Pony E-News: Bus route information and other back to school updates

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August 19, 2018


Bus route information was delivered!

Families relying on district transportation this year should have received an email on Tuesday with details regarding your child's bus route.

If you didn't receive the email, please contact our Transportation Department at 651.351.8377 or schoolbus@stillwaterschools.org.

Remember: First day of school varies by grade level

To ensure all students have a successful start to the 2018-19 school year, the first day of school will vary to meet the specific needs of each grade level.

  • Monday, August 27: First day of school, grades 6 and 9. Students in grades 6 and 9 will attend a special orientation day in their new buildings.
  • Tuesday, August 28: First day of school, grades 7-8 and 10-12.  
  • Wednesday, August 29: First day of school, grades K-5. Elementary students and parents will attend a 30-minute Ready, Set, Go! Conference with their child’s teacher on August 27 or 28 to prepare for the first day of school. Read more.
  • Tuesday, September 4: First day of preschool.

Making schools even safer and more welcoming

Green Rooms are being created in all of our elementary school buildings to provide students with a safe place to go when they are feeling anxious or struggling to manage their behaviors. The rooms are staffed by paras specially trained in de-escalation and behavior management.

This is just one of many initiatives in place in our schools to address the social and emotional needs of our students. Watch for more information to be shared in future e-newsletters.

school supplies

Got school supplies?

Nearly 100 families received free school supplies this week during our first-ever Free School Supply Shop. Demand far exceeded our expectations and supplies ran out in less than an hours time. We're working with Community Thread and the United Way of Washington County - East to restock our shelves. If you are in need of school supplies, please contact your school's secretary to arrange a time to stock up.

Do more with our new school meal app


We have a new meal app that lets you do even more than ever before. The SchoolCafé app will allow you to not just access daily breakfast and lunch menus, but also:

  • View nutrition and allergy information
  • Rate favorite menu items to give your feedback
  • View daily purchases and spending
  • Set restrictions on purchases and spending
  • Apply for free or reduced meals

Visit schoolcafe.com or download the app on your phone. Create an account and add your student(s) using their district student ID information. Payments for meals will continue to be made through FeePay.

Official school board meeting notice

The school board will hold a closed session to discuss property identified as Marine Elementary School.  The closed session will begin at the end of the regular business meeting Thursday, August 23 at Stillwater City Hall. See the official meeting notice.

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute §13D.05 Subd.(3) to develop or consider offers or counteroffers for the purchase or sale of real or personal property.

Upcoming Events

Check out school calendars for dates of Back to School open houses, registration days and more.

August 27 & 28 - Ready, Set, Go! Conferences, grades K-5
August 27 - First day of school, grades 6 and 9
August 28 - First day of school, grades 7-8 and 10-12
August 29 - First day of school, grades K-5
August 31 & September 3 - No school
September 28: 2018 Homecoming Carnival at Stillwater Area High School. See Facebook event.