April 5, 2013

Child's play

District students as young as kindergarten and as old as 12th grade are taking the stage in April. 

Next week, the White Bear Lake Area High School's Theater Program will present Macbeth, a modern adaptation of Shakespeare;s most brutal play. Performances are scheduled for at 7 p.m. April 11, 12 and 13 and at 2 p.m. April 13 at White Bear Lake Area High School - North Campus Theater. Tickets, $7 for students/seniors and $10 for adults, are available online at www.wbltheater.com. The matinee performance is free for senior citizens.

The following week, Central and Sunrise Park Middle School students will come together to perform the Middle School Players' production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. at 7 p.m. on April 18 and April 19 and at 2 p.m. on April 20 at the White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Auditorium. Reserved seating tickets are on sale at The Nest in downtown White Bear Lake for $5 each.

Last but not least, Lincoln Elementary K-5th graders will be performing the musical Annie Jr. at White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Auditorium. There are 4 performances available: 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Tickets may be purchased at The Nest in downtown White Bear Lake through April 25 for $8 each.

Service with a smile

Earlier this week, fifth graders from Willow Lane Elementary served Senator Franken, White Bear Police Chief Bankes, White Bear Lake Mayor Jo Emerson and former Willow Lane Elementary principal Barb Kearn, among other community VIPs.

The event was the "Donatelli's Take-Over" experience, which has become a Willow tradition over the past few years. The students prepared resumes and interviewed with Donatelli's owner Trish Appleby before coming in for on-the-job training the day they "take over" all aspects of the operation - from welcoming customers, preparing food, serving food and figuring out checks.

Find photos of this week's experience at the District's Facebook page. Check out the experience for yourself next Tuesday, when special guest Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius will join the students for lunch!

Simple gifts

Sunrise Park Middle School students are learning the collective value of simple gifts through the school's popular Community Dinner event. This year's event saw more than 550 plates of Donatelli's spaghetti served and more than $5000 raised for the Wall of Wishes campaign, which covers the gamut from simple classroom supplies to DVD classroom sets, "clicker" systems and interactive white boards.

Student performances that evening included jazz band, choir, and middle school musical highlights. Sunrise adults joined the fun as well, offering a staff band performance. Another highlight of the event was the "Sunrise Has Talent" contest finals that took place at the end of the evening. Acts included singing, guitar playing, and dancing, with sixth grader Emily Marier singing her way to the championship spot.

The evening, organized by the Sunrise Parent Group, was made possible by the hours of volunteer time donated by students, staff members and parents. Sunrise parents who started the event four years ago have followed their students to White Bear Lake Area High School and are using the lessons they learned initiating the middle school community-gathering fundraiser to plan a community-wide event at the high school.

The White Bear Lake Area High School - North Campus Taste of Spring Fundraiser will take place from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at WBLAHS - North Campus. $10 per person ($12 the day of the event) buys tastes from Acapulco Restaurant, Culvers, Domino's, Tria Restaurant, Flicker Meats, The Olive Branch Oil & Spice, Bakers Square, Subway, White Bear Nutrition, Donatelli's and Costco - all of which have generously donated 400 samples so 100% of the ticket price will go to purchase Chromebooks for WBLAHS - North Campus. The event will offer activities, entertainment, and competitions.

Best buds

Walking down the halls at Matoska International IB World School, you can peek your head into the classrooms to see groups of first graders practicing their spelling and huddles of fifth graders working on a science project, but occasionally you'll also catch first and fifth graders working together. Each time the two grades meet, the scene turns into a frenzy of smiles, hugs, high fives and a secret handshake or two.

Matoska understands that learning happens in different ways, at different ages and can come from a wide variety of teachers. A long-standing tradition dating back to Centerpoint Elementary, the Cross-Age Buddy Program pairs students from first grade with a fifth grade buddy to provide a unique way for both participants to learn. Most importantly, the students love it!

Buddy pairs spend time reading together each Friday, but also team up for cooking activities, holiday decorating, outdoor games, craft projects and more! Most recently students from Pam Winkler's first grade class and Lori Felton's fifth grade class attended a concert at the Ordway Theater and made time for some fun in the last snows of winter. Although the official program only lasts a year, many students find that their buddies evolve into long-lasting friends.

Activities Updates

Congratulations to the Archery Team on a successful season. Both High School teams qualified to continue onto the National NASP Tournament in Louisville this May. Individual national qualifiers include: A.J. Rautenberg - 4th Grade Division, Jacob Spring - 6th Grade Division, Maddie Chaplin - HS Girls Division, Calvin Denker - HS Boys Division, and Brady Ballis - HS Boys Division. WBLAHS Band Students recently took part in the Region 4AA Large Group Band Contest. Congratulations to the South Campus Symphonic Band and South Campus Wind Ensemble for earning Superior ratings at the Class 1 level.

White Bear Lake Area High School Athletics schedules can be found here.

A comprehensive 2012-13 District Activities schedule can be found here

Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7578) to submit Student News for inclusion in future publications.

Upcoming meetings

Date Type Time Location
Monday, April 8 Regular 7 p.m. District Center Community Room 112
Monday, April 22 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center Room 201
Monday, May 13 Regular 7 p.m. District Center Community Room 112
Monday, May 20 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center Room 201