Announcements – Elementary

POSTED TUES 5-23-17: Presentation Night and Last Week of School Fun!

REMINDER for our last Presentation Night — From 5:30pm to 6:30pm this THURSDAY, MAY 25TH at the Elem for K-5th projects (our 6th-graders already presented in April). Fyi: the High School Presentation Night runs 6:30pm-7:30pm this same night, all are welcome at both sites.
Can it be? Next week is the last week of school?? WOW. Here’s what’s happening at the Elementary — we invite families to join us for any part of this fun week. Let us know if you want to help out and/or if you plan to bring something for the Thursday’s family potluck picnic!
WED, MAY 31ST — Field day fun & Get-Wet playday! Bring or wear swimsuits or clothing that can get wet, and a spray bottle or small squirt gun if you like ūüôā Starting at 12:30pm till 3pm at Bender Park, located in Henderson behind MNCS High School. Parent volunteers needed & welcomed, let us know if you can help.
THURS, JUNE 1ST — Reminder: Early Release at 1pm. Last day of school family picnic and potluck, starting at 11am at Allanson’s Park/Campground, located in Henderson at 500 South Street. Come one, come all! Hotdogs & lemonade provided by MNCS, families attending please bring something to share or pass.
(FRI, JUNE 2ND — All-day Valleyfair trip for 6th-graders only and High Schoolers. Cost is $20 per student, please bring a lunch or money to buy one.)
We’re excited and pumped to spend these final days together, celebrating our MNCS school community, staff, students and families. Hats off to MNCS!

POSTED THURS 5-10-17: EAT AT CHIPOTLE MAY 15TH!

Nuts&Bolts invite you to eat at Chipotle next Monday, May 15th! At Mankato Madison Ave location by Sams Club. A portion of sales will benefit our school — use or show flyer¬†or mention MNCS when you go.Chipotle 5-15-17 fundraiser flyer


POSTED MON 5-8-17: Reminders for Experience Week!!

For this Experience Week: IF IN DOUBT, PACK A LUNCH! ***If you have not returned a completed / circled May Lunch Calendar Order Form to school yet, we cannot guarantee your child will have a School Sack Lunch provided for them this Experience Week. If in doubt, pack a lunch from home please ūüôā
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Cost is $10/child for Elem Experience Week outings, except Mrs. Sawyer’s class is $7/child. Please send $$ in to school if you haven’t already, cash or check made to MNCS.
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Contact your child’s advisor if you have any questions about what is happening, when and where, for your child this week. Different groups & classes have different adventures going on, on and off site.
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Water bottles and comfortable play clothes are a must.
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Don’t miss your ride or field trip bus! Please be on time to school in mornings (8:15a) and plan to pick up your child at end of school day (3:15p) — thanks for your cooperation and help on this.

POSTED FRI 4-29-17: Strategies to help combat summer learning loss May 9th from 6:15p-7:30p

Tuesday, May 9th¬†at High School!¬†Strategies to help combat summer learning loss: ¬†A presentation offered by MNCS staff for parents interested in learning more about educational opportunities for their student over the summer, plus other strategies to help combat summer learning loss. To see flyer again click here —> Strategies to Foster Learning During the Summer
6:15pm-6:45pm Dessert Bar / Socializing
6:45pm-7:20pm Presentation / Discussion
7:20pm Q & A with Presenter & Staff

POSTED FRI 4-29-17: Everyone needs to bring own sack lunch from home on Monday, May 8th!

**PLEASE NOTE: Every elem student MUST bring their own sack lunch from home ON MONDAY, MAY 8TH (the first day back from break and first day of Elem Experience Week) — even if your child usually gets Free or Reduced lunch. WE WILL NOT HAVE ANY SCHOOL SACK LUNCHES AVAILABLE FOR OUR TRIPS ON THIS MONDAY, MAY 8TH. Thank you all for sending a lunch this day!
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Click HERE for May Lunch Menu Calendar — a copy is also coming home in backpacks with kids today.
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ELEM EXPERIENCE WEEK is May 8th-thru-12th! Your child’s advisor has sent home their classroom plan & schedule for the whole week, including sack lunch needs and costs per student. If you have any questions or scheduling issues (doctor’s appts etc), please be in touch with advisors. Students will be off-site much of the week and important they are on-time to school so they don’t miss a field trip bus ūüôā


POSTED MON 4-24-17: PBL Talk at Gustavus on Thurs, April 27th!

Students, community, and friends are invited to Gustavus at A.H. Anderson Hall room 214, to talk about Project based learning at a teacher powered school on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Pizza Dinner
6:00-7:00 p.m. РDiscussion with High School Advisor Paul Jaeger and Art Education Advisor MNCS- Project Grant designer, Kiersten Dahl-Shetka (Gustavus Grad) on Individual РVS РTeacher led Project Based Learning (PBL) at a teacher powered school. 
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Music play-time – Outdoor Musical Playground Sculptures made by 4th-5th-6th-grade Students from Minnesota New Country School (MNCS) in Henderson MN.

We will introduce our school, Minnesota New Country School (MNCS), and speak about flow our Elementary through our High School. We will discuss how our learners intrinsically start to gear up towards individual projects as they enter upper elementary grades and we will share some tools we use to help guide students (K-12) in the process of PBL. We will help clarify the difference between teacher led projects and individualized student projects, both are currently called PBL.

 POSTED MON 4-10-17: 6th-graders Present at 6:30pm & Jump Rope for Heart donations due date!

PLEASE NOTE that 6:30PM is the START TIME for 6th-grade Presentations tmrw, Tues April 11th at the Elementary. Again, all are welcome to attend, but only 6th-graders will be presenting.
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All JUMP ROPE FOR HEART DONATIONS should be returned, in your collection envelope, BY THURS APRIL 20TH. That means you’ve got over the Spring Break (April 13th-17th) to collect a few more dimes or dollar bills. If you’ve raised at least $5 so far be sure to bring in your $5 tear-off coupon (located on the collection envelope) to get your lanyard and Rory the Lion! Just keep jumping, just keep jumping…

POSTED MON 4-10-17: Art Talk at Gustavus on Tuesday, April 18th for Musical Playground Sculptures!

Students and friends are invited to Gustavus at A.H. Anderson Hall for…¬†Art Talk¬†6-7pm¬†and Music play-time at 7-8pm.¬†Outdoor Musical Playground Sculptures made by 4th-5th-6th-grade Students from Minnesota New Country School (MNCS) in Henderson, MN. —– Art Education Advisor MNCS- Project Grant designer, Kiersten Dahl-Shetka (Gustavus¬†Grad) and Visiting Design Engineer Peter Kuhlman, will speak on the project’s origin, the collaborative teams created, and the magic that happens when Art, Engineering and Machining metal is combined with creative, project based thinking students. Students engaged in a CAD system made for kids (TinkerCad), visited a machinist studio (AA Precision Tooling) and saw how to cut and shape metal. They were inspired to design a sculpture that was for outdoor use and it could sing (with the help of a swinging mallet). They created multiple ideas, brainstormed cooperative designs, drew and painted blue prints, then built their 3-D designs and installed (played) them for their presentation night at MNCS.¬† If you like to invent, create, and play music on non-traditional instruments then come and get inspired. Talk at¬†6-7pm, play instruments after! —– Any questions, email Kiersten at ¬†kdahlshetka@newcountryschool.com

POSTED ON MON 3-27-17: Reminders & Happenings!

This Friday, March 31st is the LAST DAY TO ORDER MNCS GEAR this year! Order ONLINE at:  http://shophenderson.weebly.com/store/c8/MNCS_Apparel.html

The order website will be open for the month of March — gear orders will be in no later than mid-April. The website has the option of adding a name to your item(s) for an additional $3 per item. Questions? Please contact¬†Reta Lind or Joan Skelly at the High School at #507-248-3353.

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Henderson Legion Post 74 PINEWOOD DERBY is happening this month! This Friday, March 31st is the deadline to register and pay the $10 fee (includes car kit & race entry). Rules sheet & registration form will be sent home with interested kids OR parents may email Trish to request info be sent home with your child. Race Day is on Saturday, April 22nd from 9AM-to-NOON at the Roadhaus Event Center in Henderson. Have fun showing off your design & engineering skills at the Pinewood Derby!
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WED, APRIL 5TH — MNCS SCHEDULED EARLY RELEASE at 1PM.
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6TH-GRADE (ONLY) PRESENTATION NIGHT — TUESDAY, APRIL 11TH from 6PM-8PM. Only 6th-graders present this night, but all are welcome to attend! Come support our oldest elementary students as they prepare to show off their final projects.
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NO SCHOOL / SPRING BREAK — APRIL 13TH to APRIL 17TH.¬†

POSTED ON FRI 3-17-17: A Few Quick Announcements!

Check out the ***NEW*** MNCS GEAR ORDER FORM — it’s all ONLINE at:¬†http://shophenderson.weebly.com/store/c8/MNCS_Apparel.html

MNCS Gear Order.JPGThe website will be open for the month of March. Orders will be in no later than mid-April. Have questions? Please contact Reta Lind or Joan Skelly at the High School at 507-248-3353.

USE AMAZON SMILE TO SUPPORT MNCS! A percentage of all purchases made through this link  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/41-1782696  will benefit MNCS and our all-school Breakfast Initiative, to give kids a healthy start to their day.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR WAS A SUCCESS! We raised over $800+ to purchase new books and supplies for our school. We thank you, thank you, thank you for raising readers and getting hundreds of books into the hands of kids.

NUTS & BOLTS aka PTA Parents monthly meeting on Monday, March 20th from 6p-7p at the High School. Join us! All are welcome.


POSTED ON THURS 3-16-17: Jump Rope for (a Healthy) Heart!

A NOTE FROM JEN CUCURULLO, Youth Market Director, American Heart Assoc, Mankato

Did you know that our entire school is about to officially kick-off our Jump Rope for Heart with the American Heart Association this year?¬† Yes, that‚Äôs right!¬† It‚Äôs time to go WILD about heart health and save lives.¬†In just one week, on¬†Thursday, March 23rd, the American Heart Association will be coming to Minnesota New Country School to help kick off our Jump Rope for Heart initiative. ¬†Jump Rope for Heart is a program specifically designed to promote heart health in our students while also helping kids with special hearts.¬†We will learn about how the heart works, how exercise can be fun and how raising money can save lives!¬† It’s time to get ready for our school kick-off as we join the American Heart Association and learn that being active equals fun all while raising money to save lives in our own community.

If your family chooses to participate in getting donations (optional), you can start now by supporting the Jump Rope for Heart Campaign and raise donations for the American Heart Association to continue the fight against heart disease!

Need to register your student online?  No problem. Here are four easy steps to be on your way to fundraising and saving lives.

  1. Go to http://jumphoops2017mwa.kintera.org/minnesotadaycountry
  2. Click on “Sign Up”
  3. Create a username and password and then fill out the registration form
  4. Share your personal fundraising link with friends and family right away.

Once your student has their donation page then login to take the Zoo Crew E-card Challenge or the Zoo Crew Daily Mission to unlock cool things in your expedition! Thank you for joining us as we challenge each other to keep our heart healthy and raise money for kids with special hearts.

Thank you so much for supporting our school and the American Heart Association. We know you can do this!


POSTED ON WED 3-8-17: Presentation Day tmrw (Thurs) 1PM at Roadhaus!

TOMORROW! All-school performance & musical for Elem Presentation Day. On Thursday — tomorrow — starting promptly at 1pm at the Roadhaus Event Center. Come early to get your parking spot and your seat, and plan to stay for student presentations and the Scholastic Book Fair! If your child is leaving with you from the Roadhaus, you will need to “check out” your child at the door with Trish before leaving.¬†The E-Team is so pumped to share this day with all of you!
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WARNING!! NAG ALERT!! Advisors & staff stress that kids still need to have cold weather gear, coats, hats, mitts at school. Today it was a very windy & cold 16degrees windchill at recess and our students go outside multiple times a day. Thank you for helping us keep MNCS healthy, safe and active!
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NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY 3-10-17! For scheduled staff development day.

POSTED ON FRI 3-3-17: Scholastic Book Fair is here!

Pick out a few new books for the young people in your life ‚ÄĒ and support MNCS at the same time! We have a goal of getting 200+ new books in the hands of kids AND we‚Äôll raise hundreds of dollars to expand our school and classroom libraries. It‚Äôs a win-win! Affordable and awesome selection of engaging, level-appropriate titles.
Please share this email with grandparents, family near and far, and anyone in your circle who loves books! Click this link for all the MNCS Book Fair details:   http://www.scholastic.com/bf/minnesotanewcountryschool

POSTED ON TUES 2-28-17: March Lunch & Events Calendar & other Hoppenings!

Hello MNCS friends and families!¬† Attached HERE, and sent home in backpacks, is the March Lunch Menu & Events Calendar.¬† Check it out, circle your lunch choices and payment option, return to Front Desk, and we’ll make a copy and sent it home to keep on your frig! ¬†Please note these important items on the March calendar:
*** EARLY RELEASE TMRW / WED MARCH 1ST AT 1PM for scheduled staff development ‚úŹ
*** SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS COMING TO MNCS on March 6th-7th-8th-9th! Spread the word far and wide — PLUS the public is welcome. All proceeds will benefit our school $$ Keep an eye out for a separate email with info on ordering through our Online Book Fair option, if you can’t attend our Book Fair in person $$ Kids can bring money to school to spend on books any day next week! Also check out the Book Fair at Presentation Day (Thurs March 9th at Roadhaus see below) and plan to pick out a few new titles for your child’s classroom or home library¬†ūüďö
*** THURSDAY MARCH 9TH IS ELEM PRESENTATION DAY AT THE ROADHAUS EVENT CENTER,¬†please note location change. Our all-school play & musical “The E-Team” performance will begin promptly at 1PM. Our singers, actors, artists, directors, and prop team have been working hard to bring this play to life! Come early to get your seat¬†ūüėé
*** NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH for scheduled Staff Conversation Day.
*** CHILI & SALSA COOK-OFF ON SATURDAY, MARCH 11TH from 5p-7p at MNCS High School. Contact Joan Skelly at 507-248-3353 x222 for more info or to enter your recipe!
*** NUTS & BOLTS AKA PTA MEETING-OF-THE-MINDS ON MONDAY, MARCH 20TH! At the High School from 6PM-7PM. We’re looking for some additional Elem & High School parents to join in the fun & keep our supporting-kids momentum going! Email Trish at ¬†FrontDesk@newcountryschool.com¬† if you’d like to be added to our Nuts & Bolts contact list¬†ūüďĆ
That’s all for now. Thank you for sharing your children with us! We appreciate you. In the spirit of community,
~~ the E(lementary)-Team

 POSTED ON WED 2-15-17: Sneetches play tmrw / Thurs and other important Save-the-Dates!

TMRW / 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:
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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! ūüôā
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.
MNCS WEBSITE ::: Check it out at www.newcountryschool.com !
REPORTING ILLNESS OR ABSENCES ::: If your child will be absent from school, call the Front Desk at 507-868-0071 x0 OR email frontdesk@newcountryschool.com 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!
WINTER EXTRAVAGANZA DEC. 10TH at High School 10am to 3pm — come and shop! Or sign-up to help at the event at:¬†http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4aa9ae2faaf85-winter1
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 ‚ÄėMNCS‚Äô under ‚ÄėLists‚Äô 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 ‚ÄúSupporting.‚ÄĚ ¬†If it does not say ‚ÄúMinnesota New Country School‚ÄĚ, hover over ‚ÄúSupporting‚ÄĚ and click ‚ÄúChange your charity.‚ÄĚ ¬†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 Formfor 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 ūüôā Experience Week is sooooo fun, and a lil tiny bit exhausting… thank you for your cooperation.)
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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!
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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:
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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)
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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 ūüôā
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***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 ūüôā ¬†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¬†kathleenswenson@newcountryschool.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 ūüôā 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. ¬† asonnek@newcountryschool.com
** If you have not set up your profile, this link has FAQs and instructions on how to setup your profile:honeywell-instant-alert-help-faq-sheet-oct-2016

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…. ūüôā
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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….)
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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
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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:::¬†Click HERE¬†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.
CHECK US OUT ON FACEBOOK & OUR WEBSITE ::: Be sure to “like” us on Facebook at¬†¬†https://www.facebook.com/Minnesota-New-Country-School-MNCS-107945515908353/¬†¬†for another way to stay informed about what’s up at MNCS. You can also check out our website at¬†www.newcountryschool.com¬†.

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 :::¬†Click ¬†HERE 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
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Click links below for the EARLY RELEASE BUS SCHEDULES:

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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

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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.