January 15, 2021

This newsletter provides updates, information and event details for Horace Mann School, the Horace Mann School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), and Saint Paul Public Schools. It is published weekly and distributed through email. Current and past issues can be found at or directly by clicking here.

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Upcoming Schedule

If you didn't apply for VLS, your child is registered to start school in person on February 1 (K-2) or February 16 (3-5).

  • Distance learning continues Jan 19-22 for K-5.
  • No school for K-5 Jan 25-29.
  • Starting Feb 1 K-2 either starts in-person or switches to VLS and Gr 3-5 begins distance learning with their new teacher.
  • Feb 16 K-2 continues and Gr 3-5 starts in-person or continues in VLS.

Any changes in enrollment (K-5 either VLS/ or In-person) will be processed beginning January 25th. It is critical for the family to call the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760 to make the official request and send an email to Judy Browne.

Detailed plans for in-person return will be communicated to families the week of January 25-29. Notices of new class placements will be sent January 21-26 via email. Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date with Judy Browne.

Help Wanted: Special Education TA Opening

We have been provided a second Special Education TA position. If you know of any candidates, please have them send an email or call Principal Litwin at 612-314-5187. A qualified candidate will have:

  • An AA, AS, AAS (or higher) degree OR two years of post-secondary coursework (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) from an accredited institution of higher education which are applicable toward a bachelors degree OR passing score of 460 (or higher) on the ParaPro Assessment AND either a high school diploma or a GED certificate. (For more information on the ParaPro Assessment, contact Educational Testing Service at 1-800-772-9476 or
  • Basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics
  • Ability to develop good relationships with students and staff
  • Ability to be sensitive to the needs of others and relate to students with warmth, friendliness and understanding.

This is a 10 month position working 30 hours per week. The minimum rate of pay for this position is $15.37 per hour. More details can be found here.

School Patrol Equipment

If your child was a School Patrol last year, does not intend to be a Patrol this year, and their flag and vests were not returned last spring, please email Mr. Castillo about returning their equipment. It will be needed for this year’s Patrol group.

School Patrol Members Needed

Mr. Castillo is looking for students in grades 4 and 5 who are interested in being School Patrols. Students in these leadership roles, are responsible for ensuring that walkers safely make it to and from school, each day.

The School Patrol duties will look a bit different this year, than in the past. The plan calls for a more traditional format. Patrols will be stationed at various corners near the school. Depending on numbers, those corners might include: Eleanor and Kenneth, Eleanor and Wilder, Kenneth and Highland Pkwy, and Highland Pkwy and Cleveland. Patrols would arrive at their designated corner, at a specific time. They will remain there, for up to 15-minutes, helping students cross the street, then head into school in the morning, or home at the end of the day.

As always, this plan is dependent on having enough patrols to lead these crossings. If there isn’t enough patrols, then some corners might not be staffed. Ideally, 2 patrols per corner would be the goal. But we could use as many as 4 per corner, as well.

If your 4th or 5th grade student is interested in being a School Patrol, please email Mr. Castillo .Interested students will have a Google Meet with him, prior to February 16 (the return of 3rd-5th graders), where the training and specifics on how the program will work, will occur. Also, a date to pick up flags and vests will also be announced.

Please notify Mr. Castillo, no later than February 1, of your child’s intent to be a Patrol, so specific plans can be made. I have a list of students, from last year, who were interested, but I don’t know if their circumstances have changed for this year. So please let me know, even if you expressed interest last spring.

Three Key Family Preparations for In-Person

1) All students will be required to wear masks all day. The only exceptions are for breakfast, lunch, and hydration. If your child needs to seek an exemption for medical reasons, the exemption needs to be in place before we return. Contact our School Nurse, Doneta Johnston, via email or at 651-888-7636. If your child does not want to or does not like wearing a mask and refuses, we encourage you to register your child for Virtual Learning School (VLS).

2) Read and review the Saint Paul Public Schools COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines. We strongly urge you to watch the handwashing and masking videos and practice together. After reading the Guidelines, please email with any questions.

3) SPPS will not screen children each day. We ask families to answer the following four questions each morning before sending your child to school:

  1. Did my child recently test positive for COVID-19?

  2. Does my child have any of the COVID-19 symptoms?

  3. Does my child live with someone who is being tested for COVID-19 or showing symptoms of COVID-19?

  4. Did my child have close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19?

If you answered YES to any of the above:

  • Do not send your child to school, report your child’s absence, and contact your child’s healthcare provider.

  • Report your child’s symptoms or exposure using the online SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System. There will be a red button on our home page or a gray button at the top of the Perspectives.

Follow Up to Re-open Horace Mann School Conversations

Click here to read updates or watch the video from the January 7 special edition of Perspectives. Click here to read updates from the January 9 Perspectives.

See picture (below) for the number of students by grade level who are coming back in-person or moving to VLS.

While elementary schools no longer will use the Ramsey County COVID-19 infection rates for decision-making, the good news is that case counts continue to drop. We have gone from a high of 133 in November to 34 in the first week of January. (Data for K-12 Schools: 14-day COVID-19 Case Rate by County ( See the COVID-19 Decision Tree for the guidance on managing illness at school.

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Spirit Week Winner Announced

Congratulations to Ms. Jalonack's class! They won the ¨Most Spirited Class" with 100% participation on Wear Your Class Color Day. Thanks to a generous donation from Menchie's. Each member of the class will get a coupon for a free 5oz frozen treat. Thank you to everyone that participated in Spirit Week 2020.

The Horace Mann 3rd Grade Helpers

PTA News & Announcements

Click here to watch a video of the most recent meeting. Click here to see the Meeting Notes.

POSTPONED: Horace Mann Family Sing-A-Long with Mr. Dutcher. Stay tuned for the new date and time. Thank you, the Free Family Fun Night Committee

Horace Mann School Student and Family Support

If your family needs extra support, we have several great resources. To start, you can complete our Horace Mann School Student & Family Support Contact Form or you might contact a staff member below directly.

Carrie Asmus, COUNSELOR

SUPPORTS: Students in grades K-5

CONTACT AT: or 651-744-4645 (e-mail is checked most often)

Cori Boehm- Peterson, SOCIAL WORKER

SUPPORTS: Students who receive Special Education services or experience homelessness

CONTACT AT: or (651) 744-2563


SUPPORTS: Students in grades K-5 with social, emotional, and/or behavioral needs


If you are seeking support from the school district, you can try the SPPS Student and Family Support webpage.

SPPS Technology Help

If you need help for your student’s iPad, please visit, call the SPPS Family Support line at 651-603-4348 between 7am-4pm, or email

If you have questions about distance learning, including how to take your student’s attendance, please visit

HMS Library

Pick-up and Return Dates and Times

  • Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 pm and Thursdays 7:00-9:00 am

Student Check-out Process

Student Pick-Up & Return Process

  • Pick up on Kenneth St Door 4. Call Lynda Imholte at (612) 930-2260 and tell her your student’s name.
  • Place returned book(s) in return bin on cart by Kenneth St Door 4.

Specialist Schedule Next Week

  • Art: Gr 2 and 4 (Google Meet code: hmart)
  • Phy Ed: Kdg and Gr 5 (Google Meet code: hmpe)
  • Science: Gr. 1 and 3 (Google Meet code: hmsci)

Important Dates

Bookmark our school calendar. It can be found at the top of our website. Here are some highlights.

Monday, January 18-Friday, January 22

  • Mon: Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday- No School
  • Tues-Fri: School continues through Distance Learning
  • Thurs: 6pm Virtual School Tour with Parents/Students for Prospective Families

Monday, January 25-Friday, January 29

  • No School

Contacts and Social Media

Main School Number: 651-293-8965.

Virtual Office Hours: Request by phone or text at 612-314-5187 or email.