Announcements, other info, “happenings” for MNCS-Elem

HOW-TO REPORT MNCS-ELEM (K-6th) STUDENT ABSENCES OR ANY TRANSPORTATION / BUS / PICK-UP CHANGES :::
If your child is absent, sick, or has any out-of-the-ordinary transportation changes (getting picked up early, doctor’s appointment, not riding the bus, riding a different bus etc) please call the  Elem Front Desk at 507-868-0071 x0  to let us know. Leave a message for us at x0 if you get our “general” or “front desk” voicemail box. OR email  frontdesk@newcountryschool.com  with anything we need to know — it is also helpful if you attach your child’s advisor on any emails you send. At MNCS-Elem, WE MUST BE NOTIFIED BY A PARENT ABOUT ANY CHANGES TO YOUR CHILD’S TRANSPORTATION IN ADVANCE, meaning we cannot and will not take your child’s word for it. Not because we don’t trust them 😉 but because keeping our MNCS-Elem students safe and accounted-for is a top priority of ours — we sincerely thank you for your understanding and help on this!
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APPLYING FOR FREE OR REDUCED LUNCHES ::: 
A one-page application must be completed, and a new one filled out every school year, in order to receive or be processed to receive Free- or Reduced- price lunches at school. Contact Trish at the Elem or Nancy Pfarr at the High School if you need another copy of this application / form. Applications are processed through Nancy Pfarr, and you will be notified of your lunch status by email and / or postal mail. *** PLEASE NOTE: MNCS does not receive reimbursements from the USDA for our lunch or breakfast programs. Meals at MNCS are funded through donations as well as our general operating fund.***
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UPDATING FAMILY CONTACT INFO :::
Please email us at  frontdesk@newcountryschool.com  if you have any new or updated MAIN CONTACT INFO for your family /child, such as:
** Mailing address
** Parent phone number(s)
** Parent email address(es)
** Emergency contacts or bus routing
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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 is updated and ready to go.  If you have not set up a profile – see this link for details : Honeywell Instant Alert – Instructions for Parents
If you have any questions please contact Anthony Sonnek (HS advisor and Transportation Team) at:  asonnek@newcountryschool.com

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OTHER MNCS-ELEM ANNOUNCEMENTS ::: these are updated weekly and as needed, and past announcements are also archived below — check it out to stay informed! (or to find a past email or announcement you might have missed… happens to the best of us… 🙂

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POSTED 9-13-19: Lions KidSight screenings and opt-in form!

Lions KidSight opt-in form — click here

Le Sueur Lions Club — MD5M Lions KidSight

The Le Sueur Lions Club will be providing vision screening at our MNCS-Elementary during the week of September 23, 2019. Members of the Lions Club have been trained to screen for vision abnormalities. Lions Clubs typically screen preschool-aged children, but the screening is valid for any age, so they’ve graciously agreed to screen all of our students.

The vision screener they will be using is capable of screening for astigmatism (a condition that causes blurred vision), myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), anisometropia (unequal refractive power), strabismus (eye misalignment), amblyopia (lazy eye), and anisocoria (pupil size deviations). The individual screening takes just a few seconds and is performed from a distance of about three feet. There is no physical contact with the child, and no eye drops are administered. The equipment provides a print-out of the results for each individual which is given to the school to be forwarded to you.

To have your child participate in this screening, you will need to fill out and sign the parental consent form included with this email / letter. A printed copy of this letter and consent form will also be sent home with your child(ren) in their backpacks (or school folders) early next week. **** Please return the form to the school by Thursday, September 19, 2019. THIS SCREENING IS OPTIONAL. If you / your child does not return the signed form to school, your child WILL NOT be screened.

It’s important to understand that this is only a screening and does not constitute an examination or diagnosis of vision problems.

This service is offered free of charge by the Le Sueur Lions Club under the MD5M Lions KidSight vision screening program. If you have any questions, please contact Lions Club member Rose Ann Valdez at 612-532-8492.

And please join us in saying “Thank You” to the Le Sueur Lions Club for providing this valuable service to our school and our MNCS Elementary students — thank you Le Sueur Lions Club!

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POSTED 9-11-19: Backpack Food + Career Fair + MNCS “Gear” ordering!

BACKPACK FOOD PROGRAM AT MNCS :::  A note from Health & Wellness Team at MNCS :::  Hello MNCS Families — We are very excited to announce a new program at MNCS this year “The Backpack Food Program”.  MNCS would like to offer students in need, food on weekends and over school breaks when other resources are not available. If you’d like to participate or donate, please fill out the form and return to the MNCS Health and Wellness Team. This printed form / letter will be coming home with students (in their backpacks or folders for Elem) in an envelope marked “Health and Wellness” this week.  Have a great day!
 
Laura Boelter, for the Health and Wellness Team
Special Education Administrative Assistant
Minnesota New Country School
WE WANT YOU! For our “1ST ANNUAL MNCS CAREER FAIR” — a new school event scheduled for Friday, Sept 20th — in the afternoon 1pm-3pm at the Elem bldg — 127 N. 8th Street in Henderson, MN. We’re looking for parents and community friends who have a cool job and / or are passionate about their careers! Are you willing to come and share with our MNCSElem students for about 15-20 minutes What You Do and Why You Love It? Time commitment would be between the afternoon hours of 1pm to 3pm on Friday, Sept 20th. CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO at #507.868.0071 x0 or  frontdesk@newcountryschool.com  if you or someone you know might be game for sharing their job or passions on Sept 20th — we are excited about this fun learning and community connection opportunity!
 
MNCS “Gear” (aka t-shirts, hats, etc) Online Store will be open until October 11th! Orders will be available for pick up or sent home with your child, approx 2 weeks after the closing date.  If you wish to pay with cash or a check, please stop in to Evolution Shirts (located in dwtn Henderson) to place your order during their open hours of Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8a-5p and Tuesday, Thursday 9a-5p.  MNCS Gear Online Store ordering and payment link is:  https://evolution-shirts-4.printavo.com/merch/mncs-gear

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POSTED 9-9-19: Milk. MILK! And more milk.

Hello MNCSElem families, parents and caregivers! Welcome to Week Three. (Your kids are awesome, by the way.) We’re all getting to know each other, staff and students, and are excited for this school year, the things happening at MNCS, and the many adventures to come!
MILK SUBSCRIPTIONS REQUEST :::  Is your child a milk-drinker? Might sound weird, but please ask your child(ren) if they are grabbing and drinking milk at lunchtime — our staff does not monitor who takes milk and prefer not to be the MNCS Milk Police. So we’re asking for your help, to connect with your kids about this, and then… Please purchase one of our “Milk Subscriptions” for the school year, accordingly.
MILK SUBSCRIPTION PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
$50 / year per child, for ONE-MILK a day
OR
$100 / year per child, for TWO-MILKS a day
Half-pint milks — in 1% white, or skim chocolate — are offered daily to Elem kids at lunchtime, except on Elem outing and field trip days. Milk & lunch payments via online “Square Store” is preferred (link is below) — personal checks made to “MNCS” also accepted at the Elem Front Desk. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE ON THIS! Milk. It does a body good.

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POSTED 9-3-19: Correction & clarification on Free & Reduced Lunch applications.

Good questions have arisen (thank you for seeking clarification!) and a few CORRECTIONS HAVE BEEN MADE TO TODAY’S EARLIER EMAIL REGARDING FREE & REDUCED LUNCHES, please see below:
“If you have already completed an “Educational Benefits” application to see if your family / child qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunches at MNCS, you will be informed of your “status” soon by either e-mail or regular postal mail. This notification will come from Nancy Pfarr, our MNCSBusiness Mgr. In the meantime, while you await notification from MNCS, feel free to order / eat Hot Lunch and withhold any payment(s) until you receive official word of your family’s status, either “Regular-Price” (cost $3.50 per lunch), “Reduced-Price” (cost $1.75 per lunch) or “Free” lunch. We thank you for your 🙂 PATIENCE 🙂 as forms are collected (by Trish) and then processed (by Nancy).” 
Which means, basically, Miss Trish is waaaay behind and trying to catch up on getting forms where they need to be! My apologies, but no worries. We’ll get caught up, and meanwhile, the kids are alright.
Any other questions, please be in touch. If you have not submitted an application and would still like to do so, drop Trish an email and we’ll get another one to you asap to complete & return. Thank you very much!

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POSTED 8-30-19: Lunch Menu for Sept! All-School Picnic! Upcoming Career Fair!

Real quick! Second week of school, activated. Here we go, folks!
Please see attachments below for:
*** Sept 2019 Lunch Menu & Order Form — copies also sent home in backpacks today / Tuesday! Circle the days you want School / Hot Lunch and return form to school asap. Online payment at link below (just click on “Square” logo) is preferred — checks and cash also accepted. Also, if you have applied for Free or Reduced Lunch, you will be informed of your “status” soon — in the meantime while you await notification, feel free to order / eat Hot Lunch and withhold payment until you get official word. Thank you for your payment as forms are processed!

*** All-School Picnic Potluck — this Thursday, Sept 5th from 5p-7p at Bender Park (behind MNCS High School) — All are welcome! All are invited! Come one, come all! Celebrate our school with your friends and neighbors and eat some good potluck grub.
Also, keep an eye out for more info soon about our “1st Annual MNCS Career Fair” — event scheduled for Friday, Sept 20th in the afternoon hours at the Elem bldg. We’re looking for parents, community friends, neighbors, others, who have a cool job and / or are passionate about their careers! And are also willing to come and share with students What You Do and Why You Love It. “Save the date!” as they say — for Friday, Sept 20th — and contact us if you or someone you know might be interested and up for this fun learning and community opportunity!
In the spirit of community,
Trish, for the MNCS E~Team

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POSTED 8-30-19: First-week Hoorays! Upcoming events, Sept lunches, Square Store etc.

We did it — we made it! First week of school (almost) complete, in approximately t-minus-3hrs. Thank you all for being a part of our growing MNCScommunity — and many thanks to your kids, for hanging out with us and for making us laugh, and also grow, as educators.
 
A few things as we look into next week, and into September:
ALL-SCHOOL (POTLUCK) PICNIC ON THURSDAY, SEPT 5TH — FROM 5:00PM TO 7:00PM — AT BENDER PARK (BEHIND MNCS HIGH SCHOOL) All are invited — and we hope to see you there!
September Lunch Menu & Order Calendar is not quite ready to send home… but will be ready on next Tuesday when we return to school. For parents & kids:  TUESDAY SEPT 3RD SCHOOL LUNCH IS TACO-IN-A-BAG, so plan on that as you decide whether to eat Hot / School Lunch on the Tuesday we return.  Then… look for the rest of the Sept Menu to come home in backpacks asap.  Please complete the Sept Menu to “place your order” for lunches for the entire month of September — payment through online Square Store is preferred, cash & checks are also an option for payment.  The MNCS Square Store is at:   https://squareup.com/store/MNCS

Any questions? Reach us anytime at school at #507.868.0071 x0. 
 
And if there’s anything else we’re missing to announce or share, we’ll get to it next week…! Enjoy your 3-day weekend for Labor Day, and enjoy the extra time with your kids and family over the next few days. See you on Tuesday, ready for Week Two.

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POSTED 8-20-19: See you at conferences this week Wed-Thurs-Friday!

A friendly reminder that MNCSElem conferences are this week on Wednesday (Aug 21st) and Thursday (Aug 22nd) and Friday (Aug 23rd) — we can’t wait to see you all then! If you need to reach us at school anytime, please call the Front Desk at #507-868-0071 x0.

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POSTED 8-6-19: Conferences, and bus schedules, and school supplies!

Hello to all our MNCSElem families! We hope you are all having a sweet summer. That being said, our staff is getting soooooo pumped for this new school year to begin… We miss having kids in our beloved building. Come back soon! Please!
FOR ALL PARENTS:  Keep an eye (or an ear!) out for an email and / or a phone call LATER THIS WEEK with your family’s and child(ren)’s pre-scheduled conference time(s) — these get-to-know-you CONFERENCES help us all kick off the school year on the right foot, and are happening on AUGUST 21ST-22ND-23RD (at the Elementary, at 127 N. 8th Street in Henderson). If you have conference time or specific scheduling concerns, please be in touch with us asap. Elem school main phone is always #507-868-0071 x0 — and as the kids say, “you should put the number in your phone” 🙂
KINDERGARTEN PARENTS:  Your child’s kindergarten REGISTRATION PACKET (big manilla envelope) was mailed to your home address earlier this summer, and we have received most of them back. Thank you! If you have NOT yet return-mailed your completed forms to us, please do so ASAP so we don’t have to come track you down! Kidding… Kind of… If there has been any change in your contact info and / or enrollment plans, please be in touch with us with any updates or changes of note.
1ST-THRU-6TH-GRADE PARENTS:  A smaller RETURNING REGISTRATION envelope will be mailed to your home address very soon, so look for those in your mailbox. Please complete these forms for your returning (or newly enrolled) student(s) and bring the completed forms along to your back-to-school conference.
STUDENT & PARENT HANDBOOK:  You’ll receive a copy of the 2019-2020 Student-Handbook-slash-MNCSWall-Calendar at conferences.
BUS SCHEDULES:  Are available on our school website homepage at   www.newcountryschool.com  — Check ’em out for times & specific locations for the: Palmer (yellow school) Bus (stops in Le Center / Cleveland / St. Peter / Nancy’s bus and Mankato / LeSueur / Ron’s Bus) AND for the Trailblazer Transit (white mini-) Bus (stops in Winthrop / Gaylord, and Green Isle / Arlington. and Belle Plaine).
ELEM SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS:  Find these at   https://newcountryschool.com/home/elementary/school-supply-lists/
SCHOOL CALENDAR:  Also attached below or at   www.newcountryschool.com
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:  Monday, August 26th! Elementary hours are 8:15am – 3:15pm, and High School hours are 8:15am – 3:05pm.
Plus… MNCS is celebrating 25 years! All are invited to our 25 Year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, August 10th, from 4pm-7pm at Bender Park (behind the High School). See flyer below. We’ll see you there for music, food and fun!

POSTED 11-29-18:  Honeywell Instant Alert System!

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 is updated and ready to go.   If you have not set up a profile – see this link for details : Honeywell Instant Alert – Instructions for Parents  If you have any questions please contact Anthony Sonnek:  asonnek@newcountryschool.com