Just around the corner is one of the major events of the year hosted by the Crosslake Chamber of Commerce - an event voted the best St. Patrick's Day Parade in the state in 2018.

This year, with our new location, we are front and center for this huge event and we would like the community to know of our involvement in the festivities during the day Saturday, March 16.

Starting at 11:30 a.m. and going until 1:30 p.m., members of our PTO and other volunteers will be hosting a family friendly carnival with food, games, a bouncy zone and other fun stuff. We encourage members of the community to stop by and check us out!

Along with the carnival, we are offering reserved parking in our school parking lot. We will be selling daylong reserved parking spots for $20 on a first-come, first-served basis. You can stop in our school office any time between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. now until Friday, March 8, to reserve your spot.

Our goal is to sell all the spaces before the event, so get your spot before they are all gone! This is a fundraiser for our new playground that we hope to construct starting this summer. Please consider helping us reach our goal and getting a prime parking spot for the day.

While we understand that this community-wide celebration traditionally involves a fair amount of adult beverages floating around town, we must remind the entire public that as a public school, alcohol possession and consumption are strictly prohibited by state law on school property. We deeply appreciate folks honoring the need to make sure that our school stays a family friendly site and alcohol free during this event and at all other times during the year.

I would also like to remind our community that we are in the middle of our enrollment application season for next year. If you, or someone you know, is interested in having a child attend CCS next year, be sure to get an application in soon.

Enrollment season closes at the end of March. At that time, if needed, we will be conducting a lottery if our applications exceed our class size limits. If there are any openings following that process, we will offer space on a first-come, first-served basis.

Finally, our winter has been a little longer than some would like, with a little more snow and a little more cold than many would prefer. At the same time, things are flourishing in our building, in particular in our solarium, where we have an array of plants growing in our hydroponic station, compost-based growing medium and a number of flowering trees and shrubs that have been donated to the space.

We are very proud of the work of our teachers and students as they develop their green thumbs and learn about how we can develop our own sustainable ecosystem in our own building!