Elmwood Nebraska News
Happy Valentines Day!!
I am definitely feeling the love from the community this week. Thank you for all of the submissions I received this past week.
There is so much going on there is no way possible I could keep up without contributors from the community.
So THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for the school activities, alumni news and community news. Keep the news coming!
If you take photos at the library, at a school event, at the Aldrich House, during a 4-H meeting, cub scout meeting, or baseball game, please feel free to share it with the community.
This photo is from one of the Valentines on display at the Aldrich House during the month of February. Head over to the musuem and show them some love.
Every month has a different theme. Scroll down below to see the theme for February, it's a great time for a Mother-Daughter or Gramdmother-Grandaughter outing.
Please send me news by MONDAY at noon to email@example.com
Short Story Contest
Deadline Friday February 17, 2017
Time to get your short story submitted THIS week. You still have a few days!
Authors are encouraged to generate a fictional short story that is written in the wholesome spirit displayed by Bess Streeter Aldrich in her works while incorporating a theme that focuses on Nebraska’s economy, history, cultural diversity, and/or geography (past, present, and/or future).
For more information visit http://www.bessstreeteraldrich.org/shortstorycontest.pdf
Good news for Elmwood!!
We were awarded a grant from the Nebraska Game and Parks Land and Conservation Fund for the Elmwood Park!
It is a $64,000 matching grant for new equipment, trail improvement, a gazebo, etc...
So we will be pulling the team back at the drawing board soon! Whoo hoo!!
This is a matching grant so any fundraising we do to raise money will be matched by the grant. Let me or Julie Anderson know if you would like to help in any way.
Elmwood-Murdock earns elite educational honor
Elmwood-Murdock was one of eight school districts in the state to earn an “excellent” rating from the Nebraska Department of Education.
The state assessed all districts using the new Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow (AQuESTT) formula. An “excellent” rating was the top possible AQuESTT score for the 2015-16 school year.
For more information please visit the
Elementary Spelling Bee
The champion of our Elementary 5/6 Spelling Bee is Ava Kennedy.
The runner-up is Cade Hosier and the alternate is Henry Coleman. Ava and Cade will represent the Elementary School at the Cass County Spelling Bee at Weeping Water on February 14, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Congratulations to Ava and Cade and all of our contestants
The UNO Chancellor and Dean's list
Congratulations to the following Elmwood-Murdock alumni who have made the Deans list in college.
Bryan College of Health Sciences
Iowa State University
Kyle Bogatz - Geology
Cadice Brockhoff - Apparel Merchandising
Please continue to send any updates and news about our outstanding youth. It can be any news, not just academic.
If they are doing something amazing, different, or significant and you want to share, please send me a photo and a paragraph on why you are proud to firstname.lastname@example.org
Elmwood-Murdock Dominates Cystic Fibrosis and Multiple Sclerosis!!
The Elementary Student Council is partnering with the High School Student Council to do our very first joint fundraiser. The money we raise will be split between the UNMC Multiple Sclerosis Center and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Both of these organizations are near and dear to the hearts of our students and our community members.
In order to raise money, we are doing a change drive and asking all students to bring in any spare change they can. In exchange for the generous donations, our teachers have agreed to some pretty fun and outrageous stunts during an assembly on February 17.
- $25- Mrs. Cook will sport a mustache for a day
- $200-Mrs. Towle and Mrs. Oliva will have a “Fancy Nancy” kind of day
- $400- Mrs. Hogue will get an “Averi Make-Over”
- $500- Mr. Friedrich will shave his mustache
- $550- Mr. B/Mrs. B will play Bean-Boozled
- $600- Ms. Duntz and Mrs. Drueke will be Duct taped to the wall by their students
- $650-Mrs. Colbert/Miss Manley get a make-over
- $700- Lindsay/Mrs. Schroll/Mrs. Pinkelman gets a pie to the face
- $750- Mrs. Oehlerking, Ms. Novak and Mrs. DeMike will do a mystery challenge
- $800- Para Crew will do an egg challenge
- $900- Mrs. Smith/Mrs. Paulsen/Kim will do the unicorn challenge
- $1000- Mr. Shelsta,Mr. Frerichs, andMr. Dlouhywill have a slam dunk contest
*If each building meets their goal of $1000 Mrs. Paulsen will dye her hair purple
**A smaller assembly for the morning preschool to make sure they are in on all the fun!
Thank you for supporting this fundraiser and our Student Councils. We are excited to be helping TWO organizations with very positive missions. Maybe with our help they can DOMINATE Cystic Fibrosis and Multiple Sclerosis!!
Hopefully, photos will come from the stunts!!
4-H Clubs are starting up and it's time to get involved.
Join the Fun, Join 4-H
Now is a great time for new members to join 4-H. There are several local clubs youth could join.
Any youth, ages 5 through 18 can participate in 4-H.
To learn more, contact the Cass County Extension Office at 402-267-2205.
For more details about this home environment and small animal club, contact email@example.com.
Village of Elmwood News
You can stay updated by signing up for the Elmwood Community Alert Texts. This will alert you to emergency situations such as weather alerts or water emergencies.
Not only that, BUT, you will also receive reminders of events, Village board news, park news etc. Spread the news and sign up by..
Send a text to number 28748 with 68349 as the subject
Visit the Village board website for more information.
Honoring Girls Scouts in February
Nebraska author Bess Streeter Aldrich was known to teach cooking classes to neighborhood girls and, of course, was an advocate of reading and writing.
It is with this knowledge, that the Aldrich Board has decided to honor Girls Scouts during February by letting them have a free tour. ( Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska) There will be an exhibit of vintage dolls, Barbies, and tea sets on display, too.
The Aldrich House is open on Saturdays and Sunday from 1 to 4 or by appointment. Please help share this post with any Girl Scout leaders in your area.
Elmwood Community Center
(right next door to Elmwood Inspired)
Morning Coffee Bar
Coffee, Tea, Milk
(Milk available, please ask the cook)
Free will offering - suggested $1.00
Eat in or Take out
Please call by 9:30am to reserve
Suggested price for
Noon meal is $5.00
Junior Vet Camp
For students completing 2nd - 5th grades
The Oxbow Junior Veterinarian Camp is designed especially for children who have a passion for animals and veterinary medicine.
The 4-day camp includes many hands-on activities involving live animals, games and unique crafts.
Campers learn about veterinary tools, x-rays, body systems and functions, and important issues like animal over-population. In addition, they also get to practice activities like real veterinarians perform, including record-keeping and animal health exams.
At the end of camp, they perform a mock surgery, using all that they’ve learned. Campers get their very own set of scrubs and a stethoscope to take home.
Elmwood-Murdock Elementary School (Elmwood, NE) June 5 - 8
I have a special attachment for this camp as I worked at Oxbow Animal Health for many years and this was a project I helped start. Any child who loves animals would love this camp.
For more information and registration visit the Oxbow Academy website.
Nebraska Writing Contest for 8th Graders
Treasurer Stenberg Announces 15th Annual NEST
‘Why I Want to Go to College’ Writing Contest for 7th, 8th Graders
$14,000 in NEST Scholarships to Be Awarded at Omaha Storm Chasers Game
Lincoln, Neb. (January 17, 2017) – Seventh and eighth graders are being encouraged to enter the 15th annual “Why I Want to Go to College” writing contest, sponsored by Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg and the Omaha Storm Chasers. Entries are due March 17.
Winners will receive Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000. Nebraska winners also will receive tickets to the May 21 Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion. In all, 12 winners will be selected—nine from Nebraska and three from outside the state.
Community Sustaining Sponsors 2017
2017 Community Sustaining Sponsor
2017 Community Sustaining Sponsor