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.
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.