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.
District 191 Chess Tournament
Students in kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to compete in the annual Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 chess tournament on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Metcalf Middle School, 2250 Diffley Road. Registration is 8:15 to 8:35 a.m. and the tournament wraps up around 3:30 p.m.
Tournament sections will be:
Grades K-3: For primary players with very little tournament experience. No team awards.
Elementary K-5: Team and individual awards including top grade level trophies. Teams are based on the top four players’ scores added together. Schools can enter as many players as they want.
Grades 6-12: Top team and top three individuals will receive trophies.
The five rounds will take place approximately at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:55 p.m. and 2:05 p.m. If players cannot stay all day, they can take a bye for the round they miss and still play the rest of the day. The entry fee is $19 (checks made payable to Metcalf Chess Club). Participants are asked to bring a chess set along if they have one, paper and pen for notation, and a lunch or money for concessions.
Kindergarten Information Night in January
Human Growth and Development Classes
Fourth and fifth grade boys and girls will receive Human Growth and Development Classes that are taught by the Licensed School Nurse in each building. If you have any questions regarding the classes, please feel free to contact the Licensed School Nurse. If you do not wish for your child to attend these classes, please notify the school health office at 952-707-3103.
Be a part of 6th grade Orchestra!
Students entering 6th grade can sign up for 6th grade orchestra and have the opportunity to learn to play the Violin, Viola, Cello or Bass. 6th grade strings is an elective, year-long course and meets during school every other day. 6th grade students will also have one 30 minute small group lesson every 7 days during school. Students will have several performances throughout the year, including the district-wide Spring Orchestra Festival. No previous musical experience is necessary. An interest form with more information will go home with students in January.
Contact Mr. Wendell Sletten with any questions, and visit BePartoftheMusic.org to learn more about orchestra!
Nicollet Middle School Orchestra
Pop Tab Collection
Hey Neill Families & Staff!
We are now collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest. Please have your student bring in the tabs from the following:
- Beverage cans
- Soup cans
- Pet food cans
- Anything with a tab!
Please place the tabs in a bag labeled with your student’s grade. Each grade will have a container for their tabs. The teachers and staff will also have a container and compete for the most tabs.
The winning grade at the end of the year will get a prize. The teachers get bragging rights if they win.
Keep collecting all year!
Our PTO is developing an Angel Fund for Neill families in need. The funds will be providing supplies for families in urgent situations, such as gas cards, hotel vouchers, diapers, etc. We'll be working on a system for donations soon and welcome any unused gift cards or supplies we could distribute.
The Neill PTO has a new website! Click here to check it out.
Opportunities in One91 Health Offices
ISD 191 is looking for RN's and LPN's interested in subbing in our school health offices. Stop into the Neill Health Office or just give them a call at 952-707-3103. Nurse Jane would love to answer any questions you might have regarding subbing in ONE91 Health Offices! Apply today at http://www.isd191.org
Job Opportunities in Food Service
Come work with School Food & Nutrition Services! Apply online at www.isd191.org. We are currently hiring for Food Service Associates and substitute/on-call employees.
Why work with us? School Food & Nutrition employees:
- Work day hours
- Enjoy a rewarding career
- Learn culinary skills
- Stay active and strong
- Relax on evenings, weekends, holidays and school breaks
- Inspire and feed future leaders of the world
- Start at $13.85/hour and have FUN!
Not ready for a permanent position, apply as a Substitute!
- Typically work 3-4 hours/day
- Work at one school or all schools - you decide
- Must be flexibly and available on short notice
- Earn $11.00/hour
Plus, all Food & Nutrition employees receive a free meal per shift!
Parking Lot Safety
If you pick up your students after school, please be aware that safety has been a concern with many cars trying to leave the parking lot at the same time. We want to make sure that all students make it home unharmed and ask that you be patient if you are waiting to pick up. The line moves rather quickly and we appreciate your time.
Application for Educational Benefits
Have you completed the form or waiver yet? We are asking for all families to complete a form, which can be found using this link. You will be directed to the application if you want to complete it.
For the form, you will need your student's ID number. If you don't know it, don't hesitate to call us and we'll look it up for you: 952.707.3100.
BrainPower in a BackPack
BrainPower in a BackPack is a supplemental food program that sends food home with hungry children for the weekend. A typical bag contains two main meal items, two breakfast items, two drinks, two snacks, and two fruits. Many children receive meals at school during the week, but are still in need of food when there is no school.
If this describes your child, please let our BrainPower contact person, Rose Rosenberger, know that you would like your child included in the BrainPower program. There is no cost to you as the food is purchased with donations and packed by Burnsville High School volunteers.
Become an 'Ambassador' and share your One91 story!
As a parent, you have a story about your experience in your child's school and a perspective unlike any other. You know how your child's teachers have cared for and supported their growth. You've seen your child find activities and subjects and friends they love. You've seen community members rally to support your school through volunteering, fund-raising and more.
District 191 is looking for parents like you who are willing to share their experiences and perspectives as part of a new 'Ambassadors' program. If you are interested in sharing your experience by:
- Conducting/supporting tours for prospective parents
- Being on parent panels at informational events
- Providing a written or video testimonial
- Representing your school or the district at events (carnivals, learning fairs, etc.)
- Being active on social media in support of your school and District 191
- Or any other way,
Being an Ambassador is for you.
If you are interested in participating, send an email to email@example.com. You'll receive an email with more information and be invited to a "kick off" event for Ambassadors in late September.
Help us tell our story!
Food Service Info
Application for Educational Benefits
Students may qualify for educational benefits, including free or reduced price meals. All families are encouraged to submit an Application for Educational Benefits, found at www.isd191.org/edbenefits Printed applications are available online at www.isd191.org, each school, and the district office. Benefits from the previous school year are carried over for the first 30 school days. Any family that has not reapplied by October 16, 2018 will be changed to full price meals. Applications may be completed at any time throughout the year. Until an application is approved and written notice has been received, parents/guardians are responsible for providing meals from home or money for school meals.
Payments, Account Balances, and Refunds
Parents/Guardians are responsible to monitor student meal account balances and deposit money for purchases. FeePay™ is an online webstore to make 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 account. There is no fee for parents/guardians to use this service.
If sending a check for purchases, it should be written out to ISD 191 Food Service. Cash is accepted in a sealed envelope. Write the student's first and last name and PIN on the check memo line or on the envelope. All schools have payment collection boxes. Middle schools and the Burnsville High School have kiosks for cash deposits (no coins). Cash or coins are not accepted on serving lines at middle or high schools.
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.
12/11/18 - Floor Hockey w/Mr. Ceola, Gym, 7:05-8:50 a.m.
12/11/18 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
12/12/18 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
12/14/18 - Floor Hockey w/Mr. Ceola, Gym, 7:05-8:50 a.m.
12/15/18 - District Chess Tournament, Metcalf Middle School, 8:15 a.m.
12/18/18 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
12/18/18 - Food + You Distribution, Cafeteria, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
12/19/18 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
12/20/18 - Obstacle course during specialists
12/21/18 - Spirit Day - "Winter Wonderland"
12/21/18 - Movie Day! - More details to come!
12/24/18-1/1/19 - Winter Break! NO SCHOOL!
1/2/19 - Classes resume!
1/8/19 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
1/9/19 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
1/10/19 - PTO Meeting, Media Center, 6:30-8:00 p.m.