September 29, 2017
BlueSky Online School Newsletter


Upcoming
Events:

NWEA MAP testing
Sept 25 - Oct 6

Conferences
October 5th, 3-7 pm

Student Day
Oct. 12, 10 am - 2 pm

NO SCHOOL
October 19-20

Board Meeting
October 25 @ 10 am

Riverland Career Day
Oct. 25, 10 am - 2 pm

Paddlewheel Field Trip
Oct. 27, 12 - 1:30 pm

SCTCC Campus Tour
Nov. 3, 8:45 am - noon

We Day MN
November 8

Student Day
Nov. 9, 10 am - 2 pm

Chemists in the Classroom
Nov. 17, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

NO SCHOOL
November 22-24

Superintendent's Message


Welcome back to another BlueSky school year! We have all had to work through some technology and system changes as we start off this year, and we are grateful that our students and parents are so flexible and adaptable to these changes. The transfer to a new student information system, PowerSchool, has affected how parents view their student's grades and attendance, how BlueSky processes new enrollments, and how BlueSky staff send communications to parents and students. Because of this, you may have many questions about how best to monitor the progress of your student(s). Creating a parent portal account is the first, most important step. If you have not done so, you can find instructions and a brief video tutorial by going to our website and clicking on Parent Portal Account Creation Instructions.

Secondly, you will need to access Moodle in order to review your student's grades, attendance, and progress. You can find instructions on how to access Moodle through your parent portal with this video tutorial. It will also explain some of the other navigation options on the parent portal dashboard.

Another great way to receive help with technology related issues is by submitting a helpdesk ticket. The link to that ticketing system is found in Moodle for students and parents (link labeled Helpdesk) and can also be found on the top right of the BlueSky website labeled "HELP".

If you want to learn more about BlueSky processes in general and you were not able to attend the Parent Informational Session held on September 19th, you can still view the recording.

Finally, your student's advisor, counselor, or social worker are always a great source of information and are a good starting point for any questions or concerns you might have.

BlueSky prides itself on our student support focus. A large part of that focus is building relationships and keeping lines of communication open between staff, students, and parents. Therefore, we hope that you feel you have received sufficient communications about the student information system changes and other important notifications. We will continue to do our best to provide you with updates as soon as they happen. Since we communicate mainly through email and phone, it is important BlueSky has your most current contact information on file. If any information has changed over the summer, please send updates to 1studentinfochange@blueskyschool.org.

Thank you for allowing BlueSky to be a part of you and your child's educational experience!

Amy Larsen,
Superintendent

Parent Connect

Parents and guardians, as you many know, new BlueSky students complete an entire orientation course. This often leaves parents wondering what their role is and how to stay connected to school.

These resources serve as your first guide to navigating BlueSky. Please review them so you understand more about our school and the connection between your student, school, and you at home.

BlueSky Stars

The BlueSky advisors have chosen to recognize these students for their hard work and dedication:

"Brianna and Mary Birchem are shining examples of what a BlueSky Star student represents. They have learned how to navigate our online system quickly and efficiently. They submit all their assigned work while also maintaining great quality of work. When asked what they like most about BlueSky, they said, 'We love how Moodle tells us what assignments we have done and what we have to do for each week. Also that the teachers and staff respond quickly to any questions or concerns we may have.' They also said that what helps them succeed is that they sit down on Sunday and plan out each day for the week ahead. They also love the flexibility of when they can work on assignments. Great advice, Brianna and Mary! Thanks for sharing!"

- nominated by Dawn Nicol

Student Day at BlueSky


The second Thursday of each month during the first semester is Student Day at the BlueSky office! Work on your assignments, socialize, get help from BlueSky staff, or offer help to other students. Students can sign up for more than one day on the Student Day Form and all grades are welcome to attend.


College Tour & Career Fair


Students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend two upcoming college and career events in the southern and central regions of the state.

Riverland Community College Career Day, Austin campus
When: Wednesday, October 25
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Lunch provided
Follow the links for Career Day Info and RSVP

St. Cloud Technical & Community College Tour
When: Friday, November 3
Time: 8:45 am - noon
Follow the links for SCTCC Tour Info and RSVP

Contact Carla Anderson-Diekmann at carla.diekmann@blueskyschool.org with any questions.


Parent Volunteer Needed


BlueSky's Relicensure Committee is in search of a community member to participate in the processing of continuing education clock hours submitted by teachers who need to renew their licenses. There are only 4 onsite meetings per year.

If you are interested, please contact Amy Larsen at amy.larsen@blueskyschool.org.

Field Trips!

BlueSky tries to offer more and more student activities every year, and we have a strong lineup to kick off the 2017-2018 school year! We have many more activities in the planning stages, so if you don't see something you're interested in below...just wait!

Anoka Jail & 911 Center - explore career opportunities in the law enforcement field. Open to students in grades 9-12.
Date: Thursday, October 26
Time: 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Cost: FREE

Paddlewheel Field Trip - Departing from Harriet Island, join BlueSky on a 90 minute narrated tour of the Mississippi River and a history of early Minnesota and its settlers.
Date: Friday, October 27
Time: Noon - 1:30 pm
Cost: Boat ride $6.30 and Lunch $5.30

We Day MN - This is a stadium-sized educational and empowerment event that brings young people together with world leaders and entertainers to celebrate their ability to create change.
Date: Wednesday, November 8
Time: 8:15 am - 2 pm
Where: Xcel Energy Center
Cost: FREE

Chemists in the Classroom - Join students and watch exciting chemistry demos and complete a hands-on lab. All BlueSky students are welcome to attend!
Date: Friday, November 17
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 am
Where: BlueSky office
Cost: FREE

SeaLife at MOA - Get a behind-the-scenes guided tour that will take you up on deck above the tunnel system where you can see animals currently off-exhibit. Then, take a deeper look into career paths and job opportunities within the aquarium and zoo industry.
Date: Friday, December 15
Time: 1 - 3 pm
Cost: FREE

Attend Conferences

The first conferences of the school year are taking place on Thursday, October 5th from 3-7 pm at the BlueSky office in West St. Paul (33 Wentworth Ave, Suite 100). Stop by to meet teachers, advisors, counselors, and administrators. If you plan to attend, please fill out the Pre-Registration Form so we can plan ahead to make sure check in runs smoothly. Pre-registering will also give students an extra entry into the prize drawing for BlueSky swag and a Target gift card!



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