Step by step, Vadnais Heights Elementary students had fun racing to the finish line at their Be Strong Run. Color was flying as the students laughed with their friends and had fun being active. Check out the colorful excitement in this video
. Many students had prepared for the event by training as part of the Vadnais Heights Elementary Run Club, which was held after school in the beginning of the school year. The Be Strong Run was a time for all students to celebrate the rewarding and fun feeling of moving and playing with their classmates! Lakeaires PreK and kindergarten students were also active and participated in their annual Costume Walk where they could have fun with their friends during the school day. The fall fun continued, as Hugo Elementary first graders celebrated fall with pumpkins they decorated as their favorite book characters!
WBLAHS - North Campus students, who are spending their first and second fall seasons in the United States, also had fun with carving pumpkins and learning more about the uniquely American tradition. With fall comes many leaves, and Lincoln Elementary students stayed busy helping their school's neighbors with fall clean-up at the annual Fall Hug-A-Heart event. It was recently a relaxing and refreshing morning as community members gathered for another fun event, Family Yoga Day. This is a great way to honor how Mayor Jo Emerson and the White Bear Lake City Council proclaimed the second Saturday of November White Bear Lake Family Yoga Day. This opportunity has been an exciting way for families to celebrate wellness in the community while learning many new yoga tips and tricks from LifeCore Yoga!
Passion and performances
The upbeat music and energetic dancing in the White Bear Lake Area High School's Production of "Mamma Mia! The Musical" captivates audiences from the opening scene to the final song. "Mammia Mia! The Musical" takes place on a Greek island where main character, Sophie, dreams of a perfect wedding. In order to make Sophie's wedding perfect, it must include Sophie's father giving them away. There is one problem - Sophie doesn't know who their father is. Sophie takes matters into their own hands and secretly invites three possible fathers, who Sophie found after looking at their mom's old diaries. Sophie is left with a challenge to figure out who Sophie's father is, which turns into a fun and lively story that leaves many audience members wanting to both dance and sing along the entire time. A sneak preview of the production can be seen in this video
. There is one more weekend of performances left that take place at 7 p.m. on November 15-17 and 2 p.m. on November 17. Tickets
have been selling out quickly and may not be available for much longer.
In other exciting news, students throughout the district have been embracing election season as an opportunity to learn more about constitutional rights and processes. WBLAHS - South Campus students were trained in and served as student election judges for Ramsey County on Election Day! This was a first for White Bear students who were able to serve at various voting precincts throughout the White Bear area. Other high school students joined in on the voting fun, as WBLAHS - North Campus even had a mock election set up where students could vote and get a feel of what it will be like to go the polls when they are of legal voting age. The experience was captured in this video
. While some were able to take a "trip to the polls" other WBLAHS - South Campus students traveled to the White Bear Center for the Arts to learn more about raku firing. Raku firing is a process where materials are removed from a kiln at red heat and are placed in containers of the combustible materials. After being set in these materials, the smoke blackens raw ceramic surfaces and reacts with special raku glazes, creating a predictable yet captivating surface.
For the past seven years, Russian educators have visited White Bear Lake Area Schools for the day to see the teaching and learning happening at the buildings. This year, seven Russian educators stopped by classrooms to learn more about many areas of interest including special education service delivery models, related services, and instructional strategies. Check out their fun visit in this video
. It was also fun to learn that Russian visitors from a couple of years ago ended up taking back ideas about Sunrise Creations, the card creating opportunity at Sunrise Park Middle School, and implemented it into their own schools in Siberia. They even were able to check out the quilt at Central Middle School that was exchanged in The Friendship Quilt Project where the White Bear Lake Rotary Club and community of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia collaborated in a quilt exchange. After visiting the buildings, the educators were also able to learn about district-wide departments and initiatives such as White Bear Lake Area Schools' Strategic Plan.
There were other learning opportunities happening throughout the district, as community members gathered for Safety Information Night where they could learn about important topics presented by the White Bear Lake Police Department. The evening kicked off with a free pizza dinner! After dinner, adults were able to attend breakout sessions that covered topics such as mental health, human trafficking, internet safety, youth drug trends and awareness and teen driving laws and safety. Check out the event in this video
. From Safety Information Night to Family Game Night, families at Birch Lake Elementary could enjoy games and activities to take home to practice numeracy skills! Sunrise Park Middle School students were also able to enhance their skills in Spanish class by celebrating the Day of the Dead, where they danced, learned more about the holiday and created paper skulls.
The aroma of fresh baked goods filled the Senior Center, as community members gathered for the annual Holiday Boutique and Bake Sale. Artisans were able to offer their unique gifts to community members that were handmade by seniors. This was also an opportunity for community members to check out the Craft Corner and shop for fun and one-of-a-kind household items! The annual Holiday Boutique and Bake Sale wasn't the only fun gathering happening in the district. Oneka Elementary students recently enjoyed their Attendance Breakfast, which is a time for students to celebrate that they have been at school every day, all day for the entire month with their friends and a caring adult they could invite. The fun was captured in this video
. Each student who has perfect attendance gets a certificate and each classroom teacher picks one student's name out of a hat to participate in the Attendance Breakfast that takes place every month! This is a great way to celebrate the important impact attendance has on learning! In other celebratory news, Lakeaires Elementary won the traveling trophy for being the school that had the most participants at the BearPower Homecoming 6.24K Family Fun Walk/Run! Congratulations, Lakeaires!
This month has been an exciting one, as WBLAHS - South Campus hosted a Food Drive and collected a large donation for the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf! There were many school participants throughout the district including Lincoln Elementary, Matoska International, Otter Lake Elementary, Sunrise Park Middle School, WBLAHS - North and South Campuses, WBL Area Learning Center and Willow Lane Elementary. In other accomplished news, alumnus Peder Solberg was highlighted in a South Dakota State University publication for their participation in Mayo's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship! Check out the article. From accomplishments to more fun, families recently enjoyed coming together at Sunrise Park Middle School for AVID Family Night! The great experiences continued, as staff members throughout the district enjoyed professional development opportunities. Transition Education Center staff members even listened to a Metro Transit presentation that taught them about using the city bus and light rail, and better understanding how to support students to use these modes of transportation. Now that staff members feel more comfortable, they hope to take Transition Education Center students into the community to learn the skills and increase their independence.
The Week in 62.4 Seconds
Enjoy The Week in 62.4 Seconds videos highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.