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August 2013 Page 2 of Vol. 6 No. la Parents Notes Phone (701)454-3324 Fax: (701)454-3485 each type of immunization is as follows: Minimum # of Re.quired Doses/Graae Vaccine K 1-6 DTaPIDTPI 4 4 DT or More or More Hepatitis B 3 3 IPB/OPV 4 4 IVleningococcal 0 1 MMR 2 2 Tdap 1 1 Varicella 2 1 More 7-12 4 or More 3 4 1 2 1 No More Beginning with the 2009 - 10 school year a fourth dose the hepatitis B Vaccine is now required of those students entering high school. Two doses of chickenpox (varicella) are now required of those students entering kindergarten or 1st grade, and a third dose will be required for all students in grades 2 through 5. If a child has a history of chickenpox, the child is exempt from this immunization requirement. If you have any questions regarding your child's immunization status, please contact Mr. Ralston at the school (454 - 3324) or your healthcare provider. PRESCHOOL CORNER The Drayton School District operates a preschool program for children who will be 4 years of age by August 1st of the current school year (1 August 2013, birthday must be on or before 1 August 2009 for this year, 2013-14). The preschool is a half-day session - either AM or PM, two days per week - Tuesday's and Thursday's beginning August 27th through the end of February, at which time (March 4th) it switches to three days per week - Tuesday's, Wednesday's, and Thursday's until May 5th when it will change to full days Monday through Thursdays until May 13th, the last day for the preschool for the year. Students are screened prior to admission. Those parents who have a child who is age- eligible to attend and have not had their child screened are asked to contact the school. Mrs. Johnston, our preschool teacher, will then contact you to arrange a time for screening. There is currently no cost for the program. Students are returned home (or to daycare) following the AM session and PM session students are then picked up for the afternoon. Preschool students can the regular bus routes in the morning and after school. Parents are asked to bring their child the first day of preschool. SCHOOL SUPPLIES The elementary teachers will be sending out lists of supply needs for their individual classrooms shortly, if you have not already received one. The lists are also posted to the website (check the "Announcements" tab) when they become available. If you have questions regarding any of this please contact us at the school. Junior high and high school staffs do not, as a general rule, have special supply needs. The general needs are a notebook for each class and writing utensils - paper, pens, and pencils. 2013 Aug. 12th-14th --- Walsh-Pembina Teacher Workshop Days Aug. 15th-16th --- Drayton Teacher Workshop Days Aug. 20th .......... First Day of Classes Sept. 2nd .......... Labor Day- No School Sept. 20th ......... Midterm (1st Nine Weeks) Sept. 25th ......... Fall Parent Teacher Conferences Oct. 17th&18th --- Teachers' Convention No School Oct. 23rd ........... End nine weeks grading period Nov.11th --- Veteran's Day - No School Nov. 27th --- Midterm (2nd Nine Weeks) Nov. 28th & 29th --- Thanksgiving - No School Dec. 20th --- Last day of School before Christmas Break 2014 Jan. 2nd --- School reconvenes after Holidays Jan. 10th --- End of 2nd nine weeks and 1st semester Jan. 20th --- Professional Development No School Feb. 14th --- Midterm (3rd Nine Weeks) Feb. 19th --- Spring Parent Teacher Conferences March 14th --- End of 3rd nine weeks grading period April 17th --- Midterm (4th Nine Weeks) April 18th --- Good Friday- No School April 21st --- Easter Monday - No School May 16th --- Last Day of School May 18th --- Graduation at 2:00 SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS Board meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. The tentative schedule follows (variations are noted in bold and italics). If you have an item that you wish to discuss with the Board, please call the superintendent's office at 454-3324 at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting to get added to the agenda. The Board wants your input but the members deserve to know that you I 00ii!00i i iii iiii00 iil iiiii i 00iiii!i iiii00i ii!00iii00 i will be present and have a topic of interest to address with them, and what that topic is as there are certain topics that the Board cannot address in open session. If you have general questions, I am certain that any individual board member will discuss those with you without you needing to attend a meeting. If you would just like to address the board, there is time set aside on each board agenda for Patron Comments. The Board may choose to refer the item for discussion or action at a subsequent meeting. Tuesday, August 13th @ 7 pm Tuesday, September 10th @ 7 pm Tuesday, October 15th @ 7 pm Tuesday, November 12th @ 7 pm Tuesday, December 10th @ 7 am Tuesday, January 14th @ 7 am Tuesday, February 11th @ 7 am Tuesday, March 11th @ 7 am Tuesday, April 15th @ 7 pm- Tuesday, May 13th @ 7 pm Tuesday, June 10th @ 7 pm Tuesday, July 22nd @ 6 pm Meeting times and dates are subject to change, please check website calendar to verify date and time. TRANSPORTATION The Drayton School District will operate buses each day school is in session. Buses will load and unload behind the school (on the west side of the building). Since this is the bus loading and unloading zone, we ask parental cooperation when bringing your children to school or picking them up after school or any time during the school day to do this in front of the school (on the east side of the building). We plan for the buses to arrive at the school between 8:20 and 8:25 am daily. If you have any questions regarding your anticipated pick up time, please call your driver. Linda Merrill will be driving the North and East route and Robert Klein will be driving the South and West Route. As in the past, as the buses come into town, they will pick up in Drayton as well. With some minor exceptions, the routes should be very similar as in the past. We ask your assistance in making our routes as efficient and timely as possible. If you will be picking your child up unexpectedly, please call the Office prior to 3:15 and we will have them exit the front of the building and inform the bus driver of the change. Similarly, if your child will not be riding in the morning we ask that you notify the driver as early as possible regarding this fact, preferably by 7 am. If you cannot reach the driver, call the school and we will contact them with this information. Please consider your child's safety ., : when riding the bus by ensuring they have proper clothing. Any students riding the bus during the winter months (November through March) should have boots, a cap, mittens, and a heavy coat. Bus drivers have been instructed to remind students to wear warm clothing during the winter. Transportation Rules In the attempt to promote improved safety for all students, we are again asking the cooperation of the parents and of the students with our rules. Riding the bus is a privilege that students enjoy, but with this privilege comes responsibilities. Students will be expected to ride their assigned bus. Any change should be cleared with the Office prior to the change occurring, i.e. - riding to a friend's place or a relative's home after school for whatever reason. If you are aware that another individual will not be riding, please inform the driver. Students, when boarding the bus, should go directly to their seat, sit down, and remain seated throughout the trip. As a general rule, students may sit where they want, but the bus drivers have the authority to assign seating. , Students should be dressed appropriately for the bus ride, particularly during the winter months. It is rare that it happens, but occasionally a bus may experience mechanical failure or become stuck. Should the motor quit, a bus will cool off quickly. Students should be timely for the bus, both in the morning and after school. Our goal is to maintain a schedule and this requires the cooperation of the riders. Be considerate of your fellow riders. If waiting along the road or street for the bus, stay off the road waiting until the bus has come to a complete stop before trying to board. While on the bus, keep your extremities (head, hands, arms, feet, and legs) in the bus at all times. Help to keep the bus clean by depositing any garbage or paper in the receptacles provided for such. Please keep your voice clown during the ride to avoid unnecessary distractions of the driver. Abusive or obnoxious language will not be tolerated. Treat other riders with respect - harassment and retaliation are not acceptable. Please take good care of the bus, report any vandalism or damage to the driver so repairs can be completed quickly. ,, Never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment. '=:> Keep books, packages, coats, and other articles out of the aisle. Remain on the bus in the event of an emergency, unless directed by the driver to do otherwise. Do nQt throw things out of the bus windows. Remain seated while the bus is in motion. > The driver and / or advisor is responsible for the riders, please heed their direction. When disembarking, if you need to cross the road, do so by crossing in front of the bus. Move at least ten feet in front of the bus and wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross, then look both directions and cross. Older students are asked to assist younger students in the process. These expectations are in effect during regular routes and for extra-curricular trips as well. Finally, realize that with expectations, there are consequences for failing to live up to those expectations. The consequences may include any or all of the following depending upon the seriousness of the action and whether unacceptable behavior has occurred previously. Consequences include: Conference / discussion with driver; Assigned seating; Parental contact; Referral to principal; Suspension of riding privileges for a period of 1 to 10 days; or Suspension of riding privileges for the remainder of grading period, semester, or school year. LUNCH PROGRAM & MEAL PRICES Application forms for free or reduced price meals are included with this newsletter. The eligibility guidelines have once again changed so I encourage you to apply, even though you may not have qualified in the past. All applications are confidential. The school does not lose money on free or reduced meals and in fact, the school benefits from a higher free and reduced meal percentage as the funding levels for many programs are based on this percentage. Qualifications for free or reduced meals are based upon family size and income after business expenses have been deducted. If you are self-employed, you should bring a copy of your 1040 income tax form and if you are salaried, you should bring a pay stub. If you have any questions or need assistance with the process, please feel free to call. A chart showing eligibility levels is included with the information you receive during registration. Also, if your employment or earnings status changes during the year, please be aware that you can apply at that time. The prices per meal for the 2011 - 2012 school year will be as follows: Breakfast - ,/ Student- $1.45 v" Adult - $1.95; and Lunch - v" Student- $ 2.30 v" Adult - $ 2.80. Please feel free to join us oor your child for any of our meals. 2013 - 2014 DRAYTON ADMINISTRATION & STAFF School Board Lawrence Brosius-- Board Member (2015) Mike Emanuelson -- Vice Chair (2015) Mark Hatloy -- Chairman (2016) Michael Larson ........ Board Member (2014) Chris Littlejohn ......... Board Member (2016) Professional Staff Amy Beaudoin ......... 6th Grade Sue Green .............. Learning Disabilities Brittany Johnson ...... 1st Grade Linda Johnston ........ Preschool David Jongetjes ....... Counselor Amanda Tunks ......... Kindergarten Michelle Kornkven .... Speech / Language Raichl Ratchenski ..... 3rd Grade Rachel Lee .............. Title I / Perf. Strateg. Rod Mack ................ E / D Tom Cummings ......... Special Ed Director Lindsay Pollestad ...... Phy Ed / Sciences Linda Merrill ............. Life Science Cheryl Parker ........... 5th Grade Jill Pilon .................. FACS Rebekah Schumacher-2nd Grade Jamie Rarick ............ 4th Grade Dean Ralston ........... Principal K- 12 Matt Rarick .............. JH / HS Mathematics Greg Pollestad ......... Elementary Computers/ Technology Director Hy C.J. Schlieve ....... Superintendent Kerri Stegman .......... Business / Librarian Wayne Stegman ....... HS English / Speech /Drama / Physical Education / Drivers Education Jeryl Thompson ........ HS / JH Social Studies Jane Uggerud .......... Music Support Staff Barb Thorsteinson .... Head Cook Betty Dahl ............... Spec Ed Aide Susie Bigwood ......... Spec Ed Aide TBD ....................... Spec Ed Aide Sharon Grundstrom ---Assistant Custodian Tammy Larson .......... Assistant Cook TBD ........................ Kitchen Help Robert Klein ............. Bus Driver Cindy Meader ........... Bus Driver Linda Merrill ............. Bus Driver Dave Peil ................. Custodian / Bus Mechanic Judy Stellon .............. Business Manager Kim Dahl ................... Secretary Extra-Curricular Murph Thompson ...... Head Football / Boys' Track Wayne Stegman ....... Head Girls' Basketball Drama / Golf Rachel Lee .............. Speech / Drama Lindsay Pollestad ......... JH Volleyball Kerri Stegman ............. Elementary Girls Basketball PEMBINA SPECIAL EDUCATION COOPERATIVE The Drayton School District is a member of the Pembina Special Education Cooperative (PSEC). As a member of PSEC, we work with the North Border, St Thomas, and Valley-Edinburg school districts to provide special education services to students ages 3 - 21. PSEC offers a full range of special education services including evaluation, consultation, instruction, and therapy to students who qualify based on the following FederallY-defined special education categories: Autism, Deaf, Deaf/Blind, Seriously Emotionally Disturbed, Mental Retardation, Hearing Impaired, Other Health Impaired, Orthopedic-Impairment, Speech / Language Impaired, Specific Learning Disability, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Non- Categorical Impairment. The goal of the Special Education Unit is to provide students with and without disabilities the opportunity to interact and receive their education in the least restrictive environment to the extent appropriate. To this end, a variety of program options are available to the student, dependent upon what the Individual Education Program (IEP) team determines. The program is unique to each student. The PSEC also promotes Child Find activities. If you have any questions or concerns about the development of a child between the ages of 3 and 5, please refer them to the School so screening services can be arranged. For students who are in need of additional services at this young age, the PCSE operates a preschool developmental program. This program is based in Cavalier and students are transported to and from the program. The program is half-day in format (AM - 3-yr olds and PM - 4- & 5-yr olds). If you have a child in school and you have questions or concerns relative to their progress or lack thereof, you are encouraged to communicate your concerns first with your child's teacher(s). If you have further questions, the next step would be to communicate with your child's principal, who may then consult with the PSEC office (265 - 8080) about initiating testing and possibly services. SCHOOL FEES / TICKET PRICES School Fees Following is a list of activities for which fees are charged: Baseball, Basketball - Boys' & Girls', Football, Golf, Music (Contest entry), One-Act Play, Speech, Track, and Volleyball. The fees are set at $ 25 / activity with a cap of $ 50 / student and / or $100 / family. Students / parents are responsible for participation fees for those activities that we coop with Grafton - Cross Country, Hockey, and Softball. Ticket Prices Ticket prices for athletic events for 2013 - 2014 are: $ 6 for adults and $ 4 for students for individual varsity events. For boys / girls basketball doubleheaders, ticket prices will be $ 7 for adults and $ 5 for students. ACTIVITIES INFORMATION Drayton provides a variety of activities for students to experience. A number of these activities are provided through a cooperative with other schools while others are self- contained. Following is a listing of the activities available to students by season. Fall: Football- Drayton and Valley-Edinburg coop; Volleyball - Drayton and Valley- Edinburg coop; Elementary Basketball (boys and girls) - Drayton offers program locally. Cross Country- coop with Grafton. Drama - Drayton offers locally. Winter: Boys Basketball- Drayton and Valley-Edinburg coop; Girls Basketball - Drayton and Valley-Edinburg coop; Hockey - coop with Graffon. Spring: Golf (Boys & Girls) - Drayton offers program locally; Track - Drayton and Valley- Edinburg coop; Baseball- Drayton, Valley- Edinburg, and St Thomas coop; Softball - coop with Grafton; Music - Drayton offers program locally; and Speech - Drayton offers program locally. FALL SPORTS INFORMATION Physicals All student athletes need to have an annual physical prior to participation -this includes practice. If the student has had a physical any time since April of the current year that will fulfill the requirement. The