August 29, 2021
In Photos: Busy Bears!
Off to a good start
The District welcomed dozens of new teachers and staff last week for orientation. The new "Bears" were given the opportunity to make connections before the school year starts through an ice cream social, interactive sessions and instructional seminars. They also posed for the traditional White Bear Rec T-Shirt group photo and gave a mighty "Go Bears!"
We are excited for the coming school year and for the opportunity to return to in-person school, for five days a week. As we plan for 2021-22, our efforts will focus on keeping our students safe and in our buildings for in-person learning. In order to do so, White Bear Lake Area Schools will follow a Mitigation Plan that uses two indicators of county-level transmission levels (7-day case rate per 100,000 and 7-day positivity rate in Ramsey/Washington Counties as found in the CDC Data Tracker) to determine mitigation strategies that will be implemented in our buildings and on district transportation. The plan aligns with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. We will continue to monitor county-level transmission levels throughout the school year. We will inform families if the rates indicate we should change to another level of mitigation strategies. Information about our current mitigation strategies will always be available on the district’s webpage, directly at www.isd624.org/Covid-19.
The district worked with a variety of partners to offer two Back to School Extravaganza events for White Bear Lake Area Schools families who are experiencing economic hardship. The first of the two events took place Saturday, and the second will place at White Bear Lake Area High School - North Campus (5045 Division Avenue, White Bear Lake) from 1-7 p.m. on Monday, August 30. Families will have the opportunity to receive free backpacks and school supplies, immunizations and sports physicals, food and giveaways. Assistance will be provided with filling out beginning-of-school-year forms and information will be available from community organizations.
The White Bear Press recently highlighted White Bear grad Caroline Grubs, a water skier who recently earned a place as one of 35 Team USA members in the next world meet in October, 2022 in Florida. She recently placed third with a personal-best score of 17.46 in the 46th Indmar Division 1 Show Ski National Championships. See the article here.
The district's participation in Gen Z Connections, was recently highlighted in a video. The learning opportunity is geared toward engineering, manufacturing and automotive internships for students, who learn job skills and about different roles within the industries. Click here to watch the video.
The Closet is now open for appointments. When students in our school district present a need for clothing, they are able to shop for items needed, free of charge. Students and families are referred to The Closet by school administration staff and a personal appointment is needed for the family or student to visit. For more information, visit the website by clicking here.
The Bear Care Health and Wellness Clinic will reopen on September 1. Health services that are available at the clinic include no-cost sports physicals, wellness exams, immunizations, COVID testing, and acute illness care. Clinic hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 2-6 p.m. at WBLAHS - North Campus. The clinic is open to children of all ages that attend White Bear Lake Area Schools. Appointments can be made by calling (651) 653-2923, emailing BearCare@BearCareClinic.org or scheduling online. Find additional information here.
White Bear Lake Area Schools leaders, City leaders and Project managers celebrated two groundbreakings as the construction projects at North Campus and South Campus move forward. At North Campus, those in attendance stood in the area where the Field House is set to be built. The current WBLASH - North Campus sit is being expanded to serve as a unified high school site serving grades 9-12.
White Bear Lake Area students in the Oneka Extended Day program recently enjoyed some time in the sun as summer break wraps up. Kindergarten-second grade kids took a trip to Hyland Park Reserve and enjoyed a day of sunshine and climbing. The 3rd-5th grade kids got to test out their swimming skills at Como Pool and finished off the summer with a service day packing meals at Feed My Starving Children.
Be a Bear!
The White Bear Press wrote a Bears' fall season opener article, found here. The Girls' Tennis team topped the Pioneers in the season opener. See details here. Along with season passes and punch cards, the WBLAHS Activities office is now offering digital ticketing to all regular season, home athletic events. Information is available here.
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