January 11, 2019


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    An e-newsletter from the Kindergarten Center

    January 11, 2019


    Important Dates:
    January 15:  Communication Night
    January 17-21:  No School - view this year's calendar here
    January 22:  Lego League registration forms due
    February 18:  No School - view this year's calendar here
    February 28:  Family Literacy Night (more information to come at a later date)
    March 7:  Communication Night (Sign ups will be posted at a later date)
    March 14-22:  No School - view this year's calendar here


    Communication Night 

    Tuesday, January 15 is our Communication Night.  This is an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet one-on-one with their student's teacher.  Please sign up for an appointment here


    Lego League

    Lego League Jr. is coming fast!  Learn more about Lego League here.  Registration forms went home this week and are due back to your child's teacher by January 22.   In Lego League the students work on team building, solving problems, engineering skills and coding. This year's theme is "Mission Moon".  If you have any questions please email Kelly Muirhead, Pike Lake Teacher, kelly.muirhead@moundsviewschools.org.


    January non-school-day field trip

    Have you booked your student's spot for the January 17 non-school-day field trip? Non-school day field trips are available to all students in grades K-8. All-day field trips are from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up is at the Mounds View High School gymnasium. Space is limited. Register today!


    Minnesota Children's Museum | Grades K-3

    We will begin the day with gym games and then board the bus to the Minnesota Children's Museum in Saint Paul which features 10 new permanent exhibits and great visitor amenities. The experiences cultivate essential skills, including critical thinking, communication, creative thinking and more. The museum creates an educational environment infused with excitement and hands-on interactions, making the museum one of the top destinations in Minnesota for student visits.


    Snow tubing at Wild Mountain | Grades 4-8

    Get your friends together and hit the tubing hill at Wild Mountain. Then, return to Mounds View High School for your favorite gym games until pick-up time. Students must bring their own winter coat, snow pants, hat and gloves/mittens. A completed release form is required to board the bus.


    Click here to register now! 

    Questions? Call 651-621-6020


    Academic Learning Standards

    Instruction in Mounds View Schools is based on the learning standards determined by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) that is appropriate for each grade level.  To view the academic learning standards for kindergarten, visit the Pike Lake website → Our School → School Information → Minnesota Kindergarten Standards.


    Clothing Donations for Health Office

    Donations are much appreciated for for boys' and girls' shoes and pants sizes 4, 5, 6, 6x, 8, 10 and 12 (boys' sizes 4 and 6 are especially needed).  Elastic or adjustable waistbands work best.


    Specialist Happenings

    To see what's happening in your student's specialist classrooms click here.


    January Home & School Connection

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    General School Information
    Attendance Line
    Please call the Pike Lake attendance line at 651-621-7401 each day that your child will be absent or late to school.  This is a voice mail system that is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Please keep your child home from school in the event of:

    • Fever of 100 degrees or more: Until fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication (Tylenol or Advil for example)
    • Vomiting or diarrhea:  Until 24 hours after the last episode
    • New, undiagnosed rash, skin sores or blisters:  Until diagnosed by the health care provider and no longer infectious to others
    • Untreated head lice:  Until treated at home and checked by school health staff

    If you know that your child will be absent due to vacation, please complete the Travel Plans Form and return it to your child's teacher or the front office prior to your travel. 

    See the Parent Handbook on our school website for more information regarding absences.

    Volunteering at Pike Lake

    All volunteers in the Mounds View School District are required to complete a background check at your student's school before volunteering.  If you are interested in volunteering at Pike Lake, please click here to print a background check form.  Pike Lake conducts a background check each year on each volunteer; if you have a check on file with another school or have previously had a background check at Pike Lake we ask that you please fill one out again for this year.  Volunteers are required to familiarize themselves with Policy EG-3104.

    Nutrition Services
    Click here for breakfast and lunch menus.
    Parent Drop Off at Pike Lake
    For the safety of all students/parents/staff, please use the parent drop off area on the west side of the building when bringing your student to school.  This designated area provides a safe walking path for students without walking across the bus lanes.  Please pull up to the cement pad where a staff member is waiting before allowing your child to exit the car.
    Box Tops for Education
    Pike Lake has joined the Box Tops for Education program!  This program allows schools to earn money for books, field trips and much more.  If you find a box top on a product please cut it out and send it to school.  You can click here to check our progress and find more ways to earn.  Thank you for your support!

    Celebration or Birthday Treats

    In order to help promote all students' health, as well as providing a safe environment for our students with food sensitivities, all elementary schools and kindergarten centers have guidelines for celebrations.

    If you wish to bring something to share with classmates for a birthday or other special event please limit it to a non-food acknowledgement.  Donation examples include, but are not limited to:  student's favorite book to the class collection, have a special 'guest reader' read a book to the class, stickers, pencils, pens, markers,erasers, a board game to the class for indoor recess, etc.  Your child's teacher will also help recognize your child's special day.


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