'Meet the Teacher" Night Is Thursday, August 29, 2019

  • Dear Horace Mann School families,

    I offer you a warm welcome, bienvenido, zoo siab txais tos, soo dhawaada, as-salaam-alaikum to our returning families and a special greeting to our new families. Good luck in your preparations for the 2019-2020 school year! 

    I want to provide you with important information to start the school year.  The A-B-C’s of Horace Mann School (or Family Handbook) should provide all the information you need. You can also find the information under Families on our website. Please contact our school office if you have any questions.

    The teachers begin preparing in the building on Monday, August 26. Teachers only have five days to get everything ready for the first day. Please refrain from visiting school prior to Thursday night, August 29. Staff members truly need uninterrupted time. You can meet the teachers at our Orientation Night on August 29. To ease traffic and parking, we invite families with last names L-Z to attend 5:00-5:45pm and families with last names A-K to attend 5:45-6:30pm.

    Grades 1-5 start school on Tuesday, September 3. All students will meet and start in the cafeteria. We invite family members to line the halls to form a welcoming tunnel when the bell rings at 7:15am.

    New this year-- we are trying Kindergarten Parent/Guardian meetings rather than conferences.  Parents and guardians can choose one of four times that work for you. You can choose 1:00pm or 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 3 or 7:30am or 2:30pm on Wednesday, September 4. Classes begin for Kindergarten on Thursday, September 5. All students and family members will meet in the cafeteria. We ask families to help their child get a breakfast bag. Then the adults will form a welcoming tunnel for the students about 7:25am.

    I’m excited to start our second year in our new building. Construction crews have worked throughout the summer to complete the leftover items and fix things that were broken. One item of note is that the playground retaining wall is still in process and may not be finished for the start of school. The custodial crew has worked hard to clean the building. They worked around robust Discovery Club and Community Education classes and camps to get it done.

    We set high goals for ourselves and for the children, and we work hard to achieve them. I want to assure you that this work goes well beyond test scores. The work is not easy. We all—teachers, office staff, and support staff—are collaborating to create a safe, supportive, welcoming learning community where all students are treated fairly and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

    Sincerely,

    Jim Litwin, Principal

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