Note from the Superintendent
We are excited to welcome our youngest elementary students (grades K-2) back for in-person learning this week, and for their grades 3-5 classmates to be joining them in person on Feb. 1!
As elementary students come together again, it's a good time for a reminder of self-screening measures.
Go (Stay Healthy) Bears!
The district's Senior Program will continue to be a pick-up location for the Re-Grow WBL effort. In December, staff and volunteers handed out more than 300 meals, and NewTrax delivered another 63. The Senior Center staff also organized a holiday gift bag for 90 of our Senior Center members. Donations came from individuals and local businesses and 90 were distributed. Although it was a difficult day weather-wise, it was very rewarding for staff and volunteers!
In similar drive-thru fashion, a group of senior parent volunteers hosted a “Senior Pick Me Up Day” at WBLAHS-South Campus before Winter Break. Local business support from Carbone's, Bear Nutrition and Caribou Coffee in Downtown helped make the initiative possible. See fun photos of the day here.
White Bear grad Steve Engstran was recently highlighted in the White Bear Press for his 30 years of service to the community as a White Bear firefighter/EMT. Engstran capped off a career on a memorable date with a shift that ended at midnight on the first day of 2021. He also serves the community by serving as a City Councilman and a WBLAHS basketball announcer. Read the complete article here.
The White Bear Press recently included an article from Director Tim Maurer, who covered ways the Community Services Department continues to serve community members of all ages. See the complete article, which highlights safety precautions, childcare options, learning opportunities for all ages, and a request for community feedback, here.
One of the ways our youngest learners show their engagement in community is by sporting Bear Wear. We're thankful that whenever we put out requests for Bear pics, fun photos always seem to find their way to us. Enjoy a few photos below that have come in recently - a little one in their "I'm a Bear" shirt, a granddaughter showing off a personalized gift featuring the new White Bear watertower (named "Olgie" by the little one, a big fan of the bear who keeps watch over the city), and a throwback pic taken circa 1989. Go Bears! Have a pic you'd like to submit? Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We are excited to launch our Elementary Distance Learning Academy this week, with Amber Walsh serving as the principal for the remainder of the year. Walsh, who currently serves as a dean at Central Middle School, served as an elementary principal earlier in her career. A landing page of information can be found for DLA families here. Welcome to the Elementary Distance Learning Academy, students and families!
The 2021-22 Academic Calendar was approved at the January 11, 2021 School Board meeting. The 2022-23 calendar will be presented for discussion within the next couple months as construction timelines and project staging are being finalized.
Community members recently attended a virtual "Coffee with Dr. K" event, submitting questions that Dr. Kazmierczak addressed during a livestream event. A Q&A doc of the conversation can be found on the district website. The next Coffee event will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on April 6. Details of the event will be shared as the date approaches.
The district's Community Services catalog will arrive in residents' mailboxes this week. Th publication includes January - May learning opportunities for community members of all ages and a Bear's Bulletin flip-book that includes 2020 Annual Update pages. See the publication here.