Tiger Tales

November 2021

Principal's Message

Stevenson Families,

It's hard to believe November is here! Nearly 85% of our families attended conferences, working collaboratively with their children and teachers to set growth goals. We will continue to work together to support each and every one of our students in meeting both social-emotional and academic goals.

Please join me for our first "Best Place to Learn" parent engagement virtual event. This is an opportunity to give shout-outs of apprecation and share ideas to strengthen experiences at Stevenson!

As the temperatures have cooled, please remember to send warm clothes with your children for outdoor recess. Students go outside daily if the wind chill temperature is above 0. If you are in need of warm clothing, please call our office at 763-502-5304 and our school social worker will get students what they need. We have a ton of donated hats and mittens as well as many winter coats.

Your partnership is valued and appreciated!


Veronica Mathison

Stevenson Elementary Principal



Welcome Back Ms. Cindy!

Ms. Priyanka accepted a position at Fridley High School. Our new receptionist, starting November 1 is Ms. Cindy. Prior to being the RLS Receptionist, Ms. Cindy was the Secretary at Hayes as well as the Secretary at RLS prior to Ms. Chelsea. We are so excited to welcome her home.

Important Dates

Nov 2nd: No School (Professional Development for Teachers)

Nov 2nd: Voting Day

Nov 8th 6:00 - 6:30 Best Place to Learn Virtual Parent Event

Nov 8th 6:30 - 7:00 PTO Virtual Business Meeting

Nov 12th: No School (Grading and Planning Day)

Dental Sealant Program at Stevenson

Our school will be hosting the Minnesota School Sealant Program, where your child has the opportunity to receive FREE or reduced-cost preventive dental services at school. Open the link for more details.

District Treat Policy

We know birthdays are special and we love to celebrate them too! However, we do have a district treat policy and are unable to have parents bringing in cupcakes and other sweets.

Please see policy below-

Fridley Public School District Policy 533 Student Wellness prohibits parents and families from bringing birthday or celebratory treats such as cupcakes, cookies, cake, chips, and juice into the school. Instead, to celebrate special events, parents often send non-food items, such as stickers, pencils and erasers that their child can share with his or her classmates.

It's getting colder!

Students must be appropriately dressed for the weather in order to play outside at recess and for gym class. Students go outside daily if it is not raining and if the wind chill is above zero. Students need to have jackets, hats, mittens, boots or other necessary clothing depending on the temperature. Our social worker has items if needed. Please reach out to her by calling our main office at 763-502-5304

Penny Wars Results!

We have our winner for our PTO Fundraiser, 'Penny Wars'!

The winner is. . . THIRD GRADE!!!

First Grade. . . is getting PIED!!!

Thank you for all of your participation!!! We raised over $2,500!!!

Check out our newly surfaced basketball court!

We were able to have the cracked surface repaired and fresh paint to make this space more engaging for our scholars!

  • New Four Square
  • Hopscotch!
  • New hoops and freshly painted backboards
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Primary Years Programme News

IB Parent Survey

Please help us continue to improve our Fridley Schools by filing out a short parent survey.



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Click Here to join the PTO Meeting!

This (virtual) PTO meeting will be on November 8th from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. following our 6:00 pm Best Place to Learn Parent Engagement

Grade Level Updates!


Wow, the kindergarteners have had a busy month with wrapping up the “Who We Are” unit of PYP. We have learned about what it means to be kind and caring, went to the gym to try new things as risk-takers, and learned about each other’s families. It was a month of celebrations with Indigenous People’s Day and Unity Day. We are excited to jump into our next planner all about how people help in our community.

First Grade!

1st Grade did Pumpkin days last week. We got to carve pumpkins and count the seeds!

Second Grade!

The Second Graders made a visit to our new STEAM lab for some fun exploration time. We’ve been learning about citizenship and how our actions shape communities . We continue to read all kinds of interesting books as we work to become even better readers and writers.

Third Grade!

The 3rd graders have been busy here at Stevenson! Classes have taken turns participating in a variety of stations/activities in our new Stevenson STEAM lab. They also received their very own dictionaries, courtesy of the Rotary Club, which were presented to them by Dr. Heil. She challenged the scholars to find a variety of facts that were hidden within the dictionaries. The 3rd graders have also finished their first stories as writers within each of their classrooms. Classes celebrated with a publishing celebration!

Fourth Grade!

Fourth Grade is working extremely hard! We recently finished our first unit in math and are moving onto multi-digit multiplication. We also recently finished our first unit of inquiry where we explored our rights, roles and responsibilities in our community. This last week we went on a field trip to Springbrook Nature Center and learned about how water travels around the earth through the water cycle! We are going to be taking a deeper dive into the water cycle in our next unit of inquiry!

Butterbraid Kickoff!

We will be kicking off our Butterbraid fundraiser on November 18th! Students can sell Butterbraids until December 7th.

Delivery Date is December 21! Just in time for Winter Break!

Remember, we fundraise for field trips! Without PTO fundraisers each family would have to make a contribution for their children for each field trip.

Masks will Keep Students at School!

Masks are mandatory. Please be sure your child has their mask when they come to school. If students do not keep their masks on throughout the day, they will have to quarantine if there is a positive covid case in their classroom.
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School Hours for 2021-2022

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.


The Fridley Transportation Department would like to share a Few reminders with you.

· Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.

  • · Your child is required to be at the scheduled stop 5 minutes prior to bus pick-up time.
  • · If the bus is more than 10 minutes late, your child should go home and call the assigned bus company (see below).
  • · Information about late busses is communicated through our messenger program, so please make sure that your contact information is accurate on the Parent Portal.
  • If school buildings are closed due to severe weather, the district will communicate by email and phone, and on the district website, local news channels and district social media.

Our Bus Contractors:

· Route #’s 1 – 10: Voigt’s Bus Company 763-571-1241 (then select #2)

· Route #’s 20 – 35: First Student (Champlin location) 763-421-5785

· R & D Transportation (Vans) 763-767-1804 (then select #1)

· Halo Transportation (Vans) 763-432-6806

Thank you and stay safe.

Fridley Transportation Department


Nutritional Services Updates and Changes

If you have not completed the 2021-22 Application for Educational Benefits, please complete as soon as possible. The application must be completed to potentially receive P-EBT benefits this year. By completing the application it helps our schools receive additional funding for support staff, reading interventionists, and the Get Ready Program.

Breakfast and lunch continue to free for all students this school year, due to additional funding from the USDA. Your student must take a reimbursable meal, including ½ cup fruit or vegetable to receive the free meals. If your student just wants a carton of milk, that is not free and your student must have lunch money in their account. Menus are posted on the Nutritional Services page of the district web site. Please note that menus are subject to change and we are experiencing issues with purchasing food for our planned meals. We are doing our best to minimize menu changes.

If you have any questions about Nutritional Services, please contact Kathy Backstrom at 763-502-5021 or Renee Arbogast at 763-502-5022.

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!