03/25 & 03/26 Kindergarten Registration 4-7 PM
03/28 3rd Grade Music Program @ 8:30 AM
04/09 PTO Meeting @ 7 PM - Child Care Provided
04/12 1st Grade Music Program @ 8:30 AM
04/17 Spring Pictures
04/19 NO SCHOOL
04/22 Snow Make Up Day
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2019-2020
Kindergarten registration has been set for March 25th and 26th 4:00-7:00 PM at Independence Elementary. Please bring copies of your childs immunization records and a birth certificate.
We are looking forward to meeting you!
3rd Grade Music Program
Thursday, March 28th @ 8:30 A.M.
1st Grade Music Program
Friday, April 12th @ 8:30 A.M.
Kindergarten Music Program
Tuesday, May 7th @ 8:30 A.M.
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
7:00 p.m. in the library, child care provided.
SPRING PICTURES - Wednesday, April 17th
Picture packets will be sent home in April.
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG) and the City of Fargo has paired up with Fargo Public Schools, West Fargo Public Schools, area private schools, and the Fargo Park District to conduct a Safe Routes to School study. This study will lead to the development of a citywide Safe Routes to School Plan update.
Safe Routes to School is a national initiative that works toward making it safe, convenient, and fun for children to walk and bicycle to and from school. The goal is to improve kids’ safety and increase health and physical activity.
Between March and May 2019, staff from Metro COG, City of Fargo, and the consulting firm, will be coordinating with school staff, parents, and students to provide feedback and input on the routes students take to and from their schools. When you receive opportunities to provide input, please do. Your input is extremely valuable to this process.
All student input will be conducted through anonymous surveys conducted by teachers on two consecutive days in April or May. A simple hand tally will be used to conduct these surveys, so rest assured no personal information will be collected or included as a part of this study and plan.
More detailed information will be coming in future newsletters, so stay on the lookout. In the meantime, more information can be found on the Metro COG project website at:
DROP OFF and PICK UP INFORMATION
LOST AND FOUND
We have many items in our lost and found. If your child is missing items, have them check the lost and found.
HOMEWORK ROOM IS BACK AGAIN AT INDEPENDENCE ELEMENTARY!
I am happy to announce that Independence Elementary will again be offering an early morning homework room for students to get help with homework from one of our certified teachers starting on Monday, September 10th. Homework room is open to any student, kindergarten through 5th grade and will be held from 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM. The location will be in the library each morning.
Homework room will be a first come first serve basis unless a classroom teacher recommends a student for homework room. If that is the case, that student is guaranteed a spot for that morning. We will be limiting the capacity of the homework room to 28 students. If a student would like to eat breakfast at the school but would like to go to the homework room, they will need to get their breakfast first and then check in at the homework room. Even though the homework room is in the library, students will not be allowed to check out books to read during this time. They need to have a book in their backpack when they come to homework room. Whether the students need help to complete an assignment or a quiet place to add to their reading minutes, we hope that the Independence homework room will benefit our students.
School-Based Sealant Program
Seal! ND School-Based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program
In 2012, The North Dakota Department of Health, Oral Health Program (OHP) implemented the Seal! ND School-based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program. Public health dental hygienists visit schools two times a year (fall and spring) and provide direct preventive services, under standing orders of a dentist which include: oral health education, a screening, dental sealant and fluoride varnish application. A parent/guardian signed consent form is required to participate in the Seal! ND fluoride varnish and dental sealant program.
Services are provided to schools that are recognized as being in need by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Students attending pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (depending upon the school) with parent/guardian consent are eligible to receive the free oral health services. A goody bag consisting of a result sheet (what the child had done), toothbrush, toothpaste and floss will be provided to each child that is seen. In the West Fargo area, Maple Family Dental will be providing the services. Watch for more information to come!
District News & Updates
Online registration is coming to West Fargo Public Schools! Look for further details and communications to be sent to families later this spring as we prepare for implementing the process for next year.
High School & Middle School Names
At the March 11 regularly-scheduled meeting, the School Board voted 6 - 1 in favor of naming the district's third middle school Heritage Middle School. The new middle school will open for the 2020-2021 school year and will serve students from Legacy Elementary School, Horace Elementary School, and Deer Creek Elementary School. Heritage Middle School will be located at 6350 76th Ave S, Horace, ND 58047. The School Board also voted 4 - 3 in favor of naming the district's third high school West Fargo Horace High School. The new high school will open for the 2021-2022 school year and will serve students from Heritage Middle School. The official address for Horace High School is to be determined, but it will be within the city limits of Horace, on the same campus as Heritage Middle School.
The Momo challenge is the latest online ‘challenge' that has understandably caused many parents concern. Although there have been lots of media stories in the last week, there is no verified evidence that this ‘challenge’ has caused harm to children, and more recent investigations have found it to be fake news. Despite this, it is clear that it is causing distress among parents and children.
The Momo character — the disfigured face attached to a bird’s body — was, in fact, a prop named ‘Mother Bird’ made in Japan three years ago for an art exhibition. It was claimed that the Momo challenge was ‘played’ over WhatsApp. The Momo character allegedly asked would-be participants to contact ‘her’ and do a series of challenges — the final challenge being suicide.
Although the Momo challenge is now being reported as a hoax, the reports, warnings, and disturbing images could still cause distress to children. It’s important that parents talk to their children about it. The best way to start is to ask a general question about whether they have seen anything online that upset or worried them. Explain that there are often things that happen online that can be misleading or frightening and that some things are designed to get a lot of attention. Parents need to follow their child’s lead — introducing a worrying subject to a child who isn’t familiar with it might lead them to investigate. On the other hand, avoiding mentioning it won’t provide a chance for a good discussion. Take your child’s lead and whatever you decide about overtly talking about these kinds of topics, make sure that they know that contacting strangers and doing anything at all that they are asked to do online or off that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable is not OK.
West Fargo Public Schools will hold kindergarten preregistration from 4:00PM - 7:00PM on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26.
With the exception of Deer Creek Elementary School, all families go to their neighborhood school to preregister. Deer Creek Elementary School families should preregister at Legacy Elementary School.
Each registered child must provide a copy of a current immunization record and proof of identity (birth certificate, visa, I-94, or other government-issued ID). Preregistration is still possible without these documents.
Children must be five years old on, or before, July 31, 2019 to attend kindergarten in 2019-2020.
If you do not know which school your child will attend, enter your address online at www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. Preregistration is an opportunity for parents to complete the necessary paperwork; students need not attend. Students and families will be invited back to meet staff and tour the schools at August's Back to School Night.
New Middle School & High School Transition Plan
At the February 11 School Board meeting, the Board approved the grade level transition plan recommended by the Strategic Transition task force:
- 6th-9th grade students to attend the new middle school in 2020-2021
- 9th-10th grade students at the new high school in 2021-2022, 9th-11th grade students in 2022-2023, and 9th-12th grade students in 2023-2024