L.E. Berger Elementary School News & Announcements

  • Notification of Annual Review and Evaluation Results for 2021-22

    As a requirement of our Title I schoolwide status, Berger staff and parents recently completed a review of our schoolwide plan and programming.  At our April and May staff meetings we discussed the results of the surveys.  We identified 4 areas to focus and improve as a school next year.

    • Improve our MTSS (Multi-Tier System of Supports) process for students
    • Using our data to drive our instruction
    • Work on responding behaviors, consistently
    • Clarity on schoolwide goals

    In addition to improvements, our staff recognized an area of strength.

    • Having parents come into the classrooms for morning family events

    We also reviewed our parent surveys.  The following are some of the comments.

    • Students having morning choice options.
    • Morning family events, which were math, reading, and art. 

    Kindergarten Preregistration

    Preregistration for 2022 - 2023 kindergarten students opens on our website on March 1, 2022. Children must be five years old on, or before, July 31, 2022 to attend kindergarten in 2022 - 2023.

    Prior to the first day of school, each registered child must provide a digital copy of a current immunization record, proof of identity (birth certificate, visa, I-94, or other government-issued ID), and proof of residency. Paper copies can be scanned at your neighborhood school.

    Families requiring technical assistance in the kindergarten preregistration process may schedule an appointment with the district registrar by calling (701) 499-1067.

    For additional information on the preregistration process, including required documentation and immunizations, please visit our registration website: www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/families/registration.


    BRRR!  It is getting COLD!

    Please dress your child warmly every day.  Even if it is sunny, the wind will feel VERY cold when on the playground, and we go out every day. The only time we will stay inside before school and/or during recess is when the wind chill reaches -15° F.

    Every day, each child should be wearing a winter coat, hat, and mittens/gloves.  Please put your childs name in all of their gear.

    If it snows, your child will also need snow pants and boots so they can play in the snow.

    Please let your child’s teacher or the office know if you need anything.

    Information from the District!

    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.


    If your child recently had an accomplishment, like participating in a tournament or competition, accomplishing a goal, and would like to have a quick shout out for them on our morning school-wide announcements please e-mail that in to Mr. Peterson (bppeterson@west-fargo.k12.nd.us) for inclusion in our morning announcements.  We want to celebrate the GREAT things our Bears are doing both inside and outside of school!  Thank you!


    McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

    McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that provides special rights to students who are experiencing homelessness.

    • Are you living in a shelter

    • Are you sharing housing with family or friends, due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason

    • Are you living in a motel, hotel, substandard housing, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative and adequate housing

    • Primary nighttime residence is a public or private place not meant for regular sleeping accommodations for people

    • Living in a car, park, public spaces, abandoned buildings

    • Are migratory student meeting the above descriptions

    • Are unaccompanied youth not living with your parent/guardian


    If you answered YES to any of the above please contact your schools social worker to determine eligibility. If eligible students have the right to:

    • Attend school
    • Stay in school of origin (school attended prior to losing housing)
    • Receive transportation to/from school of origin
    • Participate fully in school programs and activities
    • Receive free breakfast and lunch at school
    • Enroll immediately in school

    Please reach out to Margit Schmelka at 701-499-1309 or mschmelka@west-fargo.k12.nd.us for additional information and support.


    WFPS Food Services is Hiring!

    We are looking for employees to join our team as a Food Service Worker. Work on school days only and enjoy summers off!  We offer competitive pay ($13.42 per hour), paid personal time, paid holidays, free uniforms, and free meals.

    Various part-time positions are available. Most positions are 3.0-3.5 hours per day. We are also hiring for Food Service Substitutes. 

    Apply online:


    Nurses Information

    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 www.ndhealth.gov/head-lice/.

    If your child has an elevated temperature, rash, diarrhea, or vomiting at home, DO NOT send the child to school. Instead, have him/her stay home and rest until he/she is temperature-free and feeling better for a minimum of 24 hours.

    School Supply List

    For a printable version please click here!  School Supply List

    L.E. Berger Schoolwide 2021-2022--Parent Involvement Survey

    1. Did your child attend any of our morning rooms from 7:30-8:00? (Lego Land, Reading Club, Board Games, Puzzles) If so, do you feel it was beneficial and how)?


    1. Did you attend any of Berger’s morning family events (Bears and Book or Art with Bears) How was your experience?


    1. Has your child made improvements in reading this school year? What has been helpful?


    1. Has your child made improvements in math this school year? What has been helpful?


    1. Are there any other areas, such as behavior, you have seen growth in your child this year? What has been helpful?


    1. What ideas do you have that you would like to see Berger do in the future for Parents, Family Involvement, or Family Events?

    L.E. Berger Elementary--2021-2022 Schoolwide Goals

     GOAL #1:

    70% of students will achieve a SGP of 35 or greater in Reading as measured by the Spring 2022 STAR Reading assessment.

    GOAL #2:

    65% of students will achieve a SGP of 35 or greater in Math as measured by the Spring 2022 STAR Math assessment.

    GOAL #3:

    Improve self-regulation skills of all students, decreasing the overall occurrence of disrespect and physical aggression school wide as measured by number of SWIS referrals.  



    The L.E. Berger Public School and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, agree that this compact outlines how they will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

    This school-parent compact is in effect during the 2021-22 school year.

    School Responsibilities

    The L.E. Berger Public School will:

    1. Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a safe, nurturing, and equitable learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards as follows:
    • Believe that each student can learn using a proactive approach to students’ learning and behavior
    • Identify and address the individual needs of students
    • Do my best to attend L.E. Berger’s Family Nights
    • Provide an environment that allows for positive communication between the students, parents/guardians, and staff at L.E. Berger Elementary
    • Show respect to students, parents/guardians, and staff
    • Be available to students, parents/guardians, and staff
    1. Hold parent-teacher conferences (at least annually in elementary schools) during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement. Specifically, these conferences will be held
    • Parent Teacher Conferences: October 18 and 19
    • Parent Teacher Conferences: March, 7 and 8
    1. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress. Specifically, the school will provide the reports as follows:
    • End of Trimester 1: November 30
    • End of Trimester 2: March 4
    • End of Trimester 3: May 26
    1. Provide parents reasonable access to staff. Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows:
    • Email and phone calls
    • Parent Teacher Conferences
    • Back to School Connection Days
    1. Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities, as follows:
    • Check with the skill on volunteer due to the COVID-19 restrictions.


    Parent Responsibilities

    We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:

    1. Monitoring attendance;
    2. Making sure that homework is completed;
    3. Monitoring the amount of television my child watches;
    4. Volunteering in my child’s classroom as requested
    5. Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my children’s education;
    6. Promoting positive use of my child’s extracurricular time;
    7. Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by my child or by mail and responding, as appropriate;
    8. Serving, to the extent possible, on policy advisory groups as requested


Upcoming Events

  •  December 20th--Last day of school before Winter break

    January 2nd--School reconvenes after Winter break

    January 20th--No School, Professional Development

    February 17th--No School

    February 18th--Snow Make Up

    March 13th--No School

    April 10th--No School

    April 13th--No School

    May 25th--No School, Memorial Day

    May 28th--Last Day of School for the 2019-2020 school year



Follow Us on Facebook!

Notes from Administrator