February 1, 2023

"Paws" for news from the principal:

Hi, Cowern Families -

There are a few fun events coming up that I wanted to make you aware of. The first is our Parent Teacher Group's upcoming Read-A-Thon Fundraiser titled "Reading is Our Superpower!" Watch for more information coming out about this soon.

The second is that February is I Love to Read month here at Cowern. We will be sharing a calendar full of fun events happening throughout the month of February. Stay tuned!

Finally - watch for an invite to participate in National African American Parent Involvement Day at Cowern in mid-February!

We're so excited to be able to stack these fun experiences for our Cowern community on top of the incredible learning that is happening here!

Thank you for all the ways you support the students and staff here!


Travis Barringer

Cowern Elementary Principal

Upcoming Events

February 1-24 - Read-A-Thon Fundraiser - Sponsored by Cowern PTG

"Please help us reach our fundraising goal!"

February 7 - Culver's Night

February 9 - 3rd & 4th Grade Music Concert at 6:00 pm (Students must arrived by 5:30 pm)

February 15 - Food In-A-Box Mobile Market

February 20 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

February 21- Pre-K & Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30 p.m.

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Pre-K and Kindergarten Information Night

In-Person Pre-K and Kindergarten Information Night at your child’s future school is February 21 at 6:30 p.m. Use our searchable boundary map to determine which school your child will attend based on your home address.

If you have questions regarding Pre-K or Kindergarten information nights or registration, you can call the District Enrollment Center at 651-748-7550 or you can call the Cowern Office at 651-748-6800.

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Cowern Music Concert Schedule

Please mark your calendars for your child’s concert date listed below! Students must arrive by 5:30 p.m. and report to their classrooms.

3rd and 4th Grades: “Wangari’s Trees of Peace”

Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m.

Kindergarten and 5th Grade: “Taking Flight”

Thursday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m.

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Busers/Walkers/Parent Pick-Up

If your child is not going home as he/she usually does, the teacher must be notified IN WRITING detailing the change in arrangements. The school must receive a note from a parent or guardian that gives permission for a student to leave school in a way different from usual. If a note is not received, the child must go home as they usually do.

We have received an unusually high number of phone calls regarding changing the mode of transportation for students. Most of these phone calls are occurring after 2:30 in the afternoon. Please understand that it gets increasingly difficult to get a message to the teacher during that time frame. Please allow us more time to get messages to teachers in regard to changes in student transportation. Arrangement for transportation should be made before school from home and a note sent in to the teacher. Thank you for your attentiveness to this important procedure.

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Attendance Procedure

Please be sure to call in your child’s absence OR if they are going to be late for any reason call our attendance line at: 651-748-6824 (please call by 8:45 a.m.).

Is my child well enough to go to school? Click the link to learn more.

Attention: When calling in your child’s absence, please do not leave a message saying “they are sick” or “not feeling well.” Be more specific about the absence. Let us know the type of illness your child has (i.e., flu, vomiting, stomach ache, etc.). The Health Office needs to know this information to help keep our school safe and healthy.

If a phone call is not received, the absence remains unexcused. If a child has 3 unexcused absences or 10 out-of-building tardies, the school will send written notification to the family and report the situation to the appropriate county agency. The county agency will exercise progressive steps, if the unexcused absences and/or tardies continue.

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Food In-a-Box Mobile Market at Cowern Elementary

A program of Good in the 'Hood

This program provides FREE fresh, frozen and non-perishable produce, meat, and dairy for all families at Cowern and in the North St. Paul Community.

This opportunity is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.



Once every third Wednesday of each month 4-6pm at Cowern Elementary.


APRIL 19, 2023

MAY 17, 2023

The drive through line for the food boxes will start on Margaret street in the front of the school closest to the gym. Please use the QR code above to sign up - as soon as possible if interested (to ensure enough food is ordered) or email

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Culver's Fundraising Night!


What: Cowern Elementary Fundraising Event

Where: Culver's Location: 3202 White Bear Avenue White Bear Lake, MN 55110

When: Tuesday, February 7th, 2023 from 4-7pm

How: Grab Dinner or dessert at Culver's from 4-7pm and 10% of drive-thru, dine-in and to-go orders will go towards Cowern Elementary! If you order online, 20% of the order will be donated! It is that simple! No flyer, code, or information needs to be given in order for Cowern to receive proceeds.

Thank you for supporting our Cowern Community!

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Resources For Students And Families

Below are some resources that will be helpful during this school year:

1. Weekly Food Bags through the EveryMeal - After September 23rd! Bags that are provided with foods structured around USDA MyPlate with options that also cater to different dietary needs and restrictions. Bags will be placed in student backpacks every Friday. There is no eligibility requirements! ANY student can participate. Please sign up here.

2. “Food In-A-Box Pop-Up Market at Cowern” - This is a project that will be done in collaboration with Good in the Hood, a program dedicated to “changing lives through simple acts of kindness.” Their goal is to provide fresh produce, meat, and dairy products to communities once a month to the surrounding communities. We will be setting up a drive-thru mobile market where families can pick up these items in a socially distanced manner. This opportunity is open to ANY and ALL FAMILIES and will happen every third Wednesday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Click here to get to Food Shelf-In-A-Box link. If you would like to participate, please complete the form by clicking on one of the following links: Form in English, Form in Spanish or Form in Somali and send a copy to I am also looking for volunteers to help at distribution. Time slots are open from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Volunteers can come and go as they please. If you are interested in volunteering on November 23rd, contact Kyliah Thompson via email at or at 314-312-1097.

3. Minnesota COVID Hotlines for Immigrants and Refugees - There is now a MN COVID hotline specifically dedicated to our families that are immigrants or refugees to get help with COVID questions and one-on-one navigation support (i.e., getting appointments scheduled, finding testing sites and vaccination sites for those eligible, dealing with employers, accessing COVID rental assistance, etc.). It is available to undocumented immigrants, too. The number to call is 651-318-0989, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

4. COVID-19 Resources - The Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative put together a massive list of resources related to housing, employment, financial support, unemployment, mental and physical health resources, and so many more for people living in Ramsey County. This is just a list to have at your disposal, but if you need help connecting to resources, please do not hesitate to reach out! Here’s the link: .

5. COVID-19 Vaccine Connector - ISD 622 put together a webpage to find out when and where vaccination sites are in the community. Please visit if you are interested in resources regarding COVID-19 vaccination availability.

6. Housing Resources - Please call Kyliah Thompson, School Social Worker, at 314-312-1097 or email if you need any assistance. Click Here .

7. Rent Help MN - This is a program for eligible renter s to get caught up on overdue rent and utilities or if you may not be able to pay for next month’s rent due to a COVID-19 related hardship. Here is the link.

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Cowern Elementary School

Cowern Elementary's mission is to create a safe, engaging, and welcoming community for all learners to grow academically, emotionally, and socially.

The school day is from 8:50-3:20.

Adventure Connection: 651-748-6898

Attendance Line: 651-748-6800

Cowern Health Office: 651-748-6815