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.


Art Adventure Program Comes to Nerstrand School

Kurt Klett presents Maggie's students with A Rainy Day on Hennepin Ave. circa 1902

The Art Adventure Program introduces K-6 students to works of art from a variety of cultures. Trained school volunteers visit classrooms with posters of art relating to a common theme, such as animals, celebrations, or relationships. This year the theme is How People Lived. This program is a way of bringing works of art that can't leave the museum into elementary school classrooms. Each of the ten Art Adventure reproduction sets features eight works of art chosen around a theme of particular interest to children. A Picture Person in a volunteer from the school community who presents the reproductions in the classrooms. Before they visit any classrooms, Picture People come to the museum for a training session on the reproduction set their school will be using that year.  The Picture Person encourages the children first and foremost to look at the reproduction and talk about what they see. They will facilitate the discussion with thoughtful open-ended questions and related props rather than delivering "lecture" style information.Picture Person presentations provide students with a rare opportunity to spend time looking at art and express what they see in words. Students gain confidence in their ability to find meaning in artifacts from a wide range of world cultures. They practice seeing things from another person's point of view, whether it's their classmate's or the artist's. They feel the thrill of meeting an old friend when they later come upon familiar objects at the museum. And, not least, they enjoy meaningful contact with a visiting member of the school

Holiday Sharing Project

As you step into out school these days, the halls are filled with many happy children practicing their holiday program songs. Or maybe you notice the smell of tempra paint. Why you ask? The children are busily drawing and painting some of the background pictures that will be used for the program. As you travel on down the breezeway you will notice decorated garland hanging from the ceiling and a decorated tree in the greenhouse. But these are not just any decorations. These decorations are hats, mittens and golves that will be donated to St. Vincent DePaul, in Faribault, and given to children and families in need. Our holiday program this year is titled, "The Snow Tree" and focuses on the gift of giving. In that spirit, we are asking for donations of new hats, gloves, and mittens for individuals who are in need. This is an opportunity for our school family to support this local program and help children and adults to stay warm during the winter months. Over the years, we have been impressed by how these projects collectively unite students, while at the same time teaching them the value of giving to those in need. The donations will be delivered to the St. Vincent DePaul facility in Faribault on Friday, December 20th in the morning. We have a good start, but need many more items to reach our goal. If you can help, please send unwrapped hats, mittens, or gloves to school before the 20th of December and let's see if we can fill the garland and tree. And of course, we would like to see you at our Holiday Program which will be on December 19 at 12:45 and 6:45 PM.

Our Tipi Experience as Told By Larry

Once every three years at Nerstrand School we set up the tipi to study and reflect on the life of the Dakota
Indians who lived in this area along the Straight and Cannon Rivers.  They were members of the Wapakute
Tribe.  Their villages moved often, always in rythum with nature and the seasons of the year.
We will share what life was like for a Dakota family and how the children learned their role as a member of the village where they lived.  The food we serve
will depend on how sucessful this seasons hunt will be. It was always that way for the Wapakute.
The Dakota had a very strong sense of community.They often had to work together, travel together, hunt together and share their food.  Great celebrations
were held for important events.  We remember the Dakota for all these things but most of all we remember them as survivors in a very harsh enviroment