Evening Routines & Academic Success

In Community Education we are busy preparing and planning for summer programs. The summer catalog will be available by the end of March to community members for registration. These activities will certainly keep you and your families busy this summer! We can’t wait to share with you what we have planned for the summer. It will be here before we know it! 

Early Childhood Preschool registration for the 2024-25 school year is open for our youngest learners who are age 3 by September 1, 2024. Early Childhood Preschool is a great way to have your youngest learner get a jump start on “school routines.” Our Early Childhood teachers strive to promote a love of learning and curiosity through an intentionally planned “hands on” learning environment that fosters the development of children. Young children learn best through active involvement in order to learn about themselves, other people and the world around them.

As we head into spring there are many evening activities that continue to be added to our family schedules. While all of these activities added to our busy lives, it is important to remember that consistent night routines for parents and children are crucial for promoting healthy sleep habits, including a structured bedtime routine that can help children feel secure & calm leading to quality rest and overall well being. 

Our staff also recognizes how evening routines can help or hinder overall academic success. Well rested students come to school focused and ready to learn. As we head into the end of the school year and the daylight hours increase we encourage families to maintain their evening routines. 

We look forward to seeing many of you and your children at our activities and events this spring and summer!

Tiffany Grube, Annandale Community Education Director







Mark Your Calendars

  • February 26 - March 1 - AES Read Across America
  • Friday, March 1 - Unified PE students participate in Cool School Polar Plunge 
  • Monday, March 4 - AHS Choir Concert
  • Wednesday, March 6 - AHS Cardinals United Club's Words Matter Campaign
  • Wednesday, March 6 - AES Unity Day
  • March 11 -March 15 - AES Kindness Week
  • Monday, March 11 - AMS Night of the Arts
  • Thursday, March 14 - AES All Pro Dads
  • Friday, March 15 - Early Childhood Screening
  • Monday, March 18 - AMS Parent Advisory Council
  • Monday, March 18 - AMS Choir Concert
  • Monday, March 18 - School Board Meeting
  • Friday, March 22 - Last Day of 3rd Quarter
  • March 25-March 29 - Spring Break-No School

📣 School Board Vacancy Announcement

Interested in Contributing to Your School Community? Apply Now!

The ISD 876 School Board has officially adopted and approved a Resolution Declaring a School Board Vacancy Caused by Illness or Prolonged Absence during its February 26, 2024, School Board Meeting. If you are passionate about education and community service, we invite you to apply for the School Board vacancy. This is an excellent opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the future of our students and our schools.

📝 Application Process: Please fill out this application form at: https://bit.ly/3SXK7KX

Deadline: Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

📞 All applications will be carefully reviewed, and candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly. Term Duration: Please note that the term of this position will expire at the first school board meeting in January of 2025, which is on January 27, 2025.

Thank you for your interest in shaping the future of our school community. We look forward to welcoming a dedicated individual to the School Board.


Annandale Community Education provides opportunities for our communities and surrounding areas! Find something that suits you by browsing our online catalog of classes, camps, trips, and more!

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Enroll Now for the 2024-25 School Year

Preschool Registration is open online for the 2024-2025 school year, preschool is available for students ages 3-5. We have a lot of options to fit your busy families schedules! Our Preschool program is taught by licensed teachers who work collaboratively with our district to create an E-12 learning model. 

  • Busing Option for Children Age 4 (by September 1, 2024)
  • Located in Annandale Elementary School
  • Full-Day Options available through Cardinal Kids Club
  • Parent Aware Preschool Program
  • Licensed Teachers
  • Many Sections & Days Offered
  • Classes Offered for Ages 3-5

Registration will be open through March 15. You can find more info online at www.annandalece.com under Early Education or feel free to call our office at 320.274.3058.

Annandale Elementary News

This week our elementary students participated in Read Across America. The goal was to have fun with reading. We hope the different reading challenges and activities inspired students to laugh, dream, and enjoy books with family and friends. Our daily themes included; "We love reading from our heads to our toes," "Reading connects you with others," "Black out Everything and Read," "Celebrate our Book Characters," and "Team up for Reading!" Pictured: A few of the book character costumes from our hallway parade.

Middle School Minutes

Save the Date! For our NIGHT OF THE ARTS on Monday, March 11 from 5-7PM.

Join us for our second annual Night of the Arts to celebrate the arts! Featuring our students artwork on exhibit as well as student musical and vocal performances.

Any 6th-8th grader may submit up to 3 pieces of personal artwork to be exhibited. Deadline for submissions is March 8th. Questions can be directed to Mrs. DuHoux, via email: hduhoux@isd876.org

High School Happenings

Congratulations to our AHS Students of the Month! Pictured Left to Right: Jada Hayes, Greta Rosten, Griffin Zuehlke, Austin Truenow, Allison Schumacher and Will Spielman. Not pictured is Charlotte Wolff.

On Wednesday, March 6th during lunch the Unified PE class and the Cardinals United club will be hosting the Words Matter campaign here at Annandale High School. The Words Matter campaign asks people to stop saying the R-Word and other hurtful language to help create accepting attitudes for all people.

During the Campaign we will have a Words Matter banner in the AHS commons during lunch for students and staff to sign as a pledge to end the use of the R Word and other hurtful language. By pledging support and committing to remove the R-word from our vocabulary, we will all be one step closer to eliminating it from public conversation entirely, and we will be able to highlight inclusion and respect, and end terminology that is considered offensive to many with and without disabilities.

Our newest Seniors of the Week are Emily Merten and Emily Hinnenkamp! Emily and Emily show what it takes to be a Senior of the Week, a good work ethic, a super attitude and a BIG Cardinal Spirit! What’s the big deal about being Senior of the Week? They get the prime, upfront, BEST parking places!

Cardinal Activities

Skip Dolan Honored It’s hard to describe 40 years and a lifetime of service in a single recognition. Skip Dolan has impacted so many lives not only in our community but in communities all around Minnesota as evident by the amazing crowd that attended to honor Coach Skip Dolan.  Reminiscing on Dolan's years playing at Renville and then Bemidji State, Steve Niklaus stated, “Skip Dolan was born to coach.” After three years in Mentor, MN, Skip came to Annandale in 1981. In that time Skip made an impact on way more than just boys basketball. Skip has coached 922 varsity basketball games, 510 varsity softball games, and 120 varsity football games. Some of Skip's accomplishments include the Annandale Hall of Fame, MN State High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Minnesota Basketball and Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, The John Wooden Legacy Award, and he has been Section Coach of the Year 11 times.   

It is much more than games, wins, and even championships. Skip has touched thousands of lives and his impact will live on for generations to come. Thank you, Coach Dolan!

Klatt & Brumm head to State!

Section 6AA is arguably the best section in class AA wrestling. The section brought in 27 ranked wrestlers between 13 weight classes. Both Cassen Brumm and Nathan Klatt came into the tournament ranked and advanced with 2nd place finishes in the section. They will compete starting Friday, March 1, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Youngs Section Coach of the Year

Ben Youngs was also named the section coach of the year, voted on by his peers in section 6AA.

Sage Rodquist-Kodet (Speech)

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