Welcome Spring

Dear Families,

Another month has slipped by and it has been a busy one.  Our fifth graders returned from their trip to Wolfridge at the start of the month, and from all accounts it was an amazing trip.  You can read more about it in the Family Update that was sent out earlier this week.

The Savannah team also had their final trip up to Como Zoo as part of the grant they received.  It's been quite a year for the Savannah with their partnership with Como.  I frequently hear it mentioned in my weekly Spotlight Lunches with students as being a highlight of the year.   We are appreciative of our fabulous Savannah team of Tara Vondrasek and Sarah Johnson for making this happen for our students.  In May the entire Prairie and Savannah team will be heading to the Minnesota Zoo for their team field trip, thanks to our incredible PTO.  The Savannah students have learned a great deal about animals during this year.  I am sure they have made memories they will never forget.

MCA testing began this month, and has run very smoothly because of our new high speed internet access.  Next week the Woodlands will complete the reading portion of the assessment and the 3rd grade Savannah students will complete math.  We hope to be finished with all of the state tests by the 14th.  

At our last staff meeting, the teachers scheduled this year's Talent Show.  Mark your calendars for May 30th to see some talented Nerstrand students sing, dance, tell jokes and surprise us with their talent.  This has always been a popular event and more information will be coming home soon.  

Finally, Nerstrand applied for a Reading Corps tutor for the 2017-2018 school year and our application was accepted!  However, we need to hire that tutor.  Flyers will be coming home giving information about being a Reading Corps tutor.  You may be interested in applying for this position, or if you know a retiree,  college student, or high school graduate.  Please let me know if you are interested in finding out more.  These reading tutors work one on one with K-3 graders that need some reading interventions.  Reading Corps is many times referred to as the naitonal Peace Corps.  It's important work, that would really help our students.  Here is a link that gives some more information about being a Reading Corps tutor:  https://www.serveminnesota.org/news-1/2016/1/6/reading-corps-tutors-help-students-become-better-readers

Happy Spring!