TLES Otter News

February/March 2019

Message from the Principal


    Twin Lakes Families, 

    We survived the Polar Vortex 2019, 2 hour late starts and school closings!  Thank you to parents for your understanding and patience when our district needs to make these safety decisions.  Our Bus Drivers, Custodians and Plow Drivers have done a fantastic job clearing roads, sidewalks and safely transporting our students to and from school. 

    February and March will be otterly awesome with many exciting events planned.  We’ve already kicked off our February “I Love To Read” activities and have fun celebrations planned at the end of the month.  Thank you for your donations to the Student Council’s Annual Pennies for Patients. This drive has become a part of our school’s culture.  Spring Conferences are right around the corner (3/13-3/15).   I look forward to seeing parents and teachers share in the celebration of their student’s academic successes.   

    Our PTO is busy planning for yet another incredible carnival.  Please watch Campus Messenger or follow our Twin Lakes Elementary PTO's Facebook page for ways you can become involved.  This is their only fundraiser of the year which brings yearlong support, materials, and activities to our students and staff.    

    MCA Testing will begin once we return from Spring Break.   During this time to ensure your child has a successful testing experience please make sure your child receives adequate sleep each night and they eat a healthy breakfast each morning.  Please avoid absences and appointments during the testing window.  Thank you for your support in making this a successful time for our students!     


    Dan Collins 

    Principal, Twin Lakes Elementary  


    • I Love To Read Month 
    • Pennies for Patients 
    • Kids Heart Challenge - American Heart Association
    • 1st and 2nd Grade Valentine Program 
    • OtterFest Help Needed
    • Order Yearbooks 

    February is I Love To Read Month
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    Have You Met Your READING GOAL YET?

    February is “I Love to Read” month.  Our theme is, “Have You Met Your READING GOAL YET?”.  Our kick off was Friday, February 1st.  Each grade level has a set number of minutes to read each week.  Students who reach their reading goal each week will get to sign a weekly class Yeti footprint to create a Yeti trail on the cafeteria wall.  To further promote Twin Lakes Elementary’s love for reading, the school will be having a variety of fun reading activities and themed days:

    Mystery Book -  Every Tuesday students will guess the book being read for a chance to win a book
    Read With Buddies - Read with your buddy on February 7
    Yeti Palooza Reading - Every Friday “Yeti-PALOOZA READING” 20 min of reading in the classroom
    Guest Readers - Friday, February 15 each classroom will invite a Mystery Guest Reader
    Read in Japanese - Tuesday February 19 Yuko Larson will be in classrooms reading books in Japanses
    Book Bowl - Tuesday, February 26th
    Yeti Move/Hot Cocoa - Classrooms will "Do The Yeti" or/and Go Noodle & enjoy Hot Cocoa
    Wear Readable Clothing - Wear clothing with words on Thursday, February 21
    Pajama Day/All School Movie - Pajama Day and movie "Small Foot" -  Friday, March 1
    Author Residency - Rick Chrustowski , March 11-13, 18

    Our I Love To Read Month will continue into March with an Author Residency where each grade level will have an opportunity to meet with author, Rick Chrustowski.  Students in grades K-2 will create a Yeti Poster. Students in grades 3-5 will write and illustrate a Yeti book.  

    A special thanks to Media, Art & Gifted Departments in making this opportunity possible for our students.

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    Student Council will be collecting coins for their annual 
    Pennies for Patients during February 11th-15th
    Our goal: $2,000.00 
    It's that time of year again to check vehicles, couch cushions, junk drawers, anywhere where loose change can be found!  This yearly fundraiser organized by Student Council and sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, is a part of our school’s culture.  Over the past years Twin Lake students have raised over $10,434.00!    
    Monday: Pennies
    Tuesday: Nickels
    Wednesday: Dimes
    Thursday: Quarters
    Friday: Dollar bills (Students may wear a hat with a $1.00 donation) 

    1st and 2nd Grade Valentine Concert 
    Thursday, February 14th 
    2nd Grade: 9:30am
    1st Grade: 2:00pm 
    Watch Campus Messenger for more information  

     Kids Heart Challenge
    (formally Jump Rope for Heart) 

    We’re gearing up for our annual American Heart Association event!  This year we are participating in Kids Heart Challenge and are so excited to introduce your students to the Heart Heroes who work together to fight heart disease.  We’ll be doing LOTS of fun things in PE to keep our hearts working hard during Kids Heart Challenge

    We’re challenging EVERY STUDENT to join our team online and
    accept one of these health challenges:
    • Do a good deed daily
    • Choose water over sugary beverages
    • Exercise every day
    Students who accept a challenge will earn an official HEART HERO wristband at school! 
    To join our team and accept health challenge 
    visit: or download the FREE Kids Heart Challenge app on your mobile device.  Once the challenge is accepted, share the message with others to promote healthy hearts and raise donations for the American Heart Association.    

    Thank you for your support! 
    Mr. Suko & Mr. Larson 

    News from our PARENT LIAISON
     Hello Twin Lakes Families,
    The Otterfest School Carnival Committee is looking for parents who would like to help make this event possible!  We are searching for volunteers to help with the weeks, days leading up to the date and during the carnival.  If you are able to help, please contact email me at or leave me a voicemail 763-241-3400 x6090.  OtterFest is Friday, March 22. 
    a  Our Tuesday, February 12th meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 21st at 7pm in the Twin Lakes Media Center.  All parents are welcomed and we would love to see new faces at our meetings!  
    "LIKE" our Twin Lakes Elementary PTO Facebook page to keep up on all the latest and greatest things going on here at TLES! 
    TL Parent Liaison, 
    Jessie Keckeisen

    OTTERFEST is in need of items/offers from Business 
    Do you have a local business?  Would you like easy exposure to over 1,000 people?  Our Twin Lakes Elementary PTO Carnival is a great place for low cost advertising! We are in need of items/offers to use in our Silent Auction and as Raffle Prizes.  All donations are tax deductible! 
    Please email for more information!

    Spring Conferences 
    Parent/Teacher Conferences will be scheduled online at Please watch for a Campus Messenger with a link to schedule your time. Conferences will be offered on the following days:

    Wednesday, March 13th 
    5:00 pm – 8:00 pm   
    Thursday, March 14th   
    1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Friday, March 15th   
    9:00 am – 3:00 pm

    * NO SCHOOL Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th * 

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      Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during Conferences 

     Have you Ordered a Yearbook Yet? 

    a  LAST DAY to order a Year Book is FridayMarch 29 

    a  All purchases are done online only at

    School ID: 9127119

    $12 before February 16th 

    $14 after February 16th  

    Please join us for the 

    12th Annual Otterfest Carnival

    Friday, March 22 - 5:30pm-8:30pm

    Fun, Food, Games, and Much More! Please watch your Campus Messenger for information on purchasing Discounted Wristbands and  Silent Auction Item Donations.  The OtterFest Committee is searching for business donations AND volunteers to help with this event.  Please contact Kelly at for more information.  

    6th Annual ISD 728 
    Let's Move Day 
    Friday,  March 22
    Students and Staff will be encouraged to wear comfortable clothing for our Annual Let's Move Day on Friday, March 22nd. Throughout the day students will be given time to enjoy some fitness in their classrooms.  

    MCA Test Dates 

    4/15-4/18 Grade 3 Reading

    4/22-4/26 Grade 3 Math

    4/15-4/18 Grade 4 Reading

    4/22-4/26 Grade 4 Math

    4/10-4/12 Grade 5 Reading

    4/30-5/2 Grade 5 Math

    5/7-5/8 Grade 5 Science

     A message from CAER Food Shelf
    Thank you, Twin Lakes Elementary, for hosting a family dance and collecting donations for CAER! We received your more than 600 pounds of donated food on Wednesday - what an amazing surprise!

     Viktor’s Quest To S.T.O.P. Bullying
    Stand up. Take Action. Open up. Protect. 
     Viktor and the Vikings empowered students at Twin Lakes to STOP bullying in our school  
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    Did you dance like a ROCKSTAR? 
    Show our school some love by entering for a chance to win 5,000 Bonus Box Tops  
    Box Tops Sweepstakes ends 03/03/2019
    a  Click here  to enter 
  • Events Calendar 


    Fri Feb 1 I love to Read Kick Off

    Fri Feb 1 World Read Aloud Day 

    Tue Feb 5 Mystery Book, Student Council Meeting, Kids Heart Challenge Kick Off

    Thur Feb 7 Read with Buddy, German Club, American Indian Student Visit  

    Fri Feb 8 Beach Day, Yeti Palooza Reading 

    Mon Feb 11-Fri Feb 15 Pennies for Patients, 5th grade Salk Music Concert  

    Tue Feb 12 Mystery Book, 

    Thur Feb 14 Wear Red, Pink or White, 1st & 2nd Gr Valentine Concerts for Parents/Special Guests, 5th Gr Ski Trip, German Club   

    Mon Feb 18 No School - President's Day 

    Tue Feb 19 Mystery Book

    Thur Feb 21 Wear Readable Clothing, German Club, 3rd and 4th Gr Field trip, PTO Meeting

    Fri Feb 22 Yeti Palooza Reading 

    Tue Feb 26 Book Bowl

    Thur Feb 28 Yeti Moves & Hot Cocoa Day 


    Fri Mar 1 Pajama and All School "Small Foot" Movie Day, 2 hr early release (1:45pm) 

    Tue Mar 5 Student Council Meeting

    Thur Mar 7 5th Grade/Staff Basketball Game 

    Fri Mar 8 No School  Teacher Workshop

    Sun Mar 10 Daylight Savings 

    Mon Mar 11-Wed Mar 13 Author Residency 

    Tue Mar 12 PTO Meeting

    Wed Mar 13 Evening Conferences 

    Thur Mar 14-Fri Mar 15 No School - Conferences 

    Mon Mar 18 Author Residency 

    Wed Mar 20 3rd Grade Field Trip 

    Fri Mar 22 Let's Move Day, OtterFest 

    Tue Mar 26 District Book Bowl 


    Mon Apr 1-Fri Apr 5 Spring Break 

    Thur Apr 11 PTO Meeting 

    Fri Apr 19 No School 

    MCA Dates 

    4/15-4/18 Grade 3 Reading

    4/22-4/26 Grade 3 Math 


    4/15-4/18 Grade 4 Reading

    4/22-4/26 Grade 4 Math


    4/10-4/12 Grade 5 Reading

    4/30-5/2 Grade 5 Math

    5/7-5/8 Grade 5 Science



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