South Elementary School News

  • *Important Dates* 

    Wednesday, August 21 = First day of school - Gr 1 - 5

    Monday, August 26 = First day of school for Kindergarten


    🚍📅 Important Information Regarding Transportation and Next Year's South Schedule

    This past year, we had to significantly adjust our school day schedule due to unfilled bus routes. Next year, we will be returning to our previous school bell schedule. 🕗 Our first bell will ring at 8:00am, with the tardy bell ringing at 8:10am. School dismissal will return to the 2:40pm time. 🍽️ Morning breakfast will open at 7:30am and be available until 8:00am.

    🚫 South no longer has funding for morning programs. Unfortunately, we will not have morning programs moving forward. This was a state-funded program that is not continuing. We are sad to lose this program as it was well utilized by our learners.


    End of Year Reminders

    If your child has a medication at school in the office a parent/guardian must pick it up.  We are not allowed to let students take the medication home themselves.  

    Students need to take home all items from their lockers and desks.  Items found over the summer will be thrown or donated.

    If student has books from the library or classroom please send them to school on Monday.  


    Art Gallery       Art on a wall

    The goal for our art gallery is to display work from every South student sometime throughout the school year.

    Inspiration for this art gallery originated in honor of Alexa Kersting, daughter of Loren and Monica Kersting, who passed away in July of 2004 while waiting for a lung transplant. 

    During Alexa’s six years as a student here, she created many works of art and poetry, as all our students have done.  The frames for the gallery were purchased by the Kerstings to commemorate Alexa’s love of the arts.

    These students will have their art displayed throughout the summer months.

    Mrs. Peterson's 1st grade class: Aurora

    Mrs. Dougherty's 2nd grade class: Andorra

    Mrs. Chamber's: 3rd grade class: Yusra and Chloe

    Miss Cunningham's 3rd grade class: Grace and Nevada

    Mrs. Krabbenhoft's 3rd grade class: Olivia

    Mr. Burington's 4th grade class: Sophia 

    Mrs. Lehmann'[s 4th grade class: Liv 

    Mr. Cariveau's 5th grade class: Rose and Vivian

    Mrs. Wollan's 5th grade class: Makenna 


    Reading Corps Tutor Needed for Fall 2024

    Thousands of children need extra help to read at grade level. Take action as a tutor because kids who are strong readers by the end of 3rd grade are positioned to be strong learners for the rest of their lives.

    Whether you’re looking to explore a new career in education, reenter the workforce or simply want to work with kids, you’re ready for the next thing. Become a North Dakota Reading Corps literacy tutor at South Elementary and help students take a step-up in their literacy abilities.

    We are looking for people who are dedicated to our community. By joining Reading Corps, you can be part of a dedicated team trying to close the illiteracy gap in ND. Tutors are parents, grandparents, recent college grads, and mid-career professionals. You will guide students toward becoming successful readers by third grade, see real results and make a lasting impact in our students’ lives through this meaningful service. You’ll not only tutor students who need extra support; you’ll also make a meaningful connection with the school and our community.

    During your 9 months of service as a Reading Corps tutor, you’ll receive extensive training, support and professional development opportunities. All necessary training is provided and no licensure is necessary. You’ll receive a monthly living stipend of $1,600 for half time (28-30 hours/week) positions or $1,200 for reduced half-time (20-22 hours/week) positions. In addition, as an AmeriCorps member position, tutors earn an education award of up to $3,697 to be used for college tuition and current student loans. (Tutors who are 55 or older may choose to gift their education award to a child, grandchild or foster child.)

    Pass the word on to a friend or family member! Learn more and apply at www.ndreadingcorps.org


    Non-Routine After-School Pickup

    When a learner is not picked up from school

    1. The school will contact all parents/guardians and emergency contacts listed in PowerSchool.
    2. If the learner is not picked up within 30 minutes, the school will contact the School Resource Officer (SRO) and the learner will be turned over to the SRO.
    3. The SRO will contact all parents/guardians in their records.
    4. If the learner is not picked up within the timeframe dictated by the SRO, the SRO will transport the learner to social services.

    When a learner is not met at the bus stop* and is returned to school

    1. The school will contact all parents/guardians and emergency contacts listed in PowerSchool.
    2. If the learner is not picked up within 30 minutes, the school will contact the Police Department and the learner will be turned over to them.
    3. The Police Department will contact all parents/guardians in their records.
    4. If the learner is not picked up within the timeframe dictated by the Police Department, they will transport the learner to social services.

    NOTE: Due to the late return of buses that service the Early Childhood Center (ECC), the Police Department will be the first contact for any learners from the ECC that are not met at the bus stop and are returned to school. This contact will be initiated by the Transportation Department, as school staff are typically gone for the day before ECC buses return.    

     *Being met at the bus stop is not a requirement for all learners. Parents/guardians would be made aware by the school if that was the expectation with their learner.


    Morning Programs

    Morning programs are 8:00am - 8:30am. Students enter through door #2 on 6th Ave.  They will select a wristband for the activity they want to do that day. Once the wristbands are gone for an activity, they will need to choose something else, it is first come.   Students should go directly to that location and not go to their classroom or locker. Once a student is in an activity, they will stay there until the bell rings at 8:30. They cannot switch activities.  If a student chooses to go to the small playground, they will need to wait outside until 8:15am, when we have staff available for supervision. 


    Schoolwide Title I Information

    Check these links for more information about our Title I program at South.  
     

     
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    Support 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 


     

     

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Reminders

    • If your student is going to be absent, late for school or leaving early, please notify our office at 701-356-2100 or south@west-fargo.k12.nd.us 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, you can log into your parent portal account to update it.  
    • Semester one milk ($40) can be paid online at Myschoolbucks.com in the school fees section.  
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  • If you would like to join your child for lunch some day at school, starting October 1, 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 $4.00, 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.

     

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  •  Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures Clock

    8:00am - 8:30am - Drop off for breakfast at door #2 on 6th Ave. - Breakfast students only

    8:30am - First bell rings - All students who are parent drop off or walkers enter door #1 (students who aren't eating breakfast)

    8:40am - Tardy bell rings - students need to come to the office for a tardy slip

    3:10pm - 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.
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