The Cardinal Connection: a digital newsletter from Deer Creek Elementary School


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    Congratulations to our Students of the Month!  Way to go Cardinals!  Click on the month to see their names and pictures.











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    The Deer Creek Elementary School library is scheduled to be open during limited hours this summer. Learners wishing to access the library and its materials are encouraged to visit during the following dates and times:

    Mondays – Thursdays, May 31 – June 23 from 8:00AM – 12:00PM


    Mondays – Thursdays, July 11 – July 21 from 8:00AM – 12:00PM

    For assistance, contact Jennifer Volk, Paraprofessional, at


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    2nd Grade 

    I'm Lauren Sellin (pronounced like Celine Dion) and I am excited to join the 2nd grade team at Deer Creek! I graduated from MSUM this past December with a degree in Elementary Education. I am so excited to get started in my own classroom and make a difference in kids' lives! I look forward to meeting with all of you soon.


    1st Grade

    My name is Kailey Grove and I am teaching 1st grade at Deer Creek for summer school, and 3rd grade at Deer Creek for the 2022-23 school year! I just graduated from NDSU/VCSU with 2 bachelor's degrees, one in Elementary Education and one in Human Development and Family Science. I recently got engaged in December, and am getting married September of 2023. I am so thrilled to start working with children of all ages, and cannot wait to make an impact on young minds!   I cannot wait to meet all of you, and work with you! 

    5th Grade

    My name is Kaylee Jablonsky, I have been a 2nd grade teacher at Deer Creek for the past 3 years, but I am excited to be returning to 5th grade next year! My husband Eric is an accountant and we have a dog Sansa, 3 year old son Decker, and 1 year old twin daughters Everly and Quinn. 

    5th Grade

    My name is Brook Gauld and I will be teaching 5th grade this year. This will be my 6th year of teaching. This year, I graduated from the University of Jamestown with my master’s degree in curriculum. Prior to my time in West Fargo, I was a 4th and 6th grade ELA teacher in Kindred, North Dakota. I have taught 4th grade at Deer Creek Elementary for 3 years and am excited for a new opportunity in 5th grade!

    4th Grade

    My name is Rachel Duerr and I am fortunate to be joining Deer Creek and the fourth grade team this year! For the past 8 years I have been teaching 4th grade at South Elementary. I have three boys, Caleb (17) and twins (Zach and Cole) that are 14. They are Mustangs, so I will occasionally be sporting some blue and orange around the school. 😉 My husband Tony works in the corporate office at Scheels. I am very excited for this new adventure and look forward to meeting and working with you all! 


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    Student cellphones and smartwatches can be a distraction in the classroom. From social media to texting, allowing digital devices could hinder a student’s performance in the classroom. We ask all students and parents not to text or call using their cellphone or smartwatch during school hours. Student's cellphones must be kept in their lockers during the school day.   Smart watches need to be approved by Dr. Clark.  If a student uses the watch to text or call, we will ask them to keep the watch in their locker. If either of these devices becomes a problem, we will keep it in the office.  Thank you for your understanding. 



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    OUR LOST AND FOUND IS BUSTING AT THE SEAMS!  With nearly 400 students and limited space, time and resources to keep this area safe and clean, we can’t continue to store the number of unclaimed items that are accumulating in the Lost & Found location. We will be packing up all Lost & Found unclaimed items at the end of EACH month and donating them.    

    If you would like to look through the lost and found, parents are welcome to come before or after school. We appreciate you adhering to these times (7:30-8:00 and 2:40-3:30).   Any unclaimed items will be donated at the end of each month. 

    HERE ARE WAYS YOU CAN HELP:  Label everything with your child’s name! When an item is found, it can be quickly returned to the owner.  Please talk to your child(ren) and encourage them to keep track of their belongings, especially after PE class or recess. Teach them how to gather their items at the end of the school day. Provide a bag for snow gear to be used to transport to and from school.  Reusable cloth grocery bags or large totes with zippers work great for this.  Consider having a reward system at home that encourages your child to bring items home such as “If you bring your missing sweatshirt home, you can have 10 minutes of extra time on your iPad.”   Click here for more great tips on keeping your child organized.  




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    Preregistration for 2022 - 2023 kindergarten students is now open on the district website. Children must be five years old on, or before, July 31, 2022 to attend kindergarten in 2022 - 2023.

    Prior to the first day of school, each registered child must provide a digital copy of a current immunization record, proof of identity (birth certificate, visa, I-94, or other government-issued ID), and proof of residency. If you need assistance scanning paper copies, please contact us to set up an appointment.

    Families requiring technical assistance in the kindergarten preregistration process may schedule an appointment with the district registrar, Kylie Hess, by calling (701) 499-1067.

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    Our amazing PTO has it's own portion of the school website.  You can find the meeting minutes, announcements, fundraising information and much more.  Click here to view it.  The PTO also uses their Facebook page to communicate information to Deer Creek families.  




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    Effective for the 2021-22 school year, North Dakota Century Code requires schools to allow “youth patriotic societies” access to students during school hours. This new law means that representatives from groups like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts must be given the opportunity to speak with all students in grades K-5 this fall. To ensure equitable access that does not take away from learning, each group will be given no more than five minutes to share about their organization. These presentations may be scheduled during class time, lunchtime, recess, or as part of an assembly that is already planned; the scheduling will be done at the principals’ discretion, in alignment with the legal requirements.

    Once we have established a presentation schedule with a youth patriotic society, it will be shared here in this newsletter and/or SeeSaw. If you would prefer that your child not participate in these presentations, please contact your child's teacher.



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