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January 2024 Newsletter


School Board Meeting – 1/8

MIPTO Meeting - 1/9

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, No School - 1/15

Raising Cane's Fundraiser - 1/16

Non Student Days - 1/25 & 1/26

For more details visit - Matoska Calendar



Grab dinner at Raising Cane's in Maplewood, MN on Tuesday, January 16th anytime from 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. and Cane's will donate 15% of sales to our school. All you will need to do is mention the Matoska fundraiser at check out or put "Fundraiser" in the special instructions section of your mobile order. Thanks again for all your support and we hope to see you there.


"THEATER NIGHT OUT" with Children's Performing Arts

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



A note from Julie Stonehouse

Hello, Matoska families!

This month, using the code below or this link, you can watch a brief (3 minute) video that explains our Approaches to Learning skills. These are the 5 sub-skill sets that help our students learn how to learn. Those sub-skill sets include thinking skills, research skills, communication skills, social skills, and self-management skills.

Spotted in 3rd grade:

Celebrations at the conclusion of a knowledge unit. These celebrations are a really positive way for students to review and reflect (thinking skills) on what they have learned, in an environment that gives them opportunities to share (communication skills) and collaborate together (social skills).

And all of this activity, of course, is great practice of those important self-management skills. Pictured below are a few images from the Human Body Bonanza and the Terrific Toga Tuesday celebrations. As you can see from the photo of Mr. John, the enthusiasm is contagious! 

If you have any questions about our Approaches to Learning skills, 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



Our month-long celebration of literacy, will take place during the month of February. An informational packet and reading log will come home with your student at the end of January. This year, Rally 4 Reading will end with a celebration event held at Matoska on Friday, March 1st. Save the date! More details coming soon.



  • Kids Create Studio is offering Pet Shop themed art activities, see class information here.

  • Bad Wolf Adventure Studios has several DnD Programs, see Flyer here

  • CSGA Scratch Coding Club, see details here



Check out the gear in the Matoska Pride Shop. Order here >



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