January 12, 2020
In Photos: Kicking off 2020 great
Welcome to 2020!
Bear was excited to wish all a Happy New Year in this fun video share-out! Parents and guardians were also able to enjoy Welcome to White Bear Week to kick off the year. This is a great way to start 2020 where parents and guardians can learn about all of the exciting offerings throughout White Bear Lake Area Schools. There were several important opportunities happening, including elementary tours where parents and guardians could walk around with the principal, learn about each building and ask any questions they may have. The experience can be seen in this video. Preschool registration is coming up and opens Tuesday, Jan. 21. Register for a preschool class, Where Bears Begin! The New Year celebrations continued as Lincoln Elementary kindergarten students celebrated with a fun red carpet entrance, dance party and then a countdown and ping-pong ball drop.
Staff and students at the Transition Education Center are embracing optimism, as they are encouraged to wear clothing with positive messages the first Monday of each month. The objective of the positive messaging is to help all students feel included and to spark conversations about kindness and positivity. The dates of Positive Message Monday correlates with the TEC Community Meeting, which is lead by the student leadership team, and gives students wearing positive messages a chance to be recognized. In addition to wearing clothing with positive messages, positive music plays in the entryway as students arrive in the morning, and a new positive message is hung on the building administrator's office door. Students can also spread positivity by writing on the interactive bulletin board, which hangs in the hallway and asks students to share, "What brings you joy?"
Speaking of positivity, it was a day of giving back at Matoska International as kindergarten students came together to make 1,500 sandwiches for those in the Minneapolis area. Allan Law (also known as “The Sandwich Man”) joined the students and delivered the food to those in need in Minneapolis. It was a great learning experience where students were able to experience first-hand what it means to give back to others.
Area Learning Center students have been working on an important social justice initiative that is tied to the novels “Just Mercy” and “The Sun Does Shine.” Both of these stories are about wrongful convictions and their consequences. The initiative will culminate with an all-school field trip to see the film “Just Mercy” in theaters soon. Central Middle School sixth grade band students have also been busy as they are preparing for their upcoming concert! Their hard work can be seen in this video.
Early childhood students also had fun back at school after Winter Break as they enjoyed many creative hands-on activities around the classroom. Students were able to have fun with making a hat drawing colorful and learning more about the letter "K".
Students at Oneka Elementary are having fun preparing for their performances of "The Grunch". This play is about grumpy Rudy Grunch who isn’t excited about the annual school musical, but friends try to change Rudy’s mind. The students have been dancing and singing with classmates to help this exciting show come to life. This a fun time of the year with many district productions coming up this spring. Check out a behind-the-scenes look in this video.
WBLAS Career Pathways recently learned they received a grant from the Walser Foundation Group, which will help Automotive Career Pathway students receive ALLDATA Certification. ALLDATA Certification proves that students have the skills and knowledge needed to use ALLDATA Repair at a professional level and will become a Certified Automotive Information Specialist (CAIS).
A White Bear Lake Area High School student band was highlighted recently in White Bear Lake Magazine. Go Bears!
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