IKE & XinXing Newsletter

December 21, 2018

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Message From The Principal

Hello, everyone! We've come to another winter break, faster than ever in my opinion, and many fortunate students and adults are looking forward to time away with family and friends. I even know a couple of really lucky friends who are going on a trip somewhere warm and beautiful. Breaks are good for all of us. Modern life sure has us constantly pushing to meet deadlines and productivity goals. Our kids are going through the same thing, and they also see us getting stressed out. It's not natural for us as humans to run mental marathons everyday without some sort of break with stress or change in routine. I have learned this through a student perspective with my daughter, who is thankfully open to communicating with us that she's had enough and needs some down time. My favorite reflection from her one day was when I was trying to get her to go play with her friends after a particularly busy week: "Daddy, there are times when I like to play with others, and there are times when I like to be by myself. This is one of those times when I just want to stay home and play here and be with you guys." I was floored by the insight. Then I realized she's her daddy's daughter in this respect. I need regular recovery periods too. I also realize that some people recover through social interaction, like my wife. We're a good balance that way.

I have also noticed that my daughter will bring up important things right before I would say goodnight to her. This usually revolved around some sort of stressful topic for her with a friend or another student who was bothering her. At first I thought she was just trying to delay bedtime, so I would push her to go to sleep. But that only caused more stress and made her feel like I wasn't being supportive. As I talked this over with others that I know, I came across some good advice about really listening to our kids and teaching them how to name their emotions. I started summarizing her experiences back to her so she knew I was listening. I would help her define her emotions more accurately (frustrated versus furious, etc.). It was really quite amazing. After 5-10 minutes of discussion, I could see her sense of satisfaction, and then she'd yawn, cover up, and close her eyes because she felt better. As I look forward to winter break, I know that she will be exhausted from all the fun play with cousins and friends. While fun, it's also a form of stress that I think we can all relate to during this holiday season. And I know she'll need some down time to balance things out. If you're interested in more tips about helping kids manage their stress, check out this link:


I hope your break is without stress, and that you all have a wonderful time away filled with peace and joy. We'll see you in January.



Dec. 24 - Jan 4 - Winter Break - no school

Jan. 8 - PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 10 - Late Start - School starts 2 hours late

Jan 14 - District West Side Orchestra Festival 7:00 -8:00 p.m.

Jan 15 - District 6 - 12 Band Festival 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Jan 18 - 4th grade Kindness Restreat

Mar 19 - 6th grade Musical 6:00 p.m. (cast Stage Left)

Mar 21 - 6th grade Musical 6:00 p.m. (cast Stage Right)

We Need You to Help Us Reimagine Our Gifted and Talented Program!

As part of our journey to go from Great to World Class, Hopkins is reimagining its gifted and talented programming. We can’t do this work alone — we need your input! Join us at a four-session series focus team that will meet January 10-31. Together we will examine our current programming and think about what might better align with our collective vision as we look to the future of how we develop the awesome talents of our students. You do not have to have a child enrolled in gifted and talented programming to participate.

More information:
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Dear Families,

Thank you for all you've done to support staff and students here at Eisenhower Elementary. This is my fourth year as the PTO communications board member and I am so pleased at how this community continues to grown and care about our school. Please save the date for January 8th and join us for our January PTO meeting. We will overview the Spring 2019 semester events and activities as well as other agenda items. We hope to see engagement continue to grow and if you are looking at ways to be involved, please email me at greengirlnguyen@gmail.com and we will find a spot for you! Finally, I'm including our Ike + XX PTO square up link for any families that have last minute year end giving for (and don't forget to check if you're company does corporate matching!) and our Ike + XX PTO group page.

1. Ike + XX Square Up Store: https://squareup.com/store/ike-xx-pto

2. Ike + XX PTO Group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/159524300738821/

3. Email Kimberly Nguyen at greengirlnguyen@gmail.com if you are interested in getting more involved we do have several opportunities we are seeking people to lend an extra hand with.

Enjoy your winter break!

Your PTO Team

Remember Educational Benefits include more than free meals!

These additional educational discounts and District support are available for your child if you qualify:

  • Home Internet Service
  • Extra Curricular Activity Fees (band, sports, & other activities)
  • Elective Course Fees (at junior highs and high school)
  • College Admission Testing and Application Fees
  • Discounted Bus Passes for senior high students
  • Earn additional state funding for your children's school

Also, if you are having a hard time making ends meet at this time of year and your children have not already been approved for Free Meal Benefits, please consider completing an application.

Families can re-apply for free meals anytime during the school year. You may qualify now if your income has decreased, or your household size has increased.

Visit our website to view the eligibility guidelines or to download and complete an application, or call us if you need assistance with completing it. We are here to help!

Applications are always available to be completed at all of the schools, or visit our district office at 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins, MN 55305, Room #101.

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Join Hopkins Community Education for these Upcoming Activities and Events! Upcoming Eisenhower Enrichment Classes:

Winter Break Open Gym

Get some gym time over the winter break! Grab a group of friends and bring your own basketball, Frisbee, soccer ball or football. Limited balls will be available. 2 courts will be available to students at West Jr. High; 1 court for High School students and 1 court for Jr. High students. 2 courts available at Eisenhower Community Center for all ages (5th grade and under must be accompanied by an adult).

Adult supervisor will be present. Register by grade.

$5 per day or $10 per family per day. Max of 20 students per court. Drop-ins welcome as long as there is court space.

All Ages: January 3

Time: 4pm to 5:30pm

Location: Eisenhower Community Center

Register to ensure your spot by calling 952-988-4070 or Click Here to register.

2019 Minnesota Student Survey

This is an initial announcement to parents that Hopkins Public Schools plans to participate in the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS). The Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) is conducted in schools across our state every three years to grades 5, 8, 9, and 11, and asks young people questions about activities, experiences, and behaviors. The survey will be administered between January-March of 2019. A more detailed parent notification will be delivered to you prior to survey administration, and will include information about your parental rights as well as an opportunity to opt your child out of participation​.Questions can be directed to Holly Magdanz, holly.magdanz@hopkinsschools.org, 952-988-4323.​

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