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RJEMS Veterans Program

date 11/02/2017 author ISD #318 category Welcome comment Leave a comment


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We want to invite you to the annual RJEMS Veterans Day Program on November 10 at 1:30 pm. The annual program is a way for students to honor veterans in Itasca County. It will include performances from the RJEMS band and choir, student thank you's, and a tribute wall. The event is being planned by the RJEMS Student Council.

When asked what made the event so important, Alexis O'Rourke, a member of the Veterans Day planning committee said, "we want to honor the local veterans and show our appreciation for the veterans that risked their lives for our freedom."

The planning committee is made up of Dagan Larson, Audrey Fillbrandt, Rylee Pace, Shara Venditto, Lauren Barsness, Dylan Haynes, Claire Schroeder, Alexis O'Rourke, and Selah Smith.

Hope you can join us!

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Success Stories

date 08/31/2017 author ISD #318 category Welcome comment Leave a comment

We’re introducing a new section on our website to share the amazing things happening in our schoolsSuccess stories logo

The success stories section of our website is a chance for you to share your successes! Teachers, tell us about achievements in the classroom. Students, share your academic and athletic accomplishments. Families, submit your positive experiences at our schools. Staff members, offer us your victories.

We want to celebrate all that you're doing for #318Pride! Just submit your success using our easy form and we'll look for ways to share it on our website, newsletters, social media sites and more! You can also find links to our stories and to the form by clicking the Success Stories image on our homepage.

There's no need to write a detailed story. We'll do any follow-up if necessary. And, you can even share photos or flyers of your experience! Thank you for helping us share the amazing achievements of our students and staff with the rest of our community!

 

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It takes us all!

date 06/20/2017 author ISD #318 category Welcome 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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We're so thankful for our volunteers!

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

Volunteer Appreciation week is April 10 through 16, so we want to take a moment to share with you all the ways they make a difference in the lives of kids!

 

Educational excellence can only be achieved by using all of the resources in our community. We support the use of volunteers in the schools as a method by which teachers and students may receive additional 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.

 

Our foster grandparents are one example of people bringing their time, energy, and knowledge into our schools. They showcase how volunteers can make a real difference in our schools. Check out the video below to learn more.

 

 

Skills and abilities of all kinds are needed in our schools, from literacy volunteers to artists to engineers. Just contact your child or grandchild's school or teacher to learn more. And a big THANK YOU to all of our caring volunteers!

 

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Lights on Afterschool is October 22!

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

 

Join ISD 318 and Itasca Area Community Education as they celebrate great afterschool programs in our community. Parents, families, and community members are invited to RJE Middle School on October 22nd from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm to learn more about the afterschool programs available to them. The gyms and pool will be open for a fun family night of activities and snacks too!

 

Over 20 organizations will be on hand to share their programs with families. Participants include Girl and Boy Scouts, ICC Engineering, Teen Works, Grand Rapids Lacrosse, MacRostie Art Center, and more!

 

Lights on Afterschool is a national celebration of afterschool programs for our children, families, and communities. The event helps to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things and discover new skills. This event also calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open. ISD 318 and Itasca Area Community Education are proud to be Lights on Afterschool partners.

 

The event is one of more than an expected 8,000 around the nation that day, the annual Lights on Afterschool, organized by the Afterschool Alliance.  ISD 318 and Itasca Area Community Education will join in celebrating afterschool opportunities so that every child who needs a program has access to one. Benefits of afterschool programs, include inspiring children to learn, keeping them safe in the sometimes perilous afternoon hours, and relieving working families of worries about their children’s activities in the afternoon.

 

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Join Project READ October 8th!

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

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Project READ’s annual Community Summit focuses on the importance of early literacy and shares easy ways to support our youngest readers. The event will be held on Thursday, October 8 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Davies Hall on the Itasca Community College Campus, followed by networking and social hour. Attendees will also learn about the ways our community is ensuring ALL area children are able to read when they enter school.

 

“Parents, educators, businesses, and community members all benefit from topics addressed at the summit,” explained Project READ Coordinator Denise Rodgers. “Last year's was so inspiring to me and it changed how I read with my children at home for the better.”

 

Intentional collaboration allows us to work together to achieve uncommon results. Whether we are involved in a school, a business, a family, or a community, we all have a role to play in supporting our youngest learners. Our communities will benefit in countless ways, both short-term and long-term when everyone reads to children.

 

For more information about the summit, contact Project READ Coordinator Denise Rodgers at . Registration is not required. Hope to see you there!


 

Transition Guides

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

We want you to know that we’re working hard to make your child feel at home. We know that starting a new school can be a little scary for both kids and parents. That’s why we’ve put together transition guides to help smooth your child’s entrance into a new school.Welcome.png

 

Parents and families play an important role in helping kids adjust in school. Tips on how you can help your child and what to expect are included in the guides. You’ll find information about entering kindergarten, RJEMS, and GRHS when you select Student Transition Guides under the Parents and Community tab.

 

And, be sure to join us for our elementary and middle school open houses. Parents and family members are invited to meet their child’s teacher and principal at an Open House event on Thursday, September 3rd from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Open houses will be held at Bigfork School, Cohasset School, Forest Lake School, Murphy School, Southwest School, and Robert J. Elkington Middle School.

 

New students and parents wishing to tour Grand Rapids High School may contact the school directly at 218-327-5760.

 

If you have questions or concerns about your child moving to a new school, please contact the building principal.

 

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Join our team!

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

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For school districts, July 1st means the beginning of the fiscal year, and that means we’re already looking forward to the beginning of school on September 8th. One of the things that we’re doing to prepare for the school year is posting employment opportunities.

 

There are still a number of positions available for the coming year. We’re looking for all kinds of people, from teachers to educational support professionals (ESPs) to bus drivers.

If you’re looking for flexibility in your schedule, consider applying as a substitute teacher, ESP, custodian, or more. ISD 318, like other districts across the state, has experienced a shortage of substitutes in recent years. There’s lots of openings to explore!

 

We have plenty of ways to check out all those opportunities. We post positions online, just choose Employment Opportunities under the Discover Us tab. But, did you know we also list employment opportunities on our Facebook page? All you have to do is choose the job opportunities tab. Either method will bring you right to the online application. So, what are you waiting for? Join our team and help make a difference in kids’ lives!

 

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Thank you parent volunteers!

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

You’ve heard us talk about the hard work of our parent volunteers before, but we wanted to take a moment to share what teachers have to say about the impact of volunteers and our PTCs.


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  • Thank you for the love you show to our school, students, and staff. You are generous with your time, energy, and talents. I wish you could know how much the moments you created this school year made me feel.

  • The time and talents they invest in programs for our kiddos to strengthen, enhance, and enrich their school experiences is second to none! Whatever would we do without them?!

  • They are so willing to pitch in and bring that extra something to our school that makes things fun and memorable.

  • Our PTC has helped us to promote reading by providing us with funds for a reward that encourages kids to read. They have provided us with school supplies and teaching supplies. Every decision they make has our kids’ best interests in mind.

 

Thank you parent volunteers and PTC members for making such a difference in the lives of kids in our district!

 

Parent involvement in education is like the frosting on a cupcake. It makes it complete and “oh so sweet.” - Anonymous

 

Is your family ready to go back to school?

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

No one wants to admit it, but the days are getting shorter and the nights just a little cooler. School supplies and new backpacks are being purchased, and it’s just a few short weeks until the first day of school. Those first days of school can be a little hectic for families, so we’ve created a quick list of things parents can do to ready their child for success that first day.

 

Enrollment

Did you and your family make a big move this summer? If you’re new to the District or just have an address change, you can contact the Central Student Enrollment Office. Enrollment for the 2014/15 School Year is still available. Just stop by the Administration Building at 820 NW First Avenue, call (218) 327-5707, or email .

School Supplies

There’s nothing like freshly sharpened pencils and a crisp, new notebook. Those empty pages are ready to be filled with your child’s ideas. You’ll find school supply lists on by choosing the Parents & Community tab.**

Activities

Most fall sports began on August 11, but there’s still time to take advantage of the District’s new online registration on the GRHS Activities page. Just go to www.grthunderhawks.com, select the Online Sports Registration tab, and follow the forms.

 

Bus Services

Have you submitted your Busing Request form? This quick and easy form is required for every student needing transportation to and from school. Forms are available online and can be submitted electronically or printed right from the website. Just choose the Transportation link under the Services tab of the District website at www.isd318.org. If you have questions about the form, contact the Transportation Department at (218) 327-5830.

 

Food Service Accounts

Be ready to take advantage of a healthy school lunch for your child by viewing their school lunch account on Parent Portal. Additions to the school lunch account and weekly menus are available on the Food & Nutrition section of the District website. Just visit www.isd318.org and choose Food & Nutrition under the Services tab

 

Let’s make the 2014/15 School Year a fantastic one. If you have any questions or suggestions for another successful school year, contact the Superintendent’s Office by phone at (218) 327-5704 or email at . Together we are teaching and learning for life to achieve excellence.

**Antibacterial soaps contain a chemical called Triclosan (sometimes called Microban). The hand soap in the School District’s dispensers do not contain Triclosan and have minimal fragrance and coloring.  In addition, we ask parents who provide antibacterial wipes and other similar products for classroom use to make sure Triclosan or Microban is not an ingredient.
 

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