Parents, Friends, Community Members, Alumni, Join Our Band

Please join our 5th Grade Band on Thursday, April 30, 2015. The musical selections have been chosen for this year's Community Celebration. "America the Beautiful" by Samuel A. Ward arr. Higgins, "Popcorn Prelude" Mike Hannickel, "Jester Dance" Mekel Rogers, "Majestica" Brian Balmages,  "St. Anthony Chorale" attributed to Franz Joseph Haydn arr. Mark Williams, "Cabaret" from the musical Cabaret by John Kander, "Surfin' U.S.A." music by Chuck Berry arr. Michael Sweeney.

Parts available are: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba and Percussion. Percussionists will need to supply snare drum and bell kit. Many percussionists are needed this year.

Music can be picked up beginning Monday, February 23, 2015 in the school office.

Rehearsal will be on Thursday evening, April 30 in the gym from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Community Celebration will begin at 6:45 p.m. with the band.

Thank you for joining us for this fun evening!

State Senator Vicki Jensen Visits Nerstrand School

Minnesota State Senator Vicki Jensen was a guest at Nerstrand School today. Senator Jensen was given a tour of our school by two of our student ambassadors. The ambassadors described some of the many things that make Nerstrand school so unique, such as our multi-age classrooms, our K-5 family based homerooms, daily instruction in music and phy-ed for all students, and the many opportunities our students have to be involved in their school through student committee participation.

After the tour, Senator Jensen met with Director, Lori Arndt and Business Manager, Keith Johnson to discuss small school revenue for charter schools, a legislative proposal which would positively impact Nerstrand School.

Open Enrollment for Fall 2015

Nerstrand Elementary is accepting applications through March 6, for the annual charter school enrollment lottery.

Please call the school office with any questions, or to schedule a tour. Simply click on the 'Apply Now' button on the homepage to complete an enrollment application.

Thank you for your interest in Nerstrand School!

Annual School PTO Carnival

Annual Nerstrand Elementary School P.T.O. Carnival
Friday, January 30th, 2015 from  6:00  - 8:00 p.m. at the School
Bingo - Carnival Games - Silent Auction - Food - Fun for All!
Come and see our school in a relaxed atmosphere!
Now through March 6th accepting applications for Fall 2015 enrollment!
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Harvest Parade

Students and staff are looking forward to the annual Harvest Parade Celebration, hosted by local businesses in Nerstrand on Friday, October 31 at 1pm.

Curriculum Night

A parent-only evening on Monday, October 6th, 6 - 7pm (PTO meeting to follow at 7pm). We encourage parents to participate in this crucial introduction to your child's year, held in the gym, classrooms, and music room. Learn more about school wide curriculum and programs, and meet with teachers. 

Annual Open House - August 28

We are looking forward with excitement to kicking off the start of a new school year! We invite you to attend the Nerstrand School Annual Open House—before the start of the school year! Please mark your calendars for a wonderful Open House evening on Thursday, August 28, from 6 – 7 p.m.

We extend a special welcome to families who are new to Nerstrand Elementary School. New parents are invited to stay after the Open House for a meeting in the Media Center from 7 – 7:30 p.m. for an opportunity to be provided with information about school and answer questions. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns.

Kinder Go Round will be taking place during the morning of August 28th to welcome the new Prairie students. Kindergarten parents are encouraged to also attend Open House in the evening, where children will have an opportunity to meet their K-5 homeroom teachers.

Kindergarten and First Grade Multiage Moves Forward

In building on our successes at Nerstrand Elementary, we have been transitioning the multiage grade configurations for the past two years to offer a consistent experience for all students that is aligned to our school mission. Our mission to provide a nurturing, multiage environment which fosters collaboration and character development, has led us to look comprehensively at grade configuration. 

Last school year, Savannah (which was previously grades 1 - 3) transitioned to a grades two and three multiage. We call the kindergarten and first grade experience ‘Prairie’, using the team name for two grade levels represented -- the same way that we do for each of our other teams: Savannah’ for grades two and three, and ‘Woodlands’ for grades four and five. 

Since the beginning of this school year the kindergarten and first grade students have been learning together in multiage groups during specialist time for physical education and music. Beginning second semester, their learning in science and social studies themes began as multiage groups. Math will remain at grade level, as is also the case in Savannah and Woodlands.

Educational research indicates that students benefit both academically and emotionally from being placed in multiage classrooms. Multiage classrooms and homeroom experiences are among the things that make Nerstrand Elementary student learning experience unique. 

The Nerstrand School Board is committed to transitioning the kindergarten and first grades to multiage to strengthen the overall learning experience by offering it consistently at each level. Next Fall, the K-1 students will begin the school year, in a multiage classroom, like the other teams. 

The Nerstrand School Board believes that the transition to kindergarten and first grade multiage learning will allow students to build on their successes effectively throughout their learning continuum at Nerstrand Elementary. We are excited about the multiage transition work and the opportunity to offer continuity to the experience in ways that strengthen the learning outcomes for all students.