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Back to School days are here--open houses set a Heart of Lakes, St. Henry, St. Paul

With the Dent elementary school now closed, about 30 new students will be coming to the Heart of the Laikes Elementary school in Perham this fall.

Combined with 30 new registered students, the Perham elementary school will have 60 new kids, reported elementary Principal Kari Yates, at teh August 19 school board meeting.

Elementary numbers are promising, given the slipping enrollment most rural schools are facing. Last year, the total of new students was 15, so Perham is running about 15 ahead of last year and more enrollment is anticipated over the next two weeks.

Open huses will be hosted at Perham schools next week, including Heart of the Lakes, St. Paul's Lutheran and St. Henry's Catholic.

Perham and St. Henry's will be 4-6 p.m., Sept. 1. Perham school officials are urging parents and families to stay in town after the Tuesday open house, for a 6 p.m. school board meeting--which will include discussion of the levy referndum set for November.

St. Paul's will be Monday, Aug. 31, from 3:30 tdo 7 p.m.

With budget cuts, some classes in the Perham elementary school wil be up about 4-5 student per class, noted Yates.

"We're holding our breath as people walk in the door---hoping--especially in kindergarten and first grades," where numbers are high, she added. "Our teaching staff is phenomenal, and they are up to the task of teaching larger classes--but we are starting to get up there in class numbers."

At Prairie Wind Middle School, new student orientation will be at 3 p.m. on Sept. 1--followed by the 4-d6 p.m. open house, reported Principal Scott Bjerke.

At Perham High School, homecoming will be Sept. 25. The football team will be traveling the firsty two games of the season, with the home opener being Sept. 18.

The homevolleyball opener is Sept. 8.

The tennis home opener was slated August 27.

St. Henry open house Sept. 1

The Open House at St. Henry's Area School is set for Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 4-6 pm.

Students are invited to come meet their teacher, drop off their supplies and get acquainted with their new classroom, said Jason Smith, principal of the 126-year-old Catholic school.

St. Paul open house Aug. 31

St. Paul's Lutheran School will host an open house and registration for preschool through 6th grade Monday, August 31 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

All are invited to attend.

St. Paul's Lutheran School is affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. For questions about St. Paul's, call the school at 346-2300 or email Website at

St. Paul's offers:

---Education for the whole body, mind & spirSmall class siz e

---A team effort--parents, teachers, students, home and school

---A cheerful, caring school atmosphere

---Positive staff and students

---Up to date academic training in all subject areas taught in every school

---Sports--softball, track and basketball with other Lutheran Schools and invited to participate in after school athletic programs at the Public School

---Computer lab--internet access in all rooms

---Music--students take Orchestra and band lessons through the public school--we provide music classes, sing in church, chimes, musicals

---Special services such as speech and Title I are offered

----Iowa Basic test scores and Minnesota Comprehensive scores above the Minnesota average

---Shared activities between grades

---A new school building