L.E. Berger Elementary School News & Announcements


    Learning Plan for the Week of November 23 - 27, 2020
    As West Fargo Public Schools begins transitioning some elementary buildings back to a four-day onsite week, the district remains committed to a calendar that provides online learning days the week of Thanksgiving as a way to honor any plans that have been made by families and staff due to the flexibility we had indicated would be available.
    Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24:
    • ALL elementary students, regardless of cohort/group, will have online learning opportunities.
    • Secondary students in the Monday-Tuesday group ONLY will have online learning opportunities. Assignment due dates will still apply for all students, regardless of group, during this timeframe.
    Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27:
    • There will be no school (onsite or online) for students.


    If your child recently had an accomplishment, like participating in a tournament or competition, accomplishing a goal, and would like to have a quick shout out for them on our morning school-wide announcements please e-mail that in to Mr. Peterson (bppeterson@west-fargo.k12.nd.us) for inclusion in our morning announcements.  We want to celebrate the GREAT things our Bears are doing both inside and outside of school!  Thank you!


    McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

    McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that provides special rights to students who are experiencing homelessness.

    • Are you living in a shelter

    • Are you sharing housing with family or friends, due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason

    • Are you living in a motel, hotel, substandard housing, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative and adequate housing

    • Primary nighttime residence is a public or private place not meant for regular sleeping accommodations for people

    • Living in a car, park, public spaces, abandoned buildings

    • Are migratory student meeting the above descriptions

    • Are unaccompanied youth not living with your parent/guardian


    If you answered YES to any of the above please contact your schools social worker to determine eligibility. If eligible students have the right to:

    • Attend school
    • Stay in school of origin (school attended prior to losing housing)
    • Receive transportation to/from school of origin
    • Participate fully in school programs and activities
    • Receive free breakfast and lunch at school
    • Enroll immediately in school

    Please reach out to Margit Schmelka at 701-499-1309 or mschmelka@west-fargo.k12.nd.us for additional information and support.

    Parents/Guardians of L.E. Berger Elementary Students:

    As many of you know, West Fargo Public Schools conducts drills in various areas (lockdown, shelter-in-place, evacuation, fire, and tornado) several times each year in the schools across our district.  These drills serve as an educational opportunity for students and staff alike; they also ensure that the procedures we have in place are feasible (and practiced) in the event of a real emergency. 

    Starting in 2014-15, one WFPS school per year has conducted a reunification drill, which is basically what occurs after evacuation, when a school is deemed too unsafe for reentry.  Cheney Middle School, West Fargo High School, Freedom Elementary, Independence Elementary, and South Elementary have been previous participants. 

    Our students and staff participated in an evacuation drill last spring in preparation for this year’s full-scale exercise. Our reunification drill will be held on Friday, April 24.  We plan to begin around 9:00 AM with an evacuation of the school.  We will then load every student onto a bus and bring them to the West Fargo Sports Arena (WFSA), one of our district reunification sites.  Every student will be dropped at the WFSA for a short period of time, then most will return directly to Berger to continue with their instructional day.  Our second grade students will remain behind with their teachers and administrators, to help the district test various reunification processes.  Those students will be returned to Berger no later than 11:30 AM.  You will be receiving additional communication if you have a second grade child.

    We know parents/guardians may have questions or concerns about our plans for April 24.  Please review the Emergency Procedures information on our website to learn more about our district’s protocols.  If questions or concerns still exist, please direct those to:

    Your partnership in this exciting opportunity is greatly appreciated.  However, if you would prefer that your child not participate, please communicate that in writing to L.E. Berger by Monday, April 20, so alternate arrangements can be made for your child. 


    Mr. Brian Peterson, L.E. Berger Elementary Principal

    Heather Leas, WFPS School Safety & Security Coordinator

    Bell Ringer Award!

    Congratulations to Mr. Peterson!  He was presented with the “Bell Ringer” award today at the NDAESP (North Dakota Association of Elementary Principals) mid-winter conference.  This award is presented to individuals who are nominated by their peers for their positive educational contributions and for making a difference.  Way to go, Brian!  Thank you for everything you do for our students, families, and staff members!



    BRRR!  It is gettting COLD!

    Please dress your child warmly every day.  Even if it is sunny, the wind will feel VERY cold when on the playground, and we go out every day. The only time we will stay inside before school and/or during recess is when the wind chill reaches -15° F.

    Every day, each child should be wearing a winter coat, hat, and mittens/gloves.

    If it snows, your child will also need snow pants and boots so they can play in the snow.

    Please let your child’s teacher or the office know if you need anything.

    WFPS Food Services is Hiring!

    We are looking for employees to join our team as a Food Service Worker. Work on school days only and enjoy summers off!  We offer competitive pay ($13.42 per hour), paid personal time, paid holidays, free uniforms, and free meals.

    Various part-time positions are available. Most positions are 3.0-3.5 hours per day. We are also hiring for Food Service Substitutes. 

    Apply online:


    Our Schoolwide Goals 

    • Goal 1: 70% of students will achieve a SGP of 35 or more in Reading as measured by spring 2020 STAR assessment.
    • Goal 2: 65% of students will achieve a SGP of 35 or more in math as measured by spring 2020 STAR assessment.
    • Goal 3: Improve self-regulation skills of all students, decreasing the overall number of disrespect and physical aggression.

    Nurses Information

    As school has been in session, we want to reiterate information about head lice. Current guidelines from the ND Department of Health recommend children NOT be excluded immediately from school when head lice are found. We must remember that head lice are a nuisance, but not harmful. However, West Fargo Public Schools will continue to follow a NO NITS Policy. If the school finds a student with head lice or nits (head lice eggs), the parent is contacted and the student will be sent home. The student needs to be checked in by the school nurse when they return to school. Head lice is transmitted through prolonged close head to head contact. Transmission is more likely to occur between family members, overnight guests and playmates that spend a lot of time together. Due to the low risk of transmitting head lice at school and to maintain confidentiality, letters will NOT be sent to parents of classmates and classrooms will NOT be checked. Parents are encouraged to check their child periodically for head lice. If you are concerned your child may be infected or you need help in identifying head lice, please contact a health care professional, school nurse or public health department. Please contact your school nurse with any questions. An excellent resource is available at www.ndhealth.gov/head-lice/.

    If your child has an elevated temperature, rash, diarrhea, or vomiting at home, DO NOT send the child to school. Instead, have him/her stay home and rest until he/she is temperature-free and feeling better for a minimum of 24 hours.

    School Supply List

    For a printable version please click here!  School Supply List



Upcoming Events

  •  December 20th--Last day of school before Winter break

    January 2nd--School reconvenes after Winter break

    January 20th--No School, Professional Development

    February 17th--No School

    February 18th--Snow Make Up

    March 13th--No School

    April 10th--No School

    April 13th--No School

    May 25th--No School, Memorial Day

    May 28th--Last Day of School for the 2019-2020 school year



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