Happenings at South Elementary School
Forms & Flyers
South Elementary School News
8:00am - 2:40pm
Tardy Bell 8:10am
20 ALL Library books due
23 Gr 4 Field trip - Bismarck 6:00am - 6:00pm
28 Gr 3 Field trip - Chahinkapa Zoo 9:00am - 2:15pm
29 South Fun Run (more info to come)
30 Last day of School
Block Days Schedule
Day 6 - May 20
Day 1 - May 21
Day 2 - May 22
Day 3 - May 23
Day 4 - May 24
Bike to School Day
This past Thursday South Elementary is celebrated its 8th annual National Ride Your Bike to School Day. Students and staff rode bikes, scooters, skateboards, roller blades or walked to school. We had a large number of students participating and several parents who were able to bike with students to school. Here are some reminders for student safety and check out our pictures from the event.
Safe Riding Tips Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet. Protect your brain, save your life.
Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.
Check Your Equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.
See and Be Seen. Always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.
Control Your Bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.
Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash. If you are riding with friends and you are in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders behind you.
Library Books Due
Monday, May 20 all library books should be returned to school. If your child has misplaced a book now is the time to start looking for it. We need all books returned before the students leave for the summer.
We are getting near the end of the year if you want to make plans for Breakfast/Lunch money.
8 Days left of the school year.
Breakfast = $10.80
Lunch = $19.60
This Week At South
Check out the pictures from our events at South this week. Kindergarten students learned about seatbelt safety and got to tour an ambulance. Second grade students walked to the West Fargo library and the Hulbert aquatic center for tours and of course we had bike to school day.
Spring Field Trips
We have many field trips before the end of school. Please check out the schedule below so you will know when students will be out of the building.
Grade 4 - Thursday, May 23 Bismarck 5:40am - 6:00pm
Grade 3 - Tuesday, May 28 Chahinkapa Zoo 9:00am - 2:30pm
Current 5th Grade Parents
Limited Spots are remaining for our upcoming June and July Sessions of
STEM Academy Summer Program at Cheney Middle School!
Session 1: June 10-27th Session 2: July 8-25th
All sessions are held at Cheney Middle School from 8:30-12:00pm Monday-Friday. Breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost and transportation is also available for those interested.
An information brochure and registration form are attached to this email.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Shannon Blomker (SLBLOMKER@west-fargo.k12.nd.us) or at the Cheney Middle School Office at 701-356-2090.
South Fun Run
On Wednesday, May 29th we will be having an all school Fun Run beginning at 2:00 in the playground across the street from South. We are looking for parent volunteers who would be willing to help out our teachers will be providing information on SeeSaw as well. Volunteers would be on the run route cheering students on and making sure they stay on the course. If you are interested, please meet at the big playground across from South Elementary at 1:45 on May 29th and we will get you in place before the run begins. Please e-mail Becky Brown if you would like to help out at firstname.lastname@example.org or let your child’s teacher know you would like to help. Thanks!
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.
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: Isabel Secora, Jimmy Kendall, Vincent Irakoze, X’Zavier Bell, Marcus Haug, Hunter Lovaas, Ian Stone, Tony Pagan, Soleis Nelson, Aiden Shea, Grace Duffy, Paige Thomas, Lyla Stegman, Madison Lovaas, Katelyn Lowenberg, Ian Skari, Jordyn George, Tevena Molley, Evin Borseth, Jaxen Rodriguez, James Buettner, Lydia Roehl, and Jersey Schuster.
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
Please join us on Tuesday, June 11 from 4:00PM - 6:00PM at Cheney Middle School to find out about the various support staff positions needed for the start of the new school year. Both full-time and part-time positions are available! Meet current district administrators and supervisors, learn about employment opportunities, submit an application, and be considered for an on-site interview! For questions, please call the Human Resources Department at (701) 356-2001 or email email@example.com.
If your child will be five years old on or before July 31, 2019, they are eligible to attend kindergarten in 2019-2020! Please visit your neighborhood school to register; Deer Creek Elementary families can register now at Legacy Elementary. If you do not know which school your child will attend, you can check your address on our Maps webpage.
The Parent Portal is a tool designed to keep parents informed of their child's academic progress; it is a supplement to other school-parent communication. A single sign-on functionality is available that allows parents to have a single account for multiple children. In order to access the Parent Portal, a single sign-on account must be created. Children can be added to an account by utilizing the account ID and password provided by the child's school.
Setting Up Your Account
Print a copy of the Parent Portal Access Request Form. Complete the form and bring it, and your photo ID, to your child's school.
Once the information is validated, the Parent Portal ID and password will be emailed to the address provided on the form. This information will be needed to assign students to your Parent Portal single sign-on account. Note: the access ID and password are not your Parent Portal credentials.
Prior to creating your single sign-on account, you will need the access ID(s) and password(s) emailed by your child's school. Contact the school if you misplaced the information.
Use a web browser to navigate to the PowerSchool login. Log in and select the CREATE ACCOUNT tab and the CREATE ACCOUNT button. Follow the questions to enter your first name, your last name, your email address, your desired username, and your chosen password.
Select the LINK STUDENTS TO ACCOUNT tab and follow the questions to enter your child's name, the associated access ID for the child, the associated password, and the relationship you have to the child. Repeat these steps to add additional children to your single sign-on account.