October 28, 2018
- A Note from the Superintendent
- In photos: Community Baby Shower smiles
- Celebrating unity and community
- Educational opportunities
- Exciting successes
- The Week in 62.4 Seconds
- Activities updates
School Board News
- School Board Meetings
- General Information
- Awards and Honors
A Note from the Superintendent
It is an exciting time for the district with increasing enrollment, a growing community and a diverse group of people all committed to a successful Facility Planning Process. Community and staff members recently met for the second District Facility Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 23.
Please visit the district's website for more information and to stay updated on the District Facility Planning Process.
Dr. Wayne A. Kazmierczak,
In photos: Community Baby Shower smiles
Celebrating unity & community
Schools throughout the district were filled with orange on October 24, as students and staff came together against bullying in honor of Unity Day, a day to be UNITED for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Unity Day is a time for individuals to put on their favorite orange clothing items to express solidarity. In addition to wearing orange, students at Transition Education Center signed a pledge, watched an important video for Unity Day and have been enjoying a poster campaign that raises awareness about being kind to others. Their efforts can be seen in this video. WBLAHS - North Campus students even placed sticky notes around the school to increase awareness surrounding bullying. Staff members also wore their orange and even posed for a picture with students from Transition Education Center and the Middle School Advisory Council to encapsulate solidarity throughout the district.
In other district news, babies recently sat back, relaxed and enjoyed their massages at the bi-annual free Community Baby Shower at Normandy Park Education Center. Parents of babies, birth to six months old, were able to meet other community members, learn more about community resources, and gain knowledge about nurturing their child's health and development. Community members also recently enjoyed a Community Volunteer Fair where they could learn about various ways to give back throughout the White Bear Lake area. Each volunteer plays a vital role in community success. Check out this videohighlighting volunteers recently giving back through the Meals on Wheels program. This is just one of many ways individuals can contribute their time to improve others' lives. The Community Volunteer Fair was a time for community members to learn more about these various volunteer opportunities available to them from roughly 40 organizations!
The first session of the Monthly Staff and Community Mental Well-Being Series recently took place and kicked off the series for the 2018-19 school year. Take a look at the experience in this video. The next session, "Suicide Identification and Intervention (QPR--Question, Persuade, and Refer)," by NAMI-Minnesota will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at the District Center Auditorium from 7-8:30 p.m. Learn more about upcoming events in the series. While families and staff members could learn more about mental well-being, parents were also recently invited to attend ParentCamp at WBLAHS - North Campus. During this experience, parents were able to participate in face-to-face discussions where they could share strategies to benefit student learning, teaching and parenting. In other fun learning news, students at Birch Lake Elementary put a fun spin on learning subtraction by walking up and down a number line like a silly monster, as they completed addition and subtraction problems. The experience can be seen in this video.
From math to history, community members recently enjoyed a Chat Cafe at the White Bear Area Senior Program where the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society presented on "Mahto Bde: The Dakota Legend of White Bear Lake." This is part of The Many Faces of the White Bear Lake Area series, which is a collaborative introducing participants to the people who inhabited the area around the lake during various periods of time. Community members have the opportunity to participate in the Many Faces of the White Bear Lake Area with the next event presentation, "Original People: Dakota and Ojibwe," being on Wednesday, November 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the District Center. This is a continuation of last season's community conversations around the book "A Good Time for the Truth." The event is free and includes a light dinner, but registration is required. Call 651-407-7501 for more information or register online. Learn more about the series.
Congratulations to WBLAHS - North Campus student Fiona Wiltse who was recently recognized at the TWIST (Target Women in Science and Technology) EPIC Awards Ceremony for being chosen as one of the 25 winners of the 2018 TWIST EPIC Awards! From science achievements to Career Pathways, students at WBLAHS - North Campus were able to participate in the first day of the Hot Jobs series, which is an opportunity for students to learn from industry experts about careers they are interested in exploring this year. The experience was highlighted in this video. In other Career Pathways news, high school students also recently visited Century College to explore career options at the Health and Human Services Career Expo. Matoska International students explored in other ways, as they have been busy in the garden and recently donated 52 pounds of produce to the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf!
Celebrations were in full swing at Willow Lane Elementary, as students celebrated National School Lunch Week by taste testing the new macaroni and cheese recipe! The excitement can be seen in this video. While some students enjoyed tasting new food, others were busy during MEA Break learning how to make their very own Pokémon movie. The fun was highlighted in this video. Speaking of rewarding experiences, WBLAHS - South Campus student Emma Walker recently attended a White Bear Lake Rotary Club meeting where they donated $400 to the S.T.A.R. (Students Taking Active Roles) Club. In other accomplished news, Bob Jackson, who passed away last spring, and Lisa Reinhart were recently inducted into the White Bear Lake Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame and recognized at half-time during the football game before MEA Break.
The Week in 62.4 Seconds
Enjoy The Week in 62.4 Seconds videos highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.
The crowd cheered loudly when WBLAHS - South Campus student and White Bear Mountain Bike Team member Ian Hase won a two-person race during the half-time show at a recent White Bear football game. Check out the video that went viral! 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 Meetings
School Board meeting agendas, packets, minutes highlights and videos/audio files can be found here.
|November 12||Regular||7 p.m.||District Center|
|November 26||Work-Study||5:30 p.m.||District Center|
|December 10||Regular||7 p.m.||District Center|
For highlights from the most recent Board meeting, click here.
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 latest edition of the Senior Voice is available.
- Check out the latest edition of the Community Bridge Consortium newsletter that is available online.
- 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. Call 651-407-7501 for more information or register online.
- November 15 Coffee with Dr. K - Community members are invited to stop by and chat with White Bear Lake Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kazmierczak over a cup of coffee between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 at the Downtown White Bear Lake Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bros. Bagels (4733 Highway 61, White Bear Lake, MN). There is no set agenda, so please feel free to order a coffee from the barista and find Dr. K in the meeting room to join the conversation!
- Upcoming Coffee with Dr. K events:
- 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Caribou Coffee, Downtown WBL
- 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Caribou Coffee, Downtown WBL
- 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Caribou Coffee, Downtown WBL
- 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16 at Caribou Coffee, Downtown WBL
- Safety Information Night - Parents are invited to the free Safety Information Night at WBLAHS - South Campus on Thursday, November 8 at 5:30 p.m. This free event includes a free pizza dinner and breakout information sessions that will cover the topics of Human Trafficking, Youth Mental Health, Internet Safety, and Youth Drug Use and Awareness. Additionally, there will be a Traffic Safety Information table to answer all your questions on teen driving laws and keeping your teens safe on the road! Daycare registration will also be available for children three years old and above who are potty-trained. To register for daycare, please send an email to Sergeant John Vette and include your children's names and ages. View this flyer for more details.
- Monthly Staff & Community Mental Well-Being Series - District staff and families are invited to attend monthly presentations focused on mental well-being. The second session of the series is "Suicide Identification and Intervention (QPR--Question, Persuade, and Refer)" by NAMI-Minnesota and will be held at the District Center Auditorium on Wednesday, November 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. Learn more about upcoming series opportunities.
- Food Drive - White Bear Lake Area Schools is hosting its annual Food Drive. We are collecting a host of items, including: boxed meal items, toiletries, diapers, feminine hygiene products, canned goods, baking goods and cash! Donations will be accepted at WBLAHS - South Campus through Friday, November 9. All of the donations will go to support the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf. Questions can be directed to Joshua Lane at WBLAHS - South Campus.
- Empowering Parents Presentation - Parents of children 18 months to ten years old are welcome to attend the free "Empowering Parents: Are YOU in Control?" presentation at Otter Lake Elementary on Thursday, November 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. Read this flyer for more information.
- Wrestling Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser - The 2018 Wrestling Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will take place 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 at WBLAHS - South Campus. 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.
- 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.
- Annual Holiday Boutique and Bake Sale - Community members are invited to the White Bear Area Senior Program's Annual Holiday Boutique and Bake Sale at the White Bear Senior Center (2484 East County Road F, White Bear Lake) on Friday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to come and shop for unique and handmade items and stop in for delicious baked goods, as well.
- 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.
- 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 Yoga Day - Families are invited to get BearPowered at Family Yoga Day at WBLAHS - South Campus at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 10. Register today!
Support WBLAS Students:
- "Mamma Mia! The Musical" tickets going fast - Tickets to White Bear Lake Area High School's Production of "Mamma Mia! The Musical" are going fast. Performances are 7 p.m. on November 9-10 and 15-17, with matinees at 2 p.m. on November 10 and 17. Learn more about the show and purchasing tickets here.
- 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
- November Recognitions:
- November 6 - Election Day
- November 8 - National Community Education Day
- November 11 - Veterans Day
- November 11-17 - Geography Awareness Week
- November 12-16 - American Education Week
- November 15 - Education Support Professionals Day
- November 15 - National Parental Involvement Day
- November 21-23 - Thanksgiving Break
- November 22 - Thanksgiving