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A New Year Begins

Dear Families,

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.  There will be approximately 9 hours and 47 minutes of daylight today.  Within a few days we will start adding more hours of daylight, making our way up to the longest day of the year in June.  It's the time of year that we  take stock and look back over where we've been and what goals we have in the future.

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Enrollment opportunities

We are accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year at this time.

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Contact Information

Nerstrand Elementary School
205 S 2nd Street Nerstrand, MN 55053
507-333-6850 (Office) | 507-333-6870 (Fax)
507-334-5121 (Faribault Transportation)

Our Story

Nerstrand Elementary, the little school by the Big Woods, is a public K-5 elementary charter school located in a rural setting near Faribault, Minnesota.

155 students and their teachers join together in multi-age classrooms to discover project-based, hands-on learning that includes environment studies locally at the Big Woods State Park. Students participate in daily music and physical education instruction. Instrumental music lessons and band is offered to all 5th grade students. Students learn and serve through community related opportunities within the school.

We believe all children can and want to learn. Toward that goal, we take the Responsive Classroom approach to creating a safe, challenging, and joyful educational environment. Responsive Classroom seeks to teach students appropriate ways of getting along with each other as members of the community.

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Daily Schedule

  • 8:15 a.m. – First Bell Rings
  • 8:25 a.m. – Warning Bell
  • 8:30 a.m. – Pledge of Allegiance/Classes Begin
  • 2:40 p.m. – Early Bus Bell
  • 2:50 p.m. – Final Dismissal Bell

Early Dismissal Wednesdays occur periodically throughout the year. Please see calendar for specific dates. Dismissal on these days is at 12:40 p.m. and 12:50 p.m.

Morning Supervision begins at 8:00 a.m. Please do not send your children to school before this time.

Nerstrand Elementary School office hours during the school year are 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Regal Eagles After School Child Care is available on all school days except the last day of school. For more information, please click on the Regal Eagles tab.