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April Parent Letter

April 4, 2017

Spring is here and it will be June before we know it. With the warm weather has come the demolition of Frechette Hall, our legislative session, and the start of the testing season. Students will have the opportunity in the coming weeks to participate in state and district testing. 3rd-12th graders will sit for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) and Northwestern Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) along with the ACT for our juniors and seniors.

Testing Dates:

April 10-13th MCA Grades 3-5th MTAS                      

April 11th – ACT Grade 12, MCA Math Grade 11

April 18-20th – MCA Grade 6-8

April 18th – MCA Reading Grade 10

April 19th – ACT Grade 11

April 24th-28th – NWEA Grade 3rd-12th

Test Preparation: Studies show that students perform their very best when they are well rested and have had a good breakfast. Please know that our residential staff will make accommodations to activities and events on nights prior to testing.

Mainstream Registration: Registration is currently open for next fall at Faribault Public Schools, the registration window will close on April 14th . If you are interested in enrolling your child, please contact Jody or Anne Grace.

Target Field: During Spring Break a few of our classes were able to attend the Twins National Anthem live audition at Target Field. As of this time, we haven’t heard back from the Twins organization but keep your fingers crossed!

Dates to Remember:

April 7th-9th RIT Math Competition (Middle School)

April 7th-9th Berg Seeger Track Competition at the Texas School for the Deaf

April 10th-12th Eagle Bluff Learning Center Field Trip (Middle School)

April 14th – ASL Day at MSAD K-12th

April 17th – No School

April 18th- Leo Bond Invitational Classic @ Bruce Smith Track & Field (Faribault)

April 20th – K-5 Field Trip – Farm Bureau

April 21st – Elementary Reading Fair in Quinn Hall

April 27th – ASL Day at the Minnesota Zoo (K-5th)

April 29th – GPSD Track Tournament @ Bruce Smith Track & Field (Faribault)

May 1 – K-5 Field Trip – Bodyology

May 4 – Elementary Play- Snow White and the Nine Dwarfs in Frank Turk Auditorium

May 5th – HS Prom

May 12th – K-5 Spelling Bee in Quinn Hall

If you haven’t liked our Facebook page, check us out online, there are weekly updates and pictures on the dorm construction, classroom pictures and more.


Enjoy the warm weather!




Anne Grace Donatucci, ECE/Elementary Principal & Jody Olson, 6th-12th Principal