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,
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.
Auction website (https://Meadowbrook.cbo.io)
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 RunMeadowbrookRun.com for more information.
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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DA8AD28AAF8C70-2022
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: https://tools.ptoffice.com/Signups/Balloons4605
Staff Appreciation Week - May 2-6
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:
- Your Name:
- Name of staff member you are nominating:
- How has this staff member made a difference in your school year?
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
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 www.HopkinsEducationFoundation.org
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 www.HopkinsEducationFoundation.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - meadowbrookelementaryPTO@gmail.com.
To view other open positions for the 22-23 school year, please visit our website: https://meadowbrookpto.weebly.com/who-we-are.html
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 email@example.com 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
A great source of information including important dates, school policies, and contact numbers.
Check out the Electronic Backpack for informational flyers highlighting school wide and community events and activities.
Main Office Line: 952-988-5100
Attendance Line: 952-988-5110
Online Student Directory: www.meadowbrookpto.ptoffice.com