POSTED ON WED 2-15-17: Sneetches play tmrw / Thurs and other important Save-the-Dates!
/ THURSDAY FEB. 16TH
! ***Be on time for school please as field trip bus leaves right away!***
All-school K-6 experience outing to Dr. Seuss’s “Sneetches” play at the Children’s Theatre Company in Mpls. This is a FREE trip “made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council thanks to legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.” More info about “Sneetches” play here
. Fun fun day!
EXTENDED GENIUS HOURS NEXT WEEK ON TUESDAY & THURSDAY! Plan for two full afternoons 12:30p-3p of Genius Hour these two days. ***If your child is in the Winter Hiking Wolfpack, they need all their outdoor gear (coats, snowpants, hats, mitts) and preferably winter snow boots as we will be hitting the long trails and expect mud/ice/snow.***
THURSDAY MARCH 9TH AT 1PM ELEM MUSICAL/PLAY PERFORMANCE & PRESENTATION DAY! Mark your calendars — you do not want to miss this day. Starting promptly at 1pm and in conjunction with our scheduled Presentation Day, join us at the Roadhaus Event Center to see our all-school musical play and performance of “The E-Team” as they take care of the Earth and do it with song! ***Please note: Elem student presentations will also be at the Roadhaus this day instead of the Elem bldg, until 3pm.***
YAY! SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS COMING TO MNCS ELEM MARCH 6TH-9TH. Mark your calendars, more info coming soon. Plan a trip to buy some books and support our school and classroom libraries too! We will also need parent volunteers to help set-up, staff the fair, and take down.
EARLY RELEASE AT 1PM ON WED MARCH 1ST and NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY MARCH 10TH — For scheduled staff development days. ***Copy of school calendar attached below if you need another one.***
MNCS CHILI COOK-OFF ON SATURDAY MARCH 11TH AT THE HIGH SCHOOL. Come join in the fiesta of fun or share your favorite recipe! For more info, contact Joan at 507-248-3353 x222.
KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP THURSDAY MARCH 23RD in the evening. For more info or to pre-register, call Trish at 507-868-0071 x0.
POSTED ON TUES 1-24-17:”Hoppenings” from the Front Desk!
A few quick Reminders & “hoppenings” from our frog-tastic school:
SHOES NEEDED FOR SCHOOL ::: All students need a pair of SHOES for AT SCHOOL. Winter snowboots make our school a big sloppy mess, so everyone needs a pair of shoes in their backpack OR a pair to keep at school. Also hats, mitts, snowpants…. EVERY DAY! 🙂
CONFERENCE TIMES EMAILED OUT ::: All February conference times have been emailed out to parents, and will be held on Feb 6th-7th-8th. No school the entire week of Feb 6th-thru-10th. Please contact us asap if you have questions, concerns, or need to arrange a reschedule. A great time to connect with your awesome kid and their equally awesome advisor on what’s been “hoppening” at school lately!
ROLLERSKATING EXPERIENCE THIS FRIDAY ::: All K-6 grades and elem staff will go rollerskating at Skateville in Burnsville this Friday Jan 27th from 11:45am to 1:45p. Students may bring their own skates or rollerblades IF they have a stopper brake. No cost as this trip was paid for as part of Fall Experience Week.
REPORTING ILLNESS OR ABSENCES ::: If your child will be absent from school, call the Front Desk at 507-868-0071 x0 OR email firstname.lastname@example.org
by 8:45am. Thank you for your assistance.
POSTED ON WED 1-18-17: Adult chaperone food-packers needed for Friday “Feed My Starving Children” and Upper Elem ski trip on Friday, Feb 17th!
A QUICK REQUEST from advisors Victoria, Annie and Aaron for the 3rd-thru-6th-graders only: We are still in need of parents / adults to volunteer with MNCS at Feed My Starving Children THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH. This is a rewarding service project and community-building event packing food from 11:30a-1:30p at Friendship Church (12800 Marystown Rd) in Shakopee. Adult volunteers may drive on their own, or ride bus. Please call Front Desk at 507-868-0071 x0 or email your advisor asap if you can join us on Friday — THANK YOU!
Coming up in February! SKI TRIP TO MOUNT KATO — FRIDAY, FEB. 17TH — OPTIONAL FOR 4TH-5TH-6TH-GRADERS ONLY. Cost is $26/student includes lift ticket, skis & helmet rental. Contact your child’s advisor if you want to also attend / chaperone and ski this day with your child, few chaperone spots available!
POSTED ON TUES 1-3-17: Wednesday Early Release & January lunch menu!
Happy New Year to all of our MNCS Elementary families & friends! A very friendly reminder about tmrw’s (Wed Jan. 4th) scheduled Early Release at 1pm.
Also, sorry for the delay… January lunch menu calendar is available HERE
! And a copy also coming home in backpacks. You can always find lunch menus on our school website at www.newcountryschool.com
for your convenience. Remember that you can now pay for your child(ren)’s lunches online at payforit.net
— please email or call the Elem Front Desk at 507-868-0071 x0 to get your child’s ID# to set-up your online payment account.
Onward & upward in 2017!
POSTED ON TUES 12-20-16: Happy Holidays!
From our school to each of you, we wish our MNCS families a very Happy Holidays! Enjoy some down time together and we look forward to a rockin’ 2017. *** REMINDERS: Early Release at 1pm tmrw / Wed and then No school Dec 22nd through Jan 2nd. Also, scheduled Early Release at 1pm on Wed, Jan 4th.***
POSTED ON 12-16-16: 12pm NOON Winter Weather EARLY OUT today / Friday!
Due to Winter Weather, MNCS has called an Early Out at 12pm NOON today / Friday 12-16-16 . Buses will pick up at the High School at 12:05pm and then at the Elem at 12:10pm. ***FYI: Elementary students WILL eat lunch at school before boarding buses for home.***
POSTED ON THURS 12-8-16: Three quick awesome things!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR — NEXT THURS, DEC 15TH IS PRESENTATION NIGHT. Elem starts at 5:30pm and High School starts at 6:30pm. Come see project-based learning in action!
CONGRATULATIONS TO MS. HALVORSEN’S MOSQUITOS — the winning advisory in the Nuts&Bolts-sponsored BoxTop Challenge! A PIZZA PARTY is coming your way… Thanks to ALL who participated & collected — we are on track to raise OVER $300 with this Fall 2016 collection challenge. Keep sending BoxTops in to school, as Nuts&Bolts will collect ’em all year long.
AFTER-HARVEST ELEM DOLLAR DANCE RAISED OVER $400!!! — to help offset the cost of Elem Experience Week in November for all students. The Party Planners Genius Hour says a BIG THANK YOU to all who donated items/money/time and all who attended, bought concessions, and volunteered and partied with us. Also, please thank & visit the Roadhaus in Henderson for a delish meal and/or drink when you’re in town. (Amy & Danny Ross & the Roadhaus staff truly are dedicated community partners & friends of MNCS — thank you Roadhaus for your support & your tasty pizza!)
POSTED ON MON 12-5-16: Cold Weather & Gear!
Colder weather is on the way, this week! PLEASE dig out your students’ winter coats, hats, mitts, scarves ASAP — snowpants and boots will be needed soon too. If you need help getting winter gear this year, we’ll have a Sharing Shelf at school for used and new winter stuff that kids & families can use as needed.
**ON THAT NOTE: IF YOU HAVE CLEAN & GOOD CONDITION WINTER COATS, SNOWPANTS OR BOOTS IN KIDS SIZES & WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO MNCS, PLEASE SEND IN TO THE ELEM FRONT DESK. **We are not accepting donations of used hats or mitts, but will accept NEW HATS & MITTENS in kids sizes.
Thank you in advance for your assistance & cooperation! Let’s keep these awesome kids warm & healthy this winter.
POSTED ON WED 11-30-16: Lunch Menu for December / tomorrow!
Crazy. Tomorrow is December! We can’t believe it… Coming home in backpacks today and HERE
is the December LUNCH MENU & ORDER CALENDAR.
You will see that you now have the OPTION to pay for your child(ren)/s lunches online at www.payforit.net
— of course, you may continue to pay with cash or check if you like. We hope the convenience of online lunch payments will be great news for many of you! (In the near future, we hope to also give you an online payment options for school outings, trips, and other fees.)
On the Menu / Calendar, please CHECK THE BOX to use PayForIt.net for December lunches. Circle the lunches your child wants for December and then return the completed form to school. If you checked the box, TRISH WILL CONTACT YOU ASAP with info about how-to set up your account and make your December payment. Thanks for your patience as we worked to make this possible!
POSTED ON MONDAY 11-28-16: Dollar Dance rescheduled for this Friday, Dec 2nd!!
Hello everyone! We missed your kids’ faces over the Thanksgiving break…
We’re gonna party on this FRIDAY, DEC. 2ND at the rescheduled After-Harvest Dollar Dance — from 3:45pm to 5:45pm — at the Roadhaus Event Center. Here’s the new Permission Form
for kids to stay after school, and a copy is also coming home in backpacks today/Monday. Please return signed to school asap if your child will be staying for the dance.
*** THE PARTY PLANNERS GENIUS HOUR IS SUPER EXCITED TO BE HOSTING THIS DOLLAR DANCE — INVITE ALL YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS & COME SHOW US YOUR MOVES! ***
If you sent in donations /water / treats / etc already, THANK YOU and we’ll use them this Friday. Other donations still welcome! And if you can HELP AT THE DANCE (set-up, concessions, clean-up) please mark the form in the appropriate spot. Any questions, give a holler!
POSTED ON TUESDAY 11-22-16: IMPORTANT REMINDERS!
NO SCHOOL Nov. 23-24-25 for Thanksgiving Break — enjoy your turkey and together time! We’re thankful for this school & the people who make it so cool.
ELEM DOLLAR DANCE RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, DEC. 2ND — from 3:45p-5:45p at the Roadhaus. New permission forms to stay after school will be sent home early next week.
SKATEVILLE TRIP RESCHEDULED for January, date TBD — keep an eye out for details soon!
BOX TOP CONTEST continues until Dec. 1st — keep sending those BoxTops in to win your class a pizza party! Sponsored by Nuts & Bolts.
MNCS AMAZON WISH LIST — did you know that we have a wish list on Amazon.com? It includes books, kitchen utensils, art supplies, classroom needs, and more. You can search for ‘MNCS’ under ‘Lists’ or use this link to find it: www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/33AKT50JKQ2OL
AMAZON SMILE — Additionally, you can use https://smile.amazon.com to donate part of the proceeds from any purchases you make on Amazon.com! See a link under the Amazon search bar that says “Supporting.” If it does not say “Minnesota New Country School”, hover over “Supporting” and click “Change your charity.” Search for Minnesota New Country School. Any time you order an eligible item from Amazon using AmazonSmile, a portion of your purchase will go to MNCS. Sweet!
POSTED ON WEDNESDAY 11-16-16: Permission Form for Dollar Dance on Friday!
Please be sure to send back a signed Permission Form
for your child(ren) if they are staying after school on Friday for the Harvest Dollar Dance.
Thank you to those who offered to help at dance and/or donate bottled water and Crystal Light mini-mix-serving-thingys! Set-up will begin at the Roadhaus Event Center around 3pm, and donations can be brought to school or dropped off at Roadhaus anytime Friday after 3pm.
DANCE IS OVER AT 5:45PM SHARP — THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR PICKING YOUR KIDDOS UP NO LATER THAN 5:45PM. (Your wonderful E(lementary)~Team will be ready for a well-deserved weekend at that point 🙂 Experience Week is sooooo fun, and a lil tiny bit exhausting… thank you for your cooperation.)
POSTED ON WEDNESDAY 11-16-16: VOLUNTEERS for Winter Extravaganza on Saturday, December 10th!
The wonderful Joan Skelly, MNCS Events & Education Coordinator, is looking for VOLUNTEERS to help at the Winter Extravaganza Sale and Fundraiser:
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10TH — at MNCS High School, 210 Main Street in Henderson
Please use this Sign-Up Genius link
to pick your volunteer shift — YOUR HELP IS APPRECIATED! This is a fundraiser for MNCS experiential outings and we can’t do it without you. Happy Holidays to our MNCS community!
POSTED ON TUESDAY 11-15-16: Experience Week! Don’t be late! Or early!
Quick and important reminder: BE ON TIME for school this week!
It’s Elem Experience Week and most of our outing days we are boarding buses around 8:30AM. Most days we will not return to school until 2:45ish so picking your child(ren) up before that time may not be possible.
Any questions, email your advisor or call the Front Desk 507-868-0071 x0.
POSTED ON THURSDAY 11-10-16: Elementary Experience Week (November 14th-18th) & Harvest Dollar Dance!
Here’s the ELEMENTARY EXPERIENCE WEEK plan for next week November 14th-18th… There’s an awesome variety & mix of outdoor & environmental education, active move-your-body exercise (bowling AND rollerskating), movie showings, hands-on science, and a groovin’ school dance afterschool on Friday!
Cost is $20 per student (please contact your advisor if cost is an issue) for all grades K-6th, which covers and includes ALL activities for the entire week:
MONDAY NOV.14 — Environmental Ed at Ney Center (K-6th)
TUESDAY NOV.15 — “Trolls” movie (K-3rd only) & Service-learning projects (4th-6th)
WEDNESDAY NOV.16 — Bowling in LeSueur (K-6th)
THURSDAY NOV.17 — Science Museum of MN & Omni Theatre (K-6th)
FRIDAY NOV.18 — Rollerskating in Burnsville (K-6th)
The HARVEST DOLLAR DANCE is from 3:45pm–5:45pm on Friday, Nov. 18th at the Roadhaus Event Center. Students are welcome to stay afterschool for the dance WITH A SIGNED PERMISSION FORM, available HERE
and a copy also coming home in backpacks. Friends & family welcome — only $1 at the door with treats for $1 each — come shake your groove thang & let loose 🙂
***PARENTS: If you want to join us for any of the Experience Week activities, or if you can help with the Dollar Dance (see bottom of Permission Form
for ways to help), please let us know!
POSTED ON MONDAY 11-7-16: Picture Retakes tmrw/Tues!
If you want your child to do Picture Retakes, PLEASE RETURN YOUR CHILD’S LIFETOUCH PHOTO PACKAGE WITH THEM TO SCHOOL TMRW, TUESDAY NOV 8TH. This is how we will know that you want your child(ren) to do retakes — no photo package returned, no retakes 🙂 Retakes happening at Elem starting at 8:30am, followed by retakes at High School.
POSTED ON THURSDAY 11-3-16: PICTURES ARE IN!!!
The Lifetouch school pictures just arrived! Unless we receive a phone call or email from you THIS AFTERNOON (Thursday) BEFORE 3PM, we will send your child(ren)’s pictures home today in their home-school folder, in their backpack.
If you would prefer to pick up your child’s pictures at school instead of us sending them home in backpacks, on bus etc, YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT US ASAP TO LET US KNOW. Thank you!
Picture Retake Day is next Tuesday, Nov. 22nd for both Elem & High School.
POSTED ON 11-3-16: Flu shots, Picture retakes & Jackets!
Three quick things for our MNCS families:
1) FLU SHOTS! Sibley County Public Health will again be offering Flu Shots at MNCS Elem & High School, for students & staff. Scheduled date for this is TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND. Click HERE
for more info and required registration form — this info is also coming home in kids’ backpacks. Any questions, please contact Nurse Kathy at 507-248-3353 x224 or email@example.com
2) SCHOOL PICTURES & RETAKES! Expect your child’s school pictures either today/Thurs or Friday, coming home in backpacks. Lifetouch has NOT yet delivered our photos so we are waiting (very impatiently!) for the UPS Woman to deliver to school so we may send them home to you 🙂 After seeing your pics, if you choose to do retakes, Picture Retake Day is scheduled for next Tues, Nov. 8th so plan accordingly & wear your best smile on Tuesday!
3) JACKETS FOR COOLER WEATHER! It’s chilly in the mornings now and throughout the November days. Please make sure your sweet children have a jacket and other appropriate colder-weather wear at school. Three cheers for jackets!
POSTED ON 11-2-16: Mankato bus stop NEW safety info!
Hello from the E(lementary)-Team! An email has been sent out to just the parents of Elem students WHO RIDE THE BUS TO THE MANKATO BUS STOP (also known as the “Dog Park” or “Kiwanis Lot”)
Please read this email and be aware of our NEW VERY IMPORTANT GUIDELINES for Elem kids waiting at the Dog Park for parents to pick-up and/or drop-off: Refer to this email for the details about where your Elem kids are allowed to wait for parents to pick-up.
Starting today, NO ELEM STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED TO WAIT IN THE RAISED CENTER CIRCLE with the landscaped sign. This spot is now OFF-LIMITS TO ELEM KIDS. **Guidelines for the High School students may be different, but for the younger kids we want them away from traffic, cars, landscaping, etc.**
Thank you for your assistance in helping us to enforce this new safety guideline! We have spoken with each of your Elem students today, and they are all aware of this new “rule” — they will also be helping keep each other accountable to following it. Because MNCS kids rock! AND because being responsible & accountable are part of our MNCS school culture.
As always, parents we thank you for being timely when picking up your kiddos from the bus stop. Please do contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
POSTED ON 10-31-16: Honeywell Instant Alert System
Our Instant Alert System that we use to notify you via phone, text e-mail etc… of school closings due to weather, and other important announcements, is updated and ready to go.
We will be sending out a TEST of the Honeywell Instant Alert System on 11/1/16.
** If you do not receive a test message on 11/1/16 — please let Nancy Pfarr, Trish Hiscock-Austin or Anthony Sonnek know. firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED ON 10-28-16: Halloween & November lunch menu calendar!
HALLOWEEN!!! Students are welcome to bring or wear school-appropriate costumes to school on Halloween Mon, Oct 31st. Costumes are of course optional. Classes will be trick-or-treating in downtown Henderson from approx 1pm-2pm so expect some candy coming home from that…. 🙂
Our NOVEMBER LUNCH MENU is here:
(Julie & the Kitchen Cupboard Crew are creating some delish lunches — Trish HIGHLY recommends the Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Flatbread offered on November 30th….. yummmmmmmm….)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for these upcoming November “happenings”:
** Wed, Nov. 2nd — Early Release at 1PM
** Tues, Nov. 8th — Picture Retake Day (we’ll send pictures home as soon as we get them)
** Thurs, Nov. 10th — Veterans Day Program at Hilltop Elem, all classes will attend
** Mon-to-Fri, Nov. 14th-to-18th — Elementary Experience Week all week, we’re working out all the details and will share soon…
** Friday, Nov. 18th — Harvest Dollar Dance at Roadhaus Event Center from 3:30p-6p to cap off Experience Week fun!
** Mon, Nov. 21st — Nuts & Bolts aka PTO group gathering at 6pm at MNCS High School
** Nov. 23rd-25th — No School for Thanksgiving Break!
** Saturday, Dec. 10th — Winter Extravaganza from 10a-3p at MNCS High School
Happy Fall, y’all! From the E(lementary)~Team.
POSTED ON 10-10-16: Picture Day, Presentation Night & announcements!
PICTURE DAY THIS THURS, OCT. 13TH! :::
Order forms were sent home with students — you may purchase online or return order envelope with exact payment to school. See the form here: lifetouch-order-form-10-13-16
PRESENTATION NIGHT ALSO THURS, OCT. 13TH! ::: The Elementary Presentation Night runs from 5:30p-6:30p and the High School is from 6:30p-7:30p. Come see what our creative MNCS students have been up to this block! Project-based learning in action!
HAPPENINGS THIS FRIDAY, OCT. 14TH! ::: Talk with your elem kiddos and/or their advisors about what their advisory has “happening” this upcoming Friday. Luceline Orchard ($6) & picnic lunch in Watertown OR optional canoeing day trip (free) for 4th-5th-6th-graders. Any parents interested in helping or chaperoning are encouraged to contact their child’s advisor for details and opportunities to get involved!
REMINDER: NO SCHOOL OCT 17TH-21ST FOR CONFERENCES & BLOCK BREAK!
FALL CONFERENCES OCT. 17TH-18TH-19TH ::: All parents have been emailed their child(ren)’s Fall Conference time(s). Our MNCS team is so proud to say that our parents and students truly make these conferences a priority! Please email your child’s advisor directly if you have any rescheduling needs.
PIEOLOGY PIZZA FUNDRAISER ALL DAY MON, OCT. 17TH ::: The Nuts & Bolts parent group invites you to eat at Pieology Pizza (1600 Warren St, Suite #8 in Mankato) on October 17th. Tell your friends! A portion of sales this day (lunch or dinner) will be donated to MNCS, just mention our school when you dine. ** Please note: Future Nuts & Bolts gatherings will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month from 6p-7p.**
MNCS GEAR ORDERS DUE ON OCT. 24TH ::: Order form will be sent home in backpacks or click on mncs-gear-form-2016 to view. T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, hoodies. Represent your school with pride! Next order will be done in March/April. Make checks payable to MNCS. Due date is October 24th.
LUNCH ORDER MENU / CALENDAR:::
for October’s menu. If you have not yet returned your child’s lunch order & payment for this month, please do so asap. Make checks payable to MNCS.
POSTED ON 9-29-16: October lunch calendar & other happenings!
October! Yes, it is almost October. WOW! It’s been an awesome first month of school, with many more adventures to come…
LUNCH CALENDAR :::
for the October Lunch Menu Calendar, and copies are coming home in backpacks as well. You’ll see school events listed on this calendar too! Take a look, circle the days you want a Hot Lunch, determine payment amount, then return form & payment to school. ** Please note: WE WILL MAKE A COPY OF YOUR ORDER CALENDAR AND SEND BACK HOME TO YOU TO KEEP ON YOUR FRIDGE.**
ONLINE PAYMENT OPTION COMING SOON!!! ::: Within the next month, we are excited to be offering a new online payment service for MNCS parents. Bear with us as we get it ready and rolled out to you! We’ll start by giving you the option to pay for your child’s lunches online, with a small convenience fee using debit/credit card or your checking account. Our hope is to get field trip fees added to this new online payment site as well, so keep an eye out for more info soon!
BOXTOPS CONTEST CONTINUES! ::: Don’t forget to keep sending in those BoxTops for the chance to win a Pizza Party for your advisory! We’re collecting through December 1st. Sponsored by the PTA aka Nuts & Bolts parent group.
FALL CONFERENCES OCT. 17TH-18TH-19TH ::: Emails to parents will go out next week about Fall Conference times. Our MNCS team is so proud to say that our parents and students truly make these conferences with advisors a priority! We had close to 100% of families in attendance at August conferences, and we’re looking to keep up that amazing streak with Fall Conferences. MNCS rocks!
OTHER UPCOMING DATES & REMINDERS :::
** PICTURE DAY IS THURS, OCT. 13TH
** PRESENTATION NIGHT IS ALSO THURS, OCT. 13TH AT 5:30PM
** CORN MAZE OR CANOEING ON FRIDAY, OCT. 14TH (check with advisor for more details)
** CONFERENCES / NO SCHOOL ON MON-TUES-WED, OCT. 17-18-19TH
** FALL BREAK / NO SCHOOL ON THURS-FRI, OCT. 20-21ST
Click links below for the EARLY RELEASE BUS SCHEDULES:
UPDATED Bus Schedules: Click HERE for the **UPDATED** Palmer (Yellow) School Bus and Trailblazer Transit (white minibus) schedules. New schedule times effective starting on Tuesday, Sept 6th.
MNCS Elementary School hours are 8:15am – 3:15pm
Enrollment Info FOR FALL 2016-2017:
** All of our grades K-6th are currently on a Waiting List.
** Call Front Desk 507-868-0071 x0 for info or to schedule a tour.