TLES Otter News

May/June 2019

Message from the Principal

  • Lakes Families,  

    During this time of year I like to take time to reflect upon our students’ paths.  It has been such an honor for Twin Lakes to have been included in a small chapter of their journey.   I hope the knowledge and values they have been taught here will carry on throughout their lives.

    From start to finish, each year, it has been our goal to instill the importance of RESPECT in our students.   As our 5th graders are now preparing to close this chapter of their journey, I hope they will continue to model and display RESPECT in all areas of their lives.

    This week at Twin Lakes we will be hosting Kinder Camp.  It is a great way to introduce next year’s kindergarteners to Twin Lakes.  They will spend the morning becoming “Otters in Training”, with the kindergarten teaching staff and assistants guiding them through various kindergarten activities done in a typical day.  

    Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are wrapping up their MCA testing.  I am proud of how hard our students have worked, and also, so appreciative to our families for encouraging and supporting our students to always do their best.  I would also like to thank our teaching staff and assistants for all their work preparing our students this year! ….Which brings us to…

    Staff & Teacher Appreciation Week!  Next week, May 6-10, is Staff and Teacher Appreciation Week!  Our students are fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend each day with such a talented and dedicated group of teachers and staff. Their main goal is to make our students successful in a fun and inspiring atmosphere. Please take moment, when you are able, to express your gratitude to our incredible Twin Lakes staff.

    I’d like to give a special Thank You to our 5th grade Safety Bus & Street Patrols for assisting our bus drivers and staff.  Thank you patrols, for your year-long commitment to keeping our students safe each and every day!

    Twin Lakes will be saying goodbye to three incredible staff members at the end of this year:

    Shelly Koteles, Instructional Assistant, with 20+ years of dedication to educate, inspire, and empower students at TLES will be retiring.  We wish her the best as she begins her new phase in life. Congratulations and Happy Retirement!

    Joelle Koch, Grade 5 Teacher, and Tyler Manthey, Grade 3 Teacher, will be starting next year at Prairie View and Lincoln Elementary Schools, respectively.  We truly appreciate all they have given to our school and students during their time here at Twin Lakes. They have made a huge impact on us all. Best wishes to you both in your new adventures!

    As we finish out the 2018/2019 school year, I’d like to thank our parents, staff, community members, and local businesses for their continued support in investing in our students education.  You have made a huge difference and it is incredibly appreciated! Thank you!


    Have a wonderful summer vacation and see you next fall!

    Dan Collins 

    Principal, Twin Lakes Elementary  


    +  HEALTH ROOM  

    • Borrowed Clothing

    In order for us to help other children, please return any borrowed clothing to the Health Office 

    • Medication  

    If your child has medication in the Health Office, they will be sent home with the student on the last day of school unless the parent notifies the Health Office with other instructions


    b   Media Center

    • Library Books 

    Please return all books by Friday, May 24th. If you have lost or misplaced any books, please contact Linda at

        $  RevTrak

    • Balance

    Please review your student(s) account and settle any outstanding balances



    Remaining MCA Test Dates 

    • 5th Graders  

    Math: April 30-May 2  Science: May 7-May 8  

    BOGO Buy One Book Get One Free Spring Book Fair 

    BOGO Book Fair is coming this THURSDAY and FRIDAY. Thursday, May 2nd from 4-6 pm and Friday, May 4th from 10am-6pm.

    For the first time ever our students will be given an opportunity to shop during the school day.  You can send cash with your child, or you can try the new e-wallet feature from Scholastic! The link to create an e-wallet is here:  https://bookfairs.scholastic.  

    Families are welcomed to drop in and stock up on great deals for summer reading! To encourage reading, we will only be selling books.  No trinkets, erasers, craft kits, pointers, stickers, etc.   

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    Spring Splash Wednesday, May 22nd

    (alternate date in case of inclement weather will be Thursday, May 23th)

    • Kindergarten - 4th grade students will participate in outside activities for two hours 
    • 5th grade students will be assisting with the activities
    • All students should wear tennis shoes and be prepared for being outside (sunscreen, water bottles, etc.)

    Please watch for more information coming soon in Campus Messenger   

    4th Grade Spring Vocal and Recorder Concerts 

    • Tue May 28 - 9:25am Ms. Nelson & 10:25 Mr. Carlson homerooms
    • Wed May 29 - 9:25am Mrs. Friestad's homeroom 
    • Fri May 31 - 9:25am Mr. Hietala's homeroom 

    Parents and/or special guests are invited to attend the Spring Vocal & Recorder Concert. Concerts will begin at the given time in Ms. Widman's Music Room and will last approximately 1 hour, including with a short reception following.  

    Class Field Trips 
    Information has either been sent or will be soon for your student's end of the year class field trip.
    Please make sure all slips are returned to their teacher and REV Track payments have been made by the deadline. 
    Wed, May 8th -  5rd grade Track and Field
    Thur, May 9th - 1st grade
    Wed, May 29th - 5th grade 
    Mon, June 3rd - Safety Patrol 
    Thur, May 30th - 4th grade 
    Tue, June 4th - Kindergarten & 2nd grade
    Thur, June 6th - 4th grade
    Fri, June 7th - 5th grade 
    Congratulations to TLES 4th Grade 2019 District 728 Math Bowl Champions!!! 
  • Events Calendar 


    Thur May 2  Kinder Camp 

    Fri May 3  Kinder Camp 

    Tue May 7  Math Bowl 

    Tue May 7  PTO Meeting 

    Wed May 8  5th Grade Track & Field 

    Thur May 9  1st Grade field trip

    Fri May 17  5th Grade Catapults 

    Wed May 22  Spring Splash 

    Mon May 27  No School Memorial Day

    Wed May 29  5th Grade field trip

    Thur May 30  4th Grade field trip 

    Fri May 31  5th Grade Vocab Day 


    Mon June 3  5th Grade Safety Patrol Appreciation Party 

    Tue June 4  Kindergarten & 2nd grade field trip

    Thur June 6  4th Grade field trip & 5th Grade Celebration

    Fri June 7  5th Grade field trip

    Mon June 10 Last Day of School  

    MCA Dates  

    April 30-May 2 5th Grade Math

    May 7 & May 8 5th Grade Science 

Contact Us!

  • Principal 

    Daniel Collins


    Senior Secretary 

    Chris Marsh


    Attendance Secretary

    Kelli Duerr


    Health Services Secretary

    Nicole Remiger


    TLES Office

    24 hour Attendance Line

    Vision Transportation



    Students should stay home from school & when students can return to school:  


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    We can discover, and we can dream.

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