Peggy Isaacson


Give To The Max Day



Nerstrand Elementary School is celebrating Give to the Max Day on November 14!

What if you could help our school win $1,000 just by giving ten bucks? On November 14, Give to the Max Day, you can. Your generous support means the world to Nerstrand Elementary School now more than ever. Join us on November 14, Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day, and help us win a $1,000 Golden Ticket. By partnering with GiveMN, an online giving website for Minnesota schools and nonprofit, Nerstrand Elementary School will have 25 chances to maximize your gift on Give to the Max Day!


By making a donation on Give to the Max Day, your gift could help us win one of the hourly drawings for schools to add $1,000 to a person’s randomly selected donation.


At the end of Give to the Max Day, one donation to a school from across Minnesota will be randomly selected for a $10,000 Super-sized Golden Ticket! Help us increase our odds by making your gift on November 14 by visiting and searching for Nerstrand Elementary School Technology Fundraiser!


With the seed planted in 2012 to purchase 12 iPad 2s for our school, we are now dreaming of how learning can be enhanced with a cart of iPad 2s for an entire classroom to use.  The iPad cart will allow our school to bring up to 30 iPad 2 devices to any room in the building, and keep them charged, configured, synced, and updated.  The addition of a full cart of iPads will enable each of our students in a single classroom to have access to this versatile, powerful tool that is changing the face of education. 


Donors can double their funds by donating!  We have received matching funds of up to $2,000.  Together, we hope to raise more than $5,000 on Give to the Max Day and we’re counting on your help! Remember to give November 14th. 


Music, Community Members, Bingo and Cards

What more could you ask for at a Community Coffee? How about students greeting you at the door! That all happened at Nerstrand School on Thursday, November 7 as Ellen and Maggie's Homerooms were the hosts for this after school coffee. Community members were greeted by two Woodland students Kayla and Kendra, from the 5th grade band presenting a Baritone Recital. Community members then went to the Media Center where they were greeted by Holden, Sydney and Natayla who told them about the events that would take place. Guests and students were served cookies, coffee or juice and other treats and then the real fun began playing bingo and cards. We hope you will join us for the next Community Coffee on April 3rd, 2014.

Kindergarten Kids Build a Corn Shock

It was just another day in Kindergarrten on Thursday morning as Larry Richie and his band of Kindergarteners ventured out into the rain to make the annual corn shock that stands tall by the bell. The students put on all their gear and one after another went to Larry's truck to retrieve the corn stalks that would eventually build their big corn shock. Larry talked with the students about why farmers made corn shocks and how they used to pick corn by hand instead of using the big machines we have now. The corn shock turned out great and the squirrels will have a good snack before the winter comes.

Book Bunch at Lunch Returning to Nerstrand

Book Club for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders is returning to Nerstrand School thanks to Jenny Hegseth! Your student/students should have received an informational sheet from Jenny explaining how this book club works. If not, please call the school office and we can get you another sheet. Here is a brief explanation of how this book club will work. 

Once a month, at lunch time, students will get their lunch and bring in down to Tara's classroom. A book is chosen to be read by the students, (it's even a fun way for the family to read aloud the selected book,) and then the book is discussed during our club time. Books can be checked out from the Nerstrand Library, if available, through your local library, purchased at Monkey See, Monkey Read on Main Street in Northfield, (They will give club members 20%  off the selected book) or any other book store of your choosing.  Books will range in price from $5 to $8. The first meeting will be held Monday, October 28th. 

The following is the book list:

October: The Summer of Riley by Eve Bunting

November: The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

December: No Meeting

January: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

February: Dogsong by Gary Paulson

March: Lunch Money by Andrew Clements

April: The BFG by Roald Dahl

If you are interested in joining Book Bunch at Lunch, please return your sheet by October 7th. 


A Pep Fest At Nerstrand School

WOW! What a group of enthusiastic High Schoolers! Faribault Senior High has been celebrating Homecoming week by visiting Elementary Schools and bringing a lot of excitement with them. The Homecoming Court, Pep Band and various students representing their sports brought that excitement to Nerstrand by teaching the students some cheers and talking a little about their sport. The High School students were greeted by an equally enthusiastic group of School Spirt Task Force and Ambassadors from Nerstand School who were welcoming past students back to Nerstrand by holding up signs. But the real star of the show was Freddy Falcon who sprinted around the gym giving "high fives" to students!


Third grade students were given new dictionaries courtesy of the local Lions Club in Faribault. Otto Luknic, representing the club, stopped by with 25 new dictionaries for Nerstrand Students. He explained to students that Lions Clubs are a volunteer service organization with members from 207 countries around the world and he also talked about some of the work they do. This year the Faribault Lions gave 600 dictionaries to students in Nerstrand, Faribault and Medford. The students were very excited to explore their new dictionaries. Thank you to the Faribault Lions Club!

School Patrols

On Thursday, September 19th, Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn visited Nerstrand School to conduct an official installation of our safety patrols.  Sheriff Dunn addressed the students about their roles in staying safe while traveling to and from school.  The patrols took an oath and promised to help our students be safe on their trips to and from our school building.  Patrol advisor, Pam Tralle, was also recognized for her many years of dedication in supervising the patrols at Nerstrand school.

The patrols take their oath to protect our students
The patrols take their oath to protect our students