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EV-W Drama presents 'Leaving Iowa' The Eden Valley-Watkins Drama Club will be presenting the comedy "Leaving Iowa" for their spring pro- duction. Public performances will be on Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. on the High School Cafeteria Stage. Tickets will be sold at the door. Adults $5, Students and Senior Citizens $4. "Leaving Iowa" is a comedy about the Browning family and how their annual vacations made an impact on their lives. Mark your calendars for this very funny, touching play. EV-W in Albany Jaycee's State Tournament Eden Valley Watkins boys participated in the Albany Jaycee's State Wrestling Tournament Saturday, March 23. They are pictured from left to right, front row, with their placing after their names; Teagyn Ludwig, second place; Cody Kipf, fourth place; and Treyce Ludwig, second place. In back row are Gavin Mathies, fourth place; Sonny DeHeer, first place; Taylor Ludwig, third place; and Trevyn Ludwig, fourth place. Not pictured is Brayden Kramer, first place. Submitted photo. School menu AeParas8-12 Monda~ 3 donut holes, cheese stick, assorted juice cups, milk. Tuesday:. Banana-chocolate bread, yogurt cup, assorted juice cups, milk. Wednesday: Mini cinnis, cheese stick, assorted juice cups, milk. Thursday: Muffin, yogurt cup, assorted juice cups, milk. Friday: Pancake on a stick, assorted juice cups, milk. Lunch Monday: Chicken patty on a WG bun or Italian sub, glazed carrots, broccoli florets, cucumber rounds, melon slices, pineapple tidbits, milk. lhesday:. Chicken in gravy & mashed potatoes, WG dinner mU or yogurt pal mashed potatoes, Romaine salad wifla fat-flee dressin baby carrots, orange wedges, diced pears, mile Wednesday: Beefy nachos with homemade cheese sauce, beans or turkey sub, refried beans, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, pineapple slices mixed fruit, milk. Thursday: Italian meatball sub or chicken Caesar wrap, broccoli salad, lemon garbanzo bean salad, baby carrots, apples, peach slices, milk. Friday: French toast with syrup, sausage, or turkey wrap, tri-taters, baby carrots, cucumbers, strawber- ries, cinnamon applesauce, mile Mrs. Sogge's Kindergarten Mrs. Sogge's kindergarten classroom: front row, left to right, Carter, Paige, Rachel, Jack, Paige, and Nevaya; middle row, Jordyn, Joshua, Treyce, Madelyn, Nicolas, and Hunter; back row: Mrs. Z, Kobee, Brayden, Aaron, Justin, Wyatt, Mitchell, and Mrs. Sogge. In kindergarten we do so much In math we learn shapes, pattern- at the park, then to Meeker County and learn so many new things. In ing, number recognition, coins, Hospital for a fun tour. The second reading, the first few months of telling time, addition, subtraction, field trip is to the A Maze'n Farm- school we learn to recognize letter more and less, and so much more. yard in Eden Valley for a fun-filled name and sound correspondence We also learn science and social day ofseeinganimals. and phonemic awareness. Then studies skills too. We are very husy This is a wonderful, caring class we begin to learn about sight word in kindergarten, of kindergartners. We learn some- recognition, writing skills, rhym- Every year the kindergarten thing new every day, and we all ing, blending letters together to class goes on two field trips at the have so much fun learning! form words, and grammar skills, end of the school year. The first Now we are reading lots and lots! field trip is to Litchfield for a picnic Mark Messman Superintendent, Eden Valley-Watkins Schools Affordable Care Act: The Federal Affordable Care Act that became law March 23, 2010, could create some addi- tional financial expenditures for our school district. The district could face stiff penalties if it does not provide what the act defines as "affordable minimum essen- tial coverage" to full-time employ- ees. The act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, includes more than 2,000 pages of legislation and 13,000 pages of regulations. The effective dates for various provi- sions stretch out until 2020, and "many, many" details are not yet defined. While implementing the pro- visions, the school district would need to consider several defini- tions. They include: who is a large group employer; who is a full- time employee; what is "mini- mum essential coverage"; how is "affordable" defined; and when will the employer be impacted. A large group employer is an organization that has more than 50 full-time employees. There- fore, the Eden Valley - Watkins School District #463 is considered a large group employer. A full-time employee is one that works 30 hours per week. In addition to our licensed teaching staff, this cate- gory, then, includes clerical staff, assistants, paraprofessionals, cleaners and custodians that aver- age 30 hours per week through- out the 9 month-school year. In this case, the eligibility period for coverage is 9 months, but cover- age must be for 12 months. "Min- imal essential coverage" must be provided to avoid a $2,000 pen- alty per employee. Coverage must be offered to the employee and dependents, up to age 26, exclud- ing a spouse. There is no pen- alty for the first 30 employees. To avoid the financial penalty for each employee who enrolls in a forthcoming Minnesota Public Exchange, employers must pro- vide insurance that is "afford- able" and "provides minimum value," "Affordable" means that an employee's share of premiums may not exceed 9.5 percent of his or her income. "Minimum value" means that at least 60 percent of the claims must be paid-out by the insurance plan. At this point, there are more questions than answers associ- ated with the Affordable Care Act. We're currently working with our insurance carrier, service cooper- ative, and business office to cal- culate the potential implications, and specifically, what the finan- cial impact will be on our 2013-14 budget, and beyond. It is also known that effective Jan. 1, 2014, employers must treat non-unionized employees the same, or face an excise tax of $100 per day. Our school board and administration will need to make provisions to comply with this reg- ulation. The most common strat- egy implemented includes "re- packaging" the salary and benefits to offer non-unionized employees similar benefits while maintain- ing a cost-neutral status for the school district. I'm sure we'll have a lot of ques- tions and answers, research, cal- culations, and bargaining ahead of us as we ensure that our school district is in compliance by Jan. 1, 2014. Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 15-19, 2013 During this important week, the Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) is asking school administra- tors, safety officers and faculty to review their severe weather safety procedures to ensure every school is prepared to respond. Statewide tornado drills are scheduled for Thursday, April 18, at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Sirens and NOAA Weather Radios are expected to sound, so this is an excellent Opportunity for all of us to practice our safety drills. This practice will provide an opportu- nity for parents and school-staff to explain to our children why the warning sirens are sounding and recommend strategies for an effective family emergency plan. Why Severe Weather Awareness Week? According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota expe- riences an average of 40 torna- does per year. In 2012, 37 twisters touched down. A record was set in 2010 with 104 tornadoes across the state. Understanding this threat and knowing what to do when a tor- nado is approaching can save lives. Please, take advantage of Severe Weather Awareness Week to make our children aware of tor- nadoes and other weather-related hazards. Snow Make -Up Day: Because of inclement weather conditions, school was canceled on Monday, March 18. This stu- dent contact day will be made up on Monday, April 1. Please make note of this schedule change in your home calendars. Enjoy the spring weather Senior of the Week: The EVW School District would like to recognize Alexis Schoe- necker, daughter of lay and Heidi. Lexi demonstrates a great deal of integrity, and the ability to over- come and conquer obstacles that get in her way. She consistently displays maturity and is driven by an admired set of core val- ues. Her sister, Kennedy consid- ers her a positive role-model that is smart, funny, and caring. The EVW administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratula- tions! Fill out this form and return it to Arvig: ~,~ ~.~ ~ Participate and earn your school money ............................................... each month! I want to support: Name on Arvig Account: Phone Number: Signature: Forms can also be found at any Arvig Store, Enter the name of the school and the city it's located in online at orvig.corn or just callus! 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