Lloyd talks to students as they work on an art project.
Lloyd signs one of her books for one of her classmates and friends.
Maple Lake native Donna (Wurm) Lloyd visited Maple Lake Library to present her program, “Reading and Writing for Everyone” on Monday. Lloyd is an author, educator and photographer who has written a series of books, featuring her photos, to engage young readers. Her books were available for parents, children and educators. Lloyd shared activities with the children who attended. She also shared ideas and resources for supporting y oung readers, as well as information on the writing and publishing process. Children were able to examine bugs like the ones featured in Lloyd’s books and also did several bug-related activities.
They had been aThose attending Preschool Storytime were Elijah Mueller, Dylan Hennen, Kalli Hennen, Kenna Hennen, Emma McAlpine, Kode Maresh, Kallan Maresh, Evan Geyen, Savannah Geyen, Maci Geyen, Kora Hiltner, Devon Hiltner, Ryan Fertig, Madison Fertig, Emily Kunkel, Ben Kunkel, Payton Schwindel, Lucas Schwindel, Clark Hawkinson, Oliver Hawkinson, Finnegan Paulson, Ryder Dettwiler, Colton Klatt, Alexandra Krauze, Jackson Krauze, Ben Ogram, Ellie Ogram, Ellie Jude, Emma Jude, Mady Lind, Riley Jude, Alyssa Jude, Jill Sherwood, Larson Melgaard and Isabelle Melgaard.
Thirty five children and 12 adults had fun “playing on the farm” at the library preschool storytime on July 10.
Marie Mavencamp read Doreen Cronin’s silly story, “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type,” The children had fun trying to figure what the animals would do next.
Maple Lake Elementary was honored as an Exemplar Sustaining PBIS School (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) for their Irish Pride program at the State Conference in June by the Minnesota Department of Education. Pictured with State Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius, left, and MDE staff member Eric Kloos, right, are MLE Principal Kris Harlan, Trish Ludwig, Lisa Weninger and Becky Nies, who received the award on behalf of th PBIS team and MLE.
Hans Peterson, Kenlyn Marsicek, Landon Marsicek, Ben Ogram and Ellie Ogram joined Lisa Perovich and her greyhound, Boone, at the Maple Lake Library on Tuesday to listen to a story, play a game, draw, write and practice their reading skills. Area children are invited to join Perovich and Boone from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15.
Sara comes in once a week, sometimes twice and is open to whatever I have for her. She consistently asks to help in any way. Sara has a way with these young learners and always makes each of them feel special.
Kelly has spent hours helping in her kids’ classrooms each year and she is also the person behind the Maple Lake Facebook page. Kelly is a very dedicated person – to her children and our District!
Sean has been our go-to carpenter this year! He built our doghouse for “I Love to Read Month,” and spray-painted our clothes pins for our “School of Excellence” luncheon.
Jean has been an integral part of the success we've had this year with our new Backpack Buddies Program. She worked with our school social workers to successfully write a grant through Wright-Hennepin Co-op to obtain dollars to support the program. She has been committed to our project since the first day. Jean can best be described as caring and compassionate. We are so grateful for the partnership we have with Jean and her volunteers at the Food Shelf.
On Tuesday, June 3, Maple Lake Elementary celebrated four very special people who were chosen for the school’s “Outstanding Volunteers of the Year” award.
Their names are Sara Hagen, Kelly Pribyl, Sean Nies and Jean Skomoroh.
Everyone knows the value of an extra hand – volunteers are those people that appear with a smile on their face and two extra hands ready to help. They usually don’t like acknowledgement but the school would like to say thank you.
Whether it’s talent, patience, experience, kindness, generosity or time, these four individuals have given gifts that cannot be bought, and school staff and students believe they are extremely fortunate to have each and every one of them join them in making Maple Lake schools the best that it can be.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.