IKE & XinXing Newsletter

November 22, 2019

4th Grade Math Lab

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

If you pick up your child at the end of the school day, please either wait in the line for pick up or park and walk in to get your child. We will send children out who have been called by the staff member stationed outside.

If you drop your child off in the morning, please do not get out of your car if you are in the right lane at drop off. If you need to get out of your car, please park in the lot instead. This will keep the flow of traffic moving and is safer for the students.

Thank you for helping this process run more smoothly.

Cold Weather is here!

Like it or not, cold weather has arrived, and it will stick around for a while. Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather. For Recess, students spend 40 minutes outside, so being prepared is very important. Unless the actual temperature is below 0 or wind chill is below -10 degrees, students go outside for Recess.

If you are in need of cold weather clothing due to a financial need, Resource West is a great non-profit that serves the West metro.​


Nov. 27 - 29 Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

Dec. 12 - Late Start - School starts 2 hours late

Dec. 12 - Imagination Fair

Dec. 13 - Staff Development - No School

Dec. 23 - Jan. 3 - Winter Break - No School

Big picture

Hello families! Our next PTO meeting is Tuesday, December 10th at 6:30 PM.

Please note, there is a room change! We will meet in room 223 on the Community Center side of the building. The Ike + XX PTO Board is planning on providing some munchies and goodies to enjoy during our December General Meeting. Please mark you calendars and plan to join us!

We'd like to thank our Art To Remember event coordinators, Pamela Reddel-Sojka and Mrs. D for all their hard work on Art 2 Remember program! Those items will be here before you know it!

Also noteworthy is all the great work our Imagination Fair Coordinators are doing for that upcoming event! A big thank you goes out to Ana Luebbers and Cindy Clint!

While I'm at it, your students all enjoyed a variety of popcorn opportunities funded by the PTO and our parent volunteer for that is Laura Sommervold.

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities that we will be looking for some leadership for the Sping 2020 semester. If you are interested, please email me at ikexx.PTO@Hopkinsschools.org and we can find the right opportunity for you!

2019 Imagination Fair Event Details

All Families are invited to the school the evening of December 12th to view the imagination fair exhibits. The evening events are:

1. 5:30pm – 6:30pm – Dinner is Available for Purchase – Scouts provide a pizza + side dinner available for purchase.

2. 5:30pm – 6pm – Kindergarten Families Meet & Greet - Kindergarten families are the event’s VIPs. Gather together at the lunch tables to eat together & get to know other Kindergarten families better.

3. 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Main Event – All families come to see all the projects! Make a guess at the Estimation Station!

We hope you can join us for an evening at the school!

2019 Imagination Fair Sign up and Participant Update:

The Imagination Fair committee is working hard to ensure a great Imagination Fair! Thank you to all families who have turned in their forms already!

For those who need to sign up, here a link to the form: You can submit an online form using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/u/1/d/e/1FAIpQLSf---OW6DhZ8j5-NyHC-dRT8KauTGruPyLGrMoC1zqDmENGkg/viewform?usp=send_form

Forms are due on November 26th before Thanksgiving Break.

Our Imagination Fair will be Thursday, December 12th (our next late start day!). We hope you will encourage your students to sign up for this fun extracurricular! Also, we need a few volunteers to help with set up and tear down, as well as monitor classroom visits and evening activities!

Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d44a5ac2aa7f94-20195;

Any participant questions? Contact the coordinators: Ana Luebbers (amsv_1002@yahoo.com) or Cindy Clint (sinncr@yahoo.com)

Bei Dou Xing

Playground Expectations Update

The following are common expectations for recess. When we all have common expectations for our school, it helps our community feel connected and safe.

  • We have a variety of recess equipment outside that students use. We have basketballs, soccer balls, tennis balls, jump ropes, frisbees, etc. We ask that students do not bring any recess equipment from home.

  • We have 3 large areas outside for students to use during recess. We have our court, our playground, and our field. We want to ensure that many students can be safe in every area of our recess area. We are asking that all students playing tag games play on the field, not the playground. This does not impact running. Students may run in any and every area of our recess area.

  • Some students would rather read, write, or draw during recess. For this reason, students may bring a book, notebook and/or pencil to recess with them. All other items should be left at home or in their backpack.

Please ensure that you and your child(ren) are aware of these common expectations. Recess is a great time for students to play, run, and have fun! It is a great time to enjoy friends, learn new games, and socialize. We believe that with these recess expectations, all of our students will stay safe and have fun!

Big picture

Understanding K-12 Public Education

Parents are invited to meetings for the Understanding K-12 Education & Careers in Education class designed for English language learners:

Tuesdays from 12:45 -2:15 at Eisenhower Elementary room 401.

Come learn more about your child's school, ask questions about the American school system, and focus on your child's academic success. All are welcome!

Greetings from the Hopkins Royals Spirit Shop!

Saturday Hours:

Stay warm with the Hopkins Spirit Shop at this school years first Saturday, we will be open November 16; 10 am - 2 pm. Check out our new items.

Is your plate full that day? No worries. Check out and order gear at our new online store.



We have several pop up shops that are in need of volunteers. Please consider volunteering with us.


More Information:


Remember Educational Benefits include more than free meals!

These additional educational discounts and District support are available for your child if you qualify:

  • Home Internet Service
  • Extra Curricular Activity Fees (band, sports, & other activities)
  • Elective Course Fees (at junior highs and high school)
  • College Admission Testing and Application Fees
  • Discounted Bus Passes for senior high students
  • Earn additional state funding for your children's school

Also, if you are having a hard time making ends meet at this time of year and your children have not already been approved for Free Meal Benefits, please consider completing an application.

Families can re-apply for free meals anytime during the school year. You may qualify now if your income has decreased, or your household size has increased.

Visit our website to view the eligibility guidelines or to download and complete an application, or call us if you need assistance with completing it. We are here to help!

Applications are always available to be completed at all of the schools, or visit our district office at 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins, MN 55305, Room #101.

Big picture