L.E. Berger Elementary School News & Announcements


    Covid Reminders

    Tips & Reminders About Testing

    • WFPS encourages anyone that is not feeling well to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible after displaying symptoms. 
    • Whenever possible, please test at a site within the state of North Dakota. The district is experiencing significant delays in getting information from testing sites out of state, including Minnesota. 
    • If you are waiting on a test result, you cannot come to school or work.

    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:


    Our Schoolwide Goals 

    • Goal 1: 70% of students will achieve a SGP of 35 or more in Reading as measured by spring 2021 STAR assessment.
    • Goal 2: 65% of students will achieve a SGP of 35 or more in math as measured by spring 2021 STAR assessment.
    • Goal 3: Improve self-regulation skills of all students, decreasing the overall number of disrespect and physical aggression.

    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 Parent and Family Engagement Policy

    Title I regulations require that each school served under Title I jointly develop with and distribute to parents of participating children, a written parental involvement policy agreed on by the parents that describes the requirements of (c) through (f) as listed below and outlined in Title I law: 



    Each school served under this part shall – 

    1.  Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school’s participation under this part and to explain the requirements of this part, and the right of the parents to be involved; 

    This meeting will be held at Berger Elementary in May 2021. 

    2.  Offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide, with funds provided under this part, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services relate to parental involvement; 


    Parents are invited to and encouraged to participate in: 

    • Back-to-School Connection Days 
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences 
    • Annual Title I Parent Information Meeting 
    • Title I teachers are available for parent questions throughout the school year. 

    3.Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under this part, including planning, review, and improvement of the school parental involvement policy; 


    Parents are invited to provide information for improvement during: 

    • Back-to-School Connection Days 
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences 
    • Annual Title I Parent Information Meeting 
    • Parent observation opportunities upon request 
    • Title I teachers are available for parent questions throughout the school year. 

     4.  Provide parents of participating children –  

    • timely information about programs under this part; 
    • a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet; and 
    • if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practically possible. 
    • District Report Card 
    • Reading Program Progress Reports 
    • Back-to-School Connection Days 
    • Parent Teacher Conferences 
    • Annual Title I Parent Meeting 
    • Guided Reading 
    • LLI BAS Benchmarks 
    • Intensive Reading Instruction 
    • Title I teachers are available for parent questions throughout the school year. 

    5.  If the schoolwide program plan is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency. 

    • Not applicable at this school 



    As a component of the school-level parental involvement policy, each school shall jointly develop with parents for all children served under this part a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. 


    •  Parent Compact sent out in October to all students – see attached jointly agreed upon parent compact 



    To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, each school and local educational agency assisted under this part – 

     a.  Shall provide assistance to the parents of children served by the school or local educational agency, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the State’s academic content standards and State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of this part, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children; 


    This information is shared with parents through: 

    • L.E. Berger School Website 
    • Emails and Telephone Calls 
    • Blackboard Messages 
    • Social Media 
    • District Report Cards  
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences 

     b.  Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement; 


    This information is shared with parents through: 

    • L.E. Berger School Website 
    • Seesaw 
    • School activities 
    • Brochures 
    • Email 
    • Social Media 
    • WFPSchools Scoop on the district's Publications webpage 

     C.  Shall educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school; 

    •  District-Wide In-service 
    • Teacher/Staff Newsletters 
    • Title I Teacher Training 
    • North Dakota Title I Website www.dpi.state.nd.us/title1 


     D.  Shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, the Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children; 

    •  Preschool screening 
    • Yearly communication between Head Start and Early Childhood Center 


     E.  Shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents can understand; 


    Berger Elementary Title I teachers will: 

    • provide interpreters when necessary 
    • send individual notices home with students 

     F.  May involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training; 

     G.  May provide necessary literacy training from funds received under this part if the district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for such training; 

     H.  May pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions; 

     I.  May train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents; 

     J.  May arrange school meetings at a variety of times, or conduct in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school, in order to maximize parental involvement and participation; 

     K.  May adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement; 

     L.  May establish a district parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in programs supported under this section; 

     M.  May develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent involvement activities; and 

     N.  Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under this as parents may request. 



    In carrying out the parental involvement requirements of this part, districts and schools, to the extent practicable, shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language such parents can understand. 


    Berger Elementary Title I teachers will: 

    • provide interpreters when necessary 
    • contact EL liaison to assist with relaying information to parents of EL students 

    L.E. Berger School Parent Compact

    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 2020-21 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 

     2.  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: November 18 
    • Parent Teacher Conferences: March 15 & 16 

    3.  Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress.  Specifically, the school will provide the reports as follows:  

    • End of Trimester 1: November 24 
    • End of Trimester 2: February 26 
    • End of Trimester 3: May 27 

    4.  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 

     5.  Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities, as follows:  

    • At this time, volunteer activities have been put on hold 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



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Notes from Administrator