September "Go Make A Ripple" Winners

posted Oct 11, 2017, 7:25 AM by Kim Brackey

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as our September "Go Make A Ripple" award winners:  Fisher Heydt ~ 2nd Grade,  Lundyn Ashcroft ~ 1st Grade, Kane Dieterich ~ 1st Grade, and Clay Jorgensen ~ Preschool (not pictured).  These lucky students were nominated by school staff for going above and beyond to spread some kindness in our school.  They were awarded with a "world" replica stress ball, Pop Rocks candy, and a rock which they got to paint with Mrs. Brackey.  What a GREAT start to our theme for this year!  "Your Heart is the Pebble...the World Is Your Pond.  Go Make a RIPPLE!"



posted Sep 11, 2017, 9:03 AM by Kim Brackey   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 9:39 AM ]

New school year ~ new building wide theme!  We're building upon last year's theme of making the best out of every situation by encouraging kids to BE that agent of change in the world.  Not only can we make the most out of every situation...we can BE that person that makes good things happen!  We've selected the "Ripple Effect" theme as our focus this year.  We illustrated the ripple effect with a pebble and a tub of water in the lower elementary classes to help them visually see the impact one action can have in our world.  The older kids have skipped many a rock on the river, or a lake or ocean they visited on vacation, so no illustration was necessary.  Both situations brought about the same result... helping students to realize that one positive word or action can start a ripple effect that can spread throughout our school, into our families' homes, through the community, and potentially out into the world!  We talked about what kind of an impact we could make if ALL of us just did one kind thing for someone else!  Wow!  The possibility for change in our world is mind blowing!  Here is a video link that I shared with our kids that says it far better than I ever could.  Enjoy!

The Ripple Effect

"Your Heart is the Pebble... The World is Your Pond ~ Go Make A RIPPLE!!!"

Final "Bloom Where You Are Planted" Awards

posted May 26, 2017, 8:58 AM by Kim Brackey

May "Bloom Where You Are Planted" awards were presented at our final R & R of the 2016-2017 school year this morning.  Remaining flowers were taken off the wall and returned to the nominees who had been recognized by our elementary staff members.  Wow ~ there were A LOT of them!  Great work students!  Let's keep this positive attitude going as we look ahead to 2017-2018!  Congratulations to the following May recipients:  Isai Garcia-Mendoza ~ First Grade;  Audrina Franzen ~ 1st Grade; Corbin Rysavy ~ KDGN; and Lily Mayer ~ KDGN.  

Student Council members requested that a couple students be drawn from the remaining flowers on the wall for an end-of-the year prize of a "real" flower!  : )  So, two Gerbera daisies were presented to two very well-deserving students:  Abbi Jorgensen ~ 1st Grade, and Cora Heeter ~ 5th Grade!  Congratulations girls!  

Have a great summer everyone!

April "Bloom Where You Are Planted" Recipients

posted Apr 25, 2017, 8:59 AM by Kim Brackey   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 9:01 AM ]

Spring truly is in bloom now at St. Ansgar Elementary School!  If you haven't had a chance to drive by the school lately, please do so.  All of the flowers and plants that the students planted last fall are in full bloom around the school and give us so much color, beauty, and inspiration each and every day!  The kids (and staff!) are excited to see the fruits of their labor! It was truly a project of the heart!  Now ~ if the snow stays away ~ we'll all be happy!

Our recipients of this month's "Bloom Where You Are Planted" recognition were nominated for positive attitude toward work in the classroom, kindness/concern towards others, selfless service towards others, and simply helping classmates in need.  It is always so heartwarming to read those nominations and recognize those students who are being examples of someone who "blooms" in every situation!

Congratulations to this month's winners:  Griffen Haugen ~ 2nd Grade; Drew Powers ~ 5th Grade; Holden Retterath ~ 1st Grade;  and Nora Brown ~ 3rd Grade (absent).  They are all very worthy recipients. 

March "Bloom Where You Are Planted" Recipients

posted Apr 6, 2017, 7:10 AM by Kim Brackey

Spring is in the air and flowers are BLOOMing all over inside STA Elementary School!  Kids continue to inspire us as they work hard to look for the good in all situations and be the kind of student, classmate, and friend that everyone strives to be!  Keep up the good work students!  It's great to be immersed in a positive environment, and we have YOU to thank for that!  Congratulations to the following "Bloom Where You Are Planted" award recipients for the month of March: Alex Faas ~ 2nd Grade, Kenzie Church ~ 1st Grade, and Ashton Moorehead ~ 5th Grade!

"Pennies For Patients" Final Total

posted Mar 6, 2017, 8:23 AM by Kim Brackey   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 8:27 AM ]

WOW!!!  Our students at St. Ansgar Elementary School really took this challenge to HEART!  When we decided to support the Iowa Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and do our part to help these Super Hero children and their families who are facing the toughest battle of their lives as they fight these terrible blood cancers ~ our students were determined to do all they could to work to support LLS's efforts to find a cure!  A HUGE Thank You goes out to all students and families at St. Ansgar Elementary for collecting a grand total of $1,540.30!  (Thank you, also, to our friends at St. Ansgar State Bank for counting all our pennies...and nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars!  It was a big task and we appreciate it!) Once again, these students inspire us with their generosity, commitment, and compassion.  What a great group of students ~ and families ~ we have at St. Ansgar Elementary School!

Dr. Seuss Day Fun!

posted Mar 6, 2017, 8:02 AM by Kim Brackey

We celebrate the life of the beloved author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, on (or near) his March 2nd birthdate every year with a little Dr. Seuss Day fun at St. Ansgar Elementary School!  This year we had student participants involved in a battle of "Pin The Tail On The Cat."  Ava Falk used her problem solving skills to not only determine which costume hanging on the wall was the actual Cat in the Hat costume, but critically thinking about how to determine where the "tail" should go!  (Ask her about her critical thinking skills when you get the chance!) We also picked up on the "Elf on the Shelf" craze by creating our own version, "Seuss in the School!"  Thidwick and the Star-Bellied Sneetch were "hiding" on the school grounds a couple different days last week.  If/when the students spotted either (or both) of them, they had a ballot that they could complete and put in the ballot box to be involved in the drawings for the Thidwick, The Big-Hearted Moose stuffed animal or book, and the Star-Bellied Sneetch stuffed animal or The Sneetches and Other Stories book.  The lucky recipients were as follows:  Maddisen Mausehund ~ 5th Brigham (Thidwick stuffed animal), Corbin Rysavy ~ KDGN Ham (Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose book), Trey Johanns ~ 1st Phillips (Star-Bellied Sneetch stuffed animal), and Garrett Warrington ~ KDGN Haaland (The Sneetches and Other Stories book). "Congratulations" to our lucky winners and "Thank You" to all of our eager participants!  Mrs. Bates was the winner of the "Cat in the Hat" costume contest and fortunate enough to be able to wear the costume all day long on Dr. Seuss's birthday.  She won by an overwhelming margin and kids were anxiously awaiting the moment that she put the costume on!  Enjoy a few fun pictures from our celebration...

February "Bloom Where You Are Planted" Recipients

posted Mar 1, 2017, 6:51 AM by Kim Brackey

We could all use some sunshine, green grass, leaves on trees, and flowers in bloom after our recent blast of winter again!  Luckily, some of our students helped us out with this by being selected as this month's "Bloom Where You Are Planted" recipients.  There are just so many positive things our students are doing here in school!  They continue to inspire us with their greatness!  Congratulations to the following students for being recognized in February:  Jacob Eberling ~ 5th Grade; Kaylee Horgen ~ 4th Grade; Fisher Heydt ~ 1st Grade; Chaney Patterson ~ PK.

January "Bloom Where You Are Planted" Recipients

posted Jan 31, 2017, 12:11 PM by Kim Brackey

Spring is far from here but you'd never guess that by looking at our "Bloom Where You Are Planted" wall!  We are so proud of ALL of our STA Elementary students for working hard all year to be positive people in all they do.  Our lucky recipients of the pencil, glitter-sand flower pot, and scrumptious "dirt" cups for the month of January are as follows:  Ashton Krebsbach ~ 1st Grade, Cora Heeter ~ 5th Grade, Natalie Bork ~ 5th Grade, and Isabelle Brumm ~ 5th Grade. Congratulations!

December "Bloom Where You Are Planted" Winners

posted Jan 31, 2017, 11:58 AM by Kim Brackey

Beautiful flowers keep popping up on our "Bloom Where You Are Planted" wall in the elementary!  That's because we have some pretty amazing students here at STA Elementary who continue to look for the positive in all situations.  Those receiving special recognition for their positive attitudes in December were as follows:  Kinsey Anderson ~ 5th Grade, Ayden Steele ~ 2nd Grade, Hudson Sparrow ~ 2nd Grade, and Rae Lynn Meitner ~ 2nd Grade. Great job kids!!!

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