Welcome to North Winn!


It has been decided that the weekly letter will now be a MONTHLY Newsletter. If there is any upcoming information though-out the month, reminder emails will be sent. Also check out this page for updates, along with lunch and activity calendars.


Look through your kitchen cabinets and check for box tops on numerous items. Box Tops are due at North Winn on Oct. 24· This will be the last time they will be collected to ensure that money is received in time to benefit North Winn students. A flyer of products that have box tops on them is attached with this newsletter.


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Something Different from the Kitchen

Farm to School Month encourages us to celebrate and encourage Iowa farmers who produce some of the food we eat for school meals. North Winn students this year have been eating vegetables, fruit and milk purchased directly from farmers within 30 miles of the school. We have also eaten carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, Dragon’s Tongue beans and zucchini from the school garden.

We now serve a greater variety of fresh vegetables from Patchwork Green, Canoe Creek and Humble Hands farms. Our freshly picked apples come from Peake’s Orchard, and we drink W.W. Homestead Dairy milk that is drawn from a bulk cooler and served in washable plastic tumblers.

Food Service Director Ellen Vance over the summer met with representatives of vegetable farms, an apple orchard and dairy to arrange ordering and pick-up or delivery. The vegetables and apples come in re-usable boxes or tubs, decreasing the amount of packaging that we discard or recycle.

Without single-serve milk cartons, we now put half as much cafeteria garbage in the dumpster. It also appears that students are drinking more of their milk servings.

While this provides the freshest food for our students, it also helps with general ordering and stocking. Our decreased enrollment has made ordering through the usual supply channels more difficult. Mrs. Vance now orders every other week from the institutional supplier, which saves paying a small-order charge. Since school started, she has ordered weekly from our local farmers. She picks up the vegetables and apples at the Winneshiek Farmers’ Market. Homestead Dairy delivers the milk right to our cooler.



pumpkin contest

Pumpkin and Gourd Decorating Contest

Choose a creative-looking pumpkin or gourd to decorate. No carving is permitted.

Prizes will be given for the best creations in the following categories:

Most Creative
Best Character
Most Realistic
Best Animal
Best Use of Recycled Materials

Pumpkins should be brought to school Out. 29 to 31. Judging will take place on Oct. 31. Pumpkins should go home Oct. 31, or Nov. 1 during Conferences.

North Winn Healthy Kids!

Our PBIS assembly kicked off the month with some fun, healthy challenges!

Week 1 -we'll begin our NW Walkers program. Students may walk during recess times, track their daily and weekly distance, and earn foot tokens.
Week 2 - Water Bottle Challenge! Bring a water bottle to school each day and set a goal to stay hydrated.
Week 3 - National School Lunch Week: Taste Testing in the Cafeteria. Try some new foods!

Week 4 - Red Ribbon Week - Making Healthy Choices - dress up week
Life is Your Journey: Travel Drug Free!
Monday: Wear a bandana.
"Let's band together to be Drug Free!"
Tuesday: Wear Red. "We promise to be Drug Free!"
Wednesday: Wear sunglasses and dress as your future self.
"My Future is Bright - - A Healthy Me is Drug Free!"
Thursday: Wear P Js: "We're dreaming of a healthy future!"
Friday: Wear your favorite active clothes. "We're walking to be healthy and drug free!"

First Day Welcomes

Click on an image below to see the video...

Student 1

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Decorah Public Library

The Decorah Public Library has many programs you can attend FOR FREE! Check out their website at https://www.decorah.lib.ia.us/ as there are many activities for children AND adults.

Make sure to save the date of Oct. 20. Patty Shukla will be live in concert! You MUST register- but this is also free.


Story Hour

Story Hour at the Mabel Public Library is open to all Prek-6th grade students!

Time: 9:30-10:30 am each Saturday that the Library is open!


Words on Wellness

This month’s newsletter from Iowa State University Extension includes an article on sorting fact and fiction in food and nutrition information. W.O.W. also includes information on cooling food for safe storage and encouragement to actively enjoying the fall colors. The recipe of the month is tamale pie.
This fitness, nutrition and safety newsletter is available as a pdf download, via Twitter or sent directly to your email. Find all these options at:

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NW Reorganization

The results for the Special School Election held in Winneshiek County on February 6, 2018 concluded that North Winneshiek and Decorah School Districts will combine at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Special Events for the final year of the NW District are in the works. If you would like to be involved, please contact the school main office.

Meet the Staff

The North Winneshiek Community School District does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, socio-economic status, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
The Affirmative Action Coordinator is Tim Dugger and can be reached at 563-735-5411.