Community

Get all your Community information here! There's information on school including a link to Maple Lake Public Schools, area obituaries, and links to various places in the Maple Lake Community. You will also find a link to the Friends of the Maple Lake Library and Maple Chamber of Commerce.  If you have anything happening in the community and would like these programs and/or events to show up in our "Community" Section of our Messenger, e-mail your information to news@maplelakemessenger.com.  Please make sure to check out our Community section of the Messenger which usually shows up in pages 4-6 of the newspaper.

Fri
06
Sep

Schoolseum features Community Guide photos

The Maple Lake Schoolseum at Maple Lake High School is now featuring the Maple Lake Area 2012 Community Guide contest photos. The photographs provide unique views of the Maple Lake area and are included with the previous Community Guide covers of the past nine years. Pictured at right is the new display recently completed at the school. Last year's photos can be picked up at the Maple Lake Messenger, or you can contact Ginger O'Loughlin at 320-963-5302 and give her permission to use the photos in other Schoolseum cases throughout the year.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish Wear consignment sale planned

The first-ever Irish Wear Athletic Gear & College Wear Consignment Sale is being planned for Maple Lake Elementary and High School. Families can drop off their used athletic gear or high school and college spirit wear  on Monday, September 24, from 3 to 8 p.m. in the high school. Clothes must be clean and stain-free, with no holes, rips or tears. Athletic items could include cleats, helmets, knee pads, baseball gloves, head gear and more. All athletic gear will be disinfected prior to re-sale. Monday, Oct. 1 and Monday, Oct. 15 from 3 to 8 p.m. will be the sale dates. A portion of the funds will go to the new high school parent-teacher group, Irish PATHS (Parents and Teachers Helping Students). Funds will also go to the elementary parent-teacher group PIE (Partners In Education). For more information, contact Paula Schmidt at 763-245-0608; schmidtxteriors@aol.com.

Fri
06
Sep

School board approves new District Leadership Team

At the regular school board meeting on September 10, the Maple Lake school district’s board members voted to blend the Q Comp and District Staff Advisory Teams into one “District Leadership Team” program after hearing a request from elementary teacher and Q Comp representative, Tanya Malwitz. This combination will bring together two committees with the same goals in mind, while keeping with state requirements to design and collectively bargain a plan that meets the five components of the law. The five components under Q Comp include Career Ladder/Advancement Options, Job-embedded Professional Development, Teacher Evaluation, Performance Pay, and an Alternative Salary Schedule. DSDAT was established as a tool for better communication of staff development and district goals. DSDAT is a spring board to write action plans that better serve Maple Lake Schools.

Fri
06
Sep

Schools to close on October 18-19

Due to the fall holiday, no classes will be conducted on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18-19, at St. Timothy’s School and Maple Lake Public Schools. Classes will resume on Monday, Oct. 22.

Fri
06
Sep

Elementary hosts Scholastic Book Fair

Maple Lake Elementary School will host a Scholastic Book Fair in the large group room during the next week. Families, faculty, and the community are invited to attend this fun event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers. The Book Fair offers specially-priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult bestsellers, and other great reads from more than 100 publishers. Book Fair customers may help the school building classroom libraries by purchasing books through the Classroom Wish List program. In addition, the Book Fair will feature the One for Books program, where kids and community members donate loose change to purchase books from the Book Fair for students who can't buy a book.

Fri
06
Sep

Parent/teacher conferences planned

Parent/teacher conferences will take place in October at Maple Lake Elementary and High School. Elementary evening conferences will be conducted on Monday, Oct. 15, with a day of conferences planned for Wednesday, Oct. 17. No classes for elementary students will be conducted on that day. Parent/teacher conferences for Maple Lake High School are planned from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish Homecoming events continue

Events will continue this week for the 2012 MLHS Homecoming Dress-up days remaining this week are as follows: Thursday, Class Themes Day (grades 7 &12– Fake an Injury; grades 8 & 11–Superhero; grades 9 & 10–Favorite Teacher); Friday, Spirit Day. Athletic contests for the week will have the Irish volleyball team hosting Holdingford at 7 p.m. on Thursday and the football team will hosting Holdingford at 7 p.m. on Friday A raffle for a chance to sit on a couch at the football game is also being conducted, in addition to a Scavenger Hunt and a Pepfest on Friday. The annual Homecoming Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday at the city park, with lineup to begin at 5:30 p.m. A dance will be held after the football game until midnight in the MLHS gym, with junior high students to leave at 11 p.m.

Fri
06
Sep

Winter chill in the air for St. Timothy's Marathon

Students, staff, family and friends of St. Timothy’s School had a chilly, but beautiful fall morning on Saturday, Oct. 6, to participate in the annual Marathon for Non-Public Education. Because of the cold morning, pre-event refreshments, instructions and a prayer were held in the school gym.  The Marathon goal of $16,000 was well within range with more than $14,000 raised by Saturday and donations still coming in.

Fri
06
Sep

St. Tim's to host annual Marathon Oct. 6

The annual Marathon for Non-Public Education will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, at St. Timothy’s School with a goal of raising $16,000. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with a prayer at 9:30 a.m. to be followed by the start of the bike-riding and walking events. Families are encourged to participate with their children. Third graders participating in the bike ride must be accompanied by parents. The Knights of Columbus will be providing a lunch after the events.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish Homecoming set for Oct. 7-12

Events are being planned for the Maple Lake High School 2012 Homecoming, set for the week of Oct. 7-12. The week begins with the annual Powder Puff football and He-Man volleyball contests between the junior and senior classes. The Powder Puff game will begin at 4 p.m. at Irish Country Stadium and the He-Man Volleyball game is set for 6:30 p.m. in the high school gym. Coronation of the 2012 Irish Homecoming King and Queen will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, in the MLHS auditorium. A bonfire and activities will follow on the ballfields near the playground. Dress-up days throughout the week are as follows: Monday, PJ Day; Tuesday, Senior Citizen Day; Wednesday, College/Professional Logo Day; Thursday, Class Themes Day (grades 7 &12– Fake an Injury; grades 8 & 11–Superhero; grades 9 & 10–Favorite Teacher); Friday, Spirit Day. Athletic contests for the week will have the Irish volleyball team hosting Holdingford at 7 p.m.

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