Pine River - Backus Community Education Winter Class Bulletin

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Pine River-Backus Community Education

Winter 2019-2020

PINE RIVER - BACKUS COMMUNITY EDUCATION 2019-2020 Classes & Activities December - April

Register Today Call Community Ed 218-587-2080




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Pine River-Backus Community Education 218-587-2080 Advisory Council 2020 Leslie Bouchonville Geno Wood Liz Dahl

Chad Biggar Rick Aulie Caleb Travis

Advisory Council Meetings The Advisory Council meetings are held in the District Office at 6:00 pm the 2nd Thursday every other month unless otherwise noted.

All are welcome!

Winter 2019-2020

WANTED Community Ed Council Members Advisory Council & Youth Sports

CANCELLATION: If the Pine River-Backus School District closes at any time, the Community Ed Classes & Activities will also be cancelled for that day. If a class is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled, a refund will be processed. TUNE into local radio stations: WJJY (106.7FM), KLKS (104.3FM), or KTIG (102.7FM) OR call 218-587-8000. School facilities are available to community members whenever usage does not conflict with regular school programs. Building usage forms are available at the PRB Community Education office and online at Call 587-2080 to request a form and more information.

Online Registration then click on “Community Education”

Come to a meeting and find out what’s going on inside PRB Community Ed. Ask about volunteer opportunities. Ph# 218-587-2080 * Email

Online Registration & Payments Current Bulletin & Class Listings

Volunteer Opportunities Available

School/Community Calendar

Community Ed Staff PRB Community Education (587-2080) Troy Gregory, Director Charity Crannell, Assistant Adult Basic Education (218-855-8165) Jessica Turner (Brainerd ABE) Driver’s Education (218-656-0882) Mike Lupella Early Childhood Family Education (587-8323) School Readiness, & Pre-School Screening Molly Hoffarth, Coordinator/Instructor Aimee Wilson, Instructor Kim Norman, Instructor - ECFE

Visit the district website for more details Dec 9 …………….Elementary Holiday Concert Dec 14 …..Parade of Lights & Shop Local Day Dec 20 ……………………………….. Early Out Dec 23- Jan 1 ……...……………..Winter Break Jan 20 …...………………. MLK Day No School Feb 15 ….……………………….. Back to Basics Feb 17 ………….…...Presidents Day No School Mar 9-13…..…....……………...… Spring Break Mar ??-?? ………….Steel Magnolias Auditions April 10 …………….….Good Friday No School April 18 ……...……….Miss Pine River Pageant May 25 …...………….Memorial Day No School

Complete School Listings found at 218-587-2080


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Pine River-Backus Registration and Information or Call 218-587-2080 Pine River-Backus School District Community Education Registration Form Please complete the form below and mail along with payment to: Pine River-Backus Community Education, PO Box 610, Pine River, MN 56474, 218-587-2080.

Account Holder Information Adult Name ___________________________________________________Phone:_____________________________ Address__________________________________________________City_____________________Zip____________ Family Email:___________________________________________ Other Phone:______________________________ Please make checks payable to “PRB Community Ed.” OR Pay on-line at Thank you!

Participants Information

Name:_________________________________Activity:____________________Fee:______ Name:_________________________________Activity:____________________Fee:______ Name:_________________________________Activity:____________________Fee:______ Name:_________________________________Activity:____________________Fee:______ Name:_________________________________Activity:____________________Fee:______ Name:_________________________________Activity:____________________Fee:______ Please list T-Shirt sizes for youth sports if applicable: Youth: S, M., L, XL or Adult: S, M., L, XL, XXL Please list student current grade level next to name above.

Total Fees:__________

Liability Waiver & Community Ed Field Trip Permission: I understand that I am participating in this class at my own risk and that the instructor and the Pine River-Backus School District are not liable for any injuries that may occur. Student and Guardian Signature: ___________________________________________________________

Volunteer and Instructor/Class Information Form Volunteer Opportunities are available through Community Education: Coach & Assistant - Youth Sports, Advisory Council Member - Shape Programs, Parent Volunteer - Classes, Activities, and Field Trips, Offer a New Class. Interested in teaching a Community Education class or Volunteering? Please fill out the form below and submit to PRB Community Ed., PO Box 610, Pine River, MN 56474 Ph: 587-2080 Fax: 218-587-4120

Name: ___________________________________________________

Date: ________________________

Address: ______________________________________ City:______________________ Zip:___________ Phone: ________________________________________ FAX: ___________________________________ Email: _________________________________________ Cell Ph: _________________________________ Proposed Class & Description or Volunteer Interest: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Supply Costs:_______________________ YOUR Fee (per hr./ per student/ flat rate?) :_____________________



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Community Resources Pine River Public Library Phone: 218-587-4639 Legacy Programs

Pine River-Backus Family Center Strengthening Families and Building a Strong Community

218- 587-4292

The Family Center’s Home Visiting Program: A free program through the Pine River-Backus Family Legacy Programs Center. Home Visiting begins prenatally or before your See the web site for a complete listing of all Legacy Fund programs in our region. child is three months old and continues through their third Directions to Branch: Highway 371 to Park Avenue two blocks birthday. Weekly home visits are filled with fun activities and information about your child’s development. From to 2nd Street. Parking lot on side of building. charting their first milestones, to identifying qualities and Story time hours: characteristics you want in your child, the Family Center Story time is held on Fridays 10:15-11:00 am. Home Visitor will help you, as a parent, pick out what is Please contact the library for more information: 218-587-4639. important to you and create ways to instill those same Available Services: values in your children! Call Alex at 587-4292 to learn Free wireless Internet access and public Internet computers. more about Home Visiting and other parenting resources Fax Services: $2.00 (send) ; $1.00 (receive) in your community.

Printing/Copying Services: Costs vary. Scanner: Must have flash drive/external memory to save onto. Recreational: Life Jacket Checkout. Misc: Minnesota History Reference Library on loan from Heritage Group North.

Pine River Chamber of Commerce and Information Center 102 W Barclay Ave., Pine River, MN 56474 Phone: 218-587-4000

Free Gift Bags are available to all families who are expecting a baby or have a newborn and live in the Pine River-Backus school district. Pine River Area Food Shelf: Open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-1 p.m., in addition the 2nd Tuesday of the month, the food shelf will be open from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Cass County Public Health at the Family Center WIC Clinics take place the 1st Wednesday and Thursday of each month. Immunizations are available the first Wednesday 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Monthly Child and Teen Checkup Clinics Call Karen to schedule an appointment (218) 587-4292. Family Planning: Takes place the 1st Tuesday of each month, please call (218) 547-1340 to schedule an appointment. “Strengthening Families & Building a Stronger Community” Like us on Facebook!

Community Center for You 307 Norway Ave., PO Box 195, Pine River, MN 56474 218-587-5404 * “Sharing God's Love and Serving Our Community” The Warehouse is open for 5th – 12th grade students Mon-Friday 3:00-6:00 pm, and some special events. Closed to students when the PRB School has a scheduled or unscheduled closing or an unscheduled early out.

Heather Rogosheske - Coalition Coordinator We are always looking for more members! If you are interested in making your voice heard, please feel free to contact us. Cell: 218-851-5688 Email:

Pizza Parties at The Warehouse After Friday Home Games

SEED LIBRARY At the Pine River Public Library Open during library hours FREE Seeds for All 218-587-2080


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Winter 2019-2020

Mondays Youth Enrichment Fairy Tale Readers Theater

Grades 2nd-4th

Once Upon A Time... Are these magical words to your child? If so, they may enjoy this after school class. While enjoying classic literature, students will also build collaboration, reading, and story-telling skills. Each class will consist of a short Story Time, a new Fairy Tale Readers Theater (a short play requiring no memorized lines, set, or props), and some fun Improv theater games. As with all after school offerings, snack is included! Dates: Mondays: January 13 & 27, February 10 & 24, March 16 & 30, April 13 & 27, May 11 Time: 3:15-5:00 PM 2nd-4th Grade Fee: $45 for all 9 sessions

Back to Basics Happy Dancing Turtle & Hunt Utility Group Happy Dancing Turtle Nature Club

1st – 4th Grade

Join Happy Dancing Turtle staff members for some outdoor fun! We’ll meet select Mondays each month, beginning on Monday, January 13, 2020. In each session, we’ll explore a new part of nature through games, lessons, activities, crafts, and more! We will be mostly outside, so dress for the weather! This includes a warm coat, boots, snow pants, hat, mittens, and scarf or facemask. Meet in the Commons. Select Mondays: January 13 & 27, February 10 & 24, March 16 & 30, April 13 & 27, May 11 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM Fee $45 for all 9 sessions

Tuesdays Youth Enrichment - STEAM Club Invention is an immersive afterschool STEM program Castles, Catapults, and Coats of Arms™     

Grades 1st - 6th

Examines medieval life scientifically. Explores the effects of Archimedes principle by sculpting clay boats that float across a moat while supporting cargo. Allows children to apply science and engineering principles to the construction of a castle wall. Demonstrates and explore the concept of center of gravity and the effect of momentum. Explore the use of simple machines by creating a weight-bearing drawbridge.

This module weaves medieval history, basic scientific principles and hands-on creativity through the challenges presented in every session. While assuming the roles of lords, knights, craftspeople and serfs, participants work together to complete each task. Instructor: Tessily Gregory Select Tuesdays: Jan 7, 21, Feb 4, 18, Mar 3 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Fee $60 for all 5 sessions

STEAM - Open Explorations of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math Come join us as we explore the world around us! Children are natural explorers and inventors. At STEAM, we will tap into that natural curiosity, as children will have an opportunity to build, create, experiment, and invent with hands on activities. Instructor: Tessily Gregory Select Tuesdays: Mar 24, Apr 7, 21, May 5, 19

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Fee $ 5 per session ($25) 218-587-2080


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Whimsical Wednesdays with Mary Jo

Winter 2019-2020

3:15-5:00 pm

April January Bottle Bugs Wednesday 8th Fee: $5 Magnetic Box Art Wednesday 1st Fee: $5 Many bugs are still to be discovered. Is your creation Students have made aquariums, playgrounds, one of them? Come and create YOUR bug! zoos. Make your moveable creation from a variety of items. Mess Makers Wednesday 22nd Fee: $5 Plaster Cast Wednesday 15th Fee: $5 Measure and mix ingredients. Stir to change solids into gels. Explore color, shape, smell and temperature What will it be? Prepare your animal, flower, sundial or other item. Have parts ready to put in the plaster differences. you mix. February Fee: $5 Log Cabin Wednesday 5th Fee: $5 Hammer and String Wednesday 29th Use a variety of hammers to pound designs in Use various sized boxes and sticks to make a cabin wood. Pound a design using nails and wrap with you design. You can add landscaping if you wish. string. Always loud, always fun. Group Games Wednesday 19th Fee: $5 Back by demand! Build together to make larger May versions of plinko and the catapult. Build your Fish Prints Wednesday 6th Fee: $5 own mini foosball. Paint on a rubber fish. Use it to “stamp print” on a Game on! Win prizes! Tee shirt. Using fabric paints and markers, make a lake scene around the fish. A Tee you can wear to the lake this summer! March Clay Pots Wednesday 4th Fee: $5 Please Note: Paint small pots to look like a bee, bell, bug or have a Pick up at Door 33 tiny scene. You decide what your creation will look All Classes $5 unless Noted like!

Art Concepts by Amber Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:15-5:15 pm January Snow Paintings Thursday 9th Fee: $5 Come enjoy the beauty of snow, but stay warm while we have fun painting wondrous winter pictures. Let's Draw 1 Tuesday 14th Fee: $5 Do you like to sketch and draw? Well then, don’t miss out on the fun of this class! We will work on drawing skills. What do you like to draw? Beading Blast Tuesday 28th Fee: $5 Do you love beads, but mom doesn’t like the mess? Then Beading Blast is for you. Come create jewelry, magnets for home and your locker, key rings that are fancy, or a snake? Maybe a lizard? Don’t have keys? Hang them on your backpack. Just don’t miss the fun! Paper Mache Snow people Jan. Thursday 30th & Feb. Thursday 6th Fee: $10 They won’t make your fingers, toes or your nose cold. These snowmen are made from paper mache and built indoors. Sip some hot cocoa while you build your very own Perfect Snowman. Due to dry time this is a 2 part class. Class 1: The creation of snowmen Thurs 30th Class 2: The Final touches - You will decorate your snowmen using paints and different materials Thurs 6th



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Art Concepts by Amber Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:15-5:15 pm February Heart Art Creations Tuesday 4th Fee: $5 What is heart art? Anything you can think of made out of hearts. Pictures, people, animals, cards or just decorate your hearts. It’s a lot of fun. Don’t miss out! Crazy for Coloring Thursday 20th Fee: $5 Who doesn’t love to color? I Do! That’s what this crazy class is about…. coloring. Even make your own color book. Beading Blast Thursday 27th Fee: $5 Do you love beads, but mom doesn’t like the mess? Then Beading Blast is for you. Come create jewelry, magnets for home and your locker, key rings that are fancy, or a snake? Maybe a lizard? Don’t have keys? Hang them on your backpack. Just don’t miss the fun! March Shamrock Pictures Thursday 5th Fee: $5 Let's get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day by creating some gorgeous green shamrock pictures to decorate your house.

April Spring Pictures Thursday 2nd Fee: $5 Sunshine, Flowers, Birds! Spring is awesome! Let’s celebrate spring by creating our own spring in pictures we will make using different materials. We will cut, color, and create our own spring. Bunnies Tuesday 7th Fee: $5 Hippity Hoppity! It’s bunny time. So let’s hop to it and make some adorable bunnies out of different crafting material. Puzzle Pictures Tuesday 14th & Thursday 16th In this class we will take parts of puzzles and we will then fill in the blanks with our imaginative drawing, coloring, cutting, gluing and painting our way to a perfect puzzle picture. A work of art to hang on your wall. If you have puzzles missing pieces please bring them to class, they’re perfect for this project. Otherwise, I will have some. This is a two-part class to ensure everyone has time to enjoy the creative process. Fee: $10

Spring Paintings Thursday 19th Fee: $5 Let's think spring and grab our paint brush and create some spring of our own. We will even paint on a canvas. (1 per student, size small - provided in class)

Earth Day Art Tuesday 21st Fee: $5 Huzzah! It’s Earth Day! Let's get together and celebrate our wonderful earth by creating unique art out of recycled materials to show how we can reuse things to help the earth.

Beading Blast Tuesday 24th Fee: $5 Do you love beads, but mom doesn’t like the mess? Then Beading Blast is for you. Come create jewelry, magnets for home and your locker, key rings that are fancy, or a snake? Maybe a lizard? Don’t have keys? Hang them on your backpack. Just don’t miss the fun!

Beading Blast Thursday 30th Fee: $5 Do you love beads, but mom doesn’t like the mess? Then Beading Blast is for you. Come create jewelry, magnets for home and your locker, key rings that are fancy, or a snake? Maybe a lizard? Don’t have keys? Hang them on your backpack. Just don’t miss the fun! Please Note: Pick up at Door 33 All Classes $5 unless Noted

Let's Draw 2 Tuesday 31st Fee: $5 Did you enjoy Let's Draw 1 or did you miss that class? Then you won’t want to miss Lets Draw 2! We will work on our drawing skills and maybe learn to draw something you haven’t before.

PRB Community Ed is always looking for new opportunities to better serve our community. If you have ideas or interests you want to explore or if you would like to share your passion, knowledge, or talents and teach a class or offer a presentation contact us at or 218-587-2080



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Community Ed - Theatre

Princess and the Pea Auditions Open auditions for the Spring PR-B Community Theatre production of The Princess and the Pea, an original stage adaptation by Michele L. Vacca. Auditions will be held for adults and students (grades 5 and up) March 4 & 5 from 5:30-6:30 in PR-B High School choir room. You only need to attend one audition or to schedule an alternate audition by contacting A variety of roles are available. Auditions will consist of readings from the script and improvisation exercises.

Rehearsals will be Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 and every day 2 weeks prior to show open. A full rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions. Please bring a list of all schedule conflicts with you to auditions.

Show dates and times: May 1 at 7 PM, May 2 at 7 PM, & May 3 at 2 PM

RREAL - Fun Science Fun in the Sun: Solar 101

Fee: $20 for all 4 sessions

Join RREAL staff to learn about solar energy! Students will be able to differentiate solar electric vs. solar thermal and will get hands-on learning experiences. Solar energy is now a part of PRB and students will learn and understand the basics of solar energy.    

Light: Take a dive into the sun, understand the energy the sun provides (light & heat energy), create solar book marks. Heat: Learn about solar thermal and its different applications, create solar pizza box ovens. Electric: Learn about solar panels and play with solar robots. Sessions will utilize K-12 curriculum created by RREAL staff. Tuesdays, March 17, 31, April 14, 28 3:15-5:00 pm Meet in PRB Commons for Snack

Dog Training Sessions Ricky Tic Dog Training Intro to Rally This is a fun sport you can do with your canine companion. You will need a dog that likes to walk on a leash and work for your praise or treats. This class is open to all dogs of all ages and current vaccinations are required. Fee: $55 ($10 off 2nd dog in family signed up) Wednesdays, Jan. 15 - Feb. 19, 2020 Time: 6:30 pm



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Winter 2019-2020

Adult Enrichment & Education Knit Pub at Bites Grill and Bar Knit the “Pine River” Hat Fee: $35 (includes pattern, yarn, and instruction) Enjoy beverages and chat with fellow knitters as instructors walk you through the basics of the “Pine River” hat pattern, an adaptation of the Quintessential hat by Blue Sky Fibers. The hat is knitted in the round with striping. Students will learn basic techniques of knitting in the round, cable cast on, jogless stripes, and carrying yarn. The yarn kit, available at class, includes a pattern, the main color yarn, and three accent yarn colors of beautiful Blue Sky cotton and wool fibers. Students will need to bring 16: #5 and #8 circular needles and #8 double point needles. These are available for sale at Serenity Now Yarn and Alpaca Shop ahead of class time. Beverages and food are available to purchase at Bites. Winter is coming! Plan to spend a cozy evening knitting with us. Experience Level: Advanced Beginner-- students should know the basic of casting on, knitting, purling, and decreasing. Instructors: Esther Endicott & Julia Blenkush Location: Bites Grill and Bar, 2793 State 371, Pine River

Tuesday, Jan 14 Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Needle Felted Feather Wall Hanging (Beginning Needle Felting) Fee: $18 (includes materials) Learn the basics of needle felting using felting needles and wool roving. Students will make a needle wall hanging with options for embellishing their own piece. Space is limited to 6 participants. Experience Level: Beginning Instructor: Renata Remington Location: Serenity Now Yarn & Alpacas Shop, 231 Barclay Ave, Pine River Thursday, Jan. 23 Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Peg Looms (Beginning Weaving) Fee: $50 (Peg Loom included) Learn to weave on a simple peg loom. Looms will be provided at the time of class for participants to use and take home! Students will need to bring sharp scissors to cut through fabric and 1” strips torn from sheets or fabric, which will be woven into a short table runner or placemat. Space is limited to 6 participants. Experience Level: Beginner Instructor: Bev Kramp Location: Serenity Now Yarn & Alpacas Shop, 231 Barclay Ave, Pine River

Thursday, Feb. 13 Time: 6:30-8:30pm

How To Make A “Toothbrush” Rug Fee: $18 A great recycling project using old sheets or other cotton materials that no longer serve their original purpose. You should be able to rip material and make 1-1 1/2 inch strips, approx 36 inches or more in length. (Preferably made before coming to class) Rugs can be made in whatever size and color you want, making small cuts, threading loops and pulling them tight. No sewing! Tool will be provided for each participant. Instructor: Esther Endicott Location: Serenity Now Yarn & Alpacas Shop, 231 Barclay Ave, Pine River

Thursday, Mar. 5 Time: 1-3pm



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Adult Enrichment & Education Health Care and Your Retirement Seminar Fee: $10

Presented by Bruce Meade Financial Advisor 4461 Main Street Pequot Lakes, MN. Phone: 218-568-2230

The increasing cost of healthcare is a growing concern for current and future retirees. In fact, 25 years ago, retirees spent almost twice as much on food as on health care; now the amounts are nearly equal. Come learn about medicare coverage and traditional medical expenses, long-term care expenses and strategies for addressing uncovered expenses. Bruce Meade, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Monday, Jan. 13 Time: 6-7pm

Simplify Your Spending and Saving Strategies

Fee: $10

This seminar can help you bring more balance to your budget. You will learn more about setting personal financial goals; balancing savings, spending and borrowing to help achieve your goals; strategies for controlling debt and improving credit scores; and practical savings options for now through retirement. Bruce Meade, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Monday, Feb. 24 Time: 6-7pm

My Workshop Space - Woodworking Series Learn to Do It Yourself - Work Space & Equipment Available Woodworking Made Easy - 101 Fee: $20 This class takes the mystery and fear out of woodworking. You will go from, “I can’t do it” to “When can I get started?” Observe a nightstand being made and learn the safe use of different equipment and tools used in creating a woodworking project. Time will no longer be a problem because you will learn time-saving tips so that you can enjoy your newly created masterpiece quickly instead of spending weeks or months making it. Instructor: Alan Wiener Location: My Workshop Space, 1279 Roosevelt Ave, Pine River Tuesday, Jan. 21 or Thursday March 12 Time: 6:30-9pm

Kitchen Cabinets/Furniture 101 Fee: $20 What to look for when buying and/or selecting a cabinet maker. Want new kitchen cabinets or furniture, but not sure what to look for in quality? Want to get the most value for your money? Then this class is for you. We will cover quality of construction, wood types, hardware selection and more. Bring pictures and dimensions and/or blueprint drawings, if available, of the space you want to remodel. Instructor: Alan Wiener Location: My Workshop Space, 1279 Roosevelt Ave, Pine River Thursday, Jan. 30 or Mar. 19 Time: 6:30-8pm

Woodworking Made Easy - 201 Fee: $15 Come and make a fun woodworking project to give as a gift or keep for yourself. Choose from either a cutting board or a storage/decorative crate. This class will expand your confidence with woodworking towards larger and more complicated projects in the future.. Instructor: Alan Wiener Location: My Workshop Space, 1279 Roosevelt Ave, Pine River Thursday, Feb. 6 or April 16 Time: 6:30-8:30pm



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Driver’s Education Training Driver’s Ed-Classroom $75

SPRING (Registration Deadline March 2)

Participants must be at least 15 years of age by start of class. An original Birth Certificate is required for registration. (All Registration Materials and Fees must be submitted by deadline to be registered—no exceptions). Please Note: Drivers Ed Classroom has moved to the PRB Odyssey Lab (Elementary Room 23)

Behind the Wheel Call Mike Lupella for appointments 218-656-0882 FEE: $225

Parent Night: Tuesday, March 2nd 6:00-7:30 pm All Sessions: 3:30-6:30 March 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30

SUMMER (Registration Deadline May 18) Parent Night: Must attend the Spring meeting on Mar 2 from 6:00-7:30 pm. All Sessions: 9:00-12:00 June 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

DNR Hunter’s Education Class Coming in April !!! Watch for registration information Register directly through Nikki Shoutz

Nikki Shoutz - 218-821-3456 (Call to register) Steven Weagel, Bruce Edberg and Wade Schultz Students at least 11 years old and Adults Welcome!

Health & Wellness Fit Beginnings Group Fitness Upgrade your fitness routine no matter where you are in your health journey. Start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can with effective exercises and stretches lead by physiotherapists that can adapt to you. We deliver evidence-based medical fitness programs to improve your endurance, strength and flexibility mixing in fun routines, music, and people. The cost of the class includes six weeks of classes and an individual assessment by a physical therapist. Bring your own water bottle and yoga mat/towel. Sign up by calling Select Therapy at 218-587-5022 or stop in. Instructors: Amanda Kronen, PTA and Emily Deno, PT Location: Select Therapy, 409 Barclay Ave. Pine River MN 56474 Time: Mondays at 4:00-4:45 pm starting January 20th for 6 weeks Price: $90 Max 10 participants

Adult Volleyball PRB Performance Gym Weekly games. No need to have a team, just stop in. League Coordinator: Leah Freeman

Wednesdays 6:30-9:00PM FEE: $25 (Season) or $3 drop in Walk the Halls

Pine River - Backus Health and Wellness Committee Our goal is focused on improving overall wellness throughout the school district and our community. If you are interested in being a part of the Health & Wellness Committee contact Renata. Phone: 587-8310 or Email:

Sign up for your Hall Walking Pass to “Walk the Halls.” Use Door #2 (High School) M-F when school is in session, 7-8am & 3:15-9pm, PRBHS Halls. Keep Fit at PRB



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Youth Sports & Recreation Looking for Youth Sport Coaches and Parent Volunteers for Skating, Football, Volleyball, Dance, Gymnastics, Track, and MORE

Snow Shoeing - Free Class - Must Pre-Register

Weather Permitting

Date to be determined depending on snowfall. After school 3-5 pm. Grades 2 - 12 will be separated into groups (PRB Commons Door 17) On school grounds, limit 20. Kids must have appropriate winter gear, only snowshoes supplied. We will play games/races on our snowshoes with a possibility of hiking in the school forest. Free Snacks! Dress appropriately for outdoor weather activities. (Adult volunteers needed).

Pine River Ice Rink Open Skating & Hockey Areas Hours: Dawn until 10 pm Warming house Hockey Night Wednesdays 6PM All skill levels welcome - bring skates & sticks Located near Pine River Post Office

Ice Skating Lessons Sign-Up in late December Boys & Girls All Grade levels Call PRB Community Ed for more Information 218-587-2080

Lake Country Nordic Ski Club Lake Country Nordic Ski Club maintains four (4) cross country ski trails in Cass County. These trails are groomed and tracked during the ski season for classic skiing. The trails are located in the central part of Cass County: Cut Lake Trail, about 10 miles west of Pine River on County 2; Goose Lake Trail, about 4 miles west of Longville on County 5; Hiram Trail, about 8 miles north & west of Hackensack on County 6; and Washburn Lake, about 3 miles north and west of Outing on County 48. Cross country skiing is a wonderful winter activity to get out and enjoy the weather and the beauty of our north woods. Since the trails are Grant-in-Aid Trails, a Minnesota Ski Pass is required to use them. For more information about the Ski Club or how you can become a member, please contact us at, or visit our Facebook page at Lake Country Nordic Ski Club, or at our website at


Tuesday Family Class

Time: 5-6pm

You’re invited to play! Families with children 6 months through 3 years old are welcome to join this hour-long, non-separating class. We play together in the classroom with casual conversation before having a short group time and a snack together. We wrap up with some time to move by playing in the Early Childhood Gym.

Tiny Turtles 2nd Monday of each month


4&5 year olds


Happy Dancing Turtle continues to offer a class exclusively for Pre-K (4 & 5 yr. old) students! Sessions are held the 2nd Monday of each month, from 10am-11:30am, on the Hunt Utilities Group Resilient Living Campus. We cover a variety of topics, from healthy foods and gardening, to trees, animal habitats, recycling, and solar energy. We do go outside for a portion of each class, so please make sure kids are dressed for the weather. A snack is offered at the beginning of each class. There is no fee for this program, but registration is required. Session dates are Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 9, April 13, and May 11. For more information or to sign up for a session, please contact Michelle Hoefs at 218-587-2303 or



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School Readiness & Early Childhood Family Education Early Childhood Screening If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 5, call to set up an Early Childhood Screening. This screening is required for entrance into both Kindergarten and the School Readiness Classes. This screening is free of charge and is provided by the Pine River-Backus School District. The screening consists of a height and weight check, vision and hearing screening, developmental screening, and immunization review. Please call or email Charity to set up your appointment today 218-587-8003 or

Early Childhood Screening

Friday, Feb. 28th

Kids Together Classes (Age 3 by September 1st) The Kids Together Classes are preschool classes for our three year old children. They run on Tuesdays & Thursdays, morning & evening classes. You can only enroll in one day AND you must also enroll in one of the family ECFE classes listed below as there is a parent education component of this class.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) There are multiple Early Childhood Family Education classes available for families with young children at Pine River-Backus Elementary School. Each class includes many activities including crafts, music, stories, snack, and gym time. Classes also provide a parent discussion time for parents to talk together with our parent educator. It is a great time for you to participate in activities with your children. The children love sharing the school experience with mom, dad, grandpa, grandma or any other important adult in their lives.

School Readiness Classes (Age 4 by September 1st) We also offer a variety of school readiness classes for our 4 year old children. These classes will specifically work on all the necessary skills needed to be successful in kindergarten. To register for a class, screening, or to check class availability, please call or email Charity Crannell 218-587-8003 or INFANT CLASS Early Childhood Family Edu- KIDS TOGETHER (Birth to Crawling) cation ECFE Classes (Must be three years old by Tuesdays, Feb. 18 and May 12! (Birth-age 5) Sept. 1st , and potty trained) TODDLER TIME (Walking to two) MONDAY 10:30-11:30 am, TUESDAY NIGHT 5-6:00 pm

MONDAY 8:30-10:00 am MONDAY 4:00-5:30 pm MONDAY 6:00-7:30 pm

Backus Head Start 218-947-4813 If your child will be 3 or 4 years old by September 1, now is your chance to enroll them in Head Start. It’s not too late to participate as long as there is room. Call 947-4813, ext 227 (Jen Anderson) * All-day options—2 or 4 days of no-cost class time. * Bus transportation to and from class. * Healthy breakfast, lunch and snack. * Time to make friends and work on social skills. * Help in learning the skills needed for Kindergarten.

TUESDAY 8:00 am-10:45 am TUESDAY 12:15-3:00 pm THURSDAY 8:00 -10:45 am THURSDAY 12:15-3:00 pm

SCHOOL READINESS (Must be four by Sept. 1st) MONDAY Full Day 8:00-3:00 TUESDAY/THURSDAY Full Day 8:00 am-3:00 pm WEDNESDAY/FRIDAY Full Day 8:00 am -3:00 pm

"Learning all the Way from Birth to K!" Early Childhood Coalition If you would like to become involved in the PRB Early Childhood Coalition please contact Kim Norman 587-8338 Holly Rowell 587-8345

Visit facebook: pineriverbackusearlychildhoodcoalition

Early Head Start has a home visiting program for pregnant families and those with children 0-3 years.



Pine River-Backus Community Education

Winter 2019-2020

Back to Basics - Save the Date! Join us for the 14th Annual Back to Basics (B2B) Saturday, February 15, 2020. B2B is a full-day sustainable living event. Enjoy a wide variety of workshops, an engaging keynote presentation, and a bustling vendor area. Kids’ programming is available for K-4th grade students as well. Visit for more information and to register online! B2B Vendor Fair hosts multiple vendors! Vendor Fair is FREE to attend and open to the public.

Summer Sneak Peek

Proud to be PRB

Prairie Fire Children's Theatre Beauty & the Beast June 14th - June 20th Summer Robotics Eureka Engineering Grades 3-8 June 29 - July 1

Adult Basic Education

Summer Ball Sign-Ups Available in April Dog Training Sessions Forest Fun Camp STEAM Camp

Call 218-855-8165 or 855-8166

Brainerd ABE is a Proud Partner in the American Job Center Network Membership of the Brainerd Adult Basic Education Consortium also includes the neighboring districts of Crosby – Ironton, Pequot Lakes, and Pine River – Backus. The mission of Adult Basic Education in Minnesota is to provide adults with educational opportunities to acquire and improve academic skills necessary to effectively participate as productive workers, family members, and citizens. How Can We Support Your Goals? ABE enrollment has begun and will continue throughout the school year. (*See enrollment information about our “CLC/ABE Partnership Classes”, below.) ABE classes are offered for adult learners with academic goals: GED or Accuplacer Preparation, Work Readiness, Basic Computer, and English as a Second Language. Distance Learning access is available to support progress in addition to class attendance.   

GED Preparation Classes Work Readiness College Readiness

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Digital Literacy Skills Brushing Up the Basics

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ABE/CLC Partnership Classes English Language Learners

How To Get Started…In order to best support your learning, we need to know your starting point. All ABE students take an assessment to determine their entry level skills. This assessment, the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is required for ABE enrollment. No prior preparation is necessary to take the TABE. ESL students will take a CASAS assessment. (Please call us to schedule your CASAS test appointment.)

Brainerd ABE is located at Central Lakes College (C104) 501 West College Drive Brainerd, MN Call 218-855-8166 or 855-8165 for more information. ABE initiatives are made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding from the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act of 2014.


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