Capitol Hill Headliner

Friday, May 21, 2021

Message from Principal Hodges


This week we have important content in our newsletter!

  • Middle School COVID Testing, test pickup available May 24
  • 8th Grade Celebration on June 9!
  • PTO Updates
  • HEALTH REPORTING - Keep our Community Safe
  • COVID Testing recommendations for students
  • Office Updates: 9:15 drop-off time, attendance reporting, early dismissal, changes in dismissal plan.

Feel free to contact me with any questions at or 612-398-9579.

Middle School COVID Testing

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are partnering to provide free COVID-19 saliva tests for students in grades 6-12. The first opportunity for students to pick up a COVID-19 saliva test at their school will be Monday, May 24.

Testing is optional, but encouraged for all secondary students, and will be offered every two weeks.

Students in grades 6-12 can pick up a test kit from school on Mondays and return them to school on Tuesdays. The test kits will include instructions for conducting the test at home as well as instructions on where students should pick up and drop off the saliva test kits at school.

Students will be able to pick up a kit on Monday as they leave school. There is no written or verbal permission needed. Instructions about how to take a saliva test will be included with the test kit. Do not send students to school if they are sick.

Below are resources to find alternative testing options:

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8th Grade Celebration Planning Meetings!

The 8th Grade Fun Day is happening on June 9th!

9:30 to 4:00 pm at the Capitol Hill fields.

(Rain date will be June 10.)

This is a student-led, parent and teacher supported event filled with social time, activities, food, and prizes.

Open and free to all Capitol Hill 8th graders, regardless of in-person or virtual-learning status. It's outdoors, covid-safe, and school transportation is provided. More information regarding transportation needs will be forthcoming.

Come and CELEBRATE your time at Capitol Hill and LAUNCH your next journey!

Questions can go to or students can ask their 8th Grade Foundations teachers.

PTO Meeting - Monday, May 24th from 7 - 8p

PTO Meeting

Please join us for the last PTO meeting of the year on Google Meet using the link: Principal Hodges will talk about the school budget, PTO will present a preliminary budget, and CH staff will share info about Litmobile and GLOW. See you on Monday, May 24th, from 7-8 pm!

Yard Signs!

Vote on Capitol Hill yard signs for families to have on display! Click here to find a link to the sign concepts and to vote for your favorite. The winner will be revealed at the May 24th PTO meeting.


The PTO would like to hold a Read-a-thon fundraiser instead of Apex in 2021 - 22. We're looking for volunteers to start making a Read-a-thon a reality!

Join us for the planning kick-off on Wed, 6/2 from 3 - 3:45p at Zoom link

HEALTH REPORTING - Keep our Capitol Hill Community Safe and Healthy.

The Capitol Hill Health Office is working hard to keep students healthy and families updated with information.

Please see this update regarding when the keep your child home from school and how we determine if a student needs to remain home from school for an extended period of time. Find the SPPS COVID Reporting Form here

If your child is ill, please contact the Capitol Hill attendance line at 651-325-2599 or If you prefer, you may also contact Dr. Veglia directly

at 651-888-7609 or

Please expect a follow up call from our nurse or nurse designees during these unique times.

COVID Testing for Students

MDH announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.

Schools and youth organizations can send messages and resources available on COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families to families to encourage testing. Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Testing locations can be found here.

Office Updates & Procedures: Drop-off time, attendance reporting, early dismissal, changes in dismissal.

Morning Drop-off Time

We want to ensure each child is safe when arriving for school. Staff supervision begins at 9:15am. The earliest time to drop off your child for school is 9:15am. Please do not drop off your child any earlier.

Parent Drop-Off takes place along Concordia Ave. We ask that you pull as far forward as possible to drop off and remain in your car while your child exits out of the passenger side of the car. If you need additional time to drop off or assist your child please pull along Mackubin Ave. by the Green Capitol Hill doors to do so.


Please make sure to always report your child's absence. 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.


Please call the Capitol Hill office at 651-325-2500 if you are 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 1:00 pm for grades 6-8 or 3:00pm for grades 1-5 if you have to make changes. If you call later than these times, we cannot guarantee that your child will get the message.