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Albany Elementary Newsletter (April)


 News for April 2019
From the Principal
With just over seven weeks left in the school year, we are working hard on making plans for the end of this school year. At the same time, we must look ahead to next year and start making plans now. Art teacher Lisa Nicoll, physical education teacher Annette Brewer, and administrative assistant Diane Noll are retiring at the end of the school year. These three staff members will leave very big shoes to fill! We are in the process of interviewing for the PE and administrative assistant positions. The art position will be filled by Julia Olson who is currently the art teacher at Avon Elementary. I am very excited for Julia to join the Albany Elementary team. When the rest of the positions are filled, I will make that information public. 
We have some internal movement due to shifts in sections at various grade levels. In fifth grade we will be moving from three sections to four. Kristi Spohn will fill the additional section of fifth grade. In second grade we will be moving from four sections to five. Ashley Otremba will be moving to second grade to fill that additional section. Due to current kindergarten numbers, we will be going from five sections of first grade this year to three sections next year. Anne Hoeschen will be moving to third grade to cover the position currently held by Kristi Spohn. 
We are continuing our work on a new playground. Our Albany Elementary Playground Committee consists of eight very dedicated and motivated parents and staff members. We are finalizing our plans and will be making them public very soon. We have had some preliminary conversations about fundraisers to raise the money for our playground. The school board is fully supportive of our efforts and has dedicated $50,000 toward our project. 
Our committee understands that the Albany Elementary playground is really a community playground. It is used all year by our students, community members, as well as visitors to our community. The plans will include equipment and activities for students from preschool age through elementary. Our playground will be accessible to those in wheelchairs and be appropriate for children of all abilities. Throughout this process, we are keeping in mind the importance of the health and wellness of the young students of our community.  
As always, please contact me with any questions you have.

This Month's News

Notes from Grade 5 
It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of the school year, and our 5th graders will be heading over to the middle school. Fifth grade is always a busy year filled with lots of activities. We began the year by attending Pioneer Days, learning about our history and simple machines. Officer Gannon has visited our rooms several times this year to discuss the topic of bullying. Fifth grade students were also able to attend the play Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Paramount in St. Cloud. We recently completed the Reading and Math MCA’s, and will have the Science MCA’s at the beginning of May. Fifth grade students were able to attend a band instrument introduction at the high school with Mr. Herdan. There will be an information meeting about band for parents in May. The month of May will continue to be busy with students attending an ice cream social at the middle school. Students will have the chance to get a preview of the school with a tour given by student council members. We are also working on completing our biography reports. Students will be having a wax museum exhibition demonstrating the information they learned during their biography research at the end of May. Parents and family members will be invited for this activity. It has been a terrific 5th grade year. We wish the 5th graders good luck in middle school next year!
1:1 in 6th Grade
6th Grade Going 1:1 Exciting news for 6th grade students next year--they will have 1:1 devices in their classrooms!

Why is 1:1 beneficial? 
Beyond the convenience of every student having access to a high quality device during the school day, a 1:1 environment allows teachers the flexibility to design lessons that meet every student's needs. Classrooms will be able to better utilize Schoology, Google Apps, and countless more programs to help give our students access to educational material and opportunities to create content of their own.

How is this different from 7-8th grade 1:1?
Since this 6th grade 1:1 is NEW, we will be taking time at the beginning of the year to teach students about the responsibility of using their new Chromebook. Physical care, digital skills, and digital citizenship concepts will all be taught and practiced before students bring devices home.

We look forward to the expanded learning opportunities the 1:1 environment will provide. Please plan to attend our parent information night on May 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the BEAT to learn more about the transition to middle school.
BOGO Book Fair
It’s coming……for only 24 hours!

The BOGO Book Fair will be coming to Albany Elementary the first week of May.

The book fair will be open…….
Thursday, May 2, from 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM 
Friday, May 3, from 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM. 

See you there!
Just a reminder...Order/ renew a magazine….

Magazines are a great way to spark interest in reading. A weekly/monthly issue in your mailbox is a great reminder to unplug & read this summer!

Feel free to share the link with family and friends! Proceeds will benefit the Albany Elementary Media Center. Thanks for your support!
PBIS "Paws"-itive Pride
Congratulations to Ms. Abraham’s class for being as quiet as a mouse in the hallway on the way to specials, to Mrs. DeGeest’s class for being role models in the hallway, to Mrs. Croatt’s class for being so quiet walking out of the cafeteria, and to Mrs. Myogeto’s class for being quiet in the lunchroom without being told.
Congratulations to Mrs. Sauerer’s class for walking quietly to gym, to Mrs. Holbrook’s class for being quiet in the hallway, to Mrs. Moe’s class for having quiet voices and demonstrating respectful behavior at lunch, and to Mrs. Spohn’s class for having great manners.
We have filled our Huskie House! Congratulations to all students showing "Paws"-itive Pride to make this happen. The schoolwide celebration was 30 minutes of extra recess!

Student Council

Our student council put on a very sucessful food drive for the food shelf! The food shelf was asking for personal care items. Thank you to all of you who helped with your support and donations.
Congratulations to our second graders for bringing in the most items. First place winners got to dress Mr. Jeff for the day. Second place went to first grade, who got to have lunch in the classroom with their teacher. Third place went to third grade, who got to have Pajama Day.

Books with Brook

Mrs. Myogetos's class was nomintated for Books with Brook and was chosen as Wild Country 99's featured class. Brook Stephens came and met with the class. She gave each student and Mrs. Myogeto a free book! For more imformation or to register a class click on the following link
SNAP Benefits and Fare For All
SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) was designed to help income-eligible families to buy food needed for good health.  SNAP benefits are deposited monthly on an electronic card that is used like a debit card, called an EBT card. The EBT card is accepted at most grocery stores and many farmers markets around Minnesota.  Second Harvest Heartland’s SNAP Specialist can help you determine if you and your family are eligible for SNAP benefits and assist you in completing your application in-person or over the phone!

Abigail Renteria (¡Hablo Español!) 
612-247-1446 or

Fare For All
Fare For All is a monthly discounted grocery program. Food is separated into meat packs and produce packs, and then is sold at approximately half the cost a person would pay at a retail store. An EBT card is accepted here as a form of payment! For more information on locations nearest you, along with dates and times, please visit:
100 Mile Club
We have a great group of students participating in the 100 Mile Club again this year. Students meet at 7:30 a.m. and run/walk before school.
The following students reached 25 miles this month!

The following students reached 50 miles this month!


The following students reached 75 miles this month!


Trash for Cash

Congratulations to Mr. Feldewerd's class for bringing in the most trash for the month of March. March's prize was the chance to paint Mrs. Schultz's face!
Here is a list of trash that you can turn into cash for our school: Trash for Cash List.
Albany Area Schools values the health and wellness of our staff and students. Check out our wellness policy here: Keep watching our Facebook page and newsletters to learn about initiatives that the district takes to help create healthy students! 

News in Review


Order or Renew a Magazine….

Magazines are a great way to spark interest in reading. A weekly/monthly issue in your mailbox is a perfect reminder to unplug & READ!!

Feel free to share the link with family and friends! Proceeds will benefit the Albany Elementary Media Center. 


Please note the following change to the calendar. Students will have have school March 25, April 22, and May 31 as snow makeup days.


16               Grade 3 Field Trip 
19               NO SCHOOL
22               Snow Makeup Day
30               Grade 2 Field Trip
1                  Special Person's Day
2                 BOGO Book Fair
2                  Grade 6 Transition Meeting
3                 BOGO Book Fair
3                 FULL DAY
10               Grade 1 Field Trip
11               Buckets and Tap Shoes
14               Grade 4 Field Trip
15               Ya Ya at St. Ben's
20               Last Day of Preschool.
21               Go West Musical Grade 4 & 5
22                Grade 1 Field Trip
23               Preschool Picnic. Grade 4 Field Trip
27               NO SCHOOL
31               Last Day of School. Early Release
Albany Elementary School • 10 Forest Ave. • PO Box 40 • Albany, MN 56307
Phone: 320-845-5200