The first day of school is always such an exciting day of school for parents, students and staff. This is the second year that we have two “first” days of school as our students in grades 7-12 began school on Tuesday of this week and our students in K-6 begin school on Thursday. It is always great to see how much students have grown over the summer, see them re-connect with old friends and watch them begin the school year in an upbeat manner. Let’s have a great 2014-15 school year everyone!

iPad rollout for students in grades 7-12 has gone well with approximately 35 students remaining to receive their devices as we begin school. Parents of elementary students are reminded that they should turn in required forms and insurance fees during the elementary back to school conferences being held this week. Once all required forms are turned in for all students, the devices will be distributed to students during the school day. It is our hope that devices will be out to students sometime during the 2nd or 3rd week of school for Oak Crest Elementary and shortly thereafter for students at Chatfield Elementary. Thanks to everyone for their cooperation during this rollout period!

The Belle Plaine School District has a Curriculum Advisory Committee that meets throughout the school year. The purpose of this committee is to share information about various district academic programs and to receive input back from members regarding current and proposed programs. Parents, school board members and administrators are members of this advisory committee. If you have an interest in participating on this committee, please contact me at the number below or contact Ms. Margot Hansen, Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator at 873-2403 to indicate your interest.

Last week I mentioned that I was challenged to do the Ice Bucket Challenge by Dr. Liann Hanson at her back to school meeting with Oak Crest staff. I accept this challenge and will do the Ice Bucket Challenge at half time of the football game on Friday night vs Sibley East. I ask for others to donate to ALS in support of this great cause and help to push their fund raising totals even higher. At latest report, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over $100 million for the organization. Let’s push that total just a little higher!

As always, if you have any questions about school matters, please feel free to call me at 873-2400 or check our website at www.belleplaine.k12.mn.us. You may also find me on Twitter at @BPTiger716. Go Tigers!