Tiger Tales

September 2022

Welcome to 22-23 School Year!

Stevenson Families,

We are thrilled to welcome back all of our scholars to school! Building relationships with all of you and learning about your child(ren) is our first priority. 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.

Please sign-up for a time to meet with teachers if you have not already. Orientation days will be fun for your child(ren) and for families! Learn more below.

Please watch the short welcome video and parent drop-off/pick-up procedures. Thank you for helping us start this year off so well!


Veronica Mathison

Stevenson Elementary Principal



Welcome Video & Parent Pick-Up/Drop-Off Procedures

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Back to School Orientation Sign-Up!


September 1ST
September 6TH
September 7Th

*If you do not know your child's teacher, please call Chelsea at 763-502-5302.

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Save the Date! September 29th

The Works will be here for a STEM filled night of fun on September 29 from 5-7!

Check out our 2022-2023 Family Site!

  • View newsletter and updates
  • See your child's grade level page
  • Click on names of staff to hear introductions
  • Find contact information
  • See resources for grade levels

2022 Teacher of Excellence

Christa Sanders is our exceptionally talented school counselor, a leader on our PBIS team, and a safety net for our staff, including me. She has a listening ear for our children and for our staff. Ms. Sanders is always on the go. She meets with students, gives hugs, helps children when their emotions overtake them, makes broadcast videos, pushes into classrooms to provide SEL lessons, is a leader with restorative work, and so much more.

These pandemic years have been quite a challenge and the social emotional needs have been at the forefront. Christa has remained resilient, committed to success, and has stayed positive.

She is so deserving of this award and we are ecstatic that she gets to be the teacher, counselor, of excellence.

First Day of School

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, September 8th

See the Full District Calender: here

Stevenson is an International Peace Site

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Get Ready for School

Click on this link or expand the document below.

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.

Campus Parent Portal Required This Year

Campus Parent Portal will be required this year. Each parent should have an account. Parents cannot change each other's phone numbers or emails.

Parent Portal provides access to secure and timely information for your student(s) including attendance, and grades.

Most importantly at the elementary level, you will use Parent Portal to add money to your child's lunch account, apply for free and reduced price meals, and access transportation information. You will also be using Parent Portal to update your phone number and any other personal information such as approved emergency contacts.

Masks optional

We respect and honor our families decision on masks. Please talk as a family and decide if your child will mask. Our staff will not enforce masking. We will respect each others' decision on masking and make all of our students feel cared for.

School Hours for 2022-2023

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.

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Strengthen Our Community by Volunteering!

What better way to get to know your school than to volunteer!

There are always opportunities at Stevenson with 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.

We highly suggest adults complete the volunteer process at the beginning of the year to be ready at a moments notice for any event!

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


For the 2022-23 school year all students eligible for transportation MUST request by this form:


Transportation - Fridley Public Schools

Transportation Forms. 2022-23 Transportation Requests All families who need transportation for the 2022-23 school year are required to submit this form: Transportation Request Form. There is a section in the form that allows you to indicate if you need a stop from a daycare or alternate address (inside Fridley School District boundaries).


If we do not receive a form, student will not be assigned to a bus. This is new this year due to the driver shortage.

Please submit the form ASAP to assure you have a bus stop assigned for the first day of school.

Student who have requested transportation and are eligible will receive the schedule at student open house.

There are no stops added to routes after August 19th. We can only add students to existing stops.

Any new stop changes needed from August 19-Sept 9th will start Wednesday September 21st. Parents will have to transport until notified by email of the change and schedule.

Request for changes September 10-16 will be implemented on Wednesday, September 28th. Parents will have to transport until notified by email of the change and schedule.

New stop requested from Sept 10-16 will be implemented Oct 5th. Parents will have to transport until notified by email of the change and schedule updated.

Transportation Department



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Nutritional Services Updates and Changes

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 will be mailing households an Application for Educational Benefits in mid-August. If you do 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 2022-23 year. 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. As a household, you may also be eligible for discounted internet services and reduced metro transit fares. 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 either have a lanyard with the bar code or we will have a list of the students' bar codes at the cashier station. Middle and High School students will need to have their bar code card, student id, picture of their bar code or the bar code on the Campus Student Ap at the cashier station.

NO Free lunches for all Students

The USDA waiver for free lunches for all students has ended. Any student who does not qualify for free/reduced price meals will need to pay for lunch starting the first day of school. The cost for Elementary lunch is $2.75 and Secondary lunch is $3.00. Fridley Public Schools will continue to provide breakfast at no cost for all students.

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 If you are paying online, we ask that the minimum payment be at least $10.00. 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 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.

Food Allergies

If your student has a medically diagnosed food allergy or is lactose intolerant, please contact Katie Joyce 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 be 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 October 2022.

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!