Kinder Prep News

Update - February 13, 2017

Kinder Prep Newsletter - February 13, 2017

Save the Date

Feb. 17 - No School - Workday for teachers

Feb. 20  - No School - Kindergarten Round UP - Kinder Prep Open House

Feb. 13&14 - Valentine’s Day

Dear Families,

We are here at  school and are so excited to start our new Unit “The Family”. We will learn about different families  and learn  about the differences with families around the world and ours, with this Unit. Start thinking about which family picture you want to share with us for our family project. Your child’s teacher will ask you for it at some point. This following week we will also be working on letter P and the  color Pink and we will celebrate Valentine’s with our friends and teachers.

We at Kinder Prep also want to announce to you that two of our Kinder Prep teachers will be participating in the Polar Plunge in Forest Lake on February 25th. All the money that  people donate will be for the school. It is something fun, but also really risky, but they are ready to do that  and more for this school, so I want to encourage you to make a donation online in the following link:

Finally, we want to remind you that there is No Kinder Prep on Friday February 17 and Monday February 20. We will have our Kinder Prep Open House and you can help us spread the information to families that are looking to sign up. Feel free to inform your friends, neighbors and family about it. Again, thank you for helping us make this such a positive bridge between the caring and learning of home and school! We look forward to a fun and educational year and are so happy to know you will be part of it.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to email or call.

Blanca Orteu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Sharon DeRaad (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Below are important details for this week:

Polar Plunge

Profe Joana and Profe Darla will be jumping in the frozen lake on February 25. It is a really cold experience and they will do that for our school. This is why we want to encourage you to make a donation online in the following link:

Kinder Prep Registration for 2017-2018

Please submit your $40 registration fee to reserve your child's spot for next year. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to change the days and times they are attending school.

Kinder Prep Open House 2017-18

Please help us spread the word that Kinder Prep is enrolling for next fall!

Our Open House will be held at the LILA Annex on February 20 from10:30am-1:00pm or 4:30-6:00pm. Come meet the staff and see the classrooms!

Valentine’s Day

Kinder Prep will celebrate Valentine’s at school on February 13 & 14. Students will be able to bring Valentine’s Cards, please bring enough for all the students we have in class. You do not have to write the student’s name, but we will make sure everybody gets one.

  • 3-Year-Olds: 20 students (M/W/F) / 20 student's  (T/TH)
  • 4-Year-Olds (BLUE GROUP): 18 students

  • 4-Year-Olds (RED GROUP): 20 students (M/W/F) / 19 students  (T/TH)

March Payment

March fee is due on February 22. Please, pay on February 22 to avoid a $25 late fee.

Fee Pay

Payments will be due by the 22 of each month prior to programming.

  • Making payments:

  • In the right-hand corner, select a student by name. Click on FeePay.

  • Click on Activities, click on Fees in the upper left of your screen and select the activity for which you want to pay, then add it to your cart.

  • Proceed to checkout.

* Please call Melissa Bent in the Finance Office at 651-464-8989 ext 308.

Lunch Menus

The Forest Lake Food Service website is an interactive menu online. Click on “Lakes International - K-5 Lunch Menu" to see what we’ll be serving in Kinder Prep.


We have been awarded funding from the Minnesota Department of Education for the Early Learning -  Pathway II Scholarships. Pathway II Scholarships are awarded to only to Four-Star Parent Aware Rated programs, such as LILA’s Kinder Prep.

The scholarships increase access to high-quality early childhood programs for three- and four-year-old children with the highest needs, in order to improve school readiness for all young children. Priority for scholarships will be given based on family income.

We are CURRENTLY accepting scholarship applications. While our awarded funds are limited, they enable us to provide several full and/or partial scholarships.

If you would like to apply, please complete the application and submit it to LILA’s Main Campus office: 246 11th AVE SE, Forest Lake, MN 55025.

Update - January 12, 2016

Save the Date

Jan. 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m. -LILA Tour

Jan. 14, Bear Day, Bring your teddy bear to school

Jan. 15, 6:00 p.m. -Enrollment Lottery / Book Orders Due

Jan. 18, No School - Teacher Work day

Jan. 19-20, Blue Day, Wear Blue, Bring something blue for sharing time!  

Jan. 22, February Program Fee Due

Jan. 25, No School - Teacher Workday

Jan 26 & 29 - Snooze Fest - Wear your PJ’s Day!

Hi Families,

We are excited to be back at school!  We hope all the students have enjoyed this first week after the Winter break.  All the staffing changes have worked good.

We have been doing cool activities this week and we have had the opportunity to post some of our pictures at the LILA Twitter. That is why we want to invite you to follow us there and have the opportunity to see all we are doing at the school.

Here is the link you can use to get in

We also want to remind you to bring winter cloth to school. Some students are not wearing snow pants and boots for the playground time and it’s been difficult to find enough clothes for all of them. Also. please write your child’s name inside all the clothes they bring to school. It will make easier to not lose anything. There are some students who have exchanged their snow pants. So if any of you have ones at home that are not your child’s, please bring them back and we will try to find out the owner. There is a box in front of each class with a lot of gloves and hats; make sure to check if any of those belong to your child.

Finally, we want to remind you that all Kinder Prep students who wish to apply for LILA 2016-2017 kindergarten must submit an application before January 15th’s enrollment lottery.  LILA students with siblings enrolled at LILA also need to apply, being sure to check “YES” for “sibling preference.”

Please, feel free to contact us for anything you need.

Thank you,

Blanca Orteu - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nancy Hawkinson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Below are important details for this week:

Early Childhood Screening

In Minnesota all children are required to complete Early Childhood Screening before they enter public school kindergarten. Screening is FREE and should be done before your child’s 4th birthday. This is an opportunity for you to review your child’s growth and

development and to follow up on any concerns. It includes a developmental assessment, vision and hearing testing, height and weight measurement, immunization and health history review and a parent interview. Screening is NOT an examination to determine readiness for school. Rather, its purpose is to identify conditions which might interfere with your child’s ability to learn.

Please call 651-982-8301 to schedule an appointment before your child’s fourth birthday.

  • Mon, Jan 18    2-7 pm

  • Tues, Jan 19   2-7 pm

  • Wed, Jan 20   8:30 am-12:00 pm

  • Fri, Mar 4       8:30 am-12:00 pm

  • Mon, Mar 14    2-6:30 pm

Color Days

We have been learning about different colors the last three months of school. This month we will start working on white and blue.  During the weeks that we’re focusing on blue, we ask you to help your child to bring something blue and/or wear blue on January 19th and January 20th.

Author Celebration

We will want to encourage our children’s love reading and show them how they can live different adventures and stories just having fun with a book. For that reason, we will give them the opportunity to bring one book they love from home and share it with the rest of the group.

As we want to make sure everybody can bring her/his book, we will send you a schedule this week, with all the students names and the days they can bring it to school. Just remember that this book can stay at the school for all the week, it will depend on how much time do they have to share in one day.

Book Orders

The book order were sent home on January 4/5th. and the last day to order them will be on January 15th. Orders from this month’s flyers can be placed online: Scholastic Reading Club

Update - November 2, 2015

Save the Date

Nov 8 - LILA Tour, 8:30-10:00 AM

Nov 10 - Picture Retake Day

Hi Families,

As you have probably noticed, Nancy has been out of the building more during the last few weeks.  Since my arrival, I have been in the process of taking on some of her responsibilities.

Nancy will continue to work with Kinder Prep, but will not be in the building everyday.  

We have also hired, Sharon DeRaad.  Sharon is a recently retired Kindergarten teacher from Forest Lake. She will be coming in from time to time to work with our students and families and helping us to enrich our program even more!  We are excited to have her on staff.

Another change that you may have noticed is that we moved Profe Ricardo to the 4 year old Spanish classroom.  We wanted have more consistency by keeping the teacher assistants the same from week to week in all the rooms.

Feel free to ask or email me with anything you need. I will be very happy to help your kids and you always.

See you this week,

Blanca Orteu

Below are important details for this week:

Retake Day - details - Main Campus

For students who missed picture day or if you would like your child to retake his/her photo, pictures will be retaken on November 11th between 8 am - 10 pm.

  • If retaking a previously taken photo, please return the packet.

  • For students, who do not attend school on Wednesday, you can bring them straight to the Main Campus (gym) to retake the picture.

Lunch Menus

The Forest Lake Food Service website is an interactive menu online. Click on “Lakes International - K-5 Lunch Menu" to see what we’ll be serving in Kinder Prep.

Book Orders

The book order will be sent home on November 2nd. and the last day to order them will be on November 16th. Orders from this month’s flyers can be placed online:Scholastic Reading Club

Colors Day

We have been working with fall colors until now, and it’s time to change and learn about other ones. We will work the gray and pink color this month (the Elephant and Piggie colors).

Kids can wear pink clothes on November 5/6th and gray cloths on November 12/13th. Let them enjoy with those colors. It is a fun way to learn about them.

  • Pink color: November 5/6th.

  • Gray color: November 12/13th.

Entrance door

As you have probably seen, in the entrance door of the kinder-prep building there is a poster, “Please open the door slowly.” We would appreciate your opening the door slowly from the inside of the building to keep parents and students who are entering safe.  Thank you for your help.

Payment Explanation

November’s payment is currently reflected in Fee Pay.

You will need to click on the “Fee” button at the top of the menu bar to view October’s Fee.

Unsure of how to access your account?   Please contact Hillary Enns, 651-464-0771

Questions about billing? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-464-8989

Your child’s yearly program fee was divided into 10 equal payments, August through May.  Because of the delay in setting up Fee Pay, the August payment deadline was moved to September 1. Each program fee is due on the 22nd of the month, August through May.

Payment #

Titled in FeePay

Due Date


August Program Fee

Aug 22


September Program Fee

Sep 22


October Program Fee

Oct 22


Nov Program Fee

Nov 22


Dec Program Fee

Dec 22


Jan Program Fee

Jan 22


Feb Program Fee

Feb 22


March Program Fee

Mar 22


April Program Fee

Apr 22


May Program Fee

May 22

Past but pertinent:

Jackets and Gloves

Please make sure to send jackets and gloves to school each day.  It can be quite chilly during our morning recess.  Also, labeling your child’s items helps us immensely!  

Important Change - Applying for Kindergarten

We discovered that the rollover of students into the kindergarten application process isn’t possible.  You will need to complete a new application for the 2016-17 school year before the January deadline. If you have questions regarding enrollment, please feel free to contact Tracy Maurer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enrollment Applications for 2016-17 kindergarten are now being accepted online.

Parents of Students in Our 3-Year-Old Classes

You do not have to reapply for Kinder Prep for 2016-17. If you plan to attend next year, then we will update your application from 2015 to 2016 after you submit the registration fee of $40 for the 2016-17 school year. If you would like a different enrollment option, please us know, so that we get your child scheduled for the correct days/times.

LILA Tours

Upcoming tour dates are:

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 4, 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 14, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 6:00-8:30 p.m.