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School menu AePr s22- 26 ~ MaFk M Monday: Cereal bar, cheese stick, Superintendent, Eden Valley- Watkins Schools assorted cups, milk. Tuesday: Breakfast sandwich, 12 assorted juice cups, milk. Wednesday: Cheese omelet, Legislative committees begin ates to be (an "idealized" view of toast with jelly, assorted juice cups, work on appropriations bills: the world). It is a long-term view milk. This week the legislature offi- and concentrates on the future. It Thursday: Bagel, hard-boiled cially returned from its weeklong can be emotional andis a source of egg, assorted juice cups, milk. Easter/Passover break, inspiration. Friday: Breakfast cookie, yogurt Constitutionally the legisla- Mission: Defines the funda- cup, assorted juice cups, milk. ture must adjourn on or before mental purpose of an organiza- Lunch May 20. With a firm deadline and tion or an enterprise, succinctly Monday:. Popcorn chicken, sweet only seven weeks remaining, the describing why it exists and what n sour sauce, brown rice or yogurt House and Senate have been busy it does to achieve its vision, pal<, baby carrots, broccoli florets, this week with many committees Values: Core Beliefs that are cherry tomatoes, grapes-Mandarin returning to their work. shared among the stakeholders of oranges, milk. The focus of the session now our school district. Values drive an turns to the finance committees organization's culture and prior- that will create the various omni- ities and provide a framework in EV men'ssoftball bus funding bills and to the House which decisions are made. Strut- and Senate Tax Committees that egy: Strategy, narrowly defined, league needs will create the taxing mechanisms means a combination of the ends to pay for the funding bills. We (goals) for which the firm is striv- teams expect most action to begin fol- ing and the means (policies) by lowing the Third Deadline, which which it is seeking to get there. EdenValleymen'ssoftballleague is the deadline for all funding and A strategy is sometimes called a is looking for teams to play on tax bills to reach the House and roadmap - which is the path cho- Wednesday and Thursday nights. Senate floor in their respective sentoplowtowardstheendvision. Call Cory at (320) 249-1976, ifinter- bodies. The Third Deadline is Fri- The most important part ofimple- ested. day, April 19. meriting the strategy is ensuring Prior to the break, both the the company is going in the right Valley Daze are House and Senate released their direction which is towards the end com~n ~ll 5 soon budget targets. These are the vision. amounts of new spending (or cuts) Organizations sometimes sum- Valley Daze will happen June that each body's leadership has marize goals and objectives into a 20-23. There will NOT be a parade assigned to their respective com- mission statement and/or a vision this year (the Kiddie Parade WILL mittees, statement. Others begin with a still happen)because of road con- The House E-12 target pro- vision and mission and use them struction. But many other events vides for a $550 million increase to formulate goals and objectives, remain the same. for education over the biennium. We have scheduled three There again will be a Thursday Key elements of their plan will community meetings to take evening family kickoff in the park, include fully paying back the edu- place on May 15, 22, and 29 from and a Business Expo Friday and cation shifts, funded by a tern- 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the High School Saturday. The craft fair and the car porary income tax surcharge on Media Center to solicit your feed- & tractor show are still being held. high earners. The details of the back and values as we develop our And, naturally, lots of food, enter- House education finance bill are strategic plan. We would be happy tainment and fun for the whole expected to be released on Tues- to have you join us for refresh- family. day evening. The committee is merits and sandwiches as we The Valley Daze Committee is expected to wrap up the bill on shape the future for our school hard at work planning some new Friday, April 12. district. Please RSVP to Marsha and exciting events for this year The Senate DFL budget tar- Davidson in the District Office (in part to compensate for there get calls for a $486 million fund- at (320) 453-2900 ext. 1142 if you being no parade this year). Watch ing increase that includes money would like to be involved, for details here. Be sure to plan to to buy down local levies by $150 Parent Power: come out and support Valley Daze, million. The details of the Senate There are many ways you can June 20-23! education finance bill is expected support your child's learning and to be released on Tuesday morn- school. Here are a few ideas: "" ~ 5 v'" ~Oho~o~ranhlna ing. The committee is expected to* Spend a few minutes every wrap up their bill that same day. evening looking over handouts wildflowers at Strategic Planning: your youngster brings home. Fill We'd like you to take part in the out forms and return the next day. Lake Maria S.P. Eden Valley- Watkins School Dis- * Tell your child's teacher if you trict's Strategic Planning process, can help them out at school or at "Skills in Photographing Wild- Strategic planning is an organiza- home. flowers" will be the topic of a tion's process of defining its strut- Make sure teachers know you program at Lake Maria State egy, or direction, and making deci- appreciate their efforts. Fromtime Park beginning at 10 a.m. Satur- sions on allocating its resources, to time, send a thank-you note or day, April 27, in the park's nature In order to determine the direc- an e-mail message, center. tion of the school district, it is nec- Contact your child's teacher Leading the session will be vet- essary to understand our current immediately if you see a problem, eran professional photographer position and the possible avenues Working together will help your ]ohn Pennoyer of Maple Grove, through which we can pursue a child succeed, who has conducted workshops for particular course of action. Gener- Attend conferences, parentmany organizations and is a mem- ally, strategic planning deals with meetings, and school events on a bet of the Nature Camera Club. at least one of three key questions: regular basis. "This free program - for adults 1."What do we do?" 2."For whom Senior of the Week: and youth - is designed for all lev- do we do it?" 3.'How do we excel?" The EV-W School District els of camera experience," says In many organizations, this is wouldlike to recognize Tina Streit, Mark Crawford, park manager. viewed as a process for determin- daughter of Joe and Diane. Tina "Following the program, partici- ing where an organization is going will graduate in the top third of her pants can put their knowledge to over the next year or, more typi- class with 19 college credits. Tina work within the park." cally, 3 to 5 years, is a member of FFA, NHS and the There is no fee for the program, The key components of "stra- vice president of her class. While and registration is not required. tegic planning" include an under- challenging herself academically, However, there is a $5 vehicle entry standing of the district's vision, Tina also participates in volley- fee for those without an annual mission, values and strategies, ballandsoftball. Outsideofschool permit. Lake Maria State Park is (Often a "Vision Statement" and a Tina works at Jerry's Meat and located approximately seven miles "Mission Statement" may encap- Processing and volunteers in vat- northwest of Monticello, five miles sulate the vision and mission), ious programs at her church. The north of Maple Lake and 10 miles Vision: outlines what the dis- EV-W administration, faculty and northeast of Annandale on Wright trict wants to be, or how it wants staff are extremely proud of your County Highway 111. For direc- the community in which it oper- accomplishments. Congratula-tions and information about park tionsI . activities, call the office at (763) 878-2325, or visit its website at www.mnstateparks.info. Tuesday: Spaghetti w/meat sauce, WG garlic breadstick or ham sub, spinach salad wih fat-free dressing, kidney beans, radishes, oranges-diced pears, milk. 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