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.
No School October 18 & 19 - MEA Break!
This year, our after-school PALS program will be two days a week, starting in mid-November. We'll be sending home information in the coming weeks to those students who qualify for PALS.
We had a kick-off assembly on Wednesday, October 10 for our Cherrydale Fundraiser (this replaces the Chip Shoppe fundraiser from years past). Fundraising packets were sent home with the students that same day. All funds raised will be used for PTO sponsored events, technology upgrades, teacher grants and additional classroom needs that would not be possible without your support of this fundraiser. Order forms and full payment are due by Tuesday, October 23. Product delivery and pick up date is Tuesday, December 4 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the gym.
As of October 5, our conference sign-up is available! Our conferences are November 7-9 and the sign-up window will be October 5-17.
For those new to Neill, we use an online conference sign-up system that allows you to choose a date and time that works best for your family. Here is the link to sign up beginning October 5: myconferencetime.com/neill
You can also help support teachers by contributing to the November 8 potluck. Sign up here!
Spring MCA Results
Parents of 4th and 5th graders will be receiving last spring's MCA results in the mail during the week of October 15. Please let us know what questions you have about these results.
Bowls for Brainpower
Trick or Treat Event
Check out the flyer below for a fun Trick or Treat event at Valley Ridge.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com or 651-556-6613
Mathias Simon: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
10/10/18 - Cherrydale Fundraiser Assembly, Gym, 9:45 a.m.
10/12/18 - Student picture retakes!
10/16/18 - Food + You Distribution, Cafeteria, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
10/17/18 - Online conference sign-up window closes!
10/18/18-10/19/18 - MEA! No school!
10/23/18 - Cherrydale fundraiser order forms and money due
10/24/18 - Unity Day! Wear orange to stand up against bullying!
10/24/18 - Star Clusters, 10:00 a.m.
10/25/18 - Read for the Record Event, grades K-1 (a.m.)
10/25/18 - Skateville Halloween Dance! 6:00-8:00 p.m.
10/30/18 - PALS starts, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
10/31/18 - PALS, 3:55-5:55 p.m.
10/31/18 - Trick or Treat Event at Valley Ridge, 3:30-5:00 p.m.