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A Kids 3's student uses the Colvill Family Center Smart Board to practice "first strokes" early writing skills.1 / 2
Ashton Christiansen, Lily Penaloza, Rex Haas, Jayla Adams and Kya Bertram explore poetry during National Poetry Month in the Sunnyside Elementary School library.2 / 2

School notes

Sunnyside School

Walking Wednesday

Winners from April 17 are Kayden Wells, Ms. Kelley kindergarten, and Allison Kruger, Mrs. Swanson first grade. Seventeen students participated in Sunnyside's Sneaker program.

Spring concerts

Several spring concert performances are set in the school's large gym:

Kindergarten concerts by class are at 2:30 p.m. -- Monday April 22 - Mrs. McDonnell, Mrs. Prahl, Ms. Rak; Tuesday April 23 - Mrs. Dressen, Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Kelley; Wednesday April 24 - Mrs. Otterness, Ms. Prigge, Ms. Pumper

First/second-grade concerts are at 6:30 p.m. -- Monday April 22 - Mrs. Fagerlund, Ms. Feders, Mrs. Grove, Ms. Maki, Ms. Hicks, Mrs. Newman; Tuesday April 23 - Mrs. Bjork, Mrs. Damman, Ms. Gorski, Mrs. O'Leary, Ms. Pearson, Mrs. Swanson.

Book fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will open in the Art Room the week of April 22. Hours are:

Monday-Friday 8 to 9 a.m. before school

Monday-Thursday 3 to 4 p.m. after school

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday during concert hours

Volunteers are still needed. Please contact

Field trip

First-grade Earth Day field trip is rescheduled for Friday April 26 at Red Wing High School.

Library news

Students are reading poems at the Poetree in the Sunnyside library during National Poetry Month. During library classes kindergartners are exploring Mother Goose nursery rhymes, first-graders are studying the work of Minnesota poet Joyce Sidman and second-graders are learning how to write haiku poems.

Twin Bluff Middle School


MCA reading tests will be given April 23 and 24 for students in grades 5-7.

St. John's School

Field trip

Students took a bus trip Friday April 19 to St. John's in Lake City to enjoy the Martin Luther College presentation of "Who Can Fix the Dragon's Wagon?"


Softball day for grades 5-8 will be May 7 in Rochester. Track and field day will be May 17. The school will need drivers and coaches for both events. Sign up outside the school office.

PTO officers

The Parent Teach Organization will meet April 25. Members will elect officers. Contact the school to learn how to serve on PTO

Little Blessings

Preschoolers are learning the Bible lesson "Jesus Goes Up to Heaven." They have been working on letter "W" activities.


The new kindergarten math unit is about money. Students talked about coins, head and tails, and the names of the coins.

Mark your calendars, all-day, everyday kindergarten will begin May 20 and run through the end of the school year.

Grade 5

Math students are working on diameter, circumference and area of a circle.

Grade 6

Students have been working on ratios and rates. Transition math began unit 10. Algebra students graphed linear inequalities to solve them.

The students have begun a study of World War I.

His Kids

3-4 preschool

Class this week discovered baby farm animals with a visit from three fluffy chicks. Children cracked eggs and used them to help develop the concept of baby chicks peeking out of the shell. They prepared for spring gardening by counting and watering tomato plants. Songs included "Old McDonald" and "Hello Neighbor," and "Little Quack" by Laura Thompson was a popular story in the listening center.

Second Step teaching focused on listening rules. The game to "Simon Says" used the words love, look, listen and wiggle.

4-5 preschool

Children focused on baby animals and read "Pokey Puppy" and "Whose Baby." The children graphed names animals have like cat-kitten, kangaroo-joey, how they are born into this world either by eggs or birth.

Children started a science project by planting beans, carrots in bags so the students could see the root growing. The finger play was "This Little Calf."

Colvill Kids

Colvill Kids 3's

Miss Katie's classes will be learning about farms and farm animals. The classes will read "The Big Red Barn" by Margaret Wise Brown. For science, the class will learn about the life cycle of a chick; they will also explore items that are heavy and light. The students will sort farm animals and zoo animals. They will create a list of what they might see on a farm and play a farm animal guessing game.

Colvill Kids Mixed Ages

Ms. Lila's classes will be talking about how to take care of the Earth as part of life science curriculum. They will read "Let's Take Care of the Earth" by Roxanne Lanczak Williams. During the week, they will decorate a pot to look like the Lorax and plant a seed.

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Miss Catie's classes reading "The Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carle. The children will be learning the letter Zz and related works using the Smart Board to assist with beginning alliteration skills. The children will be making spider webs with marbles as part of their visual arts curriculum.

Red Cottage Montessori


Red Cottage children prepared all week for Friday's silent auction fundraiser. They dusted shelves, washed windows, mopped floors, polished all of the wood and brass objects, scrubbed tables and straightened the shelves of materials. They also sewed coin purses and various embroidery patterns, painted small water colors, ground coffee, and designed oil pastels for the attendees.


Children explored the Hay Creek Trail and found many signs that spring is near. Small buds and new shoots on trees, small green bits of grass, and birds everywhere were the first pieces of evidence that the weather is warming up.


On Tuesday, the extended-day children spotted five different pairs of birds along the creek: blue herons, white cranes, Canada geese, ducks and what they think are meadowlarks.

Walking in the rain

On Wednesday, children went for a walk in the rain and crept close to a robin. They gently sang "Robin in the Rain" and it stayed close to them.