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4 - 11 - Book Fair
6 - Conferences
11 - Conferences
11 - Blood Drive
13 - PTO Meeting
14 - Valentine's Day
14 - Jump Rope for Heart Packets Due
17 - NO SCHOOL
18 - NO SCHOOL
If you haven't done so yet, please sign up for conferences. They are Thursday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 11th.
Kids Heart Challenge
Stop by the Book Fair!
Dates: February 4 - 11
Before school 7:45-8:30
After school 3:00 - 4:00
During Conferences (Feb 6 & Feb 11) 3:00 - 7:45pm
Camp Edventure is a free six-week summer school program that focuses on reading and math. Children who will be entering grades 1-5 in the fall and whose parents live in the BPS district are eligible to attend Camp Ed. The goal is that children who enroll in Camp Ed will maintain or improve their academic skills in reading and math.
Classes will be in session each day starting June 1 through July 13 (no school on July 3rd) from 8:00am - 12:00pm. Northridge will hold its own CampEd but will be hosted by Centennial Elementary. Parents will need to provide transportation.
CampEd registration forms were sent home with students. If you need another form, find them online here or stop by the Northridge office for a copy. The deadline for registering is Thursday, March 19, 2020.
Save the Date
March 16, 2020 6:30 PM
You are invited to an upcoming parent workshop on “Fostering Resilience Within Your Child”. This evening will be opportunity to grow and learn ways to develop self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making within your child. Stay tuned for more details.
Second Step: Social-Emotional Learning
This month, our schoolwide theme is problem solving. In our morning announcements we’ll be reminding students to use the Second Step Problem-Solving Steps:
- S: Say the problem
- T: Think of solutions
- E: Explore consequences
- P: Pick the best solution
As you can see, the first letter of each step spells the word ”step.” Remembering “step” helps students solve problems with each other in safe and respectful ways.
Second Step lessons specifically teach students to use each step and reinforce the message that solutions need to be safe and respectful. Solving problems is an important skill to develop at an early age. Consider using this process to pick the best solution when faced with a problem. We hope the steps will be helpful for you and your child when there are problems at home.
Please tell your child’s teacher if you would like more suggestions about how to use the Problem-Solving Steps at home.
Progress continues to be made on the Northridge renovation and addition. We've had some additional moves: First and Third grade moved into rennovated rooms. Two of our Fourth grade classrooms have moved into the new addition. In the next few weeks, two second grade classrooms will be moving into the new addition. Updated bathrooms in the fourth grade wing will open in the beginning of February. The second grade bathroom will follow in the weeks to come.
Just a reminder there is No School on Monday, February 17-18.
February is upon us and so is cold and flu season. Please follow these February tips to help keep your student safe.
Fever: Student’s should stay home and will be sent home with a fever 100.4 or higher. They may return when fever is normal for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
Emesis or Vomiting: If a student is vomiting and appearing to feel sick (can’t eat, lays head down, “looks sick”), they should be sent home/stay home until 16 hours after the last episode of vomiting.
Both cases: Student should return when they feel well enough to participate in school.
Remember: Hydration is very important when your student is sick. Water is the best for keeping little bodies hydrated.
Use your best parenting judgement when caring for your student you know them and their little bodies better than anyone.
A healthy diet of fruits and vegetables can help to keep your student healthy.
Rest is a good way to stay healthy. Make sure your student is getting enough sleep every night.
Your student health is important to us here at Northridge and by following this advice we hope you have a sickness free February.
Cold & Flu Illness Guidelines
Tis the season for colds and flus. However, there are some things you and your family can do to prevent the spread of these germs.
Washing your hands is your #1 line of defense. Use warm water with soap and have your child sing the alphabet song once or the happy birthday song twice (approximately 20 seconds).
- Stay home if you are sick. Rest and drink fluids.
- Remind children to cover their coughs and wash their hands frequently.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Clean surfaces frequently!
When any symptom of a communicable disease appears, please keep your child at home.
BPS Illness Guidelines;
To return to school after illness your child must:
- Be without vomiting or diarrhea for 16 hours.
- Be without an uncontrolled or persistent cough.
- Have an oral temperature less than 100.4 degrees without the use of medication.
- Feel well enough to take part in the usual school day.
It’s time to register for children who will be 5 years old on or before July 31 for fall kindergarten. The entire registration process is online! Go to www.bismarckschools.org & click the Registration tab to get to the link to all of the information you need to complete your child’s registration.
If you do not have access to a computer, you can visit any public elementary school to use one or come to the Central Registration office at 806 N. Washington St., door #2. If you need assistance, please call 701-323-4110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Parents who do not register K-12th grade students by August 1 may not be assured a spot in their neighborhood school due to lack of space, so register early!
Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early
Did You Know?
- Starting in kindergarten too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
- Missing 10 percent (or two days a month) will make it harder to learn to read.
- Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
- Being late to school may lead to poor attendance and interrupts student learning.
- Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school – and themselves. Start building this habit in kindergarten so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day, is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college and at work (attendanceworks.org).
Northridge staff strives to support families in providing the gift of school attendance to each student. Attendance letters are sent when the number of absences or tardy days is concerning. Please view these letters as a reminder and make sure to ask questions if you are unclear about the correspondence we send home.
If your child is going to be absent from school, please contact the school office at 323-4210. If students have medical appointments or notes indicating they should not be in school due to illness, please bring a copy of this information to the school office. We would like to thank the Northridge families for their efforts in establishing good school attendance.
Any third party non-school district events in this newsletter are not sponsored/endorsed by Bismarck Public Schools.
Your input is wanted re: new schools!
By Dr. Jason Hornbacher, Supt.
Due to current and expected enrollment growth, the Bismarck School Board will seek public input in March on a 3-Phase Facilities Proposal.
Phase 1: Build two new elementary schools—one in the NE and one in the NW.
- Use 3 mills of the existing 10-mill building fund to open these schools in fall 2022.
- Relieve crowding at Liberty, Centennial, Grimsrud, Highland Acres, Sunrise & Murphy.
- Elementary boundary changes would need to be made; as well as a possible micro-boundary change between Miller & Pioneer to reduce Pioneer enrollment.
- Remove many of the 26 portables in use across the district next year.
Phase 2: Complete a Long Range Facilities Plan for BPS in 2020; watch for possible funding for facilities during the 2021 legislature; monitor enrollment growth the next two years.
Phase 3: Address the needs of Legacy High by adding the 3rd wing; address needs at Lincoln by adding a PreK-Kindergarten wing, and making improvements at other existing schools.
Meetings: The public is invited to attend one of these input sessions from 6:30-7:30 pm:
- March 24 - Horizon Middle School cafetorium
- March 26 - Simle Middle School auditorium
- March 31 - Wachter Middle School cafetorium.
More information was presented at the Feb. 25 School Board meeting. Click on the Agenda at: https://www.bismarckschools.org/Page/401
Census 101: Did You Know…?
- The 1st census was in 1790; the U.S. Constitution requires every person to be counted every 10 years.
- Completing the required census is your way to participate our democracy!
- The results are used to reapportion the U.S. House of Representatives to determine how many seats each state gets. States use the data to redraw boundaries of their state and congressional legislative districts.
- Census data determine how more than $675 BILLION are spent to support your city, county and state for many programs and services.
- Census data is CONFIDENTIAL! It’s against the law to share information with law enforcement or immigration authorities, for example.
- Real estate developers use census data to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Businesses use it to decide where to build stores and offices, which create jobs. Local government uses it for public safety and emergency preparedness.
- 2020 is easier than ever: you can fill out the Census online starting March 12, or phone or mail in the information. For those who do not self-respond, a census worker will come to your home and ask you questions regarding who lives in your residence.
Reminder: BPS 4 Critical Responses
By Becky Labella, BPS Safety Coordinator
Lockdown – when there’s an immediate threat to student/staff safety. Normal activity stops.
Shelter-in-Place – precautionary measure when there’s NOT an immediate threat to student/staff safety. Depending on the situation, students may/may not be allowed to leave the classroom without adult supervision, and people may/may not be allowed to enter/exit the school.
Tornado/Severe Weather – usually initiated by the National Weather Service. Students are escorted to a pre-designated safe area (interior rooms with no windows, hallways, basements).
Evacuation – initiated by the fire alarm or an intercom announcement. Students are escorted through the nearest exit and out of the school to a “Reunification Area” where teachers take roll.
BPS Reunification Procedures
- WAIT for the school district to contact you re: the location of the Reunification Site via emails, texts and/or phone calls.
- Do NOT come to the school; do NOT call your student; this hinders law enforcement and puts students/staff at risk.
- BRING your government ID to the site. Students will not be released to parents/guardians who do not present proper identification. This is for the safety of all students.
Why does BPS have a Foundation?
By Dr. Jason Hornbacher, Supt.
We’ve often been asked why a public school district, supported by tax dollars, would need a Foundation to solicit funding. The Bismarck Public Schools Foundation was established more than 30 years ago in 1989 to not only generate funds for the school district, but to accept scholarships and provide a place where donors could give gifts, bequests, and establishing funding mechanisms for legacy projects for BPS and the Foundation.
The purpose of the Foundation is to enhance and enrich the educational program and services of Bismarck Public Schools beyond what is currently allocated through public funds. The School Board works closely with the BPS Foundation Board through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to accomplish this goal. Teachers and other employees can apply for funds raised by the Foundation for special projects, equipment or experiences that allow them to provide creative, hands-on learning.
In addition, our Foundation manages a dozen annual scholarships to high school seniors and another dozen are managed by the ND Community Foundation. BPS manages grants and funds such as the Robert and Lois Watts grant, Teacher Innovation grant, and the Timothy C. Nordquist fund which are used to fund innovative learning and enrichment programs. The BPS logo licensing program for all of our schools and the district is also taken care of by the Foundation.
There are several ways that you can become involved and be a part of enhancing learning for our youth. If you or your business is interested in giving to our 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt foundation, please contact our new Development Director Stacey Lang. She joined the Foundation in January. Lang has 15 years of experience working at the Bismarck Tribune, most recently as the Marketing and Retail Advertising Director. She also served as an Event Specialist at the Bismarck Event Center. Lang has a Business Administration degree from the University of Mary. She also worked as an instructional aide in our school district so she’s familiar with our organization!
Please help me welcome Stacey Lang as our new Foundation Development Director. BPS and the BPSF are lucky to call her a colleague! Her office is located on the south side of the Hughes Educational Center, 806 N. Washington St. To reach her, call 701-323-4093 or email email@example.com.
Thursday, March 12 is the first day U.S. residents will be able to go online and complete the 2020 Census form. Here are some interesting facts!
- Currently Bismarck Public Schools gets more than $11.5 million in federal funds and we could receive even more if all Burleigh County residents are counted!
- Every person counted as living in Burleigh County is “worth” about $1,900 in federal dollars per year or $19,000 over the next 10 years.
- The information you provide online or via mail or to the person who comes to your door is strictly confidential. For example, it will not be shared with landlords, immigration officials, etc. Questions asked include the number of people living at the residence, owned or rented, sex, age, race, relationship and citizenship status.
Kindergarten registration REMINDER
Fall kindergarten registration runs through March 6 for children who will be 5 years old on or before July 31. Go to www.bismarckschools.org & click the Registration tab, then the Kindergarten Registration link to get information to complete your child’s registration. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can use one at any public elementary school or stop by Central Registration at 806 N. Washington St., door 2. If you need help, call 323-4110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: Parents who don’t register any new/moving K-12 student by Aug. 1 may not be assured a spot in their neighborhood school due to lack of space.
Feb 1: free chess tournament for area youth!
BPS instructional aide & local chess expert Todd Wolf is hosting a free chess tournament for students in grades K-12 on Sat., Feb. 1, 10 am-5 pm at the Bismarck High Knaak Center. Registration at 10 am; tournament at 11. Trophies awarded; concessions available. No need to pre-register but if you want to, email email@example.com or text/call 701-426-3768.
Optimist Essay Contest
K-12 students are invited to participate in the Optimist International Essay Contest at https://www.optimist.org/member/scholarships3.cfm. Deadline is Feb. 14; winners chosen Feb. 21. The local club winner will receive $500 and be entered in the district contest to possibly win $2,500. Click here for the flyer and application form. If questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bismarck Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age or disability in admission or access to or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. To obtain this material in an alternate format, or if you need access, or auxiliary services such as interpreters, large print, braille or recorded material, call (701) 323-4071, or a TTY Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-366-6888 two weeks prior to the event.