Harlan reaches into the freezer that someone claiming to be Santa Claus gave the school for the Backpack Buddies Program, a supplemental food program that provides struggling families with just a little extra to fill their cupboards every week. The program has been going strong now for just over a year.
A pile of backpacks awaits student volunteers, Friday, Nov. 7, who will pack them with food and groceries for students who may not have enough to eat at home.
Elementary Principal Kris Harlan packs a backpack with food, nearby a cart loaded with more food waits to be put on the shelves. The cart load was collected by the school’s Rachel’s Challenge leaders during a “Scare the Hunger Food Drive” on October 31. All of it will be used for the school district’s Backpack Buddies Program.
Paula Willard shows Amy, Christina and Ellie Ogram the benefits of her Tastefully Simple products.
Shoppers enjoyed browsing a number of items available at the St. Timothy’s School Shopping Extravaganza which was held on Saturday, November 8th. The event featured student-made crafts, homemade gifts and foods, a Scholastic book fair, a calendar raffle and products from the following vendors: Andrea’s Naturals, BeautiControl, Wildtree, St. Patrick’s Books & Gifts, Hannah’s Rosaries & Crafts, Thirty One Gifts, Premier Designs Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Arbonne, Norwex and Avon.
7th and 8th grade students had their Irish Pride celebrations in the high school gym last Tuesday and Wednesday during study hall. 8th graders Jordan Mortenson and Ben Goelz are all set to play blind-folded dodgeball.
Maple Lake High School students were nominated by a high school staff member for the 9th-12th grade Irish Pride Award. Students must display pride, respect and responsibilty to be nominated for this award.
Pictured are Andrew Brown - 5th grade teacher, Mark Redemske - superintendent, Nicole Casebolt - computer technology teacher, Dr. Robert Cavanna - executive director of Resource Trainings and Solutions, Mary Beth Barder - high school English teacher, David Hansen - high school principal, and Kris Harlan - elementary principal.
“Each day you get to pick your attitude,” said keynote speaker Reneé Rongen at the Leadership in Educational Excellence (LEEA) event held on Wednesday, October 29, at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. “By telling yourself you will have a terrific day, you bring that attitude to school and to your students,” she continued.
Over 500 people attended the event to honor 152 educators who were recognized with a plaque and certificate from the governor of Minnesota. The honorees were nominated by their school or district. Represented at the event are public, private, parochial, charter schools, the Meeker & Wright Special Education Cooperative and the Wright Technical Center. There were 41 school districts/agencies represented.
The St. Cloud State Science Express mobile laboratory.
Elijah Elsenpeter, Ella Kiebel and Hannah Jude learning how to use the pipetting tool to transfer liquids.
Dr. Bruce Jacobson teaching Mr. Brown's 5th grade class how to use pipetting tools for an experiment. Pictured from left to right: Aidan Kolehmainen, Breanna Blizil, Kolton Payne, Sophia Pribyl, Gage Karvonen, Kylie Edmonson, Greta Brown, Ivan Hartkopf, Kenyon Kingsbury and Mason Mills.
Aiden Staloch, Logan Weninger and Lisa Weninger fingerprinting themselves and learning the differences and identifying marks between whorls, loops and arches.
Maple Lake High School students in the Friends of Rachel club participated in Free The Children's We Scare Hunger campaign on Halloween night. They went trick or treating for non-perishable food items and collected over 500 items weighing in over 300 pounds.
The Friends of Rachel Club students are involved in Free The Children's We Act program this year. We Act is an educational program that empowers young people to become active local, national and global citizens. We Act is a movement of students and educators who believe that some of the most powerful learning experiences happen when you make a meaningful difference in your communities and for the world.By taking at least one local and one global action, We Act helps students gain diverse skills and perspectives that challenge apathy and encourage active citizenship.
A huge thank you to the community of Maple Lake for your contribution to We Scare Hunger.
Are You Ready For Winter? Winter in Minnesota can be described in many ways, but unpredictable isn’t one of them.
At some point, it will snow and temperatures will drop below zero. There will be ice on the roads. High winds will raise the risk of being outdoors from hazardous to life-threatening.
The best way to avoid the hazards is to stay warm and cozy indoors, but it’s tough to stay cooped up for months — and even staying indoors for long periods carries risks. Problems can arise with indoor air, and fire risks increase dramatically in the winter.
Are you ready for it? Do you know how to stay warm, safe and happy all winter? Well, fear not. Surviving, even enjoying, the winter season is not as hard as it looks to the uninitiated.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Maple Lake Elementary Staff - Front row: Ms. Barder, Sharon H (preschool), Mr. Ronnenberg, Wendy B., Mrs. Harlan (principal), Ms. Abraham, Mrs. Weninger, Mrs. Luckemeyer, Mrs. Hertwig, Mrs. D-Holland, Ms. Hammerback. Second row: Mrs. Decker, Ms. Malwitz, Mrs. Schneider, Mrs. Kolehmainen, Ruth P., Mrs. Seibert, Mrs. Ludwig. Third row: Mrs. Jost, Maggie H., Brittney U. (student teacher), Christine (preschool), Mr. Fuchs Back row: Mrs. Carlson, Jodie N., Mr. Hammerschmidt, Mrs. Tongen, Mrs. Kosloski, Mrs. Schmitz, Mrs. Skay, Mr. Kiebel, Ms. Casebolt, Mrs. Blumhoefer, Kim J., Laura D., Mrs. Nies, Mrs. Pomije, Ms. Hagen, Mrs. Nelson, Mr. Staloch, Mr. Brown.
Maple Lake High School staff - Front row: Principal Dave Hansen, Renee Miller, Jane Hudek, MaryBeth Barder, Tana Fobber, Ann Stuefen, LeAnn Rivers, Jeanne Omvig, Naomi Durst, Stacy Cargill. Second row: Nichole Rengel, Heidi Noerenberg, Jean Elsenpeter, Beth Olson, Deb Aulwes, Tammy Heitkamp, Rachel Dale, Louie Manuel. Third row: Randy Benoit, Brad Neutz, Jeff Kubian, Andy Boman, Justin Roob, Nathan Mitchell, Steve Kosloski, Sue Nelson, Ben Youngs, Karla Mavencamp, Judy Sloneker, Kim Fynboh.
The theme for Unity Day in the high school was “When we stand together, no one has to stand alone.” Pictured are Rachel’s Challenge Club students. Front row: Margaret Graham, Nikki Wilson, Mikayla Koss, Caleb Hagen, Logan Weninger, Ana Stecker, Samantha Kramer, Jazlynn Baker, Lily VonArb, Alyssa Bergeron, Nichole Rengel Second Row: Ben Clapp, Josie Wagner, Mike Miller, Jackson Gallagher, Lucy Greenhagen, Lily Workman, Sam Price, Andrea Peterson, Sarah Walsh, Ashlee Martie, Katelynn Homen. Third and Fourth row: Andy Boman, Devin Woolridge, Grace Heying, Mackenzie Miller, Brooke Ankerfelt, Anna Becker, Megan Webb, Caitlin Weege, Kora Fuller, Katelyn Fuller, Mollie Scheiber. Fifth row: Jordan Mortenson, Aiden Staloch, Jordan Gries, Alexus Jackson, Daryn Strub, Emily Webb, Ashley Schmitz, Mollie Graham, Taylor Pilger, Lauren Borell, Natalie Johnson, Mackenna Brown, Mia Cochrane, Sam Schaunaman. Sixth row: Zach Cargill, Ben Goelz, Karissa Timmers, Trenton Miller, Ivan Latour, Maxx Pribyl,Grace Thiele, Brady Tongen, Abby Larson, Alyssa Painschab, Josh Medley.
Ashley Schmitz, Logan Weninger, Jackson Gallagher, Lily VonArb and Aiden Staloch making UNITE ribbons.
Maple Lake schools spent the day wearing orange for UNITY DAY which is a day where we unite as one to spread the word that bullying is not allowed, instead we celebrate our uniqueness and share kindness with one another. Flyers were sent home with a message that invited students, staff, parents and community members to wear orange on October 22nd.
From top to bottom, Brayden Graunke won first place for best costume in the zero to kindergarten age group costume contest. Max Beffel was second and Jett Edmonson was third.
Amber Redburn and her stepdaughter, Kaydi Muller, try to guess how many pieces of candy corn are in the jar.
Charlee Wurm, center, has her fortune told by Jodi Stecker. Watching are her siblings, Andrew Wurm on her left, and Molly Wurm on her right.
This trio dressed up as rock, paper and scissors. They are, from left, Calli Hadler, Alyssa Hadler and Claire Carlson.
Clockwise, from left, Ashlee Jensen took second place in the first through third grade costume contest as a mouse in a trap; Amara Schroeder’s jelly fish get-up took first and Taylor Walhowe, the vampire, was third.
Clockwise, from left, Kenyon Kingsbury took second place in the fourth through sixth grade costume contest as hangman; Kaden Kramer was a rodeo clown and took first, and Noah Beffel’s army guy costume earned him third.
Clockwise, from left, Janine Kingsbury took second place in the adult costume contest as a rodeo clown; Gary Swenson was first as Super Man. He vowed to dress up as Superman the year he became a 10-year cancer survivor. After a bone marrow transplant and many chemotherapy treatments, Saturday, Swenson fulfilled his vow. Rick Kingsbury won the third-place prize.