South Elementary School News

  • *Important Dates* 

    Monday, April 22 - Gr 5 Middle School Orientation 5:30pm - 7:00pm (Information below)

    Tuesday, April 23 - Gr 4 Field Trip to Concordia 11:45am -1:30pm

    Wednesday, April 24 - Gr 2 Dougherty Field Trip = WF Library 9:15am - 10:40am

    Thursday, April 25 - Gr 2 Longley & Mark Field Trip = WF Library 9:15am - 10:40am

    Friday, April 26 - Gr 5 Musical 9:00am South Gym 

    Monday, April 29 - Gr 3 Krabbenhoft Field Trip City Hall 9:15am - 10:45am

    Monday, April 29 - Gr 5 Middle School Orientation 5:30pm - 7:00pm (Information below)

    Tuesday, April 30 - Gr 3 Chambers & Cunningham City Hall Field Trip 9:15am - 10:45am

    Tuesday, May 7 - Gr 1 Peterson Music Program 2:00pm - 2:30pm

    Wednesday, May 8 - Gr 1 Stolski Music Program 2:00pm - 2:30pm

    Thursday, May 9 - Gr 1 Fiechtner Music Program 2:00pm - 2:30pm

    Thursday, May 9 - Gr 2 Field Trip Skate City 11:00am - 1:30pm

    Friday, May 10 - South school dance 6:00pm - 8:00pm (information below)

    Grade 5 Musical

    Grade 5 Learners will perform their musical, Rock and Roll Forever, NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2024 at 9:00 AM in the South gym! Rock and Roll Forever is a musical revue celebrating the early years of rock and roll and the legends who lead the way.  A reminder that all student costumes or outfits should be labeled and brought to school by MONDAY, APRIL 22. This includes any Rock and Roll Day type attire - poodle skirts, scarves, ponytails, leather jackets, white t-shirts, jeans - or anything I have mentioned specifically to your learner. If you have any questions, please reach out to me directly by email or Seesaw. Looking forward to seeing you next Friday, April 26 at 9:00!

    Mrs. Jenny Poehls

    Preparing For Middle School


    The transition from elementary school to middle school can be overwhelming, so we want to make sure that students (and parents) feel prepared and ready for the first day of school!

    In April, our incredible team of Counselors will be visiting each elementary school to share a little about what to expect as a 6th grader and answer any questions you may have.  We will also be hosting an Orientation Night for students and parents/guardians at Cheney Middle School where you can tour the building, meet some of our amazing staff, and even practice going through the lunch line!

    • Monday, April 22nd – 5th grade Orientation & Tour from 5:30-7:00PM at the Cheney Middle School Theatre
      • Harwood Elementary, South Elementary, Willow Park Elementary
    • Monday, April 29th - 5th grade Orientation & Tour from 5:30-7:00PM at the Cheney Middle School Theatre
      • LE Berger Elementary, Westside Elementary, Eastwood Elementary

    West Fargo Families and Voters

    WFPS would like to thank the roughly 200 stakeholders that attended the in-person forums that were held on March 19, March 27, and April 10! Your feedback is being compiled and will be shared with the Facilities Planning 2.0 Taskforce and the School Board. 

    If you were unable to attend one of these meeting you still have an opportunity to provide feedback on the current project proposals.  The information from the in-person forums has been made into a playlist of short videos. Stakeholders can watch these videos at a time and place that works for them and then provide feedback via an electronic form. The feedback form will close on Tuesday, April 30, so the information can be synthesized prior to the May 1 meeting of the Taskforce.  All feedback gathered through this asynchronous opportunity will also be shared with the Facilities Planning 2.0 Taskforce and the School Board. 

    Kindergarten Pre-Registration Time

    Now is the time to pre-register your kindergarten student to attend the 2024 - 2025 school year.  Learner's must be five years old on or before July 31, 2024.  You can register online at WFPS, choose Families, Registration, you will complete some forms now and then complete the process in August.  If you have questions about the registration process please contact our district registrar at or 701-499-1067. Registering now helps us to have an idea of how many students to expect to help plan for the upcoming school year.  

    Parents & Guardians

    We are planning for the 2024-2025 school year! If you haven't already completed the  South 2024 -2025 Planning Survey for the fall, please take a few minutes to fill it out now.   We are asking all families to please fill out the survey below.  Please complete one submission per child as we are trying to plan for how many students will be returning to South in the fall. 

    Thank you for helping us plan for next school year.

    Principal Nelson

    South PTA Glow Dance

    The South PTA is sponsoring a school dance.  The dance will be held Friday, May 10, 6:00pm - 8:00pm in the South Elementary Gym.  Only South Elementary students are allowed and students must have a parent/guardian attend the dance with them.  No younger or older siblings will be allowed.  

    Non-Routine After-School Pickup

    When a learner is not picked up from school

    1. The school will contact all parents/guardians and emergency contacts listed in PowerSchool.
    2. If the learner is not picked up within 30 minutes, the school will contact the School Resource Officer (SRO) and the learner will be turned over to the SRO.
    3. The SRO will contact all parents/guardians in their records.
    4. If the learner is not picked up within the timeframe dictated by the SRO, the SRO will transport the learner to social services.

    When a learner is not met at the bus stop* and is returned to school

    1. The school will contact all parents/guardians and emergency contacts listed in PowerSchool.
    2. If the learner is not picked up within 30 minutes, the school will contact the Police Department and the learner will be turned over to them.
    3. The Police Department will contact all parents/guardians in their records.
    4. If the learner is not picked up within the timeframe dictated by the Police Department, they will transport the learner to social services.

    NOTE: Due to the late return of buses that service the Early Childhood Center (ECC), the Police Department will be the first contact for any learners from the ECC that are not met at the bus stop and are returned to school. This contact will be initiated by the Transportation Department, as school staff are typically gone for the day before ECC buses return.    

     *Being met at the bus stop is not a requirement for all learners. Parents/guardians would be made aware by the school if that was the expectation with their learner.

    Morning Programs

    Morning programs are 8:00am - 8:30am. Students enter through door #2 on 6th Ave.  They will select a wristband for the activity they want to do that day. Once the wristbands are gone for an activity, they will need to choose something else, it is first come.   Students should go directly to that location and not go to their classroom or locker. Once a student is in an activity, they will stay there until the bell rings at 8:30. They cannot switch activities.  If a student chooses to go to the small playground, they will need to wait outside until 8:15am, when we have staff available for supervision. 

    Schoolwide Title I Information

    Check these links for more information about our Title I program at South.  

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  • Art Gallery       Art on a wall

    The goal for our art gallery 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.

    These students have their art on display this week:

    Mrs. Mark’s second grade classroom: Bella, Vincent, Zoe, Kenley, Nya, Rowan, Paytyn.

    Miss Longley’s second grade classroom: Zamzam, Tenley, Sawyer, Nora, Michelle, Emery.

    Mrs. Dougherty’s second grade classroom: DJ, Crosby, Andorra, Emmelyn, Olivia, Nolan, Jovi, Brandon, Rylen. 

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  • West Fargo Public Schools creates and distributes numerous publications to students, staff, and families on a regular basis. West Fargo Kid-Ventures is a publication that is electronically distributed every month to K-5th grade families within West Fargo Public Schools.  You can find Kid-Ventures on the WFPS website under departments, public relations, advertising.  

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    • If your student is going to be absent, late for school or leaving early, please notify our office at 701-356-2100 or and also notify your classroom teacher(s).  It is helpful to notify both places in the event that the classroom teacher is not in that day.  
    • If you are changing your students after school plans, please contact the office before 2:00pm so we have time to notify the classroom teacher.  
    • If you have any phone or email changes, you can log into your parent portal account to update it.  
    • Semester one milk ($40) can be paid online at in the school fees section.  
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  • If you would like to join your child for lunch some day at school, starting October 1, please note the following guidelines:  

    • Parents need to call the office by 9:00am to let us know who is coming and what choice they want for lunch, 701-356-2100.
    • No outside fast food, pop or candy is allowed in the lunchroom.
    • Parents cannot be on the playground with their child.
    • Adult lunch is $4.00, payable by cash or check. We cannot take credit/debit cards at school.  
    • Parents eating lunch with their children can only take pictures of their own children.


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  •  Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures Clock

    8:00am - 8:30am - Drop off for breakfast at door #2 on 6th Ave. - Breakfast students only

    8:30am - First bell rings - All students who are parent drop off or walkers enter door #1 (students who aren't eating breakfast)

    8:40am - Tardy bell rings - students need to come to the office for a tardy slip

    3:10pm - School dismisses for all students

    • Please do not leave your vehicle unattended in the drop off zone.  If you need to walk into the school please use a parking space away from the drop off zone. 
    • When dropping off or picking up your child curb-side, please pull all the way forward along the curb so you are directly behind the vehicle in front of you. This will allow as many cars as possible in the lane at one time.
    • Do Not double park on the road
    • Make sure your child enters and exits the car on the sidewalk
    • Kindly reserve “handicap” designated parking spaces for those displaying a handicap permit in their vehicle. It’s the law!
    • Thank you for helping ensure our students remain safe and drop-off and pick up times runs smoothly.
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