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The first day of middle school and high school (grades 5-12) at Pequot Lakes Schools will be Tuesday, Sept. 3, and the first day of school for elementary students (grades K through 4) will be Thursday, Sept. 5.

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Following is back to school information for the 2013-14 school year.

Registration

In preparation for the school start, parents of new students entering kindergarten through grade 4 are asked to see Teresa in the Eagle View office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. now through Aug. 16 for registration. Parents of new students entering grades 5-12 are asked to register in the appropriate office (middle level office for grades 5-8; high school office for grades 9-12). Bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and Social Security number, along with your residence E911 address.

The high school guidance counselor will meet with new students (grades 9-12) by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 20-21. Appointments can be made by calling the high school office at 218-568-8888.

Returning students in grades 5-12 may pick up their schedules and locker assignments from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Orientation/open houses

Middle level/high school: Note a new date for the middle level and high school (grades 5-12) open house: Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 4:30-8 p.m. Students and parents are invited to attend.

Tours highlighting the new additions and renovations will be given throughout the evening. Orientation meetings for students and their parents are scheduled in the auditorium as follows: grade 9 at 4:30 p.m., grade 5 at 5 p.m., grade 6 at 5:30 p.m., grade 7 at 6 p.m. and grade 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Elementary: Eagle View will not be participating in the Sept. 11 orientation/open house.

The first day of classes for Eagle View students will be Thursday, Sept. 5. There will not be classes for students at Eagle View on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Wednesday, Sept. 4. During these two days, parent-student-teacher conferences will be held.

• Parents and students will have a 30-minute conference with the child’s teacher.

• Multiple-student families will be scheduled on the same day and in a common block of time.

• Lifetouch Photographers will take school pictures and picture package orders.

• The school nurse will do vision/hearing screenings, as well as other yearly screenings related to health at school.

• Lunch accounts can be established or replenished.

Conference schedules will be sent out in August. Plan enough time to complete the conference, screenings and school pictures (approximately one hour for one child plus 30 minutes for each additional child).

Early childhood programs: An open house and meet-the-teacher for ECFE, school readiness and Learning is Fun will be Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 4-6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the early childhood center on the east end of Eagle View.

Class times and information are also available in the community education brochure and on the school website.

The early childhood screening will be Friday, Sept. 6.

Youth sports

Fall sports registration began Aug. 5 at the Pequot Lakes Community Education office. Programs include grades 3-6 football, grades 3-6 volleyball and grades 2-6 soccer.

Registration forms are available on the Pequot Lakes School website. Click on the Community Education link, then youth sports and the sport of interest. Youth sports registration forms and fees will only be accepted at the Community Education Office now through Thursday, Aug. 15.

Registrations after Aug. 15 will be accepted only if space is available and will be assessed a late fee. Questions can be directed to youth sports at 218-568-8090 or Community Education at 218-568-9200.

Fees

With a few exceptions, athletic fees for the 2013-14 school year will remain at $100 per student per activity for grades 9-12 and $75 per student per activity for grades 6-8 with no maximum. Fees are based on the level at which the student is participating at the beginning of the season, and must be paid before the first practice.

No one will be denied the right to participate due to financial hardship.

Parking fees will remain at $30 for the school year. Parking permits are available in the high school office.

Activity passes

Family activity pass fees remain at $90. Individual activity passes are available as follows: adults, $30; students (grades K-12) and senior citizens (60+ years), $20. Activity passes are available for purchase online, in the district office during regular office hours or during the open house on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Meal program

School lunch prices are set at $2.15 for students in grades K-4 and $2.40 for students in grades 5-12. Breakfast prices will remain at $1.55 for grades K-12.

The lunch program is on a prepay basis, and a minimum balance of $20 is recommended per student for the school start. Free/reduced lunch guidelines and applications are available in any of the school offices.

Online payments

Pequot Lakes School District has contracted with RevTrak, a national credit card payment processor, to provide the convenience of making online payments for athletic fees, activity passes, Community Education classes and food service.

Online payments may be made into food service accounts through the familiar Skyward Family Access portal, or through a web store payment. If your child’s food service balance is low, it only takes a few minutes to add money using a Discover, VISA or MasterCard (credit/debit). No additional fees are charged for this service.

School supplies

Refer to the school supply list when making supply purchases for elementary and middle level students. General elementary needs are pencils, crayons, erasers, notebooks, tennis shoes for gym, water-based markers, pocket folders, backpacks and glue sticks. Most teachers prefer that students do not use trapper keepers.

A detailed list may be picked up in any of the school offices or accessed on the school website.

Students at the high school level will need pens and pencils, spiral notebooks, folders and gym clothes (T-shirts, shorts, socks and tennis shoes). Other supplies will be determined by specific class/teacher.

Kid Konnection

This school-aged child care program is enrolling students in grades K-6. Child care hours during the school year are from 7-8 a.m. before school and from 3-6 p.m. after school.

Kid Konnection is open on many of the non-school days from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and opens at noon on three-hour early dismissal days.

Call 218-562-6109 for more information.

Students in grades 5 and 6 may ride the bus from Eagle View to the middle school in the morning, and/or may ride the bus from the Middle School building to Eagle View after school. Busing arrangements should be made by calling the transportation director at 218-568-8541.

Kid Konnection registration forms are available on the school website. Click on the Community Education tab on the left and then Kid Konnection.

Dedication of middle level/

high school additions

and renovations

A dedication ceremony, as well as tours and free admission to volleyball matches, will be held Thursday, Sept. 12. On Friday, Sept. 13, admission to the football game will be free and tours will be offered.

Watch for more information in the Echo and on the school website, pequotlakes.k12.mn.us.

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