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Director's Message

Hello Families!  

It’s already the second week of August and while summer has been filled with sunshine goodness, we are anxiously awaiting for everyone to return to campus as the campus is just a little too quiet without you.  

If you are new to Cannon River STEM School this year, WELCOME!  We are honored that you have chosen our school to partner with you in your child’s learning journey.  Surrounded by over 50 acres of nature exploration we know firsthand in its learning there is joy, discovery and surprises that are sure to delight and we can’t wait to share it with you.  

As you prepare for school’s start here are some updates and calendar reminders to keep in mind:  

Thursday, August 10 @ 7pm - Faribault’s 87th Annual Pet Parade  Please join us either as a fellow parade walker or a spectator in this year’s parade.  If you and your favorite pet would like to walk in the parade, we will be gathering at McKinley at 6:45 pm.  Otherwise, come out and watch the parade at 7pm and be sure to wave as we pass you by!  

Tuesday, August 22nd @ 6pm - Kindergarten Play Date All Kindergarten friends and their grown ups are invited to join us for popsicles and a time to meet new friends and ask questions of staff before the exciting fall hullabaloo begins!  Please join us! 

Tuesday, August 22nd @ 7pm - New Family Welcome  All students Grades 1-8 who are new to STEM school this year are invited to join in a campus tour, campfire smore, and time for Q&A with staff and administration.  Details will be announced in a special email closer to the date.  

Thursday, August 24 @ 5:30-7pm - All School Community Open House  It’s time for everyone to come and visit, reuniting with old and meeting new friends!  Come, bring your school supplies, visit your new classroom teacher, and enjoy a treat before the new school year begins.  All staff will be onsite to answer any last minute questions and help you get settled in before the new year begins. Watch your email to receive a welcome email and introduction from your teacher on Tuesday, August 22nd that will include any last minute details for Thursday evening.  Please note: This event is replacing before school conferences and fall conferences will be on October 17th and 18th.  

School is coming soon and we are excited! 
Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you soon! 

Julie Cohrs 
Interim School Director 

Recent News



The August board meeting has been postponed. It will take place on Wednesday, August 23 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.

CRSS Board of Directors Closed Meeting

There will be a closed meeting of the CRSS board of directors on June 8 from 6:00-7:00 PM (prior to the regular board meeting). The purpose of this closed meeting is to evaluate the executive director.
Earth Week

Earth Week

Earth Day at CRSS is the most important day of the year! That's why we celebrate it all week! Please remind your student to wear green or blue on Monday, April 17.

Postponement due to the predicted snow:

The enrollment lottery and board meeting has been postponed until Thursday, March 16. The enrollment lottery will take place at 5:30 PM in the cafeteria. The board meeting will take place at 7:00 in the cafeteria.

32 CRSS Students' Art Work Displayed

All Area Student Show opening reception will be held Friday March 3rd 5:00pm-7:00pm. Join us on the second floor of the Paradise Center for the Arts to celebrate youth art. Local participating schools include: Faribault Area Learning Center, Jefferson Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Cannon River STEM School, Faribault Middle School, Bethlehem Academy, and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown.
All Area Student show will be on display March 3 - April 8, 2023 during Paradise Center for the Arts open hours. Paradise is currently open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 12pm-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. Please contact Visual Arts & Education Director Julie Fakler with any questions, [email protected]

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