K-4 News and Notes


Mankato Elks Lodge #225 donates school supplies to SPPS students
Kurt Hildebrandt

Mankato Elks Lodge #225 received a Beacon Grant from the Elks National Foundation in the amount $2,000, which they used to provide school supplies for students in need at three SPPS school buildings. 

Mankato Elks Lodge #225 received a Beacon Grant from the Elks National Foundation in the amount $2,000, which they used to supply South Elementary, North Elementary and St. Peter Middle School with totes loaded with all the supplies needed to assist more than five students per grade level as they returned to classes in early September.  

The totes were filled with a backpack, and all the supplies listed on the grades supply list.  The main goal of this program is to make sure the students entering school on their first day have the tools needed to learn.  This takes the burden off the teacher and the parent when it comes time to attend class if the situation arrives that a child is in need.

Mankato Elks Lodge #225 is an organization that focuses on youth and veterans in the surrounding communities.  Because Lodge #225 does not have a club, all of its fundraising efforts are returned directly to their community projects, such as its Back to School Program.  To learn how to become a member or for more information on the Mankato Elks Lodge #2225, please send an email to elkssecretrary225@gmail.com.

Saint Peter Public Schools logo
Kurt Hildebrandt

The annual New Teacher Breakfast was hosted by the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce the morning of August 23 at the Minnesota School Board Association's (MSBA) office building.

  New South Elementary and North Elementary staff includes:
  front row (l to r), Maren Kind (SLP), Bridget Mathiowetz (fourth
  grade), Jenny Kapernick (special education), Jennifer LeBrun
  (fourth grade), Courtney Shey (second grade STEM); back row,
  Alex Weis (adaptive physical education), Iliana DeRemer (ELL),
  Stella Meixner (mentor, ELL), Lauren Meredith (second grade),
  Allison Koepp (second grade), and Matt Lewis (fourth grade).

The annual New Teacher Breakfast was hosted by the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce on August 23 at the Minnesota School Board Association's (MSBA) office building. The breakfast is an opportunity with St. Peter business and community leaders to meet and network with the new teaching staff.

MSBA and Scholarship America sponsor the event each year for the new teachers from Saint Peter Public Schools, Gustavus Adolphus College, and local private schools.

Those addressing the large crowd of new faces (and some familiar ones) included Ed Lee, St. Peter Chamber executive Director; Juli Sowder, Scholarship America marketing manager; Kirk Scheidawind, MSBA executive director; and Saint Peter Superintendent Paul Peterson.

Raffle prizes were provide by Nicollet County Bank, First National Bank, and the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce.

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North fourth graders receive gift of a new poetry book
Kurt Hildebrandt

Shel Silverstein's poetry book provided through United Way and Olseth Family Foundation

On Wednesday, May 23, St. Peter fourth-graders were surprised with their own copies of brand-new Shel Silverstein poetry book, courtesy of Greater Mankato Area United Way and the Olseth Family Foundation.

Staff from Greater Mankato Area United Way and volunteers from Pfizer delivered the books to classrooms at St. Peter Lutheran and North Elementary, inviting students to pick their favorite poems to read aloud together.

The deliveries were made possible through a grant to Greater Mankato Area United Way from the Olseth Family Foundation to provide 1,600 brand-new, hard copy books of Shel Silverstein’s "Where the Sidewalk Ends" to fourth-grade students throughout the region.

“This initiative highlights the joy of poetry and the importance of access to books,” said Greater Mankato Area United Way CEO Barb Kaus. “We are thrilled to provide regional students with their own book, and we are grateful to the Olseth Family Foundation for its commitment to literacy.”

United Way staff began regional deliveries last month with the help of various community volunteers and will complete the deliveries next week.

This is the second year that the Olseth Family Foundation has donated Silverstein books to regional fourth-graders.

   Each of the fourth graders at North received a copy
   of Shel Silverstein's poetry book, "Where the Side-
   walk Ends." 

About Greater Mankato Area United Way

Greater Mankato Area United Way works to improve people’s lives by ensuring that the areas of basic needs, health and education stay strong and balanced in our region. In 2018, our United Way is supporting 57 essential programs in Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca counties.

Last year, Greater Mankato Area United Way programs served nearly 12,000 residents of Nicollet County.

It’s time for 4th graders to join the Band!
Kurt Hildebrandt

Students & parents/guardians invited to North band open house on May 3

Fourth grade students at North Elementary are exploring the band instruments in their music classes and are getting ready to pick out instruments to play. This is an exciting time for students entering fifth grade in the fall. It is a great opportunity to expand their music skills, and to be able to play music with their friends!

Each year we encourage students to choose an instrument that will help create a well-balanced band. We need players on every instrument, and want to make sure that the sections are balanced. Students who may consider starting on percussion instruments need to have completed two years of piano since they will be playing on such a wide variety of musical instruments in that section, from treble clef to bass clef.

Fourth grade students and their parents are invited to come to the band open house at the North Elementary School Cafeteria on Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Information about the process of beginning in band, summer lessons and what happens when school starts again will be shared. In addition, a representative from The Music Mart in Mankato will be there to answer any questions you may have about renting or purchasing an instrument. Family owned or used instruments should be brought to the meeting so we can be sure they will be in great playing condition for the students as we begin with lessons in late August.

If you have questions about beginning band, contact Lauren Shoemaker at lshoemaker@stpeterschools.org or call 934-3260 ext. 638.


North's Arts & Academics Night set for Feb. 13
Kurt Hildebrandt

North Elementary will host its annual Arts and Academics Night on from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Among the events taking place that night includes:

* Performing Arts Show - (Music Room - downstairs)
     -Students can submit artwork that will be on display
     -Students can submit videos, drawings, sculptures, clothing pieces, etc.
* Visual Arts Exhibit -- (Art Room - downstairs)
     -Students are performing in front of an audience
     -Students can perform songs, play instruments, read poems, etc.
* Interest Fair -- (Gym)
     -Create a board displaying what you are interested in! (Examples- building with Legos, collecting
     -Boards can be bought from the school for $3
     -NEED to bring card table to set project on
* Science Fair -- (Gym)
     -ONLY 3rd and 4th graders
     -Science fair projects have to follow the science methods
     -More information in the packet attached
     -Boards can be bought from the school for $3
     -NEED to bring card table to set project on

For more information please contact Breanna Steele at bsteele@stpeterschools.org or Kari Malz at kmalz@stpeterschools.org.