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Register for Moorhead Community Education, ECFE fall classes

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The new Moorhead Community Education fall catalog is available Aug. 29, 2014, and includes more than 300 learning opportunities for people of all ages and interests. The starting dates of classes vary, and classes are scheduled conveniently.

Fall classes include Spruce Up Your Holiday Squash and other cooking classes; Windows 8 and other computer classes; yoga and dance classes; genealogy classes; knitting and craft classes; Silverpoint Drawing and other arts and music classes; online classes you can take from home; and Introduction to Home Brewing, Meeting the Needs: Resources for Families with Special Needs Children, Scandinavian Christmas, Fabulous Faux, and many others.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) registration is underway. Classes for parents and children ages birth through kindergarten entry include Family Fun, Nursery Rhyme Time in Sign, Music, Music, Music, Wonders of Science, Fun with Read-Alouds, Storybook Science and many more. ECFE classes are listed in the fall Parenting Press newsletter and the fall Community Education catalog. Classes are open to all residents of Moorhead, Fargo, West Fargo and the surrounding area.

Moorhead residents and past participants receive a catalog in the mail. Moorhead residents with children ages birth to kindergarten entry who are on the school district census receive Parenting Press. To request a free catalog or to register for a class by credit card, call Community Education at 218-284-3400 or go online at


Register for Moorhead Community Education’s summer athletic camps

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Moorhead Community Education is offering several summer athletic camps for grades K-12 throughout the summer. Students will learn from Moorhead High School coaches and players. Camps have varying starting dates. The complete camp schedule and registration form are available at

Register students for camps based on grade level in the fall. Camp registration must be done by returning the registration form to Community Education or online at (choose class offerings and summer camps). Phone registrations will not be accepted. Call Moorhead Community Education at 218-284-3400 for more information.

Community Education and FMCT’s Summer Musical Theater Camp to present “Peter Pan Jr.”

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Join us for an adventure in musical theater as Community Education and the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre produce “Peter Pan Jr.” Students completing grades 5-8 are invited to participate. Cost for the summer camp is $275 per student.

This four-week program running June 2-27 will mix theater education and performance rehearsals together. Students will explore character research and writing, voice instruction, dance skills and theatre language. During the rehearsal portions of the program, students will interact through rehearsal and ensemble building exercises as well as block, choreograph and sing the elements of their characters.

The program will run after school during the first week of June and during the day once the school year ends. The program will culminate in performances of “Peter Pan Jr.” on June 25 and 26 at Moorhead High School.

To register your child, go online at or call Community Education at 218-284-3400.

GED graduates recognized at commencement ceremony

Friday, February 14th, 2014

On Feb. 6, Adult Basic Education’s graduation ceremony recognized 17 of the program’s 2014 GED graduates. ABE is a Community Education program of Moorhead Area Public Schools.

Two graduates shared their remarks at the commencement exercise. Ronald Melcher Jr. acknowledged that his graduation was 40 years in the making, and that while it took him a long time to finish, he didn’t quit and is proud of his accomplishment. Karlie Kemp tried public and online schools before starting at Adult Basic Education to prepare for her GED. She thanked the ABE teachers for their support and announced her plans to attend college in the fall.

Lauri Winterfeldt, Community Education director for Moorhead Area Public Schools, recognized the contributions of Marjo Lysne, GED coordinator, who is retiring after 29 at the helm of the GED program in Moorhead, and Bonnie Herman, Adult Basic Education program manager, who is retiring in August. Herman has been a part of 20 GED graduations in the district.

Winterfeldt reminded the graduates that Lysne, Herman and many other people — including the clerical staff registering them for testing, the ABE instructors, and the graduates’ family members and friends — supported them on their paths to attaining their GEDs.

“The world is full of people who want to be part of your success,” Winterfeldt said, encouraging the graduates to look for those people in the next phase of their lives. “We all want to watch you succeed because when we help someone else, we feel more successful ourselves.”

Winterfeldt reminded the graduates that it is not a burden to ask for support.

“It’s not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength when you can share your accomplishments with others,” she said.

Community Education Corner: Consider taking or teaching a Community Ed class

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The Community Education catalog is a unique publication in the community. Inside its covers are a wealth of learning opportunities. On the cover, we feature local people who use their time to teach classes for us.

Ed and Joyce Westfall are featured on Spring 2014 catalog cover. Until I met them, I didn’t know there was such a thing as a certified ballroom dance instructor. To receive this designation, Ed and Joyce had to learn more than 30 dances and be able to dance and teach both the lead and follow parts of each dance. The expertise required and the countless hours spent memorizing, training and practicing would be daunting to anyone but they persevered and we’re glad they did. How fortunate we are that there are people like this living in Moorhead who have such highly developed skills.

The previous cover featured our popular bread-making instructor Russ Hanson, a well-known local photographer. For several years, Russ has volunteered his talents to photograph our cover photos. Recently, he told me about his personal experiments in creating delicious and beautiful breads of every kind. He then offered to start teaching other community members what he has learned. His classes send the scent of bread wafting through the halls of Moorhead High School on the evenings he is teaching. I’m so grateful that he’s so willing to invest his time and energy into Community Education.

I’m often asked what it takes to teach for Moorhead Community Education. For our adult enrichment programs offered through our catalog, we look for people who are lifelong learners themselves. People who have a curiosity about a subject and have learned enough to develop their own expertise. We try to offer classes that will be of interest to others in the Moorhead-Fargo community. I can tell quickly from conversations with potential instructors how passionate they are about their subject. If they have that drive and commitment, you’re likely to find a class from them in our catalog.

By now, the Community Education catalog should have arrived in your mailbox. I encourage you to look inside and see your friends and neighbors who are teaching for us. Register for a Community Education class by calling 218-284-3400 or register online at Also, consider if you have a unique skill or ability that others may enjoy learning. Perhaps you could be our next cover model.

- Lauri Winterfeldt
Community Education Director
Moorhead Area Public Schools


Register for ECFE winter and spring classes

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Early Childhood Family Education began taking registrations for winter and spring classes on Dec. 16. Classes for parents and children ages infants through kindergarten entry include Storybook Science, Make and Take, Baby Connection, Wonderful, Wobbly Ones, Janeen’s Treasure Box, Family Fun and many more.

ECFE classes are listed in the winter/spring Parenting Press newsletter. Classes are open to all residents of Moorhead, Fargo, West Fargo and the surrounding area.

Moorhead residents with children ages birth to kindergarten entry who are on the school district census receive Parenting Press. To register for a class by credit card or be added to the Parenting Press mailing list, call Community Education at 218-284-3400 or register for classes online at .

Have coffee with the superintendent during upcoming session

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Dr. Lynne Kovash, superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, has been vocal about the support the district receives from the community. During an upcoming session offered through Moorhead Community Education, Dr. Kovash will talk about your school district and your perspectives and ideas for continual improvement.

The session will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Probstfield Center for Education board room, 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead.

The Coffee with the Superintendent class is free, but registration is requested. For more information and to register, contact Moorhead Community Education at 218-284-3400 or register online at (class is listed under General Interest).

Community Education offers summer athletic camps for youth

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Moorhead Community Education is offering several summer athletic camps. Students will learn from Moorhead High School coaches and players. The summer athletic camps provide students an opportunity to have fun, enhance skills and make new friends.

Camps have varying starting dates. Volleyball camps are June 3-14 and wrestling camps are June 17-21 or June 3-July 29. Football camps are in June or July depending on grade level, and strength and speed camps are June 3-Aug. 1. Boys basketball camps are June 17-28, girls basketball camps are July 15-26, and boys and girls basketball camps for grades 1-3 are June 10-14. The complete camp schedule and registration forms are available at

Mail or walk in a registration form to Moorhead Community Education, 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead, or register with a credit card online at

Commissioner Cassellius to hold early education roundtable in Moorhead

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

As part of a series of school visits across Minnesota, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius will host a roundtable on early education and Governor Dayton’s budget on March 27 in Moorhead. The Commissioner will join Moorhead Superintendent Lynne Kovash, teachers and administrators to talk about the current state of early education in Moorhead.

In his budget, Governor Mark Dayton proposes an $84 million investment in early education, ensuring more youth have access to educational opportunities before beginning first grade. This investment includes $44 million to expand early education scholarships, providing 10,000 more students with access to high quality child care and preschool. Governor Dayton has also proposed $40 million to help Minnesota school districts provide optional all-day kindergarten to students free of charge.

What: Moorhead Early Education Roundtable

Who: Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius

Where: Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:45 p.m.

Kindergarten registration for Moorhead Area Public Schools was Jan. 22-23

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Kindergarten registration for Moorhead Area Public Schools for the 2013-14 school year began Jan. 22 and 23, 2013. If parents were unable to register during the regular registration times they should contact the school as soon as possible to make other arrangements. Early registration is necessary so the schools can determine staffing for fall.

Parents were to register at the school located within their elementary attendance area. Robert Asp Elementary is located at 910 11th St. N. and Ellen Hopkins Elementary is at 2020 11th St. S. All S.G. Reinertsen Elementary kindergarten students will attend kindergarten at Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S. Reinertsen parents should register their students at Probstfield, but registrations will still be accommodated at Reinertsen, 1201 40th Ave. S.
Children must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013.

Parents interested in enrolling their children in the district’s Spanish Immersion Program should complete kindergarten registration at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School. For more information about the district’s Spanish Immersion Program, contact Mary Jo Schmid, Hopkins principal, at 284-4300.

Community Education is offering Kinder Plus, an extended-day program for kindergarten students. Information about registering for that program was included with the registration materials.

For more information about kindergarten registration contact the district office at 218-284-3370 or visit