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End of Year Information - June 2022

A Note from Mrs. Z

Dear Hamilton Ridge Families,

Summer is just around the corner! We had a good spring filled with learning, special events, and celebration. Our students and staff are staying strong with end of quarter activities. I am very proud of our students and their learning growth!

Below you will find results from our stakeholder surveys. As reflected in the parent survey, in-person learning is valued. Teachers and staff feel the same way. Except for six days of distance learning in January and one unexpected power outage day in September, our students were here. What a great year it has been.

Thank you for your endless support throughout the year and the privilege of partnering with you. Your kids are amazing.

Have a wonderful summer!


Karen Zwolenski - Mrs. Z

June 9 Last Day of School - 3 Hour Early Release

Thursday, June 9 - Last Day of School - 3 Hour Early Release; 12:50 p.m. Please inform your child's teacher and the Hamilton Ridge Office of any end of day transportation changes.

Hamilton Ridge Library Book Return & Summer Reading Fun!

As of Wednesday, June 1, there were 200 library books that need to be returned to the Hamilton Ridge Library. Please have your children gather any library books they may have checked out and return them to their classroom library box. Let’s keep our library as full as possible!


Follow this link to keep your kids reading this summer - https://www.smore.com/zmeq7

Student Device Return

All district issued student iPads, Chromebooks and chargers will be collected in the classroom before the end of the school year. More information to come on a specific turn-in date from your child's teacher.

End of Year Medication Pick Up

Medications/Inhalers/Epi-Pens cannot be sent home with elementary students. Medications/Inhalers/Epi-pens not picked up will be discarded. Please help the District curtail unnecessary costs by picking up your student’s unused medication. We recommend leaving rescue medication (Epi-Pens etc.) at school until dismissal of the last day. Please pick up all medications no later than June 9 (by dismissal time at 12:50 p.m.). Medications not picked by dismissal will be discarded immediately. Please call the Health Office if you wish to make other arrangements at 952-461-7806.


If your child borrowed any HRE Health Office clothing, please wash and return the items before the end of the school year. Emergency clothing changes for students are in short supply. The Health Office is accepting and appreciates and donations of gently used or new sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts and new underwear and socks.

Hamilton Ridge PTC Update

  • Join us for our last PTC meeting of the school year. We'll be at The Pointe at 6:30 p.m. on June 7. Who says a change of venue isn't fun? We'll be recapping our Spring Fling, looking ahead to the fall and toasting our beloved Mrs. Z as she soon heads off to retirement. Hope to see you there!
  • Speaking of Spring Fling, we'd love your feedback as we plan for next year. Please go to this survey to give us your thoughts (we'll be closing the survey at the end of the week): https://forms.gle/KPYQdDvtWN7wAGT99
  • Our last HRE Night of the year will be at Davanni's on June 6. Celebrate the end of the year with some yummy pizza! Twenty percent of the proceeds that night will come back to HRE; just mention our school when you dine in or order out. Our Davanni's night goes from 4 to 8 p.m.!

News from Child Nutrition

On the last day of school this year the federally funded waivers enacted during the pandemic providing free meals for all students, will end. Meal prices for all grade levels will remain the same as they were pre-pandemic and are located on our website here. Students will begin using their PIN numbers once again, these PIN numbers are located in School Cafe and in Infinite Campus, all accessible in the Parent Portal on our website here. In order to qualify for free and reduced-price meals an Application for Educational Benefits must be filled out yearly and is also located on our website and in the School Cafe app. If your family would benefit from free meals this summer, please use the resources linked below:

2022 Summer Free Meals for Kids in our Community

Shakopee Public School District

Burnsville Public School District

Hunger Impact Partners Free Meals for Kids mobile App

Survey Results

We had a very good turnout for the parent and student surveys administered in March. Below you will find the items and themes from each survey. The percentage of parents or students who responded positively/agreed is listed behind each item. The staff reviews this information and strives to continue instructional excellence and to improve in areas of needed growth.


Parents reported that:

  • My child looks forward to going to school. (91%)
  • The adults and teachers believe my child can learn and be successful. (96%)
  • Staff promptly respond to phone calls, messages, or emails. (97%)
  • The principal and dean are accessible and respond promptly to phone calls, messages, and emails. (97%)
  • I am informed about important dates, activities, and events. (97%)
  • Overall I am satisfied with my child's educational experience. (91%)
  • My child is appropriately challenged academically. (89%)
  • My family’s culture is respected by other students. (89%)

In the parent comments, there were several themes:

  • What worked well during this year and should continue?: In-person learning, effective communication, and good teachers.
  • What do you want the school experience to be like for your child?: fun, safe, and academically challenging. When my child is cared about at school, it looks like: teacher and child connection, child is happy, and child looks forward to going to school.

Grade 3-5 students reported that:

  • My teachers teach so I can learn. (99%)
  • My teachers explain what I am expected to learn. (99%)
  • My teachers help me feel included in the classroom (98%)
  • My teachers help me when I need it. (98%)
  • My culture is respected by other students. (97%)
  • I feel cared about by at least one adult in my school. (96%)
  • I feel safe and secure in my school. (96%)
  • I like being in school. (89%)

Several themes were noted in the student comments:

  • What about school works well for you that you think should continue?: math, reading, writing, friends, caring and kind adults, and positive behavior rewards (caught climbing tickets and fun celebrations).
  • When school is hard, my teacher helps me by: explanation, breaking things down, strategies and hints.

Lost and Found

The Hamilton Ridge Lost and Found is located in the foyer at HRE and is available for you to look through. All items will be donated on June 15.

Final Report Cards

Student report cards will be posted to Infinite Campus on Friday, June 17 by 3:00 p.m. Report cards will not be mailed. If you need assistance logging into Infinite Campus, please contact the ithelpdesk@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us.

Save the Dates - Important Scheduling Information for your child

Great Start to Kindergarten

On August 3, 9 & 10 we will be conducting the “Great Start to Kindergarten” assessments for incoming Kindergarten students. A trained staff member will work with each child one-on-one to measure reading, math and social skills. The testing will take up to 30 minutes and will help us place your child in the kindergarten classroom that is best suited for him/her. Further information will be sent to Kindergarten parents on how to sign-up for the assessments.


Welcome and Assessment Days

On September 6 and 7, all students in grades K-5 will meet with their 2021-22 teacher individually for approximately 30 minutes. This time will be spent getting to know students and their families. Grades 1-5 will also take a literacy assessment. The assessment results will give teachers the data they need to target instruction for students from the first day of the school year. You will receive communication mid-August that will include information on how to sign-up for a Welcome and Assessments Day appointment. The first official day of classes for students in grades K-5 is Thursday, September 8.

2022-23 Teacher Assignments

Teacher assignments will be available in Infinite Campus mid-August. If you need assistance logging into Infinite Campus, please contact the ithelpdesk@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us.

2022-23 Bus Information

Bus information will be posted online through Infinite Campus mid-August. Once you log in you can view this information under the Transportation tab. If you need assistance with Infinite Campus, please contact the ithelpdesk at 952-226-0048 or ithelpdesk@plsas.org.

2022-23 School Supplies

Supply lists for next year are available on the Hamilton Ridge website. If you choose to order supplies through the online store, School Tool Box (now open), please go to www.schooltoolbox.com. A flyer will be sent home on June 6 and information will be sent through Seesaw during last week of school. This information and link will also be posted on our websites under the NEWS section once it is available. 3% of all School Tool Box sales will be returned to Hamilton Ridge in the form of a fundraiser. Thank you for shopping with School Tool Box!

District Calendar

A printable version of the district calendar is available on the web site along with Free-and Reduced Price lunch information on the Parents page under Parent Resources.

Family Address Changes

If you are moving or have any family status changes, please keep your school office informed. You may call and leave a message for at 952-461-7804, or email: kschoeller@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us This information will help as we create our class lists for next year and insure that we have current mailing information.

Summer Office Hours

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. The Hamilton Ridge Office will be open this summer, but please call ahead if you plan on stopping by as there will be times that we are at meetings and enjoying some time off. To enroll a child at PLSAS, please contact our District Services Center at 952-226-0000.

Contact Us

Student School Hours 9:20 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Main Office Hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Attendance Line 952-461-7801

Main Office 952-461-7800

Fax Number 952-461-7849

Health Office 952-461-7806, Tiffany St. Michaels, LPN tstmichaels@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Karen Zwolenski, Principal kzwolenski@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Lindsay Comstock, Dean of Students lcomstock@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Kirsten Schoeller, Administrative Assistant kschoeller@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Beverley Null, Administrative Assistant (attendance) bnull@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Andrea Carin, Social Worker acarin@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

IT Help Desk 952-226-0048 or ithelpdesk@plsas.org

District Transportation 952-226-0050 or jswedberg@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Prior Lake Bus Company (after hours) 952-440-1166