Pony E-News: Legislative debate has big impact on our schools

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May 19, 2019

Legislative debate has big impact on our schools


As you've likely heard, a debate is taking place at the capitol around budget decisions for the coming year. You may not realize, however, the full impact the differing funding proposals between the House and Senate would have on our schools. 

House has proposed a 3% increase in year one and a 2% increase in year two on the funding formula compared to .5% the next two years from the Senate. Stillwater would stand to receive about $2.9 million from the House plan and $646,843 from the Senate plan.

Please urge your legislators to make the right choice for our children's future as they craft a final bill! Find contact information online.

stonebridge garden

Hands-on learning at Stonebridge Elementary

Students at Stonebridge got their hands dirty. They planted 200 seeds (carrots, beans, peppers, lettuce, kale, pumpkins) into raised beds in their Karen Rose Garden Outdoor Classroom. The grade K-2 students also spent time exploring and making outdoor classroom observations. Ms. Swendra’s first graders even released butterflies they’ve been nurturing in class. Special thanks to Abrahamson Nurseries for donating seed and soil.

For more photos visit our Facebook page.

2019 community scholarships

Local donors provide half a million dollars in scholarships to students

Nearly six hundred thousand dollars in scholarships were awarded to 92 Stillwater Area High School seniors. Sixty-three local donors offered 140 scholarships to SAHS students. Thank you to all who have invested in our graduates and supported their continuing education. Read more.

Celebrating our 2018-2019 retirees


28 district employees are ringing in retirement this year. The retirees were honored at a banquet at the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center. This group of long-time employees has 600 combined years of service to the students and families of our district. We wish them the best in their retirement and thank them for their dedicated service to our school community. For a list of retirees visit our website.

Planning ahead to Fall 2019


Mark your calendar for these important back-to-school dates for next fall:

  • August 26 and August 27: Individual Ready, Set, Go! Teacher/Student Conferences, grades K-5
  • August 28: First day of school, grades K-5

Ready, Set, Go! Conferences will be held for all elementary students again this fall. These conferences are designed for teachers and students to get to know each other. Learn more. Your school will contact you with specific scheduling information in late-July and early-August.  

One less event during busy back-to-school season
We have received feedback from families and staff that the expectation to attend RSG conferences, open house and other special events in the fall puts a strain on busy families. So, we’re going to try something new this year and will not be holding the traditional open house event before school begins. Instead, parents and students will have the opportunity to meet their teacher and drop off school supplies during the RSG conferences. We also encourage you to attend special events at your child’s school this fall to get to know other students and families and celebrate the start of a new school year. Watch for more information from your child's school.

School board meeting notice

The school board will hold a work session on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the purpose of discussing long‐term facilities maintenance and voter approved and non‐voter approved levies. The work session will take place at the Oak Park Building. See the official notice

Upcoming Events

May 23: School board business meeting

May 31: School board work session

May 31: Last day of school

June 1: Graduation

June 4: School board retreat

June 13: School board business meeting

June 27: School board business meeting