News & Notes


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Kurt Hildebrandt

  Mrs. Noble helps one of her first grade students at
  South Elementary during the reading relay.

Students at South Elementary (grades K-1) are wrapping up their annual Read A Thon and the Star Pride team put on a 'reading relay' as a way to complete the contest and further promote reading.

The goal of the relay was to have someone at school reading all day long, so each classroom in the building was assigned a time slot for their students to read. 

The 'Reading Bear' made a special visit to each classroom when it was their turn to read and was set outside the door letting people know the relay was in session. 

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

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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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Doreen Oelke

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to South Elementary. It has once again been a busy summer here at South. This summer the inner circle rooms were remodeled with new lights, ceilings and flooring. We are excited to show off our new look when you come to the beginning of the year conferences. These conferences provide you, your child, and your child’s teacher a wonderful opportunity to get questions answered, help ease anxiety, and begin a successful partnership between home and school.

Soon you will be receiving an email with the link to PTCfast (the on­line conference scheduler we use here at South). The scheduler will be open beginning August 20th. Please log on, fill out your information, and select a convenient time for you and your child to meet with their classroom teacher on either September 4th or 5th. You may also access the link on our South homepage. If you do not have email access, please call the school and set up a time with Sarah Janovsky (934­-2754 ext 3042).

Below is some information regarding these beginning of the year conferences:

  • Your child should come to this conference with his/her supplies. If you need support in securing supplies, please contact the office and we will assist you.
  • Please bring any updated contact information that we will need to add to your child’s profile, i.e. emergency contacts, phone numbers, etc.
  • Please contact Saints Bus Service at 934­-4690 for any questions regarding bussing.
  • Photos will be taken of all students, even if you do not plan on purchasing a package. The photos will be in the yearbook.
  • There are several items that require payment. Please bring separate checks/cash for each item.
    • Snack Cart (provides a daily snack­ $15 per quarter)
    • Lunch Money ( Daily: breakfast $1.35 Lunch $2.80)
    • Lifetouch Photos (prices vary)
    • Rollerskating ($9/student)

The first full day of school for us will be Thursday, September 6th, 2018. The school day starts at 8:00 am and dismissal begins at 2:45 pm. Enjoy the remaining days of summer and I look forward to seeing you on September 4th or 5th.

Doreen Oelke

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