September 20, 2013

Have music, will march

The White Bear Lake Area High School Band members have recently marched through rain and shine, with a sunny day's stroll in the Minnesota State Fair Parade and a rainy day adventure for the Township Day Parade. Click here to enjoy photos from the Township Day Parade. 

Next up for the group is an energetic performance in next week's Homecoming Parade - which will start at 3:15 p.m. and will weave through Downtown White Bear Lake. Stop by and enjoy the show, along with participating in a variety of other opportunities for involvement next week. Find a complete list of Homecoming activities here.

The band is in good company in the music program. Our high school bands and choirs receive top state ratings and are honored to perform at the state's most select festivals, our musicals have received top state ratings four years running, and our students consistently receive state and national recognition.

A new "book club" class

The district's Early Childhood program is hosting a special "NurtureShock" class for parents and their children birth through first grade. Similar to other Early Childhood Family Education classes, the class consists of parent child time including play, art activities and songs and a parent-only portion of the class for discussion. During this class, however, the parent-only time will be spent discussing the book 

NurtureShock, which uses current research to offer a new way to look at some preconceived notions about the way we parent. Some of the chapters include topics on the effects of over praising, the results of children being sleep deprived and how children look at diversity.

It has been said that "NurtureShock is a revolutionary new perspective on childhood that up-ends a library's worth of conventional wisdom. Nothing like a parenting manual, NurtureShock gets to the core of how we grow, learn and live."

The class runs Tuesday evenings from 6:15-7:45 p.m. at Hugo Elementary through December 17. Call the Early Childhood Programs at 651-653-3100 for more information or to register. Enrollment is limited.

Up to the challenge

District middle school and high school students were visited by a "loner turned media sensation" recently when Katie Spotz spoke to the students and challenged them to help provide water, sanitation and hygiene education for schools in developing countries. 

Katie's unique tie to the causes is a world record-setting solo row across the Atlantic Ocean in 2010, when she spent more than 70 days in solitude. Through that effort, she raised more than $150,000 for safe water projects in Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Kenya. In 2011, she visited water projects and saw first-hand the results of the funds raised through her adventure.

During her presentation, Katie challenged the students to raise funds for water, so it is very likely that the students will be using her example to come up with unique fundraising ideas of their own! The speaker also shared a mantra that kept her going when she didn't think she had it in her: "At the halfway mark feeling tired and overwhelmed, I told myself 'I'm not rowing 3000 miles, I'm rowing just one mile - 3000 times.'"

Katie's visit was made possible by H2O for Life, a nonprofit organization based in White Bear Lake that has a longstanding working relationship with the district.

The voice on the other end of the line

Hugo and Oneka Elementary families had a fun treat last night, when elementary students delivered a "voicedrop message" that is usually facilitated by administrators and teachers. The unique phone call encouraged families to gather their friends and neighbors to register for the free district-wide BearPower Homecoming Celebration Family 6.24K Walk/Run. Check out the students' compelling message here.

Students made sure to mention that the first 624 registered participants will get a t-shirt and reminded listeners a couple of times that the walk is FREE! Information about the free family walk/run, open to all district families and community members, can be found here.

The walk/run is only one of the Homecoming 2013 activities scheduled to take place September 23-28. The full schedule of Homecoming activities is below:

  • Monday, Sept. 23 - College T-shirt Day, Coronation - 7 p.m. at WBLAHS - South Campus Theater
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24 - Hippie Day, Talent Show - 7 p.m. WBLAHS - South Campus Theater
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25 - Super Hero Day, WBLAHS - North Campus Pep-fest
  • Thursday, Sept. 26 - Neon Day, South Campus Pep-fest/All School Lunch
  • Friday, Sept. 27 - School Spirit Day, Parade - 3:15 p.m. Downtown White Bear Lake, Football game vs. Hastings - 7 p.m. WBLAHS - South Campus
  • Saturday, Sept. 28 - Bear Power Homecoming Celebration Family Walk/Run - 8 a.m. WBLAHS - South Campus, Semi-formal Dance 8-11 p.m.

Activities Updates

WBLAHS Girls' Cross Country runner Bethany Kazak has won three of the four invitationals the girls' team has competed in so far this season. She won the St. Paul Central Invite, the Faribault Invite and the Rum River Invite, where she set a course record of 14:07 for 4000 meters. And she was the runner up at the Marshfield Invite. Bethany was beat by the #1 ranked girl in the state (Anna French). Bethany is currently ranked #3 in the state in the coaches' poll. The cross country team will compete next at the prestigious Roy Griak Invite on Saturday, September 28. WBLAHS Band members recently marched in the Minnesota State Fair and Township Day Parades.

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 Meetings

School Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.

Upcoming meetings

Date Type Time Location
Monday, Sept. 23 Work-Study 5:30 p.m District Center 
Monday, Oct. 14 Regular 7 p.m. District Center
Monday, Oct. 28 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center
Monday, Nov. 11 Regular 7 p.m. District Center