WBL Newsletter

Student News
  • In photos: The Week Without Walls Experience
  • Spring Break successes
  • Fostering creativity
  • Sweet experiences
  • The Week in 62.4 Seconds
  • Activities updates

School Board News
  • School Board Meetings

District News

  • General Information
  • Awards and Honors











School Board Work-Study Meeting

5:30 p.m.
March 26
District Center

School Board Regular Meeting
7 p.m.
April 9
District Center

School Board Work-Study Meeting
5:30 p.m.
April 23
District Center


Find the 2017-18 Activities Calendar here. Find the 2017-18 Parent Academic Calendar here.



March 25, 2018

In photos: The Week Without Walls Experience


Student News
Spring Break successes
Students recently enjoyed a unique Spring Break experience during the Week Without Walls, which is a service and learning trip where students from both White Bear Lake Middle Schools immerse themselves in the culture and environment of Costa Rica. This year students ziplined, rafted, hiked, snorkeled, laughed, animal watched, surfed in the ocean and learned their way around Costa Rica's volcanoes, rainforests and hot springs. They also spent time working and learning with the students of two Costa Rican schools. The trip also included six White Bear Lake Area High School students who developed a mentorship program that included daily games, discussions and reflections. All students were excellent representatives of the district by modeling leadership, courage, grace, service and fortitude in all of their interactions and activities. One student shared that the trip made them feel truly appreciated.

Back in Minnesota, another student embraced an opportunity to shadow community members during an inter-generational event while knitting together passions. This opportunity served as a reminder of the beauty of passing interests from one generation of knitters to the next. A Girl Scout in the Brownie program met with the Mad Hatters Knitters group at the White Bear Area Senior Center. The knitters displayed items they have made to the troop. They showed the troop how to knit and crochet, while also teaching basic skills. The Brownie troop leader even donated more than 10 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, which many seniors appreciated! For more information about upcoming opportunities with the White Bear Area Senior Program, check out the latest edition of the Senior Voice.

Fostering creativity
Last year, WBLAHS - North Campus's Media Center received a renovation where students have been able to enjoy flexible and future ready spaces. Media Specialist Amy Carney has been presenting locally and nationally about the transformation Amy spear-headed in the district through a presentation called "Creating Future Ready Media Centers." The media specialist recently presented for the Library Technology Conference at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. The presentation expresses the media specialist's forward-thinking desire to be able to foster the 21st Century learner in flexible spaces where students can enhance collaboration, creativity, problem-solving, accountability and analytical thinking. In other creativity news, Lincoln Elementary students shined on stage as they had a dress rehearsal for fellow classmates and a weekend full of "Oklahoma" performances. Check out this video to see parts of the dress rehearsal experience.

While some students enjoyed performance opportunities, others were able to attend a public testimony where Senator Chuck Wiger praised the Race 2 Reduce program. The Race 2 Reduce program educates students about local water resources and introduces water conversation to encourage youth to be change agents on both a global and local scale. The students were able to sit right alongside Senator Chuck Wiger as they embraced the real-life legislative experience. In other news regarding legislative opportunities, White Bear Lake Area High School senior, Ryan Hall, spent time shadowing State Representative Peter Fischer at the Minnesota State Capitol during Spring Break. Ryan had participated in the High School Page Program a year ago, which sparked the current senior's desire to learn more about the legislative process.

Sweet experiences
Willow Lane Elementary and Otter Lake Elementary students recently embraced a sweet opportunity. They traveled over to Tamarack Nature Center to learn about the process of making syrup. Once a group of students found the perfect tree, they stood in a line and took turns hammering a spile into a tree. They were even able to taste the sap and watch it drip into a bucket for collection. Speaking of sweet experiences, the combination of learning and fun continued as several Willow Lane Elementary fifth graders made science observations about surface tensions on pennies and paper towels. The experience was captured in this video. The students utilized droppers and picked up substances such as corn syrup, oil, soda and vinegar and placed them on pennies. Students were encouraged to express observations about the occurrences.

In other science news, Sunrise Park Middle School student Megan Van Ostrand is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2018 Minnesota National Geographic State Bee. The contest will take place at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Friday, April 6. Other students are hard at work as they complete phase one and phase two of Driver's Education. Check out a video of the experience. Phase one includes the 30-hours of classroom instruction that prepares students to take the Minnesota permit test. Then, in phase two, after students pass the Minnesota permit test, they are required to complete six hours of driving lessons. The White Bear Lake Community Services & Recreation Department has a limited amount of financial assistance available for families interested in youth programs and classes. Students enrolled in the district's Free & Reduced Lunch Program may be eligible for a $25 or $50 discount. The learning experiences continued as students at WBLAHS - North Campus enjoyed a fun opportunity by hosting Hi-Mark Quartet, a professional barbershop quartet. WBLAHS - North Campus students who attended a workshop at St. John's University in October connected with the quartet. When the Hi-Mark Quartet visited the classroom, the students sang for them and the quartet performed for them in return.

The Week in 62.4 Seconds
Enjoy The Week in 62.4 Seconds videos highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.



Activities Updates
Congratulations to sophomore Melina Hughes who competed at the 2018 National Club Swimming Association (NCSA) Junior National Championships, which was held in Orlando, Florida from March 13-17. Melina swam in 11 events with the best showing coming on the final day of competition in the 50-yard backstroke. Check out this video of the NCSA Junior National Championships in action. Melina was able to out swim more than 250 competitors from across the country with a qualifying time of 26.19 seconds, placing Melina in 21st position and eligible for the "C" final. In finals competition later that evening, Melina finished 23rd overall gaining just 0.02 seconds from her earlier swim.

Find a complete list of all WBLAHS Activities, Athletics and Fine Arts here.

Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7695) to submit Student News for inclusion in future publications.


School Board News

School Board Meetings
School Board meeting agendas, packets, minutes highlights and videos/audio files can be found here.

Date
Type Time
Location
March 26
Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center
April 9
Regular
7 p.m. District Center
April 23
Work-Study
5:30 p.m.
District Center


For highlights from the most recent Board meeting, click here.


District News

General Information

Community Services

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.
Parent Notices
  • SchoolMessenger text capabilities and app - The district will soon be sending information home to families via email regarding the ability to opt in to text message notifications that will be shared (to those who opt in) when school and district messages are sent.
  • Lynn Mielke Distinguished Educator Award - The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation is pleased to honor Lynn Mielke, a former White Bear Lake cherished educator. They will again this year grant the Lynn Mielke Distinguished Educator award to an employee in the White Bear Lake Area Schools community who uses their talents to enrich the lives of others. Nominations are due on Friday, April 6. Nominate an educator today by filling out this form and emailing it to info@wbalef.org.
  • Notice of Public Hearing - The White Bear Lake Area Schools American Indian Parent Advisory Committee
    will be holding a public hearing on April 16, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 206 at District Center, 4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake. The purpose of this meeting is to determine the needs of the American Indian students for the Federal Title VI grant. All are welcome.
  • Wellness Event - Learn more about the importance of promoting mental health and wellness in students, families and the community at the Wellness Event on Monday, April 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Central Middle School. View the flyer.
  • Free Community Baby Shower - You are your child are invited to join parents of new babies, birth to six months old, for a free Community Baby Shower on Monday, April 9 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Normandy Park Education Center. Learn more.
  • Attention adult softball players - WBLAS Community Services and Recreation offers adult softball leagues starting in May. If you are interested and have a team or are looking to form a team, leagues are currently open. There are men, women and coed leagues available to join. More information can be found here using the keyword "softball" or you can contact Jon Anderson.
  • WBLAHS 2018 Senior Party - Planning for the WBLAHS 2018 Senior Party is in full swing! This is a parent-run end of the year party for all WBLAHS seniors. Please visit their website to purchase tickets, sign up for a volunteer shift and/or make a donation. The Planning Committee is currently soliciting donations from local businesses. Gift cards as well as items for prizes are greatly appreciated and can be donated online. Questions? Contact: wblaseniorparty@gmail.com or read this flyer.
  • Special Education Parent/Staff Advisory Council (PAC) - Learn how and when to get involved in the Special Education Parent/Staff Advisory Council, which acts as an advisory body to the district through the Student Support Services Administrative Team on behalf of students receiving special education services. The next meeting takes place on Thursday, May 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at District Center.
  • Monthly Mental Well-Being Series - The first two sessions of the monthly Mental Well-Being Series took place and district staff and families are invited to attend future monthly presentations. The third session in the monthly series will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at WBLAHS - North Campus. See the flyer with complete series dates.
  • Fraud and Scam Prevention presentation - The White Bear Lake Area School District and the White Bear Lake Police Department have partnered to offer a fraud and scam prevention informational session to community members from 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26 at the White Bear Lake Area Senior Center. See the flyer here.
  • We Are Hiring! - The district is now hiring substitute teachers, Extended Day staff, nutrition services staff, bus drivers, paras and more. Find the online application page here.
  • Stay connected! - 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!
Senior Program Updates:

The White Bear Area Senior Center is a program of the White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Services & Recreation Department.

  • Fraud and Scam Prevention Presentation - The White Bear Lake Area School District and the White Bear Lake Police Department have partnered to offer a fraud and scam prevention informational session to community members from 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26 at the White Bear Lake Area Senior Center. See the flyer here.
  • 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.
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! See additional information here, and find the online application page here.

Partnership Updates:

  • 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, click here.
    • Spring into Action - Enjoy a night full of fun during the Spring into Action event at Lakeaires Elementary on Friday, April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Read the flyer for additional details.
    • BearPower Family Breakaway Bike Ride - Join families and community members at the free BearPower Family Breakaway Bike Ride event on Saturday, May 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Otter Lake Elementary. Sign up by Tuesday, May 1 to receive a BearPower T-shirt. View this flyer for more details.
  • 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.
    • 19th Annual Golf Tournament - The 19th annual White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation (WBLAEF) Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 25, 2018 at Indian Hills Golf and Country Club in Stillwater, Minnesota. Indian Hills Golf and Country Club is one of the top private courses in the Twin Cities area and boasts 180 scenic acres of gently rolling hills and pristine greens. The course has a moderate amount of trees and enough water to put even the finest of golfers to the test. From start to finish, golfers are treated to many amenities. A free gift, lunch, drink tickets, golf cart, prizes and dinner buffet just to name a few. Cost is $150 per person. Register by Tuesday, April 17 and you will qualify for a chance to win $100! To register, visit www.wblaef.org or contact the WBLAEF at 651-407-7696. All proceeds benefit the WBLAEF.

Support WBLAS Students:

  • Sunrise Park Community Dinner - Join other families and community members at the Sunrise Park Community Dinner that will take place on Tuesday, April 10 from 5-7:30 p.m. Check out the flyer for more details.
  • Escape the Library - Families are invited to participate in the Escape the Library event by working through puzzles to escape one of two rooms created by the WBLAHS - North Campus Student Tech Club. Learn more about the opportunity.
  • VHES Spring Carnival - Families are invited to attend the VHES Spring Carnival on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where there will be food, games, inflatables, a silent auction and raffle prizes. Learn more about important dates to remember and how to get involved.
  • Purchase "Singin' in the Rain Jr." Tickets - The White Bear Lake Middle Schools Players will be presenting "Singin' in the Rain Jr." on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. Purchase your tickets today.
  • Spring Theatre Productions - See a variety of springtime theatre productions to be performed by district students here.
  • Minnesota Golf Cards for Sale - The boys' golf team is selling Minnesota Golf Cards once again this spring. The cards sell for $35 each and are good at more than 160 golf courses statewide and in western Wisconsin. If you are interested contact Coach Nasvik.
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! See additional information here, and find the online application page here.

Awards and Honors

  • April Recognitions:
    • April - Poetry Month
    • April - Math and Statistics Awareness Month
    • April 4 - Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
    • April 8-14 - National Library Week
    • April 9-13 - Assistant Principals Week
    • April 10 - National Library Workers' Day
    • April 16-20 - Public School Volunteer Week
    • April 22 - Earth Day
    • April 22-28 - Administrative Professionals Week
    • April 25 - Administrative Professionals Day
    • April 27 - Arbor Day
    • April 30 - School Nutrition Employee Week begins
Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7578) to submit District News, General Information, Opportunities or Awards & Honors for inclusion in future publications.