Hamline Family Newsletter

September 28-October 2, 2020

A Note From Principal Reilly

Greetings Hamline Families! As you most likely have heard, St. Paul Public Schools has decided that for now, we will remain in distance learning. This is sad news for us all as we want students back in our buildings. Here is the message from SPPS:

"This summer Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) announced two dates this fall when we would consider a decision to transition some of our students to hybrid learning.

Our ultimate goal is to welcome students and school staff back to our buildings when it is safe and possible to do so. As fall planning progressed this summer, it became clear that bringing staff and students back in stages would be the best and most logistically feasible way to accommodate the diverse needs of our large school community.

After careful consideration using local data about COVID-19, and these 23 readiness targets, SPPS has decided we cannot safely transition students to hybrid learning at this time.

Our readiness for Stage 1 transitioning to hybrid learning will continue to be guided by our Readiness Targets. SPPS will reevaluate our Readiness Targets weekly in order to ensure students and staff can return to hybrid learning as quickly and safely as possible. On October 2 we will look at our Readiness Targets and determine if we are ready to transition Stage 1 schools to hybrid learning. We will continue to use Monday, October 19 as our start date.

SPPS will use the same process to make a decision on Wednesday, Oct. 14 whether any of the other stage groups of students can return on Nov. 16.

More information about plans for transitioning to hybrid learning is available on spps.org/reopen2020."

Though unfortunate news, what I have seen this past week, as I have joined in on whole class google meets, is joy and community. I saw students engaging with one another and their teacher. I saw teachers and students having fun. I saw parents waving at me from the side, and I saw learning. Sometimes in the most difficult of times, we have to remind ourselves of the beauty that still exists.

Thank you for supporting your children through this process, ensuring that they get up and are online ready for their live meets with their class. You are carrying a heavy load and we appreciate you.

If you need extra support please fill out the help form on our webpage, that is highlighted in yellow at the top. Our main goal right now is to communicate clearly and to stay connected to our families. If you fill out the form we will respond quickly.

Please stay safe and remember that we are in this together!

In Partnership,

Principal Kristin Reilly

Hello from Principal Reilly and Assistant Principal Ewald

Please check out our video that we sent in Seesaw and Schoology last week:

Hello from Principal Reilly and Assistant Principal Ewald

Distance Learning Resources

Please click on the following icons for more information.

Inquiry Corner

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At Hamline Elementary we aim to incorporate Inquiry Based Learning into the school day, and my role is to help support teachers and students in their teaching and learning. Inquiry based learning begins with teachers igniting curiosity to peak student interest. Students are encouraged to question and wonder and follow an active path to learning. Keep an eye out for the "Inquiry Corner" in each newsletter for a place to learn about what happens in the classrooms at Hamline!

Tom Cozzolino/Inquiry Lead


Reminder to fill out the annual iUpdate student form at Campus Parent. It is important we have updated contact information so you will receive updates from the school. If you need any help with your login or password, email karen.azen@spps.org or leave a message at 651-744-4287.

Family Engagement Plan 2020

Please click on the following link to access Hamline's Family Engagement Plan for the 2020/2021 school year.

Wellness Matters

The counseling lesson students had last week highlighted the importance of being organized in their schedules, routines and work space. During these difficult times of Covid19 and being socially isolated, we will benefit greatly from having a sense of normalcy over our days. It is perfectly fine to have some lazy pajama days, however, doing so on regular basis can put us in a low energy and mood. Encourage the children to create a daily plan that includes their meals, work time, outdoor and exercise time as well as family and chores time. Since the children are spending a lot of time using technology, be intentional in having some technology free hours of the day.

- Kaltun Abdikarani, School Counselor

Resource Corner

Did you know that Hamline Elementary has a partnership with Community School Collaborative (CSC) to offer students and their families mental health services? If your child or family could use a little extra support during these challenging times, please talk to a teacher or you can visit our website and fill out a Hamline Request Form for more information. Also see the attached flyer to learn more about CSC.


Lynnette Medcalf/School Social Worker

A Note from Mrs. Stiff and Mr. Frank

We are excited to be completing are second rotation between physical education (gym) and science. We have seen some amazing work from students and we are excited to see what else will be accomplished in the coming weeks.

Please remind your child to check their science and PE courses each day on Seesaw or Schoology. This is a separate class than their homeroom classes. Announcements are placed there throughout the week.

If there are any questions or concerns about activities not working or unable to complete, please reach out to Mrs. Stiff, Mr. Frank, or your homeroom teacher. We don’t know when links, activities, and the like are not working until we hear from students and parents. We will work together to help all students be successful while at home.

Thank for your continued support.

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

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About Hamline Elementary

Hamline Elementary is a racially, culturally, and economically diverse community of learners in the heart of Saint Paul's Hamline Midway neighborhood. Our families come from many Saint Paul communities and from all over the world. Our talented and spirited staff bring decades of experience to the classroom; they also bring kind, generous, and joyful hearts. Specialists in physical education, and science create engaging opportunties for discovery and self-expression. And from the front office, to the cafeteria, to everywhere in between, Hamline is positively filled with caring adults and good vibes.