Meadowbrook News

April 22, 2022

From Mrs. Sawatzky

Good afternoon Meadowbrook,

The Meadowbrook Mingle Auction closes at 9pm tonight - make sure to check out the hot new items just added today! Tickets are still available for the Matt Wilson Wilson & His Orchestra private concert. We are so close to our $30,000 milestone to earn a DJ at recess. The kids loved the DJ last year so let’s make it happen again! A great big THANK YOU to our Meadowbrook Mingle planning team and everyone involved in making it happen! AND, a great big THANK YOU to everyone who attended or donated to the event.

I also want to give a shout out to two groups of students who recently spent some time cleaning up our Meadowbrook grounds in honor of Earth Day. We had a group of 9th graders come over the weekend and collect 5 full bags of trash as part of their 9th grade service project. (see pictures below). Also, our Stepping Stones' students enthusiastically cleaned up the Meadowbrook playground this week. Thank you students for making a difference!

With much gratitude,


Good Morning Meadowbrook Apr 22 2022

Meadowbrook Mingle

We are in the final hours of the Meadowbrook Mingle Silent Auction -- our largest fundraiser of the year. Auction closes at 9pm TONIGHT. Get those donations and final bids in now.

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Help us hit our $30,000 milestone and the kids will earn a DJ Dance Party at Recess. Kids have already earned choice time, seeing Mr. Lawson & Mrs. Sawatzky in costumes for a day, and Mrs. Sawatzky running a 10K -- all to benefit 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.

Donate Now: Text "Meadowbrook" to 56651.

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?

Spring Fling

NEW! Fun Family Community Event - Outdoor Movie Night

  • Friday, May 6th, Movie start time 8:00 p.m.
  • Mark your calendars and plan to grab your blankets and chairs and join us for a fun family movie on Meadowbrook Field.
  • The movie will be chosen by student voting!
  • Free Popcorn and a small selection of snacks and bevs for purchase (Cash only).

VirtualEDU Priority Registration

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. More information can be found here.

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.

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

The 2022-23 calendar is now available online in PDF and digital format. You can access a printable version here. If you would like to subscribe to the digital calendar, you can do that here. If you already subscribe to our digital calendar, this information has automatically updated on your phone.

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.

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 2:00 to 6:00. We will welcome the entire Hopkins Public Schools community. While walk-ins are possible, Children’s prefers that families sign up at this link.


While supplies last, we will continue our weekly saliva testing program for scholars and staff. Owing to an Omicron subvariant and spring travel, we’re seeing an increase in cases. We have plenty of rapid test kits for our scholars’ and families’ use. If you want a test kit, even for peace of mind, please see your school nurse or main office and ask for one.

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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

May 6: No School: Professional Learning for Staff

May 6: Spring Fling (Outdoor Movie Night) 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.