Tanglen Update

September 16, 2022

From our Fabulous PTO

Greetings Tanglen families!

*One out of three students is registered for our Acts of Kindness fundraiser...and we would LOVE to grow that number! Did you know this is how the Tanglen PTO pays for ALL field trips for your students? That's NO small feat!

If you haven't already- please use this link to get registered with Raise Craze!

Fueled by acts of kindness, this is our main fundraiser for the year, and how the PTO pays for all our events like the Block Party, Bingo night, staff appreciation, and student field trips! Every dollar helps!

Check out our leaderboard here! We've completed 222 Acts of Kindness and raised almost $20K from 34 states with just over a week to go! KEEP IT UP!! Do you know anyone in these grey states? Send them your fundraising link to help us get to 50 states! Even $1 counts!

*We want to welcome volunteers back into the building! Sign up using this link for a time that works for you and we'll reach out to coordinate the details of your volunteer slot. Your students and their teachers benefit in so many ways from your involvement!

Contact us at lhtanglenpto@gmail.com if you have questions.

*Please join us with your family at the Tanglen Block party next Wednesday 9/21/22 from 4pm-7pm. Free food, DJ, Ninja Warrior Course, inflatables, photo booth, and much more! Check out this Sign Up Genius for the block party! We still have a few volunteer spots left for the event next Wednesday from 4-7pm. Short shifts will allow you to still enjoy the event with your families!

*Please sign-up NOW for your FREE tickets to parent & staff night out next Friday 9/23/22! 4-6pm at Brookview for some lawn bowling shenanigans, 6-10pm at BLVD for food and drinks and auction fun. Please RSVP using this link to let us know you're coming! ALL activities, food, and drinks are free!

*Be sure to register for the Tanglen Auction- LIVE NOW! Bid on front row tickets to this year's musical performances, and activities with your student's teachers, see the grade level auction baskets you all contributed to, and scoop up some gift cards! We're fundraising this year for a mobile cooking cart, field trips, and continued improvements to our outdoor classroom!

Days Off - Be Prepared

Hopkins Public Schools made some changes to the district calendar when it was approved last spring. Please be prepared for the following days off of school for all students:

Monday, September 26 Rosh Hashana

Friday, September 30 Professional Development

Wednesday, October 5 Yom Kippur

October 17 to 19 Conferences and Professional Development

October 20/21 Statewide Teachers' Convention

Student Nutrition changes for the 2022-23 School Year

The USDA has determined that school meals will NOT be free for all students for the 2022-23 school year. Therefore, a meal benefit application is required to obtain free or reduced meals. Meal applications for the 2022-23 school year are available on the Nutrition page in the Free Meals & Food Assistance tab. You can also find breakfast and lunch menus and pricing for paid meals on your child’s school website.

Although lunch is no longer free, a reimbursable USDA FREE BREAKFAST is available for all students at L.H. Tanglen Elementary School this year.

Please encourage a healthy start to the day with a FREE nutritious breakfast to fuel our students' brains.

Picture Day is Wednesday, September 28

Very soon you will be receiving information about picture day from your child's teacher. Here are some details that you will also find on the flyers being sent home:

Ordering Pictures:

  • Families can order online OR by having their child bring the physical order form on Picture Day. Instructions for ordering are on both the Order Form and the Reminder Flyer.
  • Mylifetouch.com Tanglen’s Picture Day ID: EVTQRGVWQ

Picture Retake Day will be on Thursday, October 27.

Tanglen Yearbook - Preorder and Save!

If you order your child's Tanglen yearbook by the end of September, you will save 10%. See the flyer below for more details.

Hopkins Special Education Needs You

We are currently interviewing for Special Education Paraprofessionals in most of our Hopkins Elementary Schools. If you have ever had an interest in supporting scholars on their educational journey, please consider Hopkins! Feel free to apply online on our Hopkins School District website, Job Code 4609. Or, feel free to reach out to our Special Education Supervisor, Jackie Hunke, at jackie.hunke@hopkinsschools.org with any questions.

COVID Guidance for 2022-23

Hopkins Public Schools follows the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health/CDC in its response to COVID-19. In the 2022-23 school year, Hopkins will continue to require five-day minimum isolation for those who test positive for COVID. Mask wearing is recommended but not required in our buildings or on the bus. Please check our COVID Hub on our website for the latest information on COVID-19 and our current response.

Learn about eLearning days

Hopkins Public Schools has made an important change to our inclement weather policy (sometimes thought of as snow days). Starting this school year, when there is a need to close school due to weather, Hopkins Public Schools will shift to an eLearning day for PreK-12 students. Moving to eLearning days makes it possible for students to engage in learning even when the weather makes it unsafe to operate the in-person school. In addition, an eLearning format allows the district to plan for weather without having to consider adding additional days to the school year due to unexpected school closures. eLearning days do not apply to VirtualEDU as they will continue normal operations in the event of a weather-related closure. You can learn more about this policy on our website.

Social-Emotional Learning Survey September 21 - October 5

In accordance with our school board policy 520, we are sending notification to all parents of any surveying their child is taking part in at school. Building our social-emotional learning skills is an important goal for our school this year. We will be asking for your 3rd-6th grade child to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey they will be completed at school in their homerooms. (We will be asking teachers to reflect with children in grades K-2). The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on social and emotional competencies that align with the Hopkins graduate traits outlined in the district's strategic plan (e.g., sense of belonging and rigorous expectations).
We are asking that all our students participate in the surveys. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they can skip the item altogether. The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential. We are partnering with a third-party vendor to support us in administering these surveys. If you have any questions about the SEL survey or would like information about opting out, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You may also choose to opt your student out of this survey no later than September 19.

Hopkins Community Health & Resource Fair

Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Eisenhower Community Center

Join us at the Hopkins Community Health and Resource Fair on Saturday, September 17. This event is free and open to the public. Families can learn about resources and opportunities in Hopkins and the surrounding communities.

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Tanglen Kids & Company needs YOU!

Kids & Company is hiring!! Tanglen has a waiting list of families who would like to have after school care, however we are short staffed currently and unable to accept everyone from the waiting list. We are looking for motivated and reliable individuals to join our after-school childcare team!! M-F from 2:00-5:30/6:00pm. Support the community, build relationships, and earn money and experience. If you have children at Tanglen who attend Kids & Company, one of the employee perks is the first child is free and the second is 50% off the cost! Apply here!