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Friday, January 15, 2021

Message from Principal Hodges


I hope you are all doing well. We have been working on the elementary transition for VLS and in-person learning and have a few updates:

  • Teacher assignments will be sent out hopefully by the end of next week for elementary students who will be changing teachers.
  • You will only change teachers if your child's current teacher will not be teaching in the mode you signed up for (for example, if you have Ms. Drake in 2nd grade and she is teaching VLS AND your child is also enrolled in VLS, your child will stay with Ms. Drake. If they are with Ms. Drake and coming back in-person they will have a new teacher.)
  • All students will start with their new classrooms on February 1 in all 1st-5th grades.

  • No School for Elementary Students January 25-29

We will not have any multi-age classrooms at Capitol Hill at this time either in VLS or in-person.

This week our other updates are:

  • Middle School Supply Pickup - Next Week
  • No School for Elementary Students Jan. 25-29
  • Tips for transitioning back to school

Feel free to contact me with any questions at or 612-398-9579.

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Middle School Learning Kit Pick-Up Days

We have Middle School Learning kits provided by SPPS Office of Teaching and Learning for pickup on the following days:

Days: Tuesday, January 19 through Friday, January 22

Time: 10am-3:30pm

Where: Outside the Blue Doors

Materials will be on tables outside for you to pickup via contactless pickup.

The boxes will include:

  • iPad sylus/pen
  • Earbuds
  • Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Notecards
  • Calculator
  • Math compass


6th Grade Book Pickup

All sixth graders will soon be reading Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mickaelsen as a class novel. There are digital copies available in addition to a few paper copies.

If you would like to pick up a paper copy, there will be about 40 available at the middle school supply pick up day on Tuesday, January 19 from 10-3:30 at Capitol Hill near the blue doors. Paper copies are also available in the libraries and at local bookstores.

If you choose to pick up a copy of the book, please make sure to record your students name in addition to their Readers Workshop teacher on the sign up sheet. Also, students should wait to read at the same pace as the class.

Reach out to your Readers Workshop teacher with questions or concerns.

Thank you-

The 6th grade ELA team

No School for Elementary Students January 25-29

The Minnesota Safe Learning Plan requires that school districts use at least two school days for planning and building preparation when changing learning models. There will be no instruction on these days.

For SPPS, these transition days will be:

  • PreK-5, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and Federal IV Special Education programs: January 25-29. January 29 was a previously scheduled teacher professional development day, so there will be no instruction for elementary students that week.
  • Grades 6-12: To be determined

For more information, visit or refer to the SPPS calendar.


El Plan de Aprendizaje Seguro de Minnesota requiere que los distritos escolares usen al menos dos días escolares para la planificación y preparación cuando cambien los modelos de aprendizaje. No habrá instrucción en estos días.

En SPPS, estos días de transición serán:

  • PreK-5, Educación Especial Pre-Escolar (ECSE) y programa Federal de Educación Especial IV: 25-29 de enero. El 29 de enero estaba previamente programado como un día de capacitación profesional para maestros, por lo que no habrá instrucción para los estudiantes de primaria esa semana.
  • 6-12 grado: A ser determinado

Para más información visite o vea el Calendario de SPPS.


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Rau SPPS, cov hnub uas yuav hloov los mus yog:

  • Cov kawm PreK-5, Cov Me Nyuam Kawm Ntawv Tshwj Xeeb Thaum Ntxov (Early Childhood Special Education) thiab cov khoos kas tshwj xeeb Federal IV: lub Ib Hlis tim 25-29. Lub Ib Hlis tim 29 ces yeej muab teem rau cov xib fwb ua kev kawm lawm, yog li yuav tsis muaj kawm ntawv rau cov tub ntxhais kawm uas kawm theem qis rau lub lim tiam ntawd.
  • Qib 6-12: Mam li saib seb yuav pib kawm thaum twg

Xav paub ntxiv, mus saib hauv los sis saib ntawm SPPS calendar.

Tips for transitioning back to school

  • Ask your child how they're feeling about the transition and validate all feelings. Avoid telling them how they should feel.

  • Ask your child what they know about what school will be like. Correct any misconceptions, if known (e.g., possibility of desks far apart from each other, teachers maintaining physical distance, staying with your class all day, possibility of staying in the classroom for lunch).

  • Practice wearing a mask for longer periods of time - start small around 30 min and have your child work their way up to 2-3 hours at a time.

  • Start back-to-school routines a week or so early. Wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed at the same times that your child will to catch the bus.

The following links may provide more detailed suggestions if you are interested:

Preparing for Return to School from NYTimes

Back to School Planning Guidelines from the CDC

Helping Your Child Adapt to Wearing a Mask