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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
       items)
     -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.

 

Scholastic Book Fair coming soon to North
Kurt Hildebrandt

Check out the Scholastic Book Fair to celebrate "I Love to Read Month" or find a great book to give to your favorite Valentine as the Scholastic Book Fair comes to North Elementary starting in early February.

Check out the Scholastic Book Fair to celebrate "I Love to Read Month" or find a great book to give to your favorite Valentine as the Scholastic Book Fair comes to North Elementary starting in early February. Check out these Book Fair shopping options:

Online Book Fair
February 4-17
Go to http://www.scholastic.com/bf/north to shop all the titles in the warehouse!
Look for more info coming with the Scholastic Book Fair flier.

Shopping at School
All students will have the opportunity to preview books on Monday, Feb. 12 and purchase books throughout the week. The fair will be open to the public during the following times:

Tuesday, February 13, 7:30 to 9:00 am and 4:00 to 6:30 pm (during Arts and Academics Night)

Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 to 9:00 am and 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Thursday, February 15, 7:30 to 9:00 am and 3:30 to 7:00 pm (during conferences)

Friday, February 16, 7:30 to 11:00 am (during conferences)

Volunteers Needed!

Go to http://www.scholastic.com/bf/north to view and sign up for times to volunteer at the book fair. It's fun, it's easy, and what's not to love about working with kids and books?

Please direct any questions about the book fair to Karen Snay (ksnay@stpeterschools.org) or Mary Nelson (marnelson@stpeterschools.org).

See you at the Book Fair!!

 

North students participate in 'Drop Everything & Code'
Kurt Hildebrandt

Students in Saint Peter are participating in “Drop Everything and Code.” Globally, the “Hour of Code” is an initiative to get students to spend an hour of time learning to program. Millions of students worldwide will be spending an hour at school, coding.

Students in Saint Peter are participating in “Drop Everything and Code.” Globally, the “Hour of Code” is an initiative to get students to spend an hour of time learning to program. Millions of students worldwide will be spending an hour at school, coding.

There are a variety of coding activities and tutorials provided by an assortment of websites. These activities offer a range of no tech to higher tech, no skill to comfortable skill, as well as all age levels to encourage all students to participate. Hopefully, after spending just one hour coding, students will want to keep going with many more hours of code.

The initiative was based on the idea that every student should have the opportunity
to learn computer science. This helps to cultivate problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. If students begin at early ages, they can have a foundation for success in many 21st-century career paths.

During the hour, students will participate in a variety of coding challenges using school devices. Students will code at different times to allow for 1-to-1 device opportunities.
Students can also work in pairs, use a projected screen to code as a group, or even go
unplugged using tutorials that require no computer at all!

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. It is considered to be one of the largest learning events in history. We are proud and excited to be a part