Note from the Superintendent
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! Please keep an eye out for Beginning of the Year letters that will soon be arriving in mailboxes of District families. The piece contains important legal notices and updates about what is happening this fall, most notably a Sept. 28 All-School Reunion in conjunction with Homecoming and a November 5 bond referendum. Find information about the referendum here (www.isd624.org/Bond2019).
Wayne A. Kazmierczak, Ph.D.
Our next issue will highlight #BackToSchoolBears pics of students in our early childhood program, with classes beginning the week of Sept. 9.
Welcome back Bears!
It was another great first week of welcoming students back to school. The excitement can be seen in this video. Families were encouraged to share their students' back to school pictures, along with why they are excited for the school year, using the #BackToSchoolBears on Facebook for a chance to be featured in the collage above. Our next issue will highlight #BackToSchoolBears pics of students in our early childhood program, with classes beginning the week of Sept. 9.
More than 1, 000 staff members were recently welcomed back to school, as well, at the 2019 Convocation - Building Our Future event! Check out this video of the entire Convocation. At the event, staff members could enjoy student performances, hear an inspirational message from Teacher of the Year Abby Kath, and receive important updates about district initiatives, including a November 5 bond referendum. Check out the videos below to find out more information about the bond referendum. Also, check out this video to hear from School Board members about their excitement for the district's future.
Preparing for the first day
Before the first week of school, it was busy all around the buildings with students in the district gearing up for their starts to the 2019-20 school year. Elementary families were able to stop by their schools and meet their teachers. They were also able to get to see their classrooms and ask any questions they had to feel prepared for their first days. Sixth grade students enjoyed WEB Day where eighth grade students introduced them to their new schools, played fun games with them and helped them get to know their classmates! The games continued, as ninth grade students were able to have fun at their orientation event where they were introduced to high school by Link Crew student leaders. The preparation for the first day of school throughout the district can be seen in this fun video.
Upcoming All-School Reunion
A group of volunteers with the Alumni Association has been busy working on the Washington School Bell project. The bell, which hung at the former Washington School, was recently placed at White Bear Lake Area Schools’ District Center. The display will also house a White Bear statue and is an Alumni Association gift/project. The dedication will take place on September 28, 2019 at the White Bear Lake Area Alumni Association All-School Reunion and 100 year Celebration of the first High School Building (currently District Center). The reunion will be open to graduates, staff, families and community members.
The 13U Orange Bears baseball team took home a Minnesota Youth Athletics Services (MYAS) state tournament championship in August with impressive numbers, which was featured 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.
The Week in 62.4 Seconds
Enjoy The Week in 62.4 Seconds videos highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.
School Board News
- Parent Notices
- Awards and Honors
- Community Services
- Senior Program Updates
- Support WBLAS Students
- Partnership Updates
- Beginning of the Year Letter - Please keep an eye out for Beginning of the Year letters that will soon be arriving in mailboxes of District families. Check out electronic versions in English and Spanish.
- Bond Referendum videos - Check out the Why and the What videos to learn more regarding the 2019 Bond Referendum.
- Health and Safety Notifications - Learn more about White Bear Lake Area Schools' 2019-20 Health and Safety Notifications.
- Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. To apply, complete the Application for Educational Benefits either online or using a paper form from your school. A new application must be submitted each year. At public schools, your application also helps the school qualify for education funds and discounts. Please check out this flyer for more information.
- Monthly Mental Well-Being Series - District staff and families are invited to attend monthly presentations focused on mental well-being throughout the school year. The first presentation will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the District Center Community Room 112. The topic will be Suicide the Preventable Death by Tony Del Percio with Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation Services. Find more information on the district's website.
- Food Permit Form - If you are planning an event that will serve food in a WBLAS building this year, please remember to complete the WBL Food Permit Form to ensure your event meets Health Department requirements. Examples include Carnivals, Fundraisers, Bake Sales and Community events. Find more information here.
- American Indian Art Classes - All are invited to the free American Indian Arts classes from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24, and Nov. 7 and 21 at Central Middle School. Learn more.
- Career Pathways Newsletter - Please enjoy the September 2019 Career Pathways Newsletter!
- 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 - Facebook, Twitter 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!
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! Check out the Fall 2019 Community Services Catalog.
- 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.
- Check out the latest edition of the Senior Voice.
- The latest edition of the Community Bridge Consortium newsletter is available.
The White Bear Area Senior Center is a program of the White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Services & Recreation Department.
- Senior Voice - Check out the latest edition of the Senior Voice.
- 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. The FREE Activity Pass for community members can now be picked up at the Senior Center (2484 East County Road F, White Bear Lake), as well as the District Center (4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake)!
- Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! 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.
- Homecoming BearPower 6.24K Family Fun Run/Walk - All families are welcome to attend the Homecoming BearPower 6.24K Family Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at WBLAHS - North Campus. Interested volunteers can sign up here. View this flyer for more details and register today.
- Harvest Party - Community members are invited to the free Harvest Party from 12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 22 at the White Bear Area YMCA Community Garden (2100 Orchard Lane, White Bear Lake). Check out this flyer or visit this Facebook page for more details.
- 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 BEAR Legacy Fundraiser - The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation (WBLAEF) is holding their annual BEAR Legacy Fundraiser event on Friday, October 11 at the Vadnais Heights Commons. The Foundation will be hosting a special VIP hour starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy appetizers, live entertainment and more. VIP ticket purchase is $100 per and standard ticket purchase is $75 per. A special fundraising raffle will be held, with prizes including a chance to win a 2-year lease on a vehicle from White Bear Mitsubishi, a Felt Surplus 70 cross country bike and a $500 cash prize. Raffle tickets ($20 each) will be on sale the evening of the event and in advance at the White Bear Lake Area Schools (WBLAS) Homecoming football game (September 27), WBLAS All-School Reunion (September 28) and at the Foundation office. All proceeds from this annual fundraising event benefit students and educators in the White Bear Lake Area School District. There will be many great silent and live auction items to bid on at this event. This event sold out last year before the deadline, and seating is limited, so early registration is highly encouraged. Purchase tickets today and learn more!
- Seeking volunteers at The Closet - The Closet is looking for volunteers, which is an extension of the WBLAEF and is a dedicated space in the district where families in need can browse through clothing items. Learn more about volunteering.