Friday, September 23, 2016

Homecoming 2016

This past week we celebrated Homecoming at Falcon Ridge with a handful of different activities. Our 4th graders sold homecoming buttons this week, raising over $700, all of which will be donated to charity.

We were lucky to be right on the parade route this afternoon, where our building was able to take in all of the fun. Following the parade, we welcomed several Trojan Football players into our classrooms where they played Math Mania with our students. Best of luck to the Trojans tonight!






Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Falcon Ridge Fishing Contest

For the last few summers Falcon Ridge students have been encouraged to participate in a fishing contest, where they are simply asked to bring in a picture of them catching a fish. There is no limitation on size or species, but the one constant is the smile upon the faces of our students while holding their fish.

Falcon Ridge Phy Ed teacher Dan Wagner came up with the idea a few years back as a way to encourage kids to participate in an outdoor activity, and have some fun along the way. It's safe to say that with each fish picture came a big smile from the young girl or boy holding the fish. 

Because of two generous donations from the New Prague Sportsman's Club and the Le Sueur County Sheriff's Youth Project, each student bringing a fish picture into school this year was awarded a piece of fishing tackle for their efforts. As of now, over 100 fish pictures are hanging in the halls of Falcon Ridge. Thanks to these local organizations, and to Mr. Wagner for encouraging our young kids to get outside and enjoy the great sport of fishing!






Friday, September 9, 2016

Falcon Ridge-First two weeks

The first two weeks have flown by here at Falcon Ridge, and both staff and students have been working hard to set the groundwork for a great year. Starting with the first day, our students and staff have been practicing routines and learning about expectations. With each passing day our kids are becoming more and more comfortable in knowing what each day will bring.

Some of the highlights of the first two weeks were the Red Carpet Student Welcome, our bus evacuation practice, and our Welcome Back Family Picnic.




















Friday, August 26, 2016

Attention parents of 5th graders!!

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Band Open House & Instrument Display Night

Monday, September 12
3:45 - 7pm, Falcon Ridge Multi-Purpose Gym

* Sign up for Band
* Rent/Purchase Band Materials
* Smart Music Demonstrations
* Band directors available to look over instruments already purchased and to answer questions.

Questions? Contact NPAS Elementary Band director Julie Spinder at jspindler@isd721.org

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

September 2016 news from Early Childhood!

ECFE classes start Sept 21! You can still sign up for class. We offer 15 different classes that provide flexibility to fit into your family’s schedule.  There are many special events too.  A new free single and parenting class is being offered. You are not alone! Check out the brochure! Additionally, district preschool openings are limited call for availability 758-1670.
New this year-Early Childhood Screening: Online Scheduler: It is quick and easy. Go to np.isd721.org/ecfe and pick the date and time that works for your family. Children should be screened when they are 3 years of age. If your child is older, make sure you schedule soon.
Parenting your Elementary Age Child:
As children become increasingly independent and active with peers and their community, parents play an important role in balancing peer culture and establishing strong parent-child relationships before the teen years. Join us for discussion on the trials and tribulations of raising children during the elementary school years. Wed 1:00-2:00 on Sept 14, 21, 28 and Oct 5 (session 1) at the Central Education Campus in New Prague, $20, Call 758-1732 to register.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Making time to read!

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As we prepare to head back to school, it's important to get our kids' minds and bodies back into a routine that helps them be prepared to learn. Whether your child has stepped away from books over the summer, or has found a love for reading over the last few months, here are some helpful suggestions and tips to help them enjoy the book they are reading:

  • Read regularly-get into a routine that works for you and your family. This could mean making time before going to bed, or just taking a book with them when leaving the house. Modeling this as a parent helps as well. 
  • Take turns choosing books-kids like routine, along with hearing old favorites as well. Try to mix things up, but allow them to have a say as well.
  • Let them participate-it's important to allow kids feel a part of the reading process, even those who may not be reading yet. By holding the book, turning the pages, finishing sentences or completing rhymes, making them an active part of the book will help in fostering a love of reading.