Perspectives 12-20-19

On behalf of the staff at Horace Mann School, we want to wish a safe and relaxing winter break. We look forward to seeing the students in the new year!


Thinking Games

Between school, errands, activities, and breaks, families spend a lot of time on the go. One family decided to use some of the time for "thinking games."


The parent taught their kids a game from their childhood called, "Would You Rather?" You offer two options or ask which they prefer and why. For example, you might say, "Would you rather eat at a fast-food place or a sit-down restaurant?" or "Would you rather ride on the school bus or in a car?"


One of the children in the family came up with a game they named "Three Favorites." Someone picks a category (outfits, music, movies), an we all tell our top 3 choices. A second child thought of "What Doesn't Belong?" You take turns naming items and asking others to explain which is the odd one out and why. The kids especially like this game because there can be more than one "right" answer. For example, when you name "owl, ostrich, and eagle," the child said, "Ostrich, because it can't fly." The other child's answer was "Owl, because it hunts at night." Mine was "Eagle, because it starts with 'E'."


The family's children want to play all the time. The parent is glad because they're having fun--and they've gotten better at thinking through their ideas.


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PTA Sponsors Special Speaker on Child Safety

The Horace Mann School Parent-Teacher Association is sponsoring a speaker on Tuesday, January 14, 6:30-8:00pm. Alison Feigh from the Wetterling Foundation will present: Teachable Safety Skills: Replacing Myths with FactsClick the title for a flyer.


You will receive answers to questions like, "How do I talk to children about personal safety without scaring them to death?"


This presentation provides current information about various safety concerns children and teen are facing today, both in-person and online, and how to educate youth on those concerns in a positive way.


School-Age Childcare provided by 5th Grade Ambassadors.


Family Volunteer Service Night Feb. 7 6-8 PM

Mark your calendars for Horace Mann’s annual Family Volunteer Service Night.  Students and families are invited to complete service projects benefitting community partners.


Our one planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday Jan 7 6:30-8 PM in the library.  All are welcome  Bring your ideas, your hands, and your open hearts.  This year’s event is streamlined and we are looking for people willing to take over planning next year.


Questions?  Terri Shefelbine 612-237-5959


The Horace Mann Silent and Live Auction is Roaring into 2020!

Mark your calendars and call your sitter!  The Horace Mann School Silent and Live Auction will be held on the evening of Friday, March 20, 2020.


This year's event will be held on the University of Saint Thomas campus in the James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall. 


Please watch for flyers coming home soon with additional information on this fun annual night out for Horace Mann parents.  If you have questions or would like to volunteer or donate items, please contact Allison Broughton ( or Amy Colaizy Hannigan (  


Thanks to all who made Make It Take It 2019 a success!
Thanks to everyone who attended. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped with set-up, crafting, and a remarkably fast clean-up. Special thanks to Carly Odens for taking beautiful pictures for the frame project and for donating all the photographic supplies. 
And thanks to Matt and Laura Baerthel and Carrie Warren for bringing the third grade Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops to sell food and drinks. They raised $225 and gave the money to Mr. Litwin in the form of gift cards to distribute to families in need.
Interested in helping to plan Make It Take It next year? We are losing committee members as their kids graduate from Horace Mann. Email Susan Weislow so we can add you to our low-pressure planning group!

Horace Mann School Logo Wear

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You can find our school using the Preferred School Number Search: 900183542. Start shopping with your personalized product checklist. Shop now via the direct link:


PhoneYou can call 1-800-469-2222 and reference your student’s our School Number 900183542, grade level and gender. Their team of consultants are available 24/7 for assistance.


Principal Litwin Seeks Help for School Choice Fair 

The School Choice Fair is an event for prospective parents. It takes place on January 25, 9:30am-2:00pm, at the Union Depot. Our school has a booth. Teachers help staff the booth and share their persepctive.

The principal could use help in two ways.

  1. We seek parent volunteers to help staff the booth to share their perspective. No experience necessary, just an enjoyment in chatting with others and sharing your Horace Mann stories. You could take a shift from 9:30-11:45am or 11:45am-2:00pm. Please email Principal Litwin with your interest.
  2. Our booth also has some tablecloths and a banner. They are very wrinkled. If you are willing to do some ironing to help out, please email Principal Litwin with your interest.


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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, December 23-Friday, January 3

  • No School Winter Break

Monday, January 6

  • Classes Resume
  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Tuesday, January 7

  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes
  • 6:30pm PTA Family Volunteer Service Planning Meeting in Library

Wednesday, January 8

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL
  • 6:30-8:00pm PTA Meeting in the Library

Thursday, January 9

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

Friday, January 10

  • 8:00am-1:30pm Junior Achievement in a Day led by CliftonLarsenAllen

Monday, January 13

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL
  • 6:30pm PTA Silent Auction Meeting

Tuesday, January 14

  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes
  • 6:30pm Wetterling Foundation Speaker in the Library sponsored by PTA

Wednesday, January 15

  • 9:40am All School Assembly led by 4th Grade on Respect
  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Thursday, January 16

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

Friday, January 17

  • 9:30-10:30am Bakken Museum visits 4th Grade

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