Back to School

  • Back to School

    You will find resources on this page for preparing your children for their next grade level academically as well as making sure they have the supplies they need. 

    Ready for School: Summer Learning Activities are important for students entering the grades listed. They include skills ranging from self-care for Kindergarten to spelling lists and mathematics. 

    Please check this page often for timely updates and additions.

  • September 6

    Hello ISD 748 Families,

    As we prepare for the start of what is sure to be an amazing school year, we wanted to once again share reminders regarding local road construction projects and the likely impact on our students, families, and staff through the fall of this year. 

    The construction projects will add an additional layer of unpredictability related to bus times and traffic congestion. We respectfully request continued understanding and patience as we all transport our students safely and in a timely manner.

    Construction UPDATE

    • The City of Sartell has provided a detailed list of road construction projects, maps, and timelines ( to help the community prepare. 
    • An update: County Road 1 between 5th Street N. and 12th Street N. will be open to traffic starting Wednesday, September 7 at 6a. The goal is for the opening of 5th Street N to 12th Street N to help primarily with local traffic for school purposes.
      • The trail is paved, however, please note that the trail will not officially be open until the crosswalks and crosswalk flasher systems have been installed, likely not until sometime this winter or early spring 2023.
    • The larger detour along 27th Street North, Pinecone Road, and 2nd Street will remain in place for traffic needing to get through the city.  

    District-provided transportation

    • Families who opted for transportation provided by ISD 748 have received a postcard, email, phone call, and Skyward Family Access updates with route details. 
    • We appreciate your continued patience as everyone learns new Back to School routines because - as you may recall from previous years - our bus routes may not run at their scheduled times. Traditionally, it takes a week or two for everyone to get into the routine before buses routinely run at their posted times. 
    • Questions about your route? Please visit

    Family-provided transportation
    As families plan their arrival and departure times, please remember:

    • Each building’s “door open” times (as shared in handbooks):
      • ORELC - 7:35a
      • PMPS - 7:25a
      • RIS - 7:20a
      • SMS - 7:45a
      • SHS - 7:45a
    • Wraparound childcare is provided through the Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota’s KIDSTOP/KIDSTART programs. Registration is required.
      • Before-school KIDSTOP for Kindergarten students at Oak Ridge Early Learning Center is open from 6:30a until school starts and from school dismissal until 6p. 
      • Please visit for additional information.
      • At this time, KIDSTOP at Pine Meadow Primary and Riverview Intermediate and KIDSTART for preschool at ORELC is at capacity, but families may join a waitlist.

    Thank you for your partnership and understanding. 

    Kind regards,

    Dr. Jeff Ridlehoover

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  • September 2

    ISD 748 families: 

    Please visit for a welcome message and visit your building's News pages for a special message from your principals!

    A few reminders before this holiday weekend:

    Tuesday, September 6

    • Classes begin for Grade 6 (Sabre Soar)
    • Classes begin for Grade 9 and new students (Sabre Splash)
    • PreK-5 families: be sure to schedule an individual Sabre Launch time in Skyward Family Access. Questions? Please refer to the August 12 email from your principal, Back to School page (, or contact your building's administrative assistant or principal.

    Wednesday, September 7

    • Classes begin for Grades 6-8 (SMS)
    • Grades 9-12 (SHS)
    • PreK-5 families: be sure to schedule an individual Sabre Launch time in Skyward Family Access. 

    Thursday, September 8 - Classes begin for Grades PreK-5 (ORELC, PMPS, & RIS)

    The City of Sartell appreciates your extra planning and patience during these final stages of road construction. Please view their map at to help plan your routes accordingly.

    Please visit for health and safety notifications, data privacy practices, information for parents/guardians of children with disabilities, Special Education Assessments for home school or private school students, World's Best Workforce, and more.

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 uses a variety of digital tools to support student learning. We have an inventory of our curriculum, testing, and assessment tools posted on; also included is an outline of the student data elements within each tool. Please contact Director of Technology Kyle Breitkreutz for questions regarding specific digital tools used in classrooms.

    Please contact your building's administrative assistant if you have questions.

    • ORELC News - - Deb Johnson -
    • PMPS News - - Kim Nistler -
    • RIS News - - Ronell Uran - 
    • SMS News - - Doreen Schmidt -
    • SHS News - - Kristy Gosch -
    • Health Services -
    • Transportation -
    • Calendar -
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  • August 26

    *this email was sent to all ISD 748 families on Friday, August 26. If you did not receive the email, please:

    • Check your Skylert preferences in Skyward Family Access.
      • Families may adjust preferences (up to 6 phone numbers, 4 email addresses, and 6 text numbers) for
        • General notifications (like this update)
        • Nutrition Service notifications (low balance alerts)
        • Emergency notifications (winter weather)
    • If your Skylert preferences look correct, please check your spam/junk folder. 
    • If the email isn't there, use an internet search engine to search your email host and safe senders (example: "gmail safe senders" or "yahoo safe senders") to make sure ISD 748 emails are on your accepted contacts.


    Hello Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 families:

    As we prepare for our new 2022-2023 school year, we wanted to touch base regarding a few items. Please visit our Back to School page ( for additional updates. Please ask your friends/neighbors who have children enrolled in ISD 748 if they received this email. If they didn't, they can access it on our Back to School page. Families may adjust their email/phone/text preferences in Skylert via Skyward Family Access. 

    Updates to your Contact Lists
    If you have specific questions about your child and their school experience, please contact your building’s administrative assistant: 

    • Oak Ridge Early Learning Center (ORELC) - Deb Johnson - email
    • Pine Meadow Primary School (PMPS) - Kim Nistler - email
    • Riverview Intermediate School (RIS) - Ronell Uran - email
    • Sartell Middle School (SMS) - Doreen Schmidt - email
    • Sartell High School (SHS) - Kristy Gosch - email

    Save the Dates

    • Tuesday, August 30 - Grades 9-12 Families: SHS Open House between 4-7p
    • Wednesday, August 31 - Grades 6-8 Families: SMS Open House between 3:30-6:30p
    • Tuesday, September 6
      • SHS Grade 9 and New Students only: First Day of School/Sabre Splash
      • SMS Grade 6 students only: First Day of School/Sabre Soar
      • ORELC/PMPS/RIS: Sabre Launch (please read details in your August 12 email from principals)
    • Wednesday, September 7
      • Grades 6-12: First Day of School
      • ORELC/PMPS/RIS: Sabre Launch (please read details in your August 12 email from principals)
    • Thursday, September 8 - Grades PreK-5: First Day of School

    From the City of Sartell
    The City of Sartell appreciates your extra planning (and patience) during these final stages of road construction. Please view their map ( to help you plan your routes accordingly.

    Our emails are translated for families in Skylert based on your Home Language preference in Skyward Family Access. To change your Home Language, please contact Michelle Nelson or your building’s administrative assistant (listed above). For additional resources, please visit our Translations page (

    Bus Information
    Watch your mailboxes for a postcard from our Transportation office. Questions about your route? Please visit

    New Families
    Please visit our Welcome Sabres page ( for an overview of our District.

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  • August 12, 2022

    Families: Back to School paperwork, permissions, and payments are available via your Skyward Family Access portal. 

    1. On a computer, Family 1 users should log in and select BACK-TO-SCHOOL REGISTRATION CHECKLIST from the left menu
    3. Select FEE MANAGEMENT from the left menu for student fees

    General Instructions: Click here for a PDF overview

    Skyward Family Access credentials: please contact Sue Fibranz. Please note: during the summer, staff office hours vary.

    Watch your inboxes for school-specific information closer to school starting.

    back to school checklist

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  • August 11

    Each building principal/administrative assistant will be sending an email the afternoon of Friday, August 12 with Back to School details. We are very excited for our new First Days of School experiences and wanted to make sure these dates were on your calendars:

    Wednesday, August 24
    SMS - Families with students entering Grade 6
    TOURS at 10a or 3p
    OPEN HOUSE at 6-7p
    If you are new to the District or entering SMS as a 6th grader, you and your family are welcome to join us on Wednesday, August 24 for a tour of the building at 10:00 am or 3:00 pm. and for an Open House at 6:00 pm so parents/guardians may visit,  ask questions, and learn more about our school. These are optional activities for those families who might be interested.
    Tuesday, August 30
    SHS - Grades 9-12 New Families: Open House between 4-7p
    Open House for all high school students and families will be on Tuesday, August 30 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. There will be limited staff available at the Open House. Students and families are welcome to walk around the building to see the different learning spaces and learn the routine of your schedule.
    Wednesday, August 31
    SMS - Grades 6-8 New Families: Open House between 3:30-6:30p
    Tuesday, September 6
    • SHS Grade 9 and New Students only will participate in Sabre Splash - mentors will facilitate the first day of school experience for 9th graders and new students. 
    • SMS Grade 6 students only will participate in Sabre Soar - mentors will 
    • ORELC/PMPS/RIS: Sabre Launch (please read details below)
    Wednesday, September 7
    • Grades 6-12: First Day of School
    • ORELC/PMPS/RIS: Sabre Launch (please read details below)
    Thursday, September 8
    Grades PreK-5: First Day of School
    Learn more about...Sabre Launch!
    ORELC/PMPS/RIS - Grades PreK-5
    Tuesday, September 6 & Wednesday, September 7
    Sabre Launch is an innovative Open House/Conference experience on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 for PreK-Grade 5 students and their parents/guardians held before school begins (Thursday, September 8). Sabre Launch will nurture the home-to-school partnership and offer more individualized time for your family and your child’s classroom teacher to establish a personal connection while introducing your child to their new learning environment. All students MUST pre-register for a SABRE Launch conference slot with your child’s teacher via Skyward Family Access. Families will be meeting individually with their teacher this year so signing up is important. We recommend the visit include the students and parents/guardians. During Sabre Launch, school personnel and support staff will be available to answer questions and assist families with transportation, health services, food service, social worker/counselor, specialists, special education services, and technology.
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  • August 4

    Technology Full Access
    SMS/SHS families: please click this link for details. Parents/guardians must complete the online paperwork and payment.

    SHS STUDENTS IN GRADES 10-12 ONLY may pick up their devices on:

    • Monday, August 15: 9a-1p
    • Tuesday, August 16: 9a-1p
    • Monday, August 22: 9a-1p
    • Tuesday, August 30: 4-7p

    Students in grade 9 will receive devices during Sabre Splash on Tuesday, September 8.

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  • August 1

    New Skyward link

    Please update your bookmarks! Skyward Family Access is now at this link:

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  • July 14, 2022

    School Hours for 2022-2023

    • ORELC: 
      • AM Preschool: 7:50a-10:20a (previously 8a-10:30a)
      • PM Preschool: 11:50a-2:20p (previously 12-2:30p)
      • Kindergarten: 7:45a-2:15p (previously 8a-2:30p)
    • PMPS: 7:45a-2:15p (previously 7:50a-2:20p)
    • RIS: 7:45p-2:25p (previously 8a-2:40p) 
    • SMS: 8:40a-3:25p (no change)
    • SHS: 8:40a-3:25p (no change)

    Families received an email from Dr. Ridlehoover on Thursday, July 14. Please check your inboxes for additional details.


    First Days of School

    • ORELC/PMPS/RIS: Sabre Launch is Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7.
      • Sabre Launch is for PreK-Grade 5 students and their parents/guardians. Please read this letter sent in April 2022 for more details.
    • SMS: Sabre Soar is Tuesday, September 6 for students in Grade 6.
      • Sabre Soar is a transition day for students in grade 6 to provide additional time and space to ease into middle school.
      • Watch your inboxes for Sabre Soar details.
    • SHS: Sabre Splash is Tuesday, September 6 for new students and those in Grade 9.
      • Sabre Splash is a transition day for students in grade 9 and new students. 
      • Watch your inboxes in August for Sabre Splash details.
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Last Modified on September 6, 2022