OMS 2017 multicultural fair

We are celebrating our community at various fairs throughout our district this month. Osseo Area Schools students reflect our vibrant global community, coming from homes where more than 80 dialects or languages are spoken. Because our schools are racially and culturally diverse, students experience rich, real-life learning environments that prepare them for the 21st-century workplace. 

Basswood Elementary Celebration of Cultures

  • Thursday, May 10, at 6 p.m. 
    15425 Bass Lake Road, in Maple Grove
    Kindergarten students at Basswood Elementary will share what they’ve learned this year with their families during the “Celebration of Cultures” event. Throughout the school year, the students have used stories, music and art to learn about cultures and communities around the world. Families of Basswood kindergartners are invited to attend this event to enjoy a concert and art display.

Brooklyn Middle School Third Annual Multicultural Fair

  • Thursday, May 24, from 5-8 p.m. 
    7377 Noble Avenue N, in Brooklyn Park 
    All are welcome to join students and staff at Brooklyn Middle STEAM School as we celebrate our community’s cultures through song, dance and art and food samples from local restaurants.

Garden City Elementary Multicultural Night

  • Thursday, May 10, 6-8 p.m.
    3501 65th Avenue N, in Brooklyn Park 
    Garden City Elementary will host its One School/Many Cultures event celebrating the diverse cultures of the school’s students and their families. Community members are invited to attend this free event and will have the opportunity to sample food from other countries, create art projects, listen to music and storytelling, and watch a multicultural fashion show. (Flyer)

Osseo Middle School Multicultural Night

  • Thursday, May 17, at 5 p.m.
    10223 93rd Avenue N, in Osseo
    The Osseo Middle School Annual Multicultural Night provides opportunities for our students and families to try food from other countries/cultures and learn about our programs and opportunities, and much more. The event is possible through a collaboration with families, staff and equity team, and community members.

Park Center Senior High Multilingual Family Nights

  • Thursday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m.
    7300 Brooklyn Boulevard, in Brooklyn Park
    At these monthly multicultural and multilingual family nights, we invite parents to connect with other Hmong, Vietnamese, Spanish and Liberian families. At the monthly multilingual family nights, PCSH has featured special guests and hosted cultural celebrations.

Photo: Osseo Middle School students participate in a drumming activity as part of the multicultural fair last year. 

Walz LaidlawCue a round of applause for Lenora Walz-Laidlaw who has been named Osseo ESP Local 7325's Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year.

Lenora works at Oak View Elementary and Willow Lane Early Childhood Center as an early childhood special education ESP. For the last 30 years, Lenora has worked for Osseo Area Schools helping children achieve their dreams. She brings an empathetic approach to her work and contributes extra time to build strong relationships with her students and other staff members.

When presented with the award, Lenora said, "I feel very blessed and thankful to have worked in so many buildings with so many wonderful educators over the years."