Happenings at South Elementary School
South Elementary School News
Friday, March 31 - Gr 3 Field trip 12:05pm - 1:50pm
Monday, April 3 - Gr 2 Field Trip West Fargo Library 9:10am - 11:20am
Tuesday, April 4 - PTA Supper and Meeting 6:00pm
Tuesday, April 4 - Lego League Expo 5:30pm - Gym
Friday, April 7 - No School
Monday, April 10 - No School
Friday, April 14 - Gr 4 Field Trip FM Symphony 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Thursday, April 20 - Gr 5 Field Trip Play at Cheney Middle School 12:20 - 2:15pm
Tuesday, April 25 - Gr 5 Orientation for next year at Cheney Middle School 5:30pm - 7:00pm
If your child is invited to summer school or ESY, we need to have all letters signed and returned to the school as soon as possible whether your student will be attending or not. If you don't have the letter anymore, please contact your child's teacher or the office to get a new letter. We need to have an accurate count of the students who will be attending so we can hire the correct number of teachers.
This month we had the March Madness Behavior Challenge at South. Classrooms earned points specific parts of their day. Our runner classroom was Mrs. Primus Grade 4 class and our winning class was Mr. Cariveau grade 5. Great job students, we are proud of you all.
Online pre-registration is now open for families to register students who will be entering kindergarten fall 2023. To attend the 2023-2024 school year, kindergarten students must be five years old by July 31, 2023. You can find the registration form on the WFPS website under the families tab,registration,choose Kindergarten 2023-2024. If you know of someone who has a child who should be attending kindergarten in West Fargo please pass this information along to them.
Gearing Up for Kindergarten
Hello South Star families! If you have a child at home who is starting Kindergarten next year, please consider enrolling them in our Gearing up for Kindergarten program! Students must turn 5 years old by July 31, 2023, to attend Kindergarten this fall. This program is put on by the South Elementary Kindergarten teachers, along with other amazing educators. It is a great opportunity for families to get a sneak peak at the upcoming school year, meet new friends, and engage in learning opportunities. Read the attached flyer for more information, and feel free to call the school or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to sign up!
Grade 5 Families
All 5th grade families should have received an email from Cheney Middle School about the opportunities this spring to get prepared for starting 6th grade in the fall.
CHENEY MIDDLE SCHOOL TOUR/ORIENTATION
The transition from elementary school to middle school can be overwhelming, so we want to make sure that students (and parents) feel prepared and ready for the first day of school!
In April, our incredible team of counselors will be visiting each elementary school to share a little about what to expect as a 6th grader and answer any questions you may have. We will also be hosting an Orientation Night here at Cheney where you can tour the building, meet some of our amazing staff, and even practice going through the lunch line!
Between April 3-14 – CMS counselors will travel to Elementary Schools
Tuesday, April 18 – 5th grade Orientation & Tour from 5:30-7:00PM at the Cheney Middle School Theatre for WESTSIDE, LE BERGER, & HARWOOD families
Tuesday, April 25 - 5th grade Orientation & Tour from 5:30-7:00PM at the Cheney Middle School Theatre for WILLOW PARK, EASTWOOD, & SOUTH families
From the WFPS Transportation Dept.
Since the week of January 23, 2023, West Fargo Public Schools has been forced to cancel multiple bus routes each week. Due to the chronic bus driver shortage, WFPS will unfortunately need to continue cancelling routes each week for the foreseeable future. A schedule of all district bus routes was randomly generated to determine the order in which routes will be cancelled; click HERE to view the schedule.
The official determination of how many and which routes will be cancelled each week will be made and communicated to impacted families and schools no later than 5:00PM every Wednesday.
It is the district’s hope that the driver situation improves; efforts are being made to recruit regular route drivers as well as individuals (including existing coaching staff) interested in driving activity routes. If you or someone you know (including current staff members) is interested in driving a route before school, after school, or for activities, please contact our Director of Transportation, Brad Redmond, to discuss possibilities. There is no simple solution to this problem; it will take all of us to come up with creative solutions and minimize disruptions to our learners’ routines.
Dress for the Weather
Remind your child to bring their winter gear to school. We need all students to dress for going out in the cold weather. Students go outside for 20 minutes of recess every day. We need students to be safe and warm by wearing a winter coat, snowpants, hat, gloves and boots. If you are having trouble providing these items for your child, contact our counselor, Mrs. Brandi Krabbenhoft email@example.com or call the school.
South Art Gallery
Each week Mrs. Gieser will highlight student art work by displaying it in our South Art Gallery right outside the library.
This week will feature the following students:
From Mrs. Dougherty’s class: Hafso, Ellery, Grace H., Larsen, Olivia, Tatum, Isla, Fischer, and Creighton.
From Mrs. Mark’s class: Chloe, Finley, Audra, Yusra, Ruby, Aaliyah, Clara, Priya, Myri, Addie, Natalie, Nevada, and Conner.Schoolwide Title I InformationCheck these links for more information about our Title I program at South.Join PTASupport South Elementary students and staff by becoming part of the PTA! We encourage EVERYONE to join the South Elementary PTA. Parents, grandparents, teachers, community members; anyone interested in supporting education at South Elementary School. Be involved! Be heard! Be your students’ biggest fan! By simply joining the South Elementary PTA, you are advocating on behalf of all children (including your own!) No additional commitment is required! Members are invited to participate in 6 monthly meetings, receive meeting minutes, provide input on upcoming events sponsored by the PTA and get to know the teachers and families of South Elementary!
Join today at https://southstarspta.memberhub.com/store/items/742682
Forms & Flyers
West Fargo Public Schools creates and distributes numerous publications to students, staff, and families on a regular basis. West Fargo Kid-Ventures is a publication that is electronically distributed every month to K-5th grade families within West Fargo Public Schools. You can find Kid-Ventures on the WFPS website under departments, public relations, advertising.
If your student is going to be absent, late for school or leaving early, please notify our office at 701-356-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org and also notify your classroom teacher(s). It is helpful to notify both places in the event that the classroom teacher is not in that day.
If you are changing your students after school plans please contact the office before 2:00pm so we have time to notify the classroom teacher.
If you have any phone or email changes, please update your parent portal account.
Semester one milk ($36) can be paid online at Myschoolbucks.com in the school fees section.
If you would like to join your student for lunch some day at school, please note the following guidelines:
- Parents need to call the office by 9:00am to let us know who is coming and what choice they want for lunch, 701-356-2100.
- No outside fast food, pop or candy is allowed in the lunchroom.
- Parents cannot be on the playground with their child.
- Adult lunch is $3.70, payable by cash or check. We cannot take credit/debit cards at school.
- Parents eating lunch with their children can only take pictures of their own children.
Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
7:30am - 7:50am - Drop off for breakfast at door #2 on 6th Ave. - Breakfast students only
8:00am - First bell rings - All students who are parent drop off or walkers enter door #1 (students who aren't eating breakfast)
8:10am - Tardy bell rings - students need to come to the office for a tardy slip
2:40pm - School dismisses for all students
- Please do not leave your vehicle unattended in the drop off zone. If you need to walk into the school please use a parking space away from the drop off zone.
- When dropping off or picking up your child curb-side, please pull all the way forward along the curb so you are directly behind the vehicle in front of you. This will allow as many cars as possible in the lane at one time.
- Do Not double park on the road
- Make sure your child enters and exits the car on the sidewalk
- Kindly reserve “handicap” designated parking spaces for those displaying a handicap permit in their vehicle. It’s the law!
- Thank you for helping ensure our students remain safe and drop-off and pick up times runs smoothly.