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posted Oct 12, 2017, 10:13 AM by Communications ISD 709
October is Principal Appreciation Month
   Thanks to all Duluth Public School principals and school administrators for your leadership, hard work, and dedication to helping every student succeed, every day!
Enrollment on the Rebound?  Duluth School District Enrollment Up
"We are starting off with higher numbers, not only higher than we projected but higher than last year, which is great," said Duluth superintendent Bill Gronseth.
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2017 ISD 709 Annual Report for the Community
An evening of music, food, school exhibits, program displays and information 
regarding the education of Duluth’s children.
Free and Open to the Public, All Welcome!
Thursday November 9, 2017
6:00PM – 7:30PM
Lincoln Park Middle School
3215 West Third Street, Duluth MN
VIDEO:  11 Year Old Narrowly Misses Getting Struck by a Truck After Exiting School Bus
   Please be alert around school buses, follow the law and watch out for little ones! A reminder that as of Aug. 1, drivers who violate the state's school bus stop arm law will face a larger fine as citations increase from $300 to $500 this year.

Respect the Rice:  
Students in Lowell Elementary's Misaabekong Ojibwe Language Immersion program spent time outdoors this week, experiencing traditional wild rice (manoomin) processing. 


Lifesaving Work:
  ABO Hounds did it again! Largest blood drives in the region with 268 units collected in 2017. Their next blood drive is November 10. Thank you, students, staff, donors.

Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Kindness in Chalk:  During Bullying Prevention & Awareness Month, students from Lowell Elementary wrote messages of kindness across the school sidewalks.
Talking with Children About Tragedy
   With the recent shooting in Las Vegas we want to share some best practices for talking with your children about tragedies of any nature. 
>>First, our responses matter. This is an opportunity to have healthy conversations and shape core beliefs. Listen and validate feelings, then share information. Talk about the good people are doing as much or more than the tragedy itself.
>>Second, limit exposure to information, news, and visual imagery that is developmentally appropriate and they can handle. You know your children best. At the same time, most kids have likely seen or heard about the shooting in Las Vegas, whether you talked about it with them or not. Ask them what they’ve seen, heard, or have questions about. 
>>Third, you don’t have to figure this out on your own. Talk with family members, friends, your child’s doctor, or a local mental health provider. 
PLEASE SHARE: From the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation:
What if every single child in this community had the opportunity to reach their full potential?
We invite you—our neighbors from every corner of Duluth—to be our guest as we kick off a major initiative to forge a path to better opportunity for all of our kids.
OPPORTUNITY RISING:  Our promise to our kids.
Community-Wide Dinner October 25
Join us to share a warm meal of soup and bread, meet each other and learn how—by working together—we can provide rising opportunities for all our kids. 
Date:   Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:  5:30PM–7:30PM, Program begins at 6:00PM
Place: Lincoln Park Middle School—Commons Area, 3215 W 3rd St, Duluth, MN 55806
Need a Ride? Free rides to and from the event will be provided.
Event Free and Open to the Public 
RSVP: Seating will be limited, so please let us know you are coming, and if you need a ride, by October 18. Call 218.726.0232 or RSVP ONLINE HERE
NOTE!  If you registered prior to 10/12/17, please use the link above to register again. The link provided in previous messages was a test and did not capture RSVPs. The Foundation apologizes for the confusion.
Wellness Supports Learning 
   Research clearly demonstrates that attendance and academic performance are linked to good nutrition and physical activity.  Making healthy choices during the school day can be helpful in supporting a child’s education. The goal this school year is to work collaboratively with employees, families and students to make further progress through the ISD 709 Wellness Policy:
Food and beverages marketed to students meet USDA Nutritional Guidelines
All foods and beverages sold on school grounds to students during the school day(including items sold a la carte in the cafeteria, vending machines, schools stores, in-school fundraisers) meet USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards at a minimum. 
Provide healthy ideas for celebrations and parties, classroom snacks, rewards and incentives and fundraisers held outside the school day, including alternatives to food and a list of foods and beverages that meet Smart Snacks nutrition standards.
Proactively teaching and encouraging positive recess behavior and indoor active recess throughout the year
Providing periodic classroom breaks for students to stand and be moderately active
Encouraging walking and biking to and from school based on age appropriate standards 

Resources for Nutrition, Foods That Meet USDA Compliance:
Pam Bowe, ISD 709 Child Nutrition Manager:
Josh Gorham, ISD 709 Wellness Committee:
Fundraising Resources:
Questions regarding the ISD 709 Wellness Policy:
Amy Starzecki, ISD 709 Assistant Superintendent: