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Learn more about Project READ!

date 12/15/2017 author ISD #318 category Partnerships comment Leave a comment

This month, we’re focusing our blog post on Project READ. We’re so thankful to have this program available to families in Itasca County and we want to make sure everyone knows about it!

The mission of Project READ is to put books in the hands of children. They do this through the Bright Red Bookshelves, offering free books at community events, and at area Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) events.

The organization was founded in 1998 in the Greenway School District and has spread throughout Itasca Community to get the community behind the common goal of getting books into the hands of kids so families can read every day.

Donations from community members help Project READ achieve its mission. Donations of gently used books find their way onto the Bright Red Bookshelves and the Traveling Red Bookshelf, where children are invited to take home books to enjoy.

Community members and businesses also support the FRED events. These literacy events invite dads, uncles, grandpas, and other important men in a child’s life for dinner, reading, and educational activities.

We hope to see you at a Project READ event soon! And, as you’re making room for holiday literacy gifts, consider sharing the older ones with Project READ. Learn more on the Community Education website.

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Activity Facilities Taskforce

date 10/02/2017 author ISD #318 category Partnerships comment Leave a comment

AFTImage - Taskforce title on field lights backgroundWe want to take a moment to introduce you to the Activity Facilities Taskforce. Following the process of the Elementary Facilities Taskforce, or EFT, the activities group represents a group of concerned citizens who have gathered to work on athletic and activity space needs for the ISD 318 school district and our communities.

The Activity Facilities Task Force is proactively looking to accommodate expanding athletic teams, the safety of the marching band members, landlocked outdoor school facilities, and growing community events. The group consists of parents, community members, and city staff, and is supported by coaching staff from Grand Rapids and Bigfork. Everyone is welcome to join in the group.

The AFT plans to discuss, develop, and present a comprehensive plan to the ISD 318 School Board on or before November 1. Their next meeting will be on October 4 at 6:00 pm in the ISD 318 Administration Building. You can also view past meeting presentations and minutes on the AFT website at sites.google.com/view/bigforkrapidsaft/. If you are interested in joining the AFT or learning more, please email . You may also call or text 218-380-7238.

 

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Help for Hungry Kids

date 09/18/2017 author ISD #318 category Partnerships comment Leave a comment

Picture of kid eating with logos embeddedWe’re so excited to announce our partnership with Deerwood Bank to Help Hungry Kids in ISD 318. September 18 through 23 is Deerwood Banks Community Impact Week. All week, they’ll be collecting funds to help pay lunch accounts for kids in need!

And you can help too. Just stop into the Grand Rapids branch of Deerwood Bank at 2950 South Highway 169. Donation boxes will be available for bank and community members, and every penny raised will go directly to hungry kids right here in Grand Rapids and Bigfork schools!

We are so lucky to be a part of such a supportive community. Thanks in advance for all your help!

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It takes us all!

date 06/20/2017 author ISD #318 category Partnerships comment Leave a comment

The school year just came to a close, but we’re already looking ahead to next year! This year, we’re going to kick off the school year with a Back to School Event hosted by the Teaching and Learning Committee.Back to School Save the Date crop.jpg

We know there are so many things happening in our community and in our schools and we want to be able to share them with everyone! Everyone in our area plays a role in our children’s education and in the future of our community. At our Back to School Event, we want to offer a chance for you to showcase all the things we have to share with each other. This is your chance to give our new staff, students, families, and community members a glimpse of all the amazing opportunities ISD 318 and our community have to offer.

Community organizations and businesses are invited to share an exhibit or performance. Just download and submit the registration form.

And, please share the Save the Date flyer with anyone in our community or local area. Just click on the image to download the flyer. This is a community event.  Everyone is welcome!

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Thank You Community Partners!

date 06/01/2017 author ISD #318 category Partnerships comment Leave a comment

As the school year comes to a close, we’re reflecting on how many individuals and organizations invest their time in our schools. We are so thankful for the parent volunteers helping out at events like Art Nights and Post-Prom Parties, chaperoning field trips, and bringing their expertise into our classrooms.

We are also fortunate in our amazing community partners. Volunteers from the DNR help teach kids about forestry and partner in real life conservation projects. Bridges Kinship Mentoring organizes volunteers to meet with kids and show them adults are interested in their experiences. Kids take trips to Second Harvest every year to help give back to their community and learn about those less fortunate in our community. Local businesses encourage their employees to volunteer on a regular basis. And, volunteers from organizations across the county came together for a fantastic day of learning with last month’s Water Day. The list goes on and on!

All of you are helping our kids achieve a great education and exposing them to fantastic opportunities and experiences every year. Volunteers are enhancing education each and every day throughout the school year. We are so thankful for the impact you’ve made for kids and hope to see you next year!

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318 staff and students take the plunge!

date 04/12/2017 author ISD #318 category Partnerships comment Leave a comment

We are so proud of our students and staff for their support of our community. Last month, six teams from 318 Schools took the plunge. The Polar Plunge that is! 59 brave souls took a deep breath and jumped into the icy waters of Pokegama. And all for a good cause. The teams raised $10,640 for Special Olympics. All funds raised go towards programming and events for more than 8,000 athletes statewide.

 

The teams included - GRHS FFA, GRHS Key Club, Murphy Mustangs, RJEMS Polar Plungers, and Team Southwest. Below are images of these hardy folks! And, you’ll find more pics of all the participants on the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota Flickr page. (Click on the image to enlarge.)


FFA members jumping into Pokegama Key Club members jumping into Pokegama
Murphy teachers jumping into Pokegama School nurses jumping into Pokegama


 

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Resolve to get involved

date 12/14/2016 author ISD #318 category Partnerships comment Leave a comment

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The Parent and Families Survey: Our Schools' Report Card ends later this month, and one item we often hear from you is that you would like to find more ways to get involved in your child’s school, especially with your older children. We love having volunteers in our classrooms no matter what grade your child is in, so if you’re making a New Year’s resolution to be more involved, we’re here to help.

 

Do you have a special skill or knowledge that you want to contribute to your child’s school? Probably the easiest way to get involved is to contact your child’s teacher and offer to share that skill. If your child is in 7th grade or higher, contact the teacher whose subject most closely aligns with your skill. We love to be able to share real world connections with kids.

 

Maybe you just want to offer general, everyday help. You can still email your child’s teacher with offers to help. We are always looking for volunteers for committees and special events. Kids may not always share information about upcoming events with parents, but teachers and staff are happy for your assistance!

 

We encourage parents, guardians, family members, and other members of the community to share their time, knowledge, and abilities with our students. Caring members of our community bring new energies and resources into our schools. Simply contact your child’s school or teacher for more information about getting involved.

 
 

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Parent and family survey open now

date 11/01/2016 author ISD #318 category Partnerships comment Leave a comment

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The Parent and Families Survey: Our Schools' Report Card is open now. We've adjusted the format this year so that it's even easier for you to share your feedback.

 

Even if you've taken the survey in the past, we encourage you to take a few minutes to let us know what we're doing well and where we could improve.

 

Your responses in this survey help make our schools and our district a better place for our kids. Each year, the data is analyzed and recommendations made to individual schools. Data and comments from the survey are shared throughout the district to aid in informed decision making. The Schools, Families, Community Partnership Committee; the Site Improvement Team of each school; and the World's Best Workforce Committee each use the survey results to improve instruction, support services, and family partnerships in our schools.The results are also presented to the School Board each year.

 

You can take the survey any time between now and December 31st. Together we are teaching and learning for life to achieve excellence.

 

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Attend a School Board Meeting

date 08/15/2016 author ISD #318 category Partnerships comment Leave a comment

“The most important responsibility of school boards is to work with their communities to improve student achievement in their local public schools. In compliance with state and federal laws, school boards establish policies and regulations by which their local schools are governed.”

~National School Board Association.

 

 

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And that’s just what our School Board members do. Our Board members were elected by our community to ensure that our kids have access to a great education. And you can help guide that too. Did you know that School Board meetings are open to the public? And, the School Board sets aside 30 minutes before each meeting for an Open Forum.

 

At the Open Forum, the public is invited to address the School Board in an informal manner. You're invited to share their thoughts on issues facing the district. Community members are also invited to sign up to address the Board during the meeting. Comments made during the meeting are also televised to the public.

 

The district and the Board are looking forward to another great year in ISD 318 Schools, and hope you will consider being a part of the process. Meeting dates are posted on the homepage of our website. Board member contact information is also posted on the site at isd318.org/page/2569.

 

Together we can shape the future of our schools and equip our children to tackle the future.



 

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End of the year celebrations!

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category Partnerships comment Leave a comment

As June 3 approached, students started looking forward to the endless, unstructured days of summer. But schools still had plenty of learning to do (mixed in with a healthy dose of fun), and our parents and volunteers were all on hand to help!

 

We want to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who helped make the end of year celebrations and learning opportunities so special for kids. Volunteers worked tirelessly to make special moments, memories, and lessons for kids.


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Volunteers organized games and dance parties, popped endless amounts of popcorn, helped with lip sync competitions, and supervised bouncy houses for elementary fun days. They were on hand to teach kids about one of our most precious resources on Water Day. Parents and volunteers cheered kids on and timed events at 6th Grade Track and Field Day. Volunteers helped keep excited kids focused on educational field trips, organized post prom parties and fishing trips, and so much more! In short, there’s just so much that couldn’t happen without the help of volunteers!

 

Be sure to check out some of the magic they brought to kids on our Facebook page and in our YouTube videos.

 

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