Hamline Family Newsletter
March 15-26 , 2021
A Note from Principal Reilly
Dear Husky Families,
I hope you all have been able to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. This year has pushed all of us to reframe our lives and reflect upon what we value and believe. At Hamline, this year has solidified and deepened our commitment to social justice and equity. This has been a year in which we are examining and reflecting upon school systems, practices and mindsets, in order to identify systems of inequity and create a culture and climate that is culturally responsive and relevant to all students and families.
Your feedback and voice in how we best support your children and partner with families guides our work and offers us perspectives that we need to hear as we strengthen our school community. We will be holding a community meeting in April to talk about some ways we are building a culturally responsive learning environment and building a school culture of inclusivity and equity. You will get communication around this as we get closer to April.
As always we are honored that you have chosen Hamline as your child's school. Thank you for sharing your children with us.
Principal Kristin Reilly
A Note from Ms. Ewald
Hamline Husky Families:
Here are a few of the highlights from the last few weeks:
- Students and staff wearing their pajamas
- Students picking out books from the book give away from Reading Partners
- Science from Scientists classes have started in-person and for our VLS students in grades 3-5
- Students trying the Husky Challenges every week
As always, please call, text or email me with any questions or concerns.
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Your child's classroom teacher will reach out to you to schedule a virtual conference from March 15-March 26. Conferences are an important time for you to discuss how your child is doing in school, both academically and socially.
Here are a few questions you may want to ask:
- What do you see as my child's strengths?
- Does my child need extra help in any areas?
- How is my child doing socially?
Hello Hamline Huskie Families! I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy. Below are two resource updates I'd like you to be aware of. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need any support navigating the below resources or any other resources within the community.
Office: 651-744-5588GM: Mslynn
- Another round of Pandemic EBT (food support) is coming late March. All students who are receiving MFIP, SNAP (TANF), or who have completed an application for Free/Reduced School Meals automatically qualify. Funds will go directly to MFIP benefit cards. For those not enrolled in these programs, but have F/R Lunch status, cards will be mailed to the address on file at the school. There is no separate application process for the school year 2020-21. Students who spent the majority of the month doing in-person learning will not receive P-EBT benefits for that month. Students who spent the majority of the month in distance learning will receive $130. Benefits are retroactive to September 2020.
For more information, please visit https://mn.gov/dhs/p-ebt/
- COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance is coming soon to Minnesota renters. The new program will help eligible renters with overdue rent since March 2020, up to three months of upcoming rent at a time, and related utility payments. The program will be open for applications in a matter of weeks, with an anticipated launch in late March. Eligible renters will include households that earned 80% or less of area median income in 2020 or in the most recent month. Landlords will be able to apply on behalf of their eligible tenants as well.
For more information, please visit https://www.mnhousing.gov/sites/np/covid19emergencyrentalassistance
Greetings Hamline Family,
As most of us already know, the Derek Chauvin case has officially started. This case hits home for many of us, due to the proximity aspect of it and how often black and brown lives are perceived as disposable by our justice system. We know that having conversations with our youth about race can be extremely frightening and difficult. To help make these conversations a little easier, here is a list of activities or resources that can use to facilitate conversations with students in regard to the murder trial.
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 culturally responsive teaching practices through an inquiry-based learning model, the five competencies that we believe every student must possess as we move into the 21st century are: Collaborators, Communicators, Problem Solvers, Creators, and Self and Community Aware.
Each month we will be going deeper around each competency. This month we are focusing on being a Communicator. We define this as "sharing and expressing thoughts and ideas in multiple ways. Listening and hearing other perspectives." Each grade level is teaching students what it means to be a communicator, providing many opportunities to communicate and working on skills that communicators need.
Travel Guidance for Students & Families
Spring break is April 5-9. Unnecessary travel is highly discouraged. If you must travel, do what you can to protect yourself and your family.
Before you decide to travel, think about:
- How much COVID-19 is spreading where you are going and how much it is spreading in your local community.
- Whether you or someone you are traveling with could get very sick from COVID-19.
- How easy or difficult it will be to keep 6 feet between people.
- Whether you would be able to miss work, school or other activities if you get sick.
For international travel, follow federal guidelines. Visit U.S. Department of State: Travel and CDC: COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination for more information.
Please click on the following link for more information: SPPS Advisory on Travel
Are you looking for after school childcare provided by St. Paul Public Schools? Discovery Club has openings! Click here for more information.
Doneta Johnston is our nurse and Joyce Boston is our assistant. Please watch the video to hear a message from Ms. Doneta and Ms. Joyce.
Please click on the following link for the Health Screening form
COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines
Families returning to school should familiarize themselves with these guidelines, which are updated regularly and cover prevention strategies, health screening and monitoring, exclusion guidance, and the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System.
Please click on the following link for COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines
Meals for Students Learning In-Person
Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students during in-person learning. Menus are available at schoolcafe.com/spps.
Free Meal Kits to go- starting February 16
Families can pick up free meal kits from school on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30. Drive around through the parking lot, on Hubbard side of building, and a Nutrition Services staff member will be ready to hand you a meal kit. Families are asked to pre-register to pick up these kits. Please click here
For more information about how meals will be served and eaten when students return to school, visit spps.org/reopen.
The Midway Project provides food and other care supplies on Wednesdays from 11:00-1:00 out of our attached Hancock Recreation Center. Tables are set up so that you are able to drive thru the parking lot on Hubbard side of our building to pick up supplies. All are welcome!
Monday-Friday Meal Pick Up Sites 8:00am-3:00pm
Battle Creek Middle
Central High School
Como Park Senior High
Open World Learning
Harding High School
Johnson High School
Washington Tech Magnet School
In-Person Learning iPad Information
- Students will bring iPads to school and back home everyday.
- Please charge the iPad every night.
Parent Drop Off and Pick Up Plan
If you are planning on dropping off your child in the morning, our Parent Drop Off is through the parking lot on the Hubbard side of our building. (Front parking lot will be blocked by buses dropping off). A car line will form and as you pull up to the back doors off the parking lot, adults will be waiting to help your children out of the car and into school. Please do not get out of your cars, or leave your car in the car line as it creates a back up. If you are walking your children to school feel free to drop off on either side of the building outside of the doors. Ms. Kaltun and Mr. Eli will be waiting on the Englewood side of the building to greet students as well.
Parent Pick Up: 1:55-2:15
We will begin dismissal at 1:50. Students who will be picked up will be brought to the cafeteria to wait for their parent or guardian. This allows us to maintain cohorts, as well as safe distancing. We will have two staff members outside and as you pull up they will walkie staff inside letting them know who to send out. We know this may take a bit more time, but we have to be sure to maintain safe distancing. Please remember to wait outside for your children if you are walking home with your children. Let a staff member know you are there and they will walkie inside.
Late Drop Off or Early Pick Up(After 7:30 or before 2:00)
- Drop your child off in the front of the school in the parking lot on Englewood.
- Your child will walk to the front door and press the buzzer to be let in.
- SPPS must reduce the number of adults visiting our buildings to help ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.
- Students must be dropped off outside school building entrances. Students cannot be escorted by family members to their classrooms or anywhere else inside the building. In addition, families will not be allowed to have lunch, observe a class, volunteer or engage in any other activities in school buildings.
- We understand this is disappointing for many of our students and families. We are implementing these changes to minimize risk and help ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.
We want to make sure that everyone feels protected while learning, working in or visiting Saint Paul Public Schools. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has directed that masks or face coverings must be worn throughout Minnesota in all indoor public spaces - including school buildings. This executive order applies to all visitors, staff and students (kindergarten and older). Pre-K students are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings if they can do so in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Watch this short video from members of the Hamline staff on wearing a mask.
Virtual Learning Resources
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.email@example.com 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.
Community School Mental Health Practitioner