Capitol Hill Headliner

September 24, 2021

Dates to remember

September 27: MS Fall Sports Begin (info below) - date change from 9/20

September 20: MS Math Team Practice Begins (info below)

CANCELLED: October 1: Grandparents Day

October 12: Picture Day

October 21-22: No School, MEA

November 16: Picture Retakes

Daily Health Screening Expectations for Families

Families should conduct a health screening for COVID-19 symptoms every morning before sending their student to school or the bus stop. School staff will also monitor for symptoms throughout the school day.


Do not send your child to school if they are exhibiting any of these symptoms: chills, sore throat, headache, fatigue, nausea, muscle pain, vomiting or diarrhea, new runny nose or congestion, new or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste or smell. Please report the absence and submit a report to the COVID-19 Reporting System as soon as possible (link below).

SPPS COVID 19 Reporting System

Click here to submit or update a report

Covid-19 Safe Learning Plan | Family and Student Guidelines

Families should familiarize themselves with the SPPS Covid-19 Student and Family Guidelines (click on the button below this paragraph), which are updated regularly and cover prevention strategies, health screening and monitoring, exclusion guidance and the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System,.
SPPS Covid-19 Student and Family guidelines

Click here to review the Covid 19 guidelines

SPPS Mask Requirement

SPPS requires face masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors (ages 2 and older) in all SPPS buildings, regardless of a person’s vaccine status, unless they have a qualifying exemption.


This will include indoor physical education classes and during meal times when not eating or drinking. Masks are also required on school buses. In general, people do not need to wear masks outdoors for activities like recess.


Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own clean, well-fitting masks to school each day, including extras. Disposable masks are available at school and on buses for students who forget theirs.


If you have not already done so, please get vaccinated and encourage all who are eligible to do the same. You can find vaccine resources at spps.org/covidvaccine


Area COVID testing resources: https://mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/testing-locations/index.jsp

Parent Drop-off and Pickup Procedures

DROP-OFF PROCEDURE:

  • Parents/guardians drop off students on Concordia Avenue, no earlier than 9:30am.
  • Please follow the procedure of cars lining up.
  • Please wait your turn and do not cut in front of other cars already in line.
  • When you get close to the front of the line, pull up as far as you can to Mackubin Avenue.
  • Avoid stopping at the stairs.
  • Students get out on the right side (curbside).
  • Parents/guardians stay in the car; there will be staff to assist if needed.
  • Once your student is out of the car, please safely pull out of the line.
  • Students will proceed to enter into the blue doors.
  • Students who walk to school will also enter through the blue Capitol Hill doors.

Parent Pickup Procedure:

THANK YOU for sticking with us as we continue to revise our pickup procedures! Parent pick-up time has improved dramatically, and within one week of implementing an improved plan,, pickup was complete for all families within 15 minutes of the final 4:15 dismissal bell! Here's how pickup works now:


Students will be grouped inside by last name and we will have three lines outside instead of two. Information regarding which line you will go to is below:


  • Parents/Guardians of students with last names starting with A – G will be located between the far MLK driveway and the corner of Mackubin & Marshall
  • Parents/Guardians of students with last names starting with H – O will be between the MLK driveways
  • Parents/Guardians of students with last names starting with P – Z will be between the MLK driveway and the Green Doors


We will have three staff members outside calling student names on the radios; one staff member per line. Each line will have a sign at the beginning and end of the line telling you which section of the alphabet is being called. If you find yourself in the incorrect line, you may go to the correct line, or a Capitol Hill staff member will ask you to go to the correct line.


Other helpful information:

  • If your child doesn’t come out the first time after being called, we appreciate your patience in waiting for a staff member to circle back and call for your child again
  • Middle school students will continue to exit the Green Doors on Mackubin
  • Middle school students cannot pick up their younger siblings without a parent/guardian present
  • Parents/Guardians should not come up to the building to pick up their student(s)


Please see the picture below for a visual of the plan:

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Building Visitor Policy

In keeping with COVID guidelines, we are limiting our building access to students and staff only. Thank you for understanding.


Parents should not enter Capitol Hill during morning drop-off. Your child will be greeted as they enter the Blue doors and make their way through the lobby to breakfast and class. There's staff inside should they need help.


With an appointment, parents may enter the building to meet with specific staff.

Use this link to register for an appointment: t.ly/QEwM.

  • On the day of the appointment, enter Capitol Hill through the Blue doors

  • Sign-in in the Main Office

  • Wear a mask at all times

  • Stay with teacher(s)/staff in meeting space only and practice social distancing

  • When done, sign out in the main office and exit the building through the Blue doors


** If you are sick or having symptoms, please cancel your appointment and reschedule. Do not come to the school. **


** At this time we are not having any volunteers at Capitol Hill. **

Coming in October: Freedom School Express (FSX) Learning Academy Extended Day Learning & FSX Leadership Academy

Extended Day Learning programs are returning to Capitol Hill, again in collaboration with Freedom School Express. Please read the attached file for a brief description of the program, as well as employment opportunities that exist to support EDL and FSX! Specific information regarding classes will be forthcoming. Calendars are also attached below for both Elementary and Secondary grades.

STUDENT DRESS CODE information

Student Dress

Rights/Opportunities

  • Students have the right to choose their manner of dress and personal grooming unless it presents a clear danger to the student’s health or safety, causes an interference with schoolwork, or creates classroom or school disorder.

Responsibilities

  • Students are responsible for wearing clothes that are appropriate for school. To maintain a safe learning environment, student dress cannot be a health and/or safety hazard, obscene, sexually explicit, or discriminatory. Clothing that displays words or images that communicate a message that is racist, sexist, or otherwise derogatory is not permitted. Clothing that displays references to alcohol, chemicals, tobacco, or other products that are illegal for use by minors is not permitted.

Students are responsible for abiding by the school principal’s mandated minimum standards of cleanliness and neatness.


SPPS Student Dress Code Policy, Section 503.03:

  1. The principal or the principal’s designee shall mandate minimum standards of cleanliness and neatness.

  2. Footwear is required.

  3. There shall be no other restrictions, except as previously stated, on any student’s hair style or manner of dress unless the hair style or manner of dress presents a clear and present danger to the student’s health and safety, causes an interference with work or creates classroom or school disorder.


Please read the full Capitol Hill Dress Policy at this link.

Capitol Hill Student Wins 2021 Art Award

The 2021 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards were held virtually last spring. Our very own Isadora Kim was one of the students selected for an award out of over 2,000 applicants. Congratulations Isadora!

Great things are happening in our Elementary grades!

Self-portraits created by Ms. Simmer's third graders

1st day of art class: elementary students were given a prompt: What is Art? Their responses were hung all over the room and in the windows by the art room

Middle School FALL SPORTS BEGIN Monday SEPTEMBER 27TH

Grade 6-8 Fall Offerings:

Boys Soccer - Girls Soccer - Co-Ed Flag Football - Girls Volleyball

Early Sign-Up: Outside Big Gym, clipboards for signups are on a table for you (parent/s need not be present)

On September 27, meet in the Big Gym (1401). Bring all items you plan to take home, as you will not be allowed to go back to your hall locker after practice.

Note: New Practice TIME this year: Monday - Friday, 4:15 – 6:15 pm.


Students are required to complete 2 forms prior to be eligible to participate:

Questions? Please contact: dylan.wakefield-dagen@spps.org

PTO Updates

PTO Meeting:

Thanks to all who were able to attend our first PTO meeting of the year on September 20. You can find the minutes and the presentation here. Questions from the chat which were not addressed have been answered and added to the minutes.


PTO Hub:

Stay connected to the Capitol Hill parent community through the PTO Hub. Register here to access the optional directory and receive updates on grade level events.


Volunteer Opportunity - Book Fair!

Give our scholars and teachers an opportunity to add to their libraries! Volunteer to set-up or staff the Scholastic Book Fair the week of November 8 - 12. Please contact Jen Kamarainen at ptochair.capitolhill@gmail.com if you are interested.


Donate to the PTO

Did you know that all Capitol Hill 5th graders experience music at Orchestra Hall on a PTO funded field trip? Donate to the Capitol Hill PTO now to support exciting field trips for all students and fulfill other school needs.

Donations can be made via cash/check to the office, at GiveMN or PayPal (treasurer.capitolhill@gmail.com). Any amount helps. $100/family is suggested.

Elementary Band & Orchestra Sign-ups are Happening Now!

Do you have an aspiring young musician, who's ready to start or continue their music in school? Mr. Middleton and Mr. Fulton have presented information about Orchestra and Band to elementary classes, so please look for sign-up information coming home with your students.


Orchestra is for stringed instruments with Mr. Middleton, and students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are invited to join. Please email Mr. Middleton at john.middeton@spps.org.


Band, open to 4th and 5th grades, is for woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments with Mr. Fulton. Lesson schedules are being worked out according to instrument and grade groups with lessons starting in early October. Please email Mr. Fulton at jeff.fulton@spps.org.

Middle School Math Team Practice has Begun!

Middle School Students: Do you enjoy solving challenging problems in a fun and inclusive environment? Come join the Math Team!


Middle School Math Team practice started Monday, September 20th! The team will meet from 8:30-9:30 AM on Mondays in Mr. Warner's room (2309) except for the days we participate in meets with other schools. Ring the doorbell at the Blue doors when you arrive for practice.


Meets will take place starting at 4PM on 10/4, 10/25, 11/15, 12/6 and 1/24 at various locations. Please feel free to email Mr. Warner with any questions.

Student Cell phones & Capitol HIll Expectations

Our Middle School Cell Phone policy went into effect on Monday, September 20. Read below for the expectation document that was shared with students last week.
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Capitol Hill Middle School will work with Graceful Monsters to produce and perform a full scale musical this spring. Email Ms. Schibel with questions. Lisa.schibel@spps.org

Got Pride? Join Glow!

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School MEALS PROCEDURE


  • Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students for the 2021-22 school year.

  • Breakfast to Go will continue, with pre-packaged meals to be eaten in the classroom.

  • Elementary and Middle School lunch will be served in the cafeteria, Atrium and classrooms. Classes in the cafeteria will be 6ft from other classes.

  • Assigned seating is required.

  • Students and staff are required to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking.

  • Lunch will be served in traditional lunch trays and reusable containers with lids when traveling.

  • Table decals will mark designated seating locations in cafeterias.

  • Staff will monitor safety protocols throughout the lunch period, including lining up and dismissal.

Curbside Meals for Students in COVID Quarantine or Isolation

Families can register for weekly curbside meal box pickup if a student must miss in-person instruction due to COVID quarantine or isolation.

  • Families register through the NS website

  • Meal boxes will include five breakfasts and five lunches

  • Meal boxes will be issued via contact-free pickup

    • Pickup will take place each Friday at the District EOS building at 1930 Como Avenue

    • Hours of operation will be 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    • Students do not have to be present for guardian pickup

Have you completed the iUpdate yet?

Go to https://www.spps.org/onestop complete the iUpdate for your SPPS student(s) if you've not done so already.


Updating your information in iUpdate will ensure that you receive proper services, eligible transportation and important communications by U.S. mail, phone, email or text. Families will receive phone calls and text message reminders to complete iUpdate. One parent or guardian from each primary household is expected to complete iUpdate.

Capitol Hill OFFICE NOTES

Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30


Morning Drop-off Time

We want to ensure each child is safe when arriving for school. Staff supervision begins at 9:30am. Please do not drop off your child any earlier than 9:30


Attendance/late arrivals:

Please make sure to always report your child's absences. You can do this in two ways:

Please include your child's name, grade, the reason for their absence, your relationship to the child, and a return phone number that you can be reached at if we should have questions.


Health Related Absences: If your child is ill, please expect a follow up call from our nurse or nurse designee during these unique times. Please see current health considerations here.


Calling Your Child

When calling the school to speak to your child, the office staff will deliver your message to have your child call you back. Teachers are teaching during the day and we are trying our best to lessen the interruptions during instructional time. Thanks for understanding.


Dismissal

Please call the Capitol Hill office at 651-325-2500 if you are picking up your child early or letting your child go home any other way than their normal route.

***Please make sure to call the office no later than 3:00 pm if you have to make changes.***

***If you call later than 3:00, we cannot guarantee that your child will get the message.***

MLK Recreation Center: Boy's Basketball Registration is open!

MLK Boy's Basketball registration is open now through September 30. Ask questions or register at MLK Recreation Center, 271 Makubin St., 651-290-8695. Please see the flyer below for more information!