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September 2023 Newsletter

Updated: Aug 29, 2023


Welcome Back Connections - 9/5

First day of School (1-5) - 9/6

First day of School (K) - 9/7

School Board Meeting – 9/11

MIPTO Meeting - 9/12

Welcome Back Bears Event - 9/16

Picture Day - 9/19

For more details visit - Matoska Calendar



Join us for the 3rd Annual Welcome Back Bears Event.

Come spend the evening at Matoska, catch up with other Matoska families, participate in activities or bring your own lawn games and enjoy dinner and dessert at the food trucks! We really hope to see you there!

When: Saturday, September 16th from 4:00-7:00

Where: Matoska International

Where: Picnic-style gathering with face painting, activites, yard games, friends, families, food trucks and fun!

If you'd like to help support some of our activities please sign up to volunteer. Check them out here:

Tears & Cheers

Thursday, September 7, 8:15 – 10 am @ Matoska

Kindergarten parents/grandparents/guardians can spend time with others after drop off to celebrate the milestone, help ease the transition and meet other Kindergarten families. We’ll provide coffee & bagels.

Save the date - Jersey Mikes Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 3rd

More details coming soon.



Tuesday, September 5th, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm.

You should of received a Sign Up Genius to join your teacher for a open house where you and several other families will have a timeslot to visit your classroom, check out the school and other activities.

Reach out to Carolyn Kay in the office if you have any questions.


MIPTO 2023/2024


Attend a MIPTO meetings. MIPTO meetings occur on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and last an hour. Come and hear what we are considering for the 2023-2024 school year at our next meeting Tuesday, September 12th at 6 pm in school Media Center.

Volunteer at an MIPTO Event. There are many events and programs throughout the year where volunteers are needed. If you are interested in volunteering contact us at

Donate to MIPTO. There are many ways to donate and support the school, programing and teachers. Learn more here:


Website - to get the latest information and read our monthly MIPTO Newsletter



A note from Julie Stonehouse

Hello, Matoska families~

My name is Julie Stonehouse and I am very excited to be your IB Coordinator! Please reach out anytime with questions, thoughts, or to introduce yourself and your family! My email address is: Each month I plan to share a few thoughts connected to an IB concept we are working on here at school.

There are some elements of an IB school that make us unique in White Bear Lake Area Schools. This graphic outlines what makes us special, and what’s important to our teaching and learning here at Matoska:



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


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