August 25, 2016

North Woods School opens Tuesday, September 6

With a new school year fast approaching, the following information is of note:
The annual North Woods Open House will be held Thursday, Sept. 1, from 3 to 6 p.m. Students and parents/guardians can meet teachers, visit classrooms, register new students, and turn in completed forms for the new school year. ***Packets containing most forms are being mailed to currently enrolled student households for completion BEFORE Open House.*** New students who have not enrolled before Sept. 6 may pick up and complete forms at the Open House. Information on bus routes and various programs will also be available.
Classes for Grades 1-12 begin Tuesday, Sept 6.
Classes for Kindergarten begin Thursday, Sept. 8. At the Open House, Kindergarten parents may sign up for their "Meet the Teacher" conference on Tuesday, Sept. 6, or Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Elementary Class Assignments: Elementary student teacher/classroom assignments may be picked up at the Open House after completed forms are turned in. After the Open House, lists of elementary students and their classroom/teacher assignments will be posted on the entryway windows.
Secondary Schedules: Grade 7 ­ 12 student schedules will be in the Commons for pickup at the Open House after completed forms are turned in.
Office Hours on Friday, Sept. 2: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fall Sports Fee Reminders: Volleyball, football and cross country fees for students are due before their first game or meet. Students cannot participate unless their fees are paid. Varsity and Jr. Varsity athlete fees are $120 per student. C-Team athletic fees are $60. A sliding fee will be applied to students who qualify for free/reduced lunch. Practices have begun and schedules have been given to the students. If you need more information on practices, contact the respective coaches at the school (John Jirik for football, Ms. Gabrielle Sundquist for volleyball, and Dan Squires for cross country). See the school website,, for email and contact information.
Busing: The drivers are currently working on route assignments. As mentioned above, busing information will be available at the Open House. If you are new or your former times/routes have changed, your driver will contact you as school approaches to verify pickup and drop-off times. It is very important that the school office have current contact information for your household. If you moved over the summer and/or changed phone numbers, please notify the school office as soon as possible.
Entrance: Please note that students should not arrive at school before 8:05 a.m. Once school begins, all entrances automatically lock at 8:30 a.m. After that time, anyone wishing to enter the building must report to the office through the front doors.
Class Schedule: North Woods is still following a Flex Wednesday schedule. On Wednesdays, school dismisses at 2:02 p.m. All other days of the week (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday), school dismisses at 3:15 p.m.
Food Service: Money for meals is paid directly to cafeteria staff. Please make sure your student has money in his/her account when school begins. Meal prices are as follows: High School Lunch - $2.70; Elementary Lunch - $2.35. Breakfast for both HS and Elementary is $1.75. Extra Milk is $0.65.
Students who qualify for reduced-price school meals will receive FREE lunches and breakfasts. ALL Kinder-garten students qualify for FREE breakfasts. If you have not yet applied for free school meals and wish to do so, contact the school office or the District Office for forms.
Picture Day is Monday, Sept. 12. Student, staff, class group, and fall sports pictures will be taken. Times for preschoolers from the community to have their pictures taken will be announced later. Order forms are being mailed to currently enrolled students with their forms packets. Extras will be available at the Open House or they may be picked up in the office after the Open House.
If you have questions, feel free to contact the office at (218) 666-5221. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, front office hours are Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The school is located at 10248 Olson Road East, north of Cook.

Incumbents for Cook and Orr to run unopposed

Filings for the mayor and two council positions for Cook and Orr have closed and there were no surprises. The incumbents are all running unopposed.
For Cook, Dr. Harold Johnston is running for mayor again, while Elizabeth Storm and Karen Hollanitsch will return to the council as they are unopposed.
For Orr, Joel Astleford is unopposed to retain his mayoral position. Lloyd Scott and Ericka Cote are also both returning to the council as they are running unopposed.

North Star Credit Union wins Youth Financial Education Award

North Star Credit Union of Cook has been honored with a 2016 Desjardin Youth Financial Education Award. The award, sponsored by the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of youth financial literacy.
Indian Education at North Woods School in Cook asked the students in North Star Credit Union's Bunch of Students Saving (B.O.S.S.) program to speak with students in Academic Journey about financial topics such as money management and saving. Lowana Greensky, Indian Education director, explained, "Academic Journey's mission is to introduce American Indian high school students to the culture of college through hands-on, realistic experiences." North Star Credit Union's education coordinator, Jody Feist, worked with the B.O.S.S. students to develop a presentation that aligned with their mission and would best benefit students.
The B.O.S.S. group understood it may be a challenge to help the students feel comfortable enough to have a conversation about finances and ask questions. The team started the presentation with an icebreaker that created a safe place for learning. Then, they utilized a MadCity Money workshop and small discussion groups. Finally, they introduced financial products that may be relevant based on the needs of the students.
The Credit Union's winning entry will advance to the national competition, where it will compete with financial education projects from credit unions in other states.
Thank you goes out to Deb Lewis, Indian Education coordinator; Diane Brunner, Indian Education assistant; Julie Whiteman, Home School coordinator; and Champ Chicagami who partnered with North Star Credit Union on this program.
Since 1939, North Star Credit Union has provided safe, high quality financial services to meet the needs of our communities and member owners; enhancing their financial education and well-being, while maintaining the strength of the credit union. Visit for more information.


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