October 14, 2018

Student News

  • In photos: A happy 2018 Homecoming!
  • Homecoming joy
  • Fruity news
  • Skating towards fun
  • Awesome adventures
  • The Week in 62.4 Seconds
  • Activities updates


School Board News

  • School Board Recognitions
  • School Board Meetings


District News

  • General Information
  • Awards and Honors


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In photos: A happy 2018 Homecoming!

Student News

Homecoming joy

Orange, orange and more orange filled the stands at the Bear's Homecoming football game against Woodbury! The football game was just one of the many exciting events that students, community members and staff could gather for while enjoying celebrating Homecoming! Pep fests, Coronation, a semi-formal Homecoming Around the World Dance and an abundance of sporting events filled the calendar throughout the week. Andrea Thompson and Casey Keeling were named the 2018 Homecoming Queen and King. Congratulations to all of Homecoming Royalty and the Prince and Princesses including Zachariah Weiman, Hannah Ertle, Cameron Sharlow and Danielle Auger. The cheerleaders focused on the "School Song" and fun cheers to get everyone excited at the game. Their hard work can be seen in this video. Each day, students could dress up to celebrate Homecoming by enjoying PJ Day, Tourist Day, Decade Day, Neon Day and Spirit Day! Staff members even dressed up for Pink Out Day!

Central Middle School's Student Council celebrated with Kindness in Chalk, where they wrote positive and encouraging messages on the school's sidewalks to greet students as they walked into school on Homecoming Day. The Student Council members also dressed in their favorite Bear wear and cheered for their fellow classmates to get them in the school spirit while heading to their classes. Middle school students weren't the only one's with Bear pride, as elementary students at Lincoln Elementary filled the school with their blue t-shirts for Lincoln Spirit Day. Some second grade students even had fun with equation chains while celebrating Spirit Day, which can be seen in this video. At the end of the celebratory week, families gathered and enjoyed the BearPower Homecoming 6.24K Family Fun Walk/Run. Bear and Chomp, BearPower's mascot, were energizing, as they encouraged runners and walkers in their adventures. Bear also showed up and encouraged students recently who are in the Vadnais Heights Elementary Run Club, as runners have been enjoying staying active after school. Check out the fun in this video

Fruity news

Students at Lakeaires Elementary joined schools, colleges, and individuals throughout the Great Lakes Region states, as they took giant bites into delicious locally grown apples in celebration of the third annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch and National Farm to School Month. The Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch promotes eating well and supports farm to school and other local food purchasing initiatives. Check out this video to see the great experience in action. The students joined together as a community to sing "Apples and Bananas," take the big crunch, and watch a short video about Johnny Appleseed. The Great Crunch aligns with the kindergarten and first grade curriculum. As a community, this was a way to celebrate farm-to-table processes and healthy food choices using music and movement. This event is also fitting for October, as National School Lunch Week is recognized between October 15-19. While students enjoyed eating well at Lakeaires Elementary, they also had fun being active, as they participated in Walk to School Day! Participating in this experience contributes to a cleaner environment, promotes safety and encourages active habits. The Walk to School Day fun was also highlighted in this video.

From one apple to the next, early childhood students at Tamarack Nature Center thoroughly enjoyed their experience learning about how to make the perfect apple cider. Students put on their fall gear and hiked out to the apple orchard to explore and learn more about how to find the perfect apple to make cider with. Students were excited, as they washed the apples and prepared them for cider-making by placing them in the apple cider press. Each student was able to step up to the press and take their turn at pressing all of the delicious juices out to make for the perfect and refreshing fall treat. Early childhood students were also able to learn about and make applesauce. Check out this video of the opportunity. Community members also had the perfect opportunity to learn more at the free Senior Housing Awareness Day where they could get more information about housing opportunities and options throughout the White Bear Lake area.

Skating towards fun

The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation's 2018 BEAR Legacy Fundraiser event was a success, as community members gathered to give back to students! This is an annual event, and this year was also a milestone to celebrate, as the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation celebrated its 25th Anniversary! Attendees had an opportunity to enjoy delicious food, a silent auction and live entertainment. Community members can learn more about how they can give back to students and the community by attending the Community Volunteer Fair on Monday, October 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at WBLAHS - North Campus in the cafeteria. There will be information for students looking to complete service hours, adults and families looking for ways to get involved and much more. View this flyer for details.

In other exciting news, the North Campus Tech Club ran an Escape Room for the WBLAHS - North Campus teachers on their recent Staff Development Day. This activity was great for staff morale, wellness, and team-building. Tech Club students held their first Escape The Library Community event last March and it was a sweeping success! There will be two new family-friendly Escape Rooms (one with an Egyptian theme and another a secret mission theme) this year along with last year's popular Ghost in the Library themed room. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming editions of the e-newsletter regarding dates and tickets. There are other fun opportunities coming up with Open Skating around the corner. The Hippodrome's ice has been freshly painted and is sporting Bear pride with orange and black paint outlining the rink design. The rink is getting ready for visitors soon, as the first Open Skating event will begin taking place on Saturday, November 3 through March 3. Open Skating is open on Saturdays from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. and some non-school days from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. (including Nov. 21, 23, Dec. 27, 28, Jan. 21). We hope to see you there!

Awesome adventures

Congratulations to Brice Peters for recently being KARE 11's Hot Highlights winner! Brice was the winner of Hot Highlights, where people can vote for their favorite football play of the week, for a one-handed catch in the end zone in a game against Osseo, winning a $1,000 check for White Bear Lake Area High School! Check out Brice being recognized for this accomplishment in the October 5 edition of The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. Other high school students were recently able to also experience a winner of an experience by celebrating Manufacturing Day and enjoying trips to tour local businesses such as Mold Craft, Teamvantage, MME group, Inc. and Specialty Mfg. Co. In other Career Pathways news, students who are interested in pursuing a career in Automotive, Construction Trades, and/or Manufacturing will also have the exciting opportunity to participate in the MEA Career Sampler where they can gain hands-on experience at local businesses.

Visitors from around the world have been enjoying local experiences recently, as twelve Chinese students and two Chinese teachers from Hangzhou Foreign Language School, China recently visited White Bear Lake Area High School. During their stay in White Bear, they shadowed their host WBLAHS family students to classes at WBLAHS - South Campus. They also met the mayor of White Bear Lake, visited the White Bear Lake City Hall and Police and Fire Department! Other visitors have also recently been enjoying their adventures in White Bear. Students and teachers from Leipzig, Germany have been having fun by participating in activities at WBLAHS - South Campus, touring the White Bear Lake Police and Fire Department and will continue the fun by participating in several exploratory outings throughout the Twin Cities area.

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



Activities Updates

Congratulations to Brice Peters who was recently voted as KARE 11's Hot Highlights winner for a one-handed catch in the end zone in a game against Osseo. Also, the cross country teams recently ran at the Griak Invitational and were highlighted in this 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 October 8 School Board Meeting, the School Board congratulated the following students for their accomplishments:

  • AP Scholars
  • AP Scholars with Honor
  • AP Scholars with Distinction

To see clips from the recognitions during the ceremony, watch the October 12 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
October 22 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center
November 12 Regular 7 p.m. District Center 
November 26 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center


For highlights from the most recent Board meeting, click 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.

  • Seasonal catalogs are available now! You can find them here
  • Digital Backpack information is emailed to parents every other Thursday and available here.
  • The Senior Program has two guides available for seniors. Read the 2019 White Bear Area Guide to Senior Housing and the 2019 White Bear Area Guide to Senior Transportation. The White Bear Area Guide to Senior Transportation is available now at the Senior Center and the White Bear Area Guide to Senior Housing will be available in two weeks.
  • The latest edition of the Senior Voice is available
  • Check out the latest edition of the Community Bridge Consortium newsletter that is available online.

Parent Notices

  • Comprehensive Facilities Plan - The district's first Facility Planning Committee Meeting took place earlier this week. Find all materials shared with members of the three sub-committees here.
  • The Many Faces of The White Bear Lake Area - Community members are invited to participate in this collaborative, which introduces participants to the people who inhabited the area around the lake during various periods of time. This is a continuation of last season's community conversations around the book "A Good Time for the Truth." The first event will be on Wednesday, November 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. at White Bear Lake District Center and another event will be held at Mahtomedi District Education Center on Tuesday, December 4 from 10-11:30 a.m. Learn more about the series and mark your calendar for upcoming events.
  • Monthly Staff & Community Mental Well-Being Series - District staff and families are invited to attend monthly presentations focused on mental well-being. The first session of the series is "Know the Truth" by MN Adult and Teen Challenge and will be held at the District Center Auditorium on Wednesday, October 24. Learn more about this session and upcoming series opportunities. 
  • ParentCamp - Parents are invited to ParentCamp on Wednesday, October 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at WBLAHS - North Campus where they can come together with other parents and teachers for actual, face-to-face discussion about what is best for kids. View this postcard in English and Spanish for more information.
  • Community Volunteer Fair - Families are invited to learn more about volunteer opportunities throughout White Bear Lake Area Schools and surrounding communities at the Community Volunteer Fair on Monday, October 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at WBLAHS - North Campus in the cafeteria. View this flyer for details.
  • Transition Resource Fair - WBLAHS - South Campus will be hosting a Transition Resource Fair, sponsored by the Community Transition Interagency Committee (CTIC) on Thursday, November 15 from 4-7 p.m. Community organizations will come together to share information on independent living, housing, vocational rehabilitation services, county and advocate services, mental health and employment services.
  • Career Pathways Expo - All are welcome to attend the free Career Pathways Expo at WBLAHS - South Campus on Thursday, November 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. where families can meet industry professionals, explore hands-on demos and learn more about Career Pathways. View this flyer for details.
  • Free Community Baby Shower - You and your baby are invited to join other parents of new babies, birth to six months old, for a free Community Baby Shower on Tuesday, October 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Normandy Park Education Center. Learn more
  • We Are Hiring! - The district is now hiring substitute teachers, Extended Day staff, nutrition services staff, bus drivers, paras and more. Find the online application page here.
  • Stay connected! - Join White Bear Lake Area Schools' social media circles - Facebook and Twitter.
  • 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.
    • PowerUp Press - The Back to School issue of the PowerUp Press is now available. This issue is filled with many fun ways for your students and families to be active and PowerUp outdoors (and indoors, too) this fall and winter!
  • Ramsey County is located in the middle of the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area, and more than 540,000 Minnesotans make their homes in Ramsey County. For more information, visit the Ramsey County website.
    • Bruce Vento Regional Trail Extension: Highway 96 to County Road J - Ramsey County Parks and Recreation is initiating a planning study to refine alternative regional trail alignment corridors located between Highway 96 and County Road J in the cities of White Bear Lake and White Bear Township. This process will find one preferred trail alignment for the Bruce Vento Regional Trail. There has been one community meeting and there will be one more community meeting to gather feedback on Thursday, October 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Read this flyer for more information about the Community Engagement Meeting.
  • The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation (WBLAEF) is an independent, non-profit corporation promoting excellence in education in White Bear Area School District 624 schools.
    • WBLAEF grant applications - The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation is once again offering grants for teachers. Applications can be found on their website. Please contact the Foundation Office at 651-407-7696 for more information. The application deadlines are as follows:
      • Brosious Grant - applications due October 23
      • Glasrud Fellowships - application due January 29, 2019
      • E3 Grants - application due March 5, 2019 

Support WBLAS Students:

  • Purchase "Mamma Mia! The Musical" tickets - Tickets are available for the White Bear Lake Area High School's Production of "Mamma Mia! The Musical." There will be performances at 7 p.m. on November 9-10 and 15-17 and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 and Saturday, November 17. Learn more about the show and purchasing tickets on the district's website
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! See additional information here, and find the online application page here.

Awards and Honors

  • Congratulations to District Technology Support Manager Steve Asper who was recently selected to participate in the Google Innovator Academy in Denmark this November. During this three-day experience, Steve will learn more about and focus on improving technological means for schools and students on a local and global level.
  • October Recognitions: 
    • Dyslexia Awareness Month
    • National Principals Month
    • Farm to School Month
    • October 15-19 - National School Lunch Week
    • October 15 - End of Hispanic Heritage Month
    • October 16 - National Boss's Day
    • October 21-27 - National Safe Schools Week
    • October 22-26 - National School Bus Safety Week

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