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User Friendly, Slick, and Connects you to the RFC! COMING JANUARY 2018!

The RFC welcomes a NEW Website!

Effective December 15, 2017 to January 14, 2018

2017 Winter Hours

 Childcare

 Tiger Sharks

 Swim Lessons

 Log Rolling


 New

In this issue…

Thursday, Feb. 1—6-8pm

Contact Anita today to schedule your party! (320)589-7011 or

We offer two (2) birthday packages that are sure to make you the parent of the year, and still be easy on the wallet!



Stay tuned to the RFC Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for facility closings.

Tuesday, Jan. 23—6-8pm

The competition pool will be closed on the following days for high school swim meets:




***Regular hours return Jan. 15, 2018 Monday-Thursday………..….5AM-11PM





Dec. 31: CLOSED Jan. 1: CLOSED


Dec. 23: 8am-5pm Dec. 24: CLOSED Dec. 25: CLOSED


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Morris Area Community Education

153 South Columbia Avenue |Morris, MN 56267 320-589-4394 |

volume 17 | issue 2

Postal Patron

A newsletter published by Morris Area Community Education & School District #2769

2769 Tiger Tracks

2018 RFC Winter Swimming Lessons Members- $45.00 Non-Members-$55.00

Members- $55.00 Non-Members- $65.00

Winter Group Lessons Mondays—Friday February 5th-16th Preschool Aqua: 5:30-6pm

Semi Private Lessons Mondays and Wednesdays January 15th-31st

Level 2: 5:30-6:20pm

Level 5/6: 6:30-7:20pm

Level 2: 5:45-6:30pm

Members: $25 | Non-members: $35

Level 5/6: 5:45-6:30pm

The Water Babies class is for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. A parent must be in the water with their child. The class is a great way to introduce the infant to the water.

Level 1: 6:45-7:30pm

Level 4: 5:30-6:20pm

Level 3: 6:30-7:20pm


Level 3: 6:45-7:30pm Level 4: 6:45-7:30pm


Private Swimming Lessons are available year round! Meet with an experienced swimming instructor to gain vital skills and technique to help you stay safe in the water. Contact Anita to set up your personalized swimming instruction! (320)589-7011 or Cost: $25 per hour, per person

TIGER SHARKS ~Winter 2018~

Monday-Thursday Jan. 8th—Feb. 22nd

Beginner & Developmental Advanced & High School 5:30-6:30pm


Members: $144 Non-members: $154

Questions about aquatics programming? Contact Anita Nelson 320-589-7011

Tuesdays April 3rd-24th 6-6:30pm

Preschool Aqua: 5:45-6:15pm

Preschool Aqua: 6-6:30pm

Level 1: 6:30-7:20pm

Water Babies

Members: $216 Non-members: $226

We will play games, sing songs, and work on kick and floating skills.

The Regional Fitness Center has two pools available! The Recreation Pool is a warm water pool that is perfect for children, families and seniors. The Competition Pool is perfect for experienced swimmers. With eight 25-yard lanes, it’s perfect for any workout!

LOG ROLLING Interested in learning how to log roll? Have a group that would enjoy it? Log rolling is perfect for… BIRTHDAY PARTIES YOUTH GROUP ACTIVITIES SPORTS TEAM BONDING POOL RENTALS OFFICE ACTIVITIES FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT ANITA AT (320)589-7011 or email

Swimming Registration Form Participant’s Name: ______________________________________ Parents Name:_________________________________ Participant’s Age: __________ Birth Date: _____________ Email Address: ________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________ City:__________________ State:_____ZIP:__________ Phone (home/cell): ________________________________________ (work)_________________________________ Session Level Time Date Fee __________|__________|_________________|___________________|____________ GRAND TOTAL: $____________ Waiver: In consideration of the opportunity to participate in the programs registered for, I on behalf of myself, my agents, my heirs and next-of-kin, hereby release and hold harmless the Regional Fitness Center and it’s respective agents, employee and representatives from any responsibility of liability of personal injury, including death, or damage to or loss of property, that I may incur due to the negligence of the Regional Fitness Center, my own negligence, or accidents that occur while I am participating in these programs.

Signature of Participant or Parent: _____________________________________________________Date:_________________ In system______ PD_____ (check_____ credit card_____)


Do you need an individualized workout program? Do you need someone to hold you accountable? Do you need someone to guide and teach you through your workouts?

If you answered yes to any of the questions, call us today about our Personal Training Packages! Specials for New Members!

(320) 589-6485

2017-2018 RFC Memberships and Punch Cards


Annual Daycare Provider Pass: $150


Day Pass for Daycare Provider: $2.50/child

New Morris residents are invited to try our No Obligation FREE 2 Week trial! During this trial, you are invited to swim in our pools, join a group fitness class, and MORE!

*You must present childcare license when registering

The RFC offers childcare on Tuesdays from 11-1 and Thursdays 10-1.

Visit us at 626 East 2nd Street in Morris or call (320)589-6485 to set up a tour!

Non-Member Group Fitness

Daily Group Fitness/10 Punch Pass



Daily Group Fitness 20 Punch Pass



Annual Facility Only Membership Annual Membership with Group Fitness (Includes 2 personal training sessions) 1 Month 3 Month Annual Walking Pass

Non-UMM Student $6/$54

Seniors Age 62+ $6/$54

Senior Couples


10-punch punch cards are available for $20 at the RFC! Group Fitness

Daily Guest Pass/10 Punch Pass

K-12/UMM Student $5/$45





Families $20/$180

$185 or $20/ month $413 or $38/ mo

$270 or $27/ mo $506 or $46/ mo

$270 or $27/mo $450 or $41/mo

$400 or $37/mo $636 or $56

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$620 or $55/mo $856 or $74/mo

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$215 or $22/ mo

$215 or $22/mo

Lap Swim Only Membership

$225 or $23/ mo


Group Fitness Schedule EFFECTIVE thru December 17, 2017


This is free to join for all those who walk on the RFC/Riley Brothers’ track! See the RFC Front Desk for more information! Check out the MemberMe+ App!  Class Schedules  Announcements  Digital Card FIND IT IN THE APP STORE OR GOOGLE PLAY STORE SAVE MORE MOO-LAA! Contact us about Insurance Fitness Reimbursements Save on our already LOW prices!


From the Desk of Rick Lahn A Message from the Superintendent

As we enter the holiday season we have many reasons to be proud. The Morris Area Schools continue to be an exemplary place for students to receive their education. Our academic, athletic and fine arts programs remain among the best in the State of Minnesota. We remain proud of the fact that we are never satisfied with the status quo and continue to look for ways to improve our school system.

On November 7th, our voters overwhelmingly approved the sale of $19.2 million in general obligation bonds for important renovations to our school district facilities. We are truly fortunate to live in a community that strongly supports public education and we thank all the voters who showed up that day to support our schools. 95% of the costs of renovations will be used to renovate and repair facility systems in our high school building. Areas impacted will include plumbing, sewage, electrical and mechanical upgrades. Also included will be renovations of classrooms, science labs, locker rooms and the auditorium. Over 75% of the current high school space will be impacted by this project.

We are currently in the design phase of the project. Over the coming months, architects and engineers will plan the most efficient and effective approach for renovating our building. A detailed plan will be developed and bidding will take place later this spring. We anticipate that construction will begin approximately June 1st. To minimize disruption to our students and staff, the majority of the construction will happen over the next two summers. In the end, we will have a remodeled building with classrooms and facility upgrades that will serve the public for decades to come. In closing I would like to thank our entire community for supporting our schools. It is through your community support that Morris Area Schools remain the “Finest School District in West Central Minnesota.” Go Tigers!

Superintendent, Rick Lahn The Morris Area Public School Foundation is a group of parents, alumni and community members working together with West Central Initiative to enhance and sustain the quality of education for citizens of all ages participating in programs of the Morris Area Public School District 2769. With your help and support, we will not only maintain but enhance the educational opportunities for Morris Area students. For more information and donations, go to -> District -> Foundation.

Morris Area School District—Weather Related Closing Information

Each year, we begin to gear up for inclement weather much earlier than we might like to; however, it will snow this winter, and we would like to take a moment to share the process used when making decisions to adjust the school schedule due to inclement weather. We realize decisions made impact families throughout the district, and we do not take them lightly. The major concern in making decisions regarding inclement weather is the safety of our students, staff, and others in the community - beyond that, the process becomes more complicated. The fundamental decision is whether students and staff will be safer with school in session or with school closed for the day. The superintendent makes the decision to take one of the following actions: open school on schedule, delay the opening of schools, dismiss school early, or cancel school for the day. If the decision is made to delay, dismiss, or cancel school, the information is immediately publicized to staff, parents, and students. We utilize the automated calling system, Instant Alert, to notify parents and staff of any schedule changes caused be inclement weather.

When determining if the normal school schedule should be changed due to inclement weather, several factors are considered:  Knowing the road conditions throughout our entire district is important, including several rural areas where blowing snow can severely limit visibility for drivers. We have a large district and weather conditions can vary greatly – for example, it might be cloudy but not snowing in the northern part of the district, but the visibility may be near zero in the far southwestern part of the district.  School buses can drive through a certain amount of snow, but they cannot make it to school if intersections are clogged with stuck vehicles. They also do not function well on icy roads. If roads are snow packed, drifted, and/or icy, sending buses out is not desirable.  Wind chill is a very important factor, especially if there is the possibility of buses running late and students having to wait a longer time at their bus pickup point.  The weather forecast for the remainder of the day is reviewed multiple times, as well as the reports as to when key roads may be plowed/cleared. There are times when roads may not be cleared until the wind has stopped blowing.  Finally, the actions of other districts in the area and observations of conditions in their districts are considered.  We monitor road and weather conditions in the county - staff often contacts the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the police, superintendents of nearby school districts, and weather services to obtain additional information.

In the event that school needs to be canceled or started late, all available information is collected as early as possible (traditionally by approximately 5:30 am), so that a decision may be made. In most cases, radio and television stations are notified of the decision as early as possible—typically around 6:00 a.m.

To prepare for a possible early dismissal, parents are encouraged to have and discuss a plan with their child in case of early dismissal due to weather conditions or an emergency. Your plan may be to have your child go home and call you at work or go to a friend's house and call or it may be to have your child go to a neighbor’s house and call you at work. Whatever your plan is, please discuss it with your child. Having a spare key hidden at home and available to your child may be a part of your plan. In periods of very severe weather, some parents may consider roads and sidewalks in their area unsafe for travel by students. In those instances, parents have the option of not sending their child to school. The student will be expected to make up all assignments, they will not be penalized academically, and they will be given an excused absence.

Information may be obtained concerning school closing, delayed opening, or early closing, by calling 589-4840. No announcements will be made when schools are operating on a normal schedule. Please do not call your child’s school, the bus garage, or the central offices during weather emergencies - when school schedules are altered, the school telephone system is needed to attend to operational items and emergency matters. For more information about school closings, contact your school principal or check the district Web Site During periods of inclement weather, please listen to a radio or television station listed in the table for announcements of changes in school schedules.

Use of Morris Area School Facilities We encourage groups and organizations to utilize school district facilities. Usage of rooms, gyms, auditoriums, etc. in the school buildings are reserved through the Community Education office. A completed building use form is required. Nominal rental feels are charged depending on your group. Service fees such as custodial and food services may also be charged depending on your specific permit requests. Contact Tony Reimers at 320-589-4394 or

AM Radio Stations

FM Radio Stations

Television Stations

KMRS - 1230

KKOK – 95.7


KDJS - 1590

THE RIVER – 97.3


KCCO - 950

KWLM - 1340 KBMO - 1290

K - 95.3

KIK – 100.7

KOOL - 94.3

Q102 – 102.5





Morris Area Elementary A Message from the Elementary Principal

Our theme for the elementary school is “Together Everyone Achieves More at MAES!” This means we are a dedicated learning community which works as a team with families to help all students achieve and reach their full potential. We are extremely thankful to be working with committed students and families, along with a very supportive community! When we work together as a TEAM our students benefit! The Morris Lions Club has generously offered to adopt the second graders for the book fair for the third year. They will be purchasing a book or books for each second grader at MAES! I know right… what an awesome show of support to our students! As a result, the second graders will receive books and the school will earn the benefit of those purchases which has a positive impact on our school. Thank you to the Morris Lions Club. We appreciate you!

Cold weather dress: Students go outside before school and for noon play when the temperature or wind chill is minus five degrees below or warmer. Please encourage your child to dress warmly (hats, mittens, coats, boots, snowpants) to be sure he/she is comfortable on those cold days! Morris Area Schools utilizes the JMC Message Center (phone, email, text) where we can let parents know quickly and conveniently any important information, i.e. school closings, emergency notifications, etc. It is the responsibility of each family to keep phone numbers, email, and mailing addresses current. Please contact the school office with any changes or updates to your information. We don’t want you to miss any important information. Elementary Principal, Shane Monson

Important Dates January 18 5th & 6th Grade Band Concerts, 7:00 p.m. Concert Hall January 25 Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00—8:00 p.m. January 29 5th & 6th Grade Vocal Concert, 7:00 p.m. Concert Hall March 2 Kindergarten Registration Day, 8:30—10:30 a.m. No Kindergarten Class

Morris Area High School A Message from the High School Principal At the high school, we continue to work extremely hard to provide the best education possible. Our school year has gotten off to a great start and we are rolling into the second half of the school year. In our third year of working towards every student having a Chromebook computer to use at school and at home, we continue to grow with technology. I have seen some great lessons that teachers have developed with the use of technology, and I believe it has had a positive impact on student achievement and engagement. At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, every student in grades 5th-12th will have a Chromebook

As the second half of the school year approaches, we have begun to plan for second semester and as well as planning for the 2018-2019 school year. Second semester schedule changes for students will begin in December and continue to the start of second semester on January 23rd. In February, students will be selecting courses for next year. Students currently in grades 8 through 11 will bring home a Registration Guide and forms to complete. From the student choices, a master schedule will be developed and a class schedule for each student will be created for the 2018-2019 school year. As students plan ahead, they need to be thinking whether they are interested in taking College In School classes and what they plan to do after high school. Having plans and goals set will help get your child in the right courses for future success. Also as students look ahead I encourage them to get involved in athletics, activities, or clubs that are offered at Morris Area. Research shows that students involved in activities tend to do better academically. With the second half of the school year also comes winter and spring testing. In the fall, winter, and spring we give the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) test in reading and mathematics for grade 7th and 8th. These are local test we use to look for growth in our students and to help guide instruction. State MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) tests are required in reading, mathematics, and science. The testing schedule for this winter and spring is provided below for you to view. As the testing dates approach, please visit with your child on the importance of doing their best so we have an accurate picture of their abilities. Juniors will be able to take the ACT test again this year as we are required to offer it. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to call me at 320-585-2200 or email me at Sincerely, Principal Bill Kehoe

NWEA Tests

Tuesday, January 9 7th & 8th Grade Reading

Thursday, January 11 7th & 8th Grade Math

Tuesday, May 15 7th & 8th Grade Reading Thursday, May 17 7th & 8th Grade Math

MCA Tests Tuesday, April 17 7th Grade Reading

Wednesday, April 25 8th Grade Math

Friday, April 20 10th Grade Reading

Wednesday, May 2 8th Grade Science

Wednesday, April 18 8th Grade Reading Tuesday, April 24 7th Grade Math

Thursday, April 26 11th grade Math Thursday, May 10th Grade Science

ACT Test

Tuesday, April 3 11th Grade

Register for the ACT Prep Class that will help you to reduce test anxiety as you gain firsthand experiences with the format and content of the ACT Test. Over six nights, you will learn testtaking strategies, review each of the four content areas, and take a full length test simulation. Page 7

Adult Basic Education

Community Meals

Come connect with others in the community at a free, made from scratch community meal!

Salvador Monteagudo, ESL and Sylvia Gulbraith

Wednesdays, 5:30—8:30 p.m. MAES, Parent Education Room—Pod A

January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Faith Lutheran Church, 5:30—7:00 p.m. February 26: Faith Lutheran Church, 5:30—7:00 p.m. April 16: Faith Lutheran Church, 5:30—7:00 p.m.

ABE, GED, and ESL classes are offered for adults that have basic educational needs, preparation for the GED tests, and for those wanting to learn English. Anyone 17 or over and is not currently enrolled in the K-12 system is eligible for classes.

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Soup and Substance

Classes are free Receive help to improve reading, writing, math, and everyday skills Learn to complete applications and forms Prepare for vocational school or college Prepare for the written driver’s license test Work at your own pace in a small group setting Free childcare available

Soup and Substance is a monthly dialogue series with a free, light meal. This semester, dialogues will focus on campuscommunity partnerships. If you are interested in discussing new ways that UMM and the broader community could work together, new project ideas, or how current partnerships are working, please plan to attend. The dates and locations have not yet been set. For more information, e -mail

English as a Second Language

Bread and Bowls

Help for adults whose native language is not English, and who need to learn or improve their English speaking, reading, spelling and writing skills. If you or someone you know would be interested in this service, call 320-5852226 for more information. No cost. Feel free to come and go as you need during the open hours. Students can choose the day or days that work for them. E-mail for more info about these classes.

Monday, April 30 5:30—7:00 p.m. Morris Area Elementary Cafeteria

Bread and Bowls is the annual fundraiser for the Stevens County Food Shelf, Someplace Safe, and scholarships for the PRCA children’s art camps, Supper will be served from 5:30—7:00 p.m. for $10 a person. This meal includes a free ceramic cup or bowl donated by UMM ceramics students, MAHS Art Club students, and regional artists.

Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30—8:45 p.m. UMM Imholte Hall February 5—April 26 Fridays, 1:00—3:00 p.m. Federated Church February 9—April 27

Horticulture Education Series

All events are free and open to the public. Events take place in AgCountry Auditorium (unless noted) at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. For more info, please contact the WCROC at 320-589-1711 or online at

Clases de Inglés para Adultos

Durante las clases, los estudiantes practican el habla, la comprension, la escritura y la gramatica en ingles. Las clases estan alineados al calendario academico por semestres de la Universidad de Minnesota, Morris y tienen lugar en Imholte Hall de la Universidad de Minnesota, Morris. Se puede estacionar en el estacionamiento norte de la universidad, e Imholte es el primer edificio al lado izquierda cuando caminan por el campus. Todas las clases son gratis.

Native Plants for the Landscape—January 17, 12:15—1:00 p.m. Presented by Morning Sky Greenery, Morris Soil Health—February 21, 12:15—1:00 p.m. Presented by Joe Storlien, St. John’s University

Vegetable Gardening—March 21, 12:15—1:00 p.m. Presented by Steve Poppe, WCROC Horticulturist

Los lunes y jueves de 7:30 a 8:45 p.m.—Imholte Hall 5 de Febrero—26 de Abril

Pruning Apple Trees—April 18, 5:00—7:00 p.m. A hands-on demo at the Dennis and Carole Johnson apple orchard

Los viernes de 1:00 a 3:00 p.m.—Federated Church 9 de Febrero—27 de Abril

Spring Lawn Care—May 16, 5:15—6:00 p.m. Held in the Horticulture Display Garden, with Stephanie RuttenRamos

Para mas informacion contacten a Windy Roberts a o 320-589-6294. Ademas, visita la pagina en Facebook :Morris Community ESL.

Morris Area Community Education and Recreation

Scholarship Opportunities

It is our policy that no one shall be denied the opportunity to participate in a Community Education class because of inability to pay. Contact the Community Education Director to inquire about scholarships. No more than one waiver or class scholarship shall be granted per person per session. Thank you to the Stevens County Family Services Collaborative and the Morris Area Public Schools Foundation for making these scholarships possible.

A jointly sponsored program of School District 2769 and the City of Morris

Pre-registration is a must for all classes and trips offered by Morris Area Community Education. Register early, as we reserve the right to cancel any courses without minimum enrollments one week prior to the class start date. You can register online by going to We consider you registered when your registration form and fee have been received by our office. You will not receive a call confirming your registration. We will only call if a class is cancelled.

Facility Use

We encourage groups and organizations to utilize school district facilities. Usage of rooms, gyms, auditoriums, etc. in the school buildings is reserved through Community Education. A completed building use permit is required. Nominal rental fees are charged depending on your group. Service fees such as custodial and food services may also be charged depending on your specific permit requests. Contact the Morris Area Community Education office in the Elementary School, 320-589-4394.

Refund Policy

A full refund will be made if enrollment is not sufficient to run the class. If a class does not meet your expectations, you may request a refund up to two days after the first class meeting. NO REFUNDS will be made after that time.

MLK Day of Service Tuesday, January 16

The Martin Luther King Day of Service is an opportunity for the community to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service opportunities, discussion, a march (weather permitting), and a keynote speaker. The event will take place from 12:00— 5:30, followed by a free community meal. Transportation. parking, and lunch are also included for free. Projects are available for people of all ages and abilities. To register, e-mail for a link to the registration form. A 5:00 program and 5:30 meal at Faith Lutheran Church are free to anyone, whether or not you can participate in the rest of the day.

ESL Tutor Training

Morris Area Community Education will be hosting a FREE comprehensive training for those interested in teaching conversation, reading, and writing skills to adult learners whose first language is not English. This comprehensive, interactive training, if supplemented by three additional hours of on-site training, will qualify participants for official certification as ESL tutors from the Minnesota Literacy Council. A free lunch will be provided on January 20. January 19, 5:30—8:30 p.m. January 20, 9:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m. MAES Room C100


El Programa de ESL TREC es un programa de alfabetizacion para ninos durante los programas para adultos tal como las clases de ingles (los lunes y jueves a 7:30 p.m. a Imholte Hall a la universidad y 1:00 p.m. a las 3:00 p.m. los viernes en Federated Church), o el Grupo de Apoyo y Amistad para Mujeres (los miercoles a las 12:30 a Federated Church). Los tutores del programa trabajan para crear un ambiente bilingue en que los ninos practican habilidades del habla, el escrito, y la comprension. Todos los ninos mayores que 6 meses estan invitados. El programa tiene lugar durante el ano escolar de la Universidad, 5 de febrero-27 de abril.

Registration made easy Online

Have your credit card ready.  Community Education  Online Registration

Morris Area Community Education Winter/Spring Registration Form

Please read the registration information, fill out form completely, and return to: Morris Area Community Education, 153 So. Columbia Avenue Morris, MN 56267

Class Participant’s Name

Address or Box #__________________________________________ Home Phone


Parent/Guardian Name(s) Current school _________

__ Dad’s Cell


______ Birthdate


E-mail (will be used for important class updates) ____

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Name on Card ________________________________________________ Exp. Date___________ Card #________ - _________ - _________ - _________ CVV#______

State______ Zip



_____________________________ Mom’s Cell________________________________ Age: 0-4 5-17

NOTE: Has any of the contact information changed in the last 30 days? ______ NO ______YES COURSE NO.


(CVV is last 3 digits on back of card)




In Person

Located inside the Morris Area Elementary School

Morris Area Community Education 153 South Columbia Avenue Morris, MN 56267

Please circle new information.

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I hereby waive and release Morris Area Community Education, the City of Morris, and Morris Area School and their employees from any and all liability for any damages or injuries while participating in any activities. I agree to allow Morris Area Community Education to use any photos of me and/or my children for publicity purposes. Parent/Guardian Signature_________________________________________________ Date___________________________________________

By Phone

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By Mail Morris Area Community Education 153 South Columbia Avenue Morris, MN 56267


Women’s Volleyball League

Open Gym Basketball

Regular League Play: January 17—March 21 League Tourney Dates: March 28, April 4, 11 No games on February 14

Sunday Evenings (Players and Athletes of all Ages) December 3, 10, 17, January 7, 14, 21, 28 February 11, 18, 25 No Open Gym February 4 March 4, 11

Matches will be played at the Morris Area Elementary School or the Morris Area High School. Games will be played on Wednesday nights. High school students (grades 10—12) who are not participating on a varsity team are allowed to play in this league. Maximum of two students on one team. Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 10.

Competitive Division A formal, follow the rules setting. $139—COURSE NO. 2902 MAES/MAHS Gym Recreation Division A relaxed, informal environment. $139—COURSE NO. 2903 MAES/MAHS Gym

Sunday Co-Ed Volleyball Open Gym Jarrid Jergenson, Supervisor

The MAHS Main Gym will be open Sunday evenings for pickup games of co-ed volleyball. Those interested are invited to show up as often as you can. Teams will be selected from those attending. Price covers entire program, or pay $2.00 at the door each session. Sunday Evenings December 3, 10, 17, January 7, 14, 21, 28 5:00—7:00 p.m. MAHS Main Gym $12—COURSE NO. 2704

Life is Good

If free coffee, a free movie, and better health sound good, this is the event for you. On the third Tuesday of each month, join us at the Morris Area Elementary School for hallway walking, coffee, and a movie in the beautiful Concert Hall. The school hallways are a great place to walk, providing a sheltered indoor space from the chilly Minnesota weather. The coffee is provided as a gift from Morris Area Community Education. The hallways will be open for walking from 9:00—10:00 a.m. with coffee ready at 9:00, and the movie to follow at 10:00. Grab a friend and join us!

December 18, January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17 Morris Area Concert Hall

Knitting, Laughter, and Friendship Instructor: Lori Kurpiers

Do you want to make beautifully knitted scarves or other fashion items for yourself and others? While knitting is fun, it is even more enjoyable when done with friends. Lori will help you knit, purl, cast on/off, and increase/decrease with tricks to make it easy. Even if you are all thumbs, by the time you leave these sessions you will have made your own washcloth and scarf! Two sessions will be held at the Morris Area Elementary School, and one session will be held at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Center (630 Atlantic Avenue). Children are welcome to attend with parents; must be over 12 to attend without parent. 3 Sessions $20 ($15 if registered before January 5) COURSE NO. 2071

Tuesday, January 9 6:00—7:30 p.m. MAES Room A104 You will be making a washcloth. Please bring 1 set of size 7, plastic or bamboo needles and 1 skein of 100% cotton yarn. Tuesday, January 16 6:00—7:30 p.m. MAES Room A104 You will be making a scarf. Please bring 1 set of needles and 2—3 skeins of your favorite 100% cotton yarn.

Tuesday, February 13 6:00—7:30 p.m. Prairie Renaissance Cultural Center Meet at the PRCC where you will have an opportunity to work on projects, see what projects knitters in the Tuesday Night Knitting Group are working on, and receive tips, tricks, and help from some “seasoned” knitters.

Español con María Instructor: Marí a Aguilar

Come have every day conversations, learn specific vocabulary, and learn the Spanish language in a practical way.

8 Sessions—$34 ($29 if registered before January 2) Tuesdays, January 9—February 27 4:00—5:00 p.m. MAES Room C100 COURSE NO. 2616

The Morris Area Elementary Gym (Tiger Center) will be open for two hours on Sunday evenings for basketball. Those interested in shooting hoops or playing pickup games are invited to attend. Teams will be selected from those attending. The $15 covers the entire program, or pay $2 at the door.

$15—COURSE NO. 2911 6:00—8:00 p.m. MAES Gym


Michael Knorr, Professional Scuba Institute, Inc.

Whether you want to explore the fresh water lakes of Minnesota or travel to exotic dive destinations around the world, this is where the excitement begins! This course is for the beginning diver who would like to get a PADI Open Water Diving Certification. To become certified, students must complete a total of four open water dives (PADI Open Water Diver) within 12 months. An additional cost applies. Contact Professional Scuba Institute, Inc. (701-238-3483) to have materials sent out as soon as you register. The manual must be read and a video watched prior to the weekend of the class. Saturday, April 14, 8:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. COURSE NO. 2700—$285.00 Includes all class/pool training, use of all necessary equipment, complete student kit (PADI Open Water Manual, PADI Log Book, PADI Electronic Dive Planner), and the priority mail shipping cost of $7.50. $100 of the course fee + shipping is non-refundable and includes all your materials.

Pizza Ranch Community Impact Night

Morris Area Community Education invites you to their Pizza Ranch Community Impact Fundraiser! From 5:00—8:00 p.m. MACE will receive a percentage of all sales—dine in, take out, or delivery. Pizza Ranch will also donate 100% of tips (minus deliveries). Tips need to be in cash or check only. MACE staff will be there to greet you, clear tables, and visit!

Monday, April 30 5:00—8:00 p.m.

Cuddling up with Fleece

Instructor: Deb Olson Ages 7—Adult

Do you want to make a creative blanket, graduation gift, birthday gift, or anniversary gift with little creativity and no sewing needed? If that sounds like fun, this class is for you! A no sew fleece blanket can be made by almost anyone. If you can tie a knot, you can make this blanket.

Materials needed: A pair of GOOD scissors, ruler or sewing tape measure, two coordinating pieces of fleece material—1½ yards (in each of the two fabrics), and safety pins. Monday, February 12 $20 ($15 if registered before February 5) 6:00—8:00 p.m. MAES Cafeteria COURSE NO. 2050

Lovin’ From the Oven

Instructor: Deb Olson Ages 7—17 and their Adult Companion

According to the Pillsbury Doughboy, "Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven". In this class, youth ages 7—17 and their adult companion will learn how to bake cookies like Grandma. Delight your family with homemade chocolate chip toffee, chocolate chip mint, and other gooey cookie treats. Each pair will take home approximately THREE DOZEN homemade treats. Please bring cookie containers to class. We don’t want you to go home with broken cookies. This class is perfect for adults who want to bake with a younger child. These baking classes often fill early with limited space! Monday, March 5 $35 ($29 per pair if registered before March 1) 6:00—8:00 p.m. MAES Kitchen COURSE NO. 2232

Preparing Your Estate Plan

Kent Swenson, Edward Jones Financial Advisor

It's a topic people tend to put off or ignore, but one of the most important things you can do is to develop a sound estate plan. Doing so lets you take a giant step towards a more secure future for yourself and generations to come. Attend our Preparing Your Estate Plan presentation and you'll learn more about what to consider when creating your will, the benefits of trusts in estate planning, how to help reduce taxes on your estate, and how insurance can help protect your family. Nicholas Heydt from Pemberton Law in Alexandria, MN will also be available to answer your questions. Tuesday, January 23 6:00—7:30 p.m. MAES—Pod A $9—COURSE NO. 2441


Pitching, Pitching & More Pitching

Spring Softball Series

Pitchers will receive individual attention to help them progress from where they are, to the next step in pitching. Perfect your pitching before spring softball rolls around!

The Morris Area Chokio Alberta Tiger softball coaching staff has created a fantastic opportunity for girls interested in pitching, catching, and hitting. They will be hosting a 3 series clinic to prepare them for summer elementary softball and beyond.

Mary Holmberg and Mary Asche Grades 3—6

Grades 3—6

1 Session—$14 ($9 if registered before February 5) Monday, February 12

Tiger Hitting

Grades 5/6—COURSE NO. 1628 4:15—5:00 p.m. MAHS Main Gym

1 Session—$9—COURSE NO. 1613 Friday, March 23 3:30—4:30 p.m. MAHS Main Gym

Grades 3/4—COURSE NO. 1627 3:30—4:15 p.m. MAHS Gym

Fastpitch Softball Pitching Series Mackenzie Weatherly Grades 3—6

The focus of this series will be on mechanics and fundamentals of windmill pitching. Mackenzie Weatherly is a former MAHS and University of Minnesota, Morris standout pitcher. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their child as well as elementary softball coaches before the elementary softball season begins. Rules, technique, and proper form will be covered, along with answering your questions.

4 Sessions—$24 ($19 if registered before April 24) Tuesday/Thursday, May 1, 3, 15, 17 5:30—6:30 p.m. HS Softball Fields COURSE NO. 1612

The basics of proper hitting mechanics will be taught to become a more advanced and well rounded hitter.

Tiger Pitching and Catching

Catchers will learn about receiving, blocking, throwing, fielding, and calling pitches. Pitchers will receive individual attention to help them progress from where they are to the next step.

1 Session—$9—COURSE NO. 1614 Friday, March 23 4:30—5:30 p.m. MAHS Main Gym

Tiger Clinic Combo

Do you want a double dose of softball? Join the coaching staff for both clinics! 2 Sessions—$15—COURSE NO. 1618 Friday, March 23 3:30—5:30 p.m. MAHS Main Gym





Be watching for registration information for Morris Area Little League around April 1. The Little League draft will take place near the end of April, with practices to start early May, weather permitting. If you have questions or would like to coach, please contact Jarrod Asmus at

Little Lifters

Lee Community Center Open Skate Schedule

Cate Schultz Grades 1—5

This is a 3 week course for kids to learn the basics of CrossFit and functional movement through games, teamwork and a lot of fun! All movements will be body weight movement, meaning we will be using no weights, just helping kids keep/ maintain body awareness and associate fitness with fun!

Sunday, 12/3

6:30—8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 12/10

6:30—8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 12/6 Wednesday, 12/13

7:00—8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 12/20

7:00—8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 12/26

11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Thursday, 12/28

11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 1/3

7:00—8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 1/10

7:00—8:30 p.m.

3 Sessions—$35 ($30 if registered before December 29) Fridays, January 5, 12, 19 3:30—4:30 p.m. MAHS Cafeteria COURSE NO. 1685

Sunday, 12/17 Skating with Santa

Cate Schultz Grades 1—5

Wednesday, 12/27

Sunday, 12/24

Young Yogis

Sunday, 12/31

This is a 3 week course teaching kids the basics of yoga and how they can incorporate yoga in their every day lives. From learning how to breathe, hold poses, meditate and stretch, kids will be able to burn off some energy while also gaining a better understanding of their body and mindfulness.

Sunday, 1/7

3 Sessions—$35 ($30 if registered before January 19) Fridays, January 26, February 2, 9 3:30—4:30 p.m. MAES Media Center/Library COURSE NO. 1686

Stevens County 4-H | 320-208-6575 For more information on happenings, please contact


6:30—8:00 p.m.

7:00—8:30 p.m.

Monday, 1/22

11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Sunday, 1/28

6:30—8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 2/4


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Sunday, 2/11

Wednesday, 2/14 Sweetheart Skate Sunday, 2/18

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Monday, 2/19

11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Sunday, 2/25

6:30—8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 2/21 Wednesday, 2/28

7:00—8:30 p.m.

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Little Shooters Basketball Preschool Team

Parent/Child Program Ages 4 and 5 (Kindergarten Eligible Fall 2018)

This program will teach preschoolers basic motor skills necessary to play organized basketball while working one on one and spending quality time with their parents. The program is designed to be informative and fun so children and parents will have a positive sports experience and continue participating in sports beyond this introductory level. 6 Sessions—$30 ($25 if registered before January 3) Wednesdays, January 10—February 21 No practice February 14 5:45—6:45 p.m. MAES Gym COURSE NO. 1670

Kindergarten Team

Flag Football

Head Coach Kevin Pope & Tiger Football Team Grades 2—6 Players will learn the fundamentals of football; concentrating on throwing, catching, offensive and defensive concepts and teamwork.

4 Sessions—Tuesdays and Thursdays April 24, 26, May 1, 3 3:20—4:30 p.m. North Side of MAES

Have a Jersey

$30 ($25 if registered before April 17) COURSE NO. 1645

Need a Jersey

$44 ($39 if registered before April 17) COURSE NO. 1645A

Join other kindergarteners in learning more about basketball shooting, dribbling, and passing! You will have the opportunity to play games, have fun, and improve your basketball skills.

Tae Kwon Do

Tim Bormann, Allen Monroe, Steve Just Age 6 through Adults

Tae Kwon Do is the ancient art of hand and foot fighting in Korea. Through these classes, students will learn the basic stances, kicks and blocks of Tae Kwon Do. We are offering a 50% discount for the third family member enrolled. For more information, call Tim Bormann at 589-2020, Allen Monroe at 589-4137, or Steve Just at 287-1519.

6 Sessions—$30 ($25 if registered before January 3) Wednesdays, January 10—February 21 No practice February 14 5:45—6:45 p.m. MAES Gym COURSE NO. 1671

Winter Session

9 Weeks—$59—COURSE NO. 1410 Mondays, January 8—March 12 No class February 19 7:00—8:00 p.m. MAHS Practice Gym

Spring Session

9 Weeks—$59—COURSE NO. 1411 Mondays, March 19—May 21 No class April 2 7:00—8:00 p.m. MAHS Practice Gym

Elementary Gymnastics

Pre-Team Twisters

Anyone new signing up, please sign up for Rollers. On the first day of class, the coach will determine a level that is best for your child. Below are the level descriptions and times.

These pre-team classes are aimed at providing the progressing gymnast more challenging skills. Focus lies in the continual improvement of skill achievement such as true vaulting with the table, a kip on bars, and both front and back handsprings on floor. Putting skills into sequences also becomes a new objective for the athlete.

MACA Coaching Staff Grades K—6

8 Sessions—$34 ($29 if registered before February 12) February 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, March 1 MAHS Practice Gym

Rollers— COURSE NO. 1600A

This level is for the beginner who has little or no experience. Students will learn basic floor and beam skills and will also have the chance to use the springboard. They will be learning cartwheels, backbends and touch on round offs and walkovers.

3:45—4:35 p.m.

Tumblers— COURSE NO. 1600B

This level is designed for those who have had previous experience in gymnastics and who are ready to perfect old skills and learn new ones. Gymnasts have mastered the cartwheel. Students will have a chance to use the vault, as well as the floor and beam apparatus. They will perfect their round offs and work on back walkovers with light spot and begin back handsprings.

4:45—5:35 p.m.

Pre-Team Aerials

MACA Coaching Staff Grades K—6 + Placement by Staff

These pre-team classes are aimed at providing the progressing gymnast more challenging skills. Focus lies in the continual improvement of skill achievement such as true vaulting with the table, a kip on bars, and both front and back handsprings on floor. Putting skills into sequences also becomes a new objective for the athlete.

8 Sessions—$50 ($45 if registered before February 12) February 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, March 1 5:45—7:00 p.m. MAHS Practice Gym COURSE NO. 1653A

MACA Coaching Staff Grades K—6 + Placement by Staff

8 Sessions—$64 ($59 if registered before December 27) January 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 5:00—6:30 p.m. MAHS Practice Gym COURSE NO. 1653B

Tiny Tumblers Michele Hickman Ages 3—5 (Preschool)

This class is designed to introduce basic gymnastics skills, gross and fine motor skills, hand-eye and foot-eye coordination, balance, and creative movement. We will jump, run, roll, and bounce! Come play in a stress free class with a high dosage of fun and energy.

4 Sessions—$24 ($19 if registered before December 26) Tuesdays, January 2, 9, 16, 30 6:15—7:00 p.m. MAHS Practice Gym COURSE NO. 1693

Tiny Tots

Michele Hickman Ages 18 months —3 Years (Parent/Child Class)

This class is a great opportunity for children and parents to interact in a fun and unique setting while allowing the little gymnasts to explore the world around them. We will work on walking across the floor beams, swinging on the small bars, rolling around the floor, and learning to balance while jumping on the trampoline. 4 Sessions—$24 ($19 if registered before December 26) Tuesdays, January 2, 9, 16, 30 9:00—9:45 a.m. MAHS Practice Gym COURSE NO. 1694

Tiger Gymnastics Winter Camp Clinics Grades K—6

Join the MACA Tiger gymnasts and coaches to work on and advance your gymnastics skills at our Saturday clinics. A snack will be provided each session.

3 Clinic Dates

Saturdays, January 20, 27, February 3 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. MAHS Practice Gym


Payable at the door to MACA Gymnastics in fundraising efforts for their program. Please register with Mr. Oberg at 320-287-0157 or


Bricks 4 Kidz: Winter Fun Kathy Lahr, Bricks 4 Kidz Grades K—6

Don’t get left out in the cold! Bring the winter fun indoors with interactive Bricks 4 Kidz models of some popular winter activities from the hair-raising thrill of the luge to more the relaxing pace of the horse and sleigh. We’ll build the all-business snowplow as well as the all-fun snowmobile. And our winter theme wouldn’t be complete without ice hockey and skiing. No snow? No problem – all you need to create these winter memories are our bricks and your imagination. Class space is limited. 2 Sessions—$30 ($25 if registered before January 23) January 30 and 31 3:30—4:30 p.m. MAES Room A113, Pod C Grades K-3—COURSE NO. 1468 Grades 4-6—COURSE NO. 1469

Let’s Lego Erik Zinke Grades K—6

Cars, boats, houses, and more! You can build it all while using our extravagant Legos Express collection. Each class is a fun, creative experience, building new projects each session. Sign up for one, or sign up for all! Winter Session—$14 ($9 if registered before February 6) Tuesday, February 13 Thursday, February 15 3:30—4:30 p.m. MAES Cafeteria COURSE NO. 1466A Spring Session—$14 ($9 if registered before April 3) Tuesday, April 10 Thursday, April 12 3:30—4:30 p.m. MAES Cafeteria COURSE NO. 1466B

Entre Nous Teaches You

UMM French Students + UMM Professor Berberi, Coordinator Grades 2—6

This new program introduces French language and culture over 8 sessions. Through craft projects, games, songs, and fun, students will learn how to talk about colors, numbers, school, family, friends, and the world around them. 8 Sessions—$30 ($25 if registered before January 30) Tuesdays/Thursdays, February 6—March 1 3:45—4:45 p.m. MAES Room A113, Pod C COURSE NO. 2601

Story Time at the Morris Public Library Join friends, family, and community members for story time every Thursday morning at the Morris Public Library at 10:30 a.m.

Crafts con Marí a

María Aguilar All Ages + Family

The whole family is welcome to spend time making arts and crafts, while learning Spanish and other languages! We will cut, paste, and work with our hands.

4 Sessions—$30 ($25 if registered before January 2) Tuesdays, January 9—30 5:00—5:30 p.m. MAES Room A113, Pod C COURSE NO. 2602

Late Start Wednesdays Michele Hickman Grades K—6

On 2 hour late start days, students are invited to hang out before school starts. Activities include going outside, gym time, games, and homework opportunities. Breakfast is available to charge to their lunch account. Pre-register with Michele or at the MACE office.

8:00—10:00 a.m. MAES Elementary Cafeteria

January 17—COURSE NO. 1499E—$5 February 14—COURSE NO. 1499F—$5 May 16—COURSE NO. 1499G—$5

ACT Prep

Earning a 21 on your ACT can greatly improve your chances of earning scholarships for college! Most colleges also require a minimum score for admission. This prep class will help you to reduce test anxiety as you gain firsthand experiences with the format and content of the ACT Test. Over six nights, you will learn test-taking strategies, review each of the four content areas, and take a full length test simulation. Each of the following three Morris Area High School teachers will give you the edge you need to succeed on the ACT Test.

Ms. Mumm—Language Arts Mondays, March 5 and 12 6:30—8:30 p.m. MAHS Room 43

Mr. Pope—Science Wednesdays, March 14 and 21 7:00—9:00 p.m. MAHS Room 52

Mr. Fragodt—Math Monday/Wednesday, March 26 and March 28 7:00—9:00 p.m. MAHS Room 17 6 Sessions—$39—COURSE NO. 1417

The registration fee covers all SIX review sessions. Students may attend all or just some of the sessions; however, the fee of $39 remains the same.

Online Firearm Safety Class Start now! You can complete your online course at any time. Go to the DNR website ( education/safety tab and follow the link to You must have completed the online course and printed your voucher before attending the exam/class and field day. Both of these will be held in late April—be watching for specific dates. These classes are offered only once per calendar year in Stevens County. You must be 11 years old to attend the class. Receiving this safety certification meets your requirement for obtaining a hunting license. Kids 11 and under can participate in hunting with a parent but may need to have a license. See the DNR website for details.

Personal Watercraft Operator Age Restrictions Personal watercraft (PWC) are sometimes known as Jet Skis, Wave Runners or Sea Doos. Personal watercraft is defined by law as a motorboat that is powered by an inboard motor powering a water jet pump, or by an outboard or propeller-driven motor designed to be operated by a person(s) sitting, standing, or kneeling on the craft, rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside a motorboat.

Less than 13 Years Old

May not operate, even with an adult on board

13 Years Old

Must either have someone at least 21 on board OR a watercraft operator’s permit and can be in continuous visual observation by someone at least 21.

14—17 Years Old

Must either have a watercraft operator’s permit OR someone at least 21 on board.



Zone After School Program Michele Hickman, Coordinator Grades K—6

Zone is an after school program that runs Monday through Friday, 3:00—5:00 p.m. during the school year. We offer healthy snacks, wellness activities, and homework time with college tutors every day. The Zone program is operated in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Morris TREC program. The primary purpose of the Zone program is to provide a safe and fun learning environment for students after school. With guidance from the Zone coordinator, classroom teachers, and parents, the Zone staff provide a structured environment where students are able to work on targeted concepts, complete their homework, hang out with friends, and also explore other recreation and enrichment activities and interests. All activities provided will be age/skill level appropriate. There is a charge of $4.00 a day to attend. Limited partial scholarships are available. Zone punches may be purchased in increments of $4.00, or in the following packages: 5 Punches for $20


10 Punches for $40


50 Punches for $200

You must be pre-registered and have money on your Zone account before your child can start attending. Registration forms are available online or at the Morris Area Community Education office. All necessary forms must be turned in before your child’s first day. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michele Hickman at 320-585-2231 or

Daily Schedule

Important Zone Dates

3:00 p.m. Healthy Snack (Cafeteria)

December 8—Last day of Zone

3:30 p.m. Wellness Activity

Extended Zone

On early dismissal days, come join us at Zone from 12:30—5:00 p.m. Zone and non-Zone students are welcome to attend. If you are a nonZone student, please pre-register with MACE or Michele. April 11—COURSE NO. 1498A—$8 OR 2 Zone Punches

January 16—Zone Resumes January 22—No Zone

February 19—No Zone March 8—9—No Zone

3:45 p.m. Homework Time (Pods)

March 12—16—No Zone March 30—No Zone

4:45 p.m. Free Time (Cafeteria)

April 2—No Zone

April 11—Extended Zone 12:30—5:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. Pick Up

May 28—No Zone

May 30—Last day of Zone

Summer Sizzle Michele Hickman, Coordinator Grades K—6 Completed

Watch for registration information in April!

Explore a summer of hands-on interactive fun with recreation and enrichment topics that feature active participation and imagination. Summer Sizzle combines approximately three hours of academic enrichment a day, introducing the fascinating worlds of reading and literacy, technology, math, and science in a format that focuses on fun. The rest of the day is spent playing sports or games, swimming, creative enrichment, and exploring the many facets of the Morris community, resulting in a great, well-rounded experience.

One day a week will be spent on a Summer Sizzle field trip or participating in a special event! These events will be communicated with families ahead of time. Afternoons at Summer Sizzle will include approximately two hours of water play and swimming 3 days a week at the Regional Fitness Center.

Camp Alpha 2018 | Sunday, June 17—20 Kevin Pope, Camp Director Grades 4—8 Completed

Camp Alpha’s goal is to provide meaningful, hands-on experiences in the space sciences and to foster the natural curiosity and interest that children have in space exploration. Be watching for more information this spring!

Scholarship Opportunities In partnership with The Klick Foundation of Glenwood, Minnesota, Camp Alpha is pleased to have two fantastic scholarship opportunities for youth participating in the Camp Alpha program: Camp Alpha Scholarships, and University Scholarships.

Camp Alpha Scholarships This is a need based scholarship to attend Camp Alpha. Fill out the scholarship form on our website and let the Klick Foundation consider helping offset the costs of camp attendance. University Scholarships All Camp Alpha participants are eligible to receive university scholarship funding through the Klick Foundation, in partnership with the University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering. The Klick Foundation scholarship recipients are eligible to receive up to $28,000 over the course of four years, plus laptop assistance and internship opportunities. Graduate study scholarships are also available for eligible applicants. For more information or to apply, please visit


Stevens County Early Childhood Initiative

Family Fun Nights For Families with Children Birth to Grade 6

Sweetheart Dance

Bring your favorite sweethearts—the more the merrier—to dance, bop and groove the night away. No cost to attend, refreshments will be served.

Friday, February 23 6:00—7:30 p.m. Morris Area Elementary Gym

Movie Night

Bring your blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, etc. to make yourself comfortable on the gym floor to watch a movie together. No cost to attend, popcorn and water will be served, and puffcorn for the little ones! The movie title will be selected closer to the date—be looking for more information!

Tuesday, March 13 5:45—7:30 p.m. Morris Area Elementary Gym

Kindergarten Registration Day Friday, March 2

If your child is eligible for Kindergarten in 2018, mark your calendar for Kindergarten Registration Day at Morris Area Elementary School!

You will discover more about the kindergarten curriculum, school programs available for your child, the ins and outs of school life, meet staff, have questions answered, and your child will have the chance to explore a kindergarten classroom.

Information packets will arrive sometime mid February. If you are new to the school district or have recently changed your address, please contact Diane Strobel at 320-585-2237 or e-mail her at with updates to ensure you receive the necessary information!

Pizza Ranch Community Impact Night Morris Area Community Education and Morris Area Pre-K invite you to their Pizza Ranch Community Impact Fundraiser! During these hours, Morris Area Pre-K programs will receive a percentage of all sales—dine in, take out, or delivery. Pizza Ranch will also donate 100 percent of all tips (except those on deliveries). Tips need to be cash or check only. MACE and Pre-K staff will be there to greet you, clear tables, and visit!

Monday, April 9 5:00—8:00 p.m. Look What I Can Do!

Free Developmental Screening Ages 0—2 years, 11 months


Tuesday, January 16 3:30—7:00 p.m.


Morris Area Elementary School, ECFE/SR Pod


Personal and social skills, large/small muscle skills , vision and hearing, self-help skills, speech/language skills, immunization


Registration is required, and can be done by calling Diane Strobel at 320-585-2237. Deadline for registrations is Friday, January 12. Each appointment will take approximately one hour. SPONSORED BY: Morris ECFE/SR, Morris Area Childcare Center, Horizon Public Health, and Head Start

Our pre-kindergarten program is Parent Aware approved with a four star rating! Openings available in some Pre-K classes. Call Diane Strobel at 585-2237 if interested. Pathway II Recipient  Enhanced programs with a Spanish Language and Cultural Specialist  Expanded Explore S’more classes with time added + reduced class fee

Early Childhood Screening Parents of 3 to 4 year old children

Has Your Child Been Screened? Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how children are developing between the ages of 3 to 4 years. It identifies, at an early stage, possible learning or health concerns so that children can get the help they need before starting school. Early Childhood Screening is not an IQ test or a Kindergarten entrance exam. Morris Area PreKindergarten classes require that screening be done within 90 days of program entry and it is required by state law for children before they can begin in Kindergarten. Early Childhood Screening only needs to be completed once. Screening is a free review of your child’s vision, hearing, height, weight, overall development, and immunization records. For the Morris Area Schools, children are screened at Horizon Public Health by a nurse. Watch for an information packet in the mail shortly after your child turns three-and-a-half years of age. If you do not receive a packet, call the Public Health office at 320-208-6672 to set up the day and time for your child’s screening. For more information contact Diane Strobel at 320-585-2237 or or Horizon Public Health at 320-208-6672.

Register for the School Census

You matter to us! The school census is a list of students from birth to school age. It is used to inform parents about opportunities that their child needs to be ready to enter school when they turn five years of age. Notifications for events and programs such as early childhood screening, prekindergarten opportunities, special events, family nights, kindergarten registration, etc. will be mailed to families based on the census data. If you have just had a new baby, recently moved into the school district, have recently changed your address, or want to make sure your children are on the birth to 5 census, please contact Diane Strobel by calling 320-585-2237 or e-mail her at

11th Annual Early Childhood Professionals Conference

Look for more information & registration material soon! There will be 6 training hours for those attending the full day of training. Parent Aware quality workshops.

Saturday, March 10 Morris Area Elementary School 8:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m.

Child Care Provider/Child Classes Monday, May 21 9:15—10:45 a.m.

Space is limited, so register early. Call Diane Strobel to register, 320-585-2237. Class is free, but you must provide transportation to and from class. A 1 hour Training Certificate will be given to providers attending.



Winter 2018 Tuesday


Marvelous Mixed Age Class 6 Classes—$12—COURSE NO. 6410 $6 each additional child COURSE NO. 6410A Mondays, January 29 —March 12 No class February 19 9:00—10:30 a.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A Let’s Get Creative 4 Classes—$30 COURSE NO. 4320

Mondays, January 29—February 26 No class February 19 12:00—3:00 p.m.


Thursday Night Classes

Friday Drop in and Play 6 Classes—$12 COURSE NO. 6413 $6 each additional child COURSE NO. 6413A

Fridays, January 20—February 23 9:00—10:15 a.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Trikes, Bikes, and Wheels 1 Class—$5 COURSE NO. 6414

ECFE Family Playtimes Every Thursday Evening

Mondays, January 30 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

February 1— April 12 6:00—7:30 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Parenting Book Study

Parenting on Purpose: Red, Yellow, Green Framework for Respectful Discipline 4 Classes—$12 COURSE NO. 6412 $6 each additional child COURSE NO. 6412A

What’s Up in the Water Table 4 Classes—$30 COURSE NO. 4315

Fridays, January 5 — 26 12:00—3:00 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A Sensory Science Sensations 4 Classes—$30 COURSE NO. 4317

Fridays, February 2— 23 12:00—3:00 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Tuesdays, February 6—27 6:00—7:30 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Friday Night Classes Family Fun Night “Sweetheart Dance”

Tuesday Night Classes

February 23 6:00—7:30 p.m. MAES Gym

Spring 2018 Monday Marvelous Mixed Age Class 6 Classes—$12 COURSE NO. 6411 $6 each additional child COURSE NO. 6411A

Tuesday Tuesday Night Classes Family Fun Night “Movie Night”

Mondays, March 19 —April 30 9:00—10:30 a.m. No class April 2 MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

March 13 5:45—7:30 p.m. MAES Gym

Little Bakers 4 Classes—$30 COURSE NO. 4316

Prehistoric Party 1 Class—$5 per family Birth to 3rd Grade COURSE NO. 6418

Mondays, March 5 —March 26 12:00—3:00 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Can We Build It? Yes We Can! 4 Classes—$30 COURSE NO. 4318 Mondays, April 9—30 12:00—3:00 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A Buckets of Paint 1 Class—$5 per family Birth to 3rd Grade COURSE NO. 6415

Monday, March 5 6:00—7:30 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Tuesday, March 20 6:00—7:30 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Wednesday Pop in and Play 4 Classes —$8 COURSE NO. 6416 $4 each additional child COURSE NO. 6416A


Thursday Night Classes

Wednesdays March 7—March 28 9:00 — 10:15 a.m.

Friday Friday Morning Fun 4 Classes—$8 $4 each additional child COURSE NO. 6417

Fridays, April 6—April 27 9:00—10:30 a.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Investigating Shadow and Light 4 Classes—$30 COURSE NO. 4319

ECFE Family Playtimes Every Thursday Evening

February 1—April 12 6:00—7:30 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Fridays, April 6—April 27 12:00—3:00 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Kids in the Kitchen 1 Class—$8 per family Birth to 3rd Grade COURSE NO. 6419

Tuesday, March 27 5:00—6:30 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A


MONDAY—FRIDAY | 6:00 A.M.—10:00 P.M. SATURDAY | 12:00 P.M.—4:00 P.M . SUNDAY | 8:00 A.M.—12:30 P.M .






Explore S’more Classes For ages 3, 4, and 5 + Potty Trained

What’s Up in the Water Table

Sensory Science Sensations

Investigating Shadow and Light

When the weather gets too cold for all the great outdoor sensory play, time to bring out the water table in the classroom! There is plenty of awesome indoor water table sensory play right at your fingertips! In this class students will use their creativity to incorporate a wide variety of gadgets and tools into the water table to produce a whole lot of clean fun!

We LOVE science! We LOVE slime! We LOVE everything messy! Join us on our journey to discover just how cool science can be. In this class students will mix, measure, and concoct a wide variety of sensory mixtures and substances. Discovery will happen through creative, scientific play!

We all see shadows every day, but when was the last time you really looked at them? What can be learned by investigating the properties of light and shadows? In this class, students will experiment using light to create shadows to see what findings they can discover.

4 Classes—$30—COURSE NO. 4315 Fridays, January 5 — January 26 12:00—3:00 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Let’s Get Creative!

4 Classes—$30—COURSE NO. 4317 Fridays, February 2—February 23 12:00—3:00 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Little Bakers

4 Classes—$30—COURSE NO. 4319 Fridays, April 6—April 27 12:00—3:00 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Can We Build It? Yes We Can!

Who doesn’t love to eat so let’s use food to Let’s mix it up a bit and throw caution to the It’s hard hat time for students in this class teach important skills to students? Gathering wind to generate true student exploration as they plan, construct, and demolish the ingredients and necessary cooking tools and fun! Who says blocks can’t be combined structures using a wide variety of fosters organizational skills. Making a recipe with shaving cream or farm animals don’t materials. While they’re having a blast, teaches the ability of following directions. belong with the dinosaurs? In this class, they will be learning concepts such as tools Measuring ingredients reinforces math facts children will be encouraged to think outside make work easier (Science), there are and promotes fine motor development. the box to blend, combine, and mix it up in shapes in architecture (Geometry), Science is incorporated throughout the class as order to make all kinds of creations and measuring lengths and heights (Math), we experiment with food! Learning is achieved enjoyment. and tools can be used in a variety of ways in the most delicious ways! (Science, Inquiry, Motor Skills). 4 Classes—$30—COURSE NO. 4318 Mondays, March 5 —March 26 4 Classes—$30—COURSE NO. 4316 12:00—3:00 p.m. 4 Classes—$30—COURSE NO. 4320 Mondays, January 29—February 26 MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A Mondays, April 9 —April 30 No class February 19 12:00—3:00 p.m. 12:00—3:00 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A


Marvelous Mixed Age Class

For Children Ages 0 – 5 and Parents Separating Class (child and caregiver separate for half of the class period)

Children and their parents are invited to spend time playing together while they learn. Each class will include learning stations, circle time, and a child-only class experience. During this time, children stay and play with the Early Childhood Teacher and assistant while parents go to meet with a Parent Educator to discuss topics helpful for raising young children. Classes will include informal parent discussion on topics suggested by parents during the first class. 6 Classes—$12—COURSE NO. 6410 $6 each additional child—COURSE NO. 6410A Mondays, January 29 —March 12(No class February 19) 9:00—10:30 a.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

6 Classes—$12—COURSE NO. 6411 $6 each additional child—COURSE NO. 6411A Mondays, March 19 — April 30 (No class April 2) 9:00—10:30 a.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Parenting Book Study

Parenting on Purpose: Red, Yellow, Green Framework for Respectful Discipline

For Parents and Children Birth to 3rd Grade Separating Class (child and caregiver separate for half of the class period)

This class brings parents together to discuss the book “Parenting on Purpose: Red, Yellow, Green Framework for Respectful Discipline” written by Ada Alden. The Red, Yellow, Green Framework is a way to think about parenting in order to raise a cared for self-reliant child. This simple, but effective way of thinking, provides parents a way to deliver direct and clear messages, establish necessary rituals and routines, communicate family values, beliefs and expectations. This book will support parents who want to be purposeful and present in the lives of their children. The ideas in the book are easy to remember, easy to apply, and helpful.

4 Classes—$12—COURSE NO. 6412 $6 each additional child—COURSE NO. 6412A Tuesdays, February 6th—27th 6:00—7:30 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

ECFE Family Playtimes

Non-separating Class (child and caregiver together for entire class) Bring the entire family and meet other parents/children, enjoy time playing and creating with your kids, and more! Special themes each week as follows:   

Science Fun and Exploration February 1, 22, March 22

Creative Arts & Sensory Fun February 8, March 1, April 5

Physical Activity/Gym Time February 15 (Special Obstacle Course), March 15, April 12

No registration or fee—come when you can!

9 Classes —Thursday Evenings February 1 — April 12 No class on March 8, March 29 6:00—7:30 p.m. MACE ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Drop in and Play

For Families with Children Birth to Age 5 Non-Separating Class (child and caregiver together for entire class)

This is the perfect class to come experience fun learning activities with other parents and children. Parents and children will enjoy a variety of creative learning activities and a circle time of songs and movement. Activities will include creative art, science, movement, reading, sensory play and more! An early childhood educator will be available to help you guide your children’s activities. A parent educator will be available to discuss any parenting concerns or answer questions during the time when you and your child are playing together. Parents and children do not separate for this class. 6 Classes—$12—COURSE NO. 6413 $6 each additional child—COURSE NO. 6413A Fridays, January 19—February 23 9:00—10:15 a.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Trikes, Bikes, and Wheels For Families with Children Birth to Age 5

Does winter have your children needing to release some pent up energy? Bring in your own wheels to let them cruise the halls of the elementary school. Take a pit stop and enjoy some refreshments. Join the fun and let the good times roll! 1 Class—$5 per family—COURSE NO. 6414 Tuesday, January 30 6:00—7:30 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Obstacle Course

For Families with Children Birth to Age 5

The Morris Area Elementary phy-ed teachers will help us go over, under, around and through—join us for an obstacle course made for preschoolers. Let your child test their abilities to try a variety of physical activities like walking, climbing, crawling and maintaining balance as they cross all obstacles to reach the end of the course. It’s not about the end result, but the fun of facing and conquering the obstacle course. 1 Class—Family Play Time—No Cost Thursday, February 15 6:00—7:00 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Buckets of Paint

For Families with Children Birth to Age 5

In this class, the entire family can explore their artistic abilities to their fullest! Experiment with unusual paints, brushes, and techniques to create masterpieces any refrigerator would be proud to wear! A short group time with songs and finger plays will conclude the class. 1 Class—$5 per family—COURSE NO. 6415 Monday, March 5th 6:00—7:30 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Pop In and Play

For Families with Children Birth to Age 5 Non-separating Class (child and caregiver together for entire class)

This is the perfect class for your child and parents to have fun experiencing a variety of creative activities. Activities will include those that appeal to all five senses! An early childhood educator will be available to help you guide your children’s activities, and will be available to discuss any parenting concerns or answer questions during the time when your child and you are playing together. 4 Sessions—$8—COURSE NO. 6416 $4 each additional child—COURSE NO. 6416A March 7 — March 28 9:00—10:15 a.m. MAES ECFE Room A114—Pod C

Friday Morning Fun

For Families with Children Birth to Age 5 Separating Class (child and caregiver separate for half of the class period)

Come join us Friday mornings in spring. First, you can engage with your child in age appropriate activities that encourage their overall development. Expect singing, dancing, art, and more in this exciting way to end your week! Then, parents will have the chance to share information and support in parent discussions on topics of their choosing. 4 Classes—$8—COURSE NO. 6417 $4 each additional child—COURSE NO. 6417A Fridays, April 6—April 27 9:00—10:30 a.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Prehistoric Party

For Families with Children Birth to Grade 3

Your child and you will have a lot of fun at this prehistoric party. Become a paleontologist finding and creating fossils in the sand and clay. Reconstruct, create, and name your own dinosaur. Experiment with the environment and observe your own volcanic eruption. Finish the evening stomping and roaring like your favorite dinosaur at circle time. Tuesday, March 20 $5 per family—COURSE NO. 6418 6:00—7:30 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Kids In The Kitchen

For Families with Children Birth to Grade 3

It’s kids cooking night! Come spend an evenings cooking supper together with your children. There will be an opportunity to measure, mix, stir, and bake to make food to share family style. Join us for fun, food, and fellowship! The entire family is welcome to attend! Tuesday, March 27th $8 per family—COURSE NO. 6419 5:00—6:30 p.m. MAES ECFE Rooms—Pod A

Labor Delivery and Beyond

Expecting a baby? This class will provide information about stages of labor, labor techniques, comfort measures, fetal development, child development, parenting and more. The first two classes meet at Stevens Community Medical Center and last two classes meet in the ECFE room at Morris Area Elementary. Call Diane Strobel at 320-585-2237 for more information and with questions about registration. You may also register online at -> Community Education. Upcoming Classes:

4 Classes—$35—COURSE NO. 6420A Mondays, January 15—February 5 6:30—8:30 p.m.

4 Classes—$35—COURSE NO. 6420B Mondays, April 9 — April 30 6:30—8:30 p.m.

Morris Area Community Education

School District 2769

Inside This Issue Pre-K + ECFE Offerings


11th Grade

Adult Spanish

March 5

Ages 7—Adult

February 12


Entres Nous Teaches You

Grades 2—6

February 6


Knitting, Laughter, and Friendship

Grades 2—6

April 24

12-13 14-15

Crafts con Maria

Elementary Gymnastics Espanol con Maria Flag Football

Late Start Wednesdays

@Morris MNCommEd

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Grades PK—6 Adult


Grades K—6

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November 8


December 3


January 23

Grades 3—6

February 12

Grades K—6

Summer 2018

Grades 1—5

January 26

Pre-K + ECFE Classes

Birth—Age 5



Preparing Your Estate Plan

Tae Kwon Do

Ages 6—Adult

Women’s Volleyball League


Summer Sizzle Young Yogis

Zone After School Program

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Men’s League Basketball



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January 9

Little Lifters

Lovin’ From the Oven



January 9

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Little Shooters Basketball


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Let’s Lego

Life is Good

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Cuddling up with Fleece

Camp Alpha

Elementary Softball

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Find Us Online

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Regional Fitness Center

ACT Prep

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Morris Tiger Tracks Winter/Spring 2018  

Winter/Spring 2018 Tiger Tracks created by Morris Area Community Education for the Morris Area School District 2769

Morris Tiger Tracks Winter/Spring 2018  

Winter/Spring 2018 Tiger Tracks created by Morris Area Community Education for the Morris Area School District 2769