Inspire Every Student, Every Day

Spring Break Coming Soon!

On February 27, our school board approved March 17th and May 25th as our additional snow makeup days. The board also voted to not make up one of the snow days. Please review our updated calendar which meets the state minimum of 165 student contact days and remember to update your calendars that Friday, March 17th and Thursday, May 25th will now be student contact days instead of the originally scheduled teacher workshop days. We understand families may have previously scheduled appointments, vacations and other events, please report your child's attendance for these days through the principal's office or on the Parent Portal as normal. 

This has been a tough winter, and unfortunately we may still have inclement weather in the future. I appreciate everyone's continued cooperation as we navigate the rest of this school year.  

Jamie Boelter, NLS Superintendent 






Friday, March 10 - HS Spring Play, "Ken Ludwig's Midsummer/Jersey"

Saturday, Mar. 11 - HS Spring Play, "Ken Ludwig's Midsummer/Jersey"

Monday, March 13 - MS Choir Concert

Monday, March 13 - School Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 14 - MS Band Concert

Thursday, March 16 - PW Book Bingo in HS Cafeteria

Friday, March 17 - Snow Make-Up Day: Quarter 3 Ends

Mon. March 20 - Fri. March 24 - No School: Spring Break

Monday, March 27 - No School: Staff Development Day

Monday, March 27 - School Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 28 - Kindergarten Information Meeting

Math League Finished 2nd in Division!

The Math League season is complete. NLS finished 2nd out of 6 in their division, and 3rd out of 7 in the section. Coach Chad Schmiesing shared, "We also had three individuals; Ian Carlson, Henry Vetsch, and Jack Barney, finish in the top 10, which is a great accomplishment!"

Each school has a yearbook, to order the yearbook(s) you would like click the appropriate link below. Once students are created on your account, books from more than one school can be ordered on your account.

Prairie Woods Elementary - $15.00

Middle School - $18.00

High School - $60.00

High School Happenings

Last weekend, NLS Robotics, aka. Toolcats team #3276, competed in the Lake Superior Regional compeition in Duluth last weekend at the Duluth Entertainment Event Center. Robotics teams are challenged to fundraise, design a team "brand," hone skills, and of course build and program an industrial-size robot to navigate a field game against competitors with limited resources. Check out the Toolcats team page, here.

Student Art Exhibition - Coming Soon! During the month of April there will be a student art exhibition in St. Cloud at the Paramount Galleries. Ten art students will be representing NLS with prizes awarded to best in 2D and 3D art. Kids also have a chance to win art supplies for their schools too. More details to come.

Two high school art students have entered the Doodle for Google Contest. Good luck to Adriana Behl and Genevieve Baumann! This annual contest encourages students to think about a theme, then imagine and create a Google Doodle — a piece of art that incorporates the letters G-o-o-g-l-e — based on how the prompt inspires them. This year’s theme is “I am grateful for…”. Winners have a chance to win scholarships, school supplies, and Google merchandise. 


Middle School Minutes

Middle School Math Masters did a great job at their competition last week. Our Math Masters team had several students place in the Top 15 for Fact Drill, two in the Top 15 for individual scores, and two teams in the Top 7 teams. NLS Math Masters student, Jason Warner, took 1st place against 110 competitors! Congratulations to all!

Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way. Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school.  Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from April 4 to April 6 at the HS/MS Media Center.  The Fair will be open during the annual Sloppy Joe Supper and Lions Talent Show on Tuesday, April 4 from 4:30 – 7:30.  The fair will be open during the school day on April 5 and 6.

This year, say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet—your child’s digital payment account. Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Anyone can contribute! Share each child’s eWallet so friends and family can add funds and give your kids more books to enjoy. If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Congratulations to the last two R.O.A.R. Award nominees of February, Kennedy Goracke and Quinn Wenke. Kennedy was nominated by Mr. Lieser for working tirelessly to do her best and for always being the first to lend a hand. Kennedy has the utmost respect from her peers because of her effort and positive attitude. Quinn was nominated for always having a good attitude. He always tries his best, is a good leader, and is always kind.

Kindergarten Enrollment for 2023-24

On Tuesday, March 28, Prairie Woods will offer an optional Kindergarten Informational Meeting for families that may be interested in having their child(ren) attend Kindergarten at Prairie Woods starting next school year (2023-2024). During this meeting, our staff will share some helpful information about starting school, go over online materials, provide you with a tour of the building, and answer questions.  We ask that only parents/guardians attend this meeting.  Our meeting will be approximately 45 minutes and will begin at 3:30 p.m.  Our staff will also be available to help if you need assistance with the online enrollment process.

If your child will be attending Kindergarten in the fall and still needs to complete a preschool screening-  Call Jennifer at 320-354-2252 X 2463 to set up a date and time.

Enroll Here!

Pictured: Our Kindergarteners having a blast celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday with a celebration during lunch. They also enjoyed listening to a visiting reader - all a part of "Drop Everything and Read" day.

Prairie Meadows Preschool

Our little learners had so much fun at the Donuts for Dudes event that was held on Wednesday, March 8. They loved showing their special guests around the school. It was a fun morning of donuts with coffee, crafts in the classrooms, and a woodworking project. A special thank you to Home Depot for donating a building kit for each child!


NLS Community Education

Check your mailboxes mid-April for the Spring/Summer Catalog. Spring/Summer Registrations are opening daily online!

Deadline for summer softball registration for those completing grades 3-6  is Wednesday, March 15th.

Adult Women's Spring Volleyball League runs Mondays, April 3rd - May 22nd. Get your friends together and join the fun! Registration Deadline: March 16th. 

We are so grateful for our wonderful community Here are a few special shoutouts;

Thank you to the Izaak Walton League for providing Firearms Safety instruction!

Thank you to Tara and Joe Poluka, Chris Nelson, Jamie Swenson, and all of the other parent volunteer coaches for helping get this new K-3rd Grade Basketball program started!

Thank you to Mike McArthur for teaching CPR/First Aid classes and providing space at the Grand Stay Event Center! 

Cub Kids Preschool 2023-2024

Families will be notified next week regarding application approvals. We have very limited spots remaining. For more information please contact Jennifer Hellickson at or call 320-354-2252 x 2463.  


Summer PALS Child Care Program

NLS students completing K-4th grade

Early Bird Deadline ends May 12th. Register online or click click here for registration paperwork.

Folsom Prison Experience starring Jay Ernest

Saturday, April 1 at 7pm

NLS Performing Arts Center

Ticket Price: $35

Jay is one of the most prominent Johnny Cash impersonators in the country. This is a new show that will involve local students in the performance. This is an interactive experience where the audience are the "inmates" at the jail.

Sponsored by: Lake Region Bank, Rambow, Jennie-O, United MN Bank, American Legion Post 537.

Folsom Prison Experience Johnny Cash Show NLS PAC April 1 - press play

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