Brooks Harbor School News

  • Food Drive
    What: Food Drive for West Fargo Public School Food Pantries
    When: December 1st-December 17th
    Where: Brooks Harbor Elementary School
    Why: To give back to our community and to help students and their families


    Goal: To collect 3,000 pounds of Non-Perishable Foods!
    The Grade level that collects the most food in weight, will earn a popcorn party!
    If we meet our schoolwide goal, we will have Pajama Dress up days Monday, December 20th and Tuesday, December 21st!

    School Attendance Policy


    Please review our District Student Attendance Policy.

    It is so vital to have our students on time and in school learning every day when they are healthy.

    Please note that now with the colder weather and the additional snow clothes needed, it does take our students more time in the morning to get ready and they may need to get dropped off to school a few minutes earlier to make it to class on time. Please make sure your child/children are coming prepared to school each day with the necessary snow clothes.

    Our school doors open at 7:30am for those students that eat breakfast or go to the homework room. Other morning options include going outside, when the weather permits, or morning library which is open a few days a week.

    The first bell rings at 7:50am and our second bell rings at 8:00am. All students need to be in their classrooms ready to learn at 8:00am or they are marked tardy.

    Thank you for your help with this!
    Please let us know if you have any questions!

    Working Together,

    Mrs. Sanderson

    Dean of Students

    Mrs. Anderson

    School Counselor

    School Board Linkage: Mental Health

    Monday, November 29 | 6:30PM – 8:00PM
    Liberty Middle School
    801 36th Ave E, West Fargo

    West Fargo Public Schools invites students and families to discuss the district’s response to the community’s mental health needs. The conversation will focus on identifying available resources, continued unmet needs, and the barriers that make it difficult to seek support. Additionally, participants will brainstorm opportunities for families and the district to work together to further support students. Those wishing to attend may submit the online interest survey through Sunday, November 21. The event is limited to 35 – 50 people, with final invitations being shared via email the week of November 22.

    “I Wish the Hitting Would Stop”

    In collaboration with the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead (RACC), the domestic violence prevention program entitled “I Wish the Hitting Would Stop” will be presented in your child’s 5th grade classroom on Monday, November 15th and Wednesday, November 17th.  This program deals with the issue of domestic violence and how it affects children.  To find out more information about the “I Wish” program before it is presented to your child’s class, please feel free to visit the RACC website.  It can be found at  Specific information regarding the “I Wish the Hitting Would Stop” program can be found at

     Letters with more information as well as a form to sign if you do NOT want your child to participate will be coming home with your child/children shortly.  Please let your school counselor know if you have questions.

    Mrs. Anderson

    School Counselor





     Kindergarten Student of the Month



    Dorian R., Sovahn H., Bidisha M., Lilly M., Ireland R.


    1st Grade Student of the Month


    Grade 1  


    Kruz Clayborn, Korbin Hagen, Arshi M., Everly A.


    2nd Grade Student of the Month


     2nd Grade

    Braylee H., Braxton S., Josephine F., Sophea H.


    3rd Grade Student of the Month


    3rd Grade 

    Reese N., Hayden M., Channing G.


    4th Grade Student of the Month


    4th Grade 

    Lily D., Kobe B., Beckett H.


    5th Grade Student of the Month

    5th Grade

     Quinn N., Tyler C., Jacob M.



    The district is offering rapid testing clinics from September 20 - November 23 at the following locations:

    West Fargo Sports Arena
    Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays | 7:00AM - 9:00AM

    Leidal Education Center
    Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays | 7:00AM - 9:00AM
    Thursdays | 4:00PM - 6:00PM

    Hulbert Aquatic Center
    Tuesdays & Thursdays | 7:00AM - 9:00AM

    Sheyenne High School (Door #2)
    Tuesdays & Thursdays | 7:00AM - 9:00AM

    Horace Elementary School
    Tuesdays & Thursdays | 4:00PM - 6:00PM

    Harwood Elementary School
    Tuesdays | 7:00AM - 9:00AM
    Thursdays | 4:00PM - 6:00PM

    Those who wish to take a rapid test at one of these sites must first register in advance at; a single registration is valid for the entire school year.

    For additional information on the rapid testing opportunities or the district's response to COVID-19, please visit


    Beanie Babies Needed

    Beanie Babies

    The Brooks Harbor PE teachers are taking donations of Beanie Babies! They are used in many activities during class. Any donations would be greatly appreciated!

    Please have your child bring to Mr. Carlson or Mr. G in the PE office.

    Thank you!

    PE Department

    Important Bus Information:

    Federal law requires anyone using public transportation, which school buses are considered, to be masked while onboard. If a student boards the bus without a mask, one will be provided to them. If your student is a bus rider, please send them with a mask and/or encourage them to wear their mask consistently and correctly while on the bus. Since the driver is often the only adult onboard, your help in encouraging mask-wearing would be greatly appreciated!


    West Fargo Public Schools is starting the school year as masks recommended for unvaccinated students and staff. If you would like your child to wear a mask during the day, please let your child’s teacher know. Our staff will work with your child to consistently and correctly wear their mask during the day, similar to how we work with students that need to wear glasses. If your child has difficulty wearing their mask consistently and correctly, or outright refuses, their teacher will setup a meeting with you to discuss how we can continue to best support your desire for your child to be masked while at school.




    Why Regular Attendance Matters              

    Research shows school absences can have a lasting impact on learning. One study on third grade reading level found the following:

    • Only 64 % of third grade students who missed nine days or fewer in both kindergarten and first grade were reading at grade level.
    • Only 43 % of third graders who missed more than nine days both years were reading at grade level.
    • Only 41 % of students who were absent 18 or more days in either kindergarten or first grade could read at grade level. (Chronic Absence)
    • Of the students who missed 18 or more days in consecutive years, only 17 % were reading at grade level. (Chronic Absence)

    All school absences have a negative impact on learning, the effects of which can be particularly hard to overcome for student with pre-existing barriers to learning. Students with disabilities, English Learners, students from low income families, students in foster care, homeless students and students who have experienced trauma are all likely to have incurred gaps in their learning. Absences from school, excused and unexcused, only add to these losses. Among middle and high school pupils, poor attendance is one of the key early warning signs that a student is becoming disengaged from school and is at high risk for dropping out. One study found that a student who is chronically absent any year between eighth and 12th grade is 7.4 times more likely to drop out of school. Unfortunately, many schools, including WFPS schools don’t know if they have a problem with chronic absenteeism. Schools typically focus on Average Daily Attendance (ADA) figures and track truancy when children miss school due to unexcused absences. Both of these responses to absenteeism allow chronic absence to remain hidden. WFPS has average attendance rates over 94%, but absences are not spread equally among the 10,000 students.


    CHAMPS in the Lunchroom

    CHAMPS is our schoolwide Positive Behavior Support Plan that is implemented in our common areas of Brooks Harbor including the hallways, lunchroom, recess and also in classrooms.

    CHAMPS Stands for:

    • C-Conversation (voice levels)
    • H-Help (how to receive help when needed example raise your hand, ask 3 before the teacher, etc.
    • A-Activity (what the students task is at the time, for ex. Eating lunch)
    • M-Movement (where the students should be or remain)
    • P- Participation (how the students actively participate in the task)
    • S-Success (when the students follow the above expectations they have success! 😊)

    Our students have 20 min. for lunch and 20 min. for recess each day. With this tight schedule, we want to ensure all students have enough time to eat and finish their food. In order to help with this, once students go through the lunch line, we have them sit down and start eating right away at a level 0 which means voices are off. Once all students are seated and have had 5 or so minutes to start eating, we allow the students to move to a voice level 1 which is a whisper. Students can then still have time to eat, but an opportunity to also visit with their classmates. We do encourage students to eat and finish their food first. After about 5 more minutes, we allow students to move to a voice level 2 which is a conversation voice level. We then start dismissing tables, starting with the students that sat down first so all students get the same amount of time to eat.

    We feel that the lunch routine is getting smoother and smoother as time goes on and students are getting more time to eat now that they are familiar with the routine and procedures. 😊


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    Posted by Manix Zepeda on 9/25/2020
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