Tiger Tales

April Edition

Principal's Corner

Stevenson Families,

I hope you and your families enjoyed a week off from school and enjoyed the sun! March was a busy month filled with celebrating students' college and career dreams and their hard work. Scholars also earned a school-wide pieing reward for showing our school core values and for building up their reading minutes! We teach our students to CARE!

  • Cooperation
  • Appreciation
  • Respect
  • Empathy
  • Success!

Thank you for your continued partnership in helping your child be their best self and grow academically!


Veronica Mathison

Stevenson Principal



April Dates for the Calendar

  • No School on WEDNESDAY, April 7th
  • Material Pick-Up for Online Academy Students Thursday, April 8th 8:30 - 4:15 pm Door 2
  • MCA Reading Testing: April 20th and 21st for 3rd and 4th grade In-Person Students
  • MCA MathTesting: April 27th and 28th for 3rd and 4th grade In-Person Students

*Teachers will be sending out a sign-up the first week of April for Distance Learners. Students can opt-in to test and will do so at school in the beginning of May.

What's Cool in our Primary Year's Programme

March was college and career month! Scholars:
  • learned about different levels of education
  • explored career options with each education pathway
  • participated in Dress Up Like Your Favorite Career Day!

Dress Up Like Your Favorite Book Character Day!

Stevenson Scholars Showing Integrity!

Every day we recognize positive behavior by handing out Integrity Tickets and each we recognize Star Students who are showing integrity online! Keep up the great work Stevenson scholars!

March Integrity Reward Celebration!

  • Students earned Integrity tickets for being great scholars!
  • Students with most reading minutes pied their favorite staff!
  • Jonah pied Principal Mathison!

Do you have a future kindergartener for 2021-2022?

  • Call 763-502-5301 to reserve your Kindergarten Welcome Bag and schedule a tour.
  • See our Fridley Kindergarten Handbook by clicking on the link below.

Help Raise Funds for our Art Program

You can order gifts with your child's artwork! With over 40 unique and useful keepsakes ready to purchase during the Square 1 Art fundraiser, your child's artwork is the perfect gift for any occasion or celebration. Nothing says “you’re loved” like “I made this art keepsake just for you!”


Orders can be placed online, on paper, or over the phone. For online, click here.

Keepsakes arrive May 4th.

Distance learners can only place orders online or over the phone and will be shipped to students.

Congratulations to our April Star Staff!

Each of the Star Staff were nominated by their colleagues for showing they CARE through their dedication, problem-solving, and excellent instruction!

PTO April 8th Opportunities

All families are welcome to join family BINGO and our monthly parent meeting via Google Meets on April 8th. Attend both or choose one! Log on using your child's school account and put in the code: BINGO

  • 5:30 Family BINGO
  • 6:00 PTO Parent Meeting

Safety Precautions at School

  • All students and staff must wear masks indoors
  • Students will get a new cloth mask
  • Frequent sanitizing upon entry and throughout the day.
  • Social distancing when eating lunch
  • Students will have recess with only their class
  • Students have option of moving to online learning for the remainder of the year.

Nutritional Services Update

  • Wednesday distance learner meal pick up time is changing to 10:15-11:45 am at Fridley Middle School effective April 7th till the end of the school year.
  • Tuesday distance learner meal pick up is 4:30-6:00 at Fridley High School door 15
  • All breakfast and lunches are free this school year due to USDA funding. We hope that your children will take advantage of this and see what great food we offer.
  • If your income has changed please complete an Application for Educational Benefits and you might be eligible of P-EBT money.
  • Any questions about meal service or meal pick up please contact Renee Arbogast at 763-502-5022.

COVID-19 Resources for Students and Families

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends that all school-age youth returning to school youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. Students involved in any extracurricular activities or sports should get tested every week.

Testing, plus wearing masks and taking other precautions like social distancing and staying home (quarantining) when needed, are some of the best tools we have to limit the spread of COVID-19. By getting tested regularly until the end of the school year, we can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep schools open and sports operating.

Anyone could have COVID-19 and not know it. Getting tested regularly is the best way to know you are still healthy. If you don't have symptoms and have not been close to someone with COVID-19, you do not need to stay home while you wait for your test results.

· CDC Post-Travel Recommendations

· COVID-19 Prevention Measures

· COVID-19 Close Contacts and Tracing

· COVID-19: If you are feeling sick

COVID-19 Testing for Students and Families

While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.

Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and sports operating, and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19.

· COVID-19 Test at Home

· Order an at-home test at no cost

· Find testing location for in-person options

Student COVID-19 Testing Update

At Governor Walz’s direction, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is working with school districts to make it easier for students to send off their saliva test kits. Students will now be able to send their Vault-at-Home tests back to the lab through their schools.

How this works:

  • Students or families order tests through the Vault-at-Home program (remember tests are free to Minnesota residents).
  • Students complete their test at home.
  • Students seal their sample tube and place it in the biohazard bag. The biohazard bag then gets sealed in the shipping bag that came with the test. The shipping label sticker is attached to the bag.
  • Students bring their sealed shipping bag with the shipping label to school on designated onsite testing day.

To help students comply with MDH’s bi-weekly testing guidance and use at-home tests as a screening tool:

  • Students should test on the same schedule as staff (see dates below)
  • Students will need to have a Vault-at-Home kit on hand at home to complete and bring to school on staff testing day. Click here to order one.
  • Once students receive notice that their sample is being processed at the lab, they can order another Vault-at-Home kit for the next screening day.

Saliva Test Drop-Off Dates

Any student who has taken a saliva test can drop off the test kit at any of our schools’ main office on the following dates:

· April 5, 2021

· April 19, 2021

· May 3, 2021

· May 17, 2021

· June 7, 2021

School Hours for In-Person Students

  • 9:20 Doors Open
  • 9:35 School Starts
  • 4:00 Dismissal Begins

*Parent drop-off and pick-up are in the turnaround area.

Enjoy a clip from our school broadcast!

broadcast- book character day

Students Connecting with Ms. Mathison

Virtual Office with Read Alouds

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Job Postings!

Ever wanted to work in a school or work with school-aged children? Are you awesome at communicating with children and love being around them? If so, please consider applying for our ParaEducator positions. These are 32.5 hours a week, eligibile for full benefits and paid time off. In this position, you would have the same days off as students and be at work during the same hours as students. The pay ranges from $14.99-$16.71 an hour depending on previous para work experience. We currently have 5 positions open across the school district. Visit our website at https://www.applitrack.com/fridley/onlineapp/ to review the job duties and qualifications and apply today!
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R.L. Stevenson Elementary

Stevenson Elementary is an International Baccalaureate World School dedicated to nurturing students to show curiosity, be lifelong learners, and give back to their communities. Our exceptional teachers and support staff provide a welcoming environment where the classroom becomes a learning community!