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Landscaping begins for Sixth St. cul-de-sac and Old Memorial Park

2014 6th Street Reconstruction Project - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 7:05am

The landscaping adjacent to the Sixth St. cul-de-sac extends southeast into Old Memorial Park and will include rain gardens.  This revised sketch was part of the project bid that was approved by the Council back in May.  Landscaping has already begun and is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

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Photos: Sixth St. cul-de-sac completed; landscaping to begin

2014 6th Street Reconstruction Project - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:14am

The Sixth St. cul-de-sac at Old Memorial Park is completed and is ready for landscaping, to be completed by the end of October:

 

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Refreshments at a Refreshing Setting: Join us at the Thorsteinson’s on Sept. 11

David Bly, We All Do Better - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:58pm

Join Representative Patti Fritz and host Mike Thorsteinson for a Fundraiser for my campaign on Thursday, September 11, 2014, 4pm to 7 pm at 20110 Geneva Court, Faribault, MN on Cedar Lake.

Light refreshments will be served.  Please come an bring a friend!

To rsvp or get directions should you get lost call Mike’s cell phone: 612-205-1409.

If you can’t make it but still want to donate you can visit my donation page on this website, and remember donations of $50/ individuals $100/couple are reimbursable if you have not already submitted a request.

Related posts:

  1. Reception and Fundraiser on Sept 16th at the home of Mike Thorsteinson
  2. New Laws for August 1, 2009
  3. JOIN US!!
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Call for Volunteers to March in the Half-Way to St. Paddy’s Day Parade on Sunday in Kilkenny

David Bly, We All Do Better - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:33pm

Please consider joining us as we march in the Half-Way to St. Paddy’s Day Parade in Kilkenny on Saturday, September 13th. Line-up starts at 11:00 am on the North end of town near Knish Court. The parade begins at noon. We’ll have T-shirts and signs in addition to stickers we can hand out.

Please email me or call if you need a ride – 612-327-0119.

lease consider joining us as we march in the Community Days Parade Saturday, August 9, 2014. – See more at: http://davidbly.com/archive/call-for-volunteers-to-march-in-the-community-days-parade-in-lonsdale-this-saturday/#sthash.XW61PyN9.dpuf

Related posts:

  1. Call for Volunteers to march in the Community Days Parade in Lonsdale this Saturday
  2. Call for Volunteers to March in Kolacky Days Parade
  3. Call for Volunteers for Veseli 4th of July Parade
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Endorsed!

David Bly, We All Do Better - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:25am

I’m pleased to report that I received an endorsement from Clean Water Action.   Their statement, “Clean Water Action is proud to endorse David Bly for the Minnesota House. David will be an environmental champion in the legislature and will fight to protect our water and health,” reinforces the impact that thoughtful legislation has on our environment.

A sampling of the conservation issues in the 2014 Legislative Session include my vote to appropriate money to the Outdoor Fund for habitat conservation, my support to strengthen clean energy policies, and my vote to ban triclosan from soaps and cleaning products. To see my Legislative record on conservation issues, visit Conservation Minnesota’s website.

Related posts:

  1. Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council
  2. Environmental Endorsements
  3. LESSARD-SAMS COUNCIL Invites Public Input to the Outdoor Heritage Fund
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Student Apple IDs (Under 13 years old)

Apple ID information for students under the age of 13:

This year, all students in grades 6-12 will be using a personal Apple ID model. This is a new model for middle school students. If your student already has an Apple ID they are currently using, they can continue to use that Apple ID on their school iPad. If your student does not already have an Apple ID they are using, please set up a new Student Apple ID. (Watch for an email from Apple on this process, more information below).

 

What is an Apple ID for Students:

Creating an Apple ID typically requires selecting a birthdate that demonstrates an age of at least 13 years old. Apple has created a Student Apple ID system for educational use for students who are under the age of 13. This system allows a parent to create an Apple ID for their student. Account information on Student Apple IDs cannot be changed without parent consent, and they do not require a payment option being attached to the Apple ID during setup. This differs from full Apple ID accounts.

 

Why do middle school students need an Apple ID?

A personal Apple ID allows students to access resources such as apps and digital textbooks shared by Northfield Public Schools. It also allows students access to iCloud, which backs up data and allows the “Find My iPad” feature to be enabled. Personal Apple IDs increase both security and functionality of students’ iPads

 

How do I create a Student Apple ID for my child?

You should receive an email from Apple that contains information about Apple IDs and a link to set up your student account. This has likely already been sent to you. Follow the instructions in that email to create your Student Apple ID.

 

What if I don’t receive an email from Apple?

There are a couple of reasons this could happen:

  • A current parent/guardian email address may not be on file for you.
  • Your student may have enrolled in Northfield Public Schools after our accounts were created.
  • Your student may have already created an Apple ID using their school email address.
  • Your student may be at least 13 years of age, in which case you can set up a full Apple ID at www.appleid.apple.com.

If you do not receive the email and do not have an Apple ID for your student, please contact Kim Briske at Kimberly.briske@nfld.k12.mn.us or 507-664-3399.

 

Additional Information:

Apple provides a wealth of information regarding parental controls and Apple IDs in general.

For general information regarding Apple IDs, please visit https://appleid.apple.com.

Apple also provides a parent guide with information about managing student Apple IDs and devices, which can be accessed at https://www.apple.com/education/docs/Apple_ID_Parent_Guide.pdf. This guide includes information about setting restrictions on your student’s iPad. Please understand that Northfield Public Schools also utilizes a Mobile Device Management system that automatically sets several restrictions on student iPads. If you need more information about restrictions or safe and responsible use of technology, please contact Kim Briske at Kimberly.briske@nfld.k12.mn.us or 507-664-3399.

Thank you for your collaboration in providing high quality learning experiences and increased access to a wealth of educational resources through the use of technology. Please be in touch if we can be of further assistance.

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iPad Family Engagement Event Details and Alternate Dates

We are officially one week away from our scheduled iPad Family Engagement Events at Northfield Middle School and Northfield High School. Please see below for the regularly scheduled dates as well as additionally scheduled times for those who are unable to attend next week.

Northfield Middle School:

  • Monday, August 18th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 20th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Make-up Date: Wednesday, August 27th, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Make-up Date: Wednesday, September 3rd, 7:45 am – 8:45 am

Northfield High School:

  • Tuesday, August 19th, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Last names A-L)
  • Thursday, August 21st, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Last names M-Z)
    • Make-up Date: Thursday, August 28th, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Make-up Date: Tuesday, September 2nd, 9:00 am – 11:00 am*

*This is during scheduled Link Crew activities. Students participating in those activities should plan to attend at a different time.

If you are unable to make it to any of the above dates, please be in touch regarding alternate arrangements. Contact Kim Briske at kimberly.briske@nfld.k12.mn.us

I would also like to make some clarifications about the events. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the events:

Q: Do we need to be there for the entire 4 hours?

A: No, these events are a drop-in format. You can come when it is most convenient for you during the scheduled times. The whole process should take less than an hour.

Q: Do parents need to attend a meeting this year if they already went to one last year?

A: All middle school families should attend a meeting. The meetings have different content than last year. They will cover responsible use of iPads, information about Apple IDs, and information about the parent view of Schoology. There will be three meetings per hour that should last about 15 minutes.

There will not be meetings at the high school events.

Q: Why will middle school students have Apple IDs this year?

A: There are a few reasons for this. In short, they are security, the ability to backup iPads to iCloud, and improved processes for distributing school apps to students. An Apple ID serves multiple purposes. By having an Apple ID, students will be able to use the “Find My iPad” function in order to locate lost devices. Furthermore, they will be able to back up data more efficiently and experience a smoother transition between multiple Apple devices if they are using Apple products for personal use.

One big change from Apple this year is that they are allowing educational organizations to distribute apps to students via their Apple ID for a period of time, then pull them back for other students to use. This allow us as a district to be good stewards of district funds used to purchase apps. It also allows for the purchase of specialized apps pertaining to specific courses with the ability to transfer the apps to other students as needed.

While middle school students will have a personal Apple ID, at this time they will not have access to the App Store to download personal apps on school iPads.

Once again, please be in touch if you have further questions, comments, or clarifications. Contact Kim Briske at kimberly.briske@nfld.k12.mn.us or 507-664-3399.

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iPad Family Engagement Events

In preparation for the upcoming school year, iPad Family Engagement Events have been planned for Northfield Middle School and Northfield High School during the week of August 18, 2014. Parents and students should attend together to learn about using their iPad for learning in addition to insuring, setting up, and picking up iPads for the coming year.

Additionally, the schools will provide parents with information and instructions for accessing their students’ courses and activities through Schoology, our online learning management system. This resource provides access to course calendars, documents, assignments, and announcements, as well as other tools for teachers, students, and parents.

Dates for the iPad Family Engagement Events are:

Northfield Middle School:
Monday, August 18th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, August 20th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Northfield High School (dates coincide with student pictures and schedule pickup):
Tuesday, August 19th, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday, August 21st, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We anticipate a smooth process for families to set up and receive their students’ iPads. In order to facilitate this, please have your Apple ID and password ready when you arrive. Students who already have a personal Apple ID should continue to use that one. Students who do not already have an Apple ID will need to create one. Parents of students under the age of 13 will need to create an Apple ID with their students. Information regarding this process will be sent via email in the near future. For general information regarding Apple IDs, please visit https://appleid.apple.com. If you have forgotten your Apple ID and/or password, please visit https://iforgot.apple.com.

Insurance rates are $25 (reduced rates available for free and reduced lunch families). You may pay for insurance at the Family Engagement Event or pre-pay by visiting https://eps.mvpbanking.com/cgi-bin/efs/login.pl?access=55621. Insurance covers repair or replacement for non-intentional damage or loss of an iPad.

As always, our goal is to support all students families in achieving educational excellence. Please feel free to contact Kimberly Briske, Director of Technology Services, if you have questions pertaining to Transformational Technology or the use of iPads in general. You may call 507-664-3399 or email kimberly.briske@nfld.k12.mn.us.

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Welcome Kim Briske!

The Northfield Public Schools welcome Kim Briske to the District as Director of Technology Services. Kim began her new position, focused on technology and its ability to personalize teaching and learning, on July 1st.

A resident of Northfield, Kim comes to us from the Farmington Public Schools where she was a Digital Learning Specialist. She was instrumental in leading that district’s customized learning plan that provided individual iPad tablet computers for all students in grades Kindergarten through 12th Grade.  Prior to her role as a Digital Learning Specialist, she taught Spanish for eight years at Farmington High School.

Kim will be leading the District’s next steps in the Transformational Technology initiative. She can be contacted by email at kimberly.briske@nfld.k12.mn.us or by phone at (507) 664-3399.

Welcome, Kim!

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