Meadowbrook News

January 14, 2022

From Mrs. Sawatzky

Good afternoon Meadowbrook,

As you know, our secondary schools will pivot to an online learning model through next week. While we are watching our elementary schools and early childhood/preK programs very closely, we do not plan to transition the learning model for early childhood, preschool, or elementary at this time. Our elementary/preK schools will stay open for as long as we are able to staff at effective levels. Thank you for all your support and everything you are doing to support our ability to provide in-person instruction.


Currently Meadowbrook has about 4% of our student body quarantined because they have tested positive for Covid. To our families coping with this, hang in there; may wellness return to you quickly! To all families, we will continue to notify you when there is a positive case in your child's classroom and when your child is determined to be a close contact. We so appreciate your partnership when it comes to Covid mitigation; whether that means keeping your sick child home, consulting about exposure and symptoms, or picking up learning materials during a quarantine.


If you are looking for a way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy, please consider joining Sweet Potato Comfort Pie's free online MLK Weekend of Service event on Sunday, January 16th from 2:00-4:30pm. The theme of this year's celebration marking Dr. King's 93rd birthday is "Character Values: Upholding Our Beloved Community." There will be presentations, awards, and critical dialogues, all done to remind us that each one of us is who we are because of our beloved community. If interested, you can register here.


Take care,

Natalie

Reminder for Open Enrolled Families:

If you currently have an open enrolled child, you will need to fill out an application if you have an incoming kindergarten student. You can find an application on our website at: https://www.hopkinsschools.org/about/enroll


Applications are due January 18, 2022.

Meadowbrook Book Fair

Save the date for a new twist on the Meadowbrook Book Fair!

The Meadowbrook Book Fair is back and better than ever! Save the date for a private shopping event at Cream & Amber in Hopkins on Monday, February 7, from 4-8 pm. Co-owned by a Hopkins graduate, this locally owned bookstore sells new and used books and has a great selection of gifts and games as well. Kids are welcome to attend! Cream & Amber has generously agreed to donate 10% of all purchases made that evening to the Meadowbrook PTO. Come ready to shop!


Shop online NOW and 10% of your purchase will be donated to the Meadowbrook PTO

Now until the book fair on February 7, Cream and Amber will donate 10% of all online sales to the Meadowbrook PTO. Just use the code MEADOWBROOK when shopping online. Thank you for supporting the Meadowbrook PTO and this locally owned business!

Hopkins Education Foundation Royal Bash

Registration is open for the Hopkins Education Foundation Royal Bash!


Hope everyone had a “TOTE-LLY" awesome week.


Thanks to all the shoppers who visited the Royal Bash Plaid Pop Up Shop and purchased something! If you haven't done so yet, there is still time and product available.


Just a reminder, you can check out and purchase each item individually under HEF Shop Items or get a discount if you purchase a Plaid Pack. 100% of the proceeds go directly to HEF - which is PLAIDTASTIC!


Registration for the in person or virtual Royal Bash on February 26, is open too! Get your tickets today.


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PLAID POP UP SHOP

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Non-School Day Child Care

With the 2021-22 calendar changes for elementary students, Kids & Company will be offering an option to register for full-day child care.


If your student is currently registered in Kids & Company and will need care on these additional non-school days, please log into your account and register for the additional days.


If your student is not currently registered for Kids & Company, please register HERE. Please note: registration does not guarantee a spot for child care. Availability is based on space and staffing. You will receive confirmation at least one week prior, when your child’s spot has been secured.


Please take note of the following registration dates:


  • Child Care for March 11 - registration deadline of February 25
  • Child Care for May 6 - registration deadline of April 22


Limited financial assistance is available upon request. Please reach out to our Kids & Company Account Manager Monica Baran at (952) 988-4080.

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The Meadowbrook PTO has a new website, check it out! This is where you can access the online directory and so much more!


Room Parents Needed

Are you interested in being a room parent this year?

Please let us know which teacher/class you would like to help by completing our form here: https://forms.gle/VBDyZfHtbPBoDbiXA


Restaurant Nights

Join us for our next Restaurant Night:

  • Red Robin in Plymouth: 2669 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN, 55441
  • February 9, 4-8pm
  • Online orders, To Go only

  • Mention Meadowbrook in the Special Instructions

  • 20% is donated to the PTO!


Any questions? Reach out to us at meadowbrookelementarypto@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, or our PTO website

Yearbooks

School is in full swing and we are hard at work on your child’s 2022 Yearbook. We can’t wait for you to see this year’s book! Don’t put it off, order now at the link below.


https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14465722

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COVID-19 Updates

Hopkins Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard remains live on our website. Please remember to have your child complete a daily health screening every day before attending school. It is very important that you keep your child home if they are experiencing any signs of illness.

The MN Department of Health (MDH) will allow us to adopt a recent change in quarantine guidance from the CDC. Our mitigation team is carefully reviewing this guidance and developing an updated plan as it relates to quarantine. This information will be shared with families soon. Our current policy remains in effect until that time. You can find updates and information related to our school’s safety plan on our COVID Hub.


COVID-19 Vaccinations

During this current surge of cases, it has become increasingly important that we seek vaccination and boosters for as many eligible scholars and family members as possible. The vaccines are safe and everyone aged 5 and up is eligible for vaccination. The FDA and CDC have approved Pfizer boosters for everyone aged 12 and up. The approval for ages 12-15 is new.


For families looking for vaccinations or boosters with doses of Pfizer, our friends who helped us with our clinics will host a vaccination clinic on January 19 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at the Minnetonka Community Center. Families must sign up on Sign-Up Genius.


Hennepin County offers free clinic options for first, second, or booster vaccinations. You can register for an appointment online or by calling their navigation line at 612-348-8900. Help is available in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong. Check back often as events continue to be added. While supplies last, the county is offering $50 Visa gift cards to all people who receive a vaccination.


The Mall of America and MDH still have a vaccination clinic going at the mall. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please click here.


Find more vaccination options near you here.

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Hopkins Public Schools is Hiring!

If you or someone you know would like to be a part of an inclusive school community on a mission to transform what education looks like — we need you! We currently have positions open in transportation, nutrition, event coordination, marketing and communications, teaching, early childhood, special education and more. Ready to get started? View our Careers page.


For additional information about paraprofessional support jobs in special education, please email Heidi Wilhelm at heidi.wilhelm@hopkinsschools.org or call the Special Services Department at (952) 988-4044.

Guest Teachers Desperately Needed

The nation-wide substitute teacher shortage is also impacting Hopkins Public Schools. We are looking for Guest Teachers to help us when our Hopkins Teachers are absent. It is very easy to become a Guest Teacher.


All that is needed is a college degree and a Substitute Teaching License obtained through the Minnesota Department of Education and is very easy to get. Guest Teachers work up to 8 hours per day and we pay $165 per day. Our Human Resources department will help you obtain a Substitute Teaching License if you are interested in serving in this capacity.


We really need you! If interested in working with our amazing students in this role, please contact our school office at 952-988-5100 or Principal Sawatzky at 952-988-5101.

Important Calendar Dates

January 17: No School in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 21: No School - Grading Day for Staff

February 3: PTO Meeting 7:00pm

February 9: Restaurant Night - Red Robin, Plymouth

February 17-18: No School - Conferences

February 21: No School: Professional Learning for Staff

February 21-27: Meadowbrook Service Week

Meadowbrook Handbook for Caregivers

A great source of information including important dates, school policies, and contact numbers.

Electronic Backpack

Check out the Electronic Backpack for informational flyers highlighting school wide and community events and activities.