Security entrance displaces peace garden

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A poster at Oak Ridge Elementary School solicits funds for musical instruments.
Construction continues on a security entrance at Thomas Lake Elementary school. The fortified entrance, part of a multi-million-dollar school construction bond package, is on the former site of the school’s peace garden, which featured flowers, benches, stepping stones made by children, and a post reading “Peace on Earth.” The peace garden was displaced by the construction.

Eagan police arrest man at Glacier Hills fourth-grade concert

Cedar Park Elementary School Principal John Garcia introduced Minnesota Science Teachers Association's 2017 award winner Kelli Ellickson to the District 196 school board at their Nov. 13 meeting.
 Cedar Park educator receives science teaching award 
   Kelli Ellickson, a 27-year veteran of District 196 and Cedar Park STEM science teacher, received the Minnesota Science Teachers Association’s annual science teaching award. She is the only elementary school teacher in the state to receive the award.
   The District 196 school board recognized Ellickson’s achievement at its recent meeting.
   The award includes a $1,000 prize which Ellickson plans to use to convert Cedar Park’s greenhouse into an energy and agriculture lab for students to study renewable energy, energy conservation and extending the growing season, according to the school district.
   Eagan police arrested a man at a fourth-grade concert at Glacier Hills elementary school shortly before 8 p.m. Nov. 16 based on allegations he violated a domestic relations restraining order.
   Roberto Dommer was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and violating a restraining order after he allegedly refused to comply with police commands.
   In a lengthy post on the department’s social media page, the department stopped short of making the arrest at a children’s concert but said the department had no choice as the restraining order mandates arrest.
   “Regrettably, this occurred at a public event in front of the children, but given the circumstances we faced, there was little more we could have done,” the department wrote in a social media post.
   School District 196 officials declined further comment. The school sent a letter about the event home to parents.