Throughout February, New York Mills Elementary will be going for the gold as part of I Love to Read Month. This year’s theme is the 2018 Winter Olympics. Dress-up days will be the five colors in the traditional Olympic rings. The schedule is set as follows: wear red on Friday, Feb. 2 (which will also commemorate women’s heart health); wear green on Friday, Feb. 9; wear yellow on Friday, Feb. 16; wear blue on WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21 (moved to Wednesday to coincide with the author visit); and, finally, wear black on WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28 (which is the last day of I Love to Read month). Besides dressing up, students will be challenged to read 50 steps in school, which is 10 steps more than students would typically read in a month. Besides lots of reading time, students will have several fun activities to celebrate I Love to Read Month. On Friday, Feb. 2, students will participate in the Opening Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. followed by a read-a-thon. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, Author Patrick Mader will visit the school and all elementary students will have a chance to visit with him. Mader is the author of several books including his newest “Minnesota Gold,” which is about Minnesotans in the Olympics. Finally, on Wednesday, Feb. 28, all students that met the step challenge will be invited to the Closing Ceremony. Let’s hear it for the Reading Eagles!!
It’s Paraprofessional Appreciation Week! Across the New York Mills School District, the 23 paraprofessionals on staff remain an instrumental part of the education system. This fine group of women and men partner with teachers by assisting students on a one-on-one basis or in small groups. They help students with a variety of needs including physical, social, educational and behavior. Paraprofessionals also help maintain the elementary library, assist in the offices and help in the lunch room. NY Mills paraprofessionals include: (Front row) Lisa Rudolph, Rachel Lausten, Amanda Fischer and Bev Witt. (Middle row) Karen Oelschlager, Jenna Skoog, Rickee Anderson, Corrine Meech, Dawn Barvels, Maria Bachim, Sher Elkin, Vicki Jacobson, Alice Dittmann and Nancy Schik. (Back row) Josie Smith, Tressa Leaders, Denise Kupfer, Missy Keskitalo, Creedan Dunrud, Cindy Becker, Julie Witt and Connie Kawlewski. Not pictured: Deb Baune. A big giant THANK YOU to all paraprofessionals!