Meadowbrook News

November 19, 2021

From Mrs. Sawatzky

Good afternoon Meadowbrook,

In addition to November serving as National Native American Heritage Month, November is also recognized as National Gratitude Month. Thus, I'd like to extend my gratitude to you, our Meadowbrook community; for your support, generosity, and most of all for sharing your amazing children with us.

I would also like to request your help in talking with your children about inclusive language. Reminders about not using the word "gay" as a put down or synonym to stupid, not teasing classmates who have been out ill with "covid name-calling", and making sure that the words they choose are kind, helpful, and inclusive would be especially appreciated.

Remember there is no school next Wednesday through Friday, November 24-26 due to Thanksgiving. Because of the shortened week, I will not be sending a weekly update. For those of you celebrating, I hope you enjoy the time with your family and/or friends.

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Winter Gear

The cold weather has arrived! Please make sure to send your child with boots, snow pants, hats and mittens to school each day with the plan to play outside for recess. The district guideline for staying inside is 0 degrees or wind chill of -10 degrees. If your child needs winter gear, please contact our counselors, Nicole Sobanski and Julie DeGroot. And don't forget to make sure all of the items are labeled with your child's name, making it easier to find if/when lost!

From Nurse Karen

Hello Meadowbrook Families.

I will start by answering your most popular question: Yes, we have Covid cases at Meadowbrook. We feel very lucky that we have not yet experienced cases which were transmitted from student to student or staff to student, or staff to staff. However, I am seeing students coming to school not feeling well. Please use the Daily Checklist and keep your student home if ill. Sniffles, headaches, tummy troubles and sore throats all can be subtle signs of Covid. I am aware that it is difficult to take time off work, but the pandemic is far from over. We all need to do our part to keep Meadowbrook Healthy.

If your child or a family member should test positive, Hopkins has a Covid Mitigation Team which has set the policy for quarantines and isolations. If a household member is positive, we have the student quarantine for 14 days. If a student tests positive, they go into isolation for 10 days. If a student is determined to be a close contact to a classmate, teammate, activity outside of school, the student will quarantine for 10 days. Sports teams and other activities may have different protocols, but we follow the Hopkins policies for our students.

Hand-washing, staying home when ill or under the weather, eating well, getting plenty of activity/exercise, and good sleep can all help with keeping this virus away. Please consider vaccinating your children. The next vaccination clinic at Hopkins will be Friday December 3, from 4pm-7pm. We had a robust response to the first clinic and we are making improvements to help the second clinic run smoother. Anyone is welcome to come, first time vaccines, second vaccines, and boosters can all be found at this clinic!

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Hopkins Virtual Registration Night

Need help enrolling your student? Join us at a virtual enrollment event on December 7, 6:30 p.m.

This event will provide helpful information on how to apply for enrollment, upcoming deadlines, and provide answers to common enrollment questions. Register here.

VirtualEDU (formerly Online Academy) Information Session

Hopkins VirtualEDU will hold an information night on December 16 (time TBD). This is an opportunity to learn about what VirtualEDU will look like for the second semester and also into the future. As a reminder, families who are currently in-person and would like to transfer to the VirtualEDU can do so at the start of semester 2 (January 24). If you would like to transfer to VirtualEDU, you will need to use the in-district transfer process on our website.

Parent Support Group through St. David's

St. David’s Center is offering a support group for caregivers/parents to explore common challenges in raising young children, build community with one another, and expand understanding of how a child’s brain works. Upcoming parent support groups will cover the topic: Your Child’s Big Emotions: build up, meltdown, and reset.

Click on each link to register. Parents are invited to register for any or all of these times. Once you have registered, support group facilitators will reach out with a Google Meet virtual meeting invitation.

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School is in full swing and we are hard at work on your child’s 2022 Yearbook. We can’t wait for you to see this year’s book! Don’t put it off, order now at the link below.

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Hopkins Public Schools is Hiring!

If you or someone you know would like to be a part of an inclusive school community on a mission to transform what education looks like — we need you! We currently have positions open in transportation, nutrition, event coordination, marketing and communications, teaching, early childhood, special education and more. Ready to get started? View our Careers page.

For additional information about paraprofessional support jobs in special education, please email Heidi Wilhelm at or call the Special Services Department at (952) 988-4044.

Guest Teachers Desperately Needed

The nation-wide substitute teacher shortage is also impacting Hopkins Public Schools. We are looking for Guest Teachers to help us when our Hopkins Teachers are absent. It is very easy to become a Guest Teacher.

All that is needed is a college degree and a Substitute Teaching License obtained through the Minnesota Department of Education and is very easy to get. Guest Teachers work up to 8 hours per day and we pay $165 per day. Our Human Resources department will help you obtain a Substitute Teaching License if you are interested in serving in this capacity.

We really need you! If interested in working with our amazing students in this role, please contact our Human Resources department at 952-988-4000.

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The Meadowbrook PTO has a new website, check it out! This is where you can access the online directory and so much more!

Room Parents Needed

Are you interested in being a room parent this year?

Please let us know which teacher/class you would like to help by completing our form here:

Any questions? Reach out to us at or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, or our PTO website

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Eisenhower Community Center Job Fair

Hopkins Community Education is hosting a Job Fair on November 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eisenhower Community Center (1001 Hwy. 7, Hopkins). Whether you are an employer or a job-seeker, we invite you to come. More information on which employers will have booths at the fair is forthcoming. Learn more here.

Employers if you would like to have a table at the fair, please contact Chantele Burgess:

Registration for Fall Programs

Registration for Community Education fall programs is now open! Pre-season wrestling, after school art classes, Home Alone Safety classes, chess club, online classes and many more offerings are available. Register online at

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COVID-19 Updates

Please remember to have your child complete a daily health screening before attending school. It is very important that you keep your child home if they are experiencing any signs of illness.Thank you for helping us keep our schools operating as normal as possible!You can find updates and information related to our school’s safety plan on our COVID Hub.

Important Vaccination Information
Hopkins Public Schools will host its second vaccination clinic on December 3, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome! We are in need of medical volunteers for our clinics. You can learn how to volunteer on our website.

The clinic will take place at the North Junior High Athletic Structure. While our primary focus is vaccinating scholars aged 5-11, the entire school community is welcome. No appointment needed. You can access more information about the clinics at the flyer below or on our Healthy in Hopkins webpage.

Find more vaccination clinics here.

Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing for Hopkins Scholars

Hopkins Schools will continue to offer weekly COVID-19 testing for all scholars. Through grant funds, we purchased more test kits and will continue our testing program throughout the rest of the school year. In addition, families who would like test kits may order free home testing kits through the MN Department of Health at any time.

COVID-19 Dashboard is now live
Hopkins Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard remains live on our website. The dashboard shares the virus transmission rate in our community and the number of positive cases and quarantines among staff and students. The dashboard will be updated Fridays at noon.

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Meal Benefits Applications

All student meals are free for the 2021-22 school year. However, you can help our district qualify for important federal and state financial resources to support education by submitting a meal benefits application for your family. Please complete the 2021-22 Free Meal Application for Educational Benefits form.

Paper copies can be filled out and returned to the Meadowbrook office.

Questions? Contact the Student Nutrition Office:

Email or call 952-988-4060

Important Calendar Dates

November 24-26: No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 3: Vaccination Clinic at North Junior High 4:00pm-7:00pm

December 9: Late Start - School begins at 11:30am

December 20-31: No school - Winter Break

January 3: School Resumes

Meadowbrook Handbook for Caregivers

A great source of information including important dates, school policies, and contact numbers.

Electronic Backpack

Check out the Electronic Backpack for informational flyers highlighting school wide and community events and activities.