Two White Bear Lake elementary classrooms have used the power of technology to keep in touch with volunteers and teachers abroad. At Otter Lake Elementary School, John Barnes' second-grade class helped decorate a quilt for a soldier in Afghanistan through the Soldiers' Angel program.
Barnes' stepmother, Penny Barnes, has participated in the program in the past and often writes letters and sends care packages to soldiers overseas. In December, Penny, who owns a quilting company, and Don Barnes, John's father, traveled from Iowa to visit John's classroom and help the students decorate American flag-themed fabric squares.
Penny used the fabric squares to design and create a quilt to send overseas. After finishing the quilt, Penny video called John's class so they could see the finished product before she shipped it out on Jan. 23.
In Kathleen Elletson's kindergarten class at Birch Lake Elementary, Miss Silvia, a student teacher from Barcelona, has been teaching kids about technology and Spanish culture.
On Friday, the class connected with a "sister school" in Barcelona using Google Chat and interactive white board program called Scriblink. Silvia, who will be with Elletson's class until the end of March, has opened the kindergartners eyes to a culture across the globe through new and exciting technology tools.
Optimal health and athleticism is rewarding throughout the many stages of life. On Feb. 5, eleven seniors at South Campus were rewarded for their athletic achievements by participating in National Signing Day and signing letters of intent to attend college as student athletes next fall.
That morning, family members, friends, and coaches gathered at South Campus to celebrate these students' accomplishments and congratulate them on continuing to pursue athletic excellence in college. To see a full list of the students, scroll down to the Activities Updates section. Find an image gallery from the morning here
Our elementary students at White Bear Lake Area Schools look up to these promising individuals and strive to lead healthy and active lives as well. The YumPower Challenge currently underway is a true testament to how students enjoy eating healthy.
Reactions from parents and staff members have been overwhelmingly positive. One parent, Diane Smith, said her first-grade son George worked on the entire YumPower Power Pack book as soon as he got home from the first day of the challenge. He also asked his mother if she would help him make a chef's hat.
Both Leah Sitka, first grade teacher at Hugo Elementary, and Amy Corner, second grade teacher at Oneka Elementary, have been very impressed with the snacks their students have brought to class over the past few weeks.
"I have been so impressed with the snacks I see the kids trying in class. They bring multiple types of fruits and veggies to eat!" stated Sitka.
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