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Welcome Letter from Principal Forrest

August 23, 2019
Dear Parents and Families,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are eager to welcome both new and returning students to Opstad Elementary School – home of the otters. A warm and special welcome to our newest otters – our kindergarten students and families as they will begin this special time of new learning and growth. Our office officially opens on August 29th from 8:00-3:30 daily. Please note the dates and information that will assist you in a smooth beginning to and exciting year of learning and growing together. 
  • Friday, August 30 – Class assignments posted to Family Access at 4:00 PM. Get your log in information from Lori or Kirsten in the office if you do not already have it.
  • Monday, September 2 – Labor Day – No School
  • Tuesday, September 3 – Meet Your Teacher from 1:30-2:30
  • Wednesday, September 4 – School Begins (9:15 AM – 3:36 PM) for grades 1-5
  • Monday, September 9 – Pastries with the Principal – 8:30 
  • Thursday, September 12 – Curriculum Night (Session 1—6:00 PM-6:30 // Session 2— 6:40-7:10)
Kindergarten schedule for the first week of school:
  • Tuesday, September 3-5 – Individual Kindergarten Family Connection (WAKids) Meetings 
  • Scheduled with Teacher. No school for kindergarten students.
  • Monday, September 9 – Kindergarten students first day of school
New Hires or Changes:
  • Heidi Smith – 4th Grade Teacher
  • Ratha Por – Kindergarten Teacher
  • Marie Aydelotte – Special Education Resource Teacher
  • Ali Mayher – Special Education Resource Teacher
  • Casey Hamilton – WIN Literacy Teacher
  • Chauncy Nowak – Special Education Paraeducator
  • Kim Oleson – Multilingual (EL) Paraeducator
  • Ashley Knutson - Psychologist
  • Emily Hays – Assistant Principal
  • Greg Forrest - Principal
Please be sure to carefully review the Student/Parent Handbook during the Returning Student Verification Process. The information in the handbook will help students and families
successfully navigate the coming year as it has information about our processes, procedures, and policies. If you are new to our school, the handbook is accessible on our website in the “For Parents” section (or here). 
Being new to the school, I would love to invite those who are able to make it to attend Pastries with the Principal on September 9th at 8:30. I hope to see you there!
This year will be an exciting and challenging school year for your child(ren). Our dedicated staff is ready to partner with your family in order to engage and empower all of our students and serve their educational needs. We look forward to meeting you and your children as we begin this new year together. Please reach out if you have questions or concerns. 
Best, Greg Forrest