Tanglen Update

September 5, 2022

A Message from Principal Jim Hebeisen

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

I hope your family was able to spend some to relaxing after a very busy first week of school. Your children are doing a great job of learning the routines and procedures that are important to have in place at the beginning of the year. Thanks for your support in making that happen!

Buses and the Pick-up Loop are always a steep learning for our students, families, and bus drivers at the end of the day. We greatly appreciate your patience as we get used to dismissal. We have made some behind the scenes changes which should help to speed up the pick-up loop, and our bus drivers are doing a great job of learning the students' stops and personalities. You will notice things will be getting much smoother as we work through the next couple of weeks.

Days Off - Be Prepared

Hopkins Public Schools made some changes to the district calendar before it was approved last spring. Please be prepared for the following days off of school for all students:

Monday, September 26 Rosh Hashana

Friday, September 30 Professional Development

Wednesday, October 5 Yom Kippur

October 17 to 19 Conferences and Professional Development

October 20/21 Statewide Teachers' Convention

Student Nutrition changes for the 2022-23 School Year

The USDA has determined that school meals will NOT be free for all students for the 2022-23 school year. Therefore, a meal benefit application is required to obtain free or reduced meals. Meal applications for the 2022-23 school year are available on the Nutrition page in the Free Meals & Food Assistance tab. You can also find breakfast and lunch menus and pricing for paid meals on your child’s school website.

Although lunch is no longer free, a reimbursable USDA FREE BREAKFAST is available for all students at L.H. Tanglen Elementary Schools this year.

Please encourage a healthy start to the day with a FREE nutritious breakfast to fuel our students' brains.

Character Strengths

This year the Tanglen staff will once again be focusing attention on 24 character strengths that we strive to build in our students. The focus for August was HONESTY. We had an assembly last Wednesday where we discussed ways to show honesty in school.

I encourage you as a family to watch this 21-minute program put together by Steve Hartman, one of my favorite reporters on CBS news. The program is focused on HONESTY and is geared to students in K to 6 grade. I think you will find the news clips will lead to some great discussions with your family.


I also encourage you to print off the flyer below of the 24 character strengths we work to develop in our students. Keep it clipped to your fridge and help your children to find examples of the character strengths throughout the year...especially if THEY are the ones displaying the character strengths! This month we will focus on INTEGRITY.

The following was passed on to me by a Tanglen parent. It has information you may find useful.

Going back to school is an exciting time for kids: Beginning a new grade, seeing friends again, getting to use all their cool new supplies. But the start of the school year can also bring up old worries: “I have Mr. Drummond AGAIN? He hates me!” And new anxieties: “What if none of my friends are in my class?” Thoughts like these may leave kids (especially ones who struggle with anxiety) feeling more nervous than excited:




COVID Guidance for 2022-23

Hopkins Public Schools follows the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health/CDC in its response to COVID-19. In the 2022-23 school year, Hopkins will continue to require five-day minimum isolation for those who test positive for COVID. Mask wearing is recommended but not required in our buildings or on the bus. Please check our COVID Hub on our website for the latest information on COVID-19 and our current response.

Hopkins Community Education Registration Event

Sept. 7th, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., DICK’S House of Sport at Ridgedale Mall

Join Hopkins Community Education for a family registration event, Wednesday, September 7th, from 4 to 6 p.m. at DICK'S House of Sport at Ridgedale Mall. Community Education staff will be present to help families get registered for fall sports and fitness classes. Kids will be able to use the climbing wall, and all families registering for a class will receive a coupon for 20% off an in-store purchase. A great way to kick off the new school year is with DICK'S House of Sport and Hopkins Community Education.

Hopkins Community Health & Resource Fair

Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Eisenhower Community Center

Join us at the Hopkins Community Health and Resource Fair on Saturday, September 17. This event is free and open to the public. Families can learn about resources and opportunities in Hopkins and the surrounding communities.

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Tanglen Kids & Company needs YOU!

Kids & Company is hiring!! Tanglen has a waiting list of families who would like to have after school care, however we are short staffed currently and unable to accept everyone from the waiting list. We are looking for motivated and reliable individuals to join our after-school childcare team!! M-F from 2:00-5:30/6:00pm. Support the community, build relationships, and earn money and experience. If you have children at Tanglen who attend Kids & Company, one of the employee perks is the first child is free and the second is 50% off the cost! Apply here!

Need Dental Assistance for Your Child?

Read the flyer below...