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South Elementary School News

  •  October

    Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Library pumpkin patch see information below

    Thursday, Oct. 22- No School

    Friday, Oct. 23 - No School 

    Monday, Oct. 26 - Parent Teacher conferences, see information below

    Monday, Oct. 26 - School Pictures 8:10am-12:00pm

    Wednesday, Oct . 28 - Parent Teacher conferences, see information below

    Thursday, Oct. 29  - Parent Teacher conferences, see information below 

    Friday, Oct. 30 - School Pictures 8:10am-12:00pm

    Use the WFPS website to find a complete calendar of school days.


    School PicturesPerson taking a picture

    Scherling Photography will be at South Elementary to take school pictures on this Monday, Oct. 26 for Cohort A and Friday, Oct. 30 for Cohort B.  All students have received an order packet to bring home. They will be taking pictures from 8:10am - 12:00pm. Packets need to be filled out completely, prepaid with exact amount and returned to the school before your picture day.  We do not open the envelopes at school so we cannot make change for you.  Virtual students can come to the school either Monday or Friday before 11:30 to have their picture taken or you can contact Scherling's studio for an alternate plan.   * Because of Covid 19 restrictions there will not be any retake day.  I attached a copy of the order form and background options, information for paying online is included on the order form.  

    Picture order prices

    Picture background color options

    Covid Reminder:

    Parents please remember to use the before school screener when determining if your child is well enough to attend school.  You can also find it by going to the WFPS website, it is featured on the rotating information.  

    Parent Teacher Conferences

    In order to meet physical distancing measures South Elementary’ s Parent Conferences will be scheduled in a virtual format using TEAMs. The dates and times for our fall conferences are Monday, October 26th from 4:00-6:00; Wednesday, October 28th from 1:00-4:00 and Thursday, October 29th from 4:00-6:00. Each conference will be scheduled for a 15-minute time slot.

    Your student’s teacher will be sending out email communication on Monday, October 12th which will include a survey link to sign up for the virtual parent teacher conference. Please watch for that email.

    Children with engaged parents are more likely to:

    • Earn higher grades or test scores
    • Graduate from high school and attend post-secondary education
    • Develop self-confidence and motivation in the classroom
    • Have better social skills and classroom behavior

    They are also less likely to:

    • Have low self-esteem
    • Need redirection in the classroom
    • Develop behavioral issues


    A Gift from South Elementary 

    Last Friday and today every student who is attending school in person was given a South Elementary watter bottle with their name on it.  Mrs. Nelson decided since the students are encouraged to bring their own water bottle this year it would be nice to take this opportunity to provide one for each student.  Check out the pictures to see the fun and smiles when Mrs. Nelson and her helpers went to each classroom to present them to the students.  A special thank you to Fargo Apparel for working with us to make this happen so quickly.  

    "Spook”tacular Greetings from South Library!

    Welcome to Fall 2020! This is the perfect weather to cozy up with a book and read.  I want to encourage our students to continue to read and and have some creative fun at the same time. Therefore, I am hosting our 10th Annual Pumpkin Patch.  This year’s Pumpkin Patch will be virtual, with pictures published in our school newsletter and SeesawThe pumpkins will NOT be brought to school! The pumpkin should be modeled after a character in a book that your child has read.  For example; Clifford, Harry Potter, Judy Moody, the Hallow-wiener, Darth Vader, Elmer, etc…The requirements are:

    • A pumpkin and any materials for decorating (paint, markers, paper, glitter, yarn, googly eyes, etc… Be creative!
    • A copy of the book. If unavailable please tell me the name of the character and the book in your email to me.
    • Help from a parent if needed
    • No carving, just decorating
    • A picture of your pumpkin and book

      Pigeon Pumpkin                                     Football Pumpkin                            Peppa Pig Pumpkin

    Send a picture of the pumpkin and book to Mrs. Gieser any time after October 21stgieser@west-fargo.k12.nd.us

    Pictures will be posted in the newsletter and in Seesaw on Friday, October 30th.


    Happy reading and decorating,

    Mrs. Gieser, Librarian

    We have the most amazing PTA.

    I appreciate the kind gesture and the fun gifts basket I recieved.

    Mrs. Nelson with gift basket

     Principal Mrs. Nelson

    Attention WFPS Parents

    Even though all students will receive free meals, the district requests every family complete the online free/reduced meal application for the federal meal program. The amount of funding the district receives is dependent on our rate of free/reduced students, as is our eligibility for additional grant funding. Ensuring our free/reduced rate is an accurate representation of our district is vital in providing a valuable education. Additionally, families eligible for the program receive waivers for fees associated with student activities, college applications, and standardized tests (ACT, SAT, and AP exams). As of Friday, the families of nearly 2,000 West Fargo students still need to submit the application.


    Appropriate Face Coverings
    The CDC has updated what constitutes an appropriate face covering, so please review this information to ensure what your student(s) meets this guidance:

    • CDC does not recommend the use of gaiters or face shields.
    • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19
    • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
    • Do NOT wear masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators

    The first bullet in red is the one of most concern to us, as we have seen both gaiters and face shields worn by students and staff. Starting Monday, October 12, anyone using this type of face covering will be provided an approved mask from the school until a personal one can be procured.

    West Fargo Re-entry Plan

    Each elementary building has a unique setting, population, resources, etc. which will be used in determing their opening timeline. Each school will also be planning with the below list of key mitigation strategies at the forefront. However, due to the differences in our individual buildings, these strategies will be implemented to the largest extent possible, practical, and feasible:

    Consistent and correct use of masks

    Social Distancing

    Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette

    Cleaning and disinfection

    Contact tracing collaboration with local health dept

    All elementary buildings are planning for full (not including virtual students), reentry by Monday, November 30 (the first day of Trimester 2). Please watch for information from our Prinicpal Mrs. Nelson regarding the timeline and details for how South will be returning.  Watch for a survey to be emailed out to all parents Tuesday, Oct. 27.  This survey will need to be completed by all parents through parent portal.  

    Stop by and visit our art gallery located outside of the library. Our goal is to display work from every South student sometime throughout the school year. Inspiration for this art gallery originated in honor of Alexa Kersting, daughter of Loren and Monica Kersting, who passed away in July of 2004 while waiting for a lung transplant. During Alexa’s six years as a student here, she created many works of art and poetry, as all our students have done. The frames for the gallery were purchased by the Kerstings to commemorate Alexa’s love of the arts.  The following will have their art on display the weeks of October 12 - 21, 2020.

    Twane Charley, Maddison Doerfler, Myri Heise, Creighton Best, Claire Knutson Andrud, Ruby Fraser, Larsen Lauritsen, Nimo Ali, Ellery Beck, Espen Grant, Zhayne Fowler, Natalie Rugg, Hamdi Ali, Hannah Bergeson, Cruz Elizondo, Kate Doerfler, Naomi Cowan, Brandyn Bohl-Barcenas, Lexi Buchholz, Isabella Elizondo, Jackson Waldner

    Lost and Found Items

    Please check out the pictures on this page, these are all the items in our lost and found right now.  If you recognize an item as your child's please contact the teacher and we will make sure to get it to the classroom for them.  

    The USDA has announced a new waiver that will allow WFPS to serve FREE MEALS TO ALL STUDENTS through December 2020. This waiver applies to every student, every day (onsite learning days, offsite learning days, and Virtual Program participants). The waiver takes effect immediately. Funds that have been placed in your student’s account will remain there for use starting in January 2021 once the waiver expires.    

    The WFPS Food Service Department and district is excited for this opportunity to provide free meals to our students and support our families during the pandemic.

     Students who bring cold lunch have the option to purchase a carton of milk at lunchtime.  A carton is $ .40, please make sure you have money in your student's meal account before that school day.  The USDA grant DOES NOT pay for a milk carton purchase at lunch, it must be a full meal. 

    Students who eat nutritious, balanced diets are better prepared to learn and succeed in school. The food service department at West Fargo Public Schools supports learning by providing access to healthy, affordable meals to students in each school building. Meals are designed to provide variety and assist in developing life-long healthy eating habits.

    All menus meet or exceed USDA guidelines, with age-appropriate meal patterns based on the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Meals are prepared and served in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

    Meals at Home

    Through completion of an online form, parents can preorder meals for the three days per week their student is online learning. These forms will be due each Wednesday by 12:00PM for the students in the Monday-Tuesday group and each Monday by 12:00PM for the students in the Thursday-Friday group. The box will contain three breakfasts and three lunches; no partial orders are accepted.

    Students that are participating in the Virtual Program still have access to the district’s food service program. Parents can preorder a weekly meal box by completing an online form each Thursday by 12:00PM. The box will contain five breakfasts and five lunches; partial orders will not be accepted. Weekend backpack program bags will also be available for pickup at the same time as the meal box.

    Please complete the preorder form for the appropriate cohort or virtual student on the WFPS site.  Be sure to check the deadline day and time so your student will have meals to bring home.  

    Milk Fees for Morning Snack Break

    The cost of the elementary milk fee is $9.00 per trimester which will cover 2 days per week under the new instructional plan.  Below are the dates each trimester runs as well as the dates each trimester milk fee will become available on the MySchoolBucks site, you go to the School Fees section.  (The district will not be allowing prepayment for the second and third trimester at this time.)

    Trimester 1 Start of School through November 24th   (Currently Available on MySchoolBucks)

    Trimester 2 November 25th through February 26th (Available on MySchoolBucks November 1st)

    Trimester 3 February 27th through the Last day of School (Available on MySchoolBucks February 1st)


    West Fargo Public Schools uses MySchoolBucks (an online payment system) to allow parents to make deposits into their child’s meal account as well as allowing them to pay their child’s school fees online.

    New last school year was the ability to pay school fees on the MySchoolBucks mobile app!

    You will use the same login for making lunch money deposits and for paying school fees. If you currently have an account, you will see the store for the fees option in addition to the store for meal payments. If you have not used MySchoolBucks in the past, please follow the instructions on the attached document to create a new account.


    Remember South Elementary PTA collects Family Fare receipts, you can send them to school with your student.

    Also, use the Box Tops app to scan your receipts for South Elmentary to earn money for the classrooms.  





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