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.
We've had our first Star Cluster! Check out information about this year's theme on our STARS page.
The Neill PTO has a new website! Click here to check it out.
Annual Fun(d) Run - September 28
Our annual run is Friday, September 28, and we're excited to take the trek around Neill Park. This event is also a fundraiser for families and all dollars go back into Neill classrooms. Envelopes are coming home on Monday, September 17 with more information. Thank you to our PTO for organizing!
10:07am – 10:59am – 4th Grade
10:59am – 11:51am – 5th Grade
11:51pm – 12:43pm – 3rd Grade
1:19pm – 2:11pm – 1st Grade
2:11pm – 3:03pm – Kindergarten
3:03pm – 3:55pm – 2nd Grade
K-8 Blazettes Dance Clinic
Do you love to dance? Would you love an opportunity to dance with the Burnsville Blazettes Dance Team? We want to meet YOU! Join the Blazettes on Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 – 2:00 for our annual K-8 youth clinic. Dancers will learn a routine and have the opportunity to perform pregame on Homecoming, October 5th. Check out www.burnsvilleblazettes.org (or the flyer below) for more information. We hope to see you on the 29th!
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.
You may have noticed our new crosswalk in the parking lot at the parent drop-off/pick-up area. Please use the crosswalk during the drop-off/pick-up time to help with safety. We want to make sure students travel safely and appreciate your support.
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.
Tuesdays in the Garden
See the flyer attached below regarding our garden events during the summer. This is every Tuesday evening through mid-September.
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!
MN K-12 Education Subtraction and Credit
Most Minnesota parents qualify for the K-12 subtraction, which reduces their taxable income. Parents under certain income limits may also qualify for the K-12 credit. The credit can refund up to 75 percent of parents' costs - even if they do not owe tax.
Generally, most expenses paid for educational instruction or materials qualify, including:
- Pens and notebooks
- Rental or purchases of educational equipment, including musical instruments
- Computer hardware and educational software (up to $200 for the subtraction and credit)
- After-school tutoring and educational summer camps taught by a qualified instructor
If you have questions or need more information on how these state programs can help you, contact:
Melissa Xiong: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-556-6613
Mathias Simon: email@example.com or 651-556-6616
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 atwww.isd191.org/edbenefits Printed applications are available online at www.isd191.org, each school, and the district office. Applications must be completed each school year, and are to be submitted to the district for review and approval. Applications are reviewed on a timely basis, however, allow 10 days for processing and a response sent to the parent/guardian. Benefits from the previous school year will be carried over for the first 30 school days of the current year. Families receiving MN Family Investment Program (MFIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and foster children may be directly certified for free meals by the State of MN. Benefit eligibility letters are sent through U.S. mail. 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 to deposit money for purchases. FeePay™ is an online webstore where parents/guardians can 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.
Depositing money into meal accounts is accomplished online or by sending a check or cash to the student’s school. Checks 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). Kiosks do not provide change to students and require input of the student PIN and birthdate. Cash or coins are not accepted on serving lines at middle or high schools.
Balances remaining on meal accounts at the end of the school year will automatically be carried forward when school reopens. Meal purchases should be monitored, as refunds will not be issued on balances less than $10.00, unless the family is moving out of the district. Money may be transferred to siblings or other students. Refund, transfer, and donation request forms are available online and must be received by the district FNS department no more than 5 days after the last day of school. A check will be mailed for the amount remaining on the meal account. No cash refunds will be made.
Negative Meal Account Balances and Unpaid Meal Charges
A breakfast and/or lunch meal will be provided to students, regardless of their account balance. No student in the serving line will be denied a meal. Accounts with a negative balance are reviewed on a quarterly basis or more frequently as necessary and action will be taken based on the specific circumstances related to the account. Actions may include phone calls, text or email messages, letters, and involvement of a third party collection agency.
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.
9/20/18 - PTO Meeting, Media Center, 6:30 p.m.
9/21/18 - Bus evacuations, times TBD
9/21/18 - STAR Clusters, 3:00-3:30 p.m.
9/28/18 - Fun(d) Run (during student's specialist times)
10/1/18 - Professional Day for Staff! NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS!
10/2/18 - Culvers Night, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
10/5/18 - Online conference sign-up window opens!
10/9/18 - Chip Shoppe fundraiser assembly, Gym, 9:45 a.m.
10/12/18 - Student picture retakes!