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December 2023 Newsletter

Dates to Remember

School Board Meeting 12/11 MIPTO Meeting 12/12 Winter Break, No School 12/21 - 1/1 For more details visit - Matoska Calendar



Thank you Matoska community for your participation and support during our Annual Gratitude & Giving Drive.

We filled the tree with lots of gratitude leaves and raised $5,507.17 to support key programs and needs at our school.

Still want to donate? You can! Learn how at

Also, thank you to all those that helped make cards for Letters of Love and Gifts for Seniors. So many creative cards and lots of giving hearts.



The Water Warriors are hosting a dance on December 20 from 7:30-8:30pm.

The dance is free and all families are welcome.

There will be snacks and activities.

Paint a ceiling tile for $20 or request a song for $1.



This magical story explores the world of Giants who live above the clouds. Ever since they left Earth a long time ago, the Giants have made a life up above where their job is to keep the sky beautiful. They polish the stars, poke the clouds to let it rain and paint the sunsets. But there is one curious Giant who wonders what life is like on Earth, so she steals a key to the locked up “beanstalk” and embarks on an adventure down below!

Buy your tickets for the following productions below! Or call the box office at 651-478-7427.

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023 // 5:00 PM Get Tickets >

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023 // 11:00 AM Get Tickets >

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023 // 11:00 AM Get Tickets >



A note from Julie Stonehouse

This month, using the code below or this link, you can watch a brief (3 minute) video that explains our Attributes of the Learner Profile. These are the 10 characteristics that we are practicing as IB learners. Students reflect on their development of the learner profile attributes as they take ownership of their learning.

Spotted in the 1st and 2nd grade commons area:

Students are reflecting on how they are demonstrating each attribute. As they mark their evidence with stickers, they are encouraging one another and making connections between attributes: for example, noting when a classmate was Caring and Principled. Together, we are working to “learn as much as we can learn, so we can be the best people we can be, so that we can make the world a better place.”

If you have any questions about our learner profile attributes, please contact me. Or, if there are particular aspects of our IB school that you would like to learn more about in this column, please let me know!

Julie Stonehouse


"THEATER NIGHT OUT" with Children's Performing Arts

By using the code MATOSKA (all caps) families will get $1 off each of their tickets, and for every ticket that has been purchased, we will give $1 back to your PTO!

Current Performances

Elf Jr. the Musical runs from December 8th-17th at Lakes International Language Academy and features many White Bear Lake students. Get Tickets Here

Finding Nemo the Musical Jr. runs from February 16th-25th at Forest Lake High School.

Any questions can be directed Maddie Ripperger at or Clare Rolinger at




Our school will be hosting the Minnesota School Sealant Program, where your child has the opportunity to receive FREE or reduced cost preventive dental services at school. A licensed dental professional will be offering sealants, cleanings, and fluoride varnishes to students. Click HERE for details.


The Bear Care Clinic will offer flu vaccines for students during and after school on Monday, December 11. We have both the Flu MIST and IM shot vaccines available.

  • During school hours, students may come to the Bear Care Clinic located IN North Campus during class or passing time; they will return to class within 10-15 minutes.

  • After 3:30, there will be a flu clinic booth in the North Campus fieldhouse.

You can sign up by using this link



Looking for gift ideas? Check out the gear in the Matoska Pride Shop.


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