October 20, 2013

District News

Always Part of the Team
Among football team members on the sidelines during homecoming game, one young man leans on his crutches. As time runs out, excited players stream onto the field. He follows vigorously, celebrating the victory.

On senior night before the last home volleyball game, younger players describe their admiration and respect for team leaders. Tears flow. Hugs follow. In the middle of the action stands a player with her foot in a medical boot, stabilizing a season ending injury. She is smiling broadly.

Cross country runners warm up for the conference meet. One junior varsity athlete on crutches calls out encouragement. Other runners join her, laughing and making their way to the sidelines to cheer on the varsity.

Athletes struggle with injuries. Disappointed they can not compete, they may feel low. But in the presence of their teammates, they are still part of the team.

Injuries and illness can interfere with big dreams in sports, on stage, or in the classroom. Healing takes time, whether the injury is visible or on the inside.

This fall as I viewed the events described I saw coaches and teammates pull their injured teammates into the middle of the team. Healing seems to come faster when our students and athletes know they will always be part of the team.

Dr. Michael Lovett


General Information

Capital Projects Levy Updates

You have opportunities to learn more about the Capital Projects Levy at the following Public Meetings:

  • Tuesday, October 15, 1:30-3 p.m. at Senior Center, Normandy Park (2484 East County Road F, White Bear Lake)
  • Monday, October 21, 6-7 p.m. at Hugo City Hall (14669 Fitzgerald Ave North, Hugo)
  • Tuesday, October 22, 7-8 p.m. at Vadnais Heights Elementary (3645 Centerville Road, Vadnais Heights)

You have opportunities to Tour Schools and see how Capital Projects revenue is being used:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 8:30-10 a.m. at WLBAHS - North Campus (5045 Division Avenue, White Bear Lake)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, 8:30-10 a.m. at Sunrise Park Middle School (2399 Cedar Avenue, White Bear Lake)
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 9:30-11 a.m. at Otter Lake Elementary (1401 County Road H2, White Bear Township)

See additional Capital Projects Levy information here.

Community Services

The WBLAS Community Services and Recreation Department provides a wide range of services and opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all members of ISD 624.

  • The Community Services and Recreation Fall 2013 Catalog is now available online. Click here to register for upcoming courses.

Parent Notices:

  • Capital Projects Levy updates - The "Capital Projects Levy information" page on the District website is the place you will find all factual information about the levy. We will continue to add to the page as additional pieces are created and additional information becomes available to share, and we will provide links to this page in our internal and community e-newsletters until the November 5 vote.
  • For parents only - White Bear Lake Area Schools and the White Bear Lake Police Department will host a District-Wide Safety Information Night from 6-8:15 p.m. on November 19, 2013 at WBLAHS - South Campus, with a free dinner being served from 5:30-6 p.m. See a flyer here.
  • Transition Resource Fair - A Transition Resource Fair will take place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, November 21 at WBLAHS - South Campus (3551 McKnight Road in White Bear Lake). Find information about the event here.
  • Stay connected! - Sign up for the Community e-Newsletter, sent out twice a month. Join White Bear Lake Area Schools' social media circles - FacebookTwitter and YouTube.
  • Calling all baby models - We're looking for "Born to be a Bear" photos! Email photos to us at communications@isd624.org and you may find your little one featured in District publications! See an example of a "Born to be a Bear" photo here.
  • Wrestling opportunities - Find a flyer for middle school wrestling opportunities here. Find a flyer for Ice Bears Wrestling Club here.

Senior Program Updates:

The White Bear Area Senior Center is a program of the White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Services & Recreation Department.

  • FREE Activity Pass for Senior Community members (age 65+) - White Bear Lake Area Schools offer a variety of activities - home athletic contests, concerts, and theater productions to name a few. Join us! Call the Superintendent's Office at 651-407-7563 to request a FREE Activity Pass for home athletics events and a 2013-14 District Activities Calendar. The Activities Pass is available to residents of the White Bear Lake Area School District who are age 65 and older.
  • Community Resources - The White Bear Lake Area offers many resources for older adults in the community. Click here to view a comprehensive list of programs and services.

In Every Issue:

  • White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation - The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation, Inc. (WBLAEF) is an independent, non-profit corporation promoting excellence in education in White Bear Lake Area School District 624 schools.
    • Student Activities Scholarship - The Jim Honsa, Sr. Memorial Student Activities Endowment provides access to co-curricular activities for students who may not otherwise have access due to financial need. The scholarship, administered by the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation, provides up to $200 per applicant and is available for grades 9-12 only.
    • Attention 6th - 12th Grade Teachers - The Eugene & Kathleen Johnson Student Enrichment Scholarship is available for any WBLAS 6th - 12th student who would like to participate in enrichment activities such as writing, speaking, journalism, musical performance, and composition. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide opportunities for students that extend beyond the classroom and encourage higher level thinking skills. If you would like a flier to post in your classroom, please contact Lisa Lindvall and she will send you one! Students will be awarded up to $1,000 per individual, with a total amount of $2,000 in grants to be awarded per year. The application is on line for your students to apply at www.wblaef.org. Completed Grant Applications should be sent to WBLAEF at the District Office, 4855 Bloom Ave. Once the $2,000 amount has been reached for the 2013-2014 school year, I will send a note to teachers through the e-newsletter that we are no longer taking applications.
    • Visit our website - Visit our website to see all of the grants the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation has available for teachers:
      • BROSIOUS TEACHING GRANTS are due Thursday, October 24th. You will find a copy of the Brosious Grant Application form on the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation website. Completed Application Forms can be returned to the WBLAEF office at the District Center, 4855 Bloom Ave., White Bear Lake, MN 55110 or it can be e-mailed to our office manager at lisa.lindval@isd624.org, or it can be faxed to our office at 651-407-7643. If you have any questions, please call Lisa Lindval at 651-407-7696. We look forward to receiving your Grant Applications and thank you for applying.
      • The Glasrud Family Fellowship Applications are due February 13, 2014. We hope that having these grant applications available year around on our web site will allow teachers more time to plan & they can fill out their application forms at their own convenience.
    • Supporting art initiatives - The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation awarded five separate art initiatives to four elementary schools in the district. Recipients are Matoska I.B School (Lori Felton, Pam Winkler, & Julie Stonehouse), Willow Elementary (Tracy Gripentrog, Tammy Reed, & Deb Bleymeyer), Birch Lake Elementary (Greg Hjelm& Paula Perron), and Otter Lake Elementary (LuAnneOklobzija).
    • Bleed Orange and Black - Foundation board members also handed out team spirit shirts reading, "Bleed Orange and Black". To find out how to get a team spirit shirt contact the Foundation office at www.wblaef.org.
  • Energy Efficiency Program - The Schools for Energy Efficiency® (SEE) is a comprehensive program for K-12 schools to save energy and money by changing behavior throughout the district. Find the October tip sheet, and change a light bulb for National Energy Awareness Month, here.
  • MacPhail Center for Music - Save $25 on music lessons at MacPhail Center for Music's location at Birch Lake Elementary when you register by December 31. Mention WBLDIST-FALL14. Valid for new students only. Call 612-321-0100 or go to macphail.org, flyer available by clicking here.
  • BearPower - BearPower is excited to announce that the White Bear Area YMCA will be hosting monthly family activities, starting in November! Join us on Sunday, November 10th from 1-4 pm at Tamarack Nature Center. The afternoon will include a scavenger hunt, nature walk and free play. This month's event is FREE for all families - so join us!
    Find a flyer here.
  • Chamber of Commerce "Green Expo" event - The White Bear Area Chamber is planning to hold a free "Green Business Expo" from 5-7 p.m. on October 29th at Kellerman Event center in Downtown White Bear Lake. The focus will be on water efficiency, business waste recycling, and energy conservation. We have a number of businesses that have booths at this event. Find additional information here.


Support WBLAS Students:

  • Support the White Bear Lake Area High School Band Program - The WBLAHS Band Program is in competition to win $3000 from MazdaEdu. Find information about the competition here.
  • Mark your calendar for WBLAHS Fall Musical! - The WBLAHS 2013 Fall musical is Once Upon A Mattress. A parody on the story of Princess and the Pea, this fun-for-all-ages musical is sure to entertain! This rated PG spoof of a potential marriage between the prince and the princess (from the swamp) has many fun twists and turns. A cross between Shrek and Cirque Du Soleil, this high energy show will be sure to wow the audience and tickle the funny bone! The show will be performed at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8,9,14,15 and 16. A 2 p.m. matinee will be performed on Nov. 9 (matinee free for senior citizens). All performances will take place at the WBLAHS - North Campus Theater. Tickets will be available online October 28.
  • Support the Wrestling Team - White Bear Lake Wrestling will host a Spaghetti Dinner from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, October 28 at WBLAHS - South Campus. Dine-in or carry out are available. Cost is only $7. All proceeds benefit the White Bear Lake Area High School Wrestling Team.

Awards and Honors

Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7578) to submit District News, General Information, Opportunities or Awards & Honors for inclusion in future publications.

Ambassadors of "good"

White Bear Lake Area High School students are learning first-hand what it means to represent the district well with the Ambassadors program. More than 130 students helped out at the Oct. 6 Twin Cities Marathon - getting there by 6 a.m. to run a water-stop and encourage runners with White Bear Pride.

A couple of days later, 40 WBLAHS - North Campus students joined other District students, and 18,000 other kids from around the state, for WE Day at the Xcel Energy Center. The students were inspired to continue to make a difference in our school, community, and world. A short video the group made about the day can be found here

Other initiatives have taken place a bit closer to home. New Ambassadors recently participated in an "Immersion Day" that allowed all new Ambassadors to work on team-building, challenging themselves, and having fun. Next week, the group will clean a portion of Highway 61 as part of our Adopt-a-Highway initiative.

Hugo hair and habitat

Students at Hugo and Oneka Elementary Schools recently had a hair-and-raising experience. They raised more than $27,000 and earned a double-prize of shaving Associate Principal Healy's head and "gluing and feathering" Principal Dahlem. The fundraiser supports the students and the PTA, which in turn supports the school's math/reading interventions, provides students with extra art lessons with Amy Servatious, purchases SmartBoards and programs that enhance student learning, and gives some money for each individual teacher to purchase materials for student success.

Other excitement happening at the northern end of the district is of the outdoor variety. The School Board approved a resolution to establish and maintain a Hugo School forest and outdoor classroom in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In addition to that partnership, a local Boy Scout working toward his Eagle Scout Badge built 33 outdoor learning boxes (also known as "field desks") that the students have been using this year.

One fifth grade Oneka student took it one step further. She worked with her family to secure the funding and materials, then they worked together to build and outfit another 35 boxes for the school's students. Hugo company JL Schwieters Building Supply Construction, Inc. supplied the wood needed. 

The good will spread even further when another student in the class brought in money for the clip boards and magnifying glasses to stock in the boxes. The class is looking forward to staining and varnishing the boxes, tying in the handles, sliding in the clip boards, and heading back outside for some more outdoor learning opportunities!


On the move

Last week saw students walking and running in all directions! Students at Lakeaires Elementary participated in their annual "Walk and Read" activity this week, incorporating exercise and literacy on a beautiful fall day. Students walk a designated path and drop change into buckets along the path. This year the change collected will help support the Lakeaires Student Leadership's activities through the school year.

Enjoy a video of the students wrapping up the "walking" portion of their day with an enthusiastic celebration of Lakeaires!

Central also hosted its annual one-mile-run recently. Students qualified for the race in physical education class, then competed in front of the student body. The event is an annual favorite, with racers decked out in Bears gear and bystanders cheering from the sidelines.

A few weeks ago, District families and students of all ages participated in a BearPower Homecoming Celebration Fun Run, an event created to engage families in the District's BearPower initiative and celebrate the spirit of homecoming week. The 365 participants chose from two courses - a 1 mile and 6.24 K. 

The event was an example of partners-in-action. Walkers/runners warmed up with zumba and dancing, led by YMCA staff members. The district's Community Service Department facilitated the event and had the popular Rec T-Shirts tweaked for the race, and Festival Foods offered participants 

ALC Craft Sale

The White Bear Lake Area Learning Center's second annual Craft and Treasure sale was a great success. There were a variety of vendor selling their unique wares. There were also many members of the White Bear community who come out to peruse the sale and eat concessions. Several enthusiastic ALC students volunteered to work the concession stand, wait on vendors, help both shoppers and vendors find their way around, and help with set-up and clean-up. 

The success was a financial one as well, bringing in a profit of almost $1,000. The money will help ALC teacher Tim McGraw fund his Economics project centering around KIVA, an organization that offers entrepreneurial loans to people around the world. The funding will also allow ALC Language Arts teacher Michele Greenhalgh to take several ALC students to a theatrical production of Othello at the Guthrie Theater this Spring. 

The ALC expresses a heartfelt thank you to all who participated as shoppers or sellers, helping raise more money to enhance rigor in our classrooms!  

Activities Updates

The Ambassadors have been busy lately, with stints volunteering with the Twin Cities Marathon, attending WE Day with 18,000 other kids,Adopt-a-Highway clean-up initiatives, and "Immersion Day" for new Ambassadors. The Cheerleaders competed against 17 other teams from our state and had the overall highest score which earned them their 4th consecutive State Championship this past weekend on October 12th at the Minnesota State Cheer-Off. Along with their victory, Juniors Baylie Sherrick, Bailee Ehnstrom, Maddi Galloway, Kenzie Kaspszak, Tiffany Wallace, and Michelle LaCasse 6 were honored as All-State cheerleaders. The Girls Cross Country team finished 4th at the conference meet on Tuesday, October 15th. We had 3 All Conference Athletes; Bethany Kozak (4th), Allison Ternes (14th) and Katelyn Galvin (15th). And 7th grader Emily Brockberg earned Honorable Mention All Conference Honors (30th). The Junior Varsity squad finished 2nd in the conference and was lead by Isabel Brown (7th), Sophie Perron (9th) and Olivia Schwintek (10th). Congratulations to the South Campus Student Council members, who collected more than 3,000 pounds of food items for our White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf during last week's Harvest Bowl football game vs. Mounds View. Also, congratulations to the Football team, which pulled off a regular-season win vs. Mounds View for the first time in a decade! White Bear Lake Wrestling will host a Spaghetti Dinner from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, October 28 at WBLAHS - South Campus. Dine-in or carry out are available. Cost is only $7. All proceeds benefit the White Bear Lake Area High School Wrestling Team. The WBLAHS 2013 Fall musical is Once Upon A Mattress. A parody on the story of Princess and the Pea, this fun-for-all-ages musical is sure to entertain! This rated PG spoof of a potential marriage between the prince and the princess (from the swamp) has many fun twists and turns. A cross between Shrek and Cirque Du Soleil, this high energy show will be sure to wow the audience and tickle the funny bone! The show will be performed at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8,9,14,15 and 16. A 2 p.m. matinee will be performed on Nov. 9 (matinee free for senior citizens). All performances will take place at the WBLAHS - North Campus Theater.

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

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

School Board Recognition

Before the October 14 School Board meeting, students who were honored in the AP Scholar and National Merit programs were honored.

School Board Meetings

School Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.

Upcoming meetings 

Date Type Time Location
Monday, Oct. 28 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center
Monday, Nov. 11 Regular 7 p.m. District Center
Monday, Nov. 25 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center