Meadowbrook News

November 12, 2021

From Mrs. Sawatzky

Good afternoon Meadowbrook,

I don't always keep up with questions and concerns that are posted on Facebook, but I did take a look recently and thought I'd use this week to address some posts:

1. The Vaccination Clinic at North Junior High is tonight from 4:00pm-7:00pm. While our primary focus is vaccinating scholars aged 5-11, the entire school community is welcome. No appointment needed.

2. If your child is fully vaccinated (14 days after their second dose) and identified as a close contact, a quarantine from school is not required if they are not displaying any symptoms. As always, children with symptoms should stay at home.

3. We met with our noon hour supervisors this week to discuss active supervision and procedures for reporting issues that arise during recess. Please encourage your child to report issues of unkind behavior to any trusted adult at school.

While I recognize that Facebook is a convenient way to gather quick feedback, I encourage you to reach out to me or Mr. Lawson directly with questions and concerns. This ensures you receive an accurate and timely response.

In partnership,


P.S. Don't forget next Thursday, November 16 is a Late Start. School will begin at 11:30am.

Construction on Glenwood Avenue

The City of Golden Valley will be repairing a watermain break on Monday November 15th starting at 8:30 AM. Eastbound Glenwood Avenue will be closed for the day between Jersey Avenue and Edgewood Avenue.

Meadowbrook Receives HEF Grant

Meadowbrook was recently awarded $6,000 from the Hopkins Education Foundation (HEF) to fund play based learning as part of our Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Children at Meadowbrook have been practicing creative problem solving and critical thinking as part of our Schoolwide Enrichment for many years. Play based learning will allow children to apply their own creative strengths to cultivate their problem solving abilities. Thank you Mrs. Hetland, and Mrs. Roller for being innovative and transformative and thank you HEF for supporting us!
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Panorama Social Emotional Learning Survey

We will be asking for your child to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey they will be completing at school. The survey shouldn’t take more than 20-30 minutes to complete.

The survey will ask students to self-reflect on seven social and emotional competencies aligned with the district strategic plan: sense of belonging, rigorous expectations, growth mindset, social awareness, emotion regulation, positive feelings, and challenging feelings. In addition, students in grades 6-12 will be responding to survey questions that address the school's supports that promote inclusion and equity.

We are asking that all of our students participate in the surveys, as their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our district to their needs. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether. The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential. We are partnering with a third-party vendor to support us in administering these surveys.

If you have any questions about the SEL survey or would like information about opting out, please don’t hesitate to contact Keshan Singh at 952-988-4290 or


School is in full swing and we are hard at work on your child’s 2022 Yearbook. We can’t wait for you to see this year’s book! Don’t put it off, order now at the link below.

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Hopkins Public Schools is Hiring!

If you or someone you know would like to be a part of an inclusive school community on a mission to transform what education looks like — we need you! We currently have positions open in transportation, nutrition, event coordination, marketing and communications, teaching, early childhood, special education and more. Ready to get started? View our Careers page.

For additional information about paraprofessional support jobs in special education, please email Heidi Wilhelm at or call the Special Services Department at (952) 988-4044.

Guest Teachers Desperately Needed

The nation-wide substitute teacher shortage is also impacting Hopkins Public Schools. We are looking for Guest Teachers to help us when our Hopkins Teachers are absent. It is very easy to become a Guest Teacher.

All that is needed is a college degree and a Substitute Teaching License obtained through the Minnesota Department of Education and is very easy to get. Guest Teachers work up to 8 hours per day and we pay $165 per day. Our Human Resources department will help you obtain a Substitute Teaching License if you are interested in serving in this capacity.

We really need you! If interested in working with our amazing students in this role, please contact our Human Resources department at 952-988-4000.

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The Meadowbrook PTO has a new website, check it out! This is where you can access the online directory and so much more!

Room Parents Needed

Are you interested in being a room parent this year?

Please let us know which teacher/class you would like to help by completing our form here:

Restaurant Nights

Restaurant Night Location: Chipotle

  • Tuesday, November 16, 12:00 noon-8pm (note extended time; starting earlier!)

  • 515 Winnetka Ave N. 55427

  • For online orders, use code "4FRE4KY"

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

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Caregiver Education Events

Lead by a Parent Educator, we will explore Sibling Relationships, Teaching Your Child To Speak Up for Themselves, Playful Parenting, Stress and Family Self Care in four events with our Kindergarten-Sixth grade Elementary Parents. All Events will be virtual meetings, and the Google Meet will be sent in your registration confirmation.

Stress and Family Self Care

Take an hour to reflect on how to create more mindful moments in your family's routine to decrease stress and promote more self care. Parenting and family life can be stressful. You will leave with new tools to bring more calm into your family life.

Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30-8:30pm VIRTUAL

To register for these events, use this link.

Eisenhower Community Center Job Fair

Hopkins Community Education is hosting a Job Fair on November 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eisenhower Community Center (1001 Hwy. 7, Hopkins). Whether you are an employer or a job-seeker, we invite you to come. More information on which employers will have booths at the fair is forthcoming. Learn more here.

Employers if you would like to have a table at the fair, please contact Chantele Burgess:

Registration for Fall Programs

Registration for Community Education fall programs is now open! Pre-season wrestling, after school art classes, Home Alone Safety classes, chess club, online classes and many more offerings are available. Register online at

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COVID-19 Updates

Please remember to have your child complete a daily health screening before attending school. It is very important that you keep your child home if they are experiencing any signs of illness.Thank you for helping us keep our schools operating as normal as possible!You can find updates and information related to our school’s safety plan on our COVID Hub.

Important Vaccination Information -- Clinics Coming Soon

Last week, the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for ages 5-11. Final CDC approval occurred this week.

Hopkins Public Schools will host a pair of vaccination clinics. We will hold the first clinic on November 12, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and the second clinic three weeks later on December 3, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. We are in need of medical volunteers for our clinics. You can learn how to volunteer on our website.

Both clinics will take place at the North Junior High Athletic Structure. While our primary focus is vaccinating scholars aged 5-11, the entire school community is welcome. No appointment needed. You can access more information about the clinics at the flyer below or on our Healthy in Hopkins webpage.

Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing for Hopkins Scholars

Hopkins Schools will continue to offer weekly COVID-19 testing for all scholars. Through grant funds, we purchased more test kits and will continue our testing program throughout the rest of the school year. In addition, families who would like test kits may order free home testing kits through the MN Department of Health at any time.

COVID-19 Dashboard is now live
Hopkins Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard remains live on our website. The dashboard shares the virus transmission rate in our community and the number of positive cases and quarantines among staff and students. The dashboard will be updated Fridays at noon.

More Vaccination Information

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is safe and easy. Everyone in your family aged 5 or older is eligible for vaccination. Many healthcare providers and retailers with pharmacies now provide vaccinations. They include CVS, Cub Foods, Hy-Vee, Target / CVS, Thrifty White Pharmacy, Walgreens, and Walmart / Sam’s Club. For more information, please visit this MDH website.

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Meal Benefits Applications

All student meals are free for the 2021-22 school year. However, you can help our district qualify for important federal and state financial resources to support education by submitting a meal benefits application for your family. Please complete the 2021-22 Free Meal Application for Educational Benefits form.

Paper copies can be filled out and returned to the Meadowbrook office.

Questions? Contact the Student Nutrition Office:

Email or call 952-988-4060

Important Calendar Dates

November 12: Vaccination Clinic at North Junior High 4:00pm-7:00pm

November 16: Restaurant Night: Chipotle 12:00pm-8:00pm

November 18: Late Start - School begins at 11:30am

November 24-26: No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 3: Vaccination Clinic at North Junior High 4:00pm-7:00pm

December 9: Late Start - School begins at 11:30am

December 20-31: No school - Winter Break

January 3: School Resumes

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.