Perspectives 01-31-2020

Tik Tok Challenge Warning
This past week I was surprised to hear how many Horace Mann students have Tik Tok accounts. It prompted this message. There is a "challenge" going around the social media app, Tik Tok.
The challenge consists of a plug or portion of a phone charger into a wall outlet. Then a child drops or slides a penny onto the exposed prongs to create a spark. This results in a large spark which can cause electrical damage and even a fire.
It is a good time for parents and guardians to talk with their children about how to use social media and this, among the many, pitfalls to avoid. Students have caused damage to their homes, community buildings, and schools imitating this challenge. We can help them avoid a tragic mistake as well as promote safe use of social media.
Horace Mann School Competes in the City Shaper Challenge
Every year FIRST LEGO League releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Innovation Project, and the Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least two adult coaches, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST Core Values. Teams then attend an official tournament, hosted by our FIRST LEGO League Partners.

This year’s City Shapers challenge was to help the cities, towns, and places people call home reach new heights. The competitors imagined themselves as a part of a thriving community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future - one that's built better together. (Description taken from

Congratulations to our 2 Horace Mann teams who participated in the regional competition on Saturday, January 18 at Capitol Hill Magnet School. Our teams competed against teams of 4th-8th graders from other Saint Paul Public Schools.

Team Low Sodium won an award for Robot Performance for high score in their division and an award for Core Values displaying great sportsmanship and teamwork. The team was made up of Hazel, Sophie, Piper, Indra, Brennan, William, Antoine, and Danny.

Team Crazy Crosswalkerz won an award for Robot Performance for high score in their division. They also won a Project award for Top Research Project in the Division. Crazy Crosswalkerz qualified for the state competition on Saturday, February 22 at Washington Tech Magnet School. Congratulations and way to go! You might also consider attending the state competition to cheer the team to victory. The team included Rowan, Jasper, Breccan, Charlie, Naomi, Ruth, Elliott, Mary, and Sophia.
Horace Mann Family Volunteer Service Night
Theme:  Hands Across Horace Mann
February 7, 2020 6-8pm at school.
All families are invited to this free, fun event. The event has 5-6 stations with projects that kids and parents can complete for local community partners. The idea is to foster connection between kids and parents, parents and the school community, and the school community and the larger community while doing service projects. Students must come with an adult.
This year the projects are:
  • Succulent gardens for seniors 
  • Tee-shirt bags for Keystone Community food shelf
  • Weekend food bags for Good in the Hood
  • Valentine’s cards for Hayes Center
  • Bird feeders for backyards
  • A reflection station around our theme  Hands Across Horace Mann
  • and surprise guests.

Enjoy a Meal, Raise Funds for PTA

Raise your forks for another Horace Mann School PTA restaurant fundraiser. This time it is at Crisp & Green in Highland Park on Ford Parkway. Enjoy a meal on Thursday, February 6 between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Please tell the cashier you’re supporting Horace Mann and 15% of your bill will be donated to the school. 


Seeking Some Volunteers for Spring Conferences

Spring conferences are Wednesday, March 18; Thursday, March 19; and Friday, March 20.  We are seeking some help to do an in-person survey with some of our families. If you don't mind chatting with people and have some availability, please email Principal Litwin. If you have a high school or college student seeking some volunteer hours, have them email Principal Litwin.


Spring 2020 Girls on the Run at Horace Mann - Registration Opens February 1

Registration will open on February 1st for the Spring 2020 season of Girls on the Run at Horace Mann! GOTR Twin Cities engages in a lottery based online registration system between Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 to ensure a fair and equal process for all girls. After Feb. 8, registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.


Girls on the Run is an after-school program that uses the power of running to prepare 3rd - 5th grade girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Over the course of the 10-week, 20-lesson season, girls learn life-changing lessons about healthy friendships, teamwork, decision-making, self-respect and more, all while preparing to run a 5k.


Open to all 3rd - 5th grade girls; no previous running experience required, and need-based financial aid is available. Girls on the Run can also provide shoes, pants, and/or sports hijabs if needed. Register here!


Our Spring 2020 season will be each Monday & Wednesday 3:00 - 4:45 from March 16 - June 1 culminating with the Girls on the Run 5k on May 31. Girls who need to remain after school until 3:00pm must sign up for EDL. They will participate in the first rotation and then report to Girls on the Run. Contact the school office to sign up for EDL.


Please contact with questions.


We need YOUR photos for the yearbook!

Ordering information is coming soon, but first we need your help with the content. Please consider submitting photos of your children and their friends at school events or clubs or extracurricular activities


Do you have photos from:

  • Cub Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Girls on the Run
  • Band
  • Lego Robotics
  • Discovery Club
  • School Store

or events, such as the:

  • Sock Hop
  • Readathon
  • Book Fair
  • Fall BBQ
  • Boo Bash
  • Make it, Take it
  • Free Family Fun Night
  • Family Volunteer Service Committee
  • Great Gatherings (that occurred this school year, since September 1, 2019)

There couple options for sharing your photos. The first is a great way to download a larger number of photos.

  1. You can go to a Shutterfly Share site to upload pictures.
    1. If you don't have a Shutterfly account, register for a free account. Then go to r
    2. If you have an account, just go to the email link above.
    3. You will need to request an invitation to share photos because it is a private group. Some PTA chairs were sent an invite. Check your Spam if you haven't seen it.
  2. You can attach your photos to an email and send it to and they will be automatically uploaded to the share site. 
Please include a comment on your photos with the teacher's name/club/extra-curricular so we know where it goes. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Sara Mielke at Thank you for sharing your photos to help capture all of the fun we've had at Horace Mann in 2019 and 2020!
Silent & Live Auction - Roaring into the 2020s!
The fun has just your spot at the Silent & Live Auction!  If you haven't already, check your child's backpack for your golden envelope and R.S.V.P. This year's Silent and Live Auction is on March 20, 2020.  Tickets are $25 each.  Return your R.S.V.P card and payment asap to reserve your spot!
But wait, there's more...We need your help to make this event a success.  Did you know that 40% of last year's silent auction items were donated by members of the Horace Mann School community like you?  Ranging from gift baskets to leaf blowers to homemade donut delivery service, Horace Mann families brought their creativity and generosity to the table in 2019. Together, we can do all that and more in 2020!
Have questions or need ideas for what to donate?  Contact Auction committee co-chairs Allison Broughton at and Amy Hannigan at

2020 Softball Highland Ball Registration

2020 Softball Highland Ball Registration is now open at Softball web pages have been updated with information that should answer any questions you have including league information, evaluation dates and age groups. Email for any remaining questions.


Follow Horace Mann School on Social Media


Important School Dates

Bookmark our school calendar and check it frequently. It can be found at the top of our website.


Monday, February 3

  • Children's Dental Services for some students
  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL
  • 6:30pm PTA Silent Auction Meeting in the Library

Tuesday, February 4

  • 7:15-7:30am School Store in 1500 Hallway
  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes

Wednesday, February 5

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Thursday, February 6

  • 7:15-7:30am School Store in 1500 Hallway
  • 10:45am-1:15pm 5th Gr Field Trip to Orchestra Hall
  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes

Friday, February 7

  • 8:30am-1:30pm Gr 3 Field Trip to the Minnesota Zoo
  • 12:40-1:40pm Gr 4 Mini-Courses
  • 6:00-8:00pm Horace Mann School PTA Family Volunteer Service Event in the Cafeteria


Monday, February 10

  • 10:00am National African American Parent Involvement Day Assembly
  • Enjoy lunch with your child
    • 10:40-11:15 Kindergarten
    • 10:50-11:20 1st Grade
    • 11:25-11:55 2nd Grade
    • 11:30-12:00 3rd Grade
    • 12:05-12:35 4th Grade
    • 12:10-12:40 5th Grade
  • Classroom activities planned before or after lunch
  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Tuesday, February 11

  • 7:15-7:30am School Store in 1500 Hallway
  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes

Wednesday, February 12

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Thursday, February 13

  • 7:15-7:30am School Store in 1500 Hallway
  • 9:30am-12:30pm Witt Class Field Trip to Como Conservatory
  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes

Friday, February 14

  • 9:30am-12:30pm Commers & Vincent Class Field Trip to Como Conservatory
  • 12:40-1:40pm Gr 4 Mini-Courses

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