Capitol Hill Headliner

September 3, 2021

Principal's Note

Hello Capitol Hill families,

We are excited to begin a new school year fully in person! Thank you to all of the families who were able to attend our Open House yesterday. It was a phenomenal opportunity for Capitol Hill to engage in community, meet our new members, and welcome back our veteran scholars and families. We are eager to meet each and every Capitol Hill scholar and we look forward to having a great year as we meet the needs of all of our school. This year we have 2 mantras:

We Are Stronger Together, and All Kids, All Day, Every Day.


Mr. Freeman, Principal

Dates to remember

September 6th: No School - Labor Day

September 7th: No School

September 8th: No School

September 9th: First Day of School

September 20: Virtual PTO meeting 7-8pm - link to come.

SPPS Mask Requirement - Effective August 18, 2021

The Board of Education has voted to require face masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors (ages 2 and older) in all SPPS buildings, regardless of a person’s vaccine status. This policy went into effect on Wednesday, August 18.

SPPS is taking the spread of COVID-19 seriously and is acting in the best interest of the health and safety of our community leading up to the new school year. Read the resolution. The district will take corrective action for violations of this resolution. Such corrective action will be consistent with the law and regulations, district policies and handbooks, and all relevant collective bargaining agreements.

The mask mandate is about the physical safety of students and staff and will help us keep in-person learning possible. If there are concerns, educators will begin with explaining to students why masks are required, using developmentally appropriate verbal explanations and visual tools such as pictures and videos.

Find more information on COVID-19 guidelines for the 2021-22 school year, including quarantine protocols, meal times, field trips, athletics and more, at The SPPS COVID-19 Employee Workplace Manual has been updated and will continue to be revised as needed to reflect the latest public health recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you have not already done so, please get vaccinated and encourage all who are eligible to do the same. You can find vaccine resources at

These are challenging times for our families, staff and district. Thank you for your attention to these important guidelines that are in place to ensure you and our students can teach and learn in our schools while reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Capitol Hill Parent/Guardian Visits

  • Please make an appointment using this google form

  • On the day of the appointment, enter Capitol Hill through the Blue doors

  • Sign-in in the Main Office

  • Wear a mask at all times

  • Stay with teacher(s)/staff in meeting space only and practice social distancing

  • When done, sign out in the main office then exit the building through the Blue doors

** If you are sick or having symptoms, please cancel your appointment and reschedule. Do not come to the school. **

** Please note at this time we are not having any volunteers at Capitol Hill. **

PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) Update

Greetings Capitol Hill families,

Welcome to the 2021 - 2022 school year from your Capitol Hill PTO Board! We are excited that field trips and Voice, Choice & Joy Day - two of our favorite things to fund - are tentatively back on the schedule. We are also hopeful that there will be more opportunities to connect safely in person this year.

Here are three ways you can support the Capitol Hill PTO in 2021 - 2022:

  1. Sign up for the Capitol Hill PTO Hub - Opt in to stay connected with PTO and get access to the PTO family directory.
  2. Donate to the Capitol Hill Direct Drive via cash/check to the office, through GiveMN or PayPal ( Our Fall 2021 fundraising goal is $40,000. Any amount you can give is appreciated. $100/family is suggested. Consider sponsoring another family if you are able!
  3. Complete the Capitol Hill Volunteer Form - Find one area or event where you can share your time and talents to help Capitol Hill.

  • JOIN US for our September PTO Meeting - Mon, 9/20 from 7 - 8p - Join us on Google Meet for an update from Principal Freeman and a sneak peek at PTO plans for the year. (Link to follow in the next Headliner.)

Welcome again! We look forward to getting to know you!


Jen Kamarainen

Capitol Hill PTO Co-chair


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Returning This Year! A Fantastic Capitol Hill Musical Production!

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Jazz Band Audition Information

Hello Middle School Musicians,

Mr. Morrissey will have a sign up sheet for Jazz Band auditions posted in the band room on the first day of School, September 9th.

6th, 7th, and 8th graders who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass or drums are eligible. Tryouts will consist of playing scales and sight reading a short piece of music. Auditions will be held in the band room from September 13th-24th.

Please contact Mr. Morrissey with any additional questions:

Capitol Hill's "Lit Ladies" and their Litmobile Make TIME Magazine!

In the September 13 issue of TIME Magazine, titled "People Who Saved a School Year," Capitol Hill 6th grade ELA teachers Ms. Morrison, Ms. Schibel, and Ms. Schupanitz were featured!

Click here to read about the Lit Ladies, along with 28 other stories about educators, bus drivers, and others who went above and beyond over the past two years.



  • Parents/guardians drop off students on Concordia Avenue, no earlier than 9:30am.
  • Please follow the procedure of cars lining up.
  • Please wait your turn and do not go in front of other cars already in line.
  • When you get close to the front of the line, pull up as far as you can to Mackubin Avenue.
  • Avoid stopping at the stairs.
  • Students get out on the right side (curb).
  • Parents/guardians stay in the car.
  • There will be staff there to assist if needed.
  • When your student(s) is out of the car, please safely pull out of the line.
  • Students will proceed to enter into the blue doors.
  • Students who walk to school will also enter through the blue Capitol Hill doors.

Dismissal for Elementary students:

  • Parents/guardians will get out of their vehicles and line up on the sidewalk on Mackubin near the MLK recreation center parking lot.

  • Parents/guardians will get in the appropriate line (1st-3rd, or 4th-5th) and let staff member know the name and grade level of the student(s) being picked up.

  • Staff will then radio inside notify staff of the specific student(s) being picked up.

  • Students are to remain inside the school until their name is called by staff.

  • Once a student's name has been called, they will walk outside to meet their parent/guardian. Parents/guardians will remain outside until their student(s) exit the building.

  • At 4:30, any student still waiting to be picked up will be escorted to the main Office and the parent/guardian will be notified.

Dismissal for Middle School students:

  • Students will exit the building through the Green doors and go to their assigned bus, walk home, or meet their parent/guardian.


  • Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students for the 2021-22 school year.

  • Breakfast to Go will continue, with pre-packaged meals to be eaten in the classroom.

  • Elementary and Middle School lunch will be served in the cafeteria, Atrium and classrooms. Classes in the cafeteria will be 6ft from other classes.

  • Assigned seating is required.

  • Students and staff are required to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking.

  • Lunch will be served in traditional lunch trays and reusable containers with lids when traveling.

  • Table decals will mark designated seating locations in cafeterias.

  • Staff will monitor safety protocols throughout the lunch period, including lining up and dismissal.

Please complete the SPPS iUpdate!

Updating your information in iUpdate will ensure that you receive proper services, eligible transportation and important communications by U.S. mail, phone, email or text. Families will receive phone calls and text message reminders to complete iUpdate. One parent or guardian from each primary household is expected to complete iUpdate. Go to complete the iUpdate for your SPPS student(s) if you've not done so already. Thank you!


Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30.

Morning Drop-off Time

We want to ensure each child is safe when arriving for school. Staff supervision begins at 9:30am. Please do not drop off your child any earlier than 9:30

Attendance/late arrivals:

Please make sure to always report your child's absences. You can do this in two ways:

Please include your child's name, grade, the reason for their absence, your relationship to the child, and a return phone number that you can be reached at if we should have questions.

Health Related Absences: If your child is ill, please expect a follow up call from our nurse or nurse designee during these unique times. Please see current health considerations here.

Calling Your Child

When calling the school to speak to your child, the office staff will deliver your message to have your child call you back. Teachers are teaching during the day and we are trying our best to lessen the interruptions during instructional time. Thanks for understanding.


Please call the Capitol Hill office at 651-325-2500 if you are are picking up your child early or letting your child go home any other way than their normal route. Please make sure to call the office no later than 3:15 pm if you have to make changes. If you call later than this time, we cannot guarantee that your child will get the message.