It was a busy couple of mornings, full of generosity, as Birch Lake Elementary students were hard at work cutting, tying, and folding blankets to be given to families in need throughout White Bear. The Student Council members were excited to give back by making warm and colorful keepsakes to provide warmth to others this winter season. The students' hard work was highlighted in this video
. The blankets are being given to "The Closet," which is a resource through the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation that has an ample supply of jackets, mittens, hats and scarves for families in need in White Bear Lake Area Schools. Should you know any families who could benefit from the generosity of our community, please contact "The Closet
" or visit this website
for more information.
Families recently had fun at WBLAHS - North Campus, as they took advantage of the Escape the Library event. Participants were able to solve puzzles, find clues, and figure out how to escape rooms, with various themes, in 50 minutes or less. All of the proceeds went towards WBLAHS - North Campus's MakerSpace. The Escape the Library event was not the only opportunity for families to recently gather at WBLAHS - North Campus. Families were invited to the Community Holiday Feast and Conversation where they could enjoy food and participate in a student-led Intentional Social Interaction experience! While some enjoyed experiences conversing together, one Matoska International student is soaring to new goals. Fifth grade student Abigael Edwards will be attending a USA Luge Selection Camp on ice in New York this December at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center. Abigael tested out their talents earlier this year at a White Castle USA Luge Slider Search opportunity in Minneapolis where it was discovered that Abigael has a knack for fast speeds down a hill. Abigael will be one of 70 selected from 700 trying to earn one of seven USA Luge Junior Development Team spots! Good luck, Abigael and go Bears! In good company, the city of White Bear Lake was recently selected as Minnesota Monthly's 2018 Best Minnesota Town!
Matoska International students are taking the phrase "get your mind moving" to a whole new level. Students have been able to enjoy a bike desk while they are working in class! Check out the awesome opportunity in this video
. This is a way for students to simultaneously focus, get wiggles out, and have fun while learning! The fun continues at Matoska International, as students have been enjoying new boats out on their playground. The students have loved being able to play in the boats and have fun letting their imaginations run free in the new additions to the playground. Beartown Auto Body even donated the paint job on the blue boat to add a fun splash of color to the students' outdoor play space! Other students have been playing in a different way, as they have been showcasing their performance skills at various concerts happening throughout the district, including at Vadnais Heights Elementary where second and third grade students enjoyed their music concert!
From playing instruments to skating indoors, students at Oneka Elementary have been loving every moment of getting to learn how to roller skate at school through lessons in their Physical Education class. Check out the excitement in this video
. The students were even able to recently enjoy an all-school skate event where they could showcase their new skills at Saints North, a Roller Skating Center in Maplewood. On December 14, students will enjoy their final skating event by celebrating their Bear Bucks, a school-wide initiative to acknowledge students demonstrating core values, at an all-school skating extravaganza. Central Middle School's sixth grade AVID scholars and some Sunrise Park Middle School eighth graders were recently able to enjoy a unique experience by taking a field trip to Century College! In other exciting news, a variety of district initiatives were included in projects that recently received grant funding from the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation. Check out the recipients in this White Bear Press article
. Go Bears!
Cooking up learning
The aroma of breakfast burritos recently filled the WBLAHS - South Campus hallways, as Reading for Life students cooked up a breakfast they were able to later enjoy. While eggs were being cracked and cooked, other students were frying the hash browns that would compliment the burritos. The opportunity can be seen in this video
. The experience was a perfect time for students to enhance their life skills by becoming further acquainted with the kitchen through preparation, cooking, and cleaning. In other breakfast news, it was a fun morning at Vadnais Heights Elementary as many enjoyed Doughnuts with Dad. Students could invite a buddy - dad, grandpa, uncle or guardian to enjoy a fun breakfast together! Middle school students could also enjoy fun experiences together, as nearly all Central Middle School sixth graders could participate in an Inventor's Fair where they had to come up with an invention that solved a problem and could present about their solutions!
There was more fun happening throughout the district as Sunrise Park Middle School students were laughing, as they participated in a fun activity to further learn vocabulary in Spanish class through the game Hot Seat. The fun was highlighted in this video
. Two students were in chairs in the front of the room with their backs to the SMART Board and the rest of the class acted out the word they saw on the board. The first of the two students to guess the word received the points. They were also able to continue the learning fun with doing actions to the new story they heard for the first time. While middle school students learned more about Spanish vocabulary, WBLAHS - South Campus students were able to hear from more than 60 speakers at the Annual Career event where they explored various interests and opportunities for their future. Check out a video
of the experience.
School may be out for the day, but students at Willow Lane Elementary are staying busy with a variety of learning opportunities after school. The fun was captured in this video
. Students have the chance to participate in book clubs, opportunities to improve writing and math skills, as well as art enrichment and physical activities. There are basketball teams that are able to dribble, shoot and score with their classmates, which has been a fun experience with students being able to enjoying moving with their friends. From trips down the basketball court to holiday shopping experiences, Vadnais Heights Elementary School Student Council members had fun with a trip to Walmart to shop for the Vadnais Heights Lions Club's Canned Food and Toy Drive. Learn more
about the experience.
Speaking of friends, for those who know of friends and family members looking for a job, White Bear Lake Area Schools is hiring! The district recently hosted the Pop-Up Hiring event where individuals could apply for jobs, learn more information about open positions, and even enjoy interviews. Check out the experience in this video
. There are many district employment opportunities that you can learn more information about here
. There are also other types of exciting opportunities right around the corner with January approaching, which means Welcome to White Bear Month is almost here. Throughout the month of January, White Bear Lake Area Schools will be hosting a variety of information nights and open houses to help you learn more about our District and registration for the 2019-20 school year. Find the complete schedule of activities here
The Week in 62.4 Seconds
Enjoy The Week in 62.4 Seconds videos highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.