Pony E-News: Supporting your child's mental health

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October 6, 2019

custodian with students

Celebrating our amazing custodians 

Wednesday was National Custodial Day. Please join us in saying "Thank You" to our hardworking custodial staff who keep our schools and offices clean and well maintained. They make our learning spaces shine and we appreciate all they do.

My child needs mental health support. Where do I start?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 13% of children ages 8-15 experience a mental
health condition, and 50% of these children do not receive treatment. Those not receiving treatment can face anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses into adulthood. As parents, you want to support your child’s mental health so that they can live a healthy life. But, where should you start? Check out this helpful blog post from our partners at FamilyMeans.

Drivers, students come together to make buses peaceful

picture of bus drivers with students

Some elementary students, staff and bus drivers across the district participated in Peaceful Bus activities designed to build positive relationships and promote safe bus behavior.

Minnesota Center bus drivers were invited into schools where they met with all of the kids that ride their bus. Together, the students and drivers took part in team-building exercises, talked about bullying and what behavior is and is not acceptable, and got to know one another. They also practiced a bus evacuation. Read more

teddy bear clinic

Taking the stress out of a doctor's visit

Students from Stonebridge Elementary visited Lakeview Hospital with stuffed animals in tow. Children had the opportunity to bring their dolls and furry friends to the Teddy Bear Clinic, where they receive heart check-ups, bandaging and temperature checks from hospital volunteers.

The goal of the visit is to make a visit to the hospital fun and reassuring for children. See more photos on Facebook.

sahs teacher and student

It's time to sign up for fall conferences

Parent/teacher conferences are coming up later this month. Watch for information from your school about times and dates of conferences, as well as details about the online sign-up process for fall conferences.
First time signing up online? Check out our “How To” instructions.

High school student named National Merit Semifinalist

Stillwater Area High School senior Meghana Acharya has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. She is among just 16,000 high school students from across the country to receive this honor. About 1.6 million juniors entered the 2020 National Merit Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screening. The highest scoring entrants from each state are named semifinalists and will go on to compete for 7,500 scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.

A piece of Pony history to be displayed at SAHS

1922 football helmet

A piece of Ponies Football history will soon be on display at Stillwater Area High School. A leather helmet belonging to Herbert Bieging (Class of 1923) was recently donated to SAHS by his daughter, Marlene Bieging Eder Schrade (Class of 1955).

After graduation, Herbert went on to study violin at the University of Berlin. While in Germany, he toured with Marlene Dietrich, the German-American actress and singer.

Upcoming Events

October 10: Board business meeting
October 17-22: NO SCHOOL
October 21: Conferences (elementary and middle school)
October 22: Conferences (high school)
October 24: Board business meeting; elementary schools and middle schools evening conferences