Perspectives 09-06-19

Thanks for a terrific start to the school year. We hope you are hearing exciting and positive things at home!


Complete iUpdate

At last check, 308 students had their iUpdate completed. iUpdate is the online system to do permission forms, free/reduced price lunch applications, update contact information and more. Please help us get to 100% by Friday, September 13! Click iUpdate to begin. If you need help with username or password, please call our office at 651-293-8965.


You are Invited to:

  • A fall barbecue luncheon on Friday, September 20. Visitor lunches are $4.20. Family members are invited to eat lunch with their child during lunch. If weather cooperates, you may bring a blanket and eat on the field. We have a few picnic tables. Lunch times are:
    • Kindergarten 10:35am
    • 1st Grade 10:50am
    • 2nd Grade 11:25am
    • 3rd Grade 11:30am
    • 4th Grade 12:05pm
    • 5th Grade 12:10pm
  • PTA's Sock Hop and Potluck on Friday, September 20 in the evening. Look for details in next week's Perspectives.


Morning Entry to School

Students (and family members) may enter Door 7 on Wilder from 7:00-7:30am. Students may get breakfast. At 7:15am, everyone heads to class. After 7:30am, students (and family members) may enter the main entry on Eleanor, Door 1.

Students may also enter Door 1 7:00-7:15am, but need to go to the cafeteria. After 7:15am, students entering Door 1 can go directly to class or breakfast.


New Rule to Change How Your Child Goes Home

New this year! Families must contact the school office by Noon to make any changes to their child's route home. With the new start/end time, we have to make sure we get everyone home correctly. This gives our office staff enough time to notify teachers and students. The only exception would be for an extreme emergency. Thank you for your help in getting students home safely!


Walking Line News

Times and corners for all walking lines
  • (6:55am)      Cleveland and Hartford (AT PRESENT, THIS CORNER IS NOT AN OPTION, DUE TO LACK OF PATROLS)
  • (6:55am)      Highland Pkwy and Cretin (Patrols cannot use flags to cross at Cretin, due to safety concerns. Walkers must cross Cretin as pedestrians, using crosswalks, when possible)
  • (6:55 am)     **Bayard and Fairview (Line starts at Bayard, then goes to Josephine Pl, to Eleanor Ave, then to school) 
  • (7:05am)      Kenneth and Ford Pkwy
  • (7:05am)      Cleveland and Highland Pkwy
  • (7:10am)      Kenneth and Eleanor

** = Unofficial flexible walking line. Route and times are determined by Patrols and families.


This information can also be seen in the Patrol link, under the Families section of the school website.


School Patrol Update

If any patrols did not attend the Patrol meeting on Thursday, please see Mr. Castillo on Tuesday, to receive their flag and vest, as well as other information.
Come shop a garage sale and benefit our school!
Five Horace Mann families have come together to host a giant garage/yard sale on Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15, 9 am-4 pm (rain date of Sept. 28-29). We have adults' and kids' clothes, shoes, sporting goods, games, puzzles, furniture, and much much more! All proceeds from the sale will go to the Horace Mann PTA. Several Horace Mann students will also be doing a lemonade stand. Please stop by at the corner of Fairview and Bayard Avenue on Sept. 14th or 15th. Contact Megan at for more details. 
Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Meetings
The PTA is a partnership between parents and teachers who collaborate to enrich the lives of our students and build our school community. It is also a forum for parents to obtain information and voice their opinions about what is happening at our school.  All parents and guardians are welcomed and strongly encouraged to attend PTA meetings and/or find another way to get involved with the PTA!  Meeting dates are as follows:
  • Monday, September 16
  • Thursday, October 10
  • Wednesday, November 20
  • Wednesday, January 8 
  • Monday, March 2
  • Tuesday, April 14
  • Monday, May 11

All meetings are held from 6:30-7:30 pm in the library. FREE school-age child care is provided by 5th Grade Ambassadors (no need to pre-register for school-age child care).


Horace Mann Facebook Group

To join the private Horace Mann Facebook group, please go to:


PTA Website

The PTA established its own website!  Special thanks to Aaron Litzenberg for his help in setting this up.  The website is: You can also get there from the Horace Mann School webpage under Families.


Horace Mann School Directory

Directory forms were provided during Meet the Teacher Night.  Please complete the form and return it to your classroom teacher ASAP.  Volunteers will be putting together the 2019-2020 school directory. We strive to get the directory in your hands by the end of September, but it all depends on everyone returning their form. If you aren’t sure if you turned it in or have any questions about the form or the directory, please contact Drew Johnson at or 651-699-3432.


A Few More PTA Forms

Other forms were included in your child’s Friday Folder: Volunteering, Membership, and 5th Grade Ambassador Sign-up.  Please take the time to complete these forms (as applicable) and return them.  They are also available on the new PTA website:


PTA Board Officers:  Contact information for 2019-2020 board officers is below.  Please feel free to reach out to board officers with questions, ideas, etc. 

PTA Board Officers



Nikki Mechelke


Karla Lauerman Cummins


Jackie Hippen

Teacher Representative

Amy Kortuem

Co-Communications Secretary

Marian Saksena Hatch

Co-Communications Secretary

Laura Willson

Recording Secretary

Melanie McMahon


Horace Mann Amazon Smile Program

Looking for an easy way to help support our school?  Go to and search for "PTA Minnesota Congress 008740 Horace Mann PTA" and designate HM PTA as your charitable organization.


Follow Horace Mann School on Social Media

Important School Dates Bookmark our school calendar and check it frequently. You can go to and click calendar or use the direct link,


Monday, September 9

  • 3:00-5:00pm Girls on the Run

Wednesday, September 11

  • 3:00-5:00pm Girls on the Run

Friday, September 13

  • 8:00am All School Assembly for students and staff in the Gym

Monday, September 16

  • 9:15am-12:45pm 4th Gr Field Trip to River Rendezvous in Bloomington
  • 3:00-5:00pm Girls on the Run
  • 6:30-7:30pm PTA Meeting in the Library

Wednesday, September 18

  • 3:00-5:00pm Girls on the Run

Thursday, September 19

  • 7:50-8:45am SPPD School Patrol Training for 4th/5th Gr patrols in the Cafeteria

Friday, September 20

  • Fall Barbecue Luncheon (Kdg 10:35, 1st 10:50, 2nd 11:25, 3rd 11:30, 4th 12:05, 5th 12:10)
  • 6:30-7:30pm PTA Sock Hop and Potluck

Perspective submissions are due by 8:00am on Thursdays. Submissions after 8:00am will be included in the next edition.