It was an invaluable experience for staff members and students from WBLAHS - North and South Campus and the White Bear Lake Area Learning Center who participated in the U.S. History Through a Latino/Chicano Lense opportunity. They were able to have discussions and dive deeper into understanding the country's history while embracing a Latino/Chicano perspective and exploring the connections with current events. There was also information shared about the four levels of integration including Critical Race Theory, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Ethnic Studies Pedagogy and Social Justice Pedagogy. Furthermore, the importance of the how, where, when and why to integrate learnings from history explored through a Latino/Chicano lens into the curriculum were explained in greater detail. The experience can be seen in this video
Oneka Elementary students also embraced experiences! The hallways were filled with soft and decorative blankets, as students were busy tying the strands of fabric together on the outer-edges to create gifts to give to the Yellow Ribbon Network! This organization helps individuals give back to service heroes. The Yellow Ribbon Network is a centralized file management system that has information regarding the eligibility of military and veteran families seeking assistance and collaborates with non-profits to ensure families are getting their needs met. From tying blankets to skating, students at Oneka Elementary have been enjoying roller skating lessons in their Physical Education class and celebrated the entire experience recently at an All-School Skate Day! During the celebration, they even had a visitor show up and join them in the fun - the Mitsubishi Bear! The students posed for pictures with their new-found friend and skated around to showcase their skills!
Favorite winter tunes could be heard all around White Bear, as students in the Mariners Choir at WBLAHS - South Campus gave back to others with a gift of music by traveling through the community and performing! They made several stops at places such as Central and Sunrise Park Middle Schools, District Center and Cerenity Senior Care! Check out the experience in this video
. In other exciting choral news, WBLAHS - South Campus students also recently were able to participate in a Google Hangout where they could connect with one of the composers of their songs! The composer is from Mississippi and listened to the students perform, as well as made time for feedback and discussion! More performances were happening in the district as high school students gathered to sing for staff, community partners, fellow classmates and legislators at the Legislative Breakfast at WBLAHS - North Campus! During this time, students were able to talk to legislators about important topics such as school safety, closing the achievement/opportunity gap and student agency.
The beautiful sounds in the community continued as students who are a part of the Sunrise Park Middle School String Quartet played tunes for those at Cerenity Senior Care! From upbeat music to uplifting contributions, the Lincoln Elementary community participated in their winter Hug-A-Heart event where they gave back to others by making tie blankets to donate to Infant Layettes. They also spent time creating candy canes, cards, and snowflakes to give to Meals on Wheels recipients. The experience was captured in this video
. Elementary students weren't the only ones busy making gifts to give to others! WBLAHS - North Campus students rolled up their sleeves and put on food service gloves, as they made sandwiches to donate to The Sandwich Project Minnesota. This organization's goal is to help feed homeless people in Minneapolis! Their hard work can be seen in this video
Embracing wellness & fun
WBLAHS - North Campus students collaborated during advisory and were able to get know one another while simultaneously creating posters to promote positive wellness concepts such as sleep, equality, kindness, physical activity and eating well! Creativity was flowing all throughout White Bear as community members had an opportunity to attend a class through the Community Services and Recreation Department where they could paint in the style of the late Bob Ross at the Senior Center. Students used a wet-on-wet oil painting technique to create a pink, majestic sunset! Check out the colorful masterpieces in this video
. In other exciting news, fourth graders at Birch Lake Elementary recently had a different kind of "snow day" where they participated in team challenges with a snow theme. The "Build a Snowman" race had students decorating their teachers as snowpeople, and the "Santa's Beard" challenge gave them a chance to throw mini marshmallows at their teachers to see how many would stick to the shaving cream beard.
Speaking of fun, Hmong Cultural Liaison Mee Yang gave early childhood students an unforgettable and exciting lesson about Hmong New Year celebrations and traditions! Students were able to try on Hmong clothes and experience the colorfulness of the Hmong celebration that families are enjoying this time of the year! Check out the fun in this video
. Celebrations continued throughout the district, as students at Birch Lake Elementary participated in the Holidazzle Parade where they traveled through the hallways, waved to their friends and wished them a happy Winter Break! This was a great opportunity for students to demonstrate friendship, inclusion and kindness. Some WBLAHS - North Campus students also enjoyed having fun, as they were able to participate in a Periodic Table Bingo Candy Reward game for doing so well on a recent science test about the Periodic Table!
Exploring great opportunities
WBLPD D.A.R.E. officer Sergeant Vette, a Lincoln alumnus, gave Lincoln fifth graders a lesson in bravery and healthy hobbies by treating them to an accordion concert on their final day of D.A.R.E. lessons. Check out the experience in this video
. D.A.R.E. focuses on teaching students decision-making for healthy and safe living! Lakeaires and Lincoln Elementary fifth grade students later graduated from the program and enjoyed celebrating! Speaking of great opportunities, Welcome to White Bear Month is just around the corner, and while families are always welcome to visit our schools at any time, there are several opportunities in January for parents to learn more about our schools. Check out
the various activities happening in January! To see more of the fun opportunities happening all throughout the district in the Elementary Program, check out this video
Congratulations to students Paul and Rita Kozhimannil who received honorable mention, as they participated in the PowerUp Recipe Contest! They created the 'Overachievers Rainbow Salad' after Rita said they became inspired when they heard about the contest, went into their fridge and took basically every veggie they had and added it to their salad to make a delicious blend. Paul and Rita explained, "We call it the ‘Overachievers Rainbow Salad' because we tried to double the ‘try for 5' goal and make it a rainbow." A few of their photos and their recipe will be featured with other finalists in the newest PowerUp Family Magazine that elementary school students will receive during the School Challenge that is coming up! Check out this video
to see the fun during this contest!
The Week in 62.4 Seconds
Enjoy The Week in 62.4 Seconds videos highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.