The WBLAS Community Services and Recreation Department provides a wide range of services and opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all members of ISD 624.
- Seasonal catalogs are available now! You can find themhere.
- 2016-17 and 2017-18 Academic Calendars - The 2016-17 and 2017-18 Academic Calendars were approved at the March 14 School Board meeting. The approved 2016-17 calendar can be found here. The approved 2017-18 calendar can be found here.
- High School Yearbooks - There's only about one month left to order your student's 2015-2016 high school yearbook at the price of $80. On April 15, the cost will increase for a final time to $85. Supply is going down, so if you want to guarantee your child has access to a year's worth of memories, act soon! Books can be purchased conveniently through Feepay. Once the books are delivered in early June, they will be sold on a first-come-first served basis, cash-only sales.
- Assistive Technology Newsletter - This latest
editionfocuses on assistive technology and transitioning to college. These publications are made possible with a grant from the the Minnesota Department of Education.
- Digital Fabrication and Engineering workshops for students entering grades 8-12 will be available through Century College this June. For more information, click
here. To register, click
here. You may also contact
David Mekala with questions.
- Emergency School Closings - For school closings, early dismissals and late starts, visit the district's Emergency School Closings page here. You may also watch this student
video, which includes information regarding winter weather closings.
- ADD/ADHD Support Groups will be meeting in North St. Paul to have a conversation with parents, caregivers, providers and professionals about ADD and ADHD. These events are intended to give families the opportunity to have an open conversation, show support and to share resources. Event details can be found here.
- Mental health services - Anoka County has contracted with Canvas Health to provide mental health crisis services. They've provided a tool kit for
parents as well as some school guidelines.
- Parent Resource Support - NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides
support groups to help parents discover resources to meet the challenges of raising a child with mental illness, learn coping skills and develop problem solving skills. Support groups are facilitated by a parent who has a child with a mental illness and who has received specialized training. White Bear Lake meets on then 2nd and fourth Monday of each from, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Eagle Brook Church. Contact Jody Lyons: 651-645-2948 Ext:109
- Special Education Parent/Staff Advisory Council- Updated information and meeting dates for the 2015-16 school year can be can be found
- One-stop online payments - The district offers a "one-stop" online payment system that enables families to make payments for food services, school activities and Community Education activities. The system also serves as the registration hub for middle school and high school activities. The system, new this summer, replaced multiple systems that are currently used for these purposes, including RevTrak, PayPams and ActiveNet.
- PACER Center recently launched its
National Parent Center on Transition and Employment website, which offers innovative tools, reliable research, and interactive training to support families who are going through the transition process.
- 2015-16 Academic Calendar - See the approved calendarhere.
- 2015-16 Activities Calendar - The 2015-16 Activities Calendar was mailed to all district families and is available online
- Stay connected! - Sign up for the Community e-Newsletter, sent out twice a month. Join White Bear Lake Area Schools' social media circles - Facebook and Twitter.
- Calling all baby models - We're looking for "Born to be a Bear" photos! Email photos to us here
and you may find your little one featured in District publications!
- Additional resources:
- Resources to help with our limited English speaking families can be found
- Washington County Child and Teen Checkups newsletter can be found
- The following recognitions will take place in March:
- Music in Our Schools Month
- National Nutrition Month
- Employee Appreciation Day - March 4
- National School Breakfast Week - March 7-11
- Spring Break - March 21-25
Senior Program Updates:
The White Bear Area Senior Center is a program of the White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Services & Recreation Department.
- FREE Activity Pass for Senior Community members (age 65+)- White Bear Lake Area Schools offer a variety of activities - home athletic contests, concerts, and theater productions to name a few. Join us! Call the Superintendent's Office at 651-407-7563 to request a FREE Activity Pass for home athletics events and a District Activities Calendar. Find the application
here. The Activities Pass is available to residents of the White Bear Lake Area School District who are age 65 and older.
- Craft Corner Gift Shop at the Senior Center - Open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, the gift shop is the perfect place to shop for a variety of beautiful, handcrafted items. With more than 100 consignees selling their personal crafts, there is much to choose from for purchase. If anyone, over the age of 55, has any love of creating crafts, we are in need of consignees to further our inventory. The Craft Corner Gift Shop is located at Normandy Park Education Center, 2484 County Road F East.
- H2O for Life - The Race 2 Reduce initiative at H2O for Life is a collaboration of stakeholders working to educate about local water resources and water conservation. White Bear Lake Area Schools is a partner in this effort and is working to align curriculum to integrate these important topics into school.
- BearPower is a community-wide movement helping White Bear Lake area families eat well and be active. For more on this community partner and its upcoming events, clickhere.
- Open Gym Nights - BearPower is currently hosting Open Gym family night events on certain Fridays throughout the winter. Click here for the dates and details.
- BearPower Family Breakaway Bike Ride - Families and community members are invited to join BearPower for its second annual free bike ride event Saturday, May 21. All ages and abilities are welcome. For further details, click here.
- The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation (WBLAEF) is an independent, non-profit corporation promoting excellence in education in White Bear Area School District 624 schools.
- Lynn Mielke Distinguished Educator Award nominations are currently being accepted from now through April 1. Please find the nomination form here.
- The first round of E3 Grant (Enhancing Environmental Experiences) applications were due March 7. A total of seven applications were submitted from various schools in the WBLAS District. The winners of these grants will be published at a later date. Each school year, a total of up to $20,000 will be awarded to educators, groups of educators, buildings and administrators in the WBLAS District. This new environmental grant will help to further WBLAS students' understanding and attitudes toward science, the outdoors, our community and the world.
- Teachers: Grant applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 school year. Click here for the list and when to apply.
- Bleed Orange and Black T-shirts - find out how to get one by contacting the Foundation Office (651-407-7696). Cost is $10.
Support WBLAS Students
- Sunrise Park Middle School's Annual Community Dinner will be Tuesday, April 5th from 5 - 8 p.m. Dinner will be served by Donatelli's during the first hour of the event. Advance dinner tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased in the office at Sunrise Park Middle School by April 1st or for $7.00 at the door. Enjoy a Donatelli's catered meal, ice cream, live entertainment by students and more!
- Minnesota PGA Golf Cards are once again being sold by the WBLAHS Boys' Golf Team. The card is good for 2 for 1 golf at more than 160 golf courses throughout the state and western Wisconsin. The cost is $35 and you can use it throughout the summer. Please contact Coach Nasvik if you would like to purchase a card at email@example.com.
- Want to see a theater production? There are student performances happening all spring! Click
here for dates and details!
- Attend an event or two this winter and spring by finding the event schedule in the
2015-16 Activities Calendar! If you do not have a child in school but you would like a copy of the district-wide activity listing, please contact
Jody Reber at 651-407-7563 to request a mailed copy and request to be added to the Activities Calendar annual mailing list.
- Josh Franz was named the Assistant Swim Coach of the Year
- The following have been selected as WBLTA 2016 Teacher of the Year Finalists:
- Kelly Desmet - Kindergarten, Willow Lane Elementary
- Hilary Ethen - Kindergarten, Hugo Elementary
- Ben Kirkham - Language Arts, North Campus
- Jamie Kovacs - 5th Grade, Lincoln Elementary
- Ben Nakagaki - Mathematics, North Campus
- Philip Wacker - Science, South Campus
- The following recognitions will take place in April:
- Paraprofessional Appreciation Day - April 2
- National Library Week - April 11-15
- Assistant Principals' Week - April 11-15
- National Library Workers' Day - April 12
- Public School Volunteer Week - April 18-22
- Administrative Professionals' Week - April 25-29
- Administrative Professionals' Day - April 27
Please contact the Communications Department
(651-407-7578) to submit District News, General Information, Opportunities or Awards & Honors for inclusion in future publications.