Perspectives 09-13-19

Morning Drop Off on Eleanor

When you drop off in the morning on Eleanor, you can't park. You should also refrain from a lengthy stop. Instead, we ask you to give your child a quick and loving good-bye.


We also ask families to try to have their child exit on the school side of the vehicle.


Finally, if you'd like to park and come into school with your child. you may park on the opposite side of Eleanor or on Kenneth. 


Thanks for helping the children stay safe!


Fall Barbecue Luncheon on Fri, Sept 20

Family members are invited to join their child during their regularly scheduled lunch (below) next Friday. Adult and child guest lunches cost $4.20. We ask you to buy a ticket in the office 15-30 minutes before the lunch. If anyone needs assistance with the cost of the lunch, please email Principal Litwin ( or call 651-293-8965. A ticket will be provided for you.

Look for an orange flyer in your child's backpack with more details. Try to RSVP by Monday. Bring a blanket to eat outdoors if weather cooperates.

  • Kindergarten 10:35am
  • 1st Grade 10:50am
  • 2nd Grade 11:25am
  • 3rd Grade 11:30am
  • 4th Grade 12:05pm
  • 5th Grade 12:10pm 

Sock Hop on Sept. 20th, 6:30-7:30 PM


Join Horace Mann friends for our annual Sock Hop on Friday, 
September 20. Back by popular demand, Horace Mann parents Andy and Sally Zimney volunteer their time and equipment to DJ this fun dance. Light snacks will be available.  Please wear your craziest socks and bring new socks to
 donate to Project Reach, a SPPS office supporting families in housing 
transitions. This is a free family event sponsored by
 the Horace Mann PTA and Family Volunteer Service Committee. All children must be accompanied by an adult. If you are interested in helping with the event, please go to Questions? Contact
 Terri Shefelbine at


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. 

First PTA Meeting

All parents and guardians are invited to attend the first PTA meeting of the year on Monday, September 16 from 6:30 to 7:30pm (school library). Meeting topics include Principal's Report, Mr. Dutcher and the music program, PTA Budget approval, updates and input from attendees. The PTA is YOUR organization: your ideas and participation make a huge difference.  School-age childcare is available in the gym.


PTA Seeks to Support Co-curriculars & Youth Involvement

The PTA is a youth-serving organization. The PTA would like to provide co-curricular support to those organizations and committees that support Horace Mann families; such as Girls on the Run, Scouts, Anti-Bullying Club, etc. Please contact Nikki Mechelke and Karla Lauerman Cummins at to find out more.  The PTA also desires to encourage student involvement and voice within our leadership, committees, and events, etc. Youth are welcome!  Please contact any board member, or committee chair to get involved.


PTA Seeks Volunteer Coordinators

The PTA is seeking a one or two co-volunteer coordinators for 2019-2020.  Please contact Nikki Mechelke and Karla Lauerman Cummins at to find out more. 


PTA Seeks 5th Grade Ambassadors

5th graders have opportunities to raise funds to help pay for the Eagle Bluff trip. One opportunity is to provide childcare during PTA meetings. If your 5th grader is interested, please submit the online form or the paper form (sent home with students) by Monday, September 23rd. A big thank you to the parent coordinators: Mary Blake, Avisia Whiteman, and Ariel Dressler. 


Horace Mann Directory Forms Due

Don't miss this opportunity to have and provide contact information for your child and her/his classmates. 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.  


Please Turn in PTA Forms

If you haven't already done so, please complete and turn in your forms for Volunteering, Membership, etc.   They were sent home in Friday folders and also available on the new PTA website:


Mark Your Calendars and Share Some Toys for Boo Bash

Boo Bash, the all-school party, raises money for the 5th grade trip to Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center,. The Boo Bash takes place Thursday, October 24. There will be many ways for families to support the event.


One new initiative this year is a toy/prize drive to promote the message of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Donate lightly-used snap bands, matchbox cars, erasers, pencil toppers, pencil cases, Pokeman cards, keychains, bubbles, unused Playdough cups, plastic dolls (eg. Shopkin)  etc. that are collecting in your “treasure” drawer. 


There will be a collection bin in the office.  The team will sort and reuse them for prizes at Boo Bash. Questions? Contact Terri Shefelbine at or 612-237-5959.  Watch Perspectives for other ways to be involved in the coming weeks.


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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, September 16

  • 8:30am-1:40pm 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

Monday, September 23

  • 3:00-5:00pm Girls on the Run

Wednesday, September 25

  • 3:00-5:00pm Girls on the Run

Friday, September 27

  • 9:00am Readathon Kickoff Assembly

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