Tiger Tales

January Edition

Principal's Corner

Stevenson Families,

I hope you and your families have a healthy and safe winter break. Happy holidays to all of you! We are hopeful 2021 will bring an end to this pandemic. We look forward to opening our school when the time is right. The district will announce the plan for reopening in-person learning the first week of January. Our online academy will remain an option for the remainder of the school year.

Semester 2 begins February 1st. Report cards will be mailed out the first week of February. Please look at the comments from teachers and continue to encourage your child to do their best and reach out to teachers with any concerns. We appreciate your partnership!

The January 7th resource pick-up has STEM kits for all and additional academic supports. Please see the details below. Thank you for your incredible support and please reach out if you have questions or concerns.


Veronica Mathison

Stevenson Principal



No School!

  • January 1st (New Years Day)
  • January 18th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • January 20th (Staff Planning)
  • January 27th (Staff Planning and Grading Day)

ALL SCHOOL: Monthly Material Pick-Up Thursday, January 7th

Material Pick-Up 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

  • Self-serve bins outside the front doors

  • PLEASE find your teacher’s bin and pick-up materials

  • STEM Kits will be in this pickup for all-students!

  • BINGO Cards for PTO BINGO on January 14th will be included

  • Find library books for your child in the blue bins with gold labels

What's Cool in Our Primary Years Programme?

All Stevenson students will be receiving a Family STEM Kit activity courtesy of our Stevenson PTO. Families can pick up STEM kits on the January 7th pick up day. Lesson and activity directions will be posted for students to complete as a part of their Wellness Wednesday learning on January 13th. We can't wait to see what our Stevenson students and families create!

School-Wide Integrity Celebration!

Get your sled ready! Integrity Tiger and Principal Mathison will be going sledding once students earn enough Integrity Tickets to go around the building! Students will be able to send pictures and videos to share their sledding experience after we meet our goal. Keep up the online integrity!

Need a sled?

Stevenson is giving away 70 sleds thanks to The Presbyterian Church of the Way in Shoreview and Fridley United Methodist Women! If you do not have a sled, please email caitlin.ostman@fridley.k12.mn.us or call Cait at 763-502-5310. One per family. Limited to the first 70 responses.
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Stevenson PTO Update!

Join us for our monthly meeting via Google Meets on January 14th! We will play BINGO from 6:00-6:30 p.m. and have our meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. BINGO Cards will be in the school-wide material pick-up on January 7th! See section above for more information.

PTO had a Butterbraid fundraiser at the end of November! Thank you to everyone that participated. That money gets put right back into supporting our students and staff!

At the December Meeting PTO sponsored Kindergarten by funding the Kindergarten Gingerbread Kit. We are so happy that our Kindergartners were able to do Gingerbread Activities from home!

PTO also sponsored Stem Kits for every grade level! They put $100 towards each grade level to have a STEM related take-home kit!

Warm Hands Green Hearts is a local company that works with our Third Graders each year to teach them about business models and how the economy works. This year in lieu of coming in they provided all of our Third Graders with hand-made mittens. A donation was provided by PTO to thank Warm Hands Green Hearts for their contribution to our students.

Enjoy our most recent school broadcast!

Broadcast 12/18

4th Grade Project: Message from Mr. Steffan

It’s been a challenging year for all of us. There’s no doubt about that. Teaching 4th grade students continues to remind me of the importance of helping others. During a recent morning meeting, we discussed the topic “who do you think would benefit from our help the most.” Through several common responses the discussion turned into starting a food drive at Stevenson. We could donate the food to a local food shelf and support those in need as best our Stevenson community can.

We have chosen a local food shelf in which we will donate the items. The name of the organization we are donating to is Southern Anoka County Assistance (SACA). We will be accepting non-perishable food donations beginning January 7 (folder pick up day.). Donations will be accepted until January 21. The students are excited for an opportunity to be part of something that shows how our Stevenson community can support our Fridley community and beyond.

According to the SACA website (http://www.sacafoodshelf.org/get-involved/) the following items are in highest demand:

  • Peanut Butter

  • Tuna

  • Macaroni and Cheese

  • Toiletries

Congratulations to our January Star Staff!

Jon! Jon has taken on a lot of new roles this year, yet he is always willing to step in and offer tech advice, new ways of encouraging students, or just to lend an ear. Jon is a positive and encouraging role model for his students, too! He makes time to let the kids be kids while learning online. Thank you for all your hard work this year!

Becky Schultz! I've seen Becky step up to help staff and students with technology and academics this year. She does a ton of things behind the scenes that keep our systems organized and running smoothly. On top of that, she's put in the extra hours to make sure we have a high quality book room! That's why I think Becky shows CARES.

Ms. Je’Naya! I am nominating Je'Naya for always being willing to help with anything tech-related. She has brought so many tech ideas to our team and she has also shared out tech ideas and offered tech help throughout all of our staff meetings. Je'Naya is truly a team player, and I have learned so much from her in a short time.

FREE Meal Pick-Up!

United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the funding to provide free meals to all children ages 1-18 through June, 30, 2020 or until the federal funding is gone. Nutritional Services continues to offer free meals to all children ages 1-18 regardless of income level. Each meal bag contains 5 breakfast, lunches and afterschool snacks for your students to enjoy.

Meal Pick Up times and Locations:

Stripes Students (previously in school on Monday and Tuesday): Tuesday Nights at Fridley High School from 4:30-6:00 pm

Paws Students (previously in school on Thursday and Friday): Thursday Nights at Fridley High School from 4:30-6:00 pm

Distance Academy Students: Wednesday at Fridley Middle School from 11:30-1:30 pm

There is no meal pick up from December 23-Janaury 4, 2021. Regular scheduled meal pick up times begin on January 5, 2021.

While all students are distance learning, if you are unable to make the assigned pick up day, you can pick up at any of the locations or times. Children do not need to be present to pick up meals. We hope that you will take advantage of the free meals to help stretch your household food budget and support the Nutritional Services Department. If you have any questions regarding meal pick please contact Renee Arbogast at 763-502-5022.

Winter Meal Program

Winter Meal Program

  • A number of locations throughout the Twin Cities will be offering free, non perishable meal bags
  • Available December-January
  • Click on this link, to view a map of where meals are available to be picked up
  • Pick up meal bags at the front desk, hours vary by location
  • You do not need to provide any contact information or be a member of the YMCA to participate
  • See this website for more details, link

January Lunch Bunch!

We love seeing our scholars enjoy some time together!

We will continue doing lunch bunches in January!

We have simplified the schedule:

KD-3rd Grade will have a weekly lunch bunch on WEDNESDAY'S at 12:35

4th Grade will have a weekly lunch bunch on WEDNESDAY's at 12:05

A link will be posted in Google Classrooms or Seesaw right before the meeting.

Students Connecting with Ms. Mathison

Virtual Office with Read Alouds

Click Here

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Job Postings!

Ever wanted to work in a school or work with school-aged children? Are you awesome at communicating with children and love being around them? If so, please consider applying for our ParaEducator positions. These are 32.5 hours a week, eligibile for full benefits and paid time off. In this position, you would have the same days off as students and be at work during the same hours as students. The pay ranges from $14.99-$16.71 an hour depending on previous para work experience. We currently have 5 positions open across the school district. Visit our website at https://www.applitrack.com/fridley/onlineapp/ to review the job duties and qualifications and apply today!

Thanks to Fridley Dairy Queen

We are so proud of our students who are attending school daily and doing all of their work. We have a perfect attendance monthly drawing for Dairy Queen treats. The Fridley DQ has also supported our monthly BINGO. Thank you, DQ!
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R.L. Stevenson Elementary

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