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.
This year's parent survey is now available! We appreciate your feedback and ask that you CLICK HERE to complete this survey online between now and the end of the month. Paper copies of the survey will be available at conferences.
Conferences - February 22 & 27
Conference sign-up has closed, but you are welcome to contact your student's teacher to schedule a time.
Can you assist with the teacher meal during conferences? Please see the Sign-Up Genius for more information. We would love your help!
February 22 - 4:00-8:00pm
February 27 - 8:00am-8:00pm
No school February 26-28!
Single Sign On (SSO)
Did you know there's an easy way for students to access everything they need online? It's called Single Sign On (SSO) and can be accessed through 191 Apps. You can find some tutorials here or email Mr. Anderson with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to invite you to Neill Elementary’s STREAM Fair on February 20th from 6pm-7pm!
Come and view projects created by Neill students!
Create, play and explore at the various STREAM stations!
I Love to Read Month
February is I Love to Read Month and we are celebrating in a variety of ways. Students will be getting into the spirit of our 50th Anniversary with a goal of reading 5,050 books throughout the month. We'll be tracking our progress around the school, so look out for how far we've made it. Here are some other events during the month:
February 9 - Breakfast with a Book - 8:00-9:00am with a complimentary breakfast
February 12-16 - Guest Reader Week - Community members will be joining us by reading to various classes, including Burnsville's Mayor and Chief of Police
February 23 - Spirit Day - Dress as your favorite book character
All Month - Staff Picks - Students will be matching the staff member with his/her favorite book, correct guesses will win a prize
March 2 - Readathon - If we meet our goal, we'll celebrate with an all-school Readathon
More details will be coming home in the next few weeks.
Here are updates from last night’s meeting:
- Are you a tax lawyer? We would like our PTO to become a 501c3 and need some help. Please contact Kari Nurminen if you’re available – email@example.com
- We’ve added a Scholastic Book Fair to our Family Fun Night on April 26!
Winter Box Top for Education Collection Contest
We're still collecting Box Tops! If each student collects 10-20 box tops, we will reach our $1000.00 goal for the year! Money earned goes back to our school and students. Deadline is Feb. 21st. Box Tops can be turned in to your student's teacher. Let's work together to make this happen!
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 or low cost with a sliding fee scale available.
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.
When severe weather affects the school day, District 191 does everything it can to keep parents in the know.
- Alerts will be posted on the District and all school websites
- Announcements will be posted to Facebook and Twitter accounts
- Information will be relayed through local television and radio stations
- A phone call will be delivered to all phone numbers on file for all students
- An email announcement will be delivered to all email addresses on file for all students
- A text message will be sent to parents who opt in (send "Subscribe" to 68453 to receive text messages)
- A Notification will be "pushed" to the District 191 mobile app
Remember, we can only reach you if we have your current information on file. You can update your information through your ParentVUE account or by contacting your child's school directly. To sign up for a ParentVUE account, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org include your full name and that of your child.
Reminder about 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 birthdate. Funds deposited are available immediately to make purchases. Cash or coins are not accepted on serving lines at secondary schools.
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. 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. Elementary students will be offered a hand stamp reminder only upon a student's request.
2/16/18 - Grade 4 Chess Residency
2/19/18 - Grade 4 Chess Residency
2/20/18 - MDA Presentation, Grade 3, 9:30 a.m.
2/20/18 - Grade 4 Chess Residency
2/20/18 - Food + You Distribution, Cafeteria, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
2/20/18 - STREAM Fair, Gym, 6:00 p.m.
2/21/18 - Student Council Meeting, Cafeteria, 10:15 a.m.
2/21/18 - PACER Puppet Show, Grade 2, Gym, 2:00 p.m.
2/22/18 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
2/23/18 - Spirit Day! Dress as your favorite book character!
2/26/18 - NO SCHOOL!
2/27/18 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (No school for students!)
2/28/18 - Professional Day for Staff! No school for students!
3/2/18 - Read-A-Thon
3/2/18 - Tentative STAR Cluster event (more details to come)
3/2/18 - Grade 5 Field Trip to Science Museum, 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
3/6/18 - Culver's Night, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
3/7/18 - Grade 4 Band Demo Field Trip to BHS, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
3/9/18 - Grade 4 Field Trip to Children's Theater, 9:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.