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Substitutes Still Needed

date 01/02/2018 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

As you’re sending your kids back to school, we want to encourage you to join them! What does that mean? Like many districts across the state, ISD 318 is looking for substitutes. We have positions that span the whole day or just a few hours. Districts need more than just substitute teachers. Substitute custodians, bus drivers, secretaries, food service employees, media center providers, and education support professionals (ESPs) all help keep a child’s school day running smoothly.WeNeedYou.jpg

If you’re looking for flexibility in your schedule, consider for one of the many opportunities we have available. There’s lots of openings to explore! All you need is a desire to help make an impact on kids’ education.

Applications for substitute staff are available on our online application site. To learn more about substitute teaching or other substitute staff opportunities, contact Human Resources Director Colleen Schussman at 218-327-5708.

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Learn more about Project READ!

date 12/15/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools 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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We're moving to Peachjar!

date 11/30/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

Peachjar imageSay goodbye to multiple flyers in your Tuesday folders and hello to electronic flyers from Peachjar! We’ll be moving to electronic flyers using Peachjar beginning December 12. And now, we can add high school and middle school flyers into the mix. Peachjar is a system that will house all of our electronic flyers. Parents can find school flyers and newsletters, PTC and student club flyers, and outside organizations will distribute their flyers using the system too.

This green initiative will save the schools thousands of dollars. We also know that it will save countless staff hours in printing, sorting, and organizing.

Parents will receive an email notification once a week when flyers are updated or they can access flyers at any time with the Peachjar button (coming soon to your school's website).

We hope this makes it easier for parents to manage the information coming home. If your email address is not on file with your child's school, you can update it on Parent Portal using the demographics tab, just make sure that you've selected yourself, and not your student. You can also contact your child's school to update your email. Remember, you can always access flyers at any time via your school's website.

For questions about Peachjar, please contact Communication Coordinator Jessica Setness at 218-327-5716 or .

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Thank you ESPs!

date 11/30/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

TY ESPs.pngNovember 15 marks National Educational Support Professionals Day and we want to take a moment to recognize and thank our ESPs for all of their hard work. The interaction between children, parents, and ESPs is vital to the continued success of public education.

ESPs support our teachers and our students both in and out of the classroom. They work closely with students ensuring their success. They serve as positive role models for students. Our ESPs deserve so much more than just one day of recognition! Join us in thanking them for the essential role they play in our children’s education.

 

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RJEMS Veterans Program

date 11/02/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools 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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Eyebombing at RJEMS

date 10/16/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

RJEMS students have put on their creative caps! Last month, language arts students armed themselves with googly eyes and set out to create stories. Kids found everyday items, added eyes, and created a narrative from the object’s point of view. Talk about mixing fun with learning! Check out a few of the samples below.

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Activity Facilities Taskforce

date 10/02/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools 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 In Our Schools 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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Success Stories

date 08/31/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools 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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Free & Reduced Meals

date 08/15/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

With the start of a new school year, we’re asking all families to complete the Free & Reduced Meals Application, even if they think they might not apply. The application means much more than just a reduced cost to families.Gas card mock-up.png

The district receives federal funding based on the number of families who qualify for free or reduced meals. And, even our athletic teams are affected by the free and reduced numbers. MSHSL section placement is determined by both enrollment and free and reduced applications. Plus, families can also qualify for reduced athletic fees.

There are lots of ways to submit your application. You may have already received an application in the mail from the Food & Nutrition Department. Or, on the isd318.org website, under the Parents Link tab, just click on the Free & Reduced Meals link. There you can download a copy and mail it to the district. You may also access Free & Reduced applications through your child’s school office.

For the 2017-2018 School Year, every family, regardless of income, who completes the Free & Reduced application will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gas card! Plus schools in which 75% of families complete the application will receive a free pizza party for kids and staff!

For more information about Free & Reduced Meals, visit the Food & Nutrition Section of our website or call the Food & Nutrition Department at 218-327-5771.

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