Announcements – Elementary

POSTED on 10-30-17: Halloween & Happenings for this & next week!

THIS WED, NOV. 1ST ::: Reminder about scheduled EARLY RELEASE DAY (Elem releases at 1:15p) ::: See Early Release bus schedules below:
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HALLOWEEN ON TUES, OCT. 31ST ::: Students & staff may wear (or bring) school-appropriate costumes, without gore or weapons please! ::: All classes will be trick-or-treating in downtown Henderson in the afternoon. Weather looks chilly so coats will likely be worn outside over costumes 😉
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COLD WEATHER GEAR! ::: Please help your devoted E-Team by sending your child to school with weather-appropriate clothing and gear. Warm coats, hats, mittens, and soon snowpants & boots! Classes go outside EVERY DAY and prepared (warm) students make for happier outdoors playtime. Thank you in advance for your cooperation & help on this!
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VETERAN’S DAY program at Hilltop Elem in Henderson ::: Thurs, Nov. 9th in the morning ::: This is an optional outing, all K-6th classes will be attending. Please email your child’s advisor to let them know if you DO NOT want your child to attend.
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ELEM EXPERIENCE WEEK Nov. 13th-17th ::: Each class has different outings planned for this week or experiences. ::: Keep an eye out for info fro your child’s advisor about this week’s planned activities & costs.
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Rock on! Any questions or concerns, please be in touch with us anytime, by email or at school at 507-868-0071.

POSTED on 10-24-17: This Friday Luceline orchard trip cancelled 😦

Cancelled 😦 A quick note about this Friday and Luceline Orchard experience outing: Weather this week and especially Friday looks iffy and quite winter-y cold and possibly wet. Staff has decided to cancel this all-day outdoor trip, for these reasons. If your child already paid their $6 (for orchard) we will credit $6 to their next trip with fees — if you paid with cash and prefer we send the $6 back home with your child, please respond to this email.
** Any child who circled (pre-ordered) a school lunch on the October menu calendar will still be served a School Lunch on Friday. Any questions, please be in touch. Thank you! **

POSTED on 10-24-17: From Nuts & Bolts about tonight’s meeting!

Hello anyone interested in Nuts & Bolts (MNCS parent group)! We will meet tonight from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the St. Peter Library conference room. (The conference room is the large one in the corner right by the library entrance.) The main topic tonight will be preparing the grab bags for the Chili Cook-Off on November 11th. We will also talk about a silent auction entry from Nuts & Bolts.  Bring your best ideas!

See you tonight — Jen and Angel


POSTED on 10-23-17: Chili & Salsa Cook-Off plus volunteer Sign-Up Genius!

Sending out an APB to our greater MNCS community: WE NEED YOUR HELP! Every year, the crowd gathers at MNCS High School to sample and delight in some of the best chili this side of the Minnesota River! Salsa too! You do not want to miss out on this…

WHEN:  Saturday, November 11th in the evening over the dinner hour!

WHAT:  Chili & Salsa Cook-Off fundraiser plus music & silent auction

WHERE:  210 Main Street in Henderson (at MNCS High School)

WHO:  All are invited! To enter the chili & salsa contest! To eat! To volunteer!

*** Interested volunteers, please click the link below to pick your volunteer shift:

Please help us spread the word about this fun family & community event. GOT QUESTIONS? Contact Joan Skelly at jskelly@newcountryschool.com anytime.

 


POSTED on 10-23-17: Message from Nurse Kathy re: Flu Shots and Dental Varnishing

Sibley County Public Health and Human Services will again be coming to both MNCS sites again this year to offer flu shots and dental varnishing. 

Flu shots: Only the injectable vaccine is being offered.  They will bill insurance or are requesting a nominal fee for those who are uninsured.  Please read the attached Vaccine Information Statement and complete BOTH sides of the attached Vaccine Administration Record.  If you have insurance, please provide a copy of both sides of your insurance card(s).  If not insured, or if insurance doesn’t cover vaccination, please include $20.00 cash or a check made out to Sibley County Public Health and Human Services.  Donna Kuphal of Sibley County PHHS will be bringing flu shots on Monday afternoon, October 30.
Dental varnishing:  Sibley County will bill Medical Assistance (MA), South Country Health Alliance, Prime West, or U-Care, but they are not able to accept private insurance for this program. The cost for those who want to pay privately is $14.00 per application. Three applications will be offered this school year, beginning in late October/November.  Please complete both sides of the attached Dental Varnish Enrollment Form, including either MA information or $42.00 (three applications @$14.00 each) cash or check made out to Sibley County Public Health and Human Services.  If you have any questions about the dental varnishing program, please contact Jane Bruns at 507-237-4000, extension 7429.
Forms should be turned in by Wednesday, October 25.  If you’d like a printed copy of the required forms, please email me at kathleenswenson@newcountryschool.com.
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you!
Kathleen Swenson, LPN
Health Services Coordinator

Minnesota New Country School, ISD #4007

Phone:  507-248-3353, ext 224     Fax: 507-248-3604


 POSTED on 10-16-17: Conferences this M-Tu-W reminder!

Hello October! You’re a beautiful thing, October. We hope our MNCS families are enjoying this time of year, because our E-Team sure is… It’s MNCS “block break” (Oct 16th-20th) and also conference time, with this friendly reminder:
Your MNCS Elem advisors have been hard at work preparing for your child(ren)’s fall conferences! Scheduled conference times were emailed out to all parents/guardians a few weeks ago — if you need, you may search for “conference” and your child’s first name in your email account to locate this email and specific info.
We thank you for bringing your child along to conferences, so they can help take the lead in their learning and their progress and goal-setting for the rest of the school year. Advisors can be reached by email, if you have any questions about conferences or scheduling.

POSTED on 10-11-17: Happenings & Reminders!

THURSDAY OCT 12TH is MNCS Presentation Night ::: From 5:30p-6:30p at Elem (with Smashed Food Truck in elem parking lot starting at 4:30p, with food for purchase) and at High School from 6:45p-8:45p (with soup fundraiser $5 starting at 6pm at HS sponsored by Speech Team). Invite your friends, family & neighbors, to see all the project-based learning & cool stuff happening at our school.
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MCGOWAN’S HISTORY FEST & CHAPERONES INFO ::: Friday Oct 13th all day, all grades K-6th. Please send in your child’s signed waiver and $6/kid for this trip, if you haven’t done so already. Kids should bring a lunch from home or we’ll provide one IF you pre-ordered & already paid for a School Sack Lunch. Students need to be to school on time (by 8:15AM!) so they don’t miss the bus to McGowan’s!
PLEASE NOTE! Important info below for all History Fest chaperones / parents:
*** Please drive on your own & meet us at McGowan’s Farm. Address is: 20002 HAWKEYE LANE, MANKATO. Plan to be at McGowan’s BY 9AM, park your car in their car lot, and then meet the MNCS busses at the Bus Parking Zone.
*** All chaperones will be assigned a small group of MNCS Elem students for the day. Event guidelines & History Fest maps will be handed out by our advisors so you can make your plan to explore together. It’s a very busy and very fun day!
*** Chaperones: Don’t forget to bring a lunch! Classes will meet up to eat lunch together near the Bus Parking Zone, between 11:30a-12:30p. 
*** Time to leave History Fest is 2PM so please return to the Bus Parking Zone at 1:45p to load busses & do final head counts. Any child leaving with their parents/guardians MUST check out with their child’s advisor. THANK YOU for your assistance on this!
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NO SCHOOL ALL WEEK OCT 16th-20th ::: Conferences scheduled for M-TU-W for 45mins. Be sure to bring your child along so they can help lead their conference! Any questions about your conference time, please email your child’s advisor directly.
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PICTURE DAY IS THURSDAY OCT 26TH ::: Mark your calendars! Don’t forget to wear your smile! 🙂

POSTED on 10-3-17: A WHOLE HEAP O’ ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Tmrw! Reminder for MNCS (scheduled) Early Release Day ::: Tmrw / Wed, Oct 4th! (and every first Wed of the month) ::: Students dismissed at High School at 1:05p and Elem 1:10p. Early Release Bus schedules below:

Presentation Night ::: NEXT WEEK Thurs, Oct 12th! ::: Elem (open-house-style) from 5:30p-6:30p (**please note corrected time**) and then High School from 6:45p-8:45p. Smashed Food Truck will be set up in Elem parking lot beforehand for purchase (thanks to PTA aka Nuts&Bolts!) and a Soup Supper Fundraiser held at HS (thanks to HS Speech Team!) before presentations.
McGowan’s History Fest field trip on Friday, Oct 13th all day! ::: Cost is $6 per child, payable to MNCS. If you have not returned your child’s “waiver of liability form” signed, please do so asap. We welcome lots of parents / chaperones for this trip — super fun day and always a favorite outing of the year! No cost for adults to attend but we ask that you please drive separately to McGowan’s Farm as bus space is very limited.
Elem Fall Conferences scheduled for M-Tu-W, Oct 16-17-18! ::: Can it be?! We’re already through our first “block” of the school year?! Keep an eye out today / tmrw for an email from Trish at Elem Front Desk, with your child(ren)’s scheduled conference time(s). Thank you in advance for making these advisor-student-parent conferences a priority. We are proud to consistently have awesome family attendance at our MNCS Elem conferences — says a lot about our MNCS community of learners!

NO SCHOOL WEEK OF OCTOBER 16TH-20TH FOR CONFERENCES & MEA BREAK! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

MNCS Gear (t-shirts, hats, etc) Order online store will be open until October 13th! ::: Please place orders and pay for online. If you don’t see what you want feel free to stop at Evolutions shop in dwtn Henderson (kitty corner from MNCS High School). ORDER LINK HERE: http://shophenderson.weebly.com/store/c12/MNCS_Fall_2017.html

School Picture Day at MNCS is Thurs, October 26th! ::: (retakes are on 12-5-17) Lifetouch order forms will go home with students this week. Also find the order form here just in case: MNCS Lifetouch Order Form 10-26-17

5th Annual Chili & Salsa Cook-off coming up in November! ::: Looking for a REALLY FUN way to get involved in your child’s school? How about cooking up your favorite chili or salsa recipe? Donating a silent auction item? Or volunteering during the event? Click on this Sign-Up Genius link to get involved: www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4aa9ae2faaf85-chili1If you have any questions or need chili / salsa entry forms, contact Joan Skelly atjskelly@newcountryschool.com
 
MNCS Winter Extravaganza coming up in December! ::: We’re looking for MNCS families that sell crafts, unique product or direct sales that would like to rent a table for MNCS 5th Annual Winter Extravaganza on Saturday, December 9th. Contact Joan Skelly for more information atjskelly@newcountryschool.com
Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC) is offering youth scholarshipsup to $300 for art, music, dance classes or lessons! See http://www.plrac.org/grants.html for applications.
THAT’S ALL FOR NOW, FOLKS! ROCK ON. FROM, YOUR E~TEAM

POSTED on 9-29-17: October Lunch Menu & Events Calendar, plus PayForIt.net expansion!

CLICK HERE for the October Lunch Menu & BONUS Events Calendar! A copy was also sent home in backpacks / folders today (Friday). Please choose which meals for your child, return to school with corresponding payment, then we will make a copy of the calendar for you and send it back asap to keep on your frig. Great way to stay informed and on top of school happenings and scheduling / lunches for your family!
** WWW.PAYFORIT.NET will be available to pay for two of our pre-scheduled field trip experiences in October (McGowan’s History Fest and Luceline Orchard). If you want to use this online payment service (for a small fee) for either lunches or field trip fees, please contact Trish at the Elem Front Desk, for a quick guide to setting up your account online.

POSTED on 9-26-17: All-school to Stages Theatre THIS FRIDAY!

The elementary has our first ALL-SCHOOL field trip Experience Friday, this week on FRIDAY, SEPT 29TH — to see “The Hobbit” at Stages Theatre in Hopkins! All grades / classes / staff will be attending, and there is NO COST for this trip.
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We have very limited tickets for this theatre trip, so unfortunately we will not be asking for parent chaperones for this trip. (Coming up in October we have trips to McGowan’s History Fest and LuceLine Orchard — we would love to have you join us as chaperones for those outings! The more, the merrier, especially at History Fest on Friday, Oct. 13th.)
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FRIDAY TRIP LUNCH NOTE: IF your child ordered Hot (School) Lunch for this Friday (on the menu calendar order form thingy) THEN a School Sack Lunch will be PROVIDED for your child for this trip/outing. Everyone else (who did not pre-order Hot School lunch on calendar thingy) should pack a lunch from home for Friday, including a drink or water bottle. Milk is not served on all-day field trips. Any questions about this, please contact Trish at the Front Desk anytime!
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Please have students to school on time for Stages trip Friday, as the field trip busses will begin to board at 8:15am. Students & staff will be gone all day, and return to school at the end of the day at 3pm. We’re looking forward to a great day together, at Stages and then a picnic play day in the Cities in the afternoon. Weather looks good!
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** This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. **

POSTED on 9-22-17: MNCS Gear Order Online Store!

Order your custom MNCS clothing: t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, sweatpants etc. Ordering will be open until October 13th, 2017. Please use link below to place order and make payment all online. If you don’t see an item/color you want, feel free to stop in at Evolution Printing on Henderson main street (kitty-corner from MNCS High School).

http://shophenderson.weebly.com/store/c12/MNCS_Fall_2017.html

Once ready, gear orders will be delivered to school and then handed out to students to take home!

POSTED on 9-22-17: Friday Check-In, plus Lunch & Milk info!

Hello MNCS Elementary families & friends! We’re wrapping up our FOURTH WEEK of school today, and WOW! We’re beat. But we’re having a blast. 
Currently, as we speak on this sunny Friday afternoon, MNCS Elem students & staff are…
** Baking tasty apple crisp with our very own MNCS Orchard apples,
** Teaching teddy bears how to be safe & respectful 1st- and 2nd-graders,
** Lounging in the air-conditioning after a hot & sweaty day of recess,
** Reading, laughing, and playing games together during Chill Time,
** Hanging out with & helping Mrs. Dahl-Shetka clean up the Spin Art paint machine,
** Working out solutions to some interpersonal & friendship issues that arose this week.
Just another day in the life of MNCS! 🙂
A few reminders & housekeeping issues to wrap-up the week:
CALLING KIDS IN SICK ::: Please call the Front Desk at 507-868-0071 x0 or email  frontdesk@newcountryschool.com  to let us know if your child will be sick/absent from school. Thank you for doing this in the morning as soon as possible, so our staff is informed and aware of our students’ whereabouts. Thank you for your help on this!
PERSONAL WATER BOTTLES FOR SCHOOL ::: It’s important for our kids to stay hydrated for learning & health, and each child having their own personal water bottle helps us to make this happen. If you have not already, please label & send a water bottle in to school for your student. We have special bottle-filler water fountains for this purpose — cheers to maximum hydration!
LUNCH & MILK ORDERING (PLUS BONUS EVENTS CALENDAR!) ::: Attached below is another copy of the Lunch Menu Calendar. Even if your child does not eat School / Hot Lunch, please check this Calendar out each month when it comes home or into your email inbox — on it you’ll find pre-planned events/outings/trips, school schedule highlights (early releases, no-school breaks etc) and other info that is useful information for all to know! How-to instructions for ordering & paying for lunches/milk are outlined on the top of this calendar/menu so check it out and call or email Trish at Front Desk with any questions.
 
MILK SUBSCRIPTIONS are available for purchase, at a cost of $50/year for 1/milk/day or $100/year for 2/milks/day. Please make checks out to “MNCS” if you have not done so already. PLEASE NOTE: Families approved for Free or Reduced lunches qualify for one free milk a day for their student(s).
 
APPLYING FOR FREE OR REDUCED LUNCHES ::: A one-page application must be completed in order to receive Free or Reduced 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 2017-18 lunch status by mail (a letter will be mailed to those approved for Free or Reduced) or by email (if you do not qualify). 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.
 
That’s all for now. Enjoy your weekend! Be good to each other! Make new friends! And lastly, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR CHILDREN WITH US. We know you have other choices, and are thankful you have chosen to be a part of our growing MNCS community.
 
In the spirit of community,
~~ your MNCS E(lementary)-Team

POSTED on 9-5-17: Tmrw (Wed Sept 6th) Early Release as scheduled!

Early Release (scheduled) — Wednesday, September 6th dismissal at 1:05 (for High School / Secondary) and at 1:15pm for Elementary. See bus schedules Below:

Palmer Early Release Schedule:  Early Release Palmer Bus Schedule 17-18

Trailblazer Early Release Schedule:  Early Release Trailblazer Schedule 17-18


POSTED on 8-23-17: All-School Picnic Thurs, Sept 7th at 5pm!

A note from Joan Skelly and the Outreach Team:
The ALL SCHOOL PICNIC will be on Thursday, September 7th 2017.
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. At Bender Park (behind MNCS High School), stay tuned for an email and/or Facebook post if any changes.
Families with the LAST NAME that starts with A-M please bring a salad, and N-Z please bring a dessert. Sloppy Joes will be donated by Radermacher’s in LeSueur.

POSTED on 8-3-17 from MNCS Nuts&Bolts PTA group: Breakfast Stock-Up!

A message from our MNCS Nuts&Bolts team:
Help stock the MNCS Breakfast Pantry! Please see attached flyer and list of items needed. Nuts&Bolts says Thank You, and all are welcome to Nuts&Bolts gathering next Tues, Aug 22nd from 6p-7p at the St. Peter Public Library.

POSTED on 8-3-17: Does your family have any CONTACT INFO that needs to be updated?

A quick note & request to all MNCS Elem families: Please return email us ASAP — at  frontdesk@newcountryschool.com  — IF you have any new or updated MAIN CONTACT INFO such as:
** Mailing address
** Parent phone number(s)
** Parent email address(es)
No need to be in touch with us, if your main info has stayed the same! Thank you in advance for your cooperation & assistance on this.

 POSTED on 8-2-17: A “Back-to-School Checklist” article!

Check out this resource to make sure all of your back-to-school goals are in place:

POSTED on 7-19-17: Welcome our new 2017-18 advisors!

Exciting MNCS Elementary news to share with all of you! We have hired three new Elem Advisors for our 2017-18 school year — let’s give them a big Minnesota New Country School welcome:
Sirena Woyt — Kindergarten advisor
Jane Hibscher — Middle Elem advisor (grades 2 & 3)
Vanessa Tompkins — Upper Elem advisor (grades 4 & 5)
Check out their staff bios on our MNCS website to learn a little about each of them:  https://newcountryschool.com/home/elementary/about-2/elementary-staff/
Sirena, Jane and Vanessa join our returning MNCS Elem staff consisting of:
Kiersten Dahl-Shetka (art & music specialist)
Kelsie Halvorsen (grades 1 & 2)
Aaron Grimm (grades 5 & 6)
Doug Anderson (intervention specialist)
Sara Westphal (special education)
Chrissy Sheets (special education)
Diann Wiederich (special education)
Kylie Kuhlman (school social worker)
Christopher Johnson (behavior interventionist)
Nancy Haas (paraprofessional)
Karen Swenson (paraprofessional)
Laura Boelter (paraprofessional)
Kathleen Swenson (health services)
Nick Ryan (technology services)
Joan Skelly (education & events coordinator)
Trish Hiscock-Austin (front desk & office admin)
*** An update on Mrs. Terry Kroehler, our Kindergarten advisor last school year 2016-17: Terry is making the big move to California along with her husband Keven. We are sad to see her go but thrilled that soon she’ll be back near the ocean and beaches of California, which is where she grew up. Goodbye snow boots…. helloooo sand-in-your-toes! We at MNCS wish Terry & her family all the best in this next adventure. *** 
Also, school supply lists for 2017-18 are now posted on our website as well:  https://newcountryschool.com/home/elementary/school-supply-lists
If you are unsure of your child’s advisor / classroom for this coming 2017-18 school year, please email us anytime at  frontdesk@newcountryschool.com  for more info, or with any other questions you may have.
If you are receiving this email in error, please reply email to let us know so that we can update our email addresses and lists. Thank you very much!
Wishing you all well AND in the spirit of community,
~~ the E-Team (aka the “elementary” team) at MNCS

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 🙂 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 🙂
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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 🙂


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. – Discussion with High School Advisor Paul Jaeger and Art Education Advisor MNCS- Project Grant designer, Kiersten Dahl-Shetka (Gustavus Grad) on Individual – VS – Teacher 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’s right!  It’s 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 — and support MNCS at the same time! We have a goal of getting 200+ new books in the hands of kids AND we’ll raise hundreds of dollars to expand our school and classroom libraries. It’s 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 ✏
*** 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 📚
*** 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 😎
*** 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 📌
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” playhere. 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! 🙂
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 ‘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 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 🙂 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 🙂
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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 🙂  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 🙂 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…. 🙂
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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.