Perspectives 04-12-19

You are Invited to Monday’s Parenting Speaker David Bredehoft will speak in the library on Monday, April 15 from 6:30pm to 7:30 pm. He will talk about “raising likeable, responsible, respectful children.” David is one of the authors of How Much is Too Much? and will provide resources on how to avoid the pitfalls of raising overindulged children and why overindulging children causes them harm into adulthood.5th Grade Ambassadors will be providing school-age childcare on-site.


K-1 Music Concerts Re-scheduled Our K-1 Music Concerts are re-scheduled for next week. We will hold the family concert on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30pm in the gym. We will hold the school concert on Thursday, April 18 at 1:30pm in the gym. There is limited seating available for families. 


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.


Looking at Childcare for Next Year’s New Start/End Times? Horace Mann School Discovery Club is now full and has a waiting list. The city and school district are working on another option for families. Highland Community Center is working toward the finalization of an after school program that will operate Monday through Friday from 2pm - 6pm. Specific registration details and information will be released soon.


There are other after-school programs, called Rec Check, in area F. They include Edgcumbe, Jimmy Lee, Linwood, Palace, Scheffer, and MLK. Rec Check registration opens on June 3. Another program called S'More Fun at Groveland is full for fall.


School Schedule Changes for Testing We begin state testing in reading and math for Grade 3-5 students. However the schedule will change for the entire school on Tuesday, April 16; Wednesday, April 17; Tuesday, April 23; and Wednesday, April 24. Check out below for your convenience if you have appointments for or plan to visit your children the next two weeks.































What is happening for Next Year with Staff, the Budget, and School Plans? You can click here for a document explaining what happens next year for the school. The news is good, in largest part because of your support of the referendum!


The school district has also provided a few resources if you’d like to know more about how funding works for the entire district. If you want to learn more about where district funds come from and how they are spent, you can click here for a 3-minute video called Budgeting 101. You can watch another 3-minute video to learn how funds from a variety of sources help schools create their budget each year. Finally, there is document that answers frequently asked questions.


The school district will provide opportunities for the community to speak about budgets later in April or May. Look for more information coming soon.


Intent to Return and Class Placement We are requesting that all families click on and complete an Intent to Return Form. 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.


Please Give Feedback on PTA Business Partnerships Can you spare a couple minutes to provide some feedback to the Horace Mann PTA Business Partnership Committee about things like Davanni's Night and Give to the Max Day? It takes 2-3 minutes tops! Go to


Our BP Committee only meets once a year. It is a great committee on which to volunteer if you want to help, but don't have a lot of time to meet. Thank you!


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, contact Mr. Castillo.


Many Great Gatherings Spots Still Open Go to the Great Gatherings site now to browse the events. Make your choice and send an email to You can send cash or check to the school office along with a note listing the events your kids or you want to attend. Make sure to include your email address. You'll receive a confirmation 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, 6-10PM 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

If you have questions or corrections about any of these events, email:


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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 15

  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL
  • 6:30pm PTA Guest Speaker for families “Raising Likable, Responsible, Respectful Children” in the Library

Tuesday, April 16

  • 8:30-11:30am MCA Reading Tests for Grades 3-5
  • 11:50am-2:50pm Guest artist visits each 1st Gr class for an hour
  • 3:00-4:10pm Spring Community Education Classes

Wednesday, April 17

  • 8:30-11:30am MCA Reading Tests for Grades 3-5
  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL
  • 6:30pm K-1 Music Concert for Families in the Gym

Thursday, April 18

  • 8:30-11:30am Guest artist visits each 1st Gr class for an hour
  • 1:30pm K-1 Music Concert for the School in the Gym

Thursday, April 18

  • 8:30-11:30am Guest artist visits each 1st Gr class for an hour
  • 3:00-4:10pm Spring Community Education Classes
  • 3:15pm Landscape Community Meeting in Conference Room

Friday, April 19

  • No School - Teacher Professional Development

Monday, April 22

  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL
  • 5:00-6:00pm Eagle Bluff Field Trip Parent/Guardian Meeting in the 2300 hallway

Tuesday, April 23

  • 8:30-11:30am MCA Math Tests for Grades 3-5
  • 11:50am-2:50pm Guest artist visits each 1st Gr class for an hour
  • 3:00-4:10pm Spring Community Education Classes

Wednesday, April 24

  • 8:30-11:30am MCA Math Tests for Grades 3-5
  • 3:00-4:45 EDL

Friday, April 26

  • 8:30am-12:00pm Gr 5 Math Masters Competition at Rondo Complex

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