Perspectives 01-10-2020

Tips to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Minnesota is currently experiencing the highest number of school outbreaks of flu in the last five years. Schools in Minnesota reported a total of 167 flu outbreaks during the week of December 21, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. SPPS reported three flu outbreaks during that same time.


A flu outbreak is defined as when the total number of student absences due to influenza-like illness reaches 5 percent or more in a building on any given day, or if there are three or more students absent from a classroom with flu-like illness  on any given day.


An influenza-like illness is defined as having a fever of at least 100°F with a cough or sore throat.


Here are several tips to help you stay healthy during cold and flu season:

  • Get the flu shot. The flu vaccine is one of the best ways to prevent getting influenza. It is not too late to get vaccinated
  • Use good hand hygiene. Wash your hands using warm water and soap several times a day or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when water and soap is not available.
  • Cover your cough. Cough into your upper sleeve and not into your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick and keep your children home from school if they are sick.
  • For more information, including guidelines for keeping your kids home if they are ill, visit the Student Health and Wellness website.
  • Link: For more information about the flu, visit the Minnesota Department of Health’s flu website.


School Choice Information This Spring

We would like to share information about school selection for next year. In particular, there are important deadlines for families with incoming Kindergarteners and families with current 5th graders.


There is one important point for all of our families in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Your child has a spot at our school as long as you wish to remain. If you move or live outside of Area F, you will have to provide your own transportation. 


The enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year is February 28, 2020. Even if an older sibling is enrolled at Horace Mann School, you still have to do an application for any incoming Kindergarteners. For the last 3 years, everyone who has wanted to be enrolled in Kindergarten has received a spot. We have not had a waiting list.


Current 5th graders who reside in Saint Paul have a reserved spot at a middle school depending on your address. If you are interested in a different school or live outside Saint Paul, you will have to complete an application by February 28, 2020.


On January 23, prospective families can come for our Open House from 5:00-6:30pm. Please let your friends and neighbors know about our great school. If they prefer, we will also have a booth at the Saint Paul Public Schools Choice Fair on Saturday, January 25 at the Union Depot from 9:30am-2:00pm. They can visit with staff and parents from all of the schools. Finally, we encourage all prospective families to sign up for a tour during the school day. There is a link at the top of our website. Tours run through the middle of February.


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 Facts


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 teens are facing today, both in-person and online. It provides information about 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. Come enjoy "Hands Across Horace Mann."


Questions?  Terri Shefelbine 612-237-5959

Free Family Fun Nights - Save the Dates

Mark you calendars for two free family fun nights coming to Horace Mann this winter.

  • The first is a movie night in the cafeteria at 6pm on Thursday, January 23. Come with the whole family to see the movie Sing and enjoy some snacks!
  • The second is BINGO night in the cafeteria! Bring friends and family for an exciting night of bingo playing on Friday, February 28 at 6pm. 

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.


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Looking for some new clothing with the Horace Mann logo?

  • Online: Go to  You can create an account, sign in to your account, or choose "Shop Now" to shop as a guest. You can also find our school using the Preferred School Number Search: 900183542.
  • Phone: You 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.

School Choice Fair Tablecloths/Banner- Help with Ironing

Our School Choice Fair booth 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. It can be found at the top of our website.


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

  • 9:15-10:45am 2nd Grade Field Trip to Highland Park Library
  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes

Friday, January 17

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

Monday, January 20

  • No School- Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday

Tuesday, January 21

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

Wednesday, January 22

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Thursday, January 23

  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes
  • 5:00-6:30pm Open House for Prospective Families
  • 6:00-7:30pm Free PTA Family Fun Night Movie

Friday, January 24

  • No School- Teacher Professional Development

Saturday, January 25

  • 9:30am-2:00pm SPPS School Choice Fair at Union Depot

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