Welcome to McAuliffe Elementary

October 2017

About Us

Attendance Line: 651-480-7390
Nurse: 651-480-7395
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7423
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

September is already behind us! We had an excellent beginning to the school year. The students have been “all smiles” and enthusiastic about learning. Of course, being back with friends and having an opportunity to make new friends is a plus too.

Dates to Remember


16, 17, & 18 - Scholastic Book Fair

16 - Evening Conferences

17 - Evening Conferences

18 - NO SCHOOL - Morning Conferences

19 & 20 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher Association Days)


9 - Picture Retakes

Fall Conference Sign up

Fall conferences are October 16th-18th. Click here to schedule.


We would like to give a HUGE “Thank You” to Ruth Gale Doffing for supporting our school. If you get a chance to stop by our media center, you will see that we have new furniture throughout. You will see students interacting with each other, their books, and enjoying the space. The students have been talking and commenting about how much they love it. Thank you again to Ruth Gale Doffing (Jeff Carlson who manages the endowment) in supporting our schools and to make this space supportive to our students’ learning!!

PTC Newsletter

View the October PTC Newsletter for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Scholastic Book Fair

Check out the McAuliffe Book Fair homepage! Create and share wish lists, view book trailers, and download the app to view reading levels, book info, and recommendations.


1) We must make conservative driving decisions. Always Be Patient!

2) Whenever possible, prepare your child(ren) to exit the vehicle on the curbside.

3) Please pull up as far as you can, so other cars can drop off behind you.

4) Do not park your car along the curb and come into the building. If you need to come into the building for any reason, please go park in the parking lot.

5) As the cold weather approaches, make sure you have clear visibility out all of your windows.

Drop off times are from 8:30 - 8:45am. Children should not be dropped off before 8:30. If you need to drop off before the 8:30 bell, you may enroll your child in Kids Campus. Please keep this policy in mind as winter approaches and the weather starts to become colder. Children will NOT be let into the building before 8:30am. Further information about Kid’s Campus can be obtained from the district’s website, the McAuliffe webpage, or from our office.


In order to minimize interruptions to the classroom, students should not be picked up early unless it is an emergency. On those occasions when it is necessary to pick your child up during the school day, please go to the school office to sign your child out. The office secretary will call the classroom and have the student sent to the office. Teachers will not release students unless the office gives prior approval. This practice has been established to help protect your child.

We want to make sure all students are safe at dismissal. Please notify the office or your child's teacher at the beginning of the school day of any changes to their end of day plans. Changes made late in the day are challenging to communicate. Consistency with your child’s dismissal plans reduces stress on all parties involved. Keeping the same plan, day after day, helps us maintain safety throughout dismissal.

We understand that there are times when it is necessary to change dismissal plans. In those instances, it is recommended to have a note a day in advance, and the day of. Teachers will not deviate from normal end of day plans without notification from a parent. Please keep in mind that these steps are the same if your child plans to go home with a friend. If your child intends to ride a bus home with their friend, the bus driver also requires a note. We thank you for your advanced planning and communication.


All District 200 K-4 elementary students received school bus safety training on a school bus in late September. Hastings Bus Company drivers conducted the training. They have developed lesson plans that correlate with the bus safety curriculum classroom teachers cover each fall.


Occasionally your child's teacher will extend classroom instruction and activities through field trips. Many field trip activities include an admission fee for students. Please be aware that you may be asked to cover the cost of the trip.

Before going on a field trip, teachers will send home permission slips to be signed by their parent or guardian. Permission must be granted prior to attending an activity. Students need to provide their parents/guardians with the forms and to have them returned at least one day prior to the trip.


As the weather begins to cool, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for playing outside. Students spend twenty minutes outside for recess.

When the temperatures start to dip into the 40’s and 50’s, we do require students to wear a light jacket or sweatshirt outside. When winter arrives, winter clothing including hats and mittens/gloves will be required.


As the school year starts, we want to support families making connections with each other. If you would like to connect with a family to schedule a play date, please do so by putting your contact information in an envelope and have your child deliver it to his/her classmate, allowing the other family to contact you to make arrangements. As a district practice, we do not create and distribute classroom directories that include class lists with family contact information.


Every year the students at McAuliffe prepare a performance for family and friends as a part of their music class. Students in Grades K, 1, and 2 prepare an informance. An informance is a bit less formal than a concert. It demonstrates their performance abilities while also sharing parts of the music curriculum. Informances are held in the music room. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, January 22nd Informances

11:10-11:35: Mrs. Erickson

11:35-12:05: Mrs. Schindler

1:10-1:35: Ms. Johnson

1:35-2:05: Mrs. Hanson

2:05-2:30: Mrs. Hunt

2:30-3:00: Ms. Bronk

Tuesday January 23rd Informances

11:10-11:35: Mrs. Fischer

11:35-12:05: Mrs. Whitelhill

1:10-1:35: Mrs. Schulte

1:35-2:05: Mrs. Jonely

2:05-2:30: Mrs. Kost

2:30-3:00: Ms. Barry

Third and Fourth graders as well as the McAuliffe Eagle Choir will perform a formal concert in the McAuliffe gym. To accommodate all families and friends, we will perform twice. The date and times are as follows:

Friday, February 2: Grade 3 & 4 Concert

9:30 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

Fine Arts Happenings Around the District

High School Vocal Concert - October 16th - 7:00 pm - HHS Auditorium

Homecoming - October 6th - 7:00 pm - Todd Field
Children’s Orchestra Concert - October 26th - 6:00 pm - HHS Auditorium


If the Hastings Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather conditions, the Kids Campus Program will also be closed.

If school is delayed two hours in opening, Kids Campus will be open at the regular time (6:30 am).

If school closes two hours early, then Kids Campus sites will close two hours early

(4:00 pm). Parents will be called and notified by Kids Campus staff to pick up their child.

Please pick up your child by 4:00 pm or authorize someone else to pick up your child by that time. Please listen to the radio and TV for school closing announcements.


October Menu Highlights
October is National Farm to School Month! We are proud this year to have delicious SweeTango and Honeycrisp apples from Whistling Well Farms right here in Hastings!

On October 5th, we will be featuring a “Midwest Menu” with many foods being produced locally! That day, we will serve a grass-fed all-beef hot dog from Thousand Hills Cattle Company in Cannon Falls, Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes from Wingard Farms in Elk River, and apple slices from Wescott Orchards in Elgin (served with caramel dip!)

October 12th is the 2017 Great Lakes Apple Crunch! We encourage everyone to crunch into an apple at noon.

NutriSlice Menus Special Diet Filter
Parents and students with food allergies who still want to eat at school can utilize the Special Diets Filter. To utilize this feature, click on the “Filter Allergens” button at the top right of the online menu screen. You must agree to the Terms & Conditions prior to continuing. Then, you may check the box of any of the Top 8 food allergens and the online menu will cross off any menu item that contains that allergen. Starting in October, you may also print this customized allergen-friendly menu by clicking the Print icon button at the top right of the page. If you still have questions regarding your student’s special dietary needs, please contact Kim Harren at 651-480-7126.

If a standard horizontal menu is preferred, simply utilize the new “Printer-Friendly Menu” button underneath the Special Diets Filter button on the right side of the menu.

To access NutriSlice, visit your school’s website and scroll down halfway to find the Lunch Menus bubble. Or visit www.hastings.nutrislice.com

Breakfast and Lunch Prices

October Breakfast and Lunch Totals:

Breakfast: $24.70

Lunch: $51.30

Breakfast and Lunch: $76.00

Breakfast Prices

Full Pay Meal Prices:
Kindergartners FREE
Grades 1-4: $1.30

Reduce Pay Meal Price:
All grade levels: FREE

Adult Meal Price:
All grade levels: $1.80

Extra Milk or Milk Only $0.50

Lunch Prices

Full Pay Meal Prices:
Grades K-4: $2.70

Reduce Pay Meal Price:
All grade levels: FREE

Adult Meal Price:
All grade levels: $3.80

Extra Milk or Milk Only $0.50

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Community Education Recreational Opportunities

TO REGISTER: Call 651-480-7670 or register online at www.HastingsCommunityEd.com

Mon Oct 2 – GROUP HYPNOSIS For Weight Loss or to Stop Smoking/Chewing, (adults) 5:30-9 pm, Tilden Com Ctr, $65/each or $115/both sessions

Mon Oct 2-Dec 11 – LOW GLYCEMIC EATING & BELLY FAT REDUCTION Series (adults), 6:30-8 pm, Tilden Com Ctr, $99

Sat Oct 7-Dec 16 – learn to skate (hockey or figure skating for children ages 3+), 10- 11:30 am, Hastings Civic Arena, $150

Fri Oct 13 – Church of felons, live film preview first time in Minnesota (ages 16- adults), 5:30 pm doors open, 6:30 pm event begins; HHS, Aud., $5-advance or $8-at the door

Sat Oct 14 – kidcreate halloween hoopla (ages 5-12 yrs), 9 am-2:30 pm, Hastings High School-C121, $69

Tue Oct 24 – HEARTSAVER CPR FOR INFANT & CHILD (adults), 6-9 pm, Tilden Com Ctr, $55

Tue Oct 24 – STAMP-A-STACK “BIRTHDAY” CARDS (ages 12+), 6-8:30 pm, Tilden Com Ctr, $9

Sat Oct 28 – PROFICIENCY & PREPARATION FOR STEAM AND HOT WATER HEATING BOILER LICENSE TESTING (adults), 8:30 am-2:30 pm, Hastings High School-C124, $99

Sat Nov 4 – HISTORIC CEMETERY WALKING TOUR WITH HISTORY OF ST. PAUL (ages 15+), 9 am-3:30 pm, will be provided information on where to meet in St. Paul, $35