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Fillmore Central Community Education - One Block At A Time


Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Fillmore Central’s Community Education offers a variety of programs for families with children age birth to 5. The mission of our early childhood programs is providing children with successful starts through healthy, nurturing, learning environments.

School Readiness

School Readiness offers a preschool experience to students that are 3-5 years of age. The 3/4 year olds have two options: Monday/Wednesday session or a Tuesday/Thursday session. These sessions both meet 8:30am – 10:30am. Transportation is provided for the Monday/Wednesday session only.

Our 4/5 year old classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There is a morning class from 8:30am - 11:30am and an afternoon class from 12:10 - 3:10. Transportation is offered for our morning class only.

Our primary goal is to welcome students to the school setting and help them feel comfortable in a classroom when they enter Kindergarten. Play time is an essential part of our program. Play time provides many opportunities for students to grow in conversational skills, imagination, social skills (such as getting along with others), as well as fine and gross motor skills.

We also have structured activities that focus on a standard from our curriculum, Core Knowledge Curriculum. Activities are usually hands-on and cover a wide range of abilities including cutting, writing, coloring, role playing, retelling stories, and learning colors, shapes and letters, to early math and science concepts.

Pre-literacy skills are also an important component of our 4/5 school readiness program. Much of the year revolves around early literacy and helping students move on to the next step. At the beginning of the school year, we really focus on letter identification and we have now moved on to beginning letter sounds. Throughout the school year, we have worked on writing our letters in both uppercase and lowercase, as they are encouraged to know both going into Kindergarten. Letter knowledge is not the only piece to the early literacy puzzle. Rhyming is a big part of being able to increase awareness in different sounds in language. Throughout the school year, we have been working on identifying rhyming words and what makes a word a rhyming word. We begin each day with literacy.

Special Education students are fully integrated into our classrooms allowing friendships to form and differences to be accepted.

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PACF looks to the future

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Jason Sethre On the eve of Monday, March 25, 2013, the Branding Iron in Preston, Minn., hosted the seventh annual Preston Area Community Foundation (PACF) fundraising dinner and celebration. With more than 160 in attendance, following an invoc ..... 
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National Trout Center celebrates 4th season

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The doors of the National Trout Center (NTC) open at 10am on Tuesday, April 2nd as the organization celebrates its fourth season of operation in Preston. This year the center offers expanded hours and additional programming for trout enthusiasts. ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board looking at high school schedule changes

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Fillmore Central Principal Heath Olstad gave the school board his report during the regular meeting on March 25, and he talked about the possibility of making some changes to the daily schedule at the high school. For a while now, th ..... 
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National Trout Center angles for State Bond Funding

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Minnesota legislators recently heard a proposal request for $4.5 million in state bond funding to establish a permanent home for the National Trout Center organization located in Preston. The non-profit center is currently operating in a temporary s ..... 
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Philip J. Lehn

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Philip J. Lehn, former Preston, MN resident, died suddenly at his home on March 4, 2013. Philip Jerome Lehn was born November 25, 1946, in Fergus Falls, MN. He graduated from high school in Fergus Falls in 1964. Phil received his degree in auto me ..... 
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Arlene C. Serio

Wed, Mar 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Arlene C. Serio, 77, of rural Preston, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at her home. Arlene was born on June 13, 1935 in Cicero, Illinois, the daughter of Ed and LaVern (Zola) Kaminsky. She graduated from Morton High School in Cicero in 1953. Afte ..... 
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Arnold James “Arnie” Henke

Wed, Mar 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Arnold James “Arnie” Henke, 67, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 at his residence in Thermopolis, Wyoming after a period of declining health. Born July 8, 1945 in Preston, Minnesota, he was the son of James and Jean (Shaw) Henke. He attende ..... 
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Food shelf donation

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On Sunday, February 3, the confirmation class from the Harmony and Preston United Methodist churches hosted a “Souper Bowl” fundraiser. Members of the congregation donated food and paper products to the event. A soup and sandwich lunch was serve ..... 
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