833 Young Scholars

Nurturing Potential, Sustaining Support

November 2020

Happy November, Everyone!

Here's a quick peek at what's coming up in this month's newsletter:

  • Appreciating pandemic learning heroes
  • Increasing challenge without overload
  • Resources for your Young Scholar
  • Bell Museum ticket give-away
  • November Parent Group invitation

Giving Thanks

It's hard to believe that we are already over two months into the school year, fall is quickly slipping by, and winter is just around the corner.

Before we move on from the beginnings of this school year, I'd like to pause and honor all the extraordinary efforts being made every day to keep learning happening for students.

Here's to...

  • Parents who are managing at-home learning, A and B schedules, homework help, free-time (too much? not enough?), technology glitches, A LOT of together time, their own work schedules, and many many other moving pieces that come with parenting in a pandemic.

  • Teachers and school staff who each day navigate online and in-person lesson plans, new learning formats, shifting classroom models, masks, hand-sanitizer, social distancing, grade-level standards all while practicing the difficult art of teaching and engaging students as they also work to keep themselves and their own families safe and healthy.

  • School and district administrators who make difficult decisions every day to support students, families, and staff while balancing the learning and safety needs of over 18,000 students and 2,500 employees.


  • Students who have had to completely reimagine what school looks like, sounds like, and feels like. It hasn't been easy, and there are challenges ahead to be sure, but they are finding ways to make it work for them. Their world has been turned upside down, and still every day they're adapting, and trying, and learning.
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There are no small contributions, here. If you are working with students right now (or are one), you deserve a standing ovation.

So, go ahead - take a deep breath, pause for just a moment, and know that your hard work does not go unnoticed.

Challenge without Overload

Are you finding it hard to create the right balance between providing at-home learning challenge for your Young Scholar without overloading them?

Below are three things to consider when looking to further enrich your child's learning experience:

Resources for Adding Challenge

Free fun Family Field Trip!

Right now, FREE tickets are available for your Young Scholar and family to visit St. Paul's fabulous natural history museum! The Bell Museum is packed with hands-on experiences and exciting displays to engage your whole family. Don't forget to reserve a time for one of their planetarium shows!

Click HERE to request your free tickets.

Support for You

  • 833 Young Scholars is starting a Parent Support Group!
  • Come meet other Young Scholar parents, learn strategies to support and advocate for your Young Scholar, and discuss the joys and challenges of raising a gifted learner. Think of this group as taking the Young Scholar Newsletter live!
  • Click below to download your invitation for our next meeting on November 10, 2020 from 6:00-6:45pm.

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About Me

Hi All!

My name is Colleen Redmond, and I am thrilled to work as the 833 Young Scholars advocate and lead teacher.

I'm a mom, a wife, small business owner, avid biker (the pedal kind), book enthusiast, and beekeeper. Plus, on top of all of that, I have the happy job of implementing and growing the Young Scholars program here in 833!

I've been lucky enough to teach in South Washington County Schools for over twenty-five years and have had the incredible opportunity to be a part of the lives of so many students and families over the years.

Now, as part of Young Scholars, I have the honor of working with the amazing staff, students, and families throughout 833. I am so very excited to work with and support you and your Young Scholar. I can't wait to see where the journey takes us!

Contact Information

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, thoughts, or needs!

Colleen Redmond