Perspectives 09-27-19

Readathon 2019

Ask your student about today’s Readathon opening ceremony!  This year’s theme is Reading is my Super Power!  The purpose of the Readathon is to encourage students to develop good reading habits early in the school year and raise money for PTA supported activities that benefit the entire Horace Mann School community.


During the Readathon, Sept 30 – Oct 27, students track minutes read outside school and may seek pledge donations on behalf of the Horace Mann PTA.  Look for a Readathon packet in your student’s backpack. You can  click on each item to see the Readathon introduction letter, Readathon calendar, and Readathon pledge sheet are also attached.


Picture Day - October 1

Our retake day is going to be Wednesday, November 6. 


Pre-order your pictures:

  1. Visit:
  2. Enter our Picture Day ID code: EVTC4B8ND
  3. Order your perfect package—and don’t worry about returning anything on Picture Day!

Lifetouch has joined with Shutterfly. Look for special offers, digital pictures, and gifts.


Fall Clean Up Saturday, October 12 9am-Noon
Come join the Landscape Committee and spend a few hours weeding, raking and enjoying this gorgeous fall weather! We need help to keep our beautiful school grounds in good shape and ready for the winter months.
If you have gardening supplies, please bring them - gloves, rakes, wheelbarrows and those cool dandelion diggers are always welcome! 
We will have coffee ☕ and donuts 🍩
Hope to see you there! 🌼🌿🍁


Reminder: Costume Sale in Office & Toys Donation to Support the Boo Bash  

The Boo Bash, which takes place Oct. 24, offers some opportunities for your family to reduce, reuse and recycle while supporting the community. The Boo-tique committee is selling baby, child, and adult costumes now. Come to the school office.


The Games committee is collecting 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 for use as prizes. Questions, contact Terri Shefelbine 612-237-5959. There are donation bins in the office for toys and costumes.


The Silent & Live Auction Committee wants YOU

Come see what we're all about and how you can get involved with this fun annual event.  From decorations to donations, Great Gatherings to technical support, there is truly something for everyone.  Help a little or help a lot, we have opportunities for any level of involvement.  Our next planning meeting is Monday, October 7 from 6:30-8:00pm in the Horace Mann Library and all are welcome.


The auction committee is also actively scouting for a new venue this year.  If you have suggestions or a personal connection to a local event space, please get in touch with Allison Broughton ( or Amy Colaizy Hannigan ( or bring your ideas to the October 7 meeting. 


Please turn in your forms for Volunteering and PTA Membership

Please think about how you are able to support HM as a volunteer and consider joining the PTA. Our goals this year is to achieve 40% membership. Forms are also available on the new PTA website:


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. 


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. 


Attention Twin Cities Marathon Runners!
A Marathon Viewing Great Gathering will be taking place at Mile 25 and we would LOVE to cheer you on! Send an email to Laura Rapacz ( with your name and bib number and we'll be there to support you as you head to the final mile. We have room for two more families at the event on Oct. 6 - email Karla Lauerman ( to secure your spot ($30).
- Hosted by: the Kotze, Doyle, Rapacz, Czarniecki, Lauerman/Cummins Families
Thank You for Sock Hop
A big THANK YOU to Horace Mann families for a great sock hop.  The first graders organized and counted 700 pairs of socks donated to Project REACH, which serves St. Paul Public school families in housing transitions.  A big thanks to Sally and Andy Zimney and David McKoskey for the music, atmosphere and energy.   Thanks to Emily Hansen and Laura Wilson for decorating and clean up, and to Nikki Mechelke for organizing the snacks. Look for more ways to connect with our bigger community coming up in the candy for soldiers drive and family volunteer service night.

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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 30

  • 3:00-5:00pm Girls on the Run
  • 4:00-10:00pm Punch Pizza Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 1

  • Picture Day
  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes begin
  • 4:00-10:00pm Punch Pizza Fundraiser

Wednesday, October 2

  • 3:00-5:00pm Girls on the Run

Thursday, October 3

  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes begin

Monday, October 7

  • 9:30-11:30am 5th Gr Field Trip- The Big River Journey at Fort Snelling/Harriett Island
  • 2:00-3:45 Extended Day for Learning (EDL)
  • 3:00-5:00pm Girls on the Run

Tuesday, Octobr 8

  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes

Wednesday, October 9

  • 2:00-3:45 Extended Day for Learning (EDL)
  • 3:00-5:00pm Girls on the Run

Thursday, October 10

  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes
  • 6:30pm PTA Meeting

Friday, October 11

  • 9:30am-12:00pm Gr 2 Field Trip to Steppingstone Theater

Saturday, October 12

  • 9:00am-12:00pm Fall Garden Clean Up 

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