South Elementary School News

  • *Important Dates* 

    Wednesday, Dec. 13 - Gr 5 Field Trip - Horizon Middle School Moorhead

    Wednesday, Dec. 13 - Gr 2 Ms. Longley Music Program 12:00pm - 12:30pm

    Wednesday, Dec. 13 - Gr K. Mrs. Trowbridge's Class Gingerbread Houses

    Thursday, Dec. 14 - Gr 2 Mrs. Dougherty Music Program 12:00pm - 12:30pm

    Thursday, Dec. 14 - Gr. K Ms. Huseby's Class Gingerbread Houses

    Friday, Dec. 15 - Gr 2 Mrs. Mark Music Program 12:00pm -12:30pm

    Friday, Dec. 15 - Gr. K Miss Edinger's Class Gingerbread Houses

    Thursday, Dec. 21 - Last Day before winter break

    December 22 - January 1 - Winter Break

    Tuesday, January 2 - Classes Resume


    Milk Break for Semester 2

    2nd semester milk break fee will open in My School Bucks on Friday, December 1 and will close on February 29. The cost for milk at milk break for the 2023-2024 school year is $40.00 per student per semester, which can be paid for under the 'store' section of My School Bucks and clicking on "Milk Fee Semester 2" option.  Second semester starts January 12, 2024.  

    *Please do not pay the milk fee under the cafeteria payments/meal money section. This is only for money used in the cafeteria.  


    Gold treble clef with gold lights in the backgroundGrade 2 Music Program 

    Our second-grade learners have been busy practicing their program songs, and they’re looking forward to sharing their music with you!  Gr. 2 programs will take place at 12:00 on December 13, 14, and 15.  You may arrive at 11:45am; enter through the east main doors and check in at the table in the hallway.  All programs will take place in the music room, Rm. 127

    Please note your child’s program date below. The program will be from 12:00pm - 12:30pm each day.  

    Ms. Longley - Wednesday, December 13  

    Mrs. Dougherty - Thursday, December 14 

    Mrs. Mark - Friday, December 15

    Learners will showcase their talents in a variety of ways, including singing, dancing, and playing instruments.  Because this is the only Gr. 2 program this year, I encourage them to wear something special!  And finally, ask your child to sing a program song for you!  Your continued support at home means so much. 

    Please invite any special people in your life (grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc.).  If you have any questions regarding this performance, please contact Mrs. Poehls through email or Seesaw.  We hope you can join us!

    Mrs. Jenny Poehls

    cartoon girl dressed in winter coat, boots, and glovesWinter Clothing

    Please be sure your child wears a warm coat, snowpants, boots, hat and gloves to school every day.  Students go out for recess every day for 20 minutes and should have warmer clothing for the playground.  Also, for students in kindergarten, please practice at home with your child/ren, so they can get themselves ready for recess by putting on their boots, zipping coats and putting on their gloves. 

    Paraprofessionals Needed

    West Fargo Public Schools is looking for paraprofessionals.  If you are interested in working in the schools please check this flyer for more information.  

    Morning Programs

    Morning programs are 8:00am - 8:30am. Students enter through door #2 on 6th Ave.  They will select a wrist band for the activity they want to do that day. Once the wrist bands 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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  • 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 have their art on display this week:

    From Mrs. Mark’s 2nd grade class: Zoe, Gavin, Logan, Beckett, Elise, Griffin, Samiyah, Vincent, Bella, Paytyn, Kenley, Rowan, Charlie, Abby, Nya, Kynlee, Wade, Avera, Fatumazahraa

    From Mrs. Dougherty’s 2nd grade class:  Nolan, Jovi, Andorra

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    • If your student is going to be absent, late for school or leaving early, please notify our office at 701-356-2100 or 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 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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