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    Winter has arrived!  Please make sure to send your student to school each day with the proper attire for wet, snowy weather.  Boots, snow pants, jackets, hats and gloves are recommended. We suggest waterproof mittens/gloves rather than the knit style.   Please clearly label all gear with your student's name and send it in a labeled reusable bag.  If you are in need of winter gear, contact Mike Alexander at 651-621-8020 or mike.alexander@moundsviewschools.org


    Social Emotional Learning

    In November we will be focusing our Social Emotional Learning Lessons on the Size of the Problem. Students will have opportunities to learn about what makes a problem an emergency and what problems can be handled quickly and moved on from.  At home you can use this common language when it comes to problems that your kindergartener faces:

    • Problem: something that happens that was not part of the plan and makes people feel uncomfortable.
    • Size of the Problem: problems come in different sizes.
      • Glitch/Small Problems: can be taken care of quickly (glitch).
      • Medium Problems: take more time to solve and require adult help.
      • Big Problem: take a lot of time, involve strong emotions, and require adult help (emergency).
    • Reactions: come from feelings and it's the way we show on the outside how we're feeling by what we say and do when a problem occurs.


    Our Fall Food Drive to benefit Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will be held next week, Monday- Friday, Nov 12-16.

    Students are invited to bring non-perishable food items as well as hygiene, baby & cleaning supplies.  Monetary donations are also welcome and used by the food shelf to purchase food at a deeply discounted rate.  In addition Bell Lumber & Pole will be matching donations collected until Dec 14. (Checks can be made payable to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.)

    For more information on how Ralph Reeder Food shelf serves those in our community please visit their website.https://www.moundsviewschools.org/Page/171.


    Mounds View High School Symphony Orchestra will be performing their Fall concert with the Chippewa 8th Grade Orchestra on Thursday (11/8) at 7:30 PM at Benson Great Hall on the Bethel University campus. 

    Also, the Varsity and Concert and Philharmonic Orchestras have their concert on Monday, November 12th at 7 p.m. at the MVHS Auditorium.

    Have a great day!

    Helen Pak

    Mounds View Orchestral Association (MVOA) 

    SAVE your BOX TOPS!!!  Collect Box Tops from everyday foods and products you use in your home and help the Kindergarten Center!   Each month your child will bring home a collection tracking sheet to return to school.   The money we receive from the Box Tops for Education Program helps us provide some of the extras for classrooms. Last year we added several leveled texts to classroom libraries, which makes the Snail Lake literacy experience even stronger. Our goal for the year is to clip 22,000 box tops and we are currently at 3,800.  The classrooms have a friendly competition against eachother to see who can collect the most! Octobers winners for Box Tops were:
    Ms. Friesen classroom
    Mrs. Sabby classroom
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    Thanksgiving Baskets: The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will have Thanksgiving Baskets available to families. Please contact 651-621-6280 for further details.  
    Holiday Gifts:  Operation Joy can help!

    Face to Face Registration –
    Register for children ages birth to 12th grade.
    1. During any daytime food shelf appointment (Nov. 1 thru Nov. 30th ) appointment line
    651-621-6280. You will receive food and your toy pick up times the same day OR
    2. Wednesday, Nov.14th or 28th from 9:30 to 11:30 - walk in registration - Please
    Bring: picture id for yourself, current piece of mail (proof of residence), some form of
    identification on your children (medical cards, school ids, birth certificates, or social security
    cards). Important: Your children may only be registered for one holiday toy program and
    must either live in the Mounds View Public School District or attend school here. Toy
    registration ends Nov.30th. After this date, call the food shelf at 651-621-6280.                               

    The Pass-It-Along event is seeking donations and volunteers to help make this event successful.  Pass-It-Along is a FREE event sponsored by the Mounds View Schools ECFE Parent Advisory Committee. Donations are sorted and passed on to families in need in the community.  There will be a donation box in the front lobby of the kindergarten center. 
    Donations we are seeking:
    - Gently used infant/toddler clothing
    - baby blankets
    - older children clothing up to size 16
    - all ages toys/books
    - maternity clothing 
    - winter gear
    - grocery bags with handles
    - We do not accept equipment (cribs, swings, gates, potty chairs, etc.) 
    Event Date: Monday, November 19th, 2018 at the Early Childhood Education Center in New Brighton (500 10th St. New Brighton, MN 55112) 
    To Volunteer please email: kelly.bruskiewicz@moundsviewschools.org


    If you are looking to register your child for extra curricular activities, after school programs, or seeking clubs and organizations please visit the E-flyer page of our website at: E-flyers                      


    Photo Help!

    The Yearbook Staff invites students, staff and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you have great photos of school and community events or students just having fun, we'd like to see them. Please help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book! Please  submit your photos today! Thank you!

    Visit our website to learn how to submit photos online: https://www.islandlakepta.com/yearbook

    PTA Meeting-Monday, November 12, at 6 pm in the Island Lake Library. Please join us!  Everyone in attendance will be entered into a drawing to win a $10 Starbucks gift card! Representatives from Ralph Reeder will be joining us to talk about their service to our community, we will recap our Apex fundraiser and hear teachers/administration updates.


    PTA Meeting Nov 15
    Join us at the November PTA meeting!  We will hear from Mrs. Kristyniak about what the teachers in grades 1-5 have been up to and hear about the benefits of sleep from Dr. Umesh Goswami.  He is a parent in the school and will be focusing on best sleep practices for adults.  If you are in need of childcare please contact turtlelakepta@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you! 
    Date: November 15
    Time: 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
    Location: Turtle Lake Elementary School-Library
                    1141 Lepak Court
    Turtle Lake Carnival Volunteers Needed
    The Turtle Lake Carnival team is looking for co-chair volunteers.  The Carnival is an annual event hosted at Turtle Lake Elementary for all Turtle Lake Families.  If you are interested in an open chair position please contact Stefanie at, jswilkinson12@yahoo.com, or Tiffany at, tiffany.a.l.johnson@gmail.com for more information.
    Open Chair Positions: Buttons, Silent Auction, Food, Tickets
    Kick Off meeting: November 11th from 2-4
    Carnival Date: March 2nd
    The 2018 Gifts for Others Holiday Giving Program (GFO) kicks off this week. GFO is designed to support families within the Turtle Lake community who are experiencing extreme financial stress during the holiday season. The program provides families with clothing items, books, grocery gift cards and some special gift requests. 

    Gift requests are on display!  They are on giant mittens located in the main lobby and the Y-Care entrances of Turtle Lake Elementary School located at 1141 Lepak Ct, Shoreview, MN 55126. Please consider supporting this program:
    • Sponsor a Child or a Family - we have opportunities for Turtle Lake families or groups (scouts, community organizations, etc.) to sponsor a child or even a family. You can determine the level of involvement that suits your group.
    • Select a tag off one of the giant mittens at Turtle Lake, shop and return the unwrapped gift with a gift receipt to the Turtle Lake Office. All gifts are due to the main office at Turtle Lake no later than Friday, December 7th .
    • Purchase ANY warm winter hats, waterproof mittens/gloves or waterproof snow pants for a child kindergarten-high school. Return unwrapped donation with gift receipt. These items can be dropped off at Snail Lake Main office by December 4th.

    To donate funds or find out more about sponsorship, please contact Carrie Bowler at carrie_bowler@msn.com.

    PTA Website
    Come visit our website for all things PTA related!  We have meeting minutes, resources, spring newsletter, volunteer opportunities, parent directory, and more!


    November 12 - 16 - Fall Food Drive

    November 16 - "Wild about Kindergarten " Spirit Day - wear your MN Wild Hockey gear

    November 19 - 23 - No School - Thanksgiving Break


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