WBL Newsletter

Student News
  • In photos: Lil' Cubs Football Camp
  • Summer fun
  • Athletes & art
  • Career exploration
  • Activities updates

School Board News
  • School Board Meetings

District News

  • General Information
  • Awards and Honors











School Board Work-Study Meeting

5:30 p.m.
July 16
District Center

School Board Regular Meeting
7 p.m.
July 16
District Center

School Board Regular Meeting
7 p.m.
August 13
District Center


Find the 2017-18 Activities Calendar here. Find the 2017-18 Parent Academic Calendar here.


July 8, 2018


In photos: Lil' Cubs Football Camp


Student News
Summer fun
Families enjoyed sunshine and activities at Otter Lake Elementary's summer event. The purpose of the event was to have staff and community members connect with students, promote reading and encourage families to eat well and stay active. Families had a chance to participate in several fun activities such as story time and four-square. Some students even picked up chalk and created their own personal masterpieces on the cement. There were also books available for students to browse through while enjoying fruit as snacks. Otter Lake Elementary will host another summer event on Friday, August 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the school where BearPower will offer participants several fun, active games on the lawn to get participants' bodies moving and grooving!

Speaking of grooving, musicians were hitting all of the right notes at the White Bear Lake Summer Orchestra event. Students from across the district, who are going into six through eighth grade, participated in this camp. This opportunity was a great way for students to continue playing their instruments during the summer while creating bonds across grade levels and schools. During the two weeks, students worked in large orchestra, small group ensembles, played rhythm games, created compositions, and participated in themed adventure dress-up days. On the last day of camp, the students put on a concert for their parents, friends and families. This is the second year of the event. Check out the students performing at Marketfest on Thursday, July 12 at 6:45 p.m. at the White Bear Mitsubishi 3rd Street Stage. The exciting experiences continued, as students in the Ambassadors program at WBLAHS - North Campus recently went whitewater rafting to fulfill their letter requirement, and their adventure (complete with orange life jackets!) was caught on film for a recent episode of Minnesota Bound (#860). Go Bears!

Athletes & art
It was a score for participants at the Lil' Cubs Football Camp, as they were able to enjoy a visit from several Minnesota Golden Gophers football players including Winston DeLattiboudere, Antonio Shenault and Jason Dickson. Students were able to work with the Minnesota Golden Gophers football players and learn the most effective strategies of the game. After time on the field together, the Minnesota Golden Gophers football players took pictures with each participant and gave out their autographs. Throughout students' time in the Lil' Cubs Football Camp, they learned the correct 3-point stance, tackling with bags, throwing, catching and sportsmanship. The active fun continued as families gathered for Manitou Days Family FUN Night at Lions Park! Participants were able to enjoy yoga, different lawn games and making first-aid kits.

Others in the White Bear community also enjoyed being active outdoors! With the support of district employees, sponsors and community members, 136 golfers enjoyed a day in the sun and raised funds to help the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation (WBLAEF) continue their important work in the district. If you'd like to make a difference in the life of a student and help WBLAEF celebrate 25 years of great work, register for the 2018 BEAR Legacy Fundraiser event here. In other community news, community members recently enjoyed participating in Ribbon Skirt Making Classes! While the district's Cultural Liaison Jordan Zickermann helped coordinate the classes, Jordan also works with the American Indian Parent Committee and has been collaborating with the Director of "The Rough-Face Girl," to provide insight on how to uphold authenticity in the Algonquin Indian folklore version of Cinderella. The show will be presented by Children's Performing Arts and performed at the Hanifl Performing Arts Center. There will be performances on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m.

Creativity flourishes times and time again, as Vadnais Heights Elementary students' bathrooms and walls continue to serve as one local artist's canvas. Rachel Schmidt is a painter, teacher and WBLAHS graduate who is embarking on the last bathroom painting project at the elementary school, as the painter has done all of the bathrooms at Vadnais Heights Elementary. Rachel is tied closely to White Bear Lake Area Schools with the artist's mom just retiring from the district within the last few years. This summer, the artist has been painting bathrooms near the gym with a community theme including images of the Vadnais Heights Elementary building, lake, Manitou Bridge and White Bear Lake City Hall. The other paintings Rachel has completed have had kid-friendly themes of books, movies and Dr. Seuss. All of the fun paintings can serve as reminders to help students remember to hit the trash can with their paper towels, encourage students to take pride and clean up after themselves and to always flush before leaving the bathrooms.

Career exploration
It was a full day of fun for students in fourth through ninth grade at the Kids at Work summer experience. This opportunity combined fun activities, focused on the construction building trades industry, with games that had a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) emphasis. One exciting opportunity participants had was spending time using tape measures and seeing how long various objects were throughout the classroom. The main goal of Kids at Work is to help students have fun with hands-on experiences while learning about opportunities for careers in the construction industry. Twelve White Bear Lake Area High School students also explored an industry they were interested in during the HealthPartners Career Academy. The students spent the week learning about a variety of healthcare careers. They were even able to travel to the top of Regions Hospital to view the helipad and work with registered nurses in the simulation center.

Students continued to embrace summertime by participating in a Career Camp where they could learn more about several areas of interest. They were able to visit Trinity Automotive, the Military Base in Arden Hills, University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Tamarack Nature Center. There was also an opportunity to attend a Junior Achievement Finance Park and Simulation where they could learn about topics such as the future, debt, income and credit scores. While students explored fields they may be interested in during their future, other students will continue to take part in the Gen Z Connections program this summer where they can learn from professionals at various local manufacturing companies. Students are getting hands-on, paid internship experience at several places including The Specialty Mfg. Co., SCHWING America, Renstrom Dental Studio, Mold Craft, LasX Industries, Superior Machine, Inc., Teamvantage and Pace Industries. The Gen Z program is one example where the district is partnering with community industry leaders to provide students with the opportunity to explore careers through real-world experiences.

Activities Updates
Tickets are now available on this website for "Big Fish," a production of the alumni-founded White Bear Lake Community Players Theatre, which also has ties to the district's Community Services & Rec Department. Students in the Ambassadors program at WBLAHS - North Campus recently went whitewater rafting to fulfill their letter requirement, and their adventure (complete with orange life jackets!) was caught on film for a recent episode of Minnesota Bound (#860).

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
July 16
Work-Study
5:30 p.m. District Center
July 16
Regular
7 p.m.
District Center
August 13
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
  • Meal refunds - If your child is graduating or moving out of the District, please click here to complete the Request for Refund form. If you would like money transferred to a sibling, please indicate so on the form. If the remaining balance is less than $5.00 please call 651-407-7523. Paper copies of the form may also be found in your child's school office or kitchen. For more information on the Nutrition Services Angel Fund, please click here. Click here to access meal charge procedures.
  • Support resources - We are very fortunate to have our student services team (counselors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, chemical health) available during the school year to support our students' mental health and well-being. The staff will be heading out for the summer, but wanted to make sure you had resources available to you if your family has a need for support. As always, if there is an emergency situation always call 911. If it is not an emergency, but you would like to talk with a licensed mental health professional, you can call the county crisis teams. They are staffed 24/7. A licensed mental health professional can talk with you by phone and/or meet in your home, assess the situation and give guidance on steps that can be taken to stabilize the situation.
    • County Crisis Numbers
      • Ramsey County Crisis: 651-774-7000
      • Anoka County Crisis: 763-755-3801
      • Washington County Crisis: 651-777-5222
      • Crisis Text Line (TXT4Life): Text MN to 741741
  • Free Summer Meals - There are free summer meals available throughout the community for kids and teens who are 18 years old and younger. Learn more here. Also, learn more information about finding free summer feeding sites throughout the state on Summer Eats Minnesota's website.
  • R.E.A.D. - Community members are invited to participate in Ramsey County Library's R.E.A.D. program this summer. Learn more about various opportunities to participate!
  • Free Farmers Markets - All are welcome to Free Farmers Markets throughout the summer at both Redeemer Lutheran Church on Tuesdays and Willow Lane Elementary on Saturdays. Learn more about dates and times.
  • Summer Activities in Ramsey County - Check out all of the free summer activities available in Ramsey County including summer camps, movies and concerts.
  • 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:

  • 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 weather for the 19th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser was spectacular. With the support of district employees, sponsors and community members, 136 golfers enjoyed a day in the sun and raised funds to help the WBLAEF continue their important work in the district. If you'd like to make a difference in the life of a student and help WBLAEF celebrate 25 years of great work, register for the 2018 BEAR Legacy Fundraiser Event here.

Support WBLAS Students:

  • Big Fish, A New Musical - White Bear Lake Community Players Theatre presents "Big Fish, A New Musical," which will be performed on July 27-28 and August 2-4. Learn more about the production here and purchase tickets on this website.
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! See additional information here, and find the online application page here.

Awards and Honors

  • The Communications Department received three awards of Excellence, one award of Merit and two Honorable Mention awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) for the district's various shareouts, publications and videos.
Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7578) to submit District News, General Information, Opportunities or Awards & Honors for inclusion in future publications.