Pony E-News: Expansion approved for Brookview Elementary

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December 2, 2018

Expansion approved for Brookview Elementary


School board members voted 4-3 to approve an expansion to Brookview Elementary. The expansion will increase capacity of the 450 student school to 600 students to help address growth within the Woodbury community, and will be paid for through a non-voter approved lease levy. Proceeds from the sale of district properties could also be used to offset the cost. Read more online.

Board members acknowledged that an expansion at Brookview will not provide the room needed long-term to meet growth within Woodbury and Lake Elmo, and the board plans to convene a long-range facilities planning task force in 2019 to consider future facility needs.

Keep up on the latest school board discussions

Budget adjustment conversation: Earlier this week school board members engaged in work around budget adjustments. The board is working to identify ways to reduce the budget by $2.5 million. During the work session, the board reviewed a list of possible adjustments in the areas of activities/athletics, alternative learning, professional/development and curriculum, and secondary programming. Another work session is being scheduled to continue this work. Read more online.

2019-2020 calendar: The school board has approved a calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. The calendar was created by a committee of teachers, staff, parents and a student, and was based on feedback gathered by the community as part of an online survey. View the calendar online.

Want to learn more about the latest board meetings? Check out the board notes online for a summary of recent meetings.

Testing of water quality in schools currently underway

Following the Minnesota Department of Health’s Reducing Lead in Drinking Water model plan for Minnesota public schools, we’re currently conducting testing for lead in water. Read more about lead in water online.

Eight buildings were sampled earlier this month looking at fixtures that may show elevated levels when water has been standing in pipes to identify areas that need to be tested further. As part of the process, some faucets have been identified throughout the district that need to be retested after water has been flushed to determine if additional mitigation is necessary. We’ve posted signs on any faucet that will undergo further testing that states, “Water Not for Drinking.” Re-sampling will take place in early December and we’ll share more information with the public when those results are available.

Fun happenings from around the district

students dressed up

Fourth graders visit Orchestra Hall
Fourth graders across the district experienced the magic of Orchestra Hall on Wednesday. They dressed in their finest and had the opportunity to listen to band and orchestra performances. The field trip is funded by the The Partnership Plan and is meant to inspire students to take up a musical instrument next year. View more photos on Facebook.

students at kindness retreat

Rutherford students take time to be kind
Fifth graders at Rutherford Elementary recently shared a day filled with kindness and respect. The students attended a Kindness Retreat, which was facilitated by Youth Frontiers and granted by The Partnership Plan.
 View more photos on Facebook.

principal kissing pig

Andersen principal puckers up to a pig
Andersen Elementary principal Anna Wilcek kissed a pig to celebrate her school’s fundraising efforts. Students raised more than $9,400 during their Diggy’s Dash fun run organized by the Andersen Parent Group. The money will go toward all types of educational opportunities at the school. View more photos on Facebook.

Now enrolling curious learners for Spanish Immersion

Spanish Immersion students

We are now enrolling kindergarten students in our Spanish Immersion program for 2019-2020. First and second graders with demonstrated Spanish proficiency will also be considered. 

Join us for a Spanish Immersion information meeting on Monday, Dec. 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lake Elmo Elementary.

Applications are due Jan. 15, 2019. Space is limited. A lottery will be held for all students who have applied by the deadline. Learn more.

Celebrate the holiday season with musical performances


Experience something special this holiday season with Stillwater Area High School music concerts! Hear your holiday favorites performed by the high school's top choir, orchestra and band ensembles. From 12 Days of Christmas to Handel's Messiah, there is something for everyone. Make SAHS concerts part of your holiday tradition!

December 10: Holiday Choir Concert
December 13: Holiday Orchestra Concert
December 16-17: Winter Concert

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Community Ed catalog winter 2019

Stay busy during the long winter months

Registration begins Monday for winter Community Education classes. There are 24 new classes for adults to choose from, including basket weaving, cooking and financial planning, along with after school opportunities for kids. Look for the catalog in your mailbox next week or view it now online. You can register for classes starting Dec. 3.

Volunteers needed for Da Vinci Fest

DaVinci Fest volunteers
Da Vinci Fest comes to our community for the 11th year in a row on January 5. This special, free day event sponsored by the Partnership Plan gives students the chance to share their science, art and upcycling projects, as well as to compete in the Stillwater Science Challenge.

More than 1,500 people attend Da Vinci Fest, interacting and learning about arts and sciences. Volunteers are needed to set up, judge projects, help make the day run smoothly and clean up. Sign up online.

Upcoming Events

December 10: Holiday Choir Concert, SAHS
December 13: Holiday Orchestra Concert, SAHS
December 16-17: Winter Concert, SAHS
December 24-January 1: NO SCHOOL (winter break)
January 5: Da Vinci Fest, SAHS
January 21-22:

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