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



    Picture retakes will be October 27th for students who were absent on September 17th.


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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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    We have a Lost and Found area located near the commons (cafeteria).  PARENTS: LABEL EVERYTHING!  Please talk to your child(ren) and encourage them to keep their belongsings with them at all times, especially after PE class or recess. Teach them to gather their items at the end of the school day.  Click here for great tips on keeping your child organized.  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). ALL items will be donated twice a year (December and May).
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    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!



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    At West Fargo Public Schools, all students receive free meals each day school is in session. Even though all students will receive free meals, the district requests every family complete the online free/reduced meal application for the federal meal program. The amount of funding the district receives is dependent on our rate of free/reduced students, as is our eligibility for additional grant funding. Ensuring our free/reduced rate is an accurate representation of our district is vital in providing a valuable education. Additionally, families eligible for the program receive waivers for fees associated with student activities, college applications, and standardized tests (ACT, SAT, and AP exams).

    All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF) can get free student fee assistance regardless of your income.



    All grades take one milk/snack break during the school day.  Families can send a healthy snack to school with their student.  If you would like your student to have a milk, the fee is $36 per semester.  You can pay the milk fee via MySchoolBucks.  


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    Deer Creek is lucky enough to be part of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) on Tuesday-Friday of each week. The FFVP provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day at times other than breakfast or lunch. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options.

    The goal of the FFVP is to improve children’s overall diet and create healthier eating habits to impact their present and future health. The FFVP will help schools create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, and increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption. 


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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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    For PTO related information and events, click the PTO quick link found on the right side of this page.


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