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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.
Our STREAM fair is coming up on Thursday, February 21. All families are invited to attend. If you plan to enjoy free pizza, please complete the RSVP form so we have enough food for everyone. The event is 5:30-7:00pm and coincides with our Scholastic Book Fair. See you there!
The online conference sign-up window has now closed. If you still need to sign-up for a conference time, please contact your child's teacher directly. Please consider signing up to bring a food item for the teacher's conference meal on Thursday, February 28th. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084bafa82da0fb6-teacher
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
Please join us opening night to celebrate our amazing artists!!
The show runs through April 29, 2019. Questions?? Contact Kelly Knott at 952-707-3111.
Make-Up Days Following Winter Weather
After snow and historically cold temperatures led to four days of school being cancelled January 28-31, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will make up two of those days on February 27 and March 11.
Both days were originally scheduled to be professional development or work days for teachers. Instead, they will be regular school days for staff and students.
The change does not affect the schedule for conferences, which start the evening of February 27.
I Love to Read Month
February will be "I Love to Read" month. Our theme this year will be Blast from the Past. We will focus on great authors and books that Neill students would have been reading 50 years ago.
Important events for the month:
- February 1: Dress as your favorite book character - RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 15TH
- February 21: There will be a Scholastic Book fair open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (same night as the STREAM Fair)
- February 22: Breakfast with a Book & Pajama Day. From 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the gym, families are invited to have a bite to eat and read a book together. There will be a $5 Usborne book sale going on at the same time.
All month long we will have an indoor Lil Library set up in the school for students to swap books they've read for ones they haven't.
Little Free Library
Neill Elementary is getting 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
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, substitute/on-call employees, and a Food Service Manager.
Why work with us? School Food & Nutrition employees:
- Make friends
- 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
- Get paid and have FUN!
Not ready for a permanent position, apply as a Substitute!
- Typically work 3 hours/day
- May work at one school or all schools - you decide
- Must be flexibly and available on short notice
- Earn $10.90/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.
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.
2/15/19 - Spirit Day - "Dress as your favorite book character day" - RESCHEDULED DATE
2/15/19 - Floor Hockey w/Mr. Ceola, Gym, 7:05-8:50 a.m.
2/19/19 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
2/19/19 - Food + You Distribution, Cafeteria, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
2/20/19 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
2/21/19 - 5th Grade Human Growth & Development - Girls @ 11:00-12:00 and Boys @ 2:00-3:00
2/21/19 - Scholastic Book Fair, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
2/21/19 - STREAM Fair, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
2/22/19 - STAR Clusters, 2:00-2:30 p.m.
2/26/19 - 5th Grade Field Trip to Science Museum, 9:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
2/26/19 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
2/27/19 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
2/28/19 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS! Parent/Teacher Conferences, 12:00-8:00 p.m.
3/1/19 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS! Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8:00-11:30 a.m.