Meadowbrook News

April 15, 2022

From Mrs. Sawatzky

Good afternoon Meadowbrook,

Brrrr! Thank you so much for sending your children with warm outdoor gear this week. Looks like the they will need it again for the first part of next week too, but then the warmer weather begins!

Mr. Lawson and I had more fun this week competing against Mrs. Sobanski and Mrs. Kornmann in an obstacle course challenge for the Meadowbrook Mingle. Join us for the Facebook Live Mingle event on Wednesday of next week to see which team walked away with the bragging rights!

To our families who will be celebrating the beginning of Passover, the Easter holiday, or continuing the celebration of Ramadan this weekend, may your families be filled love and hope.

In partnership,


P.S. Students in 3rd through 6th grade will take their MCA tests next week and will need headphones!

Good Morning Meadowbrook Apr 15 2022

Meadowbrook Mingle

The countdown has begun to the Meadowbrook Mingle. Join us THIS MONDAY, April 18 for a week long celebration.

MONDAY: Auction opens!

Bid early, bid often! Auction website ( opens on Monday, April 18.

WEDNESDAY: Celebration

Mid-week celebration, Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00pm for Facebook Live Kahoot Trivia. Get your dance, Disney and things that are gross trivia party hats on!

Kids bring their iPads home for trivia, caregivers log in to the Facebook Live event (

New silent auction items dropped during the event. Lots of laughs guaranteed!

FRIDAY: We've met our goal!

By Friday, we celebrate that we have raised $40,000 for Meadowbrook. High fives all round!


Invite your Grandparents!

Tell Grandparents they can fund a popcorn party for all the kids in the school. All they have to do is log on to the auction site and donate!


- Milestones

Let's reach our fundraising milestones. Choice time, DJ at recess, a principal dance competition are just a few “wins” for our kids.

- Doing good for Meadowbrook

Do good, donate by participating in the Fund-a-Need campaign. Thank teachers, beautify the school and fund educational items.

RSVP for the event:

Learn all about the Mingle at:

Run Meadowbrook Run

Save the date for our 6th annual Run Meadowbrook Run!

When: Saturday, May 21

  • 8:00am for 5K Run and 9:00am for 1 Mile Fun Run

Where: Brookview Park, Golden Valley

Registration is open! Visit for more information.

Volunteer Here:

Come run with us!

Plant Sale Pick up and Volunteers

Our beautiful spring plants will soon arrive! If you have not yet signed up for a time slot to pick up your plants, please do so here:

We also have a need for more Plant Sale volunteers on Saturday May 7th & Sunday May 8th; morning and afternoon shifts are available. Help spread Springtime cheer! You can sign up to help here:

Staff Appreciation Week - May 2-6

Dear Meadowbrook Students and Families,
Help us celebrate Staff Appreciation Week (May 2-6, 2022) by nominating a Meadowbrook staff member who has made a difference in your life!

Appreciation Week is an opportunity to express our gratitude for all the ways the Meadowbrook staff show up each and every day. Please tell us about a staff member who has gone above and beyond to support you or your child this school year. A classroom teacher, para or administrator, someone in the halls or lunchroom, maybe a specialist? All nominations are welcome and will be read by the Meadowbrook Staff Appreciation Team.

We look to spotlight as many dedicated staff members as possible during Appreciation Week with shoutouts on the morning announcements. Plus, every nominated individual will be entered into a daily gift card drawing!

How to show your appreciation:
Choose one of these two easy options to submit a nomination for consideration:

1) Online: Submit a nomination using our online form here. OR
2) Email the following information to

  • Your Name:
  • Name of staff member you are nominating:
  • How has this staff member made a difference in your school year?
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HEF Partners with Great Harvest Bread Co. for Gratitude Gifts!!

Gratitude Gifts are a wonderful way to wrap up an extraordinary year. Send your thanks to ANY Hopkins staff member.

Gratitude Gifts generate many smiles from grateful, hard-working, innovative, and adaptive staff. For a $25 donation to HEF, we’ll deliver a sleeve of delicious cookies from Great Harvest Bread Co. in Minnetonka, along with your personal message.

Place your orders by Friday, May 20. Gratitude Gifts will be delivered on Thursday, May 26.

To order now, visit

HEF's Royal Family Fun Day

Don't miss out on the FUN! Join HEF for this FREE event for Hopkins Public Schools students on Sunday, May 1, 1-3PM at Eisenhower Community Center Gym.

Children aged 3 yrs. through 6th grade are welcome, accompanied by their adult(s). There will be two big awesome inflatables, musical instruments to try, games and prizes, balloon animals, and delicious snacks.

For more details or to register for the event, visit Thank you to our generous sponsors Aldi and Great Harvest Bread Co. Minnetonka!

Wolf Ridge Summer Trip

Hello Hopkins Families,

For 35 years, Hopkins Community Education has offered an opportunity for students to take a 5-day summer trip to Wolf Ridge ELC in Finland, Minnesota. Covid has made this trip impossible over the past two summers. The change in the Covid landscape has made this summer possible, but we know the clock is ticking towards summer.

Our summer program is an overnight camp for students entering 5th through 12th grade. Often, students return from year to year. Our program is staffed by Hopkins teachers from our elementary school buildings. Scott Stillman from Glen Lake is the lead teacher. While there is a considerable cost to this program, this is a break-even cost for us to provide this camp. Also, scholarship funds are very limited this year.

Please complete the following survey as soon as possible. Based on responses, we will either start planning or just wait until next summer.

Our dates for this year would be June 27 to July 1. The cost would be $575 and there would be a limit of 45 students. Also, please know we would need to reach 40 students to make this summer happen.

Once we know more information, we will reach out to families who are able to attend this summer.

Lego League

Hopkins is building excitement around STEM through FIRST Lego League and plans to expand opportunities at elementary and junior high levels. If your child is interested in participating, please join Hopkins Community Ed, The Technocrats Hopkins High School robotics team, and Meadowbrook Lego League coaches, Kate and Rolf DeVries Smith, at 6 PM on April 26 at the Eisenhower Community Center for a parent-interest meeting. Learn about FIRST Lego League and how to get involved.
Lego League at Hopkins

Royals Athletic Center

Hopkins Public Schools and City of Minnetonka announce new name for the high school athletic center!

The Hopkins High School athletic center, Lindbergh Center, has a new name – the Royals Athletic Center. This change became official when both the Hopkins School Board and the Minnetonka City Council voted to approve the new name at their respective board meetings in March. More information can be found here.

Multi-age Survey Feedback

To our multi-age families: Thank you for offering your feedback on the multi-age experience. Our site’s data specialist has compiled an executive summary of the results, which can be found here. We will use this information to improve the multi-age experience at Meadowbrook along with other innovations.


Hopkins now has a fully accredited K-12 online academy, VirtualEDU. Priority registration is open for families who wish to enroll in an online learning option for their child next year. Save the date for an in-person information session on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Eisenhower Community Center to learn more about next year.

MCA Testing

Beginning in April, students in our district and across the state will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs). Students with significant cognitive disabilities take the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) instead of the MCA. These assessments are administered as part of federal and state law and are important tools to measure the progress of learning based on the Minnesota Academic Standards.

The MCA results are critical for our work in improving instruction, for supporting equity, and for providing another piece of information about individual students. The MCA results also represent our community to the public.

Although parents and guardians have always had the right to refuse standardized testing, administering the MCA is not optional for the district. As a district, we are required by state statute to administer the MCA to our students. We believe that with strong test participation, we will be better able to equitably serve all of our students and to accurately represent the vitality of our schools.

If you have any questions about MCA testing, your student’s needs, or would like to opt out of testing, please feel free to contact Keshan Singh, Meadowbrook Data Specialist ( or Natalie Sawatzky, Meadowbrook Principal (

The following link also has more information about MCA testing (including translated materials):

Thank you for partnering with us in your student’s education.

Spring Student Surveys

At each of our sites, we will be administering two completely anonymous surveys to our students in April (this means there is no way for us to identify your students’ responses). Additional information on the two surveys are listed below. You can opt out of either or both surveys via this form.

Youth Truth Survey

We provide the YouthTruth Student Survey annually to our 3rd-12th grade students. It is a nationally recognized survey used in hundreds of schools and districts across the country, surveying hundreds of thousands of students. The survey asks students about their experiences in the school and with their teachers, including how engaged they are at school, the rigor of their coursework, and their preparedness for the future. Our school, other schools, and researchers may use such information for developing plans to help schools and teachers improve. For information about this survey, please visit, or speak to a school administrator. Although we want to hear from all students, participation in this survey is voluntary.

Minnesota Student Survey

The MSS is conducted in schools across our state every three years. Our school district is asking students in Grades’ 5, 8, 9 and 11 to participate in the 2022 survey. Questions on the survey are about many topics relating to young people’s lives. The survey asks about how well school is going, future plans, out-of-school activities, physical and mental health, relationships, substance use, and more. This useful information about their thoughts and behaviors helps communities and schools develop effective programs and provide better services. More information can be found at

Ready Set Kindergarten

Do you have a 5-year-old at home who didn’t attend preschool this past year? Ready Set Kindergarten is a 3-week summer program offered through HopDina, a joint partnership between Hopkins Public Schools and Edina Public Schools. The program is for incoming kindergarten students for the fall of 2022. You can send completed applications to Emily Acker at Alice Smith Elementary. Applications must be received by May 27th to be eligible for the lottery.

When: Monday-Friday, July 18th-August 5th 8am to 12pm

Location: Alice Smith Elementary, 801 Minnetonka Mills Road, Hopkins, MN 55343

**This program is tuition-free.

**Families living in the Hopkins or Edina School Districts will have access to transportation.

**Lunch will also be provided.

2022-23 Calendar Approved

At the January 18 School Board Meeting, the Hopkins School Board approved the calendar for the 2022-23 School Year. You can access the information here. Please note that due to grade reconfiguration happening in 2023-24, we won’t have the 2023-24 calendar approved until next fall.

Non-School Day Child Care

With the 2021-22 calendar changes for elementary students, Kids & Company will be offering an option to register for full-day child care.

If your student is currently registered in Kids & Company and will need care on these additional non-school days, please log into your account and register for the additional days.

If your student is not currently registered for Kids & Company, please register HERE. Please note: registration does not guarantee a spot for child care. Availability is based on space and staffing. You will receive confirmation at least one week prior, when your child’s spot has been secured.

Please take note of the following registration dates:

  • Child Care for May 6 - registration deadline of April 22

Limited financial assistance is available upon request. Please reach out to our Kids & Company Account Manager Monica Baran at (952) 988-4080.

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COVID-19 Updates
Hopkins Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard remains live on our website. Please remember to have your child complete a daily health screening every day before attending school. It is very important that you keep your child home if they are experiencing any signs of illness.

Masks now strongly recommended, not required
Hopkins moved to masks strongly recommended in all buildings and on school buses beginning Thursday, March 17. As the Mitigation Team shared at Tuesday’s Board Meeting, all of the district’s key indicators support relaxing the masking policy. Case rates among staff and students are extremely low, Hennepin County’s transmission rate is currently at a low level, and there is a strong vaccination rate among staff and students. More information

Weekly Testing and Rapid Testing
As of February 7, we shifted our weekly testing schedule from Mondays and Tuesdays to Wednesdays and Thursdays. Test kits now go out on Wednesdays and will need to be back by noon on Thursdays.

Please note, your school has rapid tests available for Hopkins scholars with symptoms or known, specific exposures / close contacts. If you are in need of a test kit for your child, please reach out to your school who will be able to assist you.

New Vaccination Clinic

In conjunction with its cultural festival on April 28, Gatewood ES will also host a mobile vaccination clinic provided by Children’s Minnesota. It will be there from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. We will welcome the entire Hopkins Public Schools community. While walk-ins are possible, Children’s prefers that families sign up at this link.

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The Meadowbrook PTO has a new website, check it out! This is where you can access the online directory and so much more!

The PTO needs your help next school year! The 22-23 school year will be the final year at Meadowbrook for our current Co-Presidents and Treasurer. We are looking for a few people to work with us next year to learn the tasks of these roles to take over the following year. PTO can’t happen without YOU! Please email if you would like further information about these open positions -

To view other open positions for the 22-23 school year, please visit our website:

Any questions? Reach out to us at or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, or our PTO website

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Hopkins Public Schools is Hiring!

If you or someone you know would like to be a part of an inclusive school community on a mission to transform what education looks like — we need you! We currently have positions open in transportation, nutrition, event coordination, marketing and communications, teaching, early childhood, special education and more. Ready to get started? View our Careers page.

For additional information about paraprofessional support jobs in special education, please email Heidi Wilhelm at or call the Special Services Department at (952) 988-4044.

Important Calendar Dates

April 18-April 22: Meadowbrook Mingle Week

April 20: Meadowbrook Mingle Facebook Live Event 7:00pm

May 6: No School: Professional Learning for Staff

May 6: Spring Fling Event

May 7-8: Plant Sale Pick Up

May 9-15: Culver's Concrete Mixer Fundraiser - Golden Valley Culver's

May 17: Kindergarten Bridge 6:30pm

May 21: Run Meadowbrook Run Event at Brookview Park

May 30: No School: Memorial Day

Meadowbrook Handbook for Caregivers

A great source of information including important dates, school policies, and contact numbers.

Electronic Backpack

Check out the Electronic Backpack for informational flyers highlighting school wide and community events and activities.