Welcome to Neill Elementary's electronic newsletter! This page will be updated weekly before the end of the day on Friday. We send out a weekly e-newsletter to our families as well. The e-newsletter is sent to email addresses we have on file for families. You can update your contact information through ParentVUE or by calling the school directly.
Tuesdays in the Garden
See the flyer attached below regarding our garden events during the summer. This is every Tuesday evening through mid-September.
As you may have noticed, Burnsville is currently renovating some of the streets around Neill. We are working closely with the city to keep the sidewalks safe for students who are walking to and from school, and to ensure that the building is accessible through the last day of school. We appreciate your patience! You can see regular updates on the project here.
Looking for some free or low-cost activities for the kids this summer? Check out the flyer below for loads of options. Also, check out the flyer below for information on Summer Football Camps available to elementary age students.
Summer Food Program
Check out the flyer below for information on the school district's summer food program.
Media Center Notes
Edward Neill readers have been busy in the media center this year! It’s so much fun to see our students’ love for reading and we hope that love continues all summer long! To avoid the “summer slide” and keep students reading, be sure to take part in local summer reading programs. Here are a few great options:
Dakota County Library: Stop in at Burnhaven Library or any DCL library to sign up for their “Summer Discovery” program. Readers can earn prizes and have the opportunity to attend fun library events. Don’t forget to check out books while there and make time to read every day!
Barnes & Noble: any eight books this summer, record them in your Summer Reading Journal, tell which part of the book is your favorite, bring the completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 15th and September 3rd, 2018, and choose a free summer reading book! Look for more information to be sent home, including a copy of the Summer Reading Journal.
Edward Neill’s eBooks: Looking for something to read? Don’t forget about the thousands of eBooks available through our two eBook carriers, MackinVIA and myOn Reader! To get access, visit our district website, www.isd191.org, click on 191 Apps and log into your student account.
Here is the link for the summer reading web-page that has MANY resources about summer reading:
The web-page includes links to:
two videos (we show these to students in DLS class & during library time)
public library summer program info
local stores that have free reading programs
a written version of the info in the video
Another useful web-page is one that has tutorials (in English, Somali, & Spanish) on how to help students access our eBooks and digital learning tools from home. Here is the link: http://www.isd191.org/parents.
Food Service Info
Students must have sufficient funds in their meal account in order to purchase a meal or a la carte items. Any negative balances must be paid by June 7, 2018.
Meal Account Balances and Unpaid Meal Charges
Parents/Guardians are responsible to monitor their student’s meal account balance and to deposit money as needed for purchases. FeePay™ is an online webstore where parents/guardians can make online payments with a credit/debit card or checking account, view meal account balances, monitor purchases, and set up email alerts when the balance reaches a specific amount. To set up a FeePay™ account, go to https://isd191.feepay.com. Payments may take 24-72 hours for funds to be routed to the student accounts at the individual schools. There is no fee for parents/guardians to use this service.
Depositing money into meal accounts is best accomplished online or by sending a check to the school the student attends. Checks may be sent to school with the student and should be written out to ISD #191 Food Service. Cash payments will be accepted in a sealed envelope. Include the student's first and last name and PIN on the memo line of the check or on the outside of the envelope.
All schools have payment collection boxes placed in the Food Service area for receipt of payments. Middle Schools and the Burnsville High School have kiosks installed on-site for cash deposits. Machines take cash only (no coins), do not provide change, and require the input of the student PIN and birth date. Funds deposited are available immediately to make purchases. Cash or coins are not accepted on serving lines at secondary schools.
Meal Account Refunds
Balances remaining on meal accounts at the end of the school year will be automatically carried forward when school reopens in September. Meal purchases should be monitored, as refunds will not be issued at the end of the year on balances less than $10.00, unless the student is moving out of District #191 or graduating. Balances may be transferred to a sibling’s account by calling 952-707-2051. Refund requests must be submitted in writing no later than June 22, 2018. To request a refund send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a written request to: Food Service, 200 W Burnsville Pkwy, Burnsville, MN 55337. Include the student's first and last name and an address where a check should be mailed to. No cash refunds will be made. If we do not hear from you by June 22, 2018, any money in the account will be used to help feed children from low income families during the next school year.
Applications for Educational Benefits must be completed each school year. 2018-2019 applications will be available in August and may be completed online by going through the district website www.isd191.org under the Parents tab and selecting Application for Educational Benefits. A current school year application must be completed each year in order to be considered for free or reduced price meals. If your student currently qualifies for benefits you must reapply by October 16, 2018 or you will be changed full price for meals. If you receive food stamps or MFIP, you may be directly certified by the state and may not need to complete an application. Children are full pay status until the application has been approved and parents are expected to provide a meal or money for a meal until approved for this benefit.
Free Summer Meals for Children and TeensThe Food Service Department participates in the USDA Summer Feeding Program. FREE MEALS are offered to children, ages 1-18. Children DO NOT have to live in the ISD 191 school district to participate. Please see the Food Service pages about summer meals for additional information.
What are you doing this summer? Come to The EDGE!
The EDGE welcomes students from Burnsville, Eagan, Savage, Lakeville, Farmington, New Prague, New Market, Shakopee and other neighboring communities! We offer flexible scheduling, with monthly, weekly and daily attendance options and no minimum attendance requirement.
The EDGE is located at Harriet Bishop Elementary, 14400 O'Connell Rd in Savage. Transportation is provided to and from various locations within your community
The EDGE is a comprehensive youth program for kids entering grades 6-9 (or until your child turns 16), with a focus on building community, independence and positive interpersonal communication and socialization skills in a fun, recreational and educational environment where kids can feel success, achievement and recognition. Kids who attend The EDGE are involved in planning and have choices in activities. They take exciting trips and are active and out in the community. Please see the flyers below for additional information.
- The Neill PTO has a new website! Click here to check it out.
- We will need a new PTO Vice President next year. This position will be voted on at the next meeting, May 17. Please email Kari Nurminen if you are interested: email@example.com
One91 Pre-kindergarten is available for 2018-19!
The pre-kindergarten play environment provides children with a nurturing place to explore materials and concepts, ask questions and build language, and socialize, problem solve and learn with peers through play. Children turning 4 years old by September 1, 2018 are eligible to attend. Classes are offered 4 days per week,Tuesdays through Fridays. You can choose mornings (9 am-12 pm) or afternoons (12:55-3:55 pm). Transportation may be available within the home attendance area of each school. Pre-kindergarten is offered at no cost at Neill Elementary.
Enrollment materials will be available at your child’s school or at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway in Burnsville. Materials will also be available online starting Jan. 27 by going to www.communityed191.org/EnrollPreK. Please complete all required forms and return to Diamondhead Education Center, Community Education office, prior to March 30, 2018 to be considered for the first round lottery placements.
To learn more, attend the Curious about Preschool Open House at Diamondhead Education Center on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 from 9:30-11:30 amPara Español por favor llame Astrid, Hadad tahay Somali fadlan soo wac Hodan nambarkan 952-707-4189.
Did you know that there are funds available to assist families with heating costs? Please see the attached info at the bottom of the page for more information.
6/7/18 - Spirit Day - Neill Colors!
6/7/18 - 5th Grade Send Off Activities
6/7-18 - Musical Showcase - 2:45 p.m.
6/7/18 - Last day of school!