01/21 NO SCHOOL
01/24 1st Grade Field Trip - MSUM Planetarium
02/08 BOTB Grades 4 & 5 - Final Battle
02/12 PTO Meeting, 7 PM in the Library - Child Care Provided
02/18 NO SCHOOL
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS INFORMATION
Grades 4-5 Independence Final Battle
District Battle (Top 2 School Teams)
Feb 25th at Cheney Middle School
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
Impacted by the Government Shutdown?
New guidance from the US Department of Agriculture provides support for families impacted by the shutdown of the federal government. If your family’s income has been cut off due to the shutdown, you are eligible to apply for Free & Reduced Lunch. Information about the Free & Reduced Lunch program, including how to apply, can be found on our website.
Student Success Forum: Social Media
The third session of a four-part series on student success is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00PM - 8:30PM at Cheney Middle School.
Join West Fargo Public Schools' administrators and students, West Fargo Police Department, and representatives from various community agencies to get an inside look at how social media impacts the lives of our students and children today. Resources will be shared that will allow families to better understand the risks of the online world and best practices for responsible digital citizenship. Moderated and live broadcasted by AM 1100 The Flag WZFG.
It is that time of year again when weather can alter school day plans. Please review the district's weather procedures to better prepare in the event of a late start, early dismissal, or no school day. In the event of a weather-related closure, all evening activities and facility rentals will be cancelled and the West Fargo Sports Arena and Hulbert Aquatic Center will close.
FEET Parent Trainings
Families of students receiving special education services are invited to attend the following West Fargo Public School's Family Educator Enhancement Trainings (FEET):
- Introduction to Functional Behavior Assessment & Positive Behavior Support Plans - Thursday, December 6 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM CANCELLED
- Picture Communication - Thursday, February 26 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM
All three trainings will be held at the Leidal Education Center (Room #133), 207 W Main Ave, West Fargo, ND 58078. The Family Educator Enhancement Team (FEET) is designed to assist families who have children with special needs by connecting them to available educational partners. If you wish to attend, please RSVP one week prior to the event. Childcare will be provided.