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  • Being Thankful...

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 11/22/2019

    Thank You...

    Thank you for your hard work.

    Thank you for volunteering when help is needed.

    Thank you for having a great attitude.

    Thank you for going the extra mile.

    Thank you for your dedication that contributes to our success.

    Thank you for being my inspiration

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Thank you!

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 11/8/2019

    Thank you to all staff for your help in distributing the referendum materials to families and community members that visited our district buildings during the past two months. 

    All our work and efforts paid off with both questions passing!

    Also, thanks for voting.


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  • Online Classes

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 10/25/2019

    ISD728 Community Education offers a wide variety of online classes and certificates. Start your online training and add a new skill set to your resume today! Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and a very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. It’s easy. It’s fun. You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.

     After you register, login information will be sent to your email three days prior to the start of class. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access. Here are just a few of our online courses. Visit our online class website at http://www.yougotclass.org/catalog-complete.cfm/Elkriver to view all online courses offered.

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  • Operations Committee Update

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 10/18/2019

    Operations Committee Update

    The school-year operations committee had their first meeting on Wednesday, October 16.  We will be continuing our work on the following during the upcoming weeks:

     Who-for-What Documents:

    • We will continue to add links for staff needing/wanting additional information on specific issues.
    • We will compile lists of documentation needed to link to the Who-for-What; and then figure out where to get that information.
    • We will determine how information will be updated as it changes.
    • We will determine how to onboard new staff to this resource, and update current staff on changes. 

    Other Department Issues/Concerns:

    The Operations Committee will take its work direction from the management team. At this time there are no pressing issues we are addressing, but as the year moves forward, we are ready to support the department in helping to provide input and recommendations.

     Important Upcoming Dates:

    Oct 23-25, 2019: MCEA Fall Conference

    Oct 28, 2019: HOPE Winter Flyer Production

    Oct 30, 2019: Winter Brochure Merge

    Nov 1, 2019: No School

    Nov 5, 2019: General Election Day--don’t forget to VOTE!

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  • Teamwork

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 10/11/2019

    Why is teamwork important?

    Teams don't work well without teamwork! Teamwork is important for the success. Personally, to have a meaningful and lifelong career, you need to work well with others which is why teamwork is so important in the workplace. Benefits of teamwork in the workplace include:

    • It brings new ideas
    • Teamwork helps solve problems
    • It’s supportive
    • Teamwork builds morale


    What are the qualities of a successful team?

    strong team is the foundation of a high-performing, successful and smooth-running department. Here are a few qualities that a successful team possess.

    • They communicate well with each other. ...
    • They focus on goals and results. ...
    • Everyone contributes their fair share. ...
    • They offer each other support. ...
    • Team members are diverse. ...
    • They have good leadership. ...
    • They're ...
    • They have fun.


    How does your team stack up? Take a few minutes to think about your team and how they impact your work; do they make your work easier or harder?  Now, consider your role as a team member…what can you do to enhance your role?


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  • Brochure Deadlines & Building Supervisor Staff Updates

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 10/4/2019

    Winter/Spring Brochure deadlines are approaching!

    Oct 9 – Rogers Rec and HOPE facilities deadline

    Oct 14 – Facilities deadline for all other programs

    Oct 23 & 24 -  Rogers Rec and HOPE merge

    Oct 28-31 – HOPE flyer production

    Oct 30-Nov 1 – Merge for all other programs

    Nov 4-7 – Brochure production

    Nov 7 – Brochure to Emily for graphic finishes

    Nov 13 – Brochure Review

    Nov 14 – Brochure to printer


    Updates for all staff – “Stop the Bleed” kits:

    The district has placed "Stop the Bleed" kits in the AED boxes in each of our buildings. In these kits are gloves, tourniquets, and wound packing gauze in the event that someone in our building would experience a deep wound (such as a gunshot or stab wound) causing an arterial bleed (life threatening bleed). The health office staff have been trained on how to use these items.  Mainly, we want you to be aware that the kit is in there in the event that there are multiple injuries or there is the need for someone to get that kit and bring it to the scene of the injury. 

     Welcome new building supervisor staff!

    We have recently hired several new building supervisors. Some have been training at the sites since mid-September, other have yet to start.  Please welcome the new staff, and if you are scheduled to train one of the new people, please keep in mind emphasizing safety, security and customer service while showing them the ins/outs of each building. New staff include:

     Mila Belair

    Elizabeth Hanna

    Karen Hazlett

    Michelle Lowe

    Jill Ricksham

    Emily Zehowski

    Kevin Dale

    Angela Wolf

    Have a great week!

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  • New Classes

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 9/27/2019

    ISD 728 Community Education’s Mission is to build community through citizen involvement and lifelong learning while educating, inspiring & empowering all of our learners across ISD 728. To help fulfill our mission, ISD728 Community Education has been a member of LERN (Learning Resources Network) since 2001. LERN is the world’s largest association in continuing education and lifelong learning, offering information and consulting expertise to providers of continuing education and customized training. LERN provides practical, how-to information on marketing, finances, management, sales and product development. It is information not available anywhere else. ISD728 Community has relied on LERN’s expertise in many ways throughout the years, including an on-site in-depth program review by one of LERN’s founding members, Greg Marsello. One of the guiding tenants of LERN is to offer 20% new programs each brochure period. ISD728 strives to reach that milestone each brochure period. Some of our new courses offered in our Fall brochure include:

     ECFE Teaser Class for families that just want to give ECFE a try and not make an extended commitment. This class is only 3-4 weeks and allows parents and children to sample our ECFE class approach.

    New Culinary Classes include Chicken En Croute, Moroccan Magic, Traditional French Cuisine, Vietnamese Cooking and Delicious Fall Dishes from the Garden.

     Don’t Worry, Retire Happy and Prepping for Retirement are great resources for individuals having thoughts about retiring.

    For anyone looking to take their GED test, the state of Minnesota is offering free GED testing for a limited time (until the money earmarked for this program is gone).

     We have a new mix of STEM and Recreation classes for youth, including Scratch 3.0 Game Coding and full day sports camps on non-school days over MEA.

     We welcome ideas for new classes from all staff members. So if you have an idea on a hot topic, latest trends, or just a personal interest, please share your ideas with me and I will get the information to the appropriate program coordinator.

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  • Instructor Search

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 9/20/2019

    Training Reminder

    Just a reminder that your ALICE and district policy training needs to be completed today, September 20.


    Program Initiative to find new instructors

    The Program Coordinators have launched an initiative to reach out to our community for instructors for our classes. Community Education instructors can range from:

    • Joe Community Member that just wants to share their personal passion with others
    • Educated and trained instructorsfor a specific topic 
    • Those interested in instructing on a topic, but need help with the curriculum and some coaching on how to present/teach; both types of support can be offered by CE.


    Some specific areas we are looking for instructors:

    • Youth Arts & Crafts
    • Youth Culinary
    • Youth Academics (computer, Legos, science experiments, etc; we have a high need for tutors)
    • Latest youth trends (Bugbots, etc.)
    • Fitness (youth & adult)
    • Technology (not just how to use equipment, Vlogging, parental awareness or apps and social media, TikTok, etc).
    • Home & Hobby (organizing, downsizing, decorating, basic repairs, crafts, zero-waste. etc.)
    • WWII, Korean or Vietnam History (veteran speakers, authors, etc.)
    • Career Skills (how to do own taxes, resume & interviewing, dealing with difficult people, strength-finders, etc.)


    If you, or someone you know may be interested in being a Community Education Instructor, please send me an email with the person’s name, contact information and subject area at pauline.knox@isd728.org, and I will put you/them in contact with the appropriate program coordinator.


    Our Community Education Mission is to build community through citizen involvement and lifelong learning while educating, inspiring & empowering  all of our  learners across ISD 728.


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  • November 5 Referendum

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 9/13/2019

    Nov 5 Referendum

    As discussed in recent staff meetings, on Nov 5, 2019 residents of ISD 728 will decide whether to increase school funding through 2 referendum questions. As a staff member in the district, I would like to remind you of a couple things related to this referendum:

    1. If you are acting in the capacity of a district staff members (during your work day or during a shift), you should not be advocating for or against the referendum, but you can provide factual information.
    2. If you are on your own time (at home, with friends/neighbors, in the grocery store, etc), with your personal resources and acting as a private citizen, you can advocate in any manner you wish.

     Please Vote!

    If you are a resident of the district, there are 3 ways to vote:

    • Vote early in person
      • voting begins September 20
      • All ISD 728 voters can vote early at the Sherburne County Government Center regarding of where you live in the district.
    • Vote early by mail
      • Obtain an absentee ballot application online at isd728.org/AbsenteeBallot
      • Mail (13880 Business Center Dr, Elk River 55330), fax (763-765-4400) or email (elections@co.sherburne.mn.us) application to the Sherburne County Government Center
      • The county will mail ballot materials to you; Sherburne County must receive your ballot by Nov 5.
    • Vote on Nov 5
      • Vote at your local polling location. There will be limited voting locations for this election. Find you polling place at isd728.org/PollingPlace

     If you are a staff person on the operations team, a program coordinator, or a building supervisor and need time during your regular work schedule to vote, please see me to make arrangements. 728STRONG!

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  • Start of School Reminders

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 9/6/2019

    Your friendly reminders for this week:

     Training: The deadline to complete your ALICE training and district policy trainings is September 20, 2019!!

     Office Hours: Now that school is back in session, the Community Education offices at the Handke Center will be open until 5:00pm (in the summer we close at 4:30pm).  Hours for staff working in the offices varies, but office coverage is 7:30am-5:00pm.

     Application Committee Members: If you are interested in being a member of the Operations Committee or Wellness/Culture Committee, please complete an application. We are requesting every staff member to read through the committee purpose, timelines and ‘19-’20 objectives and consider if the work aligns with your professional and/or personal passions and skills.  Hourly staff and teachers will be paid for their time. Please review and, if applicable, apply on this form: HEREThe application will close Friday Sept. 6th.

    Hiring: Community Education is still looking to fill the following positions:

    >building supervisors

    >childcare workers and subs

    >Crescendo music instructor for private lessons

    If you know anyone looking for casual part-time employment, please send them to the district website to apply for positions that interest them.  Thanks!

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