March News

Welcome to March and hopefully an early spring!

We are preparing for kindergarten orientation on March 15 from 5:00-6:30 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our families with incoming kindergarteners to come and learn about Basswood and our full day kindergarten program.  We are excited to welcome our new kindergarteners next fall.  If you have friends or neighbors with new kindergarteners to Basswood, please pass this information on to them so they can attend.

Our second annual Family Science and Math Night will be on Tuesday, March 8th.  It was a huge success last year and we are looking forward to another exciting night.  We will have The Works, Mathnasium, and some of our parents come in to provide hands-on science and math stations.  It will be a night full of fun and STEM learning.  This is all made possible by our PTO and parent contributions to our fundraisers so thank YOU!

Spring break will be March 21-25.  I encourage you to have your children read for fun throughout the break as well as journal their experiences.  Most importantly, I hope they have a lot of time to get outside and play.  Physical activity is so essential for our kids and what better way to enjoy spring break than getting outside and playing.

Have a wonderful March!

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December News

Winter is here!  This is just another reminder to send your child prepared for the cold weather as we will go outside for recess every day.  The only times we will have indoor recess is when the temperature falls below 0 degrees or if it is raining.  Students who do not have proper winter clothing such as boots and snow pants will be asked to stay on the blacktop area of the playground.  Thank you for helping your child be prepared for the winter season!

I want to thank you for considering healthier options for birthday treats.  It has been nice seeing so many creative ideas sent to school to celebrate student birthdays.  One reminder, any birthday treats sent to school need to be store bought and pre-packaged.  We cannot serve any home prepared treats.  Again, for those who choose to send a birthday treat to school, you may also decide to send a non-food item as well.  Thank you again for your support with choosing healthier options for birthday celebrations!

I continue to be amazed by our Basswood families and the support you all give to our school.  From raising over $46,000 during the Fun Run to collecting over 2,500 food items for We Scare Hunger, I can’t thank you enough!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Dream Big!

Patrick Smith, Principal

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November News

The seasons are changing rapidly and winter will be here before we know it.  As we begin to experience colder weather, we continue to have students go outside for recess.  Please continue to send appropriate clothing and outside gear for your child so everyone stays warm.

Basswood continues to be a school who values service learning.  We have selected 20 students in grades 4-5 to represent our school on the Basswood Gives Back/We Act team.  These students, along with some adult support, will organize and implement service learning opportunities throughout the year.  This includes events such as We Scare Hunger, Families Helping Families Spaghetti Dinner, and a supply drive to support Students Connected Through International Service.  We have also selected one 5th grader to represent Basswood for the Students Connected Through International Service.  This student will help run a school supply drive the week of January 11-15 and then will accompany five other district 5th graders and district staff to Mexico to deliver the supplies.  If you are visiting our school at any time, please check out the wonderful projects that have been made by Mexican students we have partnered with for the supply drive.  There are a few projects displayed in the school office.  Please look for details about upcoming service learning events through the year.

As a Fuel Up To Play 60 school, we encourage our students to be physically active for 60 minutes a day and to make healthy eating choices.  We are also encouraging those families who choose to send birthday treats to send healthy treat options or non-food items.  Thank you so much for supporting this request.  If you would like to know more about Fuel Up To Play 60, please visit the website  We are also encouraging students to sign up to be a part of the Basswood FUTP60 Team by going online and registering as a student.  Students who are active on this site have the chance to win prizes for themselves or the school.

Parent drop off reminder: If you are dropping off your child after 8:50 am, we ask that you walk your child into the school and sign them in.

Thank you for all you do for your child and the entire Basswood community!

Dream Big!

Patrick Smith, Principal

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October Newsletter Entry

Happy Fall Basswood Families!

It has been a wonderful start to the school year!  We continue to teach all of our students expectations for the year so that each student will be successful academically and socially.  One process we implemented for the first time this year is our recess/lunch process.  We have switched it so that students go out for recess first and then come in for lunch.  There are a couple reasons for doing it this way.  The first is that students tend to eat more and there is less food waste.  They come in from playing and are ready to eat.  Another reason is that students now have time to “wind down” after recess so that when they return to the classroom after lunch, they are ready to learn.  So far, it is going very well.  We continue to work on some minor details to make it even better as the weeks progress.

We will continue to use an electronic Wednesday envelope process this year.  Families will receive the electronic Wednesday envelope in an e-mail.  You will also have access to it on our school’s website.  This will allow you to look back at past Wednesday envelope information as it will be archived on our site.  Occasionally, there will be paper copies of letters or information such as picture day forms and other forms that need to be returned to the school.  Otherwise, most documents such as event reminders, park and recreation flyers, etc. will be sent as a PDF in an e-mail along with being posted on our school’s website.  We will also have paper copies of all Wednesday envelope materials that will be posted in our information center just outside our school office.  The final paper version of Wednesday envelopes will be October 14th.  We will send both a paper copy and an electronic version on this date.

Dream Big!

Patrick Smith, Principal

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Welcome Back to the 2015-16 School Year!

I would like to welcome everyone back for another great school year!  A special welcome to all of our new families.  I know you will find Basswood to be an amazing place for your child to learn!

Here are a few important dates coming up:

Wednesday, August 19: New Family Orientation, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Thursday, August 20: Kindergarten PTO Ice Cream Social, 6:00-8:00 p.m. out on the playground (great way for new kindergarten families to socialize and get to know more Basswood families)

August 27-28: New playground build

September 2: Basswood Open House (Families with the last name starting with A-L 4:30-5:30 p.m., last names starting with M-Z 5:30-6:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 8: First Day of School


I am looking forward to a year of accomplished dreams!


Patrick Smith, Principal


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Read-A-Thon Results

Congratulations Basswood students!  You surpassed your reading goal of 300,000 minutes read during the Read-A-Thon.  The total minutes read was 331,082 minutes.  We also raised $24,900.  Wow!  Great job!  Now Mr. Smith (that would be me) will be duct taped to the wall on Friday, March 13th.

Grade Level Winners

Most money raised by class (will receive $50 to spend as a class)

Kindergarten – Johnson

Grade 1: Steffen

Grade 2: McWilliams

Grade 3: Schmidt

Grade 4: Monson

Grade 5: Anderson

Grade 6: Corbin


Most minutes read by class (will receive a private tour of the school roof by Mr. Smith)

Kindergarten: Swanson

Grade 1: VanDrehle

Grade 2: McWilliams

Grade 3: Harrington

Grade 4: Lussier

Grade 5: Anderson

Grade 6: Kestly


Great job reading everyone!

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Family Science and Math Night




When: Tuesday, February 24th 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: Basswood Elementary School

What: Come and enjoy math activities and science experiments to get children excited about STEM!

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Basswood Fourth Grader is the grand prize winner!

A student in Mrs. Schutte’s fourth grade classroom wins the grand prize for the MGFD fire prevention poster contest.  Her poster idea is to put a sticker on household brooms to remind people to check their fire alarms.  Congratulation to all of our Basswood winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners as well as the grand prize winner).

2014 MGFDwinners grandprizewinner Poster winner

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Apple Day at Basswood

Apple Day was a huge success!

I saw a lot of happy students!


A big special thanks to;

Our Awesome kitchen staff who helped wash all 1,243 apples!

Our Amazing Parent Volunteers who helped hand them out!

Our marvelous Fuel Up To Play 60 Team!!!

And an EXTRA BIG thank you to Kidstop For purchasing all the apples to help our kids start out their day!


Thank you all!!!

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