Early Childhood Parent Survey

The Floodwood School held an Early Childhood and School Readiness informational meeting on Wednesday, December 3rd.  A byproduct of this meeting is the need for feedback from parents of students who will potentially be taking part in one of the Early Childhood and School Readiness programs.  We would also like to hear from parents who have had students participate in the Early Childhood programs in the past.  

Please complete the survey below to help us determine the amount and types of programming you feel are appropriate for the future students of the Floodwood School.  Thank you!

http://goo.gl/forms/e39TQaInym
 

The Floodwood School Office will be closed December 22nd thru January 4th for the Holiday Break.  

Happy Holidays!
 

As we start preparing for the winter months, it is a good time to remember important weather related information that effects school operations. In the months to come we may be forced to delay or close school, or even send students home early because of dangerous weather conditions. The district staff understands that our decision to open or close schools during inclement weather is a challenge for families. We also understand the importance of students being in school to continue to make progress academically. Having stated that, our top priority remains the safety of our students, staff and families.

HOW DO WE MAKE OUR DECISION? 

We make the decision to open or close school in inclement weather based on a careful 
analysis of the following factors: 

• We drive the roads. Personnel from transportation and administration drive the various attendance areas very early in the morning. The routes that we drive allow for first hand observations of a wide variety of terrains. 
• Information on road conditions from the Minnesota Department of Transportation is reviewed as part of the decision making process.
• The amount of snow and ice accumulated and whether precipitation is continuing is an important consideration. We speak directly with the National Weather Service in Duluth and local meteorologists regarding weather conditions.
• "Cold" is not easy to reduce down to a single number; wind chill and temperature both play a part in the decision and we utilize the new wind chill chart developed by the National Weather Service. Timing also plays a part - we pay most attention to what the conditions are going to be like between 6:15 and 8:15.
• We do not always make decisions similar to other schools in the region. Our weather can be very different as compared toneighboring school districts given our geography near the Lake Superior Basin and the Iron Range.
 
WHO MAKES THE DECISION? 

• The superintendent does. I am responsible for the final decision, based on the above factors and recommendations from the Transportation and Building Supervisors.

HOW IS THE PUBLIC NOTIFIED? 

• As quickly as a decision is made, a Campus Alert will be sent to all families. Please be sure to keep your contact information current on Campus Portal to ensure you receive these notifications.
• Tune to local TV and radio outlets for up-to-date information on school closings. WDIO/WIRT, KBJR/KDLH, WTBX, Radio USA, and WNMT (650AM) receive our announcements of school closures or delays.
• You can also check our district website (www.floodwood.k12.mn.us) and Facebook for current weather related information.
 
WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE?
 
• We will attempt to make the decision by 5:45 AM or earlier so the radio and TV stations can be notified and posted on our 
website.

WHAT ABOUT A DELAY?

• We must weigh the advantages of gaining two hours to allow weather to pass or road crews to better treat the highways 
versus conditions worsening. 
• In the event of a two hour delay there will be NO Preschool, Busy Bodies or Early Childhood programming that day. 

If schools are open, and parents choose not to send their children to school during extreme weather conditions, the absence will be treated as excused and the work missed may be made up. This attendance option is always available to parents. The decision to send your child to school during extreme weather conditions is and should ultimately be yours. Although we make each decision after careful assessment, we know that often no absolute right decision exists. If you do not feel it is safe for your child to attend school, use your judgment on whether he or she should attend. Also, discourage students from driving in bad conditions and offer them options if weather conditions worsen. 

It is our hope this information helps you to understand the process that our district staff considers to make the safest decision for the district. 

Sincerely,

Amy Starzecki
Superintendent
 
Upcoming Events

December 15th
BBB vs North Woods Jr. High 5:30, JV 5:45 and V 7:15
Truth in Taxation Meeting, 6:00PM, Media Center

December 16th 
Early Release Day...Students dismissed at 12:22
High School and Jr. High Holiday Concert 7:00 PM

December 18th
Elementary Holiday Concert 6:00 PM

December 19th
The Silver Bay games have been moved to January 15th due to a scheduling conflict in Silver Bay.

December 20th
GBB @ Esko Holiday Tournament vs North Woods 5:15

December 26 and 27
GBB @ Esko Holiday Tournament TBA

December 29, 30 and 31
BBB @ North Woods Holiday Tournament vs N-K 12:45 on 12/29
12/30 and 12/31 TBA

December 20th-January 4th 
Holiday Break...No School





 
 
 

Floodwood School Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Floodwood School Media Center December 16th-18th. 
Parents and students can shop for books for the  entire family in person, or online.  Students will bring home flyers  displaying some of the books offered during the week.  If you cannot attend the book fair in person, you can shop from an expanded selection at the online fair  beginning December 10th at:

http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/floodwoodschool

The online fair gives you the opportunity to purchase books from the online Classroom Wish List, which  will help refresh classroom libraries and give students access to a variety of new books.  All in-school and online Book Fair purchases benefit our school. 

If you are willing to volunteer your time at the Book Fair please contact Mrs. Morberg at 476-2285 ext 128 or at .

 

 
 

What is "Polar Pride"?

Floodwood School has adopted a Positive Behavioral Intervention Support (PBIS) framework which supports a positive school climate and the reduction of problem behavior. The language used by staff as part of this framework is “Polar Pride".  Polar Pride is taught and modeled by Floodwood School staff using the Polar Pride matrix.  Students are taught expectations in all settings at the beginning of each school year.  Additionally, teachers reteach the matrix and expectations throughout the year as needed. Floodwood Elementary staff (grade PK-6) distribute “Pride Paws” throughout the day to students demonstrating Polar Pride. The Pride Paws are used to reinforce positive behavior.  As students receive Pride Paws they write their name on the paw and place them in their classroom bucket.  Each week the paws are collected from each classroom and the name of one boy and one girl is drawn.  These students are recognized as “Students of the Week.”  At the High School, one girl and one boy is nominated by staff each week and are also recognized as “Students of the Week.” These students are honored for consistently showing Polar Pride in recent weeks.  All “Students of the Week” receive recognition for their good work (certificates, announcements, etc.) 
 
The Floodwood School staff work hard to recognize positive behavior in our students each day.  Research shows that when schools have a framework for recognizing positive behavior, positive behavior increases and negative behavior decreases which has a direct impact on the overall positive climate of the building.  

Check out our Polar Pride video!
 
218-476-2285 (Ph)   218-476-2813 (Fax)      115 West 4th Avenue       Floodwood, MN 55736

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