Eisenhower Elementary Newsletter

XinXing Academy, Community School and Juntos

Friday, December 17, 2021

Message from the Principal

This week we experienced so much collective joy, and it was just a delight to watch. On Wednesday, we celebrated one of our most precious school-wide events called Star Day. On this day, we celebrate kindness throughout our building, and we do our best to spread that kindness to the people who mean so much to us. If you'd like to learn more about what Star Day is all about, please watch the presentation from our current 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Belvedere, and our former Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Pederson. It describes why and how we celebrate this unique and special tradition at Eisenhower.

Today, we played a game of School-Wide Bingo! Our MCs, Mrs. Blackledge and Mr. Shepherd coordinated a delightful combination of Bingo, Dance Party, and fun prizes!

Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious cargo. I know that today, amidst the rumors and social media trends, it may have been especially difficult to send them off to school. I appreciate you and the tough decisions that you make. Have a fantastic winter break!


Star Day Presentation

Paw Pride Students of the Week!

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Upcoming Events

Dec 20 - Dec 31 - Winter Break - No School

Friday, Jan 14 - Staff Development - No school

Monday, Jan 17 - Rev Martin Luther King Jr Day - No School

Monday, Jan 17 - Open Enrollment Deadline

Friday, Jan 21 - Grading Day - No School

Thursday, Feb 17 - Friday, Feb 18 - Conferences - No School

Monday, Feb 21 - Staff Development - No School

District Calendar

Eisenhower Calendar

Interested in joining Hopkins VirtualEDU?

If you would like to enroll your scholar in VirtualED for second semester (which begins January 24), please fill out this information form by January 5. Scholars who enroll should plan on spending the remainder of the year in VirtualEDU. This will be your last chance to enroll in VirtualEDU for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out by emailing VirtualEDU@HopkinsSchools.org or calling 952-988-4050.

Reminder for open enrolled families:

If you currently have an open enrolled child, you will need to fill out an application if you have an incoming kindergarten student. You can find an application on our website at: hopkinschools.org/enroll
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Renaming the Fitness Center at Hopkins High School

Hopkins Schools and the City of Minnetonka are asking for feedback from community members on a new name for the fitness center at Hopkins High School. We are now in the third and final phase of this process where we are asking community members to vote on the top four name suggestions generated from Phases 1 and 2. We will bring the top vote(s) to the Hopkins Public Schools School Board for final approval, and then will announce the new name shortly thereafter. Click here to cast your vote: https://hopkinssd.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0jHAOo8fBJa8lpQ

To: Our Eisenhower/XinXing/Juntos families

From: Charmaine Bell, Family liaison

I want to start by saying thank you for allowing me to be a part of your scholar's educational experience. Thank you for trusting me with your stories and hardships. Thank you for being amazing caregivers/parents.

I have accepted a position with ICA food shelf and my last day will be January 3rd. In this new role I will be working to get more families the resources they need. ICA is not just a food shelf but has a host of other resources and connections. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions by calling 952-938-0729. I will also continue in my part-time role as a family academy facilitator for Northside Achievement Zone. If you live in the 55411 or 55412 zip codes and are interested in building community and learning about your child's development call 612-521-4405. You may end up taking a class with me!

I will miss all the scholar's, their smiles, their jokes, and yes...even their attitudes (pre-teens I tell ya! HA!). I love your babies as if they are my own and hope that they all learn to walk in their purpose and find their vocation.

To the parents/caregivers I encourage you as your scholar's primary teacher to let your voice be heard. When possible, attend the PTO meetings, attend the board meetings, ask tons of questions, and lean on each other for support. This has been a rough two years, but you all are doing it, and I am so proud of you. I am proud of us!

Once again thank you! And if you would like to stay connected with me, my email is charmaine.bell89@gmail.com.

Love First!

Charmaine Bell, Family Liaison

ICA Now Offering Employment Assistance at Hopkins Activity Center

A new collaboration between ICA and the City of Hopkins will provide easily accessible employment tech support throughout the fall. Starting September 8, an ICA representative will be at the Hopkins Activity Center to help members of the community search for their perfect position. ICA employment staff can help with online job searching, creating a resume and submitting applications.

Employment assistance will be offered every Wednesday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the Hopkins Activity Center computer Nook.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Mall of America and MDH still have a vaccination clinic going at the mall. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please click here.

Find a vaccination near you here.

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. Thank you for helping us keep our schools operating as normal as possible! You can find updates and information related to our school’s safety plan on our COVID Hub.

If during the winter break, your student experiences a positive Covid-19 case, please email your school principal at the following email address: melissa.ness@hopkinsschools.org

Ultimate Frisbee

Hello Hopkins families! Are you looking for a winter/spring sport or activity for your student(s)? How about Ultimate frisbee? Hopkins Ultimate is holding an Information/Registration meeting on Thursday, January 6 at 7pm in the Hopkins High School cafeteria. We are recruiting players for our Middle School League (grades 5-8) in the elementary schools, but also encourage older kids to join too (we also have JV and Varsity teams).

New to Ultimate? No problem! We will teach you everything you need to know - no experience necessary and EVERYONE gets to play! Ultimate is a fun sport that combines skills from other traditional sports like soccer and football, but is it low contact and is played with a disc (frisbee). It is a sport that is grounded in good sportsmanship, fairness, and respect. The Middle School League is co-ed, so we welcome girls and boys alike.

Need more info? Check out our website: hopkinsultimate.com or reach out to me, Camie Mayer (HURT recruitment) at camiermayer@gmail.com.

Mark your calendars! Hope to see you at the January 6th meeting!

Guest Teachers Desperately Needed

The nation-wide substitute teacher shortage is also impacting Hopkins Public Schools. We are looking for Guest Teachers to help us when our Hopkins Teachers are absent. It is very easy to become a Guest Teacher. All that is needed is a college degree and a Substitute Teaching License obtained through the Minnesota Department of Education and is very easy to get. Guest Teachers work up to 8 hours per day and we pay $165 per day. Our Human Resources department will help you obtain a Substitute Teaching License if you are interested in serving in this capacity. We really need you! If interested in working with our amazing students in this role, please contact our Human Resources department at 952-988-4000.

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 heidi.wilhelm@hopkinsschools.org or call the Special Services Department at (952) 988-4044.

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