Meadowbrook News

September 23, 2022

From Mrs. Sawatzky

Good afternoon Meadowbrook,

Thank you to those of you who joined us for Curriculum Night. It was great to see you and share some highlights of the year to come.

Sunday night is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. To honor the holiday, there is no school on Monday, September 26th. Jewish people around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashanah with feasts, prayers and reflection. Many of our students and families will celebrate and spend the holiday with family and friends reflecting on the past year with gratitude and love. To our families celebrating, we send our wishes for a happy new year to you!

Next Tuesday is picture day at Meadowbrook. I sincerely apologize for holding this on the last day of Rosh Hashanah. We will make sure that this does not happen again. For students who will be absent on Tuesday, we will have picture retakes on Thursday, November 3rd.

As we experience this change in the weather, I want to remind you to have your child dress or be prepared to go outdoors during the school day. Additionally, make sure to label coats, sweatshirts, and outdoor gear with your child's name. This makes it so much easier to find at the Lost & Found!

In partnership,


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th-October 15th is Hispanic Heritage month. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize the contributions and the important presence of Hispanic and Latin Americans in the U.S. At Meadowbrook, about 5% of our students identify as Hispanic or Latinx. In addition to enriching our school, our Hispanic-American communities contribute to our government, culture, and economy in amazing ways.

Click HERE for information on ways your family can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month here in Minnesota!

Also, below are two videos you can watch with your children. The first is Pepe And The Parade: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage by Tracey Kyle and the second is Where Are You From by Yamile Saied Méndez and Jaime Kim.

Pepe And The Parade - Children Story For Hispanic Heritage Month
Where Are You From by Yamile Saied Méndez and Jaime Kim / Storytime Read Aloud
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Good Morning Meadowbrook Sep 23 2022

Picture Day

Picture Day is Tuesday, September 27!

You can order before Picture Day on and entering our school's ID: EVT7VJ3SX

For students who will be absent on Tuesday, we will have picture retakes on Thursday, November 3rd.

LAC Candidate Forum on Saturday, October 1

Parents, students, staff, and community members are encouraged to tune in to this important easy-access opportunity to hear from the 14 candidates who seek to represent our Hopkins Public Schools district. Learn more.

Meadowbrook Carnival

The Meadowbrook Carnival fundraiser is NEXT FRIDAY, Sept. 30 (a no-school day). Now is the time to view the Carnival website for details and FAQs and complete these three things:

    Ticket sales are now open! Unlimited-ticket youth wristbands are $15. Adults do not need wristbands. Look for a paper in your student’s Friday Folder. Skip the onsite lines and buy online now. {A survey will be sent to ticket buyers where you can choose to have wristbands sent home with your student.}

    Meadowbrook Adventures is a lucky draw fundraiser as part of the Carnival where you buy entry tickets to win experiences donated by teachers and staff. Visit the Meadowbrook Adventures page to see the list of adventures, fill in your entry form, and return to school or the Carnival with $1 (cash or check) per entry. You can also look for a flier in your student’s Friday folder.

    It’s crunch time and we still need 25+ more volunteers in the next 7 days–please help us! We need every family to volunteer. Most of the open spots are in the 5:00 and 6:00 time frame. Run a game or activity with your student or volunteer with other caregivers and expand your Meadowbrook connections. You can also use the QR code in your student’s Friday folder. Choose your volunteer spot now.

At last check, these are the spots we need to fill:
  • Leo the Lion - 1
  • Eat Street Cashier - 1
  • Eat Street Food Runner {4th Grade Caregivers} - 5


  • Eat Street Cashier {2nd Grade Caregivers} - 1
  • Eat Street Food Runners {5th Grade Caregivers} - 5
  • Eat Street Line Director - 1
  • Eat Street Floater - 1
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course - 1

5:30-6:00 pm

  • Dunk Tank - 1

6:00-7:00 pm

  • Flair Hair - 1 Boo Boo Station - 1
  • Eat Street Cashier {3rd Grade Caregivers} - 5
  • Eat Street Mains {1st Grade Caregivers} - 3
  • Eat Street Line Director - 1
  • Eat Street Floater - 1

For more details, visit the Meadowbrook Carnival site or email us.


Lindsay Gerten & Jenny Dennis

Meadowbrook Carnival Co-Chairs

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From Nurse Karen

Hello from the Health Office!

Fall is my favorite time of the year - love the cooler weather!

We have many students who are complaining of sore throats, coughs, and feeling unwell. The Pandemic is not over, so I encourage you to do the daily checklist to see if you should send your child to school. Please keep your child home if they are unwell. If you ask your child to “just try to go to school, and if you feel worse, go see Nurse Karen…” this would be a clear indication to keep your child home. Thank you so much for keeping Meadowbrook healthy!

If your child needs an inhaler, emergency medications, or specialized medical plan, please make sure these items have been brought to or shared with the health office. It is a state law that a student cannot keep medications in their locker.

As we get into the cooler and wetter weather make sure your child has outdoor gear to keep them warm. It may be warm in the morning but take a cool turn in the afternoon. Layers are the best thing this time of year! Good footwear is also advised. Kids love to run when they get outdoor time, so make sure their shoes will support this activity.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns (952-988-5104)!

Social-Emotional Learning Survey September 21 - October 5

This is in accordance with our school board policy 520 to alert all parents of any surveying their child is taking part in.

Building our social-emotional learning skills is an important goal for our school this year. We will be asking for your 3-6th grade child to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey they will be completing at school in their homerooms. We will be asking home teachers to reflect on K-2 children.

The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on social and emotional competencies that align with the Hopkins graduate traits outlined in the district's strategic plan (e.g., sense of belonging, and rigorous expectations).

We are asking that all our students participate in the surveys. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they can skip the item altogether. The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential. We are partnering with a third-party vendor to support us in administering these surveys. If you have any questions about the SEL survey or would like information about opting out, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You may also choose to opt your student out of this survey no later than September 19th.

Art Adventure

The Art Adventure program will be back again this year in January of 2023. We are currently seeking in-room volunteers to help share an appreciation for art with our scholars at Meadowbrook. The commitment is just three sessions but the experience to interact with kids in the classroom is priceless!

Art Adventure is a wonderful way to engage with students and become a memorable part of their classroom experience. Sign up to lead (often entertaining and insightful) discussions with students about artwork from the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) collection. No previous experience is required and no art or art history education is needed at all! All training provided by Mia. Most sessions are delivered in-person but virtual sessions can also be offered.

Looking forward to connecting! Please email us with your desire to participate or any questions about the program -

Hopkins Royals Boys Basketball Association

Join the fun with Hopkins youth traveling basketball!

Registration now open for Boys HRBBA ’22-’23 Season

HRBBA is a volunteer-run organization offering boys in 4th - 8th grades a basketball program where they can develop skills and knowledge in a competitive atmosphere. The season runs from late October through early March. Participation is open to students enrolled in any Hopkins District school.

Visit the online REGISTRATION PAGE for all the details.

Tryouts October 8-9

Tryouts for the 2022-2023 Season will be held at North Junior High School on Saturday, October 8th, and Sunday, October 9th. Prospective players will attend both days in the time slot appropriate for their '22-'23 school grade.

Visit the TRYOUT INFORMATION & PROCESS PAGE for all the details.

Stay Connected

Visit our website ( and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest information regarding Registration, Tryouts, and to contact HRBBA with questions.

Thank you!

-Hopkins Royals Boys Basketball Association

Resources for Families

Student Nutrition

Hopkins School Board recently approved the School Meals Policy 534 in response to the USDA’s decision to stop providing free meals for all students. As part of this decision by the USDA, all families who are not part of the Free and Reduced Lunch Program are required to pay for school meals this year. Policy 534 ensures that the district provides meals to students in a respectful manner and prohibits shaming the student, regardless of the financial standing of their lunch account.

To view the School Meals Policy 534 in full, please visit our website. If you believe your family may qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, please complete an application as soon as possible. Find an application by clicking here. The deadline to submit your application is before October 1.

To Contact the Student Nutrition Office:

Email or call 952-988-4060

ICA Fall Vaccination Event

Come join us at ICA to get your Covid and Flu vaccines. Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson will be available for people ages 12 and older. No appointment needed. Also learn about other resources in our community and walk away with a $25 gift card!

When: September 30th, 2022 10am-2pm

Where: 11588 K-Tel Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55343

Questions? Contact Charmaine at

Child Care Partnership

Meadowbrook and the New Hope YMCA have partnered in order to offer a before and after school child care option for our K-6 students. This program is ideal for scholars enrolled at Meadowbrook Elementary as transportation is provided to/from Meadowbrook. For more information, please visit the New Hope YMCA information page.

Lost & Found

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Meadowbrook PTO

Please visit our website for all things PTO!

Restaurant Night

Noodles & Company in Golden Valley

  • October 11th, 4-8pm
  • 7808 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley, MN 55427
  • If online order, use coupon code GIVING25
  • If in-person, mention Meadowbrook Elementary
  • **25% is donated to the PTO!!**


If you would like to be a room parent in your child’s class or help in a variety of other ways this school year, let us know! Complete the volunteer interest form here:

Online Directory

To connect with other families at Meadowbrook, please register with our Meadowbrook Online Directory. *Please note this is different from the forms you completed for your teachers! This directory will allow you to search for other MB families, and for others to find your information if you choose.

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

Important Calendar Dates

September 26: No School - Rosh Hashanah

September 27: School Picture Day

September 30: No School - Staff Professional Development

September 30: School Carnival

October 5: No School - Yom Kippur

October 11: Restaurant Night at Noodles & Company 4-8pm

October 17-18: No School - Elementary Conferences

October 19: No School - Staff Professional Development

October 20-21: No School - MEA Break

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.