South Elementary School News


    School Hours
    8:00am - 2:40pm
    Tardy Bell 8:10am

    Upcoming Events


    17  Rock and Roll Day

    17  5th Grade Field Trip - MSUM

    21  No School

    22  2nd Semester Milk Money Due

    24  5th Grade Field Trip - CMS

    27  Pancake breakfast sponsored by PTA at the VFW

    29  Grade 1 Field Trip - MSUM Planetarium

    29  Grade 2 - 911 Presentation



    5   Grade 1 Flag Presentation

      Grade 5 Music Orientation at Cheney Middle School

    7   Naep Testing

    7   Grade 5 Ski Trip - Detroit Mountain

    11  PTA Meeting 6:15pm

    12  Battle of the Books

    18  No School




     Block Days Schedule

    Day 6 - January 14

    Day 1 - January 15

    Day 2 - January 16

    Day 3 - January 17

    Day 4 - January 18



    South Elementary is a schoolwide Title I school. Each year, the administration and staff meet to review the school’s data to determine a focus for goals and activities for the upcoming school year. Information is collected from various sources including, but not limited to, parent, staff and student surveys, demographic data, achievement data, program data and perception data. This is all compiled to review and make decisions. These plans are laid out in continuous improvement goals that South Elementary staff will work on throughout the upcoming school year. The following goals are our focus for the 18 19 school year.

    1. 80% of South Elementary students will demonstrate proficiency in reading in English Language Arts by 06/01/2019 as measured by STAR Reading, with an overall school growth expectation in the 55-60 Student Growth Percentile range and as measured by North Dakota State Assessments for grades Third, Fourth, and Fifth.
    2. 80% of South Elementary students will demonstrate proficiency in Mathematics by 06/01/2019 as measured by STAR Math, with an overall school growth expectation in the 55-60 Student Growth Percentile range and as measured by North Dakota State Assessments for grades Third, Fourth, and Fifth.
    3. South Elementary students will increase social-emotional understanding and self-regulation skills to strengthen a culture ready for social and academic success. Growth will be measured by classroom pre and post assessments using the Second Step curriculum; decreasing negative behavior referrals measured in the SWIS data from the year 2017-2018.




    Rock and Roll Day

    We are having our annual Rock and Roll Day on Thursday, January 17.  The lunchroom will be serving a 1950's style hamburger or hotdog basket.  Our staff and students enjoy dressing up in rock and roll style.    



     Rock and Roll                                                            


    Upcoming Field Trips

    Jan. 17 - 5th Grade students will be going to Moorhead High School for a program called the History of Jazz.

    Students will be out of the building from 9:50 -10:50am.

    Jan. 24 - 5th Grade students will be going to Cheney Middle School to see the play Mulan Jr.  They will be out of the building from 12:10 -2:30pm.

     Jan. 29 - 1st Grade students will be going to the Planetarium at MSUM.

    Feb. 7 - 5th Grade Ski trip Detroit Lakes 



    Milk break payments are due for the second half of the year. If you paid for a half year at registration you will have the option to buy for the remainder of the year. The cost is $36.00 per student and payment is due by January 22nd, 2019.  

    If you aren’t sure if you paid for half or full, call the office at 356-5890 and we can let you know. Reminder: you can pay on-line at

    Thank you!

           Lego League Jr. will be starting Tuesday, January 22 for any students who registered.  

                             Lego Jr.


    Family Fare Receipts

    Our PTA is always accepting Family Fare receipts, please send any receipts you collect to school with your student. This past year, South Elementary earned $1000 by participating in Family Fare’s Direct Dollars program. Please continue to collect receipts and send to your child’s classroom teachers. As Family Fare transitions to optional e-receipts, please note that only traditional paper receipts may be turned in for the Direct Dollars program.


     PTA Pancake Breakfast


    South Elementary PTA is having a Pancake Breakfast, check out the link below for information. 

    The event is open to the public! 

    Pancake Breakfast

    Of course to have an event like this be successful, PTA will need the help from some of our parents to volunteer their time, use this link to see how you can help.


    Also, during the breakfast there will be a silent auction. PTA would appreciate any items donate an item or gift certificate for the silent auction, please mark the item with a name/company noted on the item. You may send it to the office with your child, or bring in it yourself, 7:30am to 4pm. Thank you in advance. We appreciate any donations.


      We look forward to seeing everyone at this event.  Remember when you support the PTA fundraisers you are supporting your child.  PTA helps provide special activities in the school like our holiday ornaments, field trips to local plays, visiting the state capitol and our 5th Grade Ski trip.




    Winter Clothing

    All students will go out for recess for 20 minutes every day unless at/below -15 degrees.

    Students need to wear warm winter coats, snowpants, boots and warm gloves to school.  Please help students to remember all their winter gear before they leave for school in the morning.

    Please mark outerwear items with your child's name in case things are misplaced.



        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.





    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 the weeks of Dec. 14 - January 11: Lexi Bucholz, Chelsea Coleman, Eilse Adams, Jaycen Wilhelmi, Boston Borgmann, Kinley Klein, Avery Eckart, Bently Williams, Easton Hovland, Walter Lutz, Elizabeth Duppler, Raymond Acevedo, Jaxon Haarsager-Dockter, Noah LaCount, Gretchen Klein, Brenden Gruby, Allyson Wanner, Austin Ross, Sacdiyo Ali, Gabriel Parisien, Keegan Gruby, Mackenzie Beck, and Noella Uwitonze.



     Attention Future Packer Hockey Players!
    If you are a north side Mite, sign up to be a Packer Pal! The West Fargo High Packers are excited to host future Packer players to warmups with the team, a tour of the locker room, chalk talk with the coaches, starting lineup, and free admission to the game! Sign up today! 


    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

  • Impacted by the Government Shutdown?

    New guidance from the US Department of Agriculture provides support for families impacted by the shutdown of the federal government. If your family’s income has been cut off due to the shutdown, you are eligible to apply for Free & Reduced Lunch. Information about the Free & Reduced Lunch program, including how to apply, can be found on our website.

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  • 2019-202 Staff of the Year Awards

    The nomination window for the 2019-2020 Staff of the Year Awards will be open January 4 - January 16, 2019. The nomination process is open to the entire community, allowing parents, students, alumni, or any stakeholder to nominate an employee for a Staff of the Year Award. Nominate a deserving staff member today!

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  • End of the Quarter

    The last day of Quarter 2 is Friday, January 18, 2019.

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  • No School

    There is no school on Monday, January 21, 2019.

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  • Student Success Forum: Social Media

    The third session of a four-part series on student success is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00PM - 8:30PM at Cheney Middle School.

    Join West Fargo Public Schools' administrators and students, West Fargo Police Department, and representatives from various community agencies to get an inside look at how social media impacts the lives of our students and children today. Resources will be shared that will allow families to better understand the risks of the online world and best practices for responsible digital citizenship. Moderated and live broadcasted by AM 1100 The Flag WZFG.

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  • Weather Procedures

    It is that time of year again when weather can alter school day plans. Please review the district's weather procedures to better prepare in the event of a late start, early dismissal, or no school day. In the event of a weather-related closure, all evening activities and facility rentals will be cancelled and the West Fargo Sports Arena and Hulbert Aquatic Center will close.

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  • Building & Trades Program House for Sale

    The West Fargo High School Buildings & Trades Program house is currently being built, but is available now for purchase.

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  • FEET Parent Trainings

    Families of students receiving special education services are invited to attend the following West Fargo Public School's Family Educator Enhancement Trainings (FEET):

    • Introduction to Functional Behavior Assessment & Positive Behavior Support Plans - Thursday, December 6 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM   CANCELLED
    • Picture Communication - Thursday, February 26 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM

    All three trainings will be held at the Leidal Education Center (Room #133), 207 W Main Ave, West Fargo, ND 58078. The Family Educator Enhancement Team (FEET) is designed to assist families who have children with special needs by connecting them to available educational partners. If you wish to attend, please RSVP one week prior to the event. Childcare will be provided.

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