WBL Newsletter

Student News
  • In photos: Exploring the Healthcare Career Pathway!
  • Embracing opportunities
  • Spring Break & accomplishments
  • Learning experiences
  • The Week in 62.4 Seconds
  • Activities updates

School Board News
  • School Board Recognitions
  • School Board Meetings

District News

  • General Information
  • Awards and Honors











School Board Work-Study Meeting

5:30 p.m.
March 25
District Center

School Regular Meeting
7 p.m.
April 8
District Center

School Board Work-Study Meeting
5:30 p.m.
April 22
District Center


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


March 17, 2019


In photos: Exploring the Healthcare Career Pathway!


Student News
Embracing opportunities
It has been an exciting time for students at White Bear Lake Area High School - South Campus! Healthcare Career Pathway students in the new Certified Nursing Assistant course have been enjoying getting to work in scrubs while learning more about the healthcare industry and gaining valuable skills! Check out the opportunity in this video. Students have started getting experience with medical equipment and mannequins while practicing a variety of life skills including brushing teeth, taking blood pressure and using gait belts to learn how to safely transfer individuals. During this course, students will get the opportunity to further understand the concepts of basic human needs, the health and illness continuum and basic nursing skills in long-term care, acute care and home care environments. Students will begin their clinical hours in May with Serenity Senior Care.

The learning continued as students at Hugo Elementary were working on informational reports about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Their hard work can be seen in this video. They also were able to recently enjoy a writing exercise honoring Martin Luther King Jr., as well. Other students are working hard to ensure the Kid Pack Food Drive helps and gives back to others. On Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, students and families will be volunteering at participating stores where shoppers can help give back to others by buying certain items and leaving them in bins near the exits! Check out this Facebook page for more information and view this submitted video of students getting excited for the opportunity. Sign up today to volunteer!

Spring Break & accomplishments
Spring Break was a time for one group of students to head to the ski hills and embrace time with their friends. Community Services and Recreation hosted the 5th Grade Learn to Ski Day at Wild Mountain. The students and volunteer chaperones were able to enjoy the beautiful weather and all students did a great job skiing! Community members can check out a variety of great offerings through the Community Services and Recreation Department's summer catalog! While some students enjoyed their Spring Break in the snow, Bear had fun creating this video to wish all families a great Spring Break! Before Spring Break, it was an exciting time for the WBLAHS Boys' Hockey Team who recently played in the state tournament after a Sections championship win! The creator of the popular Minnesota high school hockey hair videos, who has a tie to White Bear Lake Area High School, was even featured in this video.

In other accomplishment news, congratulations to district middle school students for their success in the Patriot's Pen Essay contest! The theme this year was "Why I Honor America's Flag." Laine Graening earned first place, with Ean Viker, Savannah Hartinger and Bree Rautenberg being runners-up. WBLAHS junior Isaac Maruyama also entered the Voice of Democracy Contest at the high school level and placed second with the theme of "Why My Vote Matters." In other contest news, congratulations to Stephanie Tice who represented the district at the state level in the Lion's Club Peace Poster Contest. In fact, Stephanie represented White Bear Lake Area Schools in the contest's district level, which included Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Ontario.

Learning experiences
It recently was a great time to honor those involved with the 2018-19 Americorps Promise Fellows! The White Bear Lake Area Schools Promise Fellows bring their passion and experience to our secondary schools to develop personal relationships and provide one-on-one supports that reengage and advance our youth. Our Promise Fellows are active and integral members of the student support team at their school site and utilize their unique talents and abilities to create profound impact on our students' success by fostering positive academic and social-emotional outcomes. In other important news, parents were able to recently gather for the Parent Night on E-Cigarettes event. During this time, parents were able to learn e-cigarette facts, as well as tip/strategies to help those who may be using e-cigarettes. Check out this flyer for more e-cigarette cessation resource information.

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



Activities Updates
Congratulations to the WBLAHS Boys' Hockey team for playing in the state tournament! One White Bear alum even talked about their memories from playing in the first-ever Minnesota high school boys' hockey state tournament that was highlighted in this Pioneer Press article. KARE 11 recently featured the creator of the popular Minnesota high school hockey hair videos, who has a tie to White Bear Lake Area High School, in this video. Some WBLAHS students were also featured in this fun video about fabulous hockey hair! Another congratulations to the Wrestling team for competing in the state tournament. Wrestler Luke Parzyck was featured in this article for their success in placing third at state. 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 Recognitions
Before the March 4 School Board Meeting, the School Board congratulated the following students and staff members for their accomplishments with:
  • The Lions Club Peace Poster Contest (state-level recognition)
  • Nordic Ski (not pictured)
  • WBLAHS - North Campus choir
  • Girls' Hockey

To see clips from the recognitions during the ceremony, watch the March 8 edition of The Week in 62.4 Seconds video.

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

Date
Type Time
Location
March 25
Work-Study
5:30 p.m. District Center
April 8
Regular
7 p.m.
District Center
April 22
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
  • April 16 Coffee with Dr. K - Community members are invited to stop by and chat with White Bear Lake Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kazmierczak over a cup of coffee between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16 at the Downtown White Bear Lake Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bros. Bagels (4733 Highway 61, White Bear Lake, MN). There is no set agenda, so please feel free to order a coffee from the barista and find Dr. K in the meeting room to join the conversation!
  • "Swim Team" Documentary Screening - White Bear Lake Area Schools Student Support Services is hosting a screening of the award-winning new documentary film "Swim Team" on Thursday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the District Center Auditorium (4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake). This documentary is an inspiring look at the rise of a competitive swim team of teens on the autism spectrum. Learn more on the district's website.
  • Transition Presentation and Dinner - The Suburban Ramsey County Community Transition Interagency Committee is presenting the Transition Presentation and Dinner for special education students from WBLAHS, T+ and TAPP on Tuesday, April 9 at 5 p.m. The free event will include a meal and speakers and will take place in North St. Paul at North High School (2416 11th Avenue East, North St. Paul). Learn more and RSVP by March 29.
  • E-Cigarette Cessation Resources - Check out this flyer for more tobacco cessation resources for youth.
  • Guide to School - The Minnesota Department of Education's "A parent or guardian's Guide to School - For families new to the country" is available (at the bottom of the page) and provides information to families about the public school system in Minnesota and the roles families can play in their child's education.
  • Monthly Staff & Community Mental Well-Being Series - District staff and families are invited to attend monthly presentations focused on mental well-being. The following presentations will take place in the coming months and next week:
    • ADHD/ADD Supports and Toolbox by Nicole McKinney on Tuesday, March 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the WBLAHS - North Campus Theater. Check out this flyer for further information.
    • Healthy Teens and Safety by Ramsey County Public Health on Tuesday, April 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the WBLAHS - North Campus Theater. View this flyer for more more information about the upcoming session.
    • Finding Self Control: Responses to Children's Emotional and Physical Outbursts by Jenny Hanlon, M.Ed, on Tuesday, May 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the WBLAHS - North Campus Theater. Check out this flyer for more details.
  • Internet Safety Resources - The following are some resources to help our young learners navigate the internet, as well as tools for families looking to parent in the digital age:
  • Special Education Parent/Staff Advisory Council (PAC) Meetings - The purpose of the Special Education Parent/Staff Advisory Council is to act as an advisory body to the district through the Student Support Services Administrative Team on behalf of students receiving special education services. The PAC is scheduled to meet four times during the 2018-19 school year and the last meeting is on Thursday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 206 at District Center (4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake). View future meetings on the district's website.
  • Community Baby Shower - 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 on Monday, April 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Normandy Park Education Center. View this flyer for more information.
  • VHES Carnival - Families are invited to enjoy food, games, inflatables, face painting, raffles and a silent auction at the Vadnais Heights Elementary Carnival on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vadnais Heights Elementary. View this flyer for more information.
  • Adult Softball - Join the winter resistance and beat those snowy blahs with thoughts of sunny days! Adult Softball Leagues are now forming! Community Services and Recreation offers Mens, Womens and Co-Ed leagues - all played at the beautiful Lakewood Hills Park! Sign up today!
  • Innovate 624 - Check out the latest editions of Innovate 624 about Google Certification and the second part of the blog about understanding one's "why" behind becoming Google Certified.
  • Marketfest Promotional Contest - The Marketfest Committee is seeking entries for original art to use for its promotional poster and t-shirts for the 2019 Marketfest season. Find information here.
  • Save the Date - An All-School Reunion will take place on Saturday, September 28! Details will be announced as they are finalized.
  • We Are Hiring! - The district is hiring for a variety of positions. Find the online application page here.
  • Stay connected! - Join White Bear Lake Area Schools' social media circles - Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • 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.
    • Family fun time gets BearPowered - BearPower is teaming up with the WBLAS Community Services & Recreation Department to offer a free Open Gym night on Thursday, March 21 at Matoska International from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Check out this flyer for details.
  • 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.
    • Lynn Mielke Distinguished Educator Award - The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation is pleased to honor Lynn Mielke, a former White Bear Lake cherished educator. They will again this year grant the Lynn Mielke Distinguished Educator award to an employee in the White Bear Lake Area Schools community who uses their talents to enrich the lives of others. Nominations are due on or before Friday, April 5. Nominate an educator today by filling out this form and emailing it to info@wblaef.org.

Support WBLAS Students:

  • Willy Wonka, Jr. - White Bear Lake Middle School Players will be presenting Willy Wonka, Jr. at 7 p.m. on April 25, 7 p.m. on April 26 and 2 p.m. on April 27 at White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Auditorium (4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake). Find more information on the district's website and purchase your tickets starting on March 22!
  • Mary Poppins, Jr. - Lincoln Elementary PTA Productions will be presenting Mary Poppins, Jr., which will be playing at White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Auditorium (4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake) on Friday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. The Lincoln Elementary cast and crew contains approximately 138 students in 1st-5th grade led by a team of parent and teacher volunteers. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased on this website or at the door.
  • Spring Theatre Productions - See a variety of springtime theatre productions to be performed by district students here.
  • Kid Pack Food Drive - On Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, students and families will be volunteering at participating stores where shoppers can help give back to others by buying certain items and leaving them in bins near the exits! Check out this Facebook page for more information and view this submitted video of students getting excited for the opportunity. Sign up today to volunteer!
  • Minnesota Golf Cards for sale - The Boys' Golf Team is once again selling the Minnesota Golf Cards. This is a two for one golf opportunity at hundreds of courses statewide. Please feel free to contact Coach Nasvik to get a Minnesota Golf Card and support the golf program.
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! Find the online application page here.

Awards and Honors

  • Congratulations to Innovation Coach Shannon Treichel who was recently surprised with the Excellent Educator Certificate from WCCO for Shannon's positive impact on students at WBLAHS - North Campus, WBLAHS - South Campus and the Area Learning Center! Check out WCCO's video of the exciting recognition!
  • March Recognitions:
    • National Nutrition Month
    • Music In Our Schools Month
    • Women's History Month
    • March 1 - Employee Appreciation Day
    • March 2 - Read Across America Day
    • March 4-8 - National School Breakfast Week
    • March 4-8 - Paraprofessional Recognition Week
    • March 11-15 - Spring Break
    • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7578) to submit District News, General Information, Opportunities or Awards & Honors for inclusion in future publications.