WBL Newsletter

Student News
  • In photos: Kicking off the 2018-19 school year
  • Welcome back Bears
  • Cooking & caring
  • District updates
  • Opportunities in full swing
  • The Week in 62.4 Seconds
  • Activities updates

School Board News
  • School Board Meetings

District News

  • General Information











School Board Regular/Special Meeting

5:30 p.m.
September 24
District Center

School Board Work-Study Meeting
5:45 p.m.
September 24
District Center

School Board Regular Meeting
7 p.m.
October 8
District Center


Find the 2018-19 Activities Calendar here. Find the 2018-19 Parent Academic Calendar here.


September 16, 2018


In photos: Kicking off the 2018-19 school year



Student News
Welcome back Bears
Students were greeted by smiling staff members, as they walked off the busses into their new classrooms for the first days of school. High school, middle school, elementary, and kindergarten students started the year off with a lot of energy and excitement right after Labor Day weekend, as they familiarized themselves with their new routines and spaces. Check out the back to school fun in the September 7 edition of The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. Students at WBLAHS - North Campus were even able to participate in a Bear Bingo game! Early childhood students also had an exciting first week back, as they strapped on their backpacks and were able to meet their teachers for the 2018-19 school year. View the Early Childhood fun in this video. Before school started, staff members enjoyed a Convocation event to celebrate the beginning of the school year. Thank you to Suburban Community Channels for capturing the entire event in this video.

The excitement for the beginning of the school year was also celebrated with the #BackToSchoolBears Facebook Challenge that took place again this year. This video was shared to encourage community members, staff and families to participate in the challenge. Everyone was invited to take pictures, share why they were excited for the school year, and include #BackToSchoolBears in their Facebook post for a chance to win a Cup and Cone treat hand-delivered from Bear! Then, the submitted photos were gathered in an album and posted on the district's Facebook page where families could vote by clicking "like" on their favorite pictures. The winner of the contest was Luca Boche at Matoska International! Check out this video of Luca receiving a special delivery from Bear and Dr. K, which was a cup of vanilla ice cream. Luca received the most "likes" (235 to be exact) during the #BackToSchoolBears Facebook Challenge, making Luca the winner! Congratulations, Luca!

Cooking & caring
One student's passion to give continues to be the gift that truly keeps on giving. Ray Strobel is a third grade student at Lincoln Elementary and is once again looking to combine his cooking and caring skills by hosting a Cooking for Kids Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest. Ray is hoping to raise $4,000 this year at the event that will be held on Saturday, October 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the White Bear Lake American Legion Post 168. Last year, Ray gave back in a similar way as they coordinated a Cooking for Kids Pancake Breakfast where Ray raised approximately $2,000! Visit this Facebook page to learn more about the opportunity. Ray is encouraging individuals to come to the event with the clever tagline "please come fill your tummy and fill some hearts!"

In other food-related news, for those who think "soup" and "Sundays" sound like the perfect combination, there is a great opportunity for you! Community members are invited to enjoy a free meal together with their families at the BearPower Harvest Party on Sunday, September 23 from noon to 3 p.m. at the YMCA Community Garden. The meal will include soup and grilled veggies prepared by local chefs, along with homemade bread. View this flyer for more information or visit this Facebook page for details. Also, if interested in volunteering, sign up here. In other BearPower news, community members are invited to participate in the free BearPower Homecoming 6.24K Family Fun Walk/Run event on Saturday, October 6 at 9:30 a.m., with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. at WBLAHS - South Campus. Register today or sign up to volunteer for the fun event.

District updates
Our projected enrollment growth and our visionary Strategic Plan underscore the need for a comprehensive facilities review and planning process that is being kicked off this fall and will continue throughout the year. The district worked last summer with a demographer to project our enrollment trends and with a design and engineering firm to collect data about our facilities. Find full information here and watch the district's weekly video to see the information highlighted there, as well. Next steps include community involvement, with engagement efforts taking place in order to collect input from the community at large. If you are interested in serving on one of three Facility Planning Committees, please complete an application below. Applications deadline is September 24, 2018. Find the online application and PDF version of the application. In other district update news, students were reminded of an important resource they have access to called the Student Well-Being Tip Line. The Tip Line is an electronic form where students, families and community members can report concerns regarding a student's well-being: mental health, chemical use, social isolation, bullying, harassment, etc. Learn more about this resource through this video and visit the district's website.

Opportunities in full swing
Fall sports are in full swing! Athletes are practicing away with many sports including soccer, cross country, swimming and diving, football, tennis, and volleyball. Check out the fun in this video. While students fill the stands for upcoming athletic events, it is an important reminder that senior community members (age 65+) who live in the District are invited to participate in the Senior Activities Pass program and enjoy complimentary admission to school activities. Call 651-407-7563 to request a Senior Activity Pass application. We hope to see you there! If community members are looking for other fun activities this fall, the tennis courts behind Central Middle School have received new asphalt, paint, posts/nets, fencing and a sidewalk. With the popularity of pickleball in the area, all ten courts are dual-purposed, meaning they all have tennis and pickleball boundary lines. The community is welcome to enjoy these courts when students, Community Services & Recreation, or permitted activities aren't embracing the space.

In other exciting community news, community members and their baby are invited to join other parents of new babies, birth to six months old, for a free Community Baby Shower. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Normandy Park Education Center. At the Community Baby Shower, attendees can learn ways to support and nurture their infant's health and development, and receive additional information from community resources. Learn more about the opportunity. There were also recently other exciting community experiences, as volunteers gathered at the White Bear Area Senior Program's Volunteer Recognition event to be honored and thanked for their contribution to the White Bear community.

The Week in 62.4 Seconds
Enjoy The Week in 62.4 Seconds videos highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.



Activities Updates
Coach Bartlett was interviewed on KARE 11 recently about Coach Bartlett's battle with cancer, with footage that included great shots of action on the field! Go Bears!

Find a complete list of all WBLAHS Activities, Athletics and Fine Arts here.

Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7695) to submit Student News for inclusion in future publications.


School Board News

School Board Meetings
School Board meeting agendas, packets, minutes highlights and videos/audio files can be found here.

Date
Type Time
Location
September 24
Regular/Special
5:30 p.m. District Center
September 24
Work-Study
5:45 p.m.
District Center
October 8
Regular
7 p.m.
District Center


For highlights from the most recent Board meeting, click here.


District News

General Information

Community Services

The WBLAS Community Services and Recreation Department provides a wide range of services and opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all members of ISD 624.
  • Seasonal catalogs are available now! You can find them here.
  • Digital Backpack information is emailed to parents every other Thursday and available here.
  • The Senior Program has two guides available for seniors. Read the White Bear Area Guide to Senior Housing and the White Bear Area Guide to Senior Transportation.
  • The latest edition of the Senior Voice is available.
Parent Notices
  • Student safety reminders - We have had a terrific first couple of weeks of school. Thank you very much for helping our students start the 2018-19 year with great success! Now that students are out and about again, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind parents of the importance of reinforcing rules of personal safety with their children:
    • always be aware of your surroundings
    • don't be afraid to tell people "no"
    • tell a trusted adult if you feel unsafe
      • Additional information, including resources and activities to facilitate with your child, can be found at www.kidsmartz.org. Thank you for helping to keep all of our children safe!
  • Comprehensive Facilities Planning - Our projected enrollment growth and our visionary Strategic Plan underscore the need for a comprehensive facilities review and planning process that is being kicked off this fall and will continue throughout the year. The district worked last summer with a demographer to project our enrollment trends and with a design and engineering firm to collect data about our facilities. Find full information here. Next steps include community involvement, with engagement efforts taking place in order to collect input from the community at large.
    • If you are interested in serving on one of three Facility Planning Committees, please complete an application below. Applications deadline is September 24, 2018.
  • Schools recognized, follow state trends - Student achievement information was recently released for school districts throughout the state. Visit the district's website for further details.
  • Important district notices - Please read the 2018 Beginning of the Year letter for details regarding student directory information and the release of 11th/12th grade data to military recruiters (located on the second page).
  • Community Volunteer Fair - Families are invited to learn more about volunteer opportunities throughout White Bear Lake Area Schools and surrounding communities at the Community Volunteer Fair on Monday, October 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at WBLAHS - North Campus in the cafeteria. View this flyer for details.
  • MEA Career Sampler: The Field Experience - Students have the opportunity to participate in the MEA Career Sampler on Thursday, October 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, October 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event gives 15 high school students who are Career Pathways participants and are interested in pursuing a career in Automotive, Construction Trades, and/or Manufacturing the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at local businesses. Students must be 16 years old to participate and can apply by filling out this application. The event is sponsored by Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation, Schwing America Inc., McGough Construction Co., Inc., and Buerkle Car Campus. The application window is Monday, September 17 through Sunday, October 7 at 11:59 p.m. Students will be selected and notified by Tuesday, October 9. For any questions, email Jenny Moore.
  • Career Pathways Expo - All are welcome to attend the free Career Pathways Expo at WBLAHS - South Campus on Thursday, November 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. where families can meet industry professionals, explore hands-on demos and learn more about Career Pathways. View this flyer for details.
  • Free Community Baby Shower - You and your baby are invited to join other parents of new babies, birth to six months old, for a free Community Baby Shower on Tuesday, October 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Normandy Park Education Center. Learn more.
  • Health and Safety Notifications - Learn more about White Bear Lake Area Schools' 2018-19 Health and Safety Notifications.
  • Senior Program Updates - Mark your calendars, as the Senior Center Open House is on Tuesday, September 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. Come and learn about the many fun activities and helpful services they offer!
  • Adult Coed Volleyball - Adult volleyball leagues are currently open. Games are played on Wednesday nights at Oneka Elementary. Get your coworkers together for some volleyball fun! View this flyer for more information.
  • Homecoming Online Store - There is Bear spirit wear available to purchase on the Homecoming online store. This store session will close on Monday, October 1, which will be delivered after Homecoming.
  • We Are Hiring! - The district is now hiring substitute teachers, Extended Day staff, nutrition services staff, bus drivers, paras and more. Find the online application page here.
  • Stay connected! - Join White Bear Lake Area Schools' social media circles - Facebook and Twitter.
  • Calling all baby models - We're looking for "Born to be a Bear" photos! Email photos to us here and you may find your little one featured in District publications!
Senior Program Updates:

The White Bear Area Senior Center is a program of the White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Services & Recreation Department.

  • FREE Activity Pass for Senior Community Members (age 65+) - White Bear Lake Area Schools offer a variety of activities - home athletic contests, concerts, and theater productions to name a few. Join us! Call the Superintendent's Office at 651-407-7563 to request a FREE Activity Pass for home athletics events and a District Activities Calendar. Find the application here. The Activities Pass is available to residents of the White Bear Lake Area School District who are age 65 and older.
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! See additional information here, and find the online application page here.

Partnership Updates:

  • BearPower is a community-wide movement helping White Bear Lake area families eat well and be active. For more on this community partner and its upcoming events, click here.
    • BearPower Harvest Party - Community members are invited to enjoy the free BearPower Harvest Party event on Sunday, September 23 from 12 to 3 p.m. where families can enjoy activities and meals featuring fresh, locally grown produce. Read this flyer or visit this Facebook page for more details. Also, if interested in volunteering, sign up here.
    • BearPower Homecoming 6.24K Family Fun Walk/Run - Families and community members are invited to participate in the free BearPower Homecoming 6.24K Family Fun Walk/Run event on Saturday, October 6 at 9:30 a.m., with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. at WBLAHS - South Campus. There are two courses to choose from including a 6.24K (3.87 miles) route and/or a 1 mile walk/run. Register today! If you are interested in volunteering for this fun event, sign up on this website.
  • The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation (WBLAEF) is an independent, non-profit corporation promoting excellence in education in White Bear Area School District 624 schools.
    • The Foundation is celebrating its 25 year anniversary - The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation is celebrating its 25 year anniversary, and as part of the milestone celebration, their annual BEAR Legacy Fundraiser event will be held on Friday, October 12 at the Vadnais Heights Commons. Learn more about the opportunity.
    • WBLAEF grant applications - The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation is once again offering grants for teachers. Applications can be found on their website. Please contact the Foundation Office at 651-407-7696 for more information. The application deadlines are as follows:
      • Ryan Art Grant - applications due October 9
      • Brosious Grant - applications due October 23
      • Glasrud Fellowships - application due January 29, 2019
      • E3 Grants - application due March 5, 2019

Support WBLAS Students:

  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! See additional information here, and find the online application page here.
Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7578) to submit District News, General Information, Opportunities or Awards & Honors for inclusion in future publications.