Perspectives 12-07-18

Davanni’s on Grand/Cleveland is Partnering with Horace Mann Our next business partnership dining event is set for Tuesday, December 11, 2018.  You may dine in or take out to enjoy a hassle-free dinner at Davanni’s and make money for Horace Mann School. You can order in person, order on-line, or call ahead (not valid on delivery orders).


Davanni’s will donate 20% of all purchases back to HM.  Download and present the flyer at the time of your order/pick up to ensure the donation!


We made over $2,500 for HM last year with our 4 business partnership events.  Our goal this year is to host 4 events and raise $3,000 or more. If you have any ideas for a business partnership or would like join our committee, please contact Karla Lauerman Cummins at or Carrie Dorfsman at


Gift Cards Our school is collecting gift cards for families in need. The Girl, Boy, and Cub Scouts donated gift cards. If you’d like to make a donation, people are donating Target cards in $25 or $50 amounts. If your family is in need for the holidays, please email or call Principal Litwin at 651-293-8965.


Conversations about School When you think of parent involvement, do you picture parents and caregivers coming to school? That is one way that people help, but there are many other ways to help. Research shows that supporting your child’s education at home is a most important way to help. Here are some conversation starters that may get the conversations about school going.


“Let’s see what you brought home.” Look at completed work to find out what your youngster is learning and how well she is doing. You could comment on her math work or her writing, for instance. Also, respond to notes from the teacher. Your teacher might use Seesaw, Schoology, a planner, or even email.


“Show me what you have for homework.” It is your child’s job to do his homework, but you play a role too. Make sure he knows what he is supposed to do by having him explain the assignment to you. Or, you can have him explain the math strategy as it might be different from what you remember learning. After he finished his homework, glance over the work to see if it’s complete. It’s OK for your child to make mistakes as it will help the teacher to know what to teach.


“Describe a book you enjoyed today.” This gives you an idea of what your child prefers to read or to listen to the teacher reading. Then, build a daily habit by asking what she would like to read tonight or what book she would like you to read tonight. Encourage her reading and listening skills by reading aloud to her and letting her read to you.


“Tell me what you learned that you’d like to know more about.” Use his interests as a jumping-off point for activities to share. If he likes geometry, you might hunt for shapes together or do some measuring. If he is fascinated by animals from Science, you might go to the library to learn how animals adapt to winter.


Here are a few more questions:

  • What’s the coolest thing that happened? What wasn’t so cool?
  • Pretend you are the teacher. How would you describe the day?
  • What made you laugh?
  • What was the most creative thing you did?
  • How were you kind or helpful today? How was someone kind or helpful to you?


This article is adapted from a Home and School Connection copyrighted by 2017 Resources for Educators, a division of CCH Incorporated.


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Important School Dates Bookmark our school calendar and check it frequently. You can go to and click calendar or use the direct link,

Monday, December 10

  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL
  • 6:30-8:00pm Silent Auction Meeting in the Library

Tuesday, December 11

  • 3:00-4:10pm Last Day for Tuesday Fall Community Education classes
  • 4:00-8:00pm PTA Davanni’s Fundraiser (click here for the flyer)

Wednesday, December 12

  • 9:15am Tour for Prospective Families
  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL

Thursday, December 13

  • 8:30-11:00am Hearing Screening for Kindergarten and 1st Grade
  • 9:45am-12:15pm 4th Gr Field Trip to St. Catherine’s University for Ballet
  • 12:20-1:10pm Kdg Puppet Show in Library
  • 1:10-2:00pm 2nd Grade Puppet Show in Library
  • 2:00-2:50pm 1st Grade Puppet Show in Library
  • 3:00-4:10pm Last Day for Thursday Fall Community Education classes

Friday, December 14

  • 11:30am-1:00pm 5th Grade Field Trip to Hillcrest for a Play

Monday, December 17

  • 9:15-10:30am 2nd Grade Field Trip to Hillcrest for a Play
  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL

Tuesday, December 18

  • 9:15am Tour for Prospective Families

Wednesday, December 19

  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL
  • Lunchtime Band Concert
    • Kdg-1st Gr 11:20-11:40am
    • 4th-5th Gr 12:00-12:20pm
    • 2nd-3rd Gr 12:35-12:55pm

Friday, December 21-Tuesday, January 1


  • No School- Winter Break



Perspective submissions are due by 7:30am on Thursdays. Submissions after 7:30am will be included in the next edition.