 PM

                                             Thursday, February 12th                 7:30-8:30 AM    and   3:15-7:30 PM

                                             Friday, February 8th                         7:30-8:30 AM

 

Jump Rope for Heart  for grades 2 – 4 and Hoops for Heart for grades 5 – 6 will take place the week of February 12 -13.  Pledge sheets will be sent home with students.  All proceeds go to the American Heart Association.

 

  Elementary Choir –Choir Concert at 6:30pm in the auditorium on Tuesday, February 24 and they will sing the Star Spangled Banner at the Girls Varsity Basketball game at approximately 7:20 pm.

 

Important dates:

 

Friday, January 16                                                        Half a day of school for students, end of semester/Staff Development

                                                                                          Busses will leave school at 12:30pm

Friday, January 23                                                         5th and 6th grade ski trip to Andes Tower Hill

Tuesday, January 27                                                     Geography Bee, 1:00 pm in the auditorium

February 4                                                                       Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences 4 – 8 pm

February 10 –13                                                             Scholastic Book Fair

February 12 – 13                                                            Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart (grades 2-6)

Monday, February 16                                                  NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 24                                                   Elementary Choir Concert

Friday, February 27                                                       Kindergarten Round-up, no school for this years kindergarten class





November 24, 2014

 

The Elementary K- 3 Holiday program is at 7:00pm on Thursday, December 11, in the Auditorium.  Students need to arrive at 6:45pm and go directly to their classrooms.  The teachers will line them up and bring them to the auditorium.  Have your child wear Christmas finery or Christmas colors.  We hope to see you and your whole family.

As you know, the weather is getting colder and windy.  The wind is a major factor on the playground.  Hats, mittens, warm jackets, boots and snow pants are needed.  We go outside for playtime unless it is raining or the wind-chill is below -5º, so please send your children dressed appropriately.  

Important Dates:

                                                            November 26                    Half a day of school for students, PM Staff Development.  Buses will leave at 12:20pm.                    

                                                            November 27 & 28           NO SCHOOL  Thanksgiving

                                                            December 8                       Winter Band Concert Grades 5 – 12 at 7:00pm in the Auditorium

                                                            December 11                     Elementary Holiday Concert Grades K – 3 at 7:00pm in the Auditorium

                                                            December 23                     Half day of school for Students and Staff.  Buses will leave at 12:05pm.

                                                            December 24 – January 4     NO SCHOOL   Christmas Vacation

                                                            January 5                            School resumes                



October 6, 2014

 

Battle Lake Public School:  Happy to be Feeling Blue!

 

The Battle Lake Public School District finally got the news it had been hoping to receive!  On Tuesday, September 30th, United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, named the entire K-12 school district one of the best in the country! 

Battle Lake was recognized as a K-12 National Blue Ribbon School.  This is the highest honor bestowed on select schools in the United States and the prestigious award is highly coveted because the nomination and review process is very rigorous.  

Although a total of 337 schools were recognized across the country, Battle Lake was one of only 25 recipients that were recognized as an entire K-12 district.  That signifies the highest levels of achievement across the entire school system. 

“It is hard to put into words what this award means to our school and community,” commented Superintendent and K-12 Principal, Jeff Drake.  “We were blessed to celebrate Battle Lake Elementary being named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2011.  These awards are very, very rare.  Minnesota can only nominate eight schools each year.  To come back with a K-12 National Blue Ribbon Award in 2014 is beyond anything I could have ever hoped for.  It is a credit to our amazing students, staff and community.” 

The process Drake was referring to starts with the Minnesota Department of Education (M.D.E.).  Each year, the department spends weeks reviewing student achievement data from schools across the state.  From there, M.D.E. selects eight schools to nominate for the National Blue Ribbon Award.  Nominated districts complete a very comprehensive application which is due in the spring.  Battle Lake’s application was 65 pages long and included five years of student achievement data across all grade levels.  Then – the waiting begins. 

Some things are worth the wait.

As Supt. Drake announced the good news over the school intercom system, a loud cheer rose from the building. 

Andrea Bellig, 4th grade teacher commented, “So proud of our students, staff, and parents as we are recognized for what happens in our school district.  I'm happy that my children are able to be a part of a place that is doing great things.”

Third Grade Teacher, Anita Schaller, added, "The willingness of our dedicated, seasoned staff to work together and support each other, along with administration that guides and leads us, are both a direct reflection of this accomplishment!  When we add in community and family support, we are unstoppable in Battle Lake!"  

What makes Battle Lake special?

            Our district embarked on a journey to transform our school.  The heart and soul of this work is embodied in our commitment to offer a world class liberal arts education built upon a foundation of math, science and language arts.  This goal reflected the beliefs and values of our school and community. 

            All students receive exposure to both the arts and technical education.  This approach provides students with a wider context of the world of work and a deeper understanding of how their interests, skills, and aptitudes provide a framework for career decision-making. 

            We offer Mandarin Chinese and recently took eleven students on a life-changing visit to China. 

            We have a unique experiential learning partnership with nearby Glendalough State Park.  This learning model has fostered a greater connection, appreciation, and understanding of our local ecosystem.

Smart Boards, a robotics course, 3-D printer and CNC machine bring cutting-edge technology to our students.

            By challenging students to excel and by taking risks, we have created an environment that enables our students to reach their potential.  We are blessed to enjoy the idyllic characteristics of small town American life. Our school is a very special place.

            Supt. Drake wanted to emphasize that this is an award the entire community should celebrate.  “We are very grateful for everything our parents and community do to support our school and students.  Battle Lake is a wonderful place to live and raise a family and we are very proud to be recognized as one of the best schools in the United States!”


Picture retakes are scheduled for Tuesday, October 14, starting at 8:30 am.   Any student photo with photographer error will be retaken for free.   All other retakes will be $5 with the return of the original package. 

We will be selling class pictures November 5 & 6 at parent teacher conferences.  The cost is $5 for a 5”x7” picture. 

The Infinite Campus link on our web site allows you to access your child’s grades, assignments, and attendance.  If you have any questions on how to access this service please call the Elementary office at 218-864-5217 and we will be happy to set you up.

As you know, the weather is getting colder and windy.  The wind is a major factor on the playground.  Hats, mittens and warm jackets are needed.  Boots and snow pants will be needed when we get snow.  We go outside for playtime unless it is raining or the wind-chill is below -5º, so please send your children dressed appropriately.  

Important Dates: 

October 15                         Half a day of school for students, PM Staff Development.  Buses will leave at 12:20pm.

October 16 – 17                NO SCHOOL    Education Minnesota

October 30                         Fall Carnival 5:00 – 7:00pm

November 5 & 6               Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00 – 8:00pm

November 7                       Half a day of school for students and staff.  Buses will leave at 12:20pm.

November 11                    Veterans Day Program 10:00am

November 20                    Flu Shot Clinic in the cafeteria from 2:00-5:15pm

November 26                    Half a day of school for students, PM Staff Development.  Buses will leave at 12:20pm.

November 27 & 28           NO SCHOOL  Thanksgiving

December 8                       Winter Band Concert Grades 5 – 12 at 7:00pm in the Auditorium

December 11                     Elementary Holiday Concert Grades K – 3 at 7:00pm in the Auditorium

December 23                     Half day of school for Students and Staff.  Buses will leave at 12:20pm.

December 24 – January 4     NO SCHOOL   Christmas Vacation

January 5                            School resumes                








Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

May 23, 2014

 

As we close out another school year and head into summer, I would like to say thanks for allowing us to work with your children.  I am very proud of the work that is being done in the district and excited about the accomplishments of our students.  As you know, Battle Lake Elementary School was selected as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2011.  We were nominated as a K-12 district by the Minnesota Department of Education this past January.  Only eight schools in Minnesota received this honor.  We will know if our district is selected next October.  In the meantime, we will keep our fingers crossed.  Since the year 2000, only one other district in Minnesota has had its K-12 schools achieve the National Blue Ribbon status so it would be a remarkable achievement.  We hope your child had a great experience in our school this year and we wish you a wonderful summer.

 

Jeff Drake

K/12 Principal – Superintendent

 

 

Elementary Awards Day - Wednesday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. in the Auditorium

 

You are invited to lunch with your child between Awards Day and Field Day.  The cost of an adult lunch is $3.25 and lunch tickets will be available before and after the Awards Day program.

 

Field Day – Wednesday, May 28, starting with the tug - of - war at 12:30 p.m. 

 

                       

All classroom and library books must be turned in or your child will be charged for them.

 

Report Cards and 2014-15 Supply lists will be mailed out on or before Thursday, June 5. 

           

Lost and Found - Please check the lost and found by the Elementary office. 

                                                                                   

PARENTS, STAFF AND STUDENTS - Thank you for helping us make 2013-2014 a very exciting and successful school year!

END OF THE YEAR SCHEDULE

 

                                                        Tuesday:  May 27th                                          Full day staff and students

                                                        Wednesday:  May 28th                                    Full day staff and students

                                                       Thursday:  May 29th                            Last Day of School 1/2 day for students

 

 

Stuff the Bus is August 5; Donations of school supplies will be accepted at the school bus parked at Battle Lake Standard.  Volunteers are needed.  Please call 864-5212 ext. 103 if you can help. 

If your child needs school supplies, please complete the Stuff the Bus form that will be included in the summer rec. newsletter and on the back of the supply list mailed with report cards.  They are due by July 25. 

 

Class lists for 2014-15 will be posted in the Elementary Office area on August 22.

 

2014 – 2015 School Picnic will be held on Wednesday, August 27, from 5:00 - 6:30 with the Open House from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

School will begin Tuesday, September 2.  

 

           









Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

March 27, 2014

 

Despite the cold temperatures that seem to be lingering on, the calendar indicates that we are really getting close to the end of the school year.  With that in mind, there are a couple of topics that I want to cover.

When is the school year ending?  We missed 3 ½ days of school this year.  The half day was due to the electrical outage in town and we were out of session for three days due to the weather.  As a result, students will have a full day on Friday, May 23rd.  We will return for classes after Memorial Day as full student days will take place on Tuesday (May 27th) and Wednesday (May 28th) of that week.  Thursday, May 29th will be a half day for students and then it is off to summer break!

In a few weeks, our elementary faculty will sit down to determine class assignments for next year.  There is a lot of thought that goes into this process.  It is our goal to produce balanced classes.  We try to balance classes based on overall class size, but we also gender balance them as well.  Teachers consider personality attributes – is a student’s personality a better fit with one teacher’s style over another’s?  Are there children that would benefit by being together or by being apart?  As the teachers discuss each student’s particular needs, a placement decision is made.  

Parents seeking a specific request can choose to fill out a Teacher Request Form.  We will want to know the reason(s) for a particular request.  As a request is reviewed, we look at a lot of factors to determine if the move is beneficial for the child.  Forms are available on the school web site or can be picked up in the elementary office.  All requests are due back by April 30. 

Enjoy the warmer weather that is sure to arrive with some consistency soon!   

Warmest regards,

Jeff Drake

 

 

Important Dates:

Friday, April 18,                                                                 No School     Easter Break

Monday, April 21,                                                              No School     Easter Break

Thursday, May 1,                                                                      Elementary Band Concert, 7:00pm, in the auditorium

Monday, May 12 – Wednesday, May 15                                      5th Grader trip to Long Lake Conservation Camp

Wednesday, May 15                                                                  Preschool Round-up, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Thursday, May 22,                                                                      3rd Grade Parade of States, 1:45pm, in the Auditorium

Friday, May 23                                                                             Kindergarten field trip to Chahinkapa Zoo

Wednesday, May 28,                                                                    Elementary Awards Day at 11:00am, in the Auditorium with picnic lunch to follow and Field Day                                                                                                        starting at 12:30pm

 

Friday, May 23                                                           Full day of school for students and staff

Tuesday, May 27                                                        Full day of school for students and staff

Wednesday, May 28                                                  Full day of school for students and staff

Thursday, May 29                                                      LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, 1/2 day of school for students,   busses leaving at 12:20 
                                                                                         pm,   afternoon teacher workshop.








Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

January 15, 2014

 

Happy New Year!

It is hard to believe that we have now reached the halfway point in our school year already.  Between our regular instruction, elementary basketball and wrestling, and several other planned events, January and February are going to be very busy months!

Project Challenge for grades 4, 5, and 6 is in full swing.  We also started our Math Masters program for 5th and 6th graders following the winter break. 

Congratulations to Erick George who was the champion of our fourth through eighth grade Geography Bee.  Well done!  Congratulations also to Spencer Koltes who was the Runner Up.  Erick will move on to regional competition.

The sixth grade class will see a performance by an actor portraying life as a teen soldier in the Civil War.  The students selected this performance and it should be a very interesting and thought-provoking experience. 

The fifth and sixth graders will also be taking their annual trip to Andes Tower Hills on January 24th.  Last year, that trip was postponed about three times due to weather.  Hopefully, the first time is a charm this year!

Our elementary choir will be performing a concert in the auditorium on February 3rd and singing the National Anthem prior to the boy’s basketball game that evening.  It promises to be a wonderful event. 

For parents who are interested in another opportunity to touch base on their child’s progress during this school year, we have parent/teacher conferences scheduled for Wednesday, February 5th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  You are also able to request a meeting at any point in the school year if you have any questions or concerns.

Finally, February is, “I Love to Read Month.”  We will be working with the Fargo Red Hawks to promote reading and will have our annual book fair from February 3rd through February 6th.  Please use February as a special opportunity to encourage and promote reading for your child.  Sit down together and share a favorite book.  Reading remains a great way to have fun and learn all at the same time! 

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Jeff Drake


The wind is a major factor on the playground.  Hats, mittens, warm jackets, boots and snow pants are needed.  We go outside for playtime unless it is raining or the wind-chill is below -5º, so please send your children dressed appropriately.

Important dates:

Friday, January 17                                            6th Grade, Minnesota History Day, 9:30 in the Auditorium

 

Friday, January 17                                            End of Semester     Half a day of school for students, busses leave at 12:20, p.m. staff development 

Friday, January 24,                                           5th & 6th Grade Physical Education Ski Trip to Andes Tower Hills

Tuesday, January 28                                       Spelling Bee (grades 5 – 8) 1:00pm in the Auditorium

 

Thursday, January 30                                      Family Reading Night, celebrating the Chinese New Year, 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Library

Monday, February 3                                       2 hr late start for students, a.m. staff development

 

Monday, February 3                                       Elementary Choir Concert, 6:30p.m. in the auditorium.  At 7:30p.m. they will  sing the National Anthem at the    
                                                                    Boy’s  Basketball Game.

February 3 – 6                   Book Fair             Monday, February 3                                                      3:15-8:00 PM   

                                                                   Tuesday, February 4th                    7:30-8:30 AM    and   3:15-5:00 PM

                                                                    Wednesday, February 5th             7:30-8:30 AM    and   3:15-8:00 PM

                                                                    Thursday, February 6th                    7:30-8:30 AM    and   3:15-5:00 PM

Wednesday, February 5                                                Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences 4 – 8 p.m.

February 13 – 14                                               Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart for grades 2 - 6

Monday, February 17                                     No School, Presidents Day

Friday, March 7                                                 Kindergarten Round - up

 

Monday, March 24                                          Half a day of school for students, busses leave at 12:20, p.m. staff development 

 

Friday, March 28                                              Previously scheduled at a half day for students and staff will now be a full day of school for students and  
                                                                        Staff to make up for the power outage day the occurred November 27.










Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

November 26, 2013

 

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

What’s all the buzz about?  Well, the community is still talking about the incredible performance of Fiddler on the Roof that took place in the auditorium last weekend.  Congratulations to cast and crew on a great show!  We really appreciate your hard work. 

Cultivating the interests and talents of our students in the arts does not happen accidentally.  We are fortunate that we live in a community with a deep passion for the arts.  The school also makes it a priority that our students have opportunities to see and appreciate art.  We had the Mongolian Performance Troupe in the school earlier this fall.  Also, the first, third and fourth grade students attended the play, “Swashbuckled – A Pirate Adventure” at MSUM recently.  The students really enjoyed the experience.    In January, we will have elementary art day thanks to your generous support of the Walk-A-Thon. 

The 6th graders will be busy helping out with the Craft Fair on Saturday, December 7th.  This is one of their big fundraisers for their annual trip to the state capitol and a visit to the Minnesota Science Museum.  Please be sure to stop by and purchase a snack or two – it goes to a great cause. 

Elementary students who are interested in basketball or wrestling will have a chance to participate in those sports this winter.  The basketball program is put on by the Basketball Booster Club.  People can contact Scott Hart for more information regarding the elementary wrestling program.

Students in fifth and sixth grade will have a change to hone their mathematics skills by taking part as a member of the Math Masters team.  Linda Green has volunteered to work with these students and we are very grateful that she is willing to volunteer her time on behalf of our students.  The teams will compete later in the year at a regional event. 

Project Challenge, our gifted and talented program, will be underway for fourth, fifth, and sixth grades in December.  Thanks go out to Jim Olson who will be working with our sixth graders, Sean Scott, who will be working with our fifth graders and Jan Thiele who will be working with our fourth graders. 

Finally, congratulations to Andrea Bellig.  Mrs. Bellig has been selected at Battle Lake Teacher of the Year!  Mrs. Bellig does an outstanding job as a teacher in our district.  We wish her the very best as she advances to the state competition.  She would make a wonderful representative for Minnesota if she is selected as Minnesota Teacher of the Year!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Be grateful and safe travels!

Jeff Drake

Superintendent/K-12 Principal

The Elementary K- 3 Holiday program is at 7:00pm on Thursday, December 5, in the Auditorium.  Students need to arrive at 6:45pm and go directly to their classrooms.  The teachers will line them up and bring them to the auditorium.  Have your child wear Christmas finery or Christmas colors.  We hope to see you and your whole family.

The Infinite Campus link on our web site allows you to access your child’s grades, assignments, and attendance.  If you have any questions on how to access this service please call the Elementary office at 218-864-5217 and we will be happy to set you up.

As you know, the weather is getting colder and windy.  The wind is a major factor on the playground.  Hats, mittens, warm jackets, boots and snow pants are needed.  We go outside for playtime unless it is raining or the wind-chill is below -5º, so please send your children dressed appropriately.  

Important Dates: 

November 28 & 29          NO SCHOOL  Thanksgiving

December 2                       Winter Band Concert     Grades 5 – 12      7:00pm in the Auditorium

December 5                       Elementary Holiday Concert Grades    K – 3    7:00pm in the Auditorium

December 7                       Battle Lake Craft Fair    9:00 – 3:00pm

December 20                     Last day of school before Christmas Vacation, full day of school

January 2                             School resumes               

January 17                           End of Semester, 1/2 a day of school for students.          

 










Battle Lake Buzz

Elementary Newsletter

October 9, 2013


Picture retakes are scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, starting at 10:30 am.   Any student photo with photographer error will be retaken for free.   All other retakes will be $5 with the return of the original package. 

The Infinite Campus link on our web site allows you to access your child’s grades, assignments, and attendance.  If you have any questions on how to access this service please call the Elementary office at 218-864-5217 and we will be happy to set you up.

As you know, the weather is getting colder and windy.  The wind is a major factor on the playground.  Hats, mittens and warm jackets are needed.  Boots and snow pants will be needed when we get snow.  We go outside for playtime unless it is raining or the wind-chill is below -5º, so please send your children dressed appropriately.  

Important Dates: 

October 17 – 18                                NO SCHOOL    Education Minnesota

October 23                          Flu Shot Clinic in the cafeteria from 2:00-5:15pm

October 25                          Fall Carnival 5:00 – 7:00pm

November 4                       2hr late start for students, morning Staff Development

November 6 & 7               Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00 – 8:00pm

November 8                       NO SCHOOL

November 11                    Veterans Day Program 10:00am

November 28 & 29          NO SCHOOL  Thanksgiving

December 2                       Winter Band Concert Grades 5 – 12 7:00pm in the Auditorium

December 5                       Elementary Holiday Concert Grades K – 3 7:00pm in the Auditorium

December 20                     Last day of school before Christmas Vacation, full day of school

January 2                             School resumes                               


Battle Lake Buzz

Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

September 13, 2013

 

“The Toast of the Town”

 

 

It was the fall of 1991 and my wife Amy and I were newlyweds renting the back of an older home in the Woodland neighborhood of Duluth.  Like most young couples starting out, our possessions were few.    Hand-me-downs from our parents consisted of mismatched flatware and glasses.  We supplemented this with garage-sale furniture and a couple of paintings acquired at thrift stores to show that we had style. My Dodge Daytona was missing hubcaps and Amy’s Ford Festiva was so small you could pack it inside a suitcase when you traveled.   

 

Within a few months of our marriage, we received a visit from a financial planner.  I don’t know how he got our names, but those folks must have a nose for potential business.  He offered us free financial planning.  Naïve as we were, we quickly found out his intention was to sell us various investment and insurance products- none of which we had any money for. His most immediate goal was to sell me a life insurance policy.

 

In the end, he didn’t get any business from us.  He did, however, leave us with one piece of lasting advice.  As we sat at the table in our tiny kitchen, he noticed a very old toaster on the countertop.  He said, “whatever you do, don’t ever get rid of that toaster.  They don’t make them like that anymore.”

 

Aesthetically, the toaster left much to be desired.  It was kind of bulky and had a brown fiber-wrapped electrical cord.  It looked woefully out of date compared to the shiny, modern designs that were available.  It also had a toasting capacity of exactly two pieces of bread which meant that company would be served warm toast in shifts. 

 

Despite its limitations, I have grown to have great admiration for that machine.   That old toaster still sits on our countertop waiting patiently for the next two slices of bread and it never fails.  Time and time again it does exactly what it was designed to do perfectly – a testament to simplicity and dependability. Oftentimes, the simplest things constructed with care seem best suited to stand the test of time. 

 

The education offered to the students at Battle Lake reminds me of that toaster.  Certainly, we have some fancy “appliances” that utilize the latest technology to support and enhance teaching and learning, but under the surface, our priorities in educating students are really very simple and would probably be seen as old-fashioned to some. 

 

We believe that all students have unique talents and abilities.  We believe that through high expectations and support, our students will be able to reach their potential.  We believe our graduates will make a positive impact on the world.

 

We are in partnership with this community to develop young men and women that possess a solid background of core knowledge, outstanding communication skills, and the ability to work with others through teamwork and leadership.  Our students become people of integrity, industrious, and hard working.   We are very proud of them and their many accomplishments. 

 

I want to congratulate the students of the Battle Lake School District for leading the area in performance on the state math, reading, writing and science tests.  It is a wonderful achievement and speaks to the high standards and expectations we hold in our district.  My thanks to the Battle Lake staff for all that you do to provide such a rich educational experience for our students.  Our deepest appreciation goes out to our parents who support the value of education and instill in our children strong values.  We are honored that you have entrusted us with the opportunity to teach your children. 

 

Battle Lake students, your exemplary academic achievements make you the “toast of the town” and we look forward to a great 2013-2014 school year working with you!    

 

Jeff Drake

K-12 Principal/ Superintendent

 

 

GREAT NEWS FOR OUR SCHOOL!

 

The Minnesota Department of Education recently released the results of the 2013 Minnesota Comprehensive Exams (MCAs).  The MCAs were designed to measure student achievement and school districts performance.  The table provides a comparison of area district results.  The numbers represent the percentage of the district’s students who were proficient in each test. 

 

READING

MATH

SCIENCE

(District-Wide)

  (District-Wide)

  (District-Wide)

Battle Lake:  71%

Battle Lake:  79.2%

Battle Lake:  63.8%

Henning: 63.3%

Parkers Prairie:  71.2%

Ashby:  60%

Perham-Dent:  60.1%

Henning:  68.1%

Perham-Dent:  59.6%

Ashby:  60%

New York Mills:  65.3%

West Central:  56.9%

New York Mills:  59.5%

State Ave.:  62.6%

Henning:  56.7%

Underwood:  58.2%

Perham-Dent:  60.5%

State Ave.:  52.1%

State Ave.:  57.8%

Fergus Falls:  60.1%

New York Mills:  50.6%

West Central:  57.5%

Ashby:  58.1%

Parkers Prairie:  50.4%

Fergus Falls:  56.8%

West Central:  56.3%

Fergus Falls:  49.3%

Parkers Prairie:  52.3%

Pelican Rapids:  54.4%

Pelican Rapids:  39.2%

Pelican Rapids:  43.8%

Underwood:  51.7%

Underwood:  36.1%

 

Battle Lake takes great pride in offering a rigorous curriculum.  We are blessed with a very talented and dedicated faculty and staff.  We set very high expectations for our students and each year, they rise to the challenge.  Thank you for working together. We are doing great things here in our school!

 

Jeff Drake

K-12 Principal/ Superintendent

 

Arrival Time:  For the safety and welfare of our students, it is requested that students not arrive at school any earlier than necessary.  Students should not arrive before 8:00 a.m.

Dismissal Time:  Buses leave school at 3:20 p.m. If your child rides a bus to a friend’s home, or anywhere other than their home, they must have a note written by the parents and signed by the office.  If you pick up your child after school, please wait for them in the hall by the elementary office not at the classroom.

 

When your child is not going to be at school, there are 2 important phone calls you need to make:

1.  Bus Garage 218-864-5218

2.  Elementary Office 218-864-5217

  At either number, if no one answers, please leave a message.

 

Battle Lake School is a Peanut-Aware School  We are taking the necessary steps to make our school a peanut-free school.  Peanut allergies are a very serious problem.  We would encourage our community to take the necessary precautions to assure the safety of our students.  No peanut products will be served from the school cafeteria.  We are also encouraging parents and families to be aware of the allergy and the severity of students coming in contact with peanut products.  When sending products to school with your child, we are asking that you consider making peanut free choices.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Nancy Johnson, Food Service Director, at 864-5217.

 

Student Handbooks - Handbooks will be on-line again this year. You will find the link on the Battle Lake School homepage.   If you would like a hard copy, they are available in the Elementary Office.

Classroom treats - If you send treats for your child's class, they must be store bought items.

 

After school enrichment is available until 6:00pm every day that school is in session. Advanced registration is required.  Call the Battle Lake Community Education Office at 218-864-5217 ext. 103 for more information.

Pictures - Individual and class pictures will be taken Thursday, September 19.

 

Weather- With colder weather coming, please make sure your child is dressed to go outside for recess.

 

Request to leave school early:  No child is permitted to leave with anyone unless requested by the child's parent or guardian.  If a parent wishes their child be excused, a note must be sent to the elementary office. 

 

Important Dates: 

September 19                   Elementary Pictures

September 20                   High School Pictures

September 25                   ½ day of school for students, bus will leave at 12:20pm.  Afternoon Staff Development.

October 1                            Second Annual Battle Lake Elementary Walk-a-thon  (Homecoming week)

October 9                            Vision and Hearing Screening

October 17 – 18                                NO SCHOOL    Education Minnesota

October 25                          Fall Carnival 5:00 – 7:00pm

November 4                       2hr late start for students, morning Staff Development

November 6 & 7               Parent Teacher Conferences  4pm – 8pm

November 28 & 29          NO SCHOOL  Thanksgiving

 








Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

April 29, 2013

Dear Parents & Guardians,

 

 

Spring has finally arrived and I want to thank you for another great year!  We are grateful that you have placed your trust in us to provide your child with an outstanding education.  We have been blessed with hard working students and with families that place a high value on education.  That means a lot to us. 

 

Our school year comes to a close each year with a busy flurry of activities.  The elementary band concert is this Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  Our third graders will prepare for the annual Parade of States, our fifth graders will soon be leaving for their stay at Long Lake Conservation Camp, and our sixth graders will be making their annual sojourn to the state capitol and science museum.  The participants in Math Masters just finished competition and we will be sending a group of students to the annual Young Writer’s Conference in Fergus Falls.  To top it all off, we are finishing up our hectic testing season.  There is a lot going on!

 

We are trying something a little different this year with the elementary awards program and track and field day.  We are scheduling both for Tuesday, May 21st.  Please plan to stay for a picnic lunch immediately following the awards program.  From there, we will roll right into track and field day. We hope this new format is more accommodating to parent work schedules.

 

If you owe money to the district for lunch accounts, pre-school fees or any other reason, we ask for your cooperation in either paying the bill by the end of the year or making arrangements to follow a repayment plan.   Thank you for your assistance.

 

Even though the summer break is just around the corner, there are still many options to keep children engaged.  We offer a full summer rec. schedule with opportunities for students to participate in activities like baseball, softball, golf, swimming lessons and even a youth theater production.  Please contact the community education office if you have any questions about the activities. 

 

Thanks again for everything you do to support our school and have a wonderful summer!

 

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Jeff Drake

 

 

Kitchen notes from Nancy,

The end of the school year is almost here and we will need you to check your child’s lunch and breakfast account to see if there are any outstanding charges.  Starting on Wednesday, May 1st, we will not allow any students to purchase doubles or anything from the school store unless they have money in their account or have cash to buy it.

You can check on-line or call the kitchen 218-864-5215 and check on your child’s account.

 Thank you!                                      

MATH MASTERS Congratulations to our 5th grade team made up of Fern, Connor, Kathleen, Jacob, Makenna and alternates Halie and Alexis for their participation in the Math Masters competition this past month in Alexandria.  The team finished 23rd out of 38 teams and our top individual was Jacob.  

A huge thank you to Bob Pfefferle for coaching the 5th and 6th grade teams again this year!

 

Summer Recreation Forms will be sent home with students next week.

 

Elementary Band Concert – Thursday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

 

Bike Rodeo for preschoolers – 6th graders will be held on Thursday, May 16, at 6:00pm.  Volunteers are needed; please call the Community Education Office if you can help.

 

Young Writers Conference – Friday, May 17, 40 students in grades 4 – 6 will attend the conference held at Fergus Falls Community College.

 

Elementary Awards Day - Tuesday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. in the Auditorium

 

You are invited to lunch with your child between Awards Day and Field Day.  The cost of an adult lunch is $3.20 and lunch tickets will be available before and after the Awards Day program.

 

Field Day – Tuesday, May 21, starting with the tug - of - war at 12:30 p.m. 

 

3rd Grade - Parade of States - Thursday, May 23, at 1:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

                       

All classroom and library books must be turned in or your child will be charged for them.

 

Report Cards and 2013-14 Supply lists will be mailed out on or before Thursday, June 6. 

           

Lost and Found - Please check the lost and found by the Elementary office. 

                                                                                   

PARENTS, STAFF AND STUDENTS - Thank you for helping us make 2012-2013 a very exciting and successful school year!

END OF THE YEAR

Thursday:  May 23rd                                       Full day staff and students

Friday:  May 24th                                            Full day staff and students

Tuesday:  May 28th                                          Full day staff and students

Wednesday:  May 29th                                   Last Day of School 1/2 day staff and students

 

 

Stuff the Bus is August 6; Donations of school supplies will be accepted at the school bus parked at Battle Lake Standard.  Volunteers are needed.  Please call 864-5212 ext. 103 if you can help. 

If your child needs school supplies, please complete the Stuff the Bus form that will be included in the summer rec. newsletter and on the back of the supply list mailed with report cards.  They are due by July 26. 

 

Class lists for 2013-14 will be posted in the Elementary Office area on August 23.

 

2013 – 2014 School Picnic will be held on Wednesday, August 28, from 5:00 - 6:30 with the

Open House from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  School will begin Tuesday, September 3.  



    

Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

April 19, 2013

 

Greetings,

 

 

April means one thing for Minnesota public schools – testing!  The local administration of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA’s) each spring is a big undertaking.  My appreciation goes out to the teachers and staff for the extra effort they put in to prepare our students for these tests.  Mrs. Risbrudt does an outstanding job scheduling the testing, training test proctors and keeping the computers running. 

 

We greatly appreciate the support you give your child at home in preparing for these tests as well.  The time you spend reviewing study material, making sure your child is well rested and begins the day with a nutritious breakfast sets the stage for successful test results.  Students in grades three through six will take MCA’s in reading and math.  In addition, fifth graders take an MCA science test. 

 

As students get older, the MCA’s become high stakes test which students must pass to earn a Minnesota public school diploma.  At the elementary level, the results reveal individual student growth and help us to determine how our students are progressing with our curricula and instruction.  We use this information as a part of our process for continued improvement.

 

Although it doesn’t look like it outside, we are quickly coming to the end of the school year.  Sixth graders will be taking a trip to the state capitol in May and fifth graders will be making their annual trek to Long Lake Conservation Camp.  Those experiences become cherished memories for our students and often appear in the “Remember When” section of senior yearbooks. 

 

We are going to try something a little different at the end of this year.  We are hosting the elementary awards program and track and field day on the same day.  We believe that this will be more convenient for working parents.  Please let us know what you think.

 

I have been assured that spring will eventually get here.  We are all at the point where green grass and warm temperatures would be welcomed with open arms.  Until that time, take care and thanks for the support you give to your child’s education.

 

Warmest Regards,

 

 

Jeff Drake

Superintendent/K-12 Principal/Curriculum Director

Battle Lake Public Schools

 

MATH MASTERS Congratulations to our 6th grade team made up of Eli, Brett, Donnie, Kimber, Brady, and alternates Austin and Emily for their participation in the Math Masters competition this past month in Alexandria.  The team finished 16th out of 35 teams and our top individual was Kimber.  

The fifth grade team will compete on April 26

 

Teacher Requests for the 2013-2014 School Year Parents who would like to have a request considered must complete the Classroom Information Sheet and return it to the elementary office no later than April 30th.  The form may be picked up in the elementary office, accessed on-line or you may call the office and we will mail the form to you.  This step will greatly assist us in the planning process as we assign students to classrooms for the 2013-2014 school year.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

 

Elementary Band Concert  The spring concert is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. 

 

Sixth Grade Trip  As part of their Minnesota History curriculum, the sixth grade class will tour the capitol in St. Paul and visit the Minnesota Science Museum on Tuesday, May 7.

 

Fifth Grade Field Trip The 5th graders will be going to Long Lake Conservation Camp May 13 – 15.

 

 

Important Dates:

Thursday, May 2                                          Elementary Band Concert at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium

Tuesday, May 7                                           6th Grade Class Trip

Monday, May 13 – Wednesday, May 15         5th Grader trip to Long Lake Conservation

Tuesday, May 21                                          Elementary Awards Day, tentatively scheduled for 11:00 am with picnic lunch to follow and Field Day starting at 12:30 pm

Thursday:  May 23rd                                       Full day staff and students

Friday:  May 24th                                            Full day staff and students

Tuesday:  May 28th                                          Full day staff and students

Wednesday:  May 29th                                   Last Day of School 1/2 day staff and students

 

 



Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

March 1, 2013

Greetings, 

I write with great hope that spring might be just around the corner!  We have had a very busy February.  We had a great turnout once again for Pastries for Parents which kicked off February’s “I Love to Read” month and our annual book fair.  Thanks go out to all of you for your participation in the book fair.  Total sales were over $5000 and some of the profits were used to purchase a much needed set of new state books as well as some other materials for the classrooms. Special thanks to Alaine Risbrudt for all the work she does to promote reading and for agreeing to “get slimed” one last time!

 

Reading has long held a special place in my heart.  It is still one of my favorite pastimes and that goes back quite a few years now.  My first experiences are with my mom reading to me.  Things progressed from there – partly due to circumstance.  They say “necessity is the mother of invention” so here is my story… 

 

I am the oldest child in my family – eleven months senior to my brother Tim.  I won’t say that Tim and I were “naughty” children, but we were boys and we did squabble from time to time which leads me to the incident in the grocery store.  We were probably four and five years old and started fighting with each other over who would get to push the shopping cart.  This was back in the day when stores would build large pyramid displays out of canned goods.  As the forces of nature conspired against us, our battle over the shopping cart eventually collided with the pyramid display scattering tumbling cans across the grocery store floor.  As mom frantically tried to gather them up, the store manager approached her and with extreme graciousness simply told her not to worry about it – he would take care of the rest.

That incident brought a new idea to our life.  Whenever we went shopping in the future, mom would by us each a couple of comic books – they were only 20 to 25 cents back then.  Tim and I would find a quiet spot in the stores to sit down and “read.”  Okay – initially it was just looking at the pictures, but eventually we started reading.  We have both enjoyed reading ever since and I still collect comic books to this day.

Please encourage your child to read.  Reading opens up a world full of all kinds of fascinating things.  Reading to your child is also a wonderful way to spend quality time together!

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Jeff Drake

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Slime the Librarian   As a conclusion to our I Love to Read Month  we will recognize our students reading achievements along with sliming Mrs. Risbrudt, the Librarian, on Monday, March 4, at 2:15 pm in the Auditorium.  Everyone is invited!

 

Students in grade two will have the opportunity to participate in a Good-Touch/Bad-Touch body safety program which teaches children a comfortable way to talk about a sensitive problem.  Parents interested in previewing the material are invited to the Battle Lake School Media Center on Tuesday, March 19 starting at 6:00pm. 

 

Teacher Requests for the 2013-2014 School Year Parents who would like to have a request considered must complete the Classroom Information Sheet and return it to the elementary office no later than April 30th.  The form may be picked up in the elementary office or you may down load it directly from the Principal page on the school web site.  This step will greatly assist us in the planning process as we assign students to classrooms for the 2013-2014 school year.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

 

Kindergarten Round-up

The Round-up for 2012-2013 kindergartners (children who are 5 years old on or before September 1) will be held on Friday, April 5.  If you do not receive a letter regarding round-up, please call the Elementary Office.   NO SCHOOL FOR THIS YEARS KINDERGARTENERS ON APRIL 5 

 

Our Book Fair was very successful with total sales of $5269.66.  Thank you to everyone that came and supported our library.   Thank you to all our volunteers.  We could not do this without you!  

 

Students in grades 5 and 6 participated in Hoops for Heart raising $1524.00 for the American Heart Association.  Grades 3and 4 participated in Jump Rope for Heart; they raised $1860.00 for the American Heart Association.  We had 54 students participate in these activities.  Way to go students and sponsors!

 

*Master Calendar changes due to snow day’s:  March 28 and May 23 previously scheduled as ½ days will now be full days of school for students and staff*

 

No School, Friday, March 29 and Monday, April 1

 

Important Dates

Monday, March 4                                           Slime the Librarian 2:15 in the Auditorium

Monday, March 11                                        2 hr late start for students

Friday, March 29                                            No School      Easter Break

Monday, April 1                                             No School      Easter Break

Friday, April 5                                                       2013 – 2014 Kindergarten Round- Up, No school for Kindergarten Students

Monday, April 8                                             2 hr late start for students

Monday, May 13 – Wednesday, May 15                  5th Grader trip to Long Lake Conservation Camp

Tuesday, May 21                                                  Elementary Awards Day, tentatively scheduled for 11:00 am with picnic lunch to follow and Field Day starting at        12:30 pm                                                               

Thursday, May 24                                          LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (FULL DAY)






Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

February 4, 2013

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

 

With any luck, the really cold weather is finally behind us!  As the days continue to get longer, hopes for an early spring begin creeping in. 

We have had a very busy January and February is shaping up to be the same.  Thirty students competed in our local Geography Bee competition which was open to students in grades 4th – 8th.  Our champion was Derrick Christensen while the runner up was Kadie Knudsen.  Congratulations to both of these students! 

The Battle Lake Spelling Bee was held last week.  This involved twenty students in grades 5th – 8th.  

Elise Carlson was the champion of our school correctly spelling “interrogative.” Justin Sagerhorn finished in second place.  Congratulations to these students and to all that participated in the competition. Special thanks to Tonya Hensch for conducting the spelling bee.

February is “I Love to Read” month and we are kicking it off in great fashion with Pastries for Parents.  This has always been a big hit and students whose parents come in for the event get to pick out a free book after the stories are read by 6th graders in the auditorium.  That officially starts our book fair event which runs from February 5th through the 8th.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to get some excellent reading material and the event is also a very successful fundraiser for our library.  Thanks to Mrs. Risbrudt, the Title I staff and the volunteers for their work in making this event possible. 

Perhaps the third time will be the charm as our fifth and sixth graders prepare for a skiing trip at Andes Tower Hills.  The two previous dates were both cancelled due to bad weather. 

February 8th is the return of the Math & Science Expo.  Students in fifth through eighth grade will have an opportunity to have posters and projects judged and will also witness some cool science demonstrations.  The highest rated projects will have an opportunity to show their work in St. Cloud.  The public is invited to view their work from 3:00pm – 5:00pm in the Jr. High Gym. 

The third and fourth graders will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart and the fifth and sixth graders will be participating in the Hoops for Heart activities.  These programs are designed to encourage students to exercise and make healthy decisions. 

At the end of February, our fifth and sixth graders will have an opportunity to experience ice fishing and learn about lake ecology through the Minnaqua ice fishing program. We have been doing this program for several years now and it is always a big hit with the students.   

Finally, we ask that students do not bring iPods, iPads, Kindles and other technology items to the school.  These items are typically expensive and so it becomes very difficult if an item is lost, stolen or broken.  These items also slow down our server access because they use up a lot of bandwidth online.  When this happens, we cannot access the educational tools that are part of our curricula.  Thanks for your understanding.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to You and think spring!

 

Jeff Drake

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Friday, February 1, we kicked off I Love to Read Month.    Each classroom teacher has set goals for their students and students meeting those goals will be recognized each Friday in February.   This event will come to a conclusion with “Slime the Librarian” tentatively set for Monday, March 4.

Ski Trip to Andes Tower Hills has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 7, for the 5th and 6th grade physical education classes.

Jump Rope for Heart  for grades 2 – 4 and Hoops for Heart for grades 5 – 6 will take place the week of February 14 -15.  Pledge sheets will be sent home with students.  All proceeds go to the American Heart Association.


Scholastic Book Fair:  Parents are invited to come and shop with their children

Book fair sales begin –   Tuesday, February 5th                    3:15-6:30 PM   

                                                Wednesday, February 6th             7:30-8:30 AM    and   3:00-6:30 PM

                                                Thursday, February 7th                   7:30-8:30 AM     and   3:00-6:30 PM

                                                Friday, February 8th                          7:30-8:30 AM


Ice Fishing:  the 5th and 6th graders are studying a Minnesota Aquatics Resources Unit and will be going on an ice fishing field trip the afternoon of Friday, February 22. 

 

 

Important dates:

 

Thursday, February 7                                                                     5th and 6th grade ski trip to Andes Tower Hill

February 5 – 8                                                                                   Scholastic Elementary Book Fair

Monday, February 11                                                                     2 hour late start students

February 14 – 15                                                                               Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart (grades 2-6)

Monday, February 18                                                                     NO SCHOOL

Friday, February 22                                                                         5th and 6th grade Minnaqua unit fishing trip

 

 

Monday, February 18, NO SCHOOL Presidents Day








Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

December 13, 2012                              

 

Happy Holidays!

 

 

We continue to enjoy a wonderful year working with our students!  The recent Christmas program at the school was a great example of their enthusiasm and talent.    

The New Year promises to bring a lot of excitement to our elementary students.  The sixth grade will have a chance to hit the slopes at Andes Tower Hills in January.  We will organize another science fair for the upper elementary in February and Geography and Spelling Bees are on the horizon as well!  

If you need to pick up your child prior to the end of the school day, please check in at the district office and then proceed to the elementary office.   We will send for your child and you can meet them there.  This will help us keep classroom interruptions to a minimum.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

Please enjoy time together as a family over the holiday break and encourage your children to read a few books over vacation as well.  Thank you for your support of your child’s education.  It is my hope that 2013 brings you peace and happiness.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Drake





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The first round of the National Geography Bee will be held Thursday, January 3.  This will be a written test for all students in grades 4-8.  The top score from each grade level and the next ten overall highest scores will advance to the second round.  The second round will be held in the auditorium on Thursday, January 10, beginning at 1:45 p.m.  Parents and classrooms are invited to attend.

National Spelling Bee:  Classrooms in grades 5-8 will identify the top five spellers at each grade level sometime during the month of January.  On Friday, January 31, starting at 12:10 p.m. in the auditorium, we will have a spelling bee with our top twenty spellers (five from each grade).  Parents and classrooms are invited to attend.

We have Cindy Dean, a retired teacher, practicing with interested 4th-6th grade students on the National Geography Bee (later on will be the National Spelling Bee).  They meet Monday’s over noon recess. 

One student from both our Geography Bee and Spelling Bee will have the opportunity to advance to further competitions.

 Battle Lake Schools will host our Third Annual Battle Lake Science * Math Expo on Friday, February 1.  This is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents in multiple disciplines.  Projects will be put on display and the public invited for viewing.  Each student will participate in conference judging and an opportunity for advancement to the Regional Science Fair in St. Cloud will be available for grades 6-8.  A science lyceum is scheduled for the afternoon.

                       

                        Grade 5                                Math Project                                      (poster)

                        Grade 6                                Science Project                                  (display board)

                        Grade 7                                Science Research Paper                     (research paper)

                        Grade 8                                Science Project                                  (display board)

 

PLEASE ASSUME THAT YOUR CHILDREN WILL GO OUTSIDE FOR RECESS:  As you know, the weather is cold and windy.  The wind is a major factor on the playground.  Hats, mittens, warm winter jackets, boots and snow pants are needed now.  We go outside for playtime unless it is raining or the wind-chill is more that 5º below zero, so please send your children dressed appropriately.  

We really rely on volunteers and we are in need for someone to help with the Elementary School Store and many other projects.    Please call the Elementary office if you can help us out.  Thank you!

 

Important dates:

December 21                     Last Day of School before Christmas Break, full day of school

January 2                             School Resumes

January 10                           Geography Bee 1:45 p.m.in the Auditorium

January 11                           5th and 6th Grade Ski Trip to Andes Tower Hills

January 14                           2 Hour Late Start for Students

January 18                            Early Dismissal for Students, buses leaving at 12:20p.m.

January 31                           Spelling Bee 12:15p.m. in the Auditorium

January 31                           Elementary Parent Teacher Conference 4 – 8p.m.

February 8                          Third Annual Battle Lake School Science and Math Expo

 





  


Battle Lake Buzz

Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

November 5, 2012

 

It is hard to believe we are entering the holiday season already!  The school year continues to go very smoothly and we are blessed to work with a great group of students. 

Please make plans to join us for our Veteran’s Day program on Monday, November 12th at 1:00 p.m.  We appreciate the opportunity to honor those who have served our country. 

Parent-teacher conferences are this Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  The restructuring we have done in grades 4th – 6th have prompted a change in our conference format this year.  Those conferences will take place in the cafeteria.  Be sure to pick up a copy of your child’s report card when you come into the school.  Please let us know what you think of the new format.  The conferences for our younger students continue to be pre-scheduled. 

Parent-teacher conferences provide a wonderful opportunity for communication.  A few questions have been listed below that you may want to consider.

·         What subjects and skills will my child be expected to learn this year?

·         Is my child working to the best of his ability? How is progress measured?

·         How much time do you expect students to spend on homework assignments?

·         What type of learner is my child (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, tactile)?

·         What does she need to work on and how can I help? Get specific feedback, such as "has difficulty combining sentences" or "has difficulty summarizing stories," as well as specific information about how you can tackle any issues.

·         How do you evaluate students? Do tests, attendance and homework all count towards grades?

·         How can I support your teaching program at home? How can I monitor my child's completion of assignments on a daily basis?

·         How do you accommodate differences in learning? How do you differentiate lessons to meet the needs of all learners?

·         Are there any support programs to help kids who need a little extra attention? When are you available if my child needs extra help?

·         What is your preferred method of communication with parents (email, telephone, notes home, Web site, etc.)?

·         Does my child seem happy and engaged in school? Who are her friends? Is she showing good behavior with classmates and adults? (Get specific feedback.)

If you have any questions, concerns, or want to comment on something positive about the education your child is receiving at Battle Lake Elementary School, please stop by, send me an email or call.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Drake

Superintendent  &  K-12 Principal

Battle Lake Public Schools

 

November 5, 2012

 

Dear Parents & Guardians,

An enthusiastic group of high school students has started a Big Brother/Big Sister program.  During the course of the school year, they will be working with assigned grades of students – eating lunch with them, joining them on the playground etc. as they get to know the students and develop relationships. 

The students have also expressed an interest in working one to one with elementary students.  Our expectation would be that the high school student commits at least one hour every two weeks to spend with their little “brother” or “sister.”    We would also have some group activities scheduled during the year. 

If you would like your child to have a big brother or big sister, please sign below.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jeff Drake, Superintendent/K-12 Principal at (218) 864-0517.

Warmest Regards,

Jeffrey D. Drake

Superintendent/K-12 Principal

Battle Lake Public Schools

 

 

Big Brother/Big Sister Parent Permission Form

 

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                               Child’s Name                                                                                      Grade

 

 

                                 Parent Signature

 

 

1. The Infinite Campus link on our web site allows you to access your child’s grades, assignments, and attendance.  If you have any questions on how to access this service you can call Mrs. Haberman at 218-864-5215 to set up a log in.

2.  Student in grades 1, 3, and 4 will attend the production “Rapunzel and her Dragon” by the Minnesota State University Moorhead Children’s Theatre November 13-16. 

3.  As you know, the weather is getting windy and colder.  The wind is a major factor on the playground.  Hats, mittens and warm jackets are needed.  Boots and snow pants will be needed when we get snow.  We go outside for playtime unless it is raining or the wind-chill is below -5º, so please send your children dressed appropriately.  

Important Dates: 

November 7 & 8               Parent Teacher Conference from 4:00 – 8:00pm each night

November 9                       NO SCHOOL

November 12                    2 Hour Late Start for Students

November 12                    Veterans Day Program 1:00pm

November 22 &23           NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

December 7                       Elementary Holiday Program 7:00pm

December 10                     2 Hour Late Start for Students

December 21                     Last Day of School before Christmas Break, full day of school

January 2                             School Resumes


                                                                                      








Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

October 10, 2012

 

The Battle Lake Elementary students have been off to a very busy start this year!  

State regulations require several safety trainings with students.  Within the first couple weeks of school, the students had already received some bus safety training which included an emergency exit drill.  We also practiced our “lock-down” procedures and have completed our first fire drill!

We have been assessing student reading fluency so you may have heard your child talk to you about timed readings.  This information is used to provide extra reading support for some students.  We have a number of interventions that are very successful in helping students improve their reading levels.

On October 11th, the 4th and 5th grade students will participate in a lyceum on energy.  The lyceum is conducted by the Science Museum of Minnesota and sponsored by Otter Tail Power. 

We are nearing the end of the first Battle Lake Area Football program’s season.  The program is offered through community education and approximately forty students have been involved from 3rd grade through sixth grade.  Thanks to the coaches, volunteers, players, parents and donors for making this program possible. 

Students participated in the first annual Battle Lake Elementary Walk-A-Thon.  The purpose of this fundraiser was to raise enough money to purchase a classroom response system that could be shared among classrooms, as well as restore some of the budget cuts to field trips that have had to take place.  The Walk-A-Thon was an overwhelming success.  The elementary students each walked a mile around the track.  Students raised over $3,700!  Special thanks to Nya Haberman and Kathy Kensinger for their work in organizing this fundraiser.

If it seems like we have been getting a lot of exercise – it’s true!   We also participated in the International Walk to School Day along with other area schools.  The purpose of the event was to promote active lifestyles and exercise.  Students began their day with a nice walk around the track.  It was a beautiful morning as we managed to get this event in just before the temperatures dropped!

We recognize a "Writer of the Month" in grades four through sixth.  September Writers of the Month are: 

 Will, 4th grade, Connor, 5th grade, and Emily, 6th grade.  Congratulations!

 

Project Challenge will be starting up in October.  Special thanks to our volunteers: 

Voni Madsen, 4th grade; Andrea Evert, 5th grade; and Bob Pfefferle, 6th grade!  We really appreciate your help.  Mr. Pfefferle will be working with our Math Masters program once again as well.

 

Make plans to attend the Fall Carnival at the school on Friday, October 26th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  It will be a very fun event with food and prizes for all!  We hope your child is experiencing a great start to the new school year.  If you have any concerns, please feel free to stop by, call or email.  Thanks for all that you do as parents to support our school and the education of our children.

Jeff Drake

K-12 Principal/ Superintendent

 

 

When your child is not going to be at school, there are 2 important phone calls you need to make:

1.  Bus Garage 218-864-5218

2.  Elementary Office 218-864-5217

  At either number, if no one answers, please leave a message.

 

Battle Lake School is a Peanut-Aware School  We are taking the necessary steps to make our school a peanut-free school.  Peanut allergies are a very serious problem.  We would encourage our community to take the necessary precautions to assure the safety of our students.  No peanut products will be served from the school cafeteria.  We are also encouraging parents and families to be aware of the allergy and the severity of students coming in contact with peanut products.  When sending products to school with your child, we are asking that you consider making peanut free choices.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Nancy Johnson, Food Service Director, at 864-5217.

 

Student Handbooks - Handbooks will be on-line again this year. You will find the link on the Battle Lake School homepage.   If you would like a hard copy, they are available in the Elementary Office.

Classroom treats - If you send treats for your child's class, they must be store bought items.

 

After school enrichment is available until 6:00pm every day that school is in session. Advanced registration is required.  Call the Battle Lake Community Education Office at 218-864-5217 ext. 103 for more information.

Weather- With colder weather, please make sure your children are dressed to go outside for recess, coats, hats, and gloves are a good idea now.  Snow pants and boots are a must once the snow falls!

 

NO SCHOOL FOR STAFF OR STUDENTS - October 18-19 (Education Minnesota)

 

Arrival Time:  For the safety and welfare of our students, it is requested that students not arrive at school any earlier than necessary.  Students should not arrive before 8:00 a.m.

Dismissal Time:  Buses leave school at 3:20 p.m. If your child rides a bus to a friend’s home, or anywhere other than their home, they must have a note written by the parents.  If you pick up your child after school, please wait for them in the hall by the elementary office not at the classroom.

 

Request to leave school early:  No child is permitted to leave with anyone unless requested by the child's parent or guardian.  If a parent wishes their child be excused, a note must be sent to the elementary office. 

 

Important Dates: 

October 18 – 19                   NO SCHOOL

October 26                          Fall Carnival 5:00 – 7:00pm

November 7 & 8                   Parent Teacher Conference from 4:00 – 8:00pm each night

November 9                         NO SCHOOL

November 12                       2 Hour Late Start for Students

November 22 &23                NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

December 7                        Elementary Holiday Program 7:00pm

December 10                      2 Hour Late Start for Students

December 21                       Last Day of School before Christmas Break, full day of school

January 2                            School Resumes

 

   














Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

April 30, 2012

 

This will be our last Buzz for the 2011-2012 school year.   Please read our newsletter carefully and as always, feel free to contact me or any staff member with questions you may have.  This is your school – and visits and feedback are always welcome.   Let’s finish these final 19 days strong!

 

Ken Gagner

PreK-8 Principal

 

1.  I will be sharing information on proposed changes affecting grades 3-6 for the 2012-2013 school year on Tuesday, May 1, and again on Monday, May 14; both meetings starting at 6:15 p.m. in the Media Center.  The meetings will last about 30 minutes and review the following key points:

ü  Ms. Lundquist’s position is being reduced by one fourth.

ü  Ms. Feda’s position is being eliminated.

ü  There will be one section of grade four (Ms. Bellig) and grade five (Ms. Dirckx).

ü  In the core subjects of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, students in grades four, five, and six, will EACH be in TWO sections – ensuring small class sizes. 

ü  Students in grades 3-6 will participate in physical education every other week.  The “other” week will be a supervised (by a licensed teacher) activity period.

 

2.  Because the Spanish position in our school is being eliminated (budget cuts), students will no longer be provided that instruction.  However, all students in K-6 will receive instruction in Mandarin Chinese - delivered by Ms. Scherfenberg.

3.  Fifty of our 4th-6th grade students will be attending the Young Writers Conference in Fergus Falls on May 18.  I would like to publicly thank the Battle Lake Fine Art’s Committee and several parents for their financial support!

4.  Battle Lake community members are invited to examine and provide input on proposed curricular changes for the subject of music and social studies. The curriculum meetings will be held on Monday, June 4, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. for the subject of music and 7:00 p.m. for the subject of social studies.  Meetings will be held in the Battle Lake School Media Center.   This is part of the district’s annual review cycle.

 

Kitchen notes from Nancy,

The end of the school year is almost here and we will need you to check your child’s lunch and breakfast account to see if there are any outstanding charges.  Starting on Tuesday, May 1st, we will not allow any students to purchase doubles or anything from the school store unless they have money in their account or have cash to buy it.

You can check on-line or call the kitchen 218-864-5215 and check on your child’s account. 

Thank you!                                                                                                                                             

           

 

Summer Recreation Forms will be sent home with students next week.

 

Elementary Band Concert – Tuesday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

 

Sixth Grade Trip  As part of their Minnesota History curriculum, the sixth grade class will tour the capitol in St. Paul and visit the Minnesota Science Museum on Thursday, May 3.

 

Bike Rodeo for preschoolers – 6th graders will be held on Thursday, May 10, at 6:00pm.  Volunteers are needed; please call the Community Education Office if you can help.

 

Fifth Grade Field Trip The 5th graders will be going to Long Lake Conservation Camp May 14 – 16.

 

3rd Grade - Parade of States - Monday, May 21st, at 1:45 p.m. in the Auditorium.

 

Field Day – Tuesday, May 22nd, starting with the tug - of - war at 12:30 p.m. 

                       

Elementary Awards Day - May 24th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

 

All classroom and library books must be turned in or your child will be charged for them.

 

Report Cards and 2012-13 Supply lists will be mailed out on or before Thursday, May 31st. 

           

Lost and Found - Please check the lost and found by the Elementary office.  All lost and found items not claimed by June 7 will be donated.

                                                                                   

 

Stuff the Bus is August 7; Donations of school supplies will be accepted at the school bus parked at Battle Lake Standard.  Volunteers are needed.  Please call 864-5212 ext. 103 if you can help. 

If your child needs school supplies, please complete the Stuff the Bus form that will be included in the summer rec. newsletter and on the back of the supply list mailed with report cards. Applications are due by August 10.

 

Class lists for 2012-13 will be posted in the Elementary Office area on August 24.

 

2012 – 2013 School Picnic will be held on Wednesday, August 29, from 5:00 - 6:30 with the

Open House from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  School will begin Tuesday, September 4.  

 

           

PARENTS, STAFF AND STUDENTS - Thank you for helping us make 2011-2012 a very exciting and successful school year!

 

Last Day of School for Students - May 24, 2012

This is a full day of school






Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

March 30, 2012

A message from the Principal:

 

1.  Great news! Ms. Stacy Lundquist has been named a semi-finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.  This is a great honor and very well deserved.

 

2.  State assessments will begin on April 17 and continue through May 15.  Teachers have been engaging in additional preparations in recent weeks and we look forward to the chance for our students to show their skills! 

·         Students in grades five, eight, and ten, will be tested in science

·         Students in grades 3-8, and ten,  will be tested in reading

·         Ninth grade students will be tested in written composition

·         Students in grades 3-8, and eleven, will be tested in math

Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and has a nutritious breakfast during this very important time.  Also – as was indicated in an earlier letter sent to all third through sixth grade parents – students may participate in additional practice by going to the following website:

https://mn.learningpointnavigator.com/Logon.aspx

 

3.  Tentative changes taking place next year (2012-2013) with K-6 classroom schedules and teachers:    

·         There will be one section of kindergarten – taught by Ms. Kugler.

·         Several changes will be taking place in grades 4-6.  I will host two informational meetings (Tuesday, May 1, and Monday, May 14) on these changes – both taking place in the media center and starting at 6:15 p.m.  Key points include:

  Ms. Lundquist’s position is being reduced by one fourth.

There will be one section of grade four (Ms. Bellig).

In the core subjects of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, students in grades four, five, and six, will EACH be in TWO sections – ensuring small class sizes. 

Students in grades 3-6 will participate in physical education every other week.  The “other” week will be a supervised (by a licensed teacher) activity period.

4.  We have THREE, 20 hours per week, AmeriCorps positions open for the 2012-2013 school year.  Based on your interest, these positions could work with students in reading or math; preschool through grade eight.  Applications are being accepted until April 13.  You may apply at www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org or www.MinnesotaMathCorps.org or contact me for more information. 

5.  Battle Lake Community Members are invited to examine and provide input on proposed curricular changes for the subjects of Visual Arts, Social Studies, and Music.  This is part of a normal review process.  The curriculum meetings will be held in the Battle Lake School Media Center on the following dates:

                Visual Arts:                         Thursday, April 26, 2012                7:00 p.m.

                Music:                                  Monday, June 4, 2012                    6:00 p.m.

                Social Studies:                  Monday, June 4, 2012                    7:00 p.m.

6.  As always, feel free to stop in and visit at any time.  We have had a great school year and want to finish strong!

Ken Gagner / E-8 principal


MATH MASTERS Congratulations to our 6th grade team made up of Drew, Isaiah, Bennet, Sawyer, Ramon, and alternates Erick and Stevie for their participation in the Math Masters competition this past month in Alexandria.  The team finished 20th out of 36 teams and our top individual was Bennet -finishing 35 out of 176.
  

The fifth grade team will compete on April 27

Teacher Requests for the 2012-2013 School Year Parents who would like to have a request considered must complete the Classroom Information Sheet and return it to the elementary office no later than April 30th.  The form may be picked up in the elementary office, accessed on-line or you may call the office and we will mail the form to you.  This step will greatly assist us in the planning process as we assign students to classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

Kindergarten Round-up

The Round-up for 2011-2012 kindergartners (children who are 5 years old on or before September 1) will be held on April 5.  If you did not receive a letter regarding round-up, please call the Elementary Office.   NO SCHOOL FOR THIS YEAR’S KINDERGARTENERS ON APRIL 5 

Elementary Band Concert  The spring concert is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. 

Sixth Grade Trip  As part of their Minnesota History curriculum, the sixth grade class will tour the capitol in St. Paul and visit the Minnesota Science Museum on Thursday, May 3.

Fifth Grade Field Trip The 5th graders will be going to Long Lake Conservation Camp May 14 – 16.

REMINDERS:

No School April 6 – 9. School resumes Tuesday, April 10.


Important Dates:

Thursday, April 5                                                                              Kindergarten Round- Up, No school for Kindergarten Students

Friday, April 6                                                                        No School     Easter Break

Monday, April 9                                                         No School     Easter Break

Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 p.m.                                                           Elementary Band Concert  in the Auditorium

Thursday, May 3                                                                               6th Grade Class trip to State Capital

Monday, May 14 – Wednesday, May 16                                                5th Grader trip to Long Lake Conservation Camp

Monday, May 21, 1:45 p.m.                                                         3rd Grade Parade of States in the Auditorium

Tuesday, May 22, 12:30 p.m.                                                       Field Day

Thursday, May 24, 2:00p.m.                                                        Elementary Awards Program in the Auditorium

Thursday, May 24                                                      LAST DAY OF SCHOOL  (FULL DAY)



     

Battle Lake Buzz

Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

February 28, 2012

 Great news!  Battle Lake Public Schools has been awarded two part time MN Reading Corps positions for the 2012-2013 school year.  These two positions will assist preschool through grade three children in strengthening literacy skills. The next step will be to hire a person (or persons) to fill these positions and this is where we need your help.  If you or someone you know may be interested please contact me.  We will soon have information online and in the paper.  Potential candidates do NOT need a teaching degree to be considered.  

·         Minnesota Reading Corps or Math Corps are AmeriCorps programs.  AmeriCorps (and hence Minnesota Reading Corps / Minnesota Math Corps) is like the domestic version of the Peace Corps, so accepting a position means dedicating a year of service in the school and in the community. 

 

·    Joining our program is an 11-month commitment – beginning in August and ending June 30.  The member commits to one year – serving primarily in our school, tutoring students each day. When we say “year” – we mean through June 30, not just through the school year. Most members have to serve into the summer in order to finish the required minimum number of hours.

 

·         Part time members (20 hours per week) earn a bi-weekly living allowance ($250) and a $2775.00 education award.  It is really important for an individual to understand this amount and determine if he or she can financially afford to join the program.  Another big selling point is the education award – which members can use to cover the cost of past, present or future tuition. A member who is at least 55 years old is able to transfer the education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child.  [It is possible we may hire one person (40 hours per week) to serve both assignments – in which case the monetary awards are doubled]

 

·         This is an opportunity for professional development, particularly in the area of childhood literacy or math. 

·         Learn more online at www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org or www.MinnesotaMathCorps.org.

Battle Lake Schools will soon be reviewing our strategic plan.  This plan provides a framework for the future decisions our district will make.  Look for more information coming soon and I encourage you to be involved in this important process.

A special thanks to the Battle Lake Review for the outstanding job covering school events.  We are fortunate to have this community and school asset.

Last Friday we wrapped up I Love to Read Month with a K-6 celebration in which Hawkeye (Fargo-Moorhead Redhawk’s mascot) made a special appearance.  The Redhawks donated food coupons, posters, and free tickets to motivate students to read.  182 students hit “homeruns” -reaching all four week’s reading goals.  Awesome job students!

 

On February 25, 13 of our 6th – 8th grade students traveled to St. Cloud State University for the 62nd Annual Regional Science Fair.  The event had over 200 entries from students in grades 6 – 12 and was extremely competitive.  The fair challenges students to use critical thinking skills and each of our students presented to multiple judges.  All Battle Lake students scored either a Merit Award or Honorable Mention.  Congratulations to Morgan, Megan, Isaiah, RJ, Bennet, Michael, Ramon, Derrick, Jessica, Elise, Paige, Jake, and Dawson.  Special thanks to Debbie Ness for providing transportation and to both Debbie and Kris Wicklund for their assistance in supervising. 

Congratulations to Megan, Spelling Bee Champion.   Our runner up was Bennet and third Place went to Claire.  Other finalists were: Reice, Cole, Eli, Melody, Brianna, Antonia Greta, Spencer, Kadie, Elise, Justin, Cameron, Andrew, Abbey, Lucas, Dawson, and Olivia.

 

Battle Lake’s 3rd Annual Science and Math Expo will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013, for all students in grades 5 – 8.  Fifth grade students complete a math project, 7th grade students write a research paper, and 6th and 8th grade students complete a science experiment.  Contact me if you have any questions.  It’s never too early to start planning! 

FYI:  Current school policy does not allow a student’s last name to be placed online – therefore as much as we want to recognize all children, you will only see first names.

 

Teacher Requests for the 2012-2013 School Year Parents who would like to have a request considered must complete the Classroom Information Sheet and return it to the elementary office no later than April 30th.  The form may be picked up in the elementary office or you may down load it directly from Mr. Gagner’s Principal page on the school web site.  This step will greatly assist us in the planning process as we assign students to classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

 

Kindergarten Round-up

The Round-up for 2012-2013 kindergartners (children who are 5 years old on or before September 1) will be held on Thursday, April 5.  If you do not receive a letter regarding round-up, please call the Elementary Office. 

 NO SCHOOL FOR THIS YEARS KINDERGARTENERS ON APRIL 5 

 

 

Our Book Fair was very successful with total sales of $5718.25.  Thank you to everyone that came and supported our library.   Thank you to all our volunteers.  We could not do this without you!   

 

Students in grades 5 and 6 participated in Hoops for Heart and raised $1601.60 for the American Heart Association.  Grades 2-4 participated in Jump Rope for Heart; they raised $1312.00 for the American Heart Association.  We had 62 kids participate in these activities.  Way to go students and sponsors!

 

Spring Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 27 from 4-8p.m.

Notices will be sent home soon.

 

Early Release for Students and Staff, Friday, March 30

Busses leave at 12:20p.m.

 

Important Dates:

Tuesday, March 27, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.                                      Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, March 30                                                            Early Release for students and staff

Thursday, April 5                                                                   Kindergarten Round- Up,  No school for Kindergarten Students

Friday, April 6                                                                  No School     Easter Break

Monday, April 9                                                                No School     Easter Break

Thursday, May 3                                                                      6th Grade Class trip to State Capital

Monday, May 14 – Wednesday, May 16                                     5th Grader trip to Long Lake Conservation Camp

Tuesday, May 22, 12:30 p.m.                                                       Field Day

Thursday, May 24                                                      LAST DAY OF SCHOOL  (FULL DAY)






Battle Lake Buzz  

Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

January 27, 2012

 

We had a great first semester and are looking forward to continued academic growth in the coming months.  There are several exciting things happening at our school so please read the Buzz carefully, and as always, please contact me if you have questions.

1.  We still have one more opening for our mentoring program!  Background information:

Last spring the Battle Lake School District started a mentoring program for grades K-6.  The program pairs elementary students with adult mentors who are interested in giving back to the community.  The program is designed to provide opportunities for positive relationship and skill building between adults and youth.   Adult mentors are given a background check, complete a brief training, and will meet with you and your child before starting any activities.  If you are interested in this program, please contact me; I will provide additional details and answer any questions you may have.  There is NO cost to participate in this program. Past activities include:

            ·         Homework completion

            ·         Goal setting

            ·         Bowling, crafts, meals, sporting events, movies, hobbies

            ·         Visits to colleges or businesses of interest

 

2.  Congratulations and thank you to those contributing funds to the Battle Lake 542 Education Foundation.  The foundation was awarded a $5000.00 bonus from the West Central Initiative for raising $10,000 prior to December 31, 2011.  Gary Harrington, a member of the foundation’s advisory committee, shared the following, “We are proud of Battle Lake High School's alumni, local businesses, and other friends of our school for teaming with us to make this a successful campaign.”  The Battle Lake 542 Education Foundation acquires and utilizes resources to enrich academic educational experiences within School District 542.  Learn more at www.battlelake.k12.mn.us.

 

3.  Monday, January 30, will kick off I Love to Read Month.  This year our recognition program is based on a baseball/softball theme.  Each classroom teacher has set goals for their students and students meeting those goals will be recognized each Friday in February.  Students making it all the way around the diamond (home run) will be awarded tickets to a Fargo-Moorhead Redhawk’s game and two lucky individuals from each homeroom will be invited to attend a game as my guests on May 29.

 

4. The Library and Title I will be co-hosting “Pastries for Parents” on Wednesday, February 1.  You are invited to join us for juice, pastries and coffee from 7:30 to 8:10 in the area outside the Royal Auditorium.  Following the breakfast, there will be book reading by student readers in the auditorium.  Bring your children, enjoy a light breakfast and then listen to the student readers.  Each student who is accompanied by a parent will receive a free book at the end of the program. 

 

5.  Ski Trip to Andes Tower Hills:  On Thursday, February 2, the 5th and 6th grade physical education classes will go skiing. 

 

6.  National Spelling Bee:  On Friday, February 3, starting at 12:10 p.m. in the auditorium, we will have a spelling bee with our top twenty spellers (five each from grades 5-8).  Parents and classrooms are invited to attend.

 

7.  FAMILY FUN NIGHT - Monday, February 6th from 6-7:30 pm

Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon at a family fun night.  Storytime, craft, and snack with a sneak peek at the book fair.   All ages invited.   No charge for the event

 

8.  Jump Rope for Heart  for grades 2 – 4 and Hoops for Heart for grades 5 – 6 will take place the week of February 13 -17.  Pledge sheets will be sent home with students.  All proceeds go to the American Heart Association.

 

9.  Scholastic Book Fair:  Parents are invited to come and shop with their children

Book fair sales begin –   Tuesday, February 7th                    3:15-7:00 PM   

                                                Wednesday, February 8th             7:30-9:00 AM    and   2:30-7:00 PM

                                                Thursday, February 9th                   7:30-9:00 AM     and   2:30-7:00 PM

                                                Friday, February 10th                        7:30-8:30 AM

http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=battlelakeschool

10.  Special Persons Day Lunch!!!  On Monday, February 13, the school foodservice department would like to invite you to come in and have lunch with your child, grandchild or special friend.  We will be serving Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza, vegetable, fruit and Valentine Cake.  The cost is $3.00 for adults and preschoolers are free.  This is an opportunity for you to come visit your child’s classroom and have lunch.  Tickets will be sold by the High School office where you will be required to sign in.  The lunch schedule will be as follows:     Kindergarten  11:05 a.m. ,      1st Grade   11:15 a.m., 

2nd Grade   11:00 a.m.,       3rd Grade  11:20 a.m.,       4th Grade    11:10 a.m.,        5th Grade  11:25 a.m. 

6th Grade   11:25 a.m.,

 

11.  Ice Fishing:  the 5th and 6th graders are studying a Minnesota Aquatics Resources Unit and will be going on an ice fishing field trip the afternoon of Friday, February 24. 

 

12.  Students in grade two will have the opportunity to participate in a Good-Touch/Bad-Touch body safety program which teaches children a comfortable way to talk about a sensitive problem.  Parents interested in previewing material are invited to the Battle Lake School Media Center on Tuesday, February 21, starting at 6:00 p.m.  A parent letter will be sent home with grade two students on February 13.

 

Important dates:

Wednesday, February 1, 7:30 – 8:15 a.m.                                                         Pastries for Parents

Thursday, February 2                                                                                       5th and 6th grade ski trip to Andes Tower Hill

Friday, February 3, 12:10 p.m.                              Auditorium                            Round two of the Spelling Bee (grades 5-8)

Monday, February 6, 2:15 p.m.                             Auditorium                            Otter Tail County Solid Waste Lyceum (grades 3-6)

February 7 – 10                                                  Library                                   Scholastic Elementary Book Fair

February 13 – 17                                                                                             Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart (grades 2-6)

February 13                                                        Cafeteria                                Special Person Day Lunch

Friday, February 17                                                                                       EARLY DISMISSAL FOR STUDENTS

Monday, February 20                                                                                     NO SCHOOL

Friday, February 24, 8:45 a.m.                             Auditorium                              Hawkeye’s Bookworms Lyceum (grades K-6)

 

Friday, February 17, Early Dismissal for Students

Students dismissed at 12:10 for 12:20 Busses

 

Monday, February 20, NO SCHOOL Presidents Day





Battle Lake Buzz

                                    Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter                                   

December 21, 2011

 


 

Congratulations to Stacy Lundquist; 2011-2012 Battle Lake Teacher of the Year!  Stacy began her teaching career in Battle Lake in 2002 and currently teaches four sections of fifth and sixth grade math in addition to various other homeroom subjects.

More Great News: 

Last spring the Battle Lake School District started a mentoring program for grades K-6.  The program pairs elementary students with adult mentors who are interested in giving back to the community.  The program is designed to provide opportunities for positive relationship and skill building between adults and youth.   Adult mentors are given a background check, complete a brief training, and will meet with you and your child before starting any activities.  If you are interested in this program, please contact me; I will provide additional details and answer any questions you may have.  There is NO cost to participate in this program and we have only a few slots left – so let me know quickly.  Some past activities include:

·         Homework completion

·         Goal setting

·         Bowling, crafts, meals, sporting events, movies, hobbies

·         Visits to colleges or businesses of interest

Did you know? 

A. “Research tells us that up to 90% of brain development occurs by age five.  Getting pre-K kids in stimulating learning environments is critical, because K-12 success requires pre-K success.” [Duane Benson – Minneapolis Star Tribune 12-11-11]

B.  In the last legislative session, the State of Minnesota passed a law requiring each school district to develop a local literacy plan which:

  • Needs to ensure reading proficiency for all students by the end of Grade 3
  • Must include a process to assess students' level of reading proficiency, notify and involve parents, intervene with students who are not reading at or above grade level, and identify and meet staff development needs.
  • Literacy Plan must be posted on official school district Web site

 

 

C.  Beginning in fiscal year 2013, districts will receive aid based on how many third grade students are proficient on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment for reading AND on how many students are making medium or high growth on the fourth grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment in reading.

 

Have a wonderful Holiday Season.  We’ll see you again, Tuesday, January 3, 2012!

 

Ski Trip to Andes Tower Hills

The 5th and 6th grade physical education classes will go skiing at Andes Tower Hills on Friday, January 27.  Permission forms and rental forms will be given to students the first part of January.

 

 

EARLY RELEASE FOR STUDENTS -  Friday, January 20

End of First Semester - Staff Workshop Day

Students dismissed at 12:10 for 12:20 Busses

 

 

 

Important dates:

Tuesday, January 3                                          School Resumes/Full day for Students and Staff

Thursday, January 12, 1:45pm                    Round two of the Geography Bee (grades 4 – 8)

Thursday, January 19                                      Victor and the Vikings visit for Fuel up to play 60

Friday, February 3, 12:10pm                        Round two of the Spelling Bee (grades 5 – 8)

Monday, February 6, 2:15pm                      Otter Tail County Solid Waste Lyceum (grades 3 – 6)




















                          Battle Lake Buzz 

                                                                      Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

November 30, 2011


 

Principal’s message:                                                              

 

For those individuals connected to Battle Lake and especially the school district, November has been a busy month.  The operating levy vote took place, the school musical (Les Misérables) displayed the amazing talents of this community, fall sports finished up and winter sports began, parent-teacher conferences were held, and the district was recognized as one of the nations finest; earning the coveted Blue Ribbon Award.

With all of this going on I wanted to remind you of Battle Lake School District’s primary mission; preparing students for educational success – with the necessary skills to meet future challenges.  Our daily routines our focused on instruction and student support and the staff is committed to excellence in this regard. 

Reflecting on this brought to mind the recent NASA launch of the Mars Science Laboratory*.  In my house, anytime a rocket leaves earth, my wife and children often believe I should be on it.  I will admit when it comes to outer space and discovery, I’m still a kid at heart, but the science and technology behind these missions is incredible.  It takes people with vision, desire, technical and communication skills, and an old fashion work ethic to make dreams turn into reality.  The same is true in our own lives.  Whether you are a student or adult, I want to encourage you to push yourself to reach higher.

Have a great December! And as always, do not hesitate to contact me.

*Curiosity (Mars rover) is scheduled to land on the red planet next August.  Read more at:  http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/

Ken Gagner

K-8 Principal

 

Elementary Concert                                  New this year! 

Friday, December 9                                   Preschool Childcare during the concert in the Jr. High Gym starting at 6:30 p.m. for  ages 2 – 5.  

            7:00 p.m                                            Cost is $2 per child.                                                                             

 

 

1.  Check the school website for information on a variety of topics - including recognition of this month's student authors - which will be posted shortly.

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2.  Project Challenge, an academic enrichment program targeted at students in grades 4-6, is up and running.  Students meet once weekly with Mr. Gagner.   We have also identified two seven person teams for Math Masters.  This program is targeted at 5th and 6th grade.  Bob Pfefferle, a retired civil engineer, has started weekly meetings with our sixth grade team and will being meeting with our fifth grade team in December.  The Math Masters competitions will be in held in March and April.  Finally, we have Cindy Dean, a retired teacher, practicing with interested 4th-6th grade students on the National Geography Bee (later on will be the National Spelling Bee).  They meet once weekly over noon recess. 

 

The first round of the national Geography Bee will be held Thursday, January 5.  This will be a written test for all students in grades 4-8.  The top score from each grade level and the next ten overall highest scores will advance to the second round.  The second round will be held in the auditorium on Thursday, January 12, beginning at 1:45 p.m.  Parents and classrooms are invited to attend.

 

National Spelling Bee:  Classrooms in grades 5-8 will identify the top five spellers at each grade level sometime during the month of January.  On Friday, February 4, starting at 12:10 p.m. in the auditorium, we will have a spelling bee with our top twenty spellers (five from each grade).  Parents and classrooms are invited to attend.

 

One student from both our Geography Bee and Spelling Bee will have the opportunity to advance to further competitions.

 

3.  Battle Lake Schools will host our Second Annual Battle Lake Science * Math Expo on Friday, January 27.  This is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents in multiple disciplines.  Projects will be put on display and the public invited for viewing.  Each student will participate in conference judging and an opportunity for advancement to the Regional Science Fair in St. Cloud will be available for grades 6-8.  A Science lyceum is scheduled for the afternoon.

                       

                        Grade 5                                Math Project                                     (poster)

                        Grade 6                                Science Project                                 (display board)

                        Grade 7                                Science Research Paper                                (research paper)

                        Grade 8                                Science Project                                                 (display board)

 

4.  PLEASE ASSUME THAT YOUR CHILDREN WILL GO OUTSIDE FOR RECESS:  As you know, the weather is cold and windy.  The wind is a major factor on the playground.  Hats, mittens, warm winter jackets, boots and snow pants are needed now.  We go outside for playtime unless it is raining or the wind-chill is more that 5º below zero, so please send your children dressed appropriately.  

5.  We really rely on Volunteers and we are in need for someone to help with the Elementary School Store and many other projects.    Please call the Elementary office if you can help us out.  Thank you!

6. We have 2011-2012 Elementary class pictures available for $4.95 each.   Stop in or call the Elementary office at 218-864-5215 for more information.

Did you know . . .

We have a bulletin board with “Did you Know facts” on it located by the Elementary office.

 This week’s fact of the week is:   All snowflakes have one thing in common; they are all six-sided ice crystals.

 

Important dates:

Saturday, December 3, 9am – 3pm                 Battle Lake Craft Fair

Friday, December 9, 7:00pm                             Elementary Concert

Friday, December 23                                           NO SCHOOL / CHRISTMAS VACATION BEGINS

Tuesday, January 3                                               SCHOOL RESUMES / Full day for Students and Staff

Thursday, January 12, 1:45 p.m.                      Round two of the Geography Bee (grades 4-8)

Friday, February 3, 12:10 p.m.                          Round two of the Spelling Bee (grades 5-8)





                                                             Battle Lake Buzz                                               

Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

October 31, 2011

 

 

The school year always seems to move by quickly – especially these first few months.  By the end of this week we will only have 31 school days left before our end of the year holiday break.  We are off to a great start and let’s keep this momentum going!

Congratulations on your part in earning the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award for Battle Lake Elementary.  As I said in my back-to-school letter, the family is the number one factor in the school success of any child.  All the things you do;  providing a safe environment and nutritious meals, reading to and listening to your child, engaging your child in conversation, making sure he/she is in school on a regular basis and checking that homework is complete,  played a part in our success.  Pat yourself on the back – and on junior’s back – and enjoy this recognition!

It’s time for parent-teacher conferences and although you are encouraged and welcome to visit at any time, this is a great opportunity to support your child’s learning.  A few tips to consider:

·         Progress. Find out how your child is doing by asking questions like: Is my child performing at grade level? How is he or she doing compared to the rest of the class? What do you see as his or her strengths? How could he or she improve?

·         Assignments and assessments. Ask to see examples of your child’s work. Ask how the teacher gives grades.

·         Your thoughts about your child. Be sure to share your thoughts and feelings about your child. Tell the teacher what you think your child is good at. Explain what he or she needs more help with.

·         Support learning at home. Ask what you can do at home to help your child learn.

·         Support learning at school. Find out what services are available at the school to help your child. Ask how the teacher will both challenge your child and support your child when he or she needs it.

 

If you ever have questions or would like to visit, feel free to contact me or stop in.

 

 

Ken Gagner

K-8 Principal

218-864-5417 ext. 106           

kgagner@isd542.org 

 

1.      Picture retakes are scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, from 10:00 – 11:30 am.   Any student photo with photographer error will be retaken for free.   All other   retakes will be $5 with the return of the original package. 

 

2.       On Tuesday, November 15, at 12:25pm students in grades k-6 will attend a Lyceum featuring Storyteller Daniel Bishop.

 

3.         On Wednesday, November 16, at 10:15 the OTC Museum will be visiting 3rd grade to share a presentation on Native Americans in Ottertail County.  Students will be making a clay pot as an example of technology used in their culture to make life easier.

 

4.       The Infinite Campus link on our web site allows you to access your child’s grades, assignments, and attendance.  If you have any questions on how to access this service please call the Elementary office at 218-864-5217 and we will be happy to set you up.

 

5.     Make sure and check out the “Student Author of the Month” and other important features on the school web site.  Most topics related to the elementary can be       found on Mr. Gagner’s Principal Page located in the left hand column of the Battle Lake School home page.

 

6.        The Elementary Choir will perform at the Gala before the musical “Les Miserables” on Saturday, November 19 at 6:00 pm.  Join us for the Gala dinner featuring      French Cuisine.

 

7.         As you know, the weather is getting colder and windy.  The wind is a major factor on the playground.  Hats, mittens and warm jackets are needed.  Boots and       snow pants will be needed when we get snow.  We go outside for playtime unless it is raining or the wind-chill is below -5º, so please send your children dressed          appropriately.  

 

8.       We will be planning a more formal celebration of Battle Lake Elementary’s designation as a Blue Ribbon School on Friday, November 18th at 2:00 p.m.  The          celebration will take place in the varsity gym.  It will include band and choir performances as well as a visit from Minnesota Department of Education                            Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. 

 

9.          Voting for the operating Levy is Tuesday, November 8, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the lobby of the auditorium.

 

Important dates:

November 9 & 10                   Parent teacher Conferences from 4:00 – 8:00 pm each night

November 11                         No School

November 24-25                    No School / Thanksgiving Break

December 9                                       Elementary Holiday Program (Grades K – 4 and Elementary Choir) 7:00pm

December 23 - January 2      No School / Christmas Break

 

















                                                                  Battle Lake Buzz                   

Battle Lake Elementary Newsletter

September 30, 2011

 



What a great start to the school year we have had!  I sincerely appreciate your assistance in preparing your child for the routine of school and completing all the various forms, etc. required.  Your support of our school and the encouragement you provide your children are critical in our success.  Keep in mind that this is your school and we want you to feel welcome to visit at any time.  Working together we can provide the best educational experience possible.

 

Ken Gagner

K-8 Principal

 

1.  A HUGE thanks for all your support when shopping at Target stores!  The elementary received a check for $1244.75, while our high school received a check for $573.18.

2.  Starting on Thursday, October 6, students in grades 4-6 may choose to stay in during recess one day a week and practice their skills for the upcoming National Geography (grades 4-8) and Spelling Bees (grades 5-8).  Retired teacher Cindy Dean will lead practice sessions every Thursday. 

3.   Many of you are aware that bullying continues to be a hot topic in local and national news.  I want you to know we take this issue very seriously at Battle Lake and will follow up on all reports in order to maintain a safe and comfortable learning environment.  You can access the Battle Lake School policy on bullying along with other bullying information on Gagner's Principal Pages located on the school website.

 4.  Literacy skills – and especially writing – continue to be a focus at our school.  Information on the benefits of writing can be found on my web page.  As part of our focus on literacy we will once again sponsor the Student Author of the Month for grades 3-12.  One student from each grade will be recognized and their work put online.  Students will also win a free game of bowling from the Shoreline Restaurant and a small treat.  Recognized students for the month of September should be online by the end of next week.

5.  Battle Lake Schools will be having an evacuation and relocation drill that will take place on Friday, October 14 at approximately 1:00 p.m.  This will be a structured opportunity for our students to practice evacuating off campus and to experience what would happen in the event we were not able to return to school immediately.  All students will be walking to First Lutheran Church and staff will provide supervision for students.  It is anticipated the drill will last roughly 45 minutes.  The drill is part of our normal safety planning and helps us sift through potential problem areas in the event of a true emergency.  If you would take time to discuss safety planning with your children, it would be greatly appreciated.  Any questions or concerns should be directed to Ken Gagner at Battle Lake Schools (218-864-5215).

6.  Students in grades 4-6 will receive training on Cyber Safety on Thursday, October 13.  The presentation will be held in the auditorium from 10:35-11:20 a.m. and will be provided by a member of the Battle Lake Police Department.  The public is invited to attend. 

7.  All students in grades K-6 recently completed an AIMSweb screening.  AIMSweb (Achievement Improvement Monitoring System) is a quick, simple, and accurate system to find out if students are making adequate progress in the skills needed for literacy success.   We use this tool - along with others – to assist us in providing targeted support for students in need.  This support is part of the RtI program (Response to Intervention) which helps Battle Lake Staff make a focused effort to identify the needs of a child, provide a targeted intervention to support the child, and check the child’s progress on a regular basis to determine if the intervention is successful.  Students qualifying for RtI will be monitored once weekly and data will be consistently analyzed to determine if the intervention should continue, be changed, or even decide if the child no longer needs extra support .  Know that our ultimate goal is to do everything we can to help your child be successful. You will receive individual student data from this program at parent teacher conferences in November; however you may contact your child’s teacher at any time for an update.  You may also contact me with questions.  We are here to help!

 

8.  When your child is not going to be at school, there are 2 important phone calls you need to make:

1.  Bus Garage 218-864-5218

2.  Elementary Office 218-864-5217

  At either number, if no one answers, please leave a message.

 

9.  Elementary Choir-for grades 4, 5 &6 has started.  It will be on Mondays from 3:20 until 4:00pm.  It is not too late to join: come sing, dance, compose, play in a drum circle and generally have a great time!!  There are two performances.  They will be at the Musical Gala on Saturday, November 19 and the Elementary Christmas Program on Friday, December 9.  Elementary Choir practices will end after the Christmas Concert.  There will not be elementary Choir the 2nd half of the school year. 

 

10.  Battle Lake School is a Peanut Aware School  We are taking the necessary steps to make our school a peanut free school.  Peanut allergies are a very serious problem.  We would encourage our community to take the necessary precautions to assure the safety of our students.  No peanut products will be served from the school cafeteria.  We are also encouraging parents and families to be aware of the allergy and the severity of students coming in contact with peanut products.  When sending products to school with your child, we are asking that you consider making peanut free choices.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Nancy Johnson, Food Service Director, at 864-5217.

 

11.  Student Handbooks - Handbooks will be on-line again this year. You will find the link on the Battle Lake School homepage.   If you would like a hard copy, they are available in the Elementary Office.

12.  Vision & Hearing Screening – Hearing screening will be done on students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11.  Visions screening will be done on students in grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10.  All new students will also be screened.  The screening will take place on Monday, October 10 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon in the Library.  Rescreening will be on Monday, October 24.

 

13.  Classroom treats - If you send treats for your child's class, they must be store bought items.

 

14.  Weather- With colder weather, please make sure your children are dressed to go outside for recess, coats, hats, and gloves are a good idea now, snow pants and boots are a must once the snow falls!

 

 

 

After school enrichment is available until 6:00pm every day that school is in session. Advanced registration is required.  Call the Battle Lake Community Education Office at 218-864-5217 ext 103 for more information.

 

Wednesday, October 19, 1/2 day for students. (Afternoon staff development) 

NO SCHOOL FOR STAFF OR STUDENTS - October 20-21 (Education Minnesota)

Reminders:

Arrival Time:  For the safety and welfare of our students, it is requested that students not arrive at school any earlier than necessary.  Students should not arrive before 8:00 a.m.

Dismissal Time:  Buses leave school at 3:20 p.m. If your child rides a bus to a friend’s home, piano lessons, or anywhere other than their home, they must have a note written by the parents.  If you pick up your child after school, please wait for them in the hall by the elementary office not at the classroom.

 

Request to leave school early:  No child is permitted to leave with anyone unless requested by the child's parent or guardian.  If a parent wishes their child be excused, a note must be sent to the elementary office.