Beginning with our recent Cabin Fever event Feb. 2 and running until the end of March, we are accepting applications for enrollment for the 2019-20 school year.

This particular model is unique to charter public schools given that we have the option of limiting our class sizes and creating waiting lists to attend Crosslake Community School. In addition to our on-site K-8 option for families, we also offer grades 5-12 in an online format and a fee-based pre-kindergarten.

One of our greatest advantages is our ability to cap the size of our classes, which is currently 19 students per classroom in grades K-8. Our philosophy is a smaller, more intimate setting leads to stronger relationships, more effective teaching and increases in student learning.

If you have interest in having your students attend CCS for the 2019-20 school year, now is the time to apply for enrollment as some grade levels may require a lottery for next year and possible placement onto a waiting list. You can go to our website, crosslakekids.org, to download or access registration information for pre-K through grade 12.

Our online high school program, which opened in the fall of 2014 with less than 10 students, now serves more than 100 full- and part-time students in grades 5-12 from all over Minnesota. We are finding this to be an effective model of instruction for students looking for flexible scheduling options and who desire an online format.

We also feature an on-site high school lab for those students in the area who desire some face-to-face interaction with other students and adults. High school enrollment happens on a rolling basis and you can go to our website to learn more.

Beyond the application for enrollment piece, we are also kicking off our "Pennies for Playground" fundraiser. One of the pieces yet to complete at our new location is playground equipment for our students. We have a design, but now need to fundraise for the necessary resource to make it happen.

Over the next few days, we will be placing containers at various businesses and asking patrons to consider donating loose change, dollar bills, etc. to help us make the playground a reality. Be looking for containers that say: "Pennies for Playground" and consider helping us out. We will also be involved in other fundraisers during St. Patrick's Day, so stay tuned for more!

With the recent stretch of bad weather and school being closed, there have been questions regarding make-up dates for time missed. At this time, there are no plans to change our school calendar due to those lost days. Any additional days missed may result in us adding days at the end of the year and we will inform families if that changes at all.

Finally, February is "I Love to Read Month." While we emphasize the importance of reading all year long, this is our time to spotlight the value of reading to our students and their families. It has been cold and snowy now for a while. If it continues to be a challenge to go outside, consider curling up with a good book!