January 26, 2023

This newsletter provides updates, information and event details for Horace Mann School, the Horace Mann School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), and Saint Paul Public Schools. It is published weekly and distributed through email. Current and past issues can be found at or directly by clicking here.

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No School Friday, January 27 for Teacher Professional Development

February 3 is School Choice Deadline

Friday, February 3 is the deadline for new families to enroll at Horace Mann School. It is also the deadline for families who are changing schools. You can find details on registration and complete the application at

National African American Parent Involvement Day

Horace Mann School invites all families with children of African descent to attend our National African American Parent Involvement Day.

1. Come enjoy a performance by the Black Storytellers Alliance with your child.

  • 7:55am for Grades 3-5
  • 8:45am for Kdg-Gr 2

2. Spend time with your child in class any time during the day.

3. Enjoy lunch with your child in Holleran Hall. Please RSVP by clicking here. There is an option if you need assistance to buy a school lunch.
  • Kdg at 10:30am
  • 1st Gr & 1st/2nd Gr at 10:40am
  • 2nd Gr at 11:25am
  • 2nd/3rd Gr & 3rd Gr at 11:35am
  • 4th Gr at 12:20pm
  • 5th Gr at 12:25pm

Save the Date- Upcoming Concerts

The 4th and 5th Grade Winter Music Concerts will be Tuesday February 28. We will share the music with HMS students at 7:55am and again with families and friends at 6:00pm in the gym. There is limited seating for families during the morning performance. The performance will be approximately 45 minutes long.

The 2nd and 3rd Grade Music Concert will be Tuesday March 7. We will share the music with HMS students at 9:45am and again with families and friends at 6:00pm in the gym. There is limited seating for families during the morning performance. The performance will be approximately 45 minutes long.

Stephanie Bowron

Music Artist-in-Residence

Important Dates

Bookmark our school calendar. It can be found at the top of our website. Here are some highlights for the next two weeks.

Friday, January 27

  • No School- Teacher Professional Development

Monday, January 30

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Wednesday, February 1

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Thursday, February 2

  • 2:00-3:10pm Winter Community Ed Classes
  • 5:00-8:30pm Hmong Parent Advisory Council at 360
  • 6:00pm HMS PTA Silent Auction Meeting in Library

Friday, February 3

  • School Choice Applications due (no need to apply if you remain at HMS)

Monday, February 6

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Tuesday, February 7

Wednesday, February 8

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Thursday, February 9

  • 2:00-3:10pm Winter Community Ed Classes Begin
  • 5:00-8:30pm Gender & Sexual Diversity Parent Advisory Council at 360

Friday, February 10

  • 6:30-7:30pm HMS PTA Family Fun Night: Dance Party in the Gym

HMS PTA News and Announcements


Family Volunteer Service Night is Thursday, February 16th from 6-7pm in Holleran Hall (school cafeteria). We will be assembling snack bags to be passed out to SPPS students experiencing homelessness through Project REACH. We have a goal of assembling 1000 bags in an hour!!! We could also use sturdy boxes to pack our assembled bags in to transport to Project REACH. They can be brought to the event. Most importantly, we need volunteers to help run this event - shifts are an hour long starting at 5:30 or 6:30pm. Click here to sign up.

If you aren't able to take a volunteer shift, but would like to come help make bags, you do not need to sign up ahead of time - we hope to see you there to help out our fellow SPPS families!


Grab your dancing shoes because the next Free Family Fun Night will be a dance party! Come to the HMS gym on Friday, February 10th from 6:30-7:30pm. We hope to see you there!


Visit the Auction website today to:

Secure your tickets now for the in-person, adults only evening event at St. Thomas on Friday, March 3, 2023. Tickets $25 each.

Donate items to our silent auction catalog!

  • Support your favorite local businesses by purchasing products or gift cards to donate to the auction - it's a win-win!
  • Share your talents with a service-based item (freezer meals, baked goods delivery!)
  • Assemble a themed gift basket (spa night, board game party, etc...)
  • Unique homemade items

Help us achieve our goal of 50 Great Gatherings!

Hosts are lining up - we have end of year parties for 4th grade and kindergarten in the works, a golf simulator party, basketball & beverages and at least one mom's gathering to date!

Questions? Contact Allison Broughton and the Auction Planning Team at

Hats off to our generous sponsors!

  • Swor & Gatto Minnesota Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Riverbend Family Dental
  • Saint City Dental
  • VanGo Auto
  • Butwinick Law Office
  • TJW Property Service

PTA Board and Contact Info

President: Jen Williams,

Vice-President: Grace Hanson,

Treasurer: Abigail Mosher & Alex Stuart,

Teacher Reps: Amy Kortuem & Mark Lindskoog,

Communications: Katie Bliss & Karen Vander Sanden,

Volunteer Coordinator: Chandra Kilgriff,

Recorder: Catherine Guglielmo & Allison Broughton,

HMS PTA Website:

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is not sponsoring, endorsing, or recommending the activities/events announced in the PTA Section and no SPPS student will be turned away due to inability to pay (21-22).

Horace Mann School Contacts and Social Media

Perspectives Submission Deadline: Thursdays by 8:00am