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End of Year Information - June 2021

A Note from Mrs. Z

Dear Hamilton Ridge Families,


As I reflect on the past school year and all the challenges we've been through, there are a few things I know for sure: Your kids came to school ready to learn each day. Teachers and staff cared deeply for your children and taught lessons and units with fidelity and rigor. "School," especially since January 19, has been "school." For this, my staff and I are incredibly grateful. While we may only have seen you on Google Meets, at parent pick-up or in the main office, your presence was strong and supportive. You sent your kids to school ready to go each day. You ensured they had what they needed. You encouraged your child to have a "can do" attitude, to make friends, and to do their best.


This past year has not been an easy road but because of you, we have been able to educate your child to the greatest degree possible. Thank you for your support. Thank you for your care. And, most of all, thank you for your kids. They are the light in our days.


I wish you a great summer and I look forward to seeing you when we open the 21-22 school year!


Karen Zwolenski - Mrs. Z

June Early Release Days and Last Day of School

Please mark your calendars for the important dates below:


Wednesday, June 2 - Early Release; 1:50 p.m.

Wednesday, June 9 - Early Release; 1:50 p.m.

Thursday, June 10 - Last Day of School - 3 Hour Early Release; 12:50 p.m.

Hamilton Ridge Library Book Return

As of Friday, May 28, there were 200 library books that need to be returned to the Hamilton Ridge Library. Please have your children gather any library books they may have checked out and return them to their classroom library box. Thank you!

Student Device Return

All district issued student iPads, Chromebooks and chargers will be collected in the classroom before the end of the school year. More information to come on a specific turn-in date from your child's teacher.

End of Year Medication Pick Up

Medications/Inhalers/Epi-Pens cannot be sent home with elementary students. Medications/Inhalers/Epi-pens not picked up will be discarded. Please help the District curtail unnecessary costs by picking up your student’s unused medication. We recommend leaving rescue medication (Epi-Pens etc.) at school until dismissal of the last day. Please pick up all medications no later than June 10 (by dismissal time at 12:50 p.m.). Medications not picked by dismissal will be discarded immediately. Please call the Health Office if you wish to make other arrangements at 952-461-7806.

Hamilton Ridge PTC Update

TODAY is the last day to buy one of the extra yearbooks. We'll send any remaining books back to Lifetouch after today. If you would like them for your student, please email HamiltonRidgePTC@gmail.com with your student's name and teacher. Bring $14 in cash (exact change) or check (payable to Hamilton Ridge PTC) to school with your child.


Stock up on Hamilton Ridge or Laker gear all summer long! Go to this site to order spirit wear. It comes right to your house and proceeds come back to Hamilton Ridge.


Join our last PTC meeting of the school year TONIGHT (June 1) at 6:30. We'll just stay virtual at this link -- and then see everyone in person come fall! We have a vice president opening on the board starting this fall. Please let us know if you're interested in serving or have any questions about the role.


Have a great summer!

Survey Results

Thank you for sharing your input through the Stakeholder Survey administered in late April/early May. We heard you!


Parent Survey Results

Respondents (94%) stated that the adults and teachers at Hamilton Ridge believe their child can learn and be successful, 92% say that teachers are available and provide help to their child when needed, and 94% state that staff promptly respond to phone calls, messages, or emails.


There are opportunities for growth as well. Because of the pandemic, a majority (63%) stated that they are concerned about their child's education. Social and emotional learning (SEL) support is essential for student success, to which 76% agreed. Finally, 85% of parents stated that their child is appropriately challenged academically.


Our commitment to you is that we will use these results to remain strong in educational best practices, and to improve in the areas of differentiating instruction so that students are challenged appropriately. We will plan strong social-emotional learning for the 21-22 school year so that our students are equipped to learn and grow at high levels. Upon opening the next school year, we will embark on looking closely at our students' academic and SEL needs and deliver instruction that supports every student at Hamilton Ridge.


Students Speak Out

Grade 3-5 students responded to the survey with these results: Students (96%) said they like being in school, 96% said that their teachers teach so they can learn, and 96% stated that their teachers help them feel included in the classroom. 98% stated that they feel cared about by at least one adult. For the question, over the past year I stayed connect to my friend group, 79% stated so.

Lost and Found

The Hamilton Ridge Lost and Found is located in the foyer at HRE and is available for you to look through. All items will be donated on June 14.

Final Report Cards

Student report cards will be posted to Infinite Campus on Friday, June 18 by 3:00 p.m. Report cards will not be mailed. If you need assistance logging into Infinite Campus, please contact the ithelpdesk@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us.

Save the Dates - Important Scheduling Information for your child

At this time, we are planning Fall 2021 as if we will be able to start our year off on schedule. Please mark these dates in your calendar, but know that if necessary, dates may change and you will be notified via email.


Great Start to Kindergarten

During the first week of August, we will be conducting the “Great Start to Kindergarten” assessments for incoming Kindergarten students. A trained staff member will work with each child one-on-one to measure reading, math and social skills. The testing will take up to 30 minutes and will help us place your child in the kindergarten classroom that is best suited for him/her. Further information will be sent to Kindergarten parents on how to sign-up for the assessments.


Welcome and Assessment Days

On September 8 and 9, all students in grades K-5 will meet with their 2021-22 teacher individually for approximately 30 minutes. This time will be spent getting to know students and their families. Grades 1-5 will also take a literacy assessment. The assessment results will give teachers the data they need to target instruction for students from the first day of the school year. You will receive communication mid-August that will include information on how to sign-up for Welcome Visit and Assessmens Days. The first official day of classes for students in grades K- 5 is Friday, September 10.

2021-22 Teacher Assignments

Teacher assignments will be available in Infinite Campus mid-August. If you need assistance logging into Infinite Campus, please contact the ithelpdesk@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us.

2021-22 Bus Information

Bus information will be posted online through Infinite Campus mid-August. Once you log in you can view this information under the Transportation tab. If you need assistance with Infinite Campus, please contact the ithelpdesk at 952-226-0062 or ithelpdesk@plsas.org.

2021-22 School Supplies

Supply lists for next year will be available on the Hamilton Ridge website on June 14. If you choose to order supplies through the online store, School Tool Box (now open), please go to www.schooltoolbox.com. A flyer will be sent home on June 2 and information will be sent through Seesaw during last week of school. This information and link will also be posted on our websites under the NEWS section once it is available. 3% of all School Tool Box sales will be returned to Hamilton Ridge in the form of a fundraiser. Thank you for shopping with School Tool Box!

District Calendar

A printable version of the district calendar is available on the web site along with Free-and Reduced Price lunch information on the Parents page under Parent Resources.

Family Address Changes

If you are moving or have any family status changes, please keep your school office informed. You may call and leave a message for at 952-461-7804, or email: kschoeller@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us This information will help as we create our class lists for next year and insure that we have current mailing information.

Summer Office Hours

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. The Hamilton Ridge Office will be open this summer, but please call ahead if you plan on stopping by as there will be times that we are at meetings and enjoying some time off. To enroll a child at PLSAS, please contact our District Services Center at 952-226-0000.

Contact Us

Attendance Line 952-461-7801

Main Office 952-461-7800

Fax Number 952-461-7849

Health Office 952-461-7806, Tiffany St. Michaels, LPN tstmichaels@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Karen Zwolenski, Principal kzwolenski@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Lindsay Comstock, Dean of Students lcomstock@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Kirsten Schoeller, Administrative Assistant kschoeller@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Beverley Null, Administrative Assistant (attendance) bnull@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Andrea Carin, Social Worker acarin@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Technology Helpdesk 952-226-0062 or ithelpdesk@plsas.org

District Transportation 952-226-0050 or jswedberg@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Prior Lake Bus Company (after hours) 952-440-1166