Hamline Family Newsletter

November 30-December 11, 2020

A Note from Principal Reilly

Hamline Huskies-

Please watch my weekly video posted on Seesaw for grades PreK-3 and Schoology for grades 4-5. Every Monday, I send a video to students and families that includes:

  • weekly announcements,
  • a Hamline Inquiry Weekly Challenge,
  • an introduction to the staff member of the week
  • weekly student shout outs

This week the Inquiry Challenge was "Build a Bridge". Students are challenged to create a bridge that is at least one foot off of the ground and that can hold 5 things. Once your child has completed the challenge, they can submit their work to me on the link included in the weekly video.

As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Remember, near or far, you are always in our hearts.

In Partnership,

Principal Kristin Reilly

A Note from Assistant Principal Ewald

Hamline Huskies-

Thank you so much for attending conferences to learn more about your child's progress. We are so fortunate to have your child and your family as a part of our Hamline Community. Distance Learning is a challenge for all of us; however it is a challenge that we know that we can get through by working together.

If you have any questions or concerns during Distance Learning, please reach out to me by email, text, or phone at:

Email: jennifer.ewald@spps.org

Office: 651-744-6055

Google Voice: ‪(612) 315-0791‬

Supply Pick Up

Supply Pick-up Day

December 4


  • Pick-up in back of the school on Hubbard.
  • A staff member will bring out a box of school supplies to you.
  • Please wear a mask.

EL (English Langugae) Family Nights

Please join Mr Brown, the English Language (EL) teacher at Hamline, for an information session on Google Meets to learn more about SPPS EL services, language testing, English learning, the EL program, etc.

Please see the attached flyers for more information.

Distance Learning Resources

Please click on the following icons for more information.

Student Competencies developed through Inquiry Based Learning

"Our job is not to prepare students for something; Our job is to help students prepare themselves for anything."

As we build our inquiry-based learning model at Hamline, we have identified five competencies that we want every student leaving Hamline with: Collaborators, Communicators, Problem Solvers, Creators, and Self and Community Aware. We believe these are the characteristics needed to prepare students for the 21st century.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Please go to https://www.schoolcafe.com/spps to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. Having everyone complete the application is very important due to the fact that it determines how much educational funding our school receives. Even if you do not qualify for free and reduced lunch, we need 100% of families filling this form out.

Also, families must complete an application and qualify for free or reduced price meals to qualify for other assistance programs such as Metro Transit’s $1 Ride program, Comcast’s Internet Essentials, and some scholarships for summer camps

SchoolCafe Eligibility Walkthrough (For Parents)
Hello Hamline Families!

Starting Wednesday, December 2nd, I will be holding office hours every Wednesday & Thursday to help further assist students with their classwork and homework. These office hours will be from 9:00-10:00am & 2:00-3:00pm, via google meets. The Meet code is “Hamlinehelp”. Assistance will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. I ask that if a student is already working with me when you log on, please mute yourself until I am done working with that student.

Kalu Abosi

Behavior Intervention Specialist

Wellness Matters

With winter starting and day light saving making our days shorter, our children may lose time they used to spend outdoors. They may lead to them complaining that they feel bored. Boredom is not necessarily a bad feeling. When children get the opportunity to become bored, it will unlock their imagination and lead them to create something. Getting bored also allows the mind to wander which, in reasonable durations, can be good for our mental health and wellbeing. To help our children spend their time in meaningful ways, help them create a list of activities they can explore when they feel bored. Here is a list of activities I came across:

  • Do a movement activity
  • Write a letter
  • Write a story
  • Do some chores/organize your closet
  • Have a dance party
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Make a fort
  • Create a vision board
  • Collect and paint rocks
  • Do a mandala art
  • Bake something
  • Read a book or a magazine
  • Take a nap

- Kaltun Abdikarani, School Counselor

Resource Corner

Hi Families,

Please see below for resources during the holiday season:

Neighbors, Inc.

(651) 455-5000

222 Grand Ave. W., St. Paul

*Holiday Gift Program

Salvation Army Clearing House

(651) 746-3595

*Toy Shop: Register online


Fare for All:

*Christmas Baskets

*Address: Sites are located in Anoka,Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Morrison, Ramsey, Rice, Sherburne,Stearns and Wright counties

●Serves: Anyone

●Intake:Visit website for dates and times of giveaways for each site. Drive-thru sales; outdoors, streamlined and low contact; clients remain in their cars and wear a mask

or face coverings

●Fees: $30

●Method of Payment: Credit, debit or

EBT card

●Description: Provides a Christmas holiday pack which typically includes turkey, chicken breasts, pork tenderloin, sage pork sausage, green beans and pumpkin pie.

Contents are frozen and subject to change. Limit one per household and available while supplies last.

●Calendar for November and December locations on website


Holiday Meals on Wheels

(952) 888-9616

*Homebound, elderly and disabled

Loaves and Fishes Too

(612) 377-9810

*Regular meal operations

Lynnette Medcalf, School Social Worker

School-Based Mental Health Partnership

Should you consider Mental Health Therapy for your child?

Life has been turned upside down for everyone. The current life events that are happening should not be processed alone. Therapy can help children begin to process and make sense of their worlds with a Mental Health Professional.

Paying attention to the mental health of children can help reduce problems at home, school, and in social interactions with others.

If you would like more information about starting therapy services for your child please reach out to our School Social Worker, Lynnette Medcalf at Lynnette.medcalf@spps.org or School Counselor, Kaltun Abdikarani at Kaltunabdikarani@spps.org. You can also fill out the help form for families on the Hamline website, spps.org/hamline.

Thank you,

Sharice Zaccardi

Community School Mental Health Practitioner

The Midway Food & Empowerment Project

The Midway Food & Empowerment Project aims to collect and distribute resources to our community on an ongoing basis.The speed at which multiple community partners came together to make this happen is nothing short of amazing. We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that our community members receive the items they need to thrive



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.

Hamline's School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP)

Saint Paul Public Schools engages in a process of continuous improvement. At the school level, a major tool in the improvement process is the School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP). The SCIP is a strategic document that district schools utilize to identify annual improvement priorities at each school.

For more information, please see our "Title 1" section on our webpage or see the following link for our Family Friendly SCIP. If you have any questions on the SCIP, please reach out to Jennifer Ewald, assistant principal, at jennifer.ewald@spps.org.

About Hamline Elementary

Bridging Snelling Avenue, Hamline Elementary and Hamline University are one integrated campus. Each member of our community is both a teacher and a student, engaged in a journey of lifelong learning that provides a rich variety of resources to support this diverse education. Our partnership with Hamline University, the first of its kind in the nation, places more than 100 tutors and mentors in classrooms and provides students with access to the university campus on a continual basis. Hamline students see themselves in college students. As the saying goes, "College begins in kindergarten". We are two campuses, but one community in the heart of the Hamline Midway neighborhood.