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Back to School Edition August 2021

Welcome to 21-22 School Year!

Stevenson Families,

We are thrilled to welcome back all of our scholars for in-person learning! Our district theme is Returning through Relationships. We are excited to have two full days dedicated to building relationships with each and every one of our scholars and our families through individual teacher/family orientation sessions! We want to get to know your child and family! Families will sign-up for a time to meet with teachers. Orientation days will be fun for your child(ren) and for families! Learn more below.

We will make this a great year as we have an exceptional staff here at Stevenson. Together, we will work to help each and every one of your children be successful and develop a love for learning. I look forward to talking with families and partnering with you to make this year amazing for your children!


Veronica Mathison

Stevenson Elementary Principal



First Day of School

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, September 9th

See the Full District Calender: here

Teacher Placements Coming Soon!

Each family will be mailed class placements next week! Watch your mail August 16th -18th to find out which teacher your student(s) have. Sign-up for orientation once you know which teacher!

Back to School Orientation Sign-Up!

Individual Family Teacher Orientation Sessions

September 2nd, 7th, and 8th

Sign up here!

Back to School Orientation will be a great opportunity for teachers and families to connect and get ready for a great year. Parents will see your child's schedule, learn about what to expect learning to look like daily this school year, get important information and submit paperwork. It will be a meaningful and fun experience!

See more information by clicking here.

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Change of Address or Contact Information?

Please call Chelsea today at 763-502-5302 to ensure you get your letter with your child's teacher and other important information.

School Hours for 2021-2022

Student arrival begins 8:55 a.m.

Free breakfast will be served in classrooms 8:55 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

School day starts at 9:10 a.m.

(Students entering after 9:10 will be marked tardy.)

Dismissal is 3:45 p.m.

Get Ready for School

Click on this link or expand the document below.

Masks will Keep Students at School!

Masks will be mandatory while indoors for students. If students are masked, whole classes will not have to be quarantined. We highly encourage families to work on familiarizing their student with wearing a face mask to help them become comfortable.

Health and Safety Protocols

To keep students and staff as healthy and safe as possible, we will:

  • Wear masks on the bus and indoors at school
  • Have individuals sanitize hands throughout the day and prior to eating
  • Sanitize classrooms throughout the day
  • Building will be fully sanitized each evening

Back to School Resource Fair!

Due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements to keep the community safe, the Fridley Public Schools Back to School Resource Fair will use a drive-through format this year. Backpacks with school supplies and community resources will be available for students. Please fill out the form here so we can plan for your child.

Only students enrolled in Fridley Public Schools can receive a backpack. Please enter information for yourself and your Fridley students. Please note that you will need to attend the drive through event in order to receive the backpack. This registration form is your ticket to enter the drive through event only.

You can enter up to 7 students’ names. For your child, or each one of your children, please enter your child’s name, your child’s grade for this fall, and the school your child will attend this fall. Fill out as many student boxes as you need and leave any extra student boxes that you don’t need blank (for example, if you only have two children, fill out information for your two children and leave the rest of the student boxes blank).

Find your career at Stevenson Elementary!

We are hiring 4 paraeducators for the 2021-2022 school year! Enjoy summers and holidays with your family while working at our school!

Click here to apply!

Volunteering is Back!

We are so happy to be able to welcome volunteers back into the building this year! Volunteers help make Stevenson such a great place to be. There are always opportunities in field trips, classroom teacher projects, Parent Teacher Organization, and school events to help our school.

All Volunteers must fill out the volunteer application and clear a background check through human resources. All information is confidential and at no cost to our volunteers

Please note-All volunteers must re-apply this year even if you have previously been cleared as a volunteer.


The 2021-22 School year is fast approaching; Transportation Department wants to make sure we are assigning all students on the school bus, if eligible for the first day of school. All students are required to sign up for transportation, to assure efficiency.

· Any 2020-2021 transportation requests for home, alternate address, or daycare will be honored and maintained during the 2021-22 school year.

· We have created just one form Click here to complete the Transportation Request Form.

In late August you will receive a message that the transportation information is set for the first day of school. Once you receive this notification, please log into your Parent/Student portal to access your information.

· If you move, change phone number or email please let us know so we can update your new contact information.

Please call the Transportation Department if you have any questions of concerns (763) 502 5151

Nutritional Services Updates and Changes

Nutritional Services Information

Welcome back families and students. We are looking forward to having you back in the café for breakfast and lunch daily. We hope that your students enjoy our new menu items along with their favorite items.

Completion of Application for Educational Benefits

The school district mailed each household an Application for Educational Benefits in mid-July. If you did not receive one, they are available on the District Website at https://www.fridleyschools.org/about-us/departments/nutritional-services/meal-applications , can be completed online at https://fridleymn.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/fridley.jsp (you will need your Parent Portal username and password), by contacting Kathy Backstrom at 763-502-5021 or your School Main Office. An Application for Educational Benefits must be completed every year. If you received free/reduced priced meals last year a new application must be completed for the 2021-22 year and applications submitted prior to September 3, 2021 may be eligible for summer P-EBT benefits if approved for free/reduced price meals. If your income has changed due to job loss or change, please complete an application. These applications also help the district receive additional funding for support staff and teachers, so please complete the applications. When completing the application, please include all people living in the household including infants or young children, college students, and older adults who may be living with you.

Use of Bar Codes at Breakfast and Lunch

The district will be using bar codes to record student purchases in all schools. Elementary students will have a bar code on a lanyard that they will bring to lunch with them. Students will not be entering in their lunch pin on a key pad and it is important that all students have a bar code for the safety of the Nutritional Services staff.

USDA issues waiver for free breakfast and lunch for all students

The first full breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge to all students regardless if they have been approved for free or reduced priced meals. The meals will be free due to the USDA issued a waiver allowing school districts to provide free meals following the Seamless Summer Option.

Additional Milk or Milk for Cold Lunch

Students purchasing just a milk will be charged $0.55 and must have money in their lunch account. Students are not allowed to have negative lunch balances to purchase these items. Students who are bringing lunch from home or want an additional milk can purchase them for $0.55.

Online Meal Payments

To add money to your student’s meal account please go to Infinite Campus Parent Portal https://fridleymn.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/fridley.jsp Money can also be sent to school with your student if you choose to pay with cash or paper check. Please include your student’s name, teacher’s name and lunch pin on the envelope. . If you are having trouble accessing the parent portal please email Campus.Parenthelp@fridley.k12.mn.us or contact your School’s Main Office for someone to assist you.

Monthly Menus

Monthly student menus will be available on the Nutritional Services website at https://www.fridleyschools.org/about-us/departments/nutritional-services/lunch-breakfast-menus. Our menus will look different this year, we will continue to purchase locally grown produce, provide student favorites, and school prepared meals. We are continuing to return to more school prepared meals. We are committed to providing your children with health meal options for them to be successful in the classroom.

Menu Options

We will continue to use more individually wrapped items and pre-portioned items for our students. Students will be allowed to take their own pre-portioned items from the fruit and vegetable bars. Condiments will be pre-portioned for their safety.

Food Allergies

If your student has a medically diagnosed food allergy or is lactose intolerant, please contact Sara Supplee RD, Nutrition Coordinator, at 763-502-5028 to discuss your child’s needs. There is some additional USDA forms that must be completed.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for Elementary Schools

Both Hayes and Stevenson Elementary Schools will participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program. This grant provides a fresh fruit or vegetable as a snack to students 3 days per week. We try to provide students with new and different fresh produce including papaya, mango, jicama and kohlrabi. Besides the snack, student receives some education about the produce. This grant program will start in September, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding Nutritional Services please contact Renee Arbogast at 763-502-5022 for assistance

R.L. Stevenson Elementary

Stevenson Elementary is an International Baccalaureate World School dedicated to nurturing students to show curiosity, be lifelong learners, and give back to their communities. Our exceptional teachers and support staff provide a welcoming environment where the classroom becomes a learning community!