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From the Principal

South Point Newsletter

August 2014

Dear South Point Parents & Students,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back former parents and students and extend a special welcome to families that are new to South Point for the 2014-2015 school year.  I hope all of you had a great summer vacation and you are excited about the coming year.  South Point School has a strong tradition of being one of the finest schools in the area and with your help we will continue this tradition of excellence.

This year we are making an extra effort to inform parents about the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.  The Free And Reduced Programs are designed to assist families and are confidential.  The completed applications are sent directly to the Food Service office.  This program is designed to help families.  The application form is easy to fill out and we appreciate you taking time to look through the application materials.

On Wednesday, August 27th from 3:30-5:30 pm South Point School will be hosting an Open House. The Open House is scheduled on the second day teachers return back from summer break.  On August 27th, the teachers will be attending workshops and working in classrooms preparing for the coming school year. At the Open House your children will have the opportunity to meet their teacher and put school supplies in their desks. Class lists will be posted on August 27st at the Open House.

As in past years, I would ask parents to please refrain from requesting a transfer of classrooms once the class lists are posted.  Occasionally, with the nervous anticipation for the start of the school year, children want to be in the same classroom as their current friends.  This is often very difficult to accommodate and may be detrimental to your child’s academic progress.  They have too much fun and the focus is not always on schoolwork.  A number of factors are considered when placing students in classrooms and we try to balance each classroom.  The switching of students will disrupt this balance. After the first day of school, students are usually very happy with their class placement.  Thank you very much for your support on this issue.

Because of your past support, we are anticipating a large turnout. I would encourage your continued involvement and support for our most valuable resource, our children and their education.  I am honored to be part of South Point School and the East Grand Forks Community.  I am looking forward to working with you again this school year.



Dr. Jim Torkelson, Principal
South Point Elementary School



Principal: Jim Torkelson

Grades: 3-5
School Hours: 8:25 - 2:55
Office Hours: 7:30 - 4:30

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May 2014:

9 MCA Reading Grades 3-8, 10 and Mathematics Grades 3-8, 11 online ends
  MCA-Modified Reading Grades 5-8, 10 and Mathematics Grades 5-8, 11 online ends
  MTAS Reading, Mathematics, and Science Ends

16  MCA Science Ends