Perspectives 05-10-19

Thank You to PTA and All Familes Thank you to everyone for all of the kind words, gifts, and treats during Teacher Appreciation Week. The staff truly felt spoiled!


Library Books All Horace Mann School Library books are due on Friday, May 24.


Walk to School Succeeds You should have seen the faces of the students as they got off buses in the morning on Wednesday, May 8. They, the students who were dropped off, the students who normally walk, and the staff and families had a great walk to school. The atmosphere was festive, fun, and energized. Students enjoyed walking and visiting with friends. Thank you to Carol Grady, city of Saint Paul volunteers, Ramsey County volunteers, SPPD, and our Transportation Department for the support. Thank you to all of the parents and relatives who joined in and walked. Thank you to our staff for joining in too!


Math Masters Correction One 5th grader, Sonia, was inadvertently left out of last week’s Math Masters article. She took 13th place out of 154 participants in the Fact Drill Individual Awards and received a ribbon. She was also on the Horace Mann team that finished in 11th place out of 31 teams.


Horace Mann School Spirit Week Next week the Student Advisory Board will host a spirit week. Students and staff are encouraged to wear clothing that fits the theme and express themselves.

  • May 13th Twin Day
  • May 14th Crazy Hair Day
  • May 15th Color Wars (color of your hallway i.e. 5th purple)
  • May 16th Dress to Impress
  • May 17th Pajama Day

Summer Academic Programming at Home Register your child for the SPPS Community Education Program - Cahoots. Cahoots is a summer correspondence program that Community Education created in partnership with SPPS teachers. The program is designed to help students review what they learned in the previous school year to help retain learning during the summer and be ready to continue in the fall.  


When youth register, they get a workbook and a reflection buddy.  Throughout the summer, they will do a lesson and then communicate with a buddy to solidify learning and make the process fun. Youth who complete the program in SPPS will be invited to an end-of-the-summer celebration where they meet their buddies.  (The entering K celebration is a half day; the entering 1st-6th graders go on a full day field trip).


Sample workbooks are available in the office for families to review.  Additional information is on the Cahoots website ( Flyers were sent home this week.


Horace Mann Carnival Preparations Continue Attend the Horace Mann "Street" Carnival on Friday, May 31 from 5-8 pm!
 It's a fun event for the whole family to celebrate the end of the year. It is put on by volunteers at the school. You might see neighbors, former students, and perspective families.


Volunteers are still needed!


Your help is needed to run a game, help with set-up, or clean-up.  Sign up early to get the spot you want. Use the Volunteer Online signup link. It's fast and you do not need to register an email address. Click here:


It's a fun and lively evening. We hope to see you there!


SPPS Announces Budget Information Session Dates These sessions are designed to inform people about the SPPS budget for 2019-20; the budget process and priorities; and to answer questions.

The two dates are:

  • 6 p.m., Monday, May 13 at AGAPE High School, 1037 University Ave. W.
  • 6 p.m., Thursday, May 23 at Harding Senior High School, 1540 E. Sixth Street

Representatives from Finance, the Division of Schools, Administration and other District officials will be available on each of those evenings.


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

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 also 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


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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 13

  • Twin Day

Tuesday, May 14

  • Crazy Hair Day
  • 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

  • Color Wars (color of your hallway i.e. 5th purple)
  • 9:00am Band Concert for the School in the Gym
  • 7:00pm Band Concert for the Families in th Gym

Thursday, May 16

  • Dress to Impress
  • 1:00-6:00pm Plant Sale Pick Up on the Front Lawn on Eleanor
  • 3:15pm Landscape Committee Meeting in Conference Room

Friday, May 17

  • Pajama Day
  • 10:00am All School Assembly by the Kindergarten
  • 1:30-2:30pm 4th Grade Mini-Courses

Monday, May 20

  • 8:30am 5th Grade leaves for Field Trip to Eagle Bluff ELC in Lanesboro, MN

Tuesday, May 21

  • 5th Grade Field Trip to Eagle Bluff ELC in Lanesboro, MN
  • 7:30-8:30am Chess Club in the Library
  • 3:00-4:10pm Spring Community Education Classes

Wednesday, May 22

  • 5th Grade Field Trip to Eagle Bluff ELC in Lanesboro, MN

Thursday, May 23

  • 5th Grade Field Trip to Eagle Bluff ELC in Lanesboro, MN
  • 3:00-4:10pm Spring Community Education Classes

Friday, May 24

  • 2:30pm 5th Graders return


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