School notesFrom the March 16, 2013, print edition.
There will be no school March 25-29.
The kindergarten registration process has moved to Sunnyside Elementary. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to register. Bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate.
On March 13, 21 students participated in the Sunnyside Sneaker program. Congratulations to Gavin Ledebuhr, a first-grader in Mrs. Bjork’s class.
Jump Rope for Heart
Jump Rope for Heart will be held during physical education classes March 20 and 21. Throughout the month, Mrs. Blahnik will continue to include different jumping activities and games, along with sharing heart facts.
Kindergartners will visit the Sheldon Theatre Thursday March 21 to attend the production “True Story of The Three Pigs.”
The Parent Advisory Council will meet 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday March 21 in Sunnyside Elementary School Library. Guest speakers will be School Board members.
On Monday March 18, staff from Dr. Kuipers’ orthodontic office will come to Burnside to speak to all third-grade students about dental health.
The students were taught to how they can access the websites Tumblebooks and Tumblebookcloud Junior at home. On these sites, there are books, short educational videos and games. More information will be in the April newsletter and on a bookmark children will bring home. This was paid for by the elementary PAC.
The second-grade music concert is 6:30 p.m. Monday March 18. There will be a rehearsal at noon in the gym for any family members who cannot make it to the evening performance.
The Red Wing Environmental Learning Center has been working with second-grade students on tapping maple trees. ELC staff will be coming back Wednesday March 20 to put the collected sap into a pot and boil it and discuss how it is made into syrup.
Colvill Family Center
Colvill Kids 3’s
Miss Katie’s classes will be reading “Bear on a Bike,” by Stella Blackstone. To work on beginning math skills, the class will sort vehicles by how they move and by how many wheels they have and children will graph how they got to school. For fine motor development, the children will practice straight line and circle cutting and create different vehicles.
Colvill Kids Mixed Ages
Ms. Lila’s classes will be learning about bunnies and eggs. The class will read a book about bunnies. The children will paint eggs while working on their understanding of color. They will go on an egg hunt, create a cotton ball bunny and make a bunny hat.
Colvill Kids 4’s
@Normal1: Miss Catie’s classes will be reading “Swimmy” by Leo Lionni. They will use their creativity to sponge paint Swimmy pictures. As part of the curriculum to enhance early reading, the children will be learning the letter Vv with Vinny Volcano. Each class will have structured and/or unstructured large motor activities in the gym or playground.
@FYI subs:Spanish enrichment
The Spanish enrichment class learned about community by reading “Neighborhood/El Barrio” by Mary Berendes. To reinforce their new vocabulary, the students made a town map and drew in the streets. They also played “Memory” with community helper cards. The children used their gross motor skills and took a “Trike Tour of the City” through a course in the gym.
Parents interested in an infant CPR/first aid refresher are invited to join the ECFE Incredible Infants class at 1:45 p.m. March 18. Space is limited, so please call 651-385-8000 if you plan to attend.
Pre-registration packets are being sent home and paperwork is due by April 3.
Students in kindergarten through grade 8 will sing at the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
The open house will be 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday April 17.
Red Cottage Montessori
@Normal1: Parent-teacher conferences will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week at the children’s house.
Some children will help parents bag groceries at Econofoods West this weekend. Children will use their skills in differentiating size, weight and temperature to fill bags.
Children discovered several types of snow this week as sloppy, crystalline and pellet varieties fell. The children looked for signs of how animals adapt to changing winter conditions.
On Tuesday, Red Cottage children gave their families a “tour” of the school and demonstrated how they do different activities. The Stamp Game (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing large numbers), reading, grammatically symbolizing sentences, building the trinomial cube, and building the 100 Board were some of the highlights.
Discovery 3-4 preschool
What is a leprechaun and why is he green? Children read stories and made thumbprint shamrocks with big pots of gold to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. A leprechaun came in during rest time and created chaos. Children worked on their deductive reasoning skills and problem-solving to figure out what happened each day. Using the green play dough, children worked on letters and numbers. The Second Step lesson was focusing attention.
4-5 Kindergarten readiness
Children went on a scavenger hunt to find the pot of gold. Green water and floating shamrocks in the water table helped children study floating objects theory. The letter "Oo" was introduced. Pots of gold, shamrocks and leprechaun crafts helped children learn cutting skills and how to follow directions. Everyone wore green for a St. Patrick's Day party on Friday.
Red Wing High School
SOAR students of the month
SOAR recognized the following students for their work in the past month.
• Natasha Storm, grade 8, was nominated by Lisa Toivonen. "I have Natasha in both my advisory and in Spanish class,” Toivonene said. “She always comes to class with a smile and helpful. She helps me in advisory each day by making sure the board is up to date. She is the first one to volunteer when I ask for help with tasks. I enjoy working with Natasha."
• Fletcher Zuerlein, grade 9, was nominated by Nikki Roschen. "Fletcher stays focused and is always engaged in the classroom activities we are doing in German class,” Roschen said. “He has a positive attitude and is a great leader as he makes meaningful contributions to the class. Finally, they both have great linguistic abilities and perform very well academically in German."
• Brittany Westerber, grade 9, was nominated by Clair Austin. "Brittany is doing excellent work in physical science,” Austin said. “Keep up the great effort."
• Ivan Jasso, grade 9, was nominated by Tim Bowes. "(Ivan is a) great participant in Academy,” Bowes said. “He puts forth 100 percent, is very attentive, is always working on task, works well with others, asks good questions and offers good responses to in-class questions."
• Destiny Wang, grade 10, was nominated by Kristin Bray. "Destiny is a person that just makes you smile. She is kind, fun, hard-working and she loves her school,” Bray said. “She pushes herself to do well in classes and I love that she celebrates every single little success. She takes nothing for granted. Destiny's been busy this winter managing the boys basketball team and just like in her school work, she has gone above and beyond her duties, making treats and signs for the team on a regular basis. I'm very lucky to have Destiny in my advisory."
• Riordan C. Smith, grade 10, was nominated by Tim Bowes. "Riordan is a wildly cool, calm customer,” Bowes said. “He’s a great student who does his own work, ignores the rabble of unnecessary discourse around him and stays focused on studies with intriguing questions and appreciable insights."
• Hailey Kuhl, grade 11, was nominated by Jesse Nelson. "Hailey is doing a great job in AP bio,” Nelson said.
• Aiden Winn, grade 11, was nominated by Chad Bray. "Aiden is a diligent student,” Bray said. “He has a great work ethic and strives to do his best every day. I appreciate Aiden's positive attitude as well. What a tremendous young man Aiden is."
• Leah Becker, grade 12, was nominated by Kristin Bray. "Leah is a fun student that always gives 100 percent in her work,” Bray said. “Her work in media arts was top-notch last semester, and she's doing just as great in her current art classes. Leah puts in extra time, seeks extra resources and continually makes the ordinary, extraordinary.”
• Nguyen Phan, grade 12, was nominated by Hattie Ekholm. "Nguyen is a very hard work and asks questions,” Ekholm said. “He has done a great job integrating into school as a foreign exchange student. It has been fun seeing him evolve over the course of the year. Keep up the great work."
Parent Advisory Council will meet at noon Tuesday March 19 in room L100. Please check in at the principal’s office before proceeding to the meeting.
Missota Conference Music and Art Festival
Red Wing High School has the privilege of hosting the Missota Conference Music and Art Festival Friday April 5. Roughly 1,000 students will participate. Clinicians, performances and exhibits will highlight the day, which will culminate in an evening concert at 7 p.m. Selections will be performed by mass band, mass choir, percussion ensemble, select band and select choir.
The public is welcome to attend. Tickets will be sold at the door. RWHS students will not have school on this day.
Under the Rainbow
Karmen’s classroom learned about really big animals. Children made a dinosaur fruit snack chart, painted dinosaurs and played with some elephants, giraffes and dinosaurs. The children practiced recognizing the color green, the letter Kk, the shape triangle and the number one.
Mary Ann's 3-year-olds’ theme was “Bring on the Green.” During their guided playtime, the children pretended to be leprechauns. The sensory table consisted of many different green items. For art, they made rainbows out of construction blocks. They read books about St. Patrick's Day, leprechauns and rainbows.
The Jumpstart friends’ had the theme St. Patrick's Day. Children learned about Ireland, shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns, and had a party Friday. The children had a pajama day Wednesday. They read books about Ireland and other holiday books. The children did very well with the green hunt we went on during the day.