December 2, 2022

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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Families in Need

Horace Mann School helps families in need at our school at this time of year. If you'd like to donate a gift card to Target or a local grocery store to help others, you may drop them off at the school office. Our counselor or social work will help distribute them. We also have access to a free food program for the weekends called Every Meal.

If your family has a need (clothing, boots, holiday), please contact our counselor or social worker.

Read-a-Thon 2022 - Where Everyone Belongs and Friendships Begin

Read-a-Thon time is wrapping up!

Please turn in your tracking calendar and collect your final pledge donations! Reading minutes are coming in and we are getting closer to our goal!

  • The classroom with the most minutes read will receive a pizza party!

  • Classroom(s) with 100% participation (calendars turned in) will receive a $25 Scholastic Credit

  • If the school collectively reads 600,000 minutes, Principal Litwin will declare an all-school PJ party AND kiss a llama!!


  1. Reading minutes are tallied on your calendar through November 28.
  2. Reading logs will be collected and counted the week of December 5.
  3. Classroom minute winners will be announced on Friday, December 9.
  4. Pledge donations can still be made online, simply follow this link:

Please consider making a donation if you have not done so already.

This PTA-sponsored event is one of the main school fundraisers. The money raised is vital to the success of the PTA's plans for funding school-wide activities such as field trips, classroom supplies, and Art Adventure.

Mission of Gratitude

What started as a Kindergarten mission morphed into a Kindergarten and 2nd grade mission!

In appreciation of all the Horace Mann employees and in gratitude for all that they do for the students, the building, and for each other, the Discovery Club students wanted to do something helpful. As a thank you, they walked around the school grounds and picked up trash. They ask us to keep passing on the gratitude! 😁

Important Dates

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

Monday, December 5

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Wednesday, December 7

  • 8:00am Tour for Prospective Families
  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Thursday, December 8

  • 5:30-8:00pm Gender and Sexual Diversity Parent Advisory Council - 360 Colborne
  • 5:30-8:00pm Hmong Parent Advisory Council - 360 Colborne

Friday, December 9

  • 7:55am Readathon Closing Ceremony
  • 9:30am-1:30pm Grade 5 Field Trip to Belwin

Saturday, December 10

  • 9:30am-2:00pm School Choice Fair at the RiverCentre and 2023-2024 applications open for Elementary and Middle School

Monday, December 12

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL
  • 5:30-8:00pm Special Education Parent Advisory Council - 360 Colborne

Tuesday, December 13

  • 5:30-8:00pm Latino Consent Decree Parent Advisory Council - 360 Colborne

Wednesday, December 14

  • 8:00am Tour for Prospective Families
  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL
  • 6:30-8:00pm American Indian Parent Advisory Council - 360 Colborne

Thursday, December 15

  • 5:30-8:00pm Parents of African American Students Advisory Council - 360 Colborne

Monday, December 19-Monday, January 2

  • No School - Winter Break

HMS PTA News and Announcements

Scholastic Book Fair

Mark your calendars! Scholastic Book Fair Coming back in-person: December 6-8th, 2:30- 6:00pm in the Horace Mann Library!

The Scholastic Book Fair is back, in- person! Come to the Horace Mann Library to pick out your books. Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become stronger readers.

Your student should receive the flyer for the fair this week! Every book purchased earns rewards for our school library!

If you have any questions about the Scholastic Book Fair, please contact Maureen Hartung at

Horace Mann School Spirit Wear e-Store Now Open

Check out the newly launched HMS spirit wear and merchandise store. There are hundreds of styles, color, and size combinations available. 10% of the purchase price of any products directly benefits the HMS PTA. There are no minimum orders and your items ship directly to you. Shop the store here or bookmark the link:

Horace Mann Amazon Smile Program

Looking for an easy way to help support our school while shopping online? HMS PTA is a non-profit organization that qualifies for the Amazon Smile Program. Earn money for our school while shopping on Amazon (there is no additional cost to you). Go to and search for "PTA Minnesota Congress 008740 Horace Mann PTA" and designate HM PTA as your charitable organization.

PTA Board and Contact Info

President: Jen Williams,

Vice-President: Grace Hanson,

Treasurer: Abigail Mosher & Alex Stuart,

Teacher Reps: Amy Kortuem & Mark Lindskoog,

Communications: Katie Bliss & Karen Vander Sanden,

Volunteer Coordinator: Chandra Kilgriff,

Recorder: Catherine Guglielmo & Allison Broughton,

HMS PTA Website:

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is not sponsoring, endorsing, or recommending the activities/events announced in the PTA Section and no SPPS student will be turned away due to inability to pay (21-22).

Horace Mann School Contacts and Social Media

Perspectives Submission Deadline: Thursdays by 8:00am