September 15, 2023
Tanglen Students are Role Models
Each year we hold five fire drills, five lockdown drills, and one severe weather drill as required by the state. On average, it is about one drill per month.
School starts at 7:50. Doors open at 7:40.
Attendance is Important
Below is a link to a quick overview of reasons WHY school attendance is important. Please read over the tips and see how well you can do in implementing the ideas for your family. Thank you in advance for making attendance for your children a priority!
FastBridge Screening from September 18 to October 13
More information regarding our assessments at Hopkins can be found on our website.
Important Information from our PTO
Greetings, Tanglen families! Our biggest fundraiser of the year is only 2 short weeks away and we can't do it without you!
We'll kick off two weeks of fundraising with our FREE-for-all Block Party on 9/28! You'll have a few tasks to complete- getting registered for our fundraising platform Raise Craze, signing the waiver for your kiddos to play on the ninja rig at the block party, and downloading the givi app to bid on our silent auction items.
Please review the following two sign-ups:
- This one is for the grade-level auction baskets we will include in our silent auction. https://bit.ly/TanglenBlockParty23
- This one is for volunteer spots to lend a hand at the Tanglen Block Party. https://bit.ly/TanglenAuctionBaskets
NEXT WEEK: Watch for an email with important reminders including:
- This link to sign the online waiver so your kiddos can rock the Ninja Anywhere course at the block party on 9/28.
- This link to get registered for Raise Craze, our online fundraising platform
- This link to register & download the givi app so you can participate in the online auction
More details to come early next week! Remember that next week is spirit week! Show your Tanglen Pride each day by coming to school in that day's spirit theme! Check out the flyer sent home or review it here.
We also know that we have a school community FILLED with problems solvers and creative thinkers. What ideas do you have to help us provide healthy snacks for all of our students? For many of our families, it places an extra burden on finances to need to provide snacks. Put your brains to work...if you have ideas to help us efficiently get healthy snacks into the hands of all of our students, contact the PTO (LHTanglenPTO@gmail.com) or me (Jim.Hebeisen@hopkinsschools.org) with your ideas.
Tips from Our Bus Drivers
*Spend extra time with your child at the bus stop and have them pick out landmarks that they can see from a bus window. This helps your children to know when it is their turn to get off the bus.
*Get to know other families at your bus stop. Older students can be great role models and helpers to younger students. Learn each other's names and exchange phone numbers so you can support each other as needed.
*If you have multiple children on the bus, get them in the habit of watching for each other when they get off the bus. We have had some older students in the past forget to remind younger siblings to get off the bus at their stop, which can lead to issues.
*Make sure your child knows their first and last name and at least the first few letters of both. They should also know their bus stop. If they do not, feel free to make your child a tag to hang on their backpack with the information. (Try to use the same bus stop name that was sent to you by transportation.)
Thanks for attention to this advice!
In addition to the advice above, Hopkins Public Schools has put together a Transportation FAQ. This link will be a useful resource for you.
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New Technology Leads to a Different Need
We are fortunate that all of our students will be using the latest edition of Apple iPads as their technology devices. One challenge with the new devices is that they no longer have a traditional headphone jack. They only accept USB-C connections.
Our school will be purchasing headphones that will be shared among students as needed. We recognize, however, that many students like to have their own headphones that do not need to be shared.
District tech team members have been researching the types of headphones that will work the best with our new devices. If you choose to purchase your child their own set of headphones (or a dongle which would allow the students to use a more traditional set of headphones with the adaptor) follow the links below to see the recommendations. You may certainly buy a different type of USB-C headphones, however the recommended headphones seem to be a good quality for the price. At this time, we do not envision students needing a microphone with the headphones, however, one of the recommended headphones does have a built-in microphone. Be aware that if you decide to purchase and use a dongle with a more traditional set of headphones, the dongles may need to be replaced if lost or broken.
Apple 3.5 mm to USB-C Dongle ($9.00)
If you purchase your own set of headphones, please label them with your child's name. Thanks!
Upcoming Youth Classes at Tanglen
Minnesota Department of Education's Digital Equity Survey
Gender Expansive Caregiver Group
Are you the parent or caregiver of a child who transcends traditional binary gender roles? We are offering a supportive, ongoing group for parents and caregivers to ask questions, share ideas, and support one another. For more information, please follow this link.
I know you support kindness as well. Our combined efforts are being noticed by others. Thanks for your efforts at home to assure your children take pride in our school and openly model KINDNESS. Our students show their Tanglen Pride daily!