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Red Wing Minnesota 2760 North Service Drive / P.O. Box 15 55066

Sunnyside School

Walking Wednesday

On May 8, 28 students participated in Sunnyside's Sneaker program. Winners were Annika Johnson, from Ms. Rak's kindergarten, and Ridley Werla, from Mrs. Fagerlund's first grade.

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Physical Education news

Sunnyside students raised $5,008 for the American Heart Association in Jump Rope for Heart during April.

Kindergarten walking tours

Monday May 13: Ms. Pumper and Mrs. Prahl (morning), Mrs. Dressen (afternoon); Thursday May 16: Ms. Prigge and Mrs. McDonnell (morning), Mrs. Johnson (afternoon); Friday May 17 Mrs. Otterness and Ms. Rak (morning), Ms. Kelley (afternoon).

Preschool visits

Colvill Kids will tour Sunnyside Elementary Thursday May 16 and Friday May 17.

Title I Family Fun Night

Title I students and their families will visit Red Wing Public Library 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday May 14.

First grade

Stage Flight will be Wednesday May 15. Children will walk to the Sheldon Theatre.

Native American dancers

Native American dancers will perform at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday May 14 in the large gym.

Kindergarten field day

Field day times are: Ms. Kelley, Mrs. Dressen, Mrs. McDonnell and Ms. Rak at 9:30 to 11 a.m.; and Mrs. Prahl, Mrs. Otterness, Ms. Prigge, Ms. Pumper and Mrs. Johnson at 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Twin Bluff Middle School

PAC

Parent Advisory Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 13.

Upcoming events

May 14 and 15 - fifth-grade band open house: 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the band room.

May 15 - Mr. Newman's and Mrs. Snyder's homebases go to the Twins game.

May 15 - Mr. Carpenter and Mrs. Goetz's classes have their Environmental Learning Center outing.

May 16 - Mrs. Carlson and Mrs. Weibel's classes have their ELC outing.

May 16 - orientation for incoming fifth-graders and their parents at 6 p.m.

Under the Rainbow

Laurie's Jumpstart

Spring is finally here. Students kicked off the nice weather with learning about flowers. Activities included last flower painting, seed sorting, sensory garden and tissue paper flower. They learned the Spanish word for flower and practiced their daily name writing.

Preschool 2

Mary Ann's classroom talked a lot about mothers and started to prepare for Mother's Day. They read many books such as "Mama Do You Love Me" and also "Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See." They planted a flower seed, made flowers, and talked about what Mother's Day means.

Preschool 1

The 2-year-olds in Karmen's classroom learned about spring and Mother's Day. They made a special card and necklace for their moms. During art, they colored cotton, used plastic forks as a paintbrush and traced their names. The children got more acquainted with their colors by sorting them.

St. John's School

School play

Costume notes for "The Saga of Dead Dog Gulch" were in Wednesday's Herald. Students have been practicing, practicing, practicing. Little Blessings are the opening act. Free tickets are available in the school office.

Upcoming events

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 13-16. Track and field day is May 17. Grades 1-4 will go to Goodhue and grades 5-8 will be in Lake City. Confirmation examination will be May 15.

Grades 5-8

Grades 5-8 had softball day in Rochester.

Little Blessings

Little Blessings students are learning "Jesus Blesses the Little Children" in Bible study. The preschoolers did a walk through at the Sheldon Theatre to get acquainted with the audience and stage settings before the play. Little Blessings Preschool's last day is May 16.

Kindergarten

Kindergartners are studying the letter "z." They are doing physical fitness testing.

Memory Treasure

Students completing a Memory Treasure sheet are Dru Blanchette, Lydia Mason, Emma Bohme, Kaylee Roper, Tamisha Swarthout and Chloe Sorenson. Receiving 25 stars by her name is Emma Bohme.

Grade 5

Math 5 students are preparing for a test on unit 11.

Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8 Everyday Math students continue to work with the general pattern of the distributive property. Transition Math began a chapter on geometry concepts. Algebra students found numbers of arrangements with and without replacement.

Red Wing High School

AP testing

Students will be completing their AP exams beginning May 6

Summer school

Students needing credit recovery classes should contact their counselor for a summer school application. Summer school will run June 10 to July 3. Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Upcoming events

May 17: Athletic Awards; May 22: NHS installation and senior awards; May 24: SOAR Rally and Early Release at 12:15; May 27: no school; Memorial Day with Concert Band and Concert Choir performing at the Bay Point park ceremony.

SOAR students of the month April

SOAR named the following students of the month:

• Hannah Flemke, eighth grade, was nominated by Rachel Sager. "Hannah is a super student, with a super attitude," Sager said. "She is always respectful and a leader! I look forward to watching her blossom at RWHS."

• Kyle Hawe, eighth grade, was nominated by Rachel Sager. "Kyle is always on task, turns in quality work, on time and is always very respectful," Sager said. "I see him in a leadership position in advisory and in his future at RWHS!"

• Abbey Kennedy, ninth grade, was nominated by Clair Austin. "Abbey has shown improvement this month in her overall academic status in my classroom," Austin said.

• Elias Flores-Gracia, ninth grade, was nominated by Lisa Hanson, Lisa Toivonen, Everett Hall, and Rebecca Zylstra. "Elias has worked very hard this year, and he has earned good grades. He asks his teachers for help when he needs it, and he always completes his assignments. Elias should be very proud of his academic success this year," Zylstra said. "I have known Elias as a student since he arrived here last year as an eighth grader," Hall said. "From the beginning, he was a hard-working young man who has overcome his natural shyness to become a self-advocate and an overachiever. I have never seen a student so respectful, good natured, hardworking and fun to be around. Elias possesses a quiet wisdom beyond his years. This is reflected in his ability to remain focused and motivated in the face of many personal and family challenges. In my time at RWHS I have never encountered a more pleasant and motivated student who should serve as a role-model for students and teachers alike."

"I enjoy working with Elias in Spanish class," Toivonen said. "He is prepared every day. He always has his assignment in class. Elias works well with his classmates and is a positive partner. Elias is kind and treats his classmates and teachers with respect."

"Elias is a hardworking and polite young man," Hanson said. "I can always rely on him to help with students who don't speak much English and to just do what is asked of him. He is friendly, kind, and helpful!"

• Ashley Corcoran, tenth grade, was nominated by Nicky Reynolds. "Ashley is one of the most hard-working, dedicated, and enjoyable students I have had. She is constantly on task, coming up with creative and new ideas, and never once have I heard for complain about an assignment," Reynolds said. "Her time management skills are remarkable for someone her age. She takes responsibility for missing work and was always on top of things when missing work for the state hockey tournament. She has been a great addition to my classroom this year."

Josh Lyons, tenth grade, was nominated by Rachel Sager. "Josh is probably the most respectful student in the entire sophomore class," Sager said. "He is always willing to go the extra mile for himself and his friends. His classroom contributions are always relevant and his quality of work shows a higher level of thinking than most young men his age! Go Josh, keep up the good work!"

• LaTeisha Prebe, 11th grade, was nominated by Julie Schreifels. "Teisha works hard on her homework and helps others when they need it," Schreifels said. "She is also a very good worker on her job as a dishwasher."

• Chet Caneff, 11th grade, was nominated by Chad Bray. "Chet is a conscientious student. He works hard and strives to do well in class," Bray said. "In addition, Chet has a very fun personality. I've enjoyed having chet both in class and in advisory. Chet's a great guy!"

• Elizabeth Nelson, 12th grade, was nominated by Greg Grinager. "Elizabeth is so quiet, people tend to overlook how incredibly talented she is," Grinager said.

• Juan Mendivil, 12th grade, was nominated by Kristin Bray. "I have been extremely impressed with Juan's willingness to try this semester. He is pushing himself to show up on time, put effort into his work and get his works handed in," Bray said. "He even got messy in class! I know these tasks are expected of all students, but this is a big improvement for Juan and I am very proud of his efforts and successes. I appreciate that Juan is pushing himself rather than 'settling' for good enough. Nice work Juan!"

Colvill Kids

Colvill Kids 3's

Ms. Katie's classes are reading "Peanut Butter and Jelly" by Nadine Bernard Westcott. Vocabulary words are "bake, dough, knead, eating, peanuts and grapes." The class will play the Little Mouse color game. The children will sequence the order of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Playground parties will be 10:15 a.m. Tuesday May 14 and Wednesday May 1. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Colvill Kids Mixed Ages

Ms. Lila's classes will talk about what plants need to grow. They will read "Grow Flower Grow" by Lisa Bruce. They will make sunflowers with sunflower seeds. In math, the children will work on numbers 0 and 1.

Colvill Kids 4's

Ms. Catie's Colvill Kids 4's are reading "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr. Students will study the letter "Ss" with Sammy Seal and use the Smart Board to create lists of words that begin with S.

His Kids

3-4 Preschool

Students discovered signs of spring, identified birds and completed a Mother's Day project. Second Step teaching was how to give from the heart. Children came up with no-cost ideas to show people you care for them.

4-5 Preschool

Nursery rhymes such as "Humpty Dumpty," "Hey Diddle Diddle" and "Little Miss Muffet" gave children the opportunity to make props and act. Mother's Day projects were made and wrapped. A wide range of activities involved the number 4. Children are rehearsing for the May 23 spring program and graduation ceremony.

Fundraiser

The April fundraiser raised more than $1,100. New shelves and equipment will be purchased.

Burnside School

On Friday May 17, all third-graders will attend Outdoor Education Day at the Izaak Walton Clubhouse.

Field days

Many volunteers will be needed to help make field days a success. A letter with volunteer information will be sent home with your child. The dates are second grade is June 3, third grade is May 29 and fourth grade is May 23.

Schoolwide read

On Thursday May 16, all students will attend an assembly in the gym with the author of our school wide book read, "The Thing about Georgie." Students will be Skyping the author to ask questions and talk with her about the book.

Title 1

Title 1 Family Fun Night/Ice Cream Social will be 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday May 14 at the Red Wing Public Library.

Music

Fourth-grade music classes are enjoying their annual drum residency with Sowah Mensah, master drummer from Ghana. All classes will be part of the closing assembly at 2:30 p.m. Friday May 17. The public is invited to experience the music and culture of this West African country.

Prairie Island Dancers

Burnside students will experience the sights and sounds of the powwow as the Prairie Island Community shares its dancers and drummers at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday May 14.

Grade 3

Third-graders had their space shuttle learning experience. A blow up version of shuttle Endeavor was set up inside the gym. Inside were three learning stations.

On Friday, Sue Busch's class celebrated all of their hard work in preparing for the MCA tests. Zumba instructor and Molly Ouret's mom, Mary, taught the students the steps and routine to one dance. Molly and her mother demonstrated a more advanced dance for us.

Red Cottage

Sound games

Red Cottage children keep their hands on the materials of their Children's House all day long knowing that there are only two weeks of school left. The younger children have been working on sound games (which identify sounds in words) and the number rods and numerals (which pair quantities with their number symbol). The children returning next year as the "oldest" have been scouting out the materials and activities they will be using next year.

'Flying up'

Jonas hit a milestone this week as the first child at Red Cottage Montessori to work on division into the millions using the racks and tubes material. Everyone congratulated him on this accomplishment. The two children "flying up" to first grade have chosen poems to memorize and recite at the year-end celebration in two weeks.

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