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Edward Neill is a learning community where we succeed together, act responsibly, and safely to ensure that all students are future ready and community strong.
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.
Family Fun Night
Family Fun Night is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This fun event can't happen without the help of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at this awesome night of fun, sign up for a shift here!
On Friday, April 19, we had Star Clusters in our small groups. Our theme was 'I am Determined!'. We talked about what it means to be determined and not to give up. We talked about being able to 'bounce' instead of 'splat' when we encounter problems.
Teacher Request Forms for 2019-2020
Teacher request/parent input forms for the 2019-2020 school year will become available on Monday, April 29. A parent needs to come into the school to pick up a form. We do not send these forms home with students. Please remember - although we do our best to honor all requests, filling out a teacher request form does not guarantee placement in that particular class for your student. Forms are due back to the office by Friday, May 10.
Memory Book Cover Design Winner
Congratulations to the winner of our Memory Book Cover Design Contest - Sarah Hammoud, grade 2! Close runners-up were Viollet Ruano, grade 4, in second place and Jacqueline Espinoza Urgiles, grade 3, in third place. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's contest. Sarah's design will grace the cover of the 2018-2019 school memory book that will be available for purchase in the upcoming weeks. Watch your child's backpack for order forms!
Food & Nutrition Services Job Opportunities Available
Interseted in a Food & Nutrition Services position beginning with the 2019-2020 school year? Informational sessions to learn why you should join our fun, energetic, and dedicated teams feed hundreds of students each day will be held at the following schools:
Burnsville Senior High School
Monday, April 22
7:30-8:00 a.m. and 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Eagle Ridge Middle School
Monday, April 29
2:15-2:45 p.m. and 3:30-4:00 p.m.
Position vacancies may exist at several schools beginning late August. Vacancies are published at www.isd191.org/employment when they become available. This is your chance for an overview of position requirements, pay and benefits, and a behind the scenes tour in a school kitchen. Reserve your spot today! Call 952-707-2032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th Grade Track & Field Day
Save the Date!! This year's 5th grade Track & Field Day will be held at Burnsville High School on Friday, May 17th. Watch for more information to come home with your child's 5th grade teacher in the near future.
Health Office Request
The Neill Health Office is in need of long pants and sweatpants in sizes 6, 8 and 10. They also need girl's leggings in all sizes. If you are cleaning closets during Spring Break and find clothes that no longer fit your children, please consider donating them to the Health Office. Thank you in advance!
Come see Seussical the Musical!! A musical perfect for the whole family, Seussical takes us into the world of Dr. Seuss, where we revisit beloved characters including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, JoJo, and even the Grinch!
Performances: April 25, 26, 27 at 7:00 p.m.; April 27 & 28 at 2:00 p.m.; and May 2 & 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Burnsville High School's Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, located at 600 E. Highway 13
Tickets at: https://burnsvillehighschool.thundertix.com/ ($10 students, $12 adults, $11 seniors and One91 badge holders are free)
Track & Field Event
The head track and field coaches at BHS are implementing a brand new track and field program for ISD 191 families. Please check out the flyer below for more information.
We had a productive meeting on March 7 where we discussed a number of items, including:
- We had an awesome Scholastic Book Fair and earned $544 in Scholastic Dollars, which was spent on books for our school
- New Neill T-shirts have arrived and an order form will be coming home the week of March 11
- Our PTO Board positions will be up for a vote at our next meeting on May 16; any and all parents or teachers are welcome to be a part of the board; please email Kari Nurminen if you have questions: email@example.com
Check out this video made by the Jeffers Foundation about our fantastic Neill garden!
Our state-wide testing for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders begins with the 5th grade science test the week of March 18. The reading and math tests begin the week of April 8.
Ames Art Fest
The following Neill Art students will have art on display at the Ames Center for the 2019 District Children's Art Festival:
Autumn Wurtzler Gage Blanford
Sebastian Penwarden Elier Vega Vazquez
Ruqiya Jama Nishiime Garza
Mallory Peters Krystal Reyes Herrera
Megan Krenn Nevaeh Vang
Ames Center for the Arts
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN 55337
Little Free Library
Neill Elementary has a "Little Free Library". The Little Free Library is a small outside structure that houses free books and promotes the love of reading plus the building up of a community. We're hoping the newest addition to our school will spark a neighborhood book exchanged where you can drop a book off or pick a book up. Please come support our Little Free Library!
Application for Educational Benefits
Food Service Updates
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to review Food Service and Nutrition Services (FNS) information on the district website www.isd191.org/foodservice. Students have use of a meal account for food, beverage and meal purchases. A personal identification number (PIN) is assigned to each student, on or by their first day of school, and remains the same from year to year. Contact the school Food Service Manager if you have questions or comments regarding student meals. Phone numbers are listed at www.isd191.org/foodservice. The district FNS department may be reached at 952-707-2051.
Menus and Meal Times
We participate in United States Department of Agriculture programs to provide nutritious and affordable breakfast and lunch meals. Menus are posted on the district website at www.isd191.org/foodservice and at isd191.nutrislice.com. If students bring food or beverages from home, we encourage them to be nutritious. Schools offer a variety of entrée choices at each meal. All meals are priced the same, regardless of entrée chosen. Meal times vary by school. The school schedule is available from the school’s main office or on the individual school website.
Our elementary and middle school students have access to a powerful digital tool called myOn Reader. The myOn digital library contains over 5,000 age-appropriate eBooks for PreK-12. myOn also matches books to student interests, grade, and reading level.
If you want your student to grow as a reader and want to make screen time educational, myOn may be the answer! Students can use this tool at home by visiting www.isd 191.org, clicking on the 191 Apps button, and signing into their student account.
Academic calendars set for the next three school years
It’s easy for families to plan ahead in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 after the Board of Education approved academic calendars through the 2021-22 school year.
Both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school year calendars were approved at the Dec. 13 Board meeting. The calendar for upcoming school year (2019-20) had already been approved. For details, see one-page printable academic calendars for the next three school years at www.isd191.org/calendar.
Calendars follow the general pattern of school starting the day after Labor Day for grades 1-12 and kindergarten students starting two days later.
One change is that there will be no school for students on Election Day in either 2020 or 2021 because so many schools are used as polling places. Teachers and other staff members will have professional learning activities that day instead.
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!
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
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.
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.
Payments, Account Balances, 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.
4/19/19 - STAR Clusters, 3:00 p.m.
4/23/19 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
4/23/19 - Chik-fil-A Fundraiser, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
4/24/19 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
4/25/19 - Family Fun Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
4/26/19 - Spirit Day - "Mix-match Day"
4/26/19 - 5th Grade Math Masters Competition, Lakeville South High School, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
4/29/19 - Teacher request forms become available (for 19-20 school year)
4/30/19 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
4/30/19 - 5th Grade Band Concert, Nicollet Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
5/1/19 - 5th Grade Bans Concert, Neill Gym, 3:00 p.m.
5/1/19 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
5/3/19 - MN Zoomobile visiting kindergarten, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
5/10/19 - Teacher request forms due to office