January 20, 2019

Student News

  • In photos: Early Childhood adventures
  • Welcome to White Bear Month
  • Hands-on experiences
  • Paying it forward
  • The Week in 62.4 Seconds
  • Activities updates

School Board News

  • School Board Recognitions
  • School Board Meetings

District News

  • General Information
  • Awards and Honors


In photos: Early Childhood adventures

Student News

Welcome to White Bear Month

Families gathered at elementary schools throughout the district to join the Welcome to White Bear tours that were happening at each of the buildings! The tours were an opportunity for families to get to step inside a few classrooms, ask principals any questions they may have and learn about the district's various offerings. The experience was captured in this video. Speaking of tours, there is a more "virtual" way to check out White Bear Lake Area Schools High School program in this video. The experiences continued, as Oneka Extended Day students recently celebrated National Law Enforcement Day with Deputy Kelly Olson! It was a fun opportunity for the students, as they made appreciation bags for the Hugo Fire Department and Washington County Sheriff's Department. Deputy Kelly Olson came to Oneka Elementary to pick up their bags and pose for a picture together! 

While January has been busy with Welcome to White Bear Month activities and recognition days, it has also been full of great concerts with students performing and showcasing their skills with their instruments for families. Central Middle School students recently enjoyed band practice to get ready to perform. The experience can be seen in this video. In the Early Childhood classroom, students have also been enjoying enhancing their skills, as they recently had fun with art projects, dancing to music, and sensory activities at Vadnais Heights Elementary! The fun didn't stop there as they were able to hop through an obstacle course they made! Check out their adventures in this video. In other energetic news, the Pep Band recently had fun performing at a hockey game!

Hands-on experiences

The Tech Club at WBLAHS - North Campus has been staying busy! They've been exploring and expressing their ideas while working with new technologies they've purchased with money that has been raised through fundraisers they've hosted. Check out their hard work in this video. WBLAHS - North Campus students also recently had the opportunity to learn from a Laborers' International Union for North America representative where they explored career pathways related to construction. While students were getting hands-on experience learning about technology and Career Pathways opportunities, parents learned about potential hidden hazards in a teen's domain at The Top Secret Project event. This program gives adults the knowledge they need to be able to identify hazards that are often in plain sight. 

Sunrise Park Middle School students recently had the chance to enjoy hands-on learning, as well. In art class, they were busy making their very own plaster cast hand project! During the project, students constructed the cast by shaping the mold on their hands and then painting them with a unique design. Check out the learning in this video. While some used their hands to create their own masterpieces, other student athletes used their hands to dribble basketballs down the court! Recreational basketball is in full swing and students have been practicing away to play games on Saturday mornings at four different sites throughout the White Bear Lake area. Check out the fun in this video. There were recently more picturesque moments, as Central Middle School students posed for a picture with White Bear Lake Mayor Jo Emerson who visited their classroom to speak about persuasion. The students have been working on writing emails and letters and sending them to people about problems they hope to see fixed. Go Bears! 

Paying it forward

Otter Lake Elementary's parking lot recently transformed into a drive-thru for a cause. Fifth grade students in Carrie Carlson's class hosted this H2O for Hope event to raise money for clean water in Haiti by collecting donations and passing out donuts, fruit, water and coffee! The students were inspired to help those in Haiti when they learned about the need for clean water in the country after working on a persuasive letter and researching the global water crisis. The students raised $960.25 and are looking forward to all of the contributions going to help fill water trucks in Haiti to provide to the people of Cité Soleil. They raised enough money to pay for more than six loads of water, which is 126,000 gallons! Otter Lake Elementary would like to thank Kowalski's Markets and Caribou Coffee in White Bear for their generous contributions. In other giving news, the District Center staff also gave back by raising $872 for the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf! 

The Week in 62.4 Seconds

Enjoy The Week in 62.4 Seconds videos highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.

Activities Updates

Boys' basketball team member, Jeremy Beckler, recently made their 1,000th point and this news was featured in a recent White Bear Press article! Go Bears! 

Find a complete list of all WBLAHS Activities, Athletics and Fine Arts here.


Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7695) to submit Student News for inclusion in future publications. 


School Board News

School Board Recognitions

Before the Jan. 14 School Board Meeting, the School Board recognized the students and adults who participated in this fall's "Mamma Mia! The Musical!" For many years, the White Bear Lake Area High School Theatre Program has represented the district well in the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Program, and this year is no exception. This fall's "Mamma Mia!" production received Outstanding Overall Production and Outstanding Overall Performance - the highest accolades possible. Due to these high marks, the students will have an opportunity to showcase their talents at the Spotlight Showcase in June.

During the Jan. 14 School Board Meeting, the School Board honored the latest National Board Certified teachers including:

  • Lincoln Elementary teacher Katie Anderson
  • Hugo Elementary teacher Jane Briggs
  • Oneka Elementary teacher Evan Weissman (not pictured)

To see clips from the recognitions, watch the January 18 edition of The Week in 62.4 Seconds video

School Board Meetings

School Board meeting agendas, packets, minutes highlights and videos/audio files can be found here.

Date Type Time Location
January 28 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center
February 11 Regular 7 p.m. District Center 
February 25 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center


For highlights from the most recent Board meeting, click here. Find information about the Board's Approval of Land Purchase Agreements here

District News

General Information

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.

Parent Notices

  • District Facilities Planning Committee Update - The District Facilities Planning Committee is wrapping up the first phase of their work. Ninety community and staff members have been working diligently on three committees related to learning spaces, community spaces and physical conditions. The committee will bring the results of their work related to a facility needs assessment to the School Board Work-Study Meeting on January 28. 
  • Monthly Staff & Community Mental Well-Being Series - District staff and families are invited to attend monthly presentations focused on mental well-being. The fifth session of the series is on Tuesday, February 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the WBLAHS - North Campus Theater, which will be a presentation called The Fallacy of Perfect Parenting by FRrē Family Recovery Resource Experts. Check out the details for this upcoming event.
  • Preschool registration - Families may now register for preschool for the 2019-20 school year. Classes fill fast, so check out the registration information today! 
  • The Many Faces of the White Bear Lake Area - The "Changing Traditions: European Settlers, 1850-1950" session of the Many Faces series will take place next Wednesday, Jan. 23 at District Center. Register here.
  • Special Education Parent/Staff Advisory Council (PAC) Meetings - The purpose of the Special Education Parent/Staff Advisory Council is to act as an advisory body to the district through the Student Support Services Administrative Team on behalf of students receiving special education services. The PAC is scheduled to meet four times during the 2018-19 school year and the third meeting is on Thursday, January 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 206 at District Center (4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake). View future meetings on the district's website.
  • New Early Childhood Family Education Outdoor Family Adventure Class - Join us on Saturday mornings at Tamarack Nature Center to learn about animal habitats, search for animal tracks on the trails, discover spring blooms as the thawing begins, and play in our outdoor classroom. This class is a traditional Early Childhood Family Education model class designed for families to enjoy time together while learning outdoors. An early childhood teacher and a Tamarack naturalist will team teach this non-separating class. Check out this flyer for more details.
  • Wellness Committee Meeting - For those interested in attending, the next White Bear Lake Area Schools Wellness Committee Meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 5 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the District Center (4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake), in Room 201. For more information, please view the Wellness Program page on the district's website.
  • Boys' Basketball Cancer Fundraiser Night - Families are invited to come cheer on the Bears against Cretin-Derham Hall at the Boys' Basketball Cancer Fundraiser Night on Friday, February 1 with the 6 p.m. Junior Varsity and 7:15 p.m. Varsity games at WBLAHS - South Campus. Check out this flyer for more information. 
  • Adult coed volleyball - Get your friends together to play adult coed volleyball on Wednesday nights at Oneka Elementary! Teams play 6 versus 6 with 3 men and 3 women. This is a self-officiated recreational league. The league is scheduled to start in late January. For more information, visit this website
  • Bundle Up Bears - Families are invited to the free community Bundle Up Bears event on Saturday, January 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at WBLAHS - North Campus. There will be music, hayrides, photo opportunities, ice skating and more! Visit this Facebook page for more details.
  • We Are Hiring! - The district is hiring for a variety of positions. Find the online application page here.
  • Stay connected! - 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 here and you may find your little one featured in District publications!

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 District Activities Calendar. Find the application here. The Activities Pass is available to residents of the White Bear Lake Area School District who are age 65 and older.
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! See additional information here, and find the online application page here.

Partnership Updates:

  • BearPower is a community-wide movement helping White Bear Lake area families eat well and be active. For more on this community partner and its upcoming events, click here.
    • Family fun time gets BearPowered - BearPower is teaming up with the WBLAS Community Services & Recreation Department to offer a few free Open Gym nights including:
      • Friday, January 25 at Birch Lake Elementary from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
      • Friday, February 8 at Lakeaires Elementary from 6-8 p.m. 
        • BearPower Obstacle Course - Families are invited to enjoy a challenging obstacle course easily adapted to all age and skill levels for free at Lakeaires Elementary on Friday, February 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Check out this flyer for more details.
      • Thursday, March 21 at Matoska International from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • The City of White Bear Lake is located closely to the Twin Cities with a population of nearly 25,000. For more information, visit the City of White Bear Lake's website
    • Rush Line BRT Survey - Community members can check out this information and take this survey (scroll down on the page for the survey) regarding the proposed Rush Line BRT project, which is currently in its environmental analysis phase. This project is currently led by Ramsey County but involves each of the communities along the corridor. The project team is seeking input from community stakeholders on potential station locations in downtown White Bear Lake. Information gathered from the survey will aid the project team and local decision makers as they formulate their recommendations and ultimately their decisions. Please feel free to share this with those who you think may be interested in providing their input.

Support WBLAS Students

  • Love Your Melon Signup - The WBLAHS gymnastics team is selling Love Your Melon hats again as a fundraiser. The description of the item is available here and you can purchase the hats by cash or check, or through FeePay. A step-by-step ordering guide for FeePay can be found here.
  • Minnesota Golf Cards for sale - The Boys' Golf team is once again selling the Minnesota Golf Cards. This is a two for one golf opportunity at hundreds of courses statewide. Please feel free to contact Coach Nasvik to get a Minnesota Golf Card and support the golf program.
  • Donatelli's Takeover - Willow Lane Elementary fifth graders are taking over Donatelli's from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday in February (Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26) and Tuesday, March 5. Stop in for a terrific meal and great service! All tips above and beyond the 15% will go to HopeKids, a charity that supports children with cancer. View this flyer for more details.
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! Find the online application page here.

Awards and Honors

  • 2019 WBLTA Teacher of the Year Nominees - Congratulations to all of our 2019 WBLTA Teacher of the Year Nominees! Check out the list of nominees who now have the opportunity to continue with the selection process by submitting written responses to pedagogical and philosophical questions. After that, six finalists will be selected to interview with members of the community, administration and their fellow teachers. Our final celebration and announcement of the 2019 WBLTA Teacher of the Year will be at the WBLAHS - South Campus Theater on Thursday, April 25.
  • January Recognitions:
    • January - Welcome to White Bear
  • February Recognitions: 
    • Black History Month
    • February 4-8 - National School Counseling Week
    • February 17 - National PTA Founders' Day
    • February 18-22 - School Board Recognition Week

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