Perspectives 01-24-19

Horace Mann School Students Compete in Lego Robotics Tournament Imagine a large hall filled with students from 9- to 14-years old. The students are divided into enthusiastic team. Each team has created a small robot from legos. Each team has prepared a presentation. Each team has done research on a real-life problem. The hall begins to buzz as teams make their presentation. It gets even louder as the students put their robots into action on a small board. For each task the robot completes, the students earn points. Now you have a picture of the competition our students competed in on January 19.


The HM Lego Robotics teams did very well at their tournament January 19.  Team Crazy Cosmos included Pete, Sophie E, Rohan, Antoine, Charlie, and William D. They scored very well in their sessions and received a Project Award for their outstanding presentation of their problem and solution involving dissolvable drink packaging to help reduce trash on the Int'l Space Station.  


Team Outer Space Otters (OSO) included Mary, Naomi, Ezra, Sophia M, Aislyn, Cooper and Elliot. The team won an award for Robot Design. Cooper and Elliot were the robot wranglers and scored Top Mission in their division. The team’s research project involved improving comfort while exercising in space.


Team OSO did so well that they qualified as 1 of 3 teams out of 53 in the tournament to go to the State tournament on February 23 at Washington Magnet School.  They will compete against 48 teams from around the state that qualified in other tournaments.


We congratulate them on their huge success and wish them best of luck at State!


Next Week's Cold Temps Just a reminder that we will have indoor recess if the temp or wind chill are -10 degrees. School will be canceled if the forecast for 6am in the following morning shows wind chills below -35 degrees or air temps below -25 degrees. A decision will be made by 6:30pm the night before a cancellation. Please make sure to bundle up the children. Layers are important. Cover exposed skin.


Family Volunteer Service Night Planning Meeting January 31,  6:30 PM at school. Our Family Volunteer Service Night - Voice of our Community - is shaping up to be a great event.  We have five community partners for our projects as well as members of our community helping at the event. Our final planning meeting is January 31 - next Thursday.  We have all types of tasks before the final event - creative, shopping, organizational, from home, or out and about. There is something for everyone who is interested in helping.  Contact Terri Shefelbine with questions. We hope to see you at the meeting.


Free Family Seminars Coming Up Save the date for two different parenting seminars. Come for a couple of hours to learn about a topic. Connect with other families. Enjoy a free meal and let your children enjoy free child care while you learn. To register or ask questions, please contact Amy Holter, our Tutoring Coordinator, at or 651-744-4292.


  • Tuesday, February 5, 5:30-8pm. Foundations of School Success: Expectations Help Children Learn This seminar will build families’ trust in their capacity to help their children be successful in school. We will work together and discuss how family expectations and home structure work together to support children’s success in school. Participants will:
    • Recognize the role of values and priorities in supporting children to meet hopes and dreams
    • Discuss and identify factors that help children succeed in school.
    • Learn about the importance of setting clear and reasonable expectations
    • Hear and share examples of how to provide a regular routine.
  • Thursday, March 14, 5:30-8pm. Understanding Children’s Emotions and Behaviors. We will learn more about children’s brains, emotions, and behaviors so that we understand why they do what they do. We will practice ways to help our children with their emotions, and learn when we should be concerned as parents. Participants will:
    • Learn about how our brains work.
    • Practice mindful parenting skills to pay attention to and understand children’s challenging behaviors and emotions
    • Identify red flags in our children’s behaviors and emotions


The 2019 Horace Mann PTA Silent & Live Auction:  ‘One Small Night for Mann, One Giant Leap for Mann Kids’ This year’s Silent Auction will be here before you know it.  Remember to save Friday, March 8th to attend this fun, adults-only event at Harriet Island Pavilion. We need YOU to make the event a success and support PTA funded programs at Horace Mann!

  1. We need GREAT GATHERING hosts! These gatherings are important for our fundraising. More importantly, they provide a significant way to promote community building for students, families, and adults. Great Gatherings are…events, parties, or unique experiences generously donated and hosted by members of the Horace Mann community. Click here for more details. They are attended by Horace Mann parents, students, teachers and staff or, in some cases, all. Past events included a Ladies night out, a Can Can Wonderland golf event, a Wine and Cheese night, a Tapas cooking party, and a Kindergarten Movie night. You can do any novelty-themed party.  What might you do? The ideas are endless and creativity is encouraged. Already hosted and ready to submit? First, take a look at the Great Gatherings Calendar and then fill out a Great Gatherings Submission form. GG Submissions are due by February 26th.
  2. Donating your TALENT OR SERVICE is a great way to contribute to the event.  A few great ideas from past events: donate lawn mowing or yard cleanup…donate a family car wash…offer your expertise as a graphic designer, plumber or electrician…offer to babysit…provide a dessert of the month…No donation is too small.
  3. We are collecting donations of adult beverages to be raffled for our WALL OF ADULT BEVERAGES.  Donations can be dropped in the school office.
  4. Do you have a small business or a service that could use an ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY?  The Auction Catalog is the perfect way to market to the Horace Mann community! $25 buys a business card size ad, $50 for a half page, and $100 for a full page!  A great way to promote! If interested, please contact Anne Pavlis ( for details.

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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,


Friday, January 25

  • No School- Staff Professional Development

Monday, January 28

  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL

Tuesday, January 29

  • 9:15am Tour for Prospective Families
  • 1:30-2:30pm 5th Grade Walking Field Trip to Highland Library
  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes

Wednesday, January 30

  • 1:30-2:30pm Horace Mann School Spelling Bee in the Library
  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL
  • 6:30-8:15pm PTA Board Meeting

Thursday, January 31

  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes
  • 6:30-8:00pm Family Volunteer Service Meeting in the Library
  • 6:30-8:00pm Silent Auction Meeting in Conference Room

Friday, February 1

  • 1:30-2:30pm 4th Grade Mini-Courses

Monday, February 4

  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL
  • 6:30pm PTA Meeting in the Library

Tuesday, February 5

  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes
  • 5:30-8:00pm Parent Seminar: Foundations for School Success

Wednesday, February 6

  • 9:15am Tour for Prospective Families
  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL
  • 4:00-8:00pm PTA Fundraiser at Noodles and Company in Highland Village

Thursday, February 7

  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes

Friday, February 8

  • 9:10-11:50am Ms. Vincent’s Class Bookmaking Field Trip to Minneapolis
  • 1:30-2:30pm 4th Grade Mini-Courses


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