833 Young Scholars

Nurturing Potential, Sustaining Support

April 2021

Happy April!

I'd like to send a special shout-out to all our new Young Scholar families who are receiving this newsletter for the first time. Welcome! We are so glad you are here.

This parent newsletter is a place to learn more about the Young Scholar program and discover information, resources, and opportunities to help your Young Scholar grow.

This month, we are focusing on the Young Scholar goal to increase Advocates.

Scrolling down to the chart below, you can see that the purpose of this goal is, "to ensure that (your Young Scholar's) potential is recognized and further developed."

Sometimes, the unique traits and behaviors that need support and advocacy can be hard to put into words, and that makes it difficult to know what opportunities to look for. Which is why this month, we will be exploring various Young Scholar characteristics as well as resources for building talent.

Giving language to the qualities and traits you recognize in your Young Scholar can help expand their affirmation of themselves as well as increase both your abilities to advocate for and increase access to experiences that grow their potential.

Young Scholars works with students, families and schools to increase...

Young Scholars goals: Access, Affirmation, Advocates

Young Scholar Traits and Resources

Click below to enlarge the image or click on the pdf link to download your own copy of the Young Scholar Traits and Resources document.

These characteristics are meant as a guide and way to name and build language around what you may be experiencing with your Young Scholar. As you well know, children are wonderfully unique. The traits will look a little different in every child, and it is not expected that any child shows all of the traits.

Try this:

  • Read through and see what feels familiar to you. Focus on your child's strengths.
  • Find something you recognize and talk about it with your Young Scholar.
  • Brainstorm examples of how they see themselves using that trait in school or out.

The more your Young Scholar knows about themself, the better they are able to understand their strengths, set goals for growth, and realize their amazing potential.

Check It Out!

Information, Resources and Opportunities for Your Young Scholar

Building on your Young Scholar's Strengths

The download link above includes traits and resources designed to help affirm and support your Young Scholar as they build and strengthen their talents. Each of the traits have been matched with books, puzzles, websites and other resources to help your Young Scholar practice and build their skills - and have fun at the same time!

You can also explore these resources below.

Young Scholar Traits:

Finds and solves difficult and unusual problems

Processes and learns information quickly

Sees connections and relationships in surprising or unusual ways

Notices details; Very observant

Has a detailed memory

Guesses and infers well



Young Scholar Traits:

Thinks about creative ideas

Wonders; Daydreams; Can seem off task

Likes to build or imagine new things


  • PBS Kids Design Squad: Watch videos, play games, and build and share designs with a global community.
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum: A fun place to build, explore, and create. The museum is open but reservations are required. Check the museum’s website for more details.
  • Leonardo’s Basement: A maker-space in Minneapolis offering year-round workshop classes for designing and building technology, engineering, and art projects for all ages.


Young Scholar Traits:

Asks a lot of questions; Is highly curious

Is curious about many different topics; Asks ‘What If..’

Concentrates for long periods of time on things that interest them



Young Scholar Traits:

Loves to read

Has a more mature sense of humor

Uses complex, interesting, or surprising vocabulary



Young Scholar Traits:

Discusses ideas in detail; elaborates

Enjoys choosing own learning

Communicates well through play acting


  • Play at Home A large collection of short plays specially commissioned during the pandemic. Your Young Scholar can download a script, get practicing, and perform from home!
  • Stepping Stone Theatre for Youth Located in St. Paul, Stepping Stone offers educational theater programs and fully staged productions. Check out the Stepping Stone website for information on winter and spring virtual studio classes.


Young Scholar Traits:

Is sensitive to larger or deeper issues; shows concern and compassion for others

Understands more than one perspective; shows empathy for others

Has a strong sense of fairness

Shows strong feelings and opinions


Parent Education Opportunities

SoWashCo Young Scholar Monthly Parent Support Group

This month, our time together focuses on recognizing, affirming, and supporting your Young Scholar's strengths. We will be taking a look at various Young Scholar traits as well as resources to build on those traits and support your Young Scholar's potential.

Click on the download link below for more information about our upcoming meeting on Tuesday, April 13th from 6:00-6:45pm.

ADHD Parent Education Series

See below for more information on the next sessions in the Free Parent Education Series for Student Success.

About Me


My name is Colleen Redmond, and I am honored to work as Coordinator for SoWashCo Young Scholars.

I'm a mom, a wife, small business owner, avid biker (the pedal kind), book enthusiast, and beekeeper.

I've been lucky enough to teach in South Washington County Schools for over twenty-five years and have had the incredible opportunity to be a part of the lives of so many students and families over the years.

Now, as part of Young Scholars, I have the honor of working with the amazing staff, students, and families throughout 833 to implement and grow the Young Scholars program.

I am so very excited to work with and support you and your Young Scholar. I can't wait to see where the journey takes us!

Contact Information

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, thoughts, or needs!

Colleen Redmond