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You're invited to the Endowment Fundraiser

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

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You’re invited to the annual 318 Endowment Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction! This year, the theme is All that Jazz and will feature performances from the GRHS Jazz Ensemble and Sam Miltich & Friends on Thursday, February 11 at the Timberlake Lodge. Celebrate Valentine’s Day and support kids in our community all at one fantastic event!

 

 

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The Endowment works hard to provide additional funding to students and teachers independent of the school budget to enhance the education of kids in our schools. And when you join them, you help support that mission.

 

This fall, the Endowment provided over $13,000 in supplemental funding to enhance our kids’ education. With that money, math students at Bigfork School will use digital cameras to explore geometry concepts using art, kids at Murphy Elementary will learn about engineering concepts using LEGO kits, girls at RJEMS will start a book club, GRHS students will be able to create engaging videos using their new Green Screen Room, and more!

 

If you are unable to attend the event, please consider contributing a silent auction item. All proceeds from the event go right back into the classroom. The ISD 318 Endowment Fund is a nonprofit organization and all donations and contributions are tax deductible.

 

For more information about the Endowment or the Fundraiser, please visit their brand new website at https://sites.google.com/site/318endowmentfund.

 

 

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Keeping kids safe in winter weather

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Safety comment Leave a comment

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The safety of students and staff is always of the utmost importance to us. Closing schools can be a difficult decision, made with a best assessment of current and expected conditions.

 

The choice of whether or not to close school is a serious one, and affects many working families who may have to take a day off work or find child care on short notice. The district is a large one, with over 4,000 students living in an area covering over 2,200 square miles. All school closures keep this information in mind along with changing weather conditions.

 

We make closure decisions based on weather advisories, watches, and warnings, along with live reports from transportation staff traveling the roads in the district. The district attempts to make all closure decisions the evening prior, to allow families plenty of time to prepare. However, with changing weather conditions, the announcement can be made as late as 6:00 am the day of school. The choice of whether or not to close includes examining current and potential weather conditions and the time it takes to inform families and for them to find appropriate child care.

 

Parents and guardians always have the final say. Should a parent or guardian ever feel that conditions in their area are not safe for travel, ISD 318 respects their decision to keep children home.

 

In the event of inclement weather, school closure will be communicated to staff, students, families, and the community via designated broadcast media, local authorities, Instant Alert, e-mail, and/or district or school building web sites.

 

In addition to closures due to dangerous driving conditions, a wind chill of -50 Fahrenheit has been identified for closing of schools because of cold weather.

 

If your child’s bus is more than 10 minutes late, and you have concerns, please contact the Transportation Department at  218-327-5830.

 

Together, we’ll keep kids safe in winter weather.

 

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Save the Date for Holiday Events!

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

Mark your calendars, because there are some great holiday events coming up, thanks to Itasca Area Community Education, Children First!, and their community partners. It all kicks off this Friday with a visit from Santa!santaLights2.jpg

 

Santa Lights the Lights - December 4 at Central School from 5:00pm to 6:30 pm

Santa’s making a visit to Central School to start the holidays right. He’ll arrive at 5:00 pm and light the grounds of Central School and then make his way in to visit with kids. There’s treats and kids will take home a book from Project READ too!

 

Gingerbread Family Fun Night - December 11 at Greenway High School from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

You won’t have any trouble catching these gingerbread men! Families can choose from several gingerbread projects to complete together. And you even get to decorate your own gingerbread cookie to eat!

 

Ho Ho Ho Country Christmas - December 12 at Children's Discovery Museum from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays in an old-fashioned style with hay rides, games, food, crafts, and more! To register for this event, call 218-326-1900 or visit Community Education’s website at getlearning.org.

 

Christmas Cards and Cookies - December 17 at King Elementary School from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Make cards and decorate Christmas cookies with friends new and old. What better way to get ready for the holidays than amidst laughter and fun with other families? Preregistration required at getlearning.org or by calling 218-246-8241 x60227.


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Family New Year's Eve Party - December 31 at Longyear Park from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

This great community event has something for everyone! Say goodbye to 2015 with a little north woods style. Join us for skating, a bonfire, hot dogs and hot chocolate from 4-6pm.  Then enjoy the fireworks at 6:00pm!

 

To learn more about any of these great events, just visit getlearning.org or call 218-327-5730.

 

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Tell us what you think

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Communication comment Leave a comment

Parent and families, we want to hear from you. You’ll find our annual survey: Our Schools’ Report Card in your Parent Portal mailbox. We want to hear from you!.jpg

 

Your responses in this survey help make our schools and our district a better place for our kids. Each year, that 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.

 

This past year, the survey again guided decisions on increased awareness of bullying and the ISD 318 bullying policy, social skills curriculum in the classroom, and continued parental input and guidance on the District’s technology plan. We also used the survey to increase communication with parents and to make sure that families feel welcome in our schools.

 

You can take the survey between now and December 31st. The survey is anonymous and can be accessed through Parent Portal or you can visit your child’s school to request a paper copy.

 

To set up a new Parent Portal account, please read the Portal Account Guidelines here on the our website and electronically submit the Parent Portal Access Agreement. Directions for setting up your Portal account will be sent to you by email upon receipt of the completed form.  

 

Thanks for your help. Together we are teaching and learning for life to achieve excellence.
 

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Vote tomorrow, November 3rd

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category Looking to the future, Facilities comment Leave a comment

Tomorrow the future of our community schools is in your hands.


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Our community can benefit from stronger elementary schools. Building two new schools allows us to build for our community's future. Investing in our schools brings us a stronger workforce and enhance economic development. We can do what is best for our schools and our community.

 

You may have heard people talk about the cost of the plan being high, but the cost of doing nothing is also high. The cost of this investment in our future is estimated to be approximately $8 a month for 22 years for a home valued at $150,000. You’ll can estimate how your taxes will be impacted on our tax calculator. And, you can see how our current debts compare to other districts in the image to your right.

 

Polls will be open tomorrow from 7 am to 8 pm. A list of polling places is available on our website.

 

If you still have questions about the elementary school plan, don't wait, contact us at facilityplan@isd318.org or 218-327-5704. Get accurate information before you make a decision.

 

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