Perspectives 02-08-19

Spelling Bee Winner Crowned Our fourth and fifth graders competed in a spelling bee on Friday, February 1. The competition began in each classroom. The top three or four spellers were chosen to represent the class in the school spelling bee. Fourth and fifth graders had to stand up and correctly spell a work to continue through the rounds. It took about one hour, but Ezra emerged victorious. First, he correctly spelled “diminuitive”. Then he correctly spelled the championship word, “extricates.” Congratulations to Ezra and good luck in the next stage.


Help Wanted: Lunchroom Supervisor 10 hours a week starting February 11. Pay starts at $13 an hour. Qualified Candidates will like working with children, maintain a safe and orderly lunch time, and work well with other adults. If interested, please contact Jim Litwin at 651-293-8965 x44242 or


Need a Job? Know Someone Looking? Discovery Club Needs Staff The work is flexible, no evenings, no weekends and starts at $13/Hour. If you work 14 hours/week or more, you become a Teaching Assistant and the pay increases to $17-18/hour. The 2019-2020 school year hours are 1:45-5:30pm. The qualifications are a combo of experience and credits/training. Basically if you have any experience with students, contact Discovery Club and they’ll help you get the training you need to meet the requirements. Contact for more information. You can get job descriptions from the school office or by emailing


Family Volunteer Service Night Friday Feb. 22 from 6-8 PM Horace Mann’s “Voices in Our Community” service night is a celebration of connections to each other and to our greater community through service projects for families.  We invite families to come to event together.


We are also looking for parents or high school-aged siblings to be project assistants the night of the event.  You may sign up here.


Finally, drop off any used tee-shirts (especially adult sized) and new toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, etc.) in the box outside the office.


We look forward to seeing you on Feb. 22.  Any questions, contact Terri Shefelbine,


Free Family Bingo Night! Bring your friends, neighbors and family to a fun and exciting bingo night on Thursday, February 28 at 6pm in the cafeteria. We will play lots of bingo and have popcorn and juice for all. Thanks to the PTA for sponsoring this great, community event.


Box Tops for Education - Submit Your Collection prior to February 22! Box Tops for Education is a program designed by General Mills in 1996 to help with funding for schools. Hundreds of products added box tops to their own packages. Each box top submitted is worth 10 cents. Although this doesn't seem like much, when we pool our collections, the results are terrific. Box Tops submissions occur two times per school year. Horace Mann's goal for collecting Box Tops for Education for the 2018-19 school year is to earn $1,000. In order to meet this goal, we need your help!

  1. Shop as you normally would. Various food items, toiletry items and cleaners all have the boxtops logo. For a list of participating products, please visit Box Tops for Education’s website (
  2. Clip your box top. Each box top for education is worth 10 cents for our school. Some products have more than one box top on it.
  3. Bring in your box tops. Simply drop off your Box Tops for Education in the school office or send them to school with your child. We will coordinate mailing them in to support the school.  

 If you have any questions please contact Heather Clark at


Spring 2019 Girls on the Run at Horace Mann - Registration is Open! Registration is now open for the Spring 2019 season of Girls on the Run at Horace Mann! GOTR Twin Cities engages in a lottery based online registration system between Feb. 1 and Feb. 6 to ensure a fair and equal process for all girls. After Feb. 6, registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.


Girls on the Run is an after-school program that uses the power of running to prepare 3rd - 5th grade girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Over the course of the 10-week, 20-lesson season, girls learn life-changing lessons about healthy friendships, teamwork, decision-making, self-respect and more, all while preparing to run a 5k.


Open to all 3rd - 5th grade girls; no previous running experience required, and need-based financial aid is available. Girls on the Run can also provide shoes, pants, and/or sports hijabs if needed. Register today!


Our Spring 2019 season will be each Tuesday & Thursday 3:00 - 4:45 from March 19 - June 4 culminating with the Girls on the Run 5k on June 1. Space is limited so register early! Visit or contact Laura Rapacz at for more information.


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. Please consider putting together a GIFT BASKET to donate to the auction.  Google is a great source for gift basket ideas!
  2. We need GREAT GATHERING hosts! Signing up to host has never been easier!
  3. Do you have a TALENT OR SERVICE? It’s a great way to contribute to the event.  No donation is too small.
  4. The easiest way to contribute is to pick up a gift certificate to any STORE or RESTAURANT and donate it to the auction!
  5. We are collecting donations of adult beverages to be raffled for our WALL OF ADULT BEVERAGES.  Donations can be dropped in the school office.
  6. 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.

It’s time to start thinking about the 2019 Horace Mann School PTA Auction! Did you know that approximately 40% of the auctions’ proceeds came from the Great Gatherings? Please consider hosting a Great Gathering as part of the Horace Mann School PTA Auction. Great Gathering (GG) submissions are due February 26th for the March 8 Auction. We need GG hosts.

Never hosted a GG? Visit our Great Gatherings site and we'll guide you through the steps. You'll find examples of past events like Ladies Cribbage Night, Cooking classes, Concerts, Cycling Taproom Tours, Swim parties and Picnics in the Park. Great gatherings are for the young and old--families, adults, or specific grade-age kids.

Already hosted and ready to submit? First, take a look at the Great Gatherings Calendar and then: fill out a Great Gatherings Submission form. Not only are these gatherings important for our fundraising, but they also provide a significant way to promote community-building for students, families, and adults. You can do any novelty themed party. Creativity, fun, and simplicity are encouraged--they're easier to host than you may think!

Questions? We have answers. Contact Karla Lauerman Cummins, Jen Williams, and Therese Sherman at Thank you, and see you at the auction.

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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, February 11

  • National African American Parent Involvement Day- see website for details
  • 9:00am-2:00pm 5th Gr Field Trip to Biztown
  • 10:15am 2nd Gr Field Trip to Highland Public Library
  • 2:00pm All School Assembly in Gym
  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL

Tuesday, February 12

  • 9:15am Tour for Prospective Families
  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes

Wednesday, February 13

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

Thursday, February 14

  • 9:00-11:30am 5th Gr Field Trip to Orchestra Hall
  • 9:15-11:15am 1st Gr Field Trip to Steppingstone Theatre
  • 10:45am-1:30pm Commers & Vincent Field Trip to Como Zoo
  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes

Friday, February 15

  • School Choice Applications Due
  • 9:00am-2:00pm 3rd Gr Field Trip to Minnesota Zoo
  • 10:45am-1:30pm Witt Field Trip to Como Zoo
  • 1:30-2:30pm 4th Gr Mini-Courses

Tuesday, February 19

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

Wednesday, February 20

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

Thursday, February 21

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

Friday, February 22

  • 1:15pm All School Assembly led by Prep Specialists
  • 6:00-8:30pm Family Volunteer Service Night by PTA

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