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October 22, 2021

For your Calendar

OCTOBER 25 - 28: Spirit week (see below for daily dress info!)

OCTOBER 29: No School, grades 1-5

OCTOBER 29: Virtual Learning Day, grades 6-8

NOVEMBER 2: Virtual Learning Day, ALL grades (no in-person learning on Election Day)

NOVEMBER 3: Envision SPPS meeting

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪691 011 682 8227‬#

NOVEMBER 9 & 11: Conferences, all grades, all virtual (information to come)

NOVEMBER 11 & 12: Scholastic Book Fair 10am-4pm

NOVEMBER 16: Picture Retakes

SPIRIT WEEK! Dress up and join the fun!

Monday 10/25 - Pajama Day, wear your comfy PJ's

Tuesday 10/26- Formal Day, wear your fancy stuff!

Wednesday 10/27 - Sports Day, wear your favorite sports gear/jerseys

Thursday10/28 - Character Day, dress as a character from your favorite book

What a gorgeous day for the Friends and Family Day 1st GRADE outdoor performance!!

Grade 1 field trip: Lake elmo preserve!

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Attention Middle Schoolers! Are you interested in Debate?

Beginning on Wednesday, October 27th, and continuing every Wednesday through the end of February, there will be an after-school debate opportunity for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Participants will learn debate skills and strategies while also learning about our current national debate topic involving water resources. There will also be three/four opportunities to participate in the MNUDL (Minnesota Urban Debate League) middle school debates beginning in January.

Students will meet in Ms. Hawksford's room (2314) from 4:15 to 5:00. Please make sure you have a ride home at 5:00. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hawksford at or find her in room 2314.

Capitol Hill Logo Contest

CALLING ALL MIDDLE SCHOOLERS!!! We need your help to create a new logo for Capitol Hill merchandise! Once all submissions are received, a panel of teachers and staff will vote on the top three submissions. The top 3 designs will be sent out for a school-wide vote and the winning design will be printed on t-shirts (and potentially other merch) for a fundraising project. The winner will receive a free t-shirt with their design! Submissions are due by Friday, October 29. Questions and submissions should go to Ms. Nelson Additional information can be found in the files below!
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November PTO Meeting - Save the Date!

The next PTO meeting is November 15th from 7-8pm. Dr. Jodi Dworkin, University of Minnesota professor and Capitol Hill parent, will lead a Conversation about kids, technology, and social media with tips for parents followed by Q&A.

Merchandise Coming Soon!

Middle schoolers are participating in a design contest to create a new logo for Capitol Hill merchandise. The PTO hopes to have the gear available to order before winter break.

Volunteer to Support the Book Fair, November 11 & 12!

A team is working hard to host the Scholastic book fair for students next month. Here are some areas where they need help:

  • Have access to a large printer? Build book fair excitement by printing large signs, posters and decorations.

  • Good at digital design? Create book fair emails, fliers and messages that stand out.

  • General helpers are also needed! Please email if you are interested.


What is one of the most important skills our young scholars need to develop? Critical thinking is a primary goal of the Minneapolis Institute of Art's long running program called Art Adventure. We are seeking Picture People to create and record a short video about a selected work of art from this year's theme "Dressed for the Occasion". Curious? You can preview the six pieces of art on MIA's website

Please contact Mary Frankson or Christina Pierce at for more information and to sign up for this awesome "art thinking" program.

EDL begins October 25: Freedom School Express (FSX) Learning Academy Extended Day Learning

Extended Day Learning programs for grades 2-8 are returning to Capitol Hill in collaboration with Freedom School Express and St. Paul Public Libraries. EDL/FSX will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:15 - 6pm beginning 10/25. At this time, bussing is not available, but FSX will work with families for Metro passes and/or tokens. Please register HERE.

Middle School FALL SPORTS are underway! Winter sports are coming!

Volleyball, Girls Soccer, and Co-Ed Football will end on November 12.

Boys Soccer will end on November 19.

Winter sports are coming!

  • Winter Sports 1 (November-January) Co-ed Wrestling and Girls Basketball
  • Winter Sports 2 (January - March) Boys Basketball

Students are required to complete 2 forms prior to be eligible to participate in our Middle School athletic program:

Questions? Please contact:

Note: New Practice TIME this year: M- F, 4:15 – 6:15pm

Daily Health Screening Expectations for Families

Families should conduct a health screening for COVID-19 symptoms every morning before sending their student to school or the bus stop. School staff will also monitor for symptoms throughout the school day.

Do not send your child to school if they are exhibiting any of these symptoms: chills, sore throat, headache, fatigue, nausea, muscle pain, vomiting or diarrhea, new runny nose or congestion, new or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste or smell. Please report the absence and submit a report to the COVID-19 Reporting System as soon as possible (link below).

SPPS COVID 19 Reporting System

Click here to submit or update a report

SPPS Covid-19 Student and Family guidelines

Click here for current information from Saint Paul Public Schools

SPPS Mask Requirement

SPPS requires face masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors (ages 2 and older) in all SPPS buildings, regardless of a person’s vaccine status, unless they have a qualifying exemption.

If you have not already done so, please get vaccinated and encourage all who are eligible to do the same. You can find vaccine resources at

Area COVID testing resources:

Parent Drop-off and Pickup Procedures


  • Parents/guardians drop off students on Concordia Avenue, no earlier than 9:30am.
  • Please follow the procedure of cars lining up, and do not cut in front of other cars already in line.
  • When you get close to the front of the line, pull up as far as you can to Mackubin Avenue.
  • NO PARKING on Concordia: this a pull up and drop off quickly area. If you must park your car, please find a spot on another street to take care of your drop-off needs.
  • DO NOT BLOCK PARKING LOT DRIVEWAYS. Avoid stopping at the stairs as well.
  • Students get out on the right side (curbside) on Concordia.
  • Parents/guardians stay in the car; there will be staff to assist if needed.
  • Once your student is out of the car, please safely pull out of the line.
  • Students will proceed to enter into the blue doors.
  • Students who walk to school will also enter through the blue Capitol Hill doors.


Students will be grouped inside by last name and we will have three lines outside:

  • Parents/Guardians of students with last names starting with A – G will be located between the far MLK driveway and the corner of Mackubin & Marshall
  • Parents/Guardians of students with last names starting with H – O will be between the MLK driveways
  • Parents/Guardians of students with last names starting with P – Z will be between the MLK driveway and the Green Doors

We will have three staff members outside calling student names on the radios; one staff member per line. Each line will have a sign at the beginning and end of the line telling you which section of the alphabet is being called.

  • If your child doesn’t come out the first time after being called, we appreciate your patience in waiting for a staff member to circle back and call for your child again
  • Middle school students will continue to exit the Green Doors on Mackubin
  • Middle school students cannot pick up their younger siblings without a parent/guardian present
  • Parents/Guardians should not come up to the building to pick up their student(s)

Picking up earlier than 4:15 dismissal time? Please see office notes below for information on making changes to normal routines. All changes should be called into the office (651-325-2500) no later than 3 pm. We have a large amount of families picking up early this year. Please, to the extent possible, be mindful that students are still engaged in learning until our 4:15 dismissal time. We will do our best to get your students out to you in a timely fashion, but the last 30 minutes of the day are particularly hectic!

Please see the picture below for a visual of the 4:15 pickup plan:

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Building Visitor Policy

In keeping with COVID guidelines, we are limiting our building access to students and staff only. Thank you for understanding.

Parents should not enter Capitol Hill during morning drop-off. Your child will be greeted as they enter the Blue doors and make their way through the lobby to breakfast and class. There's staff inside should they need help.

With an appointment, parents may enter the building to meet with specific staff.

Use this link to register for an appointment: If you are sick or having symptoms, please cancel your appointment and reschedule. Do not come to the school. **


Please read the full Capitol Hill Dress Policy at this link.

October Support Staff Newsletter!

Check out our Counselors' and Social Worker’s October Newsletter to see what they are focusing on this month!


Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30

Morning Drop-off Time

We want to ensure each child is safe when arriving for school. Staff supervision begins at 9:30am. Please do not drop off your child earlier than 9:30.

Attendance/late arrivals:

Please make sure to always report your child's absences. You can do this in two ways:

Please include your child's name, grade, the reason for their absence, your relationship to the child, and a return phone number that you can be reached at if we should have questions.

Calling Your Child

When calling the school to speak to your child, the office staff will deliver your message to have your child call you back. Teachers are teaching during the day and we are trying our best to lessen the interruptions during instructional time. Thanks for understanding.


Dismissal is at 4:15. We appreciate you making every attempt to honor this time. Students are still actively involved in classroom instruction up to dismissal time.

Please call the Capitol Hill office at 651-325-2500 if you are picking up your child early or letting your child go home any other way than their normal routine.

***Please make sure to call the office no later than 3:00 pm if you have to make changes. If you call later than 3:00, we cannot guarantee that your child will get the message.***

Have you completed the iUpdate yet?

The iUpdate process is very important for you and for us – it’s an easy way to streamline all the forms and information that your students need: Free/Reduced Lunch form, the Media Release form, and the use of Internet form. Please go to to complete the iUpdate for your SPPS student(s) if you've not done so already.

The Free/Reduced Lunch Application is very important for you - it may help qualify for discounted internet service, discounted transit for your whole family and the P-EBT program. It is very important for us - some of our funding is based on the families that could be served by the Free/Reduced Lunch Program, even if you don't think you qualify or wouldn't use the service, your filling out the form benefits the whole Capitol Hill community.