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.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Falcon Ridge Fall Assessment Conference signup open now!

This is a friendly reminder that all three elementary schools will be having Fall Assessment Conferences on August 29 and 30 for ALL students in grades K-5. Our K-5 Fall Assessment Conferences will allow you and your child to meet individually with your child’s teacher while giving our teachers an opportunity to assess your child. As a staff we look forward to the opportunity to use this information to plan for instruction at the very beginning of the school year. We also encourage you to tour the building and visit with school departments such as food service, transportation, health services, and office staff. Your child will also be able to have their school picture taken by Lifetouch in our main gym during Fall Assessment Conferences.

Families should have received letters from Falcon Ridge last week, indicating your child’s classroom teacher along with information on signing up online for an Assessment Conference day and time.  The link to sign up for your child's conference(s) is https://ptcfast.com/schools/Falcon_Ridge

Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar:

Monday, August 29
Fall Assessment Conferences, 11AM-8PM
(No School for K-5 Students)

Tuesday, August 30
Fall Assessment Conferences, 9AM-6PM
(No School for K-5 Students)

Wednesday, August 31
First Day of School for K-5 Students, 9 AM

Please do not hesitate to contact the Falcon Ridge office at 952-758-1600 if you have additional questions. We look forward to seeing everyone for our assessment days on August 29 and 30!

Friday, May 6, 2016

ACES In the Sun!

The students at Falcon Ridge were treated to sunny skies and warm temperatures for our annual ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) In The Sun day today. There were 30 different stations set up on the perimeter of the Falcon Ridge campus, all incorporated movement, exercise, and fitness. Many of these stations featured water, which helped to keep our kids cooled off and enjoying the day as much as possible. A HUGE thank you to our 70+ volunteers, who were a tremendous help in making this day possible!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

NPAS Elementary Science Fair-Participants Move On to Regional Competition

The New Prague Elementary Science Fair was held recently, with several students placing well enough to move on to the next round of competition. Representing New Prague Elementary Schools at the regional science fair in Mankato this Saturday April 30 and receiving purple ribbons are: Claire Bleess, Sophia Metzdorff, Samuel Decker, Anthony Longton,  Ashlyn Erickson, Tatum Zimmerman, Courtney French, Alli Foust, Ian Kluegel, Piper Kocina, Taylor Glebe, Ella Barsness, Alicia Jokhoo, Abigail Bartusek, Anna Schellin, Kadyn Anderson, Kaelyn Borwege, Ava Barsness, Clare Daly, Jenna Hlavac, Amara Prochaska, Mandi Becher, Gaabe Lovaas, Madeline Boulanger, Caitlyn Luckow, Noah Stocker and Carly Wiener.

Eighty-four students participated in the fair this year. A special thank you to New Prague Community Education and the Gifted and Talented Program make this event possible. Approximately 30 volunteers from National Honor Society, New Prague Middle and High School and the community helped to organize and judge projects.

If you have a student in grades 4-12 and are interested in particpaing in the science fair next year, please contact coordinator Jodi Prchal at jprchal@isd721.org if your child would like to be a part of the program from 4th grade through 12th grade next year and would like to start on a project this summer, information can be emailed to you.