Perspectives 03-05-2020

District and School Communication During a Work Stoppage

In the event of a strike, all communication will come to families from the School District Office. Look for an important letter today in your child's backpack. It gives more details of SPPS plans.

 

We will not publish a Perspectives or update the website until the work stoppage concludes. If Horace Mann School is chosen to be used during the strike and the office is in use, you will still be able to contact the office by phone. Principals will continue working at the beginning of a strike. You will be able to reach Principal Litwin by email at jim.litwin@spps.org. 

 

Look for more details in District communication.

 

Catch Your Cough and Handwashing

The news stories about influenza and COVID-19 (coronavirus) are everywhere. The media is talking about the spread of the illness and impacts to society. We don't believe they spend enough time on the things that could make a great difference.

 

Please spend some time with your children practicing these two very important actions: handwashing and catching your cough/sneeze. You can click on handwashing for a flyer to post in your bathroom.  You can also click on catching your cough for a flyer to post on the fridge.

 

Intent to Return and Class Placement We are requesting that all families click on and complete an Intent to Return Form for each child. The information is very important in planning for next year. Please click here to go to the form. This form is due by Friday, April 10, 2020. Thank you in advance!

 

Questions 1-6 complete the intent to return. Questions 7-9 are optional, but will provide input into class placement.

 

The teachers and I will work together to create the 2020-2021 classes. The teachers worked hard this year with you and your child. They have a deep and broad understanding of each child's unique needs and strengths, learning style, academic levels in all subjects, peer relationships, leadership qualities, behavioral strengths and needs, family communication style, and family ability to support the classroom. We will also use our experiences, knowledge of child development, and understanding of educational fundamentals to develop class placements.

 

Our top priority is to create balanced classrooms where every child has an optimal environment for success. We provide an opportunity for families to share additional information with the teaching staff that will assist in the placement process.

 

IMPORTANT: Forms that include request for specific teachers will NOT be considered and will be deleted. Class lists for the 2020-2021 school year will be available through Campus in early August and posted on the front windows August 28, 2020.

 

 Respect

Over the last month, students worked on respect. These are some of the students who received the Good News Call of the Day. In the U.S., thumbs up is a non-verbal for "Good job." Good job to these children!

 

Silent + Live Auction: Roaring into the 2020s on March 20, 2020!

Wall of Adult Beverages

We are seeking donations of adult beverages which will serve as one of our four fabulous raffle prizes.  Please bring contributions to Judy in the office anytime between now and March 13.  

 

And while you're in the school office, purchase your event and raffle tickets!

  • Event tickets ($25/ticket): Secure your tickets early for the March 20, 2020 silent + live auction at the University of Saint Thomas Woulfe Alumni Hall.
  • Raffle ($10/ticket): enter to win prizes including a $250 gift certificate to R.F. Moeller jewelers, a virtual reality experience at REM5, a Trapped Puzzle Room experience, and of course, the Wall of Wine + Beer.  Need not be present to win, but nothing beats claiming your prize live and in person at the Auction!

 

Great Gatherings

We are still hoping to add 15+ Great Gatherings to this year's lineup.  Already have an idea you're mulling over? Hop to it this weekend!  The deadline for listing your event in the auction catalog is Monday, March 9.  *We will happily accept events registered after the print deadline, but they will not be listed in the print auction book.

What is a Great Gathering? Great Gatherings are social events hosted by Horace Mann families - here's how it works:

  1. Pick your party: (think backyard BBQ, playdate in the park, last day of school picnic).
  2. Consider collaborating with other parents to share the planning and costs. 
  3. Set your date, time, and maximum number of attendees. 
  4. Determine a ticket price per attendee
  5. We'll sell tickets to your event at the auction, and all proceeds benefit Horace Mann!

 

Visit the Great Gatherings website to submit your event or contact the Great Gatherings team of Karla Lauerman Cummins, Aaron Litzenberg and Karen Vander Sanden by email at hmgreatgatherings@gmail.com with any questions.

 

Conference Meals

During the evening sessions of conferences, families volunteer to provide parts of a meal for the teachers, potluck style. We will be providing staff with a Build-Your-Own-Sandwich bar, chips, salad, drinks, and dessert.

 

We also need volunteers to set up and clean up - especially on Thursday! 

 

Click here to sign up to bring something or volunteer for set up/clean up. Or email Tracy Riekenberg at tracy.riekenberg@gmail.com for more information. 

 

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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.

 

Friday, March 6

  • No School - Conference Prep Day

Sunday, March 8

  • Daylights Savings Time begins. Turn clocks ahead one hour.

Monday, March 9

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Tuesday, March 10

  • In the event of a strike, school will be closed, but breakfast and lunch will be available for those under 18.
  • 7:15-7:30am School Store in 1500 Hallway
  • 9:30-11:30am Rice and Johnson Field Trip to Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes

Wednesday, March 11

  • In the event of a strike, school will be closed, but breakfast and lunch will be available for those under 18.
  • 9:30-11:30am Jalonack and Tennyson Field Trip to Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL
  • 6:30pm Silent Auction Meeting in the Library

Thursday, March 12

  • In the event of a strike, Safe Spaces will open and breakfast/lunch will be served until a change is announced.
  • 7:15-7:30am School Store in 1500 Hallway
  • 9:30-11:30am Commers and Witt Field Trip to Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes

Friday, March 13

  • 9:30-11:30am Tarnofsky and Pickart Field Trip to Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Monday, March 16

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Tuesday, March 17

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

Wednesday, March 18

  • 3:00-7:00pm Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences (In the event of a continuing strike, conferences will be rescheduled.)

Thursday, March 19

  • 7:15-7:30am School Store in 1500 Hallway
  • 3:00-7:00pm Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences (In the event of a continuing strike, conferences will be rescheduled.)

Friday, March 20

  • 8:00-11:00am Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences (In the event of a continuing strike, conferences will be rescheduled.)
  • 6:30-10:00pm Horace Mann School PTA Silent & Live Auction at UST (This event will be held in the event of a strike.)

 

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