Welcome to Northwinds Elementary

"Where everyone is welcome and everyone belongs."

The supportive families, caring staff and engaged students at NORTHWINDS ELEMENTARY, value strong, collaborative working relationships. Here, students build character and become strong learners in an environment that reinforces respect and responsibility. Recognizing academic, social and emotional growth are equally important for a student's long-term success, our staff focus on the whole child, identifying and building upon strengths. Northwinds serves approximately 515 students in grades K-5.


Upcoming Events:

22nd - Kindergarten Registration
26th - March 2 - I Love to Read Week

5th -
PTO Meeting  4pm
15th, 20th, & 22nd - Conferences
30th - No School - Teacher Workshop

1st-6th -
No School - Spring Break
9th - PTO Meeting 4pm
26th - Grade 2 Musical 6:30pm



Please remember that students are not allowed in the building before 7:25 a.m.  There is no supervision available until that time and students will need to wait outside if they arrive before 7:25 a.m.  Please make sure that your children dress appropriately for the weather in the event that they need to wait outdoors for a few minutes in the morning.  If your child is a walker, make sure that they are not leaving the house too early to avoid an extended wait time.

School Cancellation Policy
In case of a late start, early dismissal or school cancellation due to weather (or emergency) conditions, parents will be notified by phone and email through our automated parent notification system (Blackboard Connect). For additional updates, you can also check our school district website at www.bhmschools.com or tune into radio stations WCCO (830 AM) or KRWC (1360 AM) or follow announcements on television stations KARE 11, KMSP 9, KSTP 5 and WCCO 4.

If the district has to close school and send students home early, we will assume that your child will go to his/her normal destination at the end of the day. If your child must go to a different destination on these days, you will be asked to complete a special form that will be sent home in the fall. Please discuss with your child what he/she is to do in case early dismissal is called.

Safety Reminder
Parents:  Please make sure to call or send a note to school if you want your children to ride home from school with anyone else besides a parent. We have had some instances where neighbors or friends of students have offered to give them a ride home-especially students who walk to and from school.  We want to make sure this is only done with parent permission.  Also, there have been some cases where neighbors or friends have stopped to offer walkers rides to school.

Please talk with your children to make sure they know what you want them to do in these instances to make good choices.  Thank you for helping us keep your children safe.

I Love to Read Week - Feb 27-March 3
Tuesday Feb 20, 18

I Love to Read Week - Feb 27-March 3 (PDF - 317.29 KB)

Northwinds will be celebrating I Love to Read week from Feb 26 - March 2. It’s that fun time of the year when NES promotes the love of reading. Here is our week-long schedule of events. Thanks in advance for all your help making this a special week for your child!

Quest Program Assessment

Quest Program Assessment

Quest - Requests to assess for 2018-19 school year are due January 25, 2018

The Quest program services highly gifted students (top two to three percent in class) in grades 2-9 and is a tuition-free school within a school located at Parkside Elementary (grades 2-5), Buffalo Community Middle School (grades 6-8), and at Buffalo High School (grade 9). If you think your child might qualify for the program, you are encouraged to request assessment. 


Food Service Meal Account Changes
Wednesday Dec 20, 17

Food Service Meal Account Changes

On December 27, 2017, BHM Schools Food Service Department will switch from PayPams to Campus Online Payments through the Parent Portal (https://campus.bhmschools.org/campus/portal/buffalo.jsp). Other changes to meal accounts will also go into effect. Read the article for more information.

Deb Volkenant selected to attend event sponsored by the MN Historical Society
Wednesday Oct 11, 17

Deb Volkenant selected to attend event sponsored by the MN Historical Society

The MN Historical Society selected and sponsored 20 teachers to attend a weekend Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in Williamsburg, VA. Deb Volkenant, 5th Grade teacher at NES applied and was selected to attend the Institute Oct 7-8th.

Deb attended The My Life, My Work, My Home workshop. Colonial Williamsburg is a living history museum and open to the public. The city has been restored to look as it did in the 1700's.

Prominent figures from history such as Thomas Jefferson, Martha Washington and James Madison were seen, as well as shop owners, townspeople and the like.

District 5th grade social studies curriculum covers life in Colonial Williamsburg. Deb is looking forward to using what she learned in Williamsburg and bringing it alive in her classroom.

Congratulations to Deb for being selected to attend the institute and for her commitment to life long learning.


Student Accident Insurance and Family Health Insurance
Wednesday Jul 5, 17

Student Accident Insurance and Family Health Insurance

Find out how you can purchase affordable health and accident coverage.

School Attendance is important!
Wednesday Aug 23, 17

School Attendance is important! (PDF - 248.57 KB)

At Northwinds, we believe that regular attendance is important to school success. It is critical for students to have consistent attendance in order to be successful and have a positive learning experience. If your child is ill or must miss school, please call the attendance line at 763.682.8804 and leave a detailed message stating student name, teacher name, and reason for absence. Attached is a letter from the County explaining the importance of school attendance.

Kindergarten Registration
Thursday Feb 22, 18

Kindergarten Registration

Northwinds Elementary
Kindergarten Registration
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Program begins promptly at 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm
Bring the kindergarten student with you for some fun activities for them to experience.
Registration packets are being mailed out the 2nd week of February! Once you receive the mailing, please complete the survey and return it as soon as possible. This helps us as we plan our staffing needs for next year. Also, fill out the rest of the forms in the packet and bring them with you along with a copy of your child's current immunizations and a copy of their birth certificate.
If you don't receive a packet by February 12, please call the Office at 763.682.8800.
If you have just moved in to the district, you can click on the "School Boundary Information" link on the left side of this page to see which elementary school your child would attend based on your home address.

NES Breakfast and Lunch Menu

NES Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Click here for the NES Breakfast and Lunch Menu.