Perspectives 05-03-19

Staff Changes Announced It is with a heavy heart, but happiness for the staff members that we announce some retirements. Colleen Fridlund (currently 5th Grade Teacher), Debbie Thompson (currently 4th Grade Teacher), and Renette McParland (School Social Worker) will retire at the end of the school year. We wish them well as they move into a new phase in their lives!


Next year we will only have two sections of 4th and 5th grade, so we will not be hiring for Ms. Fridlund or Ms. Thompson’s position. We will be hiring a half-time Social Worker.


We are also adding a 3rd grade classroom. We are happy to report that Mark Lindskoog will be filling this position. Mr. Lindskoog has worked as a teacher of English Language Learners and a Reading Support Teacher at Webster Magnet, Obama, Highland Park Elementary, and Horace Mann School.


5th Grade Performs Well at 2019 Math Masters Competition Math Masters of Minnesota provides competitions in mathematics for thousands of students in fifth and sixth grades. 28 Horace Mann fifth graders participated in the one-day regional competition held at Capitol Hill School on Friday, April 26. 154 students on 31 teams competed in three categories: Fact Drill (75 problems in 5 minutes), Individual Rounds, and Team Rounds.  


Fact Drill Individual Awards - Out of 154 participants

  • Pete 7th place tied – medallion
  • Manny 7th place tied – medallion
  • Finn 15th place - ribbon
  • Sama 20th place

Individual Awards - Out of 154 participants

  • Pete 1st place! - medallion
  • Charlotte T 7th place – medallion
  • Jack 17th place  
  • Finn 19th place
  • Charlie 20th place

Team #1 - 4th place of 31 teams! – received ribbons

Cooper, Ingrid, Jack, Pete, and Charlie


Team #2 – 10th place

Atticus, Sama, Sebastian, Eitan, and Charlotte T


Team #3 – 11th place

Aislyn, Mira, Ezra, Sonia, and Finn


Congratulations on hard work and effort to all of our other participants: Rohan, Allie, Linnea, Ansel, Taylor W, Emme, Tatum, Rhett, Mackenzie, Christopher, Ethan D, Sebastian, Ella, Manny, & Gabe K.


Thank you and congratulations to Coach Colleen Fridlund!


It's finally Spring Clean Up Time! Come join the Landscape Committee on tomorrow, May 4, 9am - noon to help our beautiful grounds look their best.


You are Invited to the Last PTA Meeting This Year The last PTA meeting of the year is Tuesday, May 7 from 6:30-7:30pm. You will hear from the 5th grade team, Principal Litwin, and various PTA committees. All are welcome! School-age childcare provided by 5th grade ambassadors.


Walk/Bike to School Day May 8 We are still welcoming parent/guardian volunteers to help on Walk/Bike to School Day. We will walk from a marked location near Highland Parkway and Fairview Avenue. Our student patrol members will help. This event will take place rain, snow, or shine, unless there is severe weather. Please email Principal Litwin ( if you are available or have questions.


EDL Ends May 8 The last day for this school year is Wednesday, May 8.


5th Graders Prepare for Spring Band Concert Our 5th graders, under the direction of Alan Sollenberger, have been practicing their instruments all year. They will share their talents on Wednesday, May 15 in the Gym.

  • 9:00am School Concert (There is limited seating available for family members.)
  • 7:00pm Family Concert

Horace Mann Carnival: Save the Date! The Horace Mann School Carnival will be held on Friday, May 31. Come and celebrate the end of a fantastic year with games, food, and more!  If you haven’t been to this Carnival before – it is a party that is both inside and outside (if the weather is nice). We have games (ring toss, face painting, etc). Most games cost $1-2. There will be food trucks to purchase dinner or a treat. One of the trucks coming this year is Potter’s Pasties, 2019 City Pages best food truck! There is a used book sale. You can clear the shelves of books your kids have read and get new books for summer. You can donate children and young adult books outside the office starting the week of May 20.


Transportation Changes South of Ford Parkway Starting 2019-2020, Ford Parkway is designated as a Hazardous Crossing. All students living south of Ford Parkway are eligible for a bus. All students attending childcare at the Highland Community Center or JCC will be eligible for bussing.


Still Seeking Childcare for 2019-2020? The JCC dropped off some flyers at Horace Mann School. The JCC is another option for families.

  • Families can receive busing. JCC staff meet the bus.
  • Families can register for swimming lessons during after school childcare.
  • Families must be members, but JCC child care costs are cheaper than Discovery Club. Even with a membership, families save money.

The City of Saint Paul is starting a child care program at the Highland Community Center. As stated above, bussing will be provided by the school district. Our school district staff members are trying to get priority registration for Horace Mann families on the DC wait list. As soon as more details are available (pricing, registration, programming, deadlines), we will post it in the Perspectives.


The City of Saint Paul also has another after school program at several other rec centers. The school district does provide bussing to these centers. You can find the  Rec Check program at Edgcumbe, Jimmy Lee, Linwood, Palace, Scheffer, and MLK.


PTA Seeks Volunteers for the 2019-2020 School Year Interested in getting more involved next year? The Horace Mann PTA is always looking for new volunteers, committee members, and committee co-chairs! The PTA is specifically seeking a Co-Communication Board member and both co-chairs for the Volunteer Coordinator Board position. Additional Committee chair needs include: Family Volunteer Service Chair (or 2), Yearbook (or 2), Scholastic Book Fair (or 2), Silent Auction (or 2), Spring Plant Sale (or 2). If interested, please contact Karla Lauerman Cummins at or Nikki Mechelke at


Available Great Gatherings in May Many of the remaining available events still have dates TBD. Three are coming soon with availability remaining. Visit Great Gatherings to look for other events which are still open for sign up. Available gatherings are listed by adult/family or by grade level. Send an email to to let us know you're coming and drop a check or cash off at the school office.

  • May 11: 5th Grade Moms' Euchre Night
  • May 18: 4th Grade Flag Football
  • May 19: 1st Grade Playground Pizza Playdate

If you signed up for these or any events, expect an email from your host with further details. Contact us with errors or omissions at


Highland Park Mountain Bike Team Did you know there is an opportunity for Saint Paul students in grades 6-12 to be on a mountain bike team? The Highland Park Mountain Bike Team welcomes riders who attend school in Saint Paul. We are dedicated to positive team culture and foster a wonderful experience for beginning through advanced riders. The team is thankful for our dedicated, trained, volunteer coaches who give their time and talents to inspire life-long riders. The season runs from July 1 through October 31. Please contact Allan & Miriam Shuros for more details ( or 651-245-1289).


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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, May 6

  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL

Tuesday, May 7

  • 7:30-8:30am Chess Club in the Library
  • 8:45-10:45am Boos/Rice Class Field Trip to Como Planeterium
  • 3:00-4:10pm Spring Community Education Classes
  • 6:30pm PTA Meeting in Library

Wednesday, May 8

  • 8:00-8:30am Walk or Bike to School Event (includes bussers and drop offs) near Highland Parkway and Fairview
  • 3:00-4:45 EDL- Last day for 2018-19

Thursday, May 9

  • 3:00-4:10pm Spring Community Education Classes
  • 6:00pm Kindergarten Orientation in Gym

Friday, May 10

  • 1:00-2:30pm 5th Grade Cribbage Tournament
  • 1:30-2:30pm 4th Grade Mini-Courses

Tuesday, May 14

  • 7:30-8:30am Chess Club in the Library
  • 9:25am-2:00pm School Patrol Picnic
  • 3:00-4:10pm Spring Community Education Classes

Wednesday, May 15

  • 9:00am Band Concert for the School in the Gym
  • 7:00pm Band Concert for the Families in th Gym

Thursday, May 16

  • 1:00-6:00pm Plant Sale Pick Up on the Front Lawn on Eleanor

Friday, May 17

  • 10:00am All School Assembly by the Kindergarten
  • 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.