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A Connection With Distance Learning Academy - Jan. 2021

A Note from Mrs. Z

Hello Hamilton Ridge Families,


Happy New Year! Thank you for your continued partnership with our teachers in educating your children during this challenging time. We look forward to getting back to school and seeing students on-line again. Have a great month.


I wish you a healthy and happy 2021!


Karen Zwolenski - Mrs. Z

HRE Picture Retake Day - January 14

For those families that missed Fall picture day or would like retakes, please come to Hamilton Ridge on Thursday, January 14 from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. Please sign up for a time slot on this Sign Up Genius. Pictures will be in the gym. If your child is getting a retake, please bring the unwanted picture package and hand to the photographer. If your child is getting their picture taken for the first time this school year, simply follow the link to order before you come to the event. The ordering code is good for up to 48 hours for new orders.


Safety Guidelines:

  • Only one family member should come into the building with child(ren)
  • Any person entering the building must wear a mask
  • Please maintain a social distance of 6 feet
  • Please exit the building once photos have been taken

Welcome to the Class of 2034


The countdown to Kindergarten has begun! Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools is pleased to offer tuition free, full-day kindergarten and full-day kindergarten Spanish immersion at La ola del lago at Grainwood. Please follow the link below and mark your calendar for the important dates.


How do you know if your child is ready for Kindergarten? Click here for the Kindergarten Readiness Flyer to learn what skills to look for and what to practice at home.

Kindergarten Registration Information

Online enrollment opens January 14, 2021

Support for Hamilton Ridge Students

Hamilton Ridge School Social Worker

Hello Hamilton Ridge families! My name is Andrea Carin, and I am the school social worker at Hamilton Ridge Elementary. I am here to offer confidential support with social/emotional concerns, strategies for supporting student’s emotional regulation and learning abilities, and information for community resources, during these changing times. Please feel free to contact me at acarin@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us . I am happy to talk with families about any concerns they may have and can also direct you to outside resources when needed.

Hamilton Ridge PTC Update

The first PTC meeting of 2021 is Tuesday, January 5. Grab a snack and dial in to the meeting to hear more from Principal Zwolenski, get info on upcoming restaurant fundraiser nights and learn about upcoming direct donation drives. Should be a good time, and we always have a few laughs! Go to our Facebook page to get the link and event info!


Many thanks to Mark and the Hamilton Ridge DOGS for building laptop desks for the staff. What a handyman who really knows how to #ClimbTheRidge!


This Thursday, January 7 is the monthly Hamilton Ridge PTC Davanni's Fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. at the Savage Davanni's! Mention "Hamilton Ridge" on your delivery, carry-out, or curbside pick-up order for 20% of your order to go to Hamilton Ridge!


If ordering online, please see the following directions:

- Delivery: Write "Hamilton Ridge" in the Delivery Notes section of the check out screen

- Curbside Pick Up: Write "Hamilton Ridge" in the Car Description section of the check out screen

- Pick Up: Mention "Hamilton Ridge" in person at pick up

Technology Support for Families

If students or families are having technology issues (broken device, log-in issues, charging cords, etc.) the quickest way to get help is to fill out the IT Help Desk form. All device replacements, swaps and pick-ups will take place at the front desk of the District Services Center. Device replacements are typically processed in 1-2 business days. Families are notified by email when a device replacement or swap is ready to be picked up.


Hours for the District Services Center: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Address: 4540 Tower Street SE, Prior Lake Phone: 952-226-0000

Keep Reading During Distance Learning - HRE Library Book Check-Out

Starting the week of December 7, students will have the ability to return and borrow books from the school library! Although students will not be able to come into the library to browse in person, they may place books on “hold” and we will check them out and place them on a table in the front entrance of the school for pickup. When you come in to pick up your new items, you may return items to our book drop box. Books that have been returned sit for at least 72 hours before going back into circulation. Students who have books past due, will need to return all materials before taking new ones.


How to check out books during Distance Learning

  1. Watch this video.

  2. Email Mrs. Schwingler a message to get your student's username and password.

  3. Go to: HRE Books and log in.

  4. Put 2 books on hold.

  5. Mrs. Schwingler will email a parent when the books are ready to pick up.

  6. Return any library books you have and pick up new ones in school entry way. Your books will be on a table with your name.

Contact Us

Attendance Line 952-461-7801

Main Office 952-461-7800

Fax Number 952-461-7849

Health Office 952-226-7806

Karen Zwolenski, Principal kzwolenski@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Lindsay Comstock, Dean of Students lcomstock@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Kirsten Schoeller, Administrative Assistant kschoeller@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Beverley Null, Administrative Assistant (attendance) bnull@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Andrea Carin, Social Worker acarin@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Technology Helpdesk 952-226-0062 or ithelpdesk@plsas.org

District Transportation 952-226-0050 or jswedberg@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Prior Lake Bus Company (after hours) 952-440-1166