WBL Newsletter

Student News
  • In photos: Welcome back Bears!
  • Kicking off the 2017-18 school year
  • Building friendships
  • Embracing the outdoors
  • 62.4-second video updates
  • Activities updates

School Board News
  • School Board Meetings

District News

  • General Information











School Board Work-Study Meeting

5:30 p.m.
September 25
District Center

School Board Regular Meeting
7 p.m.
October 9
District Center

School Board Work-Study Meeting
5:30 p.m.
October 23
District Center


Find the 2016-17 Activities Calendar here. 2016-17 Parent Academic Calendar here. Find the recently-approved 2017-18 Parent Academic Calendar here.


September 17, 2017


In photos: Welcome back Bears!

Student News

Kicking off the 2017-18 school year
Busses lined up, backpacks were zipped and phones were ready to capture pictures of the precious moments of the first day of the 2017-18 school year! Students excitedly headed to their classrooms where they were greeted by their teachers. They took their seats next to new classmates while also enjoying connecting with long-term friends, as well. Elementary and early childhood students hugged their parents goodbye while high school and middle school students warmly welcomed their friends. Early childhood students started learning about what it means to be a Bear. The experience was captured in this Friday's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. Excitement for the new school year was seen district-wide as students, staff members and parents reconnected and participated in the #BackToSchoolBears Facebook Challenge. Everyone was invited to share their excitement for the 2017-18 school year in a Facebook post and include the #BackToSchoolBears and tag the district for a chance to receive a special ice cream treat hand-delivered from Bear. Watch Bear deliver the winner a treat to their classroom in this Friday's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. This was a fun opportunity to highlight Bear pride while kicking off the new school year. The first week of school experience was recently captured in last week's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video.

Transition Education Center students also recently kicked off an exciting opportunity, as they started the first Project Search class at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul. This class provides students with job skills through systematic instruction and three internship opportunities in preparation for competitive employment. During the day at Project Search, there is classroom instruction, career exploration and job skills training. The business led high school transition model is accomplished through a collaborative effort with Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, the district, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Ramsey County and the Project Search State Leadership Team. Learn more about this initiative.

Building friendships
The White Bear Senior Program hosted an Open House where community members could enjoy treats and learn about various activities, groups, classes and services. In addition, they could hear more about rewarding volunteer opportunities. A few of these opportunities include being Senior Program Ambassadors, volunteering in elementary schools and participating in a Meals on Wheels route delivery. Seniors could hear about further ways to enhance their communication connections this fall through TED Talks, a Caregiver Series, Wellness Checks, Mobile Markets and Lunch & Learn opportunities. The experience was recently captured in last week's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. Attendees could also learn about opportunities regarding becoming Dementia Friends, which is aimed at creating more dementia friendly communities in the Northeast Metro through one-hour sessions that are face-to-face discussions. Learn more about registering today.

Embracing the outdoors
Otter Lake Elementary students transformed into scientists, as they conducted research in the school's prairie. Thom Green, fourth grade teacher, took a class at the University of Minnesota this summer called Citizen Science - Driven to Discover, which is part of a National Science Foundation grant. His students along with the other fourth grade classes were able to participate in the research process related to the class by conducting observations of organisms visiting pollinators in the prairie and sharing the data collected with The Great Sunflower Project. The experience was recently captured in this Friday's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. After this, students will continue their learning by conducting their own research concerning pollinators in and around Otter Lake Elementary's prairie.

Other students have been enjoying time outdoors being active while exploring various trails around the state. Last weekend, students put the pedal to the metal at the mountain bike race at 'Jail Trail' in St. Cloud. There are 16 students on the team from seventh through twelfth grade. They took third place in the first meet of the season, which was in Austin, Minnesota on Aug. 27. The fun experience at 'Jail Trail' was captured in this video. White Bear Lake Area Schools Mountain Bike Team is an official high school club and co-ed team for mountain bike enthusiasts.

62.4-second video updates
Enjoy 62.4-second video updates highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.



Activities Updates
Last weekend, students on the White Bear Lake Area Schools Mountain Bike Team put the pedal to the metal at the mountain bike race at 'Jail Trail' in St. Cloud. The team took third place in their first meet of the season.

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 25
Work-Study
5:30 p.m.
District Center
October 9
Regular
7 p.m. District Center
October 23
Work-Study
5:30 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.
Parent Notices
  • Dementia Friends - Attend a one-hour session of a face-to-face discussion to become a Dementia Friend, learn more about dementia, and consider a practical action to help someone in the community. Learn more information.
  • Family Movie Night - White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Services and Recreation and BearPower are hosting a free Family Movie Night with open skating on the Hippodrome's concrete on Thursday, Sept. 21 ($5/family donation is appreciated). Roller skates, in-line skates, and scooters are all allowed. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and pillow to get comfy for "The LEGO Batman Movie." Learn more.
  • Purchasing White Bear Gear - Sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats and more are available to buy from The Official Shop of White Bear Area Schools.
  • Beach School Reunion - The 2nd Annual Beach School Reunion is happening on Thursday, Sept. 28! Learn more.
  • Free Community Baby Shower - Community members are invited to join other parents of new babies, birth to six months old, for a free community baby shower on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn more about the opportunity.
  • Tutors needed - If you are interested in tutoring students (paid position), please complete this form. For more information, contact Community Services at 651-407-7501 or visit the district's website.
  • Flu Vaccination Clinics - Don't let the flu stop you! Homeland Health Specialists will be offering flu shot clinics at multiple White Bear Lake Area School locations on Oct. 3, Oct. 11 and Oct. 12. Learn more information and access the consent form.
  • Open Gym - On Wednesday nights at Normandy Park, there will be Open Gyms held from Nov. 1 to March 7 (except for Nov. 22 and Dec. 27) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $3 per child and $7 per immediate family.
  • 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.
    • Homecoming 6.24K Walk/Run - Join family, friends and the community for the free Homecoming 6.24K Walk/Run that starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at South Campus. Register today.
    • BearPower Ambassador Program - If you are a member of the White Bear Lake community and have an idea about how to make it easier for your community to eat better and move more, BearPower has an opportunity for you. Learn more about the BearPower Ambassador Program.
    • PowerUp in the Parks Adventure - Join PowerUp, BearPower, Minnesota State Parks and Trails and local doctors to celebrate the kick off of Parks Rx at William O'Brien State Park on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All families are welcome to this free, fun-filled day and can participate in archery, bike rodeo, kayaking, fire building, hiking and more! Register today.
    • The "BearPower Press" - Learn about delicious recipes, fun upcoming events and more in the latest edition of the "BearPower Press."
  • 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.
    • Bleed Orange and Black T-shirts - Find out how to get a t-shirt by contacting the Foundation Office at 651-407-7696. The cost is $10.
    • Brosious Teaching Grant - The purpose of a Brosious Teaching Grant is to enhance the rigor of the curriculum or instruction within the school district. Applications are available and must be turned in no later than Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017.
    • Ryan Family Fund Elementary Art Grant - The Ryan Family Fund Elementary Art Grant helps provide art education to elementary schools in the WBLAS District. Applications are available and due in the WBLAEF office Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.

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.