Happenings at South Elementary School
Forms & Flyers
South Elementary School News
8:00am - 2:40pm
Tardy Bell 8:10am
14 No School Storm Day
15 No School
18 PTA Meeting 6:15 - 7:00pm
21 Gearing Up for Kindergarten
25 Kindergarten Registration 4:00pm - 7:00pm
26 Kindergarten Registration 4:00pm - 7:00pm
28 Gearing Up for Kindergarten
29 School Dance
Block Days Schedule
Day 5 - March 18
Day 6 - March 19
Day 1 - March 20
Day 2 - March 21
Day 3 - March 22
Monday, March 18
6:15 - 7:00pm
Please come to hear what students are doing in the classroom. Also, we will be discussing details for this years dance.
Kindergarten Fall 2019 -2020
Please pass this information on to family or neighbors who have children who will be starting kindergarten this fall. Students registering for kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before July 31, 2019. Kindergarten registration will be held at South Elementary Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26 4-7pm. Please bring a birth certificate and the most recent immunization paperwork with at that time.
Hello 5th grade parents!
As spring approaches it is time for our 5th Grade students to start preparing for their move to Cheney Middle School in the fall.
Student/Parent Orientation for 5th graders going into 6th grade in the fall
Orientation Meetings 5:30pm-7:00pm
Monday, April 15th- Eastwood, Berger, Willow Park Elementary
Tuesday, April 23rd- Harwood, South, Westside Elementary
You may attend the other evening if you are unable to attend your school’s night.
Fifth Grade Students and Parents
Cheney Middle School
825 17th Ave East, West Fargo
Parking on both sides of the building
*Informational Meeting about CMS
*School tour, led by Student Council
Lost and Found
Our lost and found items are set up on tables or in totes in the hallway near the library. Please check during conference nights to see if any of these items belong to your child. Items not picked up will be donated.
All volunteers in the West Fargo Public Schools must complete a “Volunteer Application and Background Check Authorization” prior to their first volunteer experience. The link to our Volunteer Application, along with various forms and information, are available on the district’s web page. West Fargo’s homepage is at https://www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/ . Go to Families/Volunteer Procedures.
Generally, as a volunteer, you will only need to complete this online application form and undergo a background check one time per school year, prior to the beginning of your service. If your volunteer roles vary considerably in nature, you may be asked to complete additional background check procedures. This may be the case when the volunteer role takes on additional responsibility for supervision of/interaction with students.
You will complete the Volunteer Application and Background Check Authorization online at the District’s Website, under Families/Volunteer Procedures. Your application will then be processed by the Human Resources Office. Some volunteer positions may require a background check that includes a fingerprinting process. Human Resources personnel will contact you if this additional step is required for your background check, and will give you further instruction if needed. The Human Resources Department will conduct the appropriate background check, review the results and will hold all results in a confidential file at the district office.
Save the Date
Our South Elementary dance will be held Friday, March 29, 2019. Watch for more information to come in future newsletters.
Family Fare Receipts
THANK YOU for sending in Family Fare receipts! Keep submitting! Please remember that Family Fare only accepts receipts that are whole. Receipts missing information or torn in half are not accepted and can’t count towards our total collection. See the following photo for clarification.
Stop by and visit our art gallery located outside of the library. Our goal is to display work from every South student sometime throughout the school year.
Inspiration for this art gallery originated in honor of Alexa Kersting, daughter of Loren and Monica Kersting, who passed away in July of 2004 while waiting for a lung transplant.
During Alexa’s six years as a student here, she created many works of art and poetry, as all our students have done. The frames for the gallery were purchased by the Kerstings to commemorate Alexa’s love of the arts.
The following students will have their art displayed:
Brynn Decker, Raina Chwialkowski, Richie Byers, Emma Esposito, Owen Scoville, Callie Halverson, Mya McClaflin, Mya Schroeder, Tommy Johnson, Enzo Foss, Kasen Morel, Michael Swedberg, Zylah Grant, Tony Bigirimana, Kiara Johnson, Treyton Beck, Alex Karnis, Jaxon Steen, Madison Huisenga, Bakhiye Shaale, Hamdi Ali, Cullen Maynard, and Braxton Profit.
Plastic Lid Mural
Our art teacher at South Elementary is working to create a mural for our school. We are collecting plastic lids to use in this project. Please collect lids at home and send them with your students the more lids we collect the more options we have for the project. Thank you for your help.
Bus Loop Drop Off Zone
Parents/guardians we ask that you do not use the bus loop for parent drop off. This poses problems for our busses as well as some safety concerns for students. You need to drop off in the parent loop on 1st St on the east side of the building. If students are coming for breakfast or other morning activities, they still need to be dropped off in the parent drop-off loop. Students can walk to door #2 on 6th Ave from the parent drop off loop. There have been several complaints made. We thank our law enforcement for responding to those complaints and adding additional patrol of the area.
Help out PTA with Shutterfly
Planning on ordering your Holiday Cards? Consider using the South PTA Shutterfly Link. 13% of the proceeds will be contributed to our PTA. ?? Shutterfly and Tiny Prints have a variety of items including holiday cards, photo books, canvases, personalized gifts and home décor. Consider ordering for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent Holiday Gifts, and Graduations. ??
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