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We have reached the last month of school.  This is always a bittersweet and hectic time at the school.  To some students and staff we say goodbye.  There is a lot of planning and preparation underway to salute our graduating class of 2018.  It also means we won’t see some of “our kids” for up to 3 months.  It gets pretty quiet in the school over the summer! We are so excited over how much they have grown, the hard work and effort they have put forth, and the fine citizens of society that they are becoming.  I don’t take it lightly the amount of time I get to share with your children; they all hold a special place in my heart.  I, too, learn and grow much from them. 

I want to thank all the parents/students that came to our parent meeting in April.  We have heard many positive comments from it.  It was a good discussion and visualization of why we have the initiatives and policies we have in place.  It also gave us an opportunity to connect with parents as to some of your concerns and questions.  One thing we can all agree on, school isn’t what it used to be 25 years ago.  There are many laws, requirements and regulations in place that changed how we carry out our daily activities.

The ND Insights website is now ready for viewing.  I have sent letters home to each family and we also discussed this at our parent meeting.  You can access the website link on our school web page as well, under the “daily happenings” on the right side of the page.  This provides some very insightful information regarding our instruction in the school.  It is basically our school’s “report card”.

Some of the events that we will be closing out with in May include:  Awards Day on May 2nd at 12:30 p.m., Spring Concert on May 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  Ethan will be competing with his solo at the State Music Contest on May 5th.  The Jr/SR Banquet is May 9th at 6:30 p.m.  Kindergarten graduation is May 22nd at 2:00 p.m. Baccalaureate is May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church.  Lastly, we have GRADUATION at 2:00 p.m. on May 27th.  Mixed in there we have numerous, numerous track meets and baseball games—so please check the school website and Region IV calendar for the most up-to-date dates and times for all of those.

State assessments are all wrapped up!  We are looking forward to seeing how well our students did. We have less than 20 days now to finish out strong in the classrooms, take final tests, and prepare ourselves for moving up a grade next year! We will also be sending out a survey for summer school.

In closing, I would like to give a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the following staff members who have chosen to move on:  Krista Aanderud, Taylor Schlenk, Sara Tezel, and Audra Young.  We wish you well in your future teaching careers.

I would also like to salute our Seniors:  Kristina Bryant, Tanner Aanstad, Austin Jenniges, Mikara Johanson, Leandre Kalhagen, and Nathan Lorenz—thanks for the memories!  I wish you all the Best in your future endeavors!  My candy dish will breathe a little easier, too!

Stop in or call with any questions or concerns.


Diane Martinson, Principal

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