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    *This will be the last week of homework room for the year,

    May 20th-24th. 


    May 2019 

    05/21 2nd Grade - TNT Fitness

    05/21 3rd Grade - MSUM Science Center

    05/22 1st Grade - Wahpeton Zoo

    05/23 PTO SkateCity Glow Party, 6-8 PM 

    05/24 Book Exchange

    05/27 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

    05/28 Award Day

    05/28 Talent Show 1 PM

    05/29 PTO Bounce House Night, 6-8 PM

    05/30 LAST day of school 




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    We have a lot of lost and found! Please remind your student to check it.







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    *Please note* This will be our last week of homework room for the year, May 20th-24th.


    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.



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    Independence Families

    If you are moving over the summer and will not be attending Independence Elementary in the fall, please call the office at 701-356-5890. This will help us when creating our class lists for the upcoming school year.



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  • From the Nurse

    As school has been in session, we want to reiterate information about head lice. Current guidelines from the ND Department of Health recommend children NOT be excluded immediately from school when head lice are found. We must remember that head lice are a nuisance, but not harmful. However, West Fargo Public Schools will continue to follow a NO NITS Policy. If the school finds a student with head lice or nits (head lice eggs), the parent is contacted and the student will be sent home. The student needs to be checked in by the school nurse when they return to school. Head lice is transmitted through prolonged close head to head contact. Transmission is more likely to occur between family members, overnight guests and playmates that spend a lot of time together. Due to the low risk of transmitting head lice at school and to maintain confidentiality, letters will NOT be sent to parents of classmates and classrooms will NOT be checked. Parents are encouraged to check their child periodically for head lice. If you are concerned your child may be infected or you need help in identifying head lice, please contact a health care professional, school nurse or public health department. Please contact your school nurse with any questions. An excellent resource is available at



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  • TalentShow

    We are so excited for our end of the year talent show! The talent show will be held in the gym on Friday, May 28th at 1:00. Any student may audition to be in the talent show. However, to keep the show to a reasonable amount of time, we are limiting the number of acts that will be performing.

    Tryouts for the talent show will be in two stages. The first stage will be the classroom competition. Teachers will be holding classroom competitions sometime between now and May 6th. Your student’s teacher will let you know when their classroom tryouts will be held. The teachers will then select students to go on to the school wide competition. The school wide competition will be held during the week of May 13 - 17 with the finalist being announced by the end of the day Friday, May 17.

    During this competition, students will need to perform the same act that they performed during the classroom competition. Mrs. Kiefert and Mr. Shea will be choosing the top acts to perform during the talent show.

    Here are the guidelines for choosing a talent to perform:

    • No lip-syncs
    • Keep the performance under 2 minutes in length
    • Preparedness – students should practice at home and be ready to perform on try-out day.
      • Bring all props, instruments, music, etc. with you for each try out. If you will be singing along with music, bring your music on an iPod/mp3 player or talk with Mrs. Kiefert if you have your music in a different form.
    • Originality – we would like a lot of variety for the talent show. With that being said, talents that are different from the others will have a higher likelihood of being picked to perform.

    Important Dates

    • Now – May 6 – classroom competitions occur – your teacher will get you the specifics
    • May 13-17 – final round of competitions (in the morning)
    • May 28 – 1:00 talent show starts



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    Congratulations to Gowri Pillai for being awarded Independence Elementary School’s inaugural Cam Cares Award, in honor of Camden Dean.


    Ms. Curry and Nominees



    Ms. Curry, Gowri Pillai and Mr. Shea




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     Drop off pick up


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    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:



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    We have many items in our lost and found. If your child is missing items, have them check the lost and found.



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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

  • Support Staff Job Fair

    Please join us on Tuesday, June 11 from 4:00PM - 6:00PM at Cheney Middle School to find out about the various support staff positions needed for the start of the new school year. Both full-time and part-time positions are available! Meet current district administrators and supervisors, learn about employment opportunities, submit an application, and be considered for an on-site interview! For questions, please call the Human Resources Department at (701) 356-2001 or email

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  • Kindergarten Registration 

    If your child will be five years old on or before July 31, 2019, they are eligible to attend kindergarten in 2019-2020! Please visit your neighborhood school to register; Deer Creek Elementary families can register now at Legacy Elementary. If you do not know which school your child will attend, you can check your address on our Maps webpage.

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  • Parent Portal

    The Parent Portal is a tool designed to keep parents informed of their child's academic progress; it is a supplement to other school-parent communication. A single sign-on functionality is available that allows parents to have a single account for multiple children. In order to access the Parent Portal, a single sign-on account must be created. Children can be added to an account by utilizing the account ID and password provided by the child's school.

    Setting Up Your Account

    Print a copy of the Parent Portal Access Request Form. Complete the form and bring it, and your photo ID, to your child's school.

    Once the information is validated, the Parent Portal ID and password will be emailed to the address provided on the form. This information will be needed to assign students to your Parent Portal single sign-on account. Note: the access ID and password are not your Parent Portal credentials.

    Prior to creating your single sign-on account, you will need the access ID(s) and password(s) emailed by your child's school. Contact the school if you misplaced the information.

    Use a web browser to navigate to the PowerSchool login. Log in and select the CREATE ACCOUNT tab and the CREATE ACCOUNT button. Follow the questions to enter your first name, your last name, your email address, your desired username, and your chosen password.

    Select the LINK STUDENTS TO ACCOUNT tab and follow the questions to enter your child's name, the associated access ID for the child, the associated password, and the relationship you have to the child. Repeat these steps to add additional children to your single sign-on account.

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