Perspectives 03-29-19

Intent to Return and Class Placement We are requesting that all families click on and complete an Intent to Return Form for each child. The information is very important in planning for next year. Please click here to go to the form. This form is due by Friday, April 26, 2019. Thank you in advance!


Questions 1-6 complete the intent to return. Questions 7-9 are optional, but will provide input into class placement.


The teachers and I will work together to create the 2019-2020 classes. The teachers worked very hard this year with you and your child. They have a deep and broad understanding of each child's unique needs and strengths, learning style, academic levels in all subjects, peer relationships, leadership qualities, behavioral strengths and needs, family communication style, and family ability to support the classroom. We will also use our past experiences, knowledge of child development, and understanding of educational fundamentals to develop class placements.


Our top priority is to create balanced classrooms where every child has an optimal environment for success. We provide this opportunity for families to share any additional information with the teaching staff that will assist in the placement process.


IMPORTANT: Forms that include request for specific teachers will NOT be considered and will be deleted. Class lists for the 2019-2020 school year will be available through Campus in early August and posted on the front windows August 23, 2019.



Roller-skating Returns! Groovy! During Phy. Ed. classes, students in Grades 1-5 will be roller-skating in the gym from April 22-May 3. Permission slips will be sent home after Spring Break and are attached here. They will need to be signed and returned, along with the $6 fee, to the homeroom teachers by April 23. If you need assistance with the fee, please contact Mr. Castillo. Without a signed slip, students will not be permitted to skate.


It is important to note that if students have their own helmets (bicycle, skiing, batting helmet), they are strongly encouraged to bring them when they skate. There will be a very limited amount of helmets sent with the roller-skates for students to use. If students have their own helmets, it will likely fit them better than what will be provided. Helmets are required to be worn while skating. Wrist guards which will be provided.


Any questions, email Mr. Castillo.


Join the PTA Meeting on Wed, April 10 at 6:30pm Come hear about the great things in 4th Grade this year from Debbie Thompson, Kacky Kuechle, and Amy Kortuem. Principal Litwin will present the budget, staffing, and strategic plan for next year. Hear about all the great events and activities planned by PTA.


Great Hosts are Waiting! The Great Gatherings are a variety of fun social events planned by HM families and staff to raise money for enrichment activities for all students. If you're new to the school, it's a great way to meet other families.


Now it's time to fill the seats. We have over 60 gatherings planned for this year and there are lots of opportunities to join the adventures. Play pickup basketball with Principal Litwin to support the vocal music program. Send your kids to movie night to raise funds for our library. Attend a backyard concert to help pay for Art Adventure.


Let's not leave money on the table! When we fill up all of the remaining slots, we'll have raised an additional $11,000+. Go the Great Gatherings site now to browse the remaining open events  and make your choice. Send an email to Bring or send cash or check to the school office. Include the event chosen and your email address on the envelope. You'll receive a confirmation email. If you have questions or corrections about any of the events, email


Upcoming: April Great Gatherings

  • Friday, April 12, 6:30-8 PM Father/Daughter Dance
  • Saturday, April 13, 7-10 PM Adult Escape Room
  • Thursday, April 18 8-9:30 PM Stargazing at St. Thomas Observatory
  • Saturday, April 20, 4 PM St. George's Day English Tea Party
  • Thursday, April 25, 6-7:45 PM Adult Yoga Happy Hour
  • Friday, April 26, 7-10PM Basketball and Brews
  • Friday, April 26 6:30-9:30 5th Annual Mom's Cribbage Tournament
  • Saturday, April 27 5:30-8 PM 3rd Grade Home Alone Movie
  • Saturday, April 27 6-8 PM 5th Grade Pizza, Games & Dance Party
  • Saturday, April 27 7:30-10:30 PM Craft Beer Tasting

Horace Mann School Store Closes in May Thank you for buying at the school store. The School Store will be open for 6 more weeks  - closes Thursday, May 9. Lots of new items are in; make sure to check them out. All proceeds go towards the 5th grade Eagle Bluff trip.


Free Family Fun Night Mark your calendar! Free family game night on Thursday, April 18 from 6:15 to 7:30. Please join the Horace Mann School PTA for a family game night with board games, a craft area for younger kids, snacks and lots of family fun. Bring friends, family and neighbors for a fun community night. No drop offs please.


Think Spring!  The Horace Mann PTA Plant Sale is here! The Plant Sale is a fantastic opportunity for school families, neighbors and friends to contribute to the many wonderful PTA programs that support our school and teachers.  Plus your order is delivered directly to school!


ORDER ONLINE!  Please visit to place your order.  You can see full color photos of each plant or basket, specifics on each plant and pay by credit card.


Please forward the website link to friends, neighbors & family and ask them to support our school! Online orders are due Wednesday, April 10th.  Plant delivery date is Thursday, May 16th. Please contact Anne Pavlis ( with any questions…thank you!


Jump Rope for Heart Folders are due to Mr. Castillo by March 29. However, if you missed that deadline, they will be accepted until Friday, April 12.


MCA Testing is Scheduled Students in Grades 3-5 will be testing between April 16 and May 3. We ask that you look at schedule carefully and avoid any appointments during these times. Please be sure students get good sleep and breakfast each day.


  • 8:30-11:30am, April 16-17 MCA Reading for Grades 3-5
  • 8:30-11:30am, April 23-24 MCA Math for Grades 3-5
  • 9:45-11:25am, April 30 MCA Science for Ms. Pickart
  • 9:45-11:25am, May 1 MCA Science for Ms. Fridlund
  • 9:45-11:25am, May 2 MCA Science for Ms. Tarnofsky


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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, April 1-Friday, April 5


  • No School - Spring Break

Monday, April 8

  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL resumes

Tuesday, April 9

  • 3:00-4:10pm Spring Community Education Classes begin

Wednesday, April 10

  • 9:00-10:30am K-Gr 1 Music Rehearsal in the Cafeteria
  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL 
  • 6:30pm PTA Meeting in the Library

Thursday, April 11

  • 1:30pm Kdg-Gr 1 Music Concert for Students in the Gym
  • 3:00-4:10pm Spring Community Education Classes
  • 6:30pm Kdg-Gr 1 Music Conert for Families in the Gym

Friday, April 12


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