Perspectives 05-17-19

Horace Mann Carnival is 2 weeks Away Please join us Friday, May 31 from 5-8pm for the Horace Mann School PTA "Street" Carnival! It's a fun event for the whole community to celebrate the end of the year.

Come hungry!  We will have food trucks selling meals and snacks:

  1. The Purple People Feeder (burgers, hot dogs, cheese curds, fries)
  2. Potter's Pasties (pasties)
  3. The J-Mobile (gluten-free, vegan, veggie tacos)
  4. Fro Yo Soul (frozen yogurt)

This event is made possible by many volunteers and donations.  Thank you for helping!

Donate! (drop-off in the office starting Monday)

  • Bottles of 20 oz drinks (juice, sports drinks, flavored waters)
  • Used children’s and young adult books and movies
  • Plastic or paper grocery bags
  • Treats and baked goods to make the cake walk fun!  Please drop off in the teacher’s lounge on Thursday, 5/31 or Friday, 6/1. We are asking for cupcakes, cookies, brownies (no nuts please).  This year we will set up plates with assorted treats for winners to select.

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


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


PE Department Raises Thousand for AHA The American Heart Association and the millions of Americans they serve, thank our community very much for our donation of $8,626. Families and schools are critical links in providing the foundation for cardiovascular wellness in our country. By holding this event at our school, we raised awareness about heart-healthy living. We helped fund more life saving scientific research and critically needed education efforts. Thank you.


Almost every family in America is touched by heart disease or stroke, and our school's contribution will significantly impact the fight against these devastating illnesses.


Free Summer Meals at Horace Mann School This summer hot lunches will be available at Horace Mann School and Randolph Heights Elementary to children 18 & under) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and cold lunches will be available Fridays. Children do not need to be enrolled in anything to get the free lunch. They can simply come in and grab a lunch. Lunch at Horace Mann will be at 11:30am and at Randolph Heights it will be at noon.


Watch the School Patrol Parade On Cable View the entire School Patrol Parade on Saint Paul Cable Channel 16 on May 23, 24, 26, 28, and 29 at 11:30am and 6:30pm.


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


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 ( Look for a flyer coming soon.


SPPS Announces Budget Information Session Date This session is designed to inform people about the SPPS budget for 2019-20; the budget process and priorities; and to answer questions.


Representatives from Finance, the Division of Schools, Administration and other District officials will be available at 6 pm on Thursday, May 23 at Harding Senior High School, 1540 E. Sixth Street


4th and 5th Grade Musical, Annie, Premieres May 29 Our 4th and 5th graders, under the direction of Kevin Dutcher, have been working hard the last several weeks. They will present the musical on Wednesday, May 29 in the Gym.

  • 9:15am School Concert (There is limited seating available for family members.)
  • 7:00pm Family Concert


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


Great Gatherings Spots Still Available Visit Great Gatherings today to sign up.

Here's what's available in May/June:

  • May 18: 4th Grade Flag Football
  • May 30: Cornhole Tournament at Summit Brewery
  • June 1: Backyard Taproom
  • June 1: 5th Grade and 1st Grade Book Buddy
  • June 8: Mom's Stand-up Paddleboarding
  • June 11-13: 3-Day Li'l Spikers Boys Volleyball Camp 3-5th graders
  • June 12: 5th Grade Moms Night Out
  • June 14: Outdoor Family Movie Night
  • June 20: Canoe the Mississippi River

Questions? 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, May 20

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

Tuesday, May 21

  • 7:30-8:30am Chess Club in the Library
  • 3:00-4:10pm Spring Community Education Classes

Thursday, May 23

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

Friday, May 24

  • 2:30pm 5th Graders return from Eagle Bluff

Monday, May 27

  • No School - Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28

  • 7:30-8:30am Chess Club in the Library
  • 9:00-10:30am 4th & 5th Gr Annie Dress Rehearsal in the Gym
  • 3:00-4:10pm Spring Community Education Classes

Wednesday, May 29

  • 9:15am 4th & 5th Grade Musical “Annie” for the School in the Gym
  • 12:00-2:00pm Kdg Field Trip to the Ordway
  • 7:00pm 4th & 5th Grade Musical “Annie” for the School in the Gym

Thursday, May 30

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

Friday, May 31

  • 9:15-10:15am 1st Gr Field Trip to Cedarvale Lanes
  • 12:00-2:30pm Kdg Field Trip to Gibbs Farm
  • 5:00-8:00pm Horace Mann School PTA Street Carnival

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