Twin Bluff Middle School
Students in grades 5-7 will start the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. MCA math testing is April 16-20 and MCA reading testing is April 24 and 25. Students need to get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast on test days.
Burnside Elementary School
The reading portion of the MCA testing will begin Monday April 16 and go until Friday April 23 for all third- and fourth-graders.
Jill Cody, TaNesha Messner, Jody Sjoblom and Carol Schwartau’s second-grade classes will be going to Quarry Hill in Rochester Tuesday April 17 for a field trip. Kevin Holm, John Ostby and Scott Briske’s second-grade classes will be going Wednesday April 18.
Third-graders in Sue Busch’s class built butterfly houses. This is a culminating project to a study of the life cycle of a monarch. The Golden K Kiwanis provided funding, but also cut and prepared all the lumber for the students. After painting the houses at home, students will bring them back to school in May and place in the main display case.
Students from Donna Wordelman’s class built and designed soap bottle models as a part of their research projects. After selecting a biography character to research, students created a model representing their famous person. Students were challenged to use only recycled materials.
Sixty students walked April 11. Winners are Mackenzie Moore, from Mrs. Fagerlund’s kindergarten, Sylvia Rackiewicz, from Mrs. Nelson’s first grade, and Moses Black Tail Deer, from Ms. Maki’s first grade.
Second-grade classes will travel Wednesday April 18 to Quarry Hill in Rochester.
There will be a statewide tornado drill at 1:45 p.m. Thursday April 19. Goodhue County will hold a second drill at 6:55 p.m.
The first-grade students will take part in Earth Day festivities at Red Wing High School Friday April 20.
Also, a group of FFA students from the high school will be coming to “clean up” the butterfly garden.
PAC bookworm fundraiser
The Elementary Parent Advisory Council hopes to raise $5,000 this spring — or $1,000 for each grade level kindergarten through fourth — for classroom books. This fundraiser will run the week of April 16-20. A flyer was sent home in backpacks this past week.
St. John's School
Christian Education Week
Students in grades kindergarten through 8 will sing during the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday April 15. They will join the visiting choir, the Cantabile Singers. This will be the beginning of Christian Education Week. There will be various activities that reflect the school’s theme for this year, "Shine Like Stars," which was taken from Philippians 2:15.
The Parent Teacher Organization will meet Tuesday April 17. Elections will be held.
Students had quite a hilarious time with some of the silly activities they worked on after reading a book called “Underwear” by Mary Monsell. They are working on the letter "U." Students continue to work on their study of magnets.
Preschoolers are talking about the doubting disciple, Thomas, during Bible study. Students are learning about feelings. They have learned the sign for happy and sad.
Grades 1, 2
Students who had their name on every paper in March were Nina Augustine, Isabella Goeman, Carl Peterson, Devin Pomeroy, John Thompson, Mike Carr, Teagan Madden, Joey Mason, Cody Ryan and Cheyenne Verdugo.
Tyler Ballman and Emma Augustine tied with 44 wins each on the NCAA brackets. Third place went to Mahreah Bain with 43 wins.
Grades 6, 7, 8
In February, students prepared mushroom farms. The giant mushrooms have been harvested. Students sautéed them in butter and let everyone have a taste.
Colvill Family Center
Colvill Kids conferences will be April 18 (evening only), April 19 and April 20. Please check your child’s backpack for the scheduled date and time.
Colvill Kids 3’s
Miss Tina’s classes will be reading "One Duck Stuck" by Phyllis Root. They will be painting brown “muck” pictures and learning a new song called “Five Little Ducks.”
Colvill Kids Mixed Ages
Miss Katie’s class will be continuing their farm theme. They will be reading "Going to Sleep on the Farm" by Wendy Cheyette Lewison. The class will create a farm scene, and a baby goat will visit the class.
Colvill Kids 4’s
Miss Catie’s classes will be reading "Swimmy" by Leo Lionni. They will be doing fish stamp painting.
Colvill Kids will not have school April 19 and 20 due to conferences. Head Start will be in session as usual April 19.
The book fair will be open the week of April 16 before and after classes and during conferences.
Red Cottage Montessori
Children heard author Mary Bleckwhel read from her award-winning “Henry! You’re Late Again!” Children talked about writing and illustrating.
Back to work
Children jumped back into their work cycle after spring break. They also had a taste of spring by enjoying strawberries.
Adventures in Learning Preschool
Spring has sprung at our preschool. The students have been busy planting flower seeds in pots, planting grass in our sensory table and starting our vegetables and flowers for the planter out in our playground. In the science corner are different types of magnifying glasses to study nests, bee hives and snake skins. Our library special readers were Maddox's mom, Adam's dad and Sylvi's mom.