Eisenhower Elementary Newsletter

XinXing Academy, Community School and Spanish Immersion

Friday, November 6, 2020

Message from the Principal

If you have been watching the news, you know that our Covid-19 cases in Hennepin County are rising. As I listen to this news, the health of our staff and students has been on my heart and mind all week. Our school learning models are dependent on Covid-19 county numbers, among other local factors described in our Data dashboard. I commit to following Hopkins' 4 Ws and encourage you to do so too:

  • Watch your distance
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wash your hands
  • When sick, stay home

Please know that our school leaders are working together to plan what a pivot to district-wide distance learning may look like. And, our aspiration is to continue serving students who are identified as most in need of in-person learning.

Along with our current health data, I am also keenly aware of how the dual pandemic we are facing might be impacting our students. As a mother, I worry about the social aspects that my son is missing by not participating in a typical school year. I have the same concerns for our students that are engaging in our distance learning model. Just as we maintain our physical health, our mental health is important, and needs to be maintained.

As a reminder, Hopkins Public Schools has created a wonderful website containing mental health resources called The Loop. Click on the link below to explore the resources available.

In addition, please read the section below to learn about the Change to Chill opportunity. Just as we exercise to improve our physical health, we can engage in opportunities such as this to maintain our mental health.

Be well. We are a strong school community, and we are in this together!

The Loop

Don't forget to check out The Loop for Community Resources!

Free Sessions on Coping during COVID-19

Allina Health’s teen mental well-being initiative, Change to Chill (CTC), is partnering with Hennepin County Public Health to promote free virtual sessions to teens and parents/caregivers throughout Hennepin County. These sessions will feature and be led by community representatives and culturally diverse mental health providers and healers, highlighting adapted Change to Chill content to offer more culturally inclusive resources for youth and parent populations most impacted by COVID-19. Learn more and sign up here.

Week of November 23rd for Hybrid Students

Thank you for your input regarding our hybrid schedule for the week of November 23. While your feedback demonstrated our community’s commitment to all of our students, we also heard that a change to the schedule would create hardships for some of our families. After much consideration, Hopkins Schools have decided to not make a change to the schedule. Therefore, students in Cohort A will attend in person school on Monday the 23rd and Tuesday the 24th and the students in Cohort B will engage in Distance Learning for these two days.

COVID-19 Dashboard

We're excited to reveal the first phase of our COVID-19 Dashboard, which is designed to help families, staff, and the community understand the data points that most impact our learning models. These data points will be updated on Fridays. We will add local district health data and specific staffing data in the coming weeks.

Dates to Remember

Nov. 10 - PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 16-19 - Picture Re-Take Days

Nov. 25-27 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

How to get Cold Weather Gear

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To Donate Cold Weather Gear

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No-cost Internet available to qualifying families

Thanks to a generous family in our community, Hopkins Schools families who qualify for Comcast Internet Essentials can get one year of Comcast home internet service for free. More information, details on qualifications, and the service address lookup can be found here. If you are interested in participating in this program or finding out more, please contact our school counselor, Foster Killen, at (952) 988-4305.

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Hopkins Spirit Wear

Shopping choices:

Order Online:

Visit our store website at https://hopkins-high-school-spirit-shop.square.site/.

We offer convenient delivery options, ordering gear has never been so easy

Shopping Appointment:

Fill out the following Google Form, to request an in-person shopping appointment at the spirit shop. https://forms.gle/zmNrvT9QW1afMBVd7

Special Orders:

We can help with your group’s special order needs. Follow the link to find out more information about special orders.


Contact Julie with any questions at spirit.shop@hopkinsschools.org

Wishing you a healthy, happy, and safe school year!