December 2022 Newsletter
Updated: Dec 5, 2022
Dates to Remember
Registration for Honk Jr. now open - 12/7
Annual Toy Drive ends - 12/7
School Board Meeting – 12/12
MIPTO Meeting - 12/13
Winter Break - 12/21- 1/2
For more details visit - Matoska Calendar
GRATITUDE & GIVING 2022 WRAP UP
Thank you Matoska community for your participation and support during our Annual Gratitude & Giving week.
We filled the tree with lots of gratitude leaves and raised $5,332 to support our art installation project, Lakeshore Theater program and other classroom needs.
Still want to donate? You can!
Learn how at matoskaparents.com/donate.
2023 PROGRAM PLANNING
MIPTO is looking for parent volunteers to help organize two of our annual programs, Rally for Reading and the Matoska Fun Run. If interested in volunteering or learning more, please reach out to MIPTO board members for more information.
Rally for Reading (February 2023) - contact Katie Aliota, firstname.lastname@example.org
Matoska Fun Run (May 2023) - contact Jessica Christiansen, email@example.com
HONK JR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Calling all dancers, singers, and entertainers! Auditions for Matoska’s Spring musical, Honk Jr., are right around the corner. Produced by Lakeshore Players Theatre, this story is a modern retelling of The Ugly Duckling with spectacular musical numbers and hilarious characters!
Open for grades K-5. Click on the link below for more information and to register for your place in the cast! The first registration wave is open NOW! The second wave opens on December 7th!
Families will be sent a confirmation email after they pay that will ask them to complete the registration form and outline our refund policy. The registration form MUST be completed to hold your spot. We plan to abide by a strict refund policy to ensure that any students on our waitlist will be given a fair chance at registration.
Thanks to a grant, written by Ms. Maple, from the MN Agriculture in the Classroom organization, Matoska has a beautiful hydroponic grow table.
This fall, outside the main office and with great support from parent volunteer, Katie Aliota, student gardeners had the opportunity to plant, care for, and harvest buttercrunch lettuce and bright lights swiss chard.
The efforts paid off on Friday, December 2nd, as students and staff enjoyed a fresh salad made from our produce. A special thanks to Meghan Nadeau and our fantastic kitchen staff for helping to make this happen.
We’ll get “growing” again soon!
PRINCIPAL LEININGER RECIEVES MNIB AWARD
Congratulations Principal Leininger!
Last month, during a staff meeting, Principal Leininger was surprised to learn he received an award from the Minnesota Association of IB Schools. He was selected as the recipient of the 2022 MNIB Leadership Award. See the fun and emotional surprise in a video issue of "The Week in 62.4 Seconds".
MATOSKA PRIDE SHOP
Looking for gift ideas? Check out the gear in the Matoska Pride Shop. Order here >
ANNUAL TOY DRIVE
Reminder that we are collecting toys for the Lions Club Annual Toy Drive. New, unwrapped toys for all ages (birth to 18) can be brought to the school office thru Wednesday, December 7. Contact Mari Pew or Carolyn Kay with any questions.
CAPITAL PROJECT LEVY RENEWAL APPROVED
Last month, voters in the White Bear Lake Area School District approved the renewal of the district's Capital Project Levy to fund safety and security measures and equipment throughout the district, classroom technology and equipment, curriculum and instruments, and buses and vans for student transportation.
See the district's full press release here.