Mark calendars for ‘Back to School’ programs

Parents should mark their calendars for some very important “Back to School” dates that will take place soon in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. The meetings will take place starting Aug. 19 and running through August and into early September.

The following is a list of the “Back to School’ meetings.

New Family Meeting

This get-together is for new families to the school district, and it will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 in the Pine Meadow Elementary School’s Media Center. School staff will share all kinds of information about school and programs available. For more information, contact the District Office at 320-656-3715.

Athletic Information

For parents of seventh- and eighth-graders who plan to participate in sports, there will be a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Sartell Middle School. The students are also invited to attend. For more information, contact the Activities Office at 320-656-3717.

Dietary Needs

The Food Service Department will host a meeting for parents about special dietary needs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 at Sartell High School. For more information, contact Food Service at 320-656-3725.

Sartell Open Houses

The following open houses, orientations and picture-taking sessions will take place:

High School

Sartell High School, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 for grades 9-12. Sartell High School picture-taking sessions will be held from 2-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the high school. For more information, call SHS at 320-656-0748.

Middle School

An orientation for parents of fifth-graders at Sartell Middle School, along with students, will take place from 3:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the middle school. The orientation for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders is set from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sixth-graders are encouraged to meet with their advisors from 3:30-4 p.m. that day. For more information, call the middle school at 320-253-2200.

Pine Meadow

An open-house and orientation session will take place from 3:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 for grades K-4 at the school. For more information, call Pine Meadow Elementary School at 320-253-8303.

Oak Ridge

An open-house and orientation session is slated for 3:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 for grades K-4 at Oak Ridge Elementary School. For more information, call Oak Ridge at 320-258-3694.


At the two elementary schools, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, the Food Services will make available dinners for $3.40 each and $2.40 for pre-schoolers.

Early Childhood

Families are invited to attend the open house date and time for the class in which their child will attend. If families are unable to make the preferred section time, they should select a time that works better for them and call the Early Childhood Education Office at 320-656-3763.

The following are the times and dates: Sections 1, 7, 10, 12. 5:15-6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3; Sections 4, 9. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3; Sections 2, 3, 8, 13. 5:15-6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4; and Sections 6, 11, 14. 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4.

Dennis Dalman

Dennis Dalman

Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.
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