Hayes Highlights

November 2022


November is upon us and we have many wonderful things happening! We are so thrilled to have our STEAM lab open, see all our information below to learn about this exciting addition to our school!

Please join us for our upcoming Better Together family meeting, RSVP to our office at 763-502-5204 for school age child care.

In partnership,

Gaeli Iverson

Looking ahead...

Nov. 11-7 & 11-8 - NO SCHOOL

Nov. 11th - Spirit Day - red, white and blue day

Nov. 14th - Hayes Better Together Family Meeting - 5 PM

Nov. 24th & 25th - NO SCHOOL

Nov. 29th - Hayes Picture Retake Day


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Tower Talk - We are reflective!


Introducing our new STEAM lab!

This year, we have modified our Specialist schedule to an every/other week rotation of Media & SEL instruction and on the alternating weeks, scholars enjoy an hour-long Media Workshop! This accomplishes two great goals we've had to provide additional, proactive SEL teaching to our scholars AND create a STEM space for scholars to learn through exploration and innovation. As an PYP school, this model of teaching also gives us the perfect opportunity to teach the IB Approaches to Learning (or ATLs).

These important skills help us all grow as life-long learners in, and beyond, the classroom!


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In last month's newsletter, teachers requested classroom items they were in great need of and our Tower came through!

Thank you to Frances R.'s grandparents for the wonderful donations!

Do you have a connection that could possibly help our school community? We are looking for plastic pocket folders! Please call our office at 763 502 5204 if you can help with this request!



We have started to notice an increase in the one chip challenge and want you to be aware of the possible dangers. There is a high dose of capsaicin in the chips and may lead to health issues, such as, possible heart issues, heart attack, excessive vomiting, damage to the lining of the intestine and stomach, or pain and discomfort that may last for days. Please see a provider if you notice any of these signs or symptoms. Below is a link with more information on the one chip challenge.


With seasonal flu, RSV, and other respiratory illnesses on the rise, remember to keep your student's home when they have a fever of 100 degrees or higher, are throwing up, have diarrhea, or are generally not feeling well. Please teach your kids how and when to wash hands with soap and water, cover their cough, and how and when to use hand sanitizer, to help decrease the spreading of germs.


Reminder: Vaccine available for children 5 to 11 years old

Governor Tim Walz announced that Minnesotans can schedule appointments for children ages 5-11 to receive an updated bivalent booster at state-run vaccination sites. The announcement follows updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that expanded the use of updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 through 11 years to protect them against newer Omicron variants.

Minnesota health care providers are ready to administer new COVID-19 booster shots for ages 5 and older that have been formulated to be more effective against the Omicron variants. Attached you will find high-level talking points on the Bivalent vaccine.

The Pfizer bivalent booster is now available for people 5 and older and the Moderna bivalent vaccine is now available for people 6 and older.Both products can be given as soon as two months after a primary vaccine series or booster vaccination. Children 5-11 receive a smaller dose than people age 12 and older. The bivalent vaccines are only recommended for use as a booster.

The updated COVID-19 boosters can both help restore protection that has decreased since previous vaccination and provide broader protection against newer variants. The COVID-19 vaccines and the updated booster are safe and help protect people from getting very sick with COVID-19. Even if you’ve already had COVID-19, you should get vaccinated.

State-Run Vaccination Sites

Vaccination will start this week at the state-run vaccination sites at Mall of America, Duluth, Moorhead, Rochester, and St. Paul. Parents can start making appointments now.

All state-run vaccination sites will offer the Pfizer bivalent boosters. Appointments are recommended but walk ins will be accepted.

Where to get a bivalent booster

  • There are several options for where to get a bivalent booster.
    • Check with your regular health care provider or local pharmacy to see if appointments are available.
    • Minnesotans can make appointments at the state-run vaccination sites now: State Run Sites
    • Use the state’s Find Vaccine Locations map to find vaccine providers near you—providers will update their information as appointments are available.
    • Check for vaccine appointments at Vaccines.gov, where you can search for appointments by vaccine type (e.g., Pfizer).
    • Watch for vaccination clinics being offered at other community locations around Minnesota.


Nutritional Services continues to purchase locally grown produce and preparing items from scratch. During November we will be celebrating Native American Month, by serving traditional Wojapi, Three Sisters Salad, Wild Rice Salad and Baked Squash. These Native American sides will be served at different times during the month, please watch the website and Nutritional Services Facebook page for additional information.

Starting November 1st, families will be able to see a monthly pdf version of the menu on the Nutritional Services website. We recognize that some families have been having trouble finding their school's menus on when using their phone. We are continuing to work with our software company to fix the issues. For the most up to date menu and allergy information please continue to use the Titan menus at https://www.fridleyschools.org/about-us/departments/nutritional-services


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Claim your lost & found items from Hayes!