Brooks Harbor School News


    Rape and Abuse Crisis Center

    Rape and Abuse Crisis Center (RACC), the child sexual and physical abuse prevention program Red Flag/Green Flag® will be presented in your child’s 2nd grade classroom on Wednesday, January 19th and Friday, January 21st .  This program deals with the prevention of child sexual and physical abuse.  To find out more information about the Red Flag/Green Flag® program before it is presented to your child’s class, please feel free to visit the RACC website at  Specific information about the Red Flag/Green Flag® 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.  Please let Mrs. Anderson, our school counselor know if you have questions.  She can be contacted at 701-499-9704.



    North Dakota winter weather can be very cold and very unpredictable. To ensure children are best prepared and protected for this weather, we ask that families send all children to school with adequate winter apparel.

    For students’ safety, they should leave their residence each morning with a winter jacket, mittens or gloves, a cap, and closed-toed shoes or boots. For children with a scheduled recess, snow pants, boots, and scarves are encouraged, and may be required by their school. Additionally, children’s’ bare legs should be protected from exposure to the cold; shorts, capris, and dresses or skirts (without leggings or tights) should be limited to warm weather days.

    If your child tends to feel cold throughout the school day, they are encouraged to wear long sleeves, sweaters, or sweatshirts.

    It is advised that any cold weather apparel, including sweatshirts and sweaters, be labeled with the child’s name. Names can be written with a permanent marker on most items’ size tags, brand label, or care tag. Labeling your child’s materials ensures they can be easily returned if lost and/or found.

    The health and safety of our students is of the upmost importance to us at West Fargo Public Schools. If you need assistance providing your child with winter gear, please contact the school office for support.



    The district is now accepting payments for elementary school milk fees for semester two. The cost of the elementary milk fee is $36.00 and can be paid online via MySchoolBucks. The second semester runs January 18 - May 26, 2022.

    West Fargo Public Schools uses MySchoolBucks (an online payment system) to allow parents to make deposits into their child’s meal account as well as allowing them to pay their child’s school fees. There is no transaction fee in MySchoolBucks.

    You will use the same login for paying the semester milk fee as you do or paying school and meal fees. If you currently have an account, you will see the store for the fees option in addition to the store for meal payments. If you have not used MySchoolBucks in the past, please follow the instructions to create a new account.



    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

     Kindergarten Student of the Month


    Baker L., Eloise D., Tayson S., Nyima E. and Eliot K.


    1st Grade Student of the Month

    Grade 1

    Charlie P.,Judah H.,Carson F.,and Jaxsun A.


    2nd Grade Student of the Month


    Grade 2

    Abigail K., Jersey W., Paisley Kohler and not pictured (Konner M.)


    3rd Grade Student of the Month

     3rd Grade

    Aurora G., Daniel L. and Alexis K.


    4th Grade Student of the Month

     4th Grade

    Renny J., Arnav M., Regan I. and not pictured (Tatum H.)


    5th Grade Student of the Month

    Grade 5

    Raiden M., Breckin F. and Ajah 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

     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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Notes from Brooks Harbor Staff

  • From the Principal

    Posted by Manix Zepeda on 9/25/2020
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