Perspectives 02-28-19

After the recent event at Highland Park Middle School and after our own 4th and 5th graders were exposed to the Momo Challenge, we thought it a good idea to highlight some strategies to limit the negative impacts of media. 


Protecting Children from the Effects of Electronic Media It’s not all just fun and games. What children do in their down time—when they are not in school or in planned activities—can have a serious impact on their lives and health, both now and in the future.


Whether or not your children are fixated on TV or video games, it’s likely that they spend many hours a week tuned into music, movies, computer games, or television shows. While their main goal is to be entertained, they also are soaking in the messages that these shows and games deliver. Here is important information you need to know about the effects of electronic media on your children, and what you can do to lessen the negative impact:

  • Watch with them. When your children are watching television shows or movies at home, be sure to be tuned in yourself. Speak up when you see something that you find offensive—from the gluttony promoted by many restaurants to violence or inappropriate behavior.
  • Turn it off. Limit the amount of time your children spend in front of the TV, and turn off any shows that you believe are promoting violence, sexuality, disrespect for the law, and alcohol or drug use.
  • Keep it out of their rooms. Children who have TVs or computer game systems in their rooms spend too many hours tuned out and too few working on activities that build their minds, bodies, and social skills.
  • Listen in. When your children talk to each other or to friends, occasionally listen in. Be aware if they seem to be identifying with characters in games or shows who are not good role models. If so, limit their viewing or participating in those programs/games, and talk to them about the type of behaviors that are good to follow, and those that aren’t.
  • Use the rating systems. There are helpful rating systems on all television shows, music CDs, and video games. Be aware of what the ratings are and strictly limit your children to those that you feel are appropriate.
  • Understand that watching violence breeds violence. Many studies have shown that children who watch a lot of violent programming, play violent computer or video games, and play music that glorifies violence are more prone to acting out in violent ways than other children. Make sure to limit, or eliminate altogether, such media in your home.
  • Don’t give in. If your children beg for video games, music, or DVDs that you feel are inappropriate, ignore their pleas and don’t buy them. Alert relatives and others who might buy your children gifts that you want to make sure the games and shows your children play and watch are appropriate. Be strong if your child gets an inappropriate game or DVD as a gift—thank the giver, but then exchange it for something else.
  • Help them understand real from fantasy. Some children get lost in the images they see in videos, TV shows, and computer games and want to act out what they are watching. Sometimes the results can be tragic. Monitor your children’s behavior and step in strongly if they seem to be identifying with the characters in the shows or games they are watching. Stress that the shows are not real and that acting out what they’re viewing can be dangerous.
  • Set a good example. Limit the amount of television that you and other adults in the house watch. Encourage activities that involve the whole family that don’t involve a television or game console. Finally, take the word of the experts in child health—the American Academy of Pediatrics. It has warned parents that children who watch a lot of television can end up doing more poorly in school, may be more likely to have attention problems, and may have problems with self-control and moral judgment.

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Join the PTA Meeting Tuesday, March 5th from 6:30-7:30

  • 6:30-7 Principal Litwin's report, 3rd grade and ELL team updates, PTA committee updates
  • 7-7:30 Landscape committee guest speaker, Master Gardener Holly Johnson

Albert Einstein once said: "Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything." As parents, grandparents, family members, and educators, we are always in search of ways to connect with and develop the children around us. Many of us don't recognize the incredible opportunities for connecting with and teaching our children that reside in the backyards and parks that surround us. To help us take advantage of that opportunity, Horace Mann's PTA has invited Holly Johnson, a Master Gardener from the University of Minnesota Extension program to present to the PTA meeting on March 5.


The 2019 Horace Mann PTA Silent & Live Auction:  ‘One Small Night for Mann, One Giant Leap for Mann Kids’ – taking place March 8th We are still seeking donations!!  Please email Anne Pavlis with any last minute submissions! If you would like it to appear in the auction booklet, the committee needs the description by 3/1! (We can accept the actual donation next week). Below are ideas:

  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! Click here: Great Gatherings
  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.

Curbside Service to and from the Auction! Please join us before the auction on Friday, March 8, at Tiffany's Sports Lounge (2051 Ford Pkwy) and grab a shuttle ride to and from the event!

The shuttle will depart from Tiffany's around 6:00pm, and will leave the Harriet Island Pavilion to return to Tiffany's at approximately 10:30pm. Cost is $15/person, round trip.  The fee for your ride will be added to the auction bill you pay at the end of the event. Please Note: The cost to rent and run the shuttle has been donated by Tiffany's owner, Blake Montpetit. All of the money we raise from fares will go directly to Horace Mann!

SHUTTLE SPACE IS LIMITED, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Please contact Angie Rust to sign up at or 651-216-2227. Thank you!


Sign Up for Fall Conferences Starts Now Conferences take place 4:00-700pm on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21 and 8:00am-3:00pm on Friday, March 22. Each family is provided one 20-minute time slot per child.

Go to to sign up online. Make sure to sign up for one conference for each child in your family. Families should check times and dates carefully to avoid overlaps for more than one child.

If you do not have Internet access, please schedule via phone at 651-293-8965.


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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,


Thursday, February 28

  • 6:15pm Horace Mann School PTA Family Bingo Night in the Cafeteria

Friday, March 1

  • No School - Conference Prep Day

Monday, March 4

  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL

Tuesday, March 5

  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes
  • 6:30pm PTA Meeting in Library

Wednesday, March 6

  • 9:30-11:30am Simmons & Boos Field Trip to Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA)
  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL

Thursday, March 7

  • 9:25am-12:00pm Simmons & Rice Class Field Trip to Dodge Nature Center
  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes

Friday, March 8

  • 9:25am-12:00pm Tennyson & Boos Class Field Trip to Dodge Nature Center
  • 9:25am-12:00pm Thompson & Tarnofsky Field Trip to Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA)
  • 9:30am-12:30pm Commers Class Field Trip to MOI- Book-making
  • 6:30-10:30pm Silent Auction at Harriet Island Pavillion

Monday, March 11

  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL

Tuesday, March 12

  • 9:30-11:30am Traxler Class Field Trip to MIA
  • 1:30-2:30pm 5th Grade Field Trip to Highland Library
  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes

Wednesday, March 13

  • 9:30-11:30am Tennyson & Rice Class Field Trip to MIA
  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL

Thursday, March 14

  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes
  • 5:30-8:00pm Parent Seminar: Understanding Our Children’s Emotions and Behavior

Friday, March 15

  • 9:30-11:30am Kacky & Kortuem Class Field Trip to MIA
  • 2:05pm All School Assembly in Gym

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