Meadowbrook News

January 13, 2023

From Mrs. Sawatzky

Good afternoon Meadowbrook,

I always find so much joy in watching our students get excited about their learning. This week the joy was plentiful as students jumped back into learning and projects! Our Kindergarten students started their unit on winter birds which culminates with a trip to Westwood Nature Center, our 3rd graders are starting to design their taco trucks and will have a guest speaker from Chameleon Concessions next week to inform their thinking, and our 5th graders have been engaged with Mr. Peters, our Writer in Residence, as they create their own creative stories. There is so much to be excited about!

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Its important to me that our students know why we collectively celebrate Dr. King. In addition to in-class learning about Dr. King, I've included three videos below, each directed at a slightly different development level of our students. Please share them with your children and talk to them about what they can do to help us realize Dr. King's dream.

In closing, I'll leave you with this Dr. King quote: "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

In partnership,


Sesame Street: Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Full Street Story
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Minister & Civil Rights Activist | Biography
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Good Morning Meadowbrook Jan 13 2023

School Start Time Information for 2023-24

As we continue to prepare for the 6th and 9th-grade transition, we have a few important updates regarding transportation and its impact on school start times. In our last communication, we shared the 2023-24 calendar, which has been adopted by our School Board. We are now able to provide the anticipated start times for our elementary schools, middle schools, and high school. Please note, we will be moving forward with a three-tier bussing schedule, which impacts start and end times. Read about anticipated start times here.

Important: Open-Enrolled Families with Incoming Kindergartners!

Have an upcoming fall kindergartner? Even if you have students already enrolled in Hopkins Schools, you will need to submit an open enrollment form for your new kindergartner. Submit your Open Enrollment application by January 17, 2023, to be included in the first lottery. Find Open Enrollment forms online at Questions? Please email or call 952-988-4110.

North and West Middle School Registration Nights

  • Are you an upcoming Hopkins 6th or 7th grader? You and your family are invited to the upcoming Welcome and Registration event at your future school building. Join us for building tours, presentations, and fun activities.

The event is designed as a touchpoint for you and your student to get more acquainted with the building and get to know some of the key school leaders and staff who will help guide or support your student as they navigate the next stage of their education.

North Middle School will host their event on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 6-8 p.m. Get more details and register for North’s event here.

West Middle School will host their event on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 7-8 p.m. Get more details and register for West’s event here.

HEF’s Royal Bash 2023

Are you counting down the days till spring? No need to wait that long… Adventure Awaits - Royal Bash 2023 is February 25th! Escape the winter chill to destinations around the globe without leaving Minnesota! Hopkins Education Foundation’s Royal Bash will take you on a fun and flavorful journey. Curate your evening activities from a passport of adventures. There is truly something for everyone:

  • Make a stop in the themed lounges: Brew Pub, Wine Cellar & Speakeasy
  • Feast at the Global Food Extravaganza
  • Try your hand at Plinko, Pub Games, a Chocolate Tombola & Wine Pull
  • Bid on both Silent & Live Auctions
  • Stay Late for Music, Dancing & A Festival of Desserts after the program

We can’t wait to see you there!

Get Tickets and more info:

Mathematics in Hopkins

Think back to when you were in math class. How did you feel? This question often elicits strong feelings one way or another. Do you tend toward “I loved it” or “I loathed it”? In Hopkins, we strive to cultivate critical thinkers who are empathetic, confident, curious, and empowered in math.

Last year, Hopkins launched an E-12+ Math Committee with representatives from all schools. The goals of this committee are to: align math teaching with best practices, deepen and strengthen personalization in mathematics, and develop math teacher leaders across our system. We want students to have a positive association with mathematics as a result of their experiences in our schools!

eLearning & Equitable Internet Access

With Hopkins adopting eLearning due to inclement weather this winter, we want to make sure families have stable, available internet access at home. If your student would need assistance in having an internet connection at home to participate in eLearning Days, please contact Suzanne Pakenham at 952-988-5099 or and she will work with you to make sure an internet hotspot is available on eLearning Days.


School is in full swing and we are hard at work on your child’s 2023 Yearbook. We can’t wait for you to see this year’s book! Don’t put it off, order now with this link.

Hopkins Ultimate

Looking for a winter or spring sport?? The Hopkins Ultimate team is gearing up for another great season! Our winter training/practices are starting January 5th for Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity and January 22 for our Middle School League. Our teams are open to grades 5-8 (co-ed Middle School League) and 9-12 (Varsity Boys and Girls).

Registration is currently open and includes both the winter training/practices as well as the spring season. For more information about our league, schedules, or to register, please visit our website or reach out to Camie Mayer - Hopkins Ultimate Recruitment at

Metro Transit Assistance Program

The Transit Assistance Program (TAP) is designed to make public transit more affordable for residents of lower income. TAP provides a reduced fare pass on a Go-To Card and allows customers to use a bus or train for just $1 per ride — even during rush hour — with a 2.5 hour transfer. Signing up can be done in-person at a Transit Facility location or through the link below. Visit for more information!

Supporting Gender Expansive Kids Parent and Caregiver Group

Are you the parent or caregiver of a child who transcends traditional binary gender roles? Hopkins Schools offers a supportive, ongoing group for parents and caregivers to ask questions, share ideas, and support one another. Click here for more information.

Meadowbrook PTO

Please visit our website for all things PTO!

Restaurant Night

  • January 18 between 4:00pm and 9:00pm
  • Davanni's at 663 Winnetka Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55427
  • Customers may call ahead for take-out, dine in, delivery, or curbside (mention the fundraiser for Meadowbrook Elementary).
  • Indicate the fundraiser in the special instructions area when ordering online.
  • Order in person and mention the fundraiser for Meadowbrook Elementary.
  • Also valid on Gift Card purchases!
  • 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Meadowbrook Elementary School PTO!


If you would like to be a room parent in your child’s class or help in a variety of other ways this school year, let us know! Complete the volunteer interest form here:

Online Directory

To connect with other families at Meadowbrook, please register with our Meadowbrook Online Directory. *Please note this is different from the forms you completed for your teachers! This directory will allow you to search for other MB families, and for others to find your information if you choose.

Any questions? Reach out to us at or visit us on Facebook , Twitter, Instragram, or our PTO website

Important Calendar Dates

January 16: No School - In Honor of MLK Jr.

January 18: Restaurant Night @ Davanni's

January 24: 5th Grade Band Concert 7:00pm

January 27: No School - Grading Day

February 20: No School - Professional Learning Day for Staff

Lost & Found

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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.