Hayes Highlights

Back to School Edition August 2021

Welcome Back To School!

Hello Hayes Families!

We are excited to be welcoming our scholars back in person five days a week this school year! Our district wide theme is Returning through Relationships. With this, our plan at Hayes is to start our school year with a personal family connection! Our Open House/Classroom Orientation will take place in the same format as it did last year. Each family will have a one-to-one scheduled time slot with their child’s classroom teacher. This was a huge success with positive feedback from families last year, so we are thankful to be able to do this same type of Open House/ Classroom Orientation again. Please take a moment after the schedule goes live on Monday, August 16th, to sign up for a half hour connection block with your child’s teacher through MyConferenceTime.com. Plan on about 45 minutes of time in the building to enjoy some of the other activities planned for your scholar on your scheduled day.

Open House Orientation Days:

  • September 2nd from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • September 7th from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • September 8th from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Our wonderful staff is looking forward to seeing each of you through this connection. As always, your voice matters, and I am thankful for your partnership. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding Open House/Classroom Orientation.


Ms. Gaeli Iverson

Hayes Elementary Principal



We Are IB!

Hayes 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!

Open House Orientation

Open House Classroom Orientations

September 2nd, 7th and 8th

LIVE LINK will be available Monday, August 16th

Back to School Classroom Orientations will give opportunity for teachers and families to connect and get ready for a great year. Families will meet one-on-one with your child's teacher, learn details of the academic school year, receive important information and complete school forms. We are excited to share in this meaningful family connection to open our school year.

LIVE LINK available Monday, August 16th: CLICK HERE

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First Day of School!

First day of school for students will be Thursday, September 9th. The school day starts at 9:10 AM (arrival starting at 8:55 AM) and the school day ends at 3:45 PM. Please click HERE for Fridley's district calendar.

Hayes School Hours

Student Drop Off Begins at 8:55 AM

School Start Time: 9:10 AM

Free Breakfast (in classrooms) 8:55 AM - 9:10 AM

School Day End Time: 3:45 PM

School Supply List

Click on this link to get your school supply list.

Back To School Resource Fair!

Due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements to keep the community safe, the Fridley Public Schools Back to School Resource Fair will use a drive-through format this year. Backpacks with school supplies and community resources will be available for students. Please fill out the form here so we can plan for your child.

Only students enrolled in Fridley Public Schools can receive a backpack. Please enter information for yourself and your Fridley students. Please note that you will need to attend the drive through event in order to receive the backpack. This registration form is your ticket to enter the drive through event only.

You can enter up to 7 students’ names. For your child, or each one of your children, please enter your child’s name, your child’s grade for this fall, and the school your child will attend this fall. Fill out as many student boxes as you need and leave any extra student boxes that you don’t need blank (for example, if you only have two children, fill out information for your two children and leave the rest of the student boxes blank).


Wear a Mask to School

Proper mask wearing will be required for all Fridley Public Schools. Proper mask wearing keeps our scholars in school and avoids classroom quarantines.

Health and Safety

To keep students and staff as healthy and safe as possible, we will:

  • Wear masks on the bus and indoors at school
  • Have individuals sanitize hands throughout the day and prior to eating
  • Sanitize classrooms throughout the day
  • Building will be fully sanitized each evening


The 2021-22 School year is fast approaching; Transportation Department wants to make sure we are assigning all students on the school bus, if eligible for the first day of school. All students are required to sign up for transportation, to assure efficiency.

Any 2020-2021 transportation requests for home, alternate address, or daycare will be honored and maintained during the 2021-22 school year.

We have created just one form Click here to complete the Transportation Request Form.

In late August you will receive a message that the transportation information is set for the first day of school. Once you receive this notification, please log into your Parent/Student portal to access your information.

If you move, change phone number or email please let us know so we can update your new contact information.

Please call the Transportation Department if you have any questions of concerns (763) 502 5151

Nutritional Services Updates and Changes

Nutritional Services Information

Welcome back families and students. We are looking forward to having you back in the café for breakfast and lunch daily. We hope that your students enjoy our new menu items along with their favorite items.

Completion of Application for Educational Benefits

The school district mailed each household an Application for Educational Benefits in mid-July. If you did not receive one, they are available on the District Website at https://www.fridleyschools.org/about-us/departments/nutritional-services/meal-applications , can be completed online at https://fridleymn.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/fridley.jsp (you will need your Parent Portal username and password), by contacting Kathy Backstrom at 763-502-5021 or your School Main Office. An Application for Educational Benefits must be completed every year. If you received free/reduced priced meals last year a new application must be completed for the 2021-22 year and applications submitted prior to September 3, 2021 may be eligible for summer P-EBT benefits if approved for free/reduced price meals. If your income has changed due to job loss or change, please complete an application. These applications also help the district receive additional funding for support staff and teachers, so please complete the applications. When completing the application, please include all people living in the household including infants or young children, college students, and older adults who may be living with you.

Use of Bar Codes at Breakfast and Lunch

The district will be using bar codes to record student purchases in all schools. Elementary students will have a bar code on a lanyard that they will bring to lunch with them. Students will not be entering in their lunch pin on a key pad and it is important that all students have a bar code for the safety of the Nutritional Services staff.

USDA issues waiver for free breakfast and lunch for all students

The first full breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge to all students regardless if they have been approved for free or reduced priced meals. The meals will be free due to the USDA issued a waiver allowing school districts to provide free meals following the Seamless Summer Option.

Additional Milk or Milk for Cold Lunch

Students purchasing just a milk will be charged $0.55 and must have money in their lunch account. Students are not allowed to have negative lunch balances to purchase these items. Students who are bringing lunch from home or want an additional milk can purchase them for $0.55.

Online Meal Payments

To add money to your student’s meal account please go to Infinite Campus Parent Portal https://fridleymn.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/fridley.jsp Money can also be sent to school with your student if you choose to pay with cash or paper check. Please include your student’s name, teacher’s name and lunch pin on the envelope. . If you are having trouble accessing the parent portal please email Campus.Parenthelp@fridley.k12.mn.us or contact your School’s Main Office for someone to assist you.

Monthly Menus

Monthly student menus will be available on the Nutritional Services website at https://www.fridleyschools.org/about-us/departments/nutritional-services/lunch-breakfast-menus. Our menus will look different this year, we will continue to purchase locally grown produce, provide student favorites, and school prepared meals. We are continuing to return to more school prepared meals. We are committed to providing your children with health meal options for them to be successful in the classroom.

Menu Options

We will continue to use more individually wrapped items and pre-portioned items for our students. Students will be allowed to take their own pre-portioned items from the fruit and vegetable bars. Condiments will be pre-portioned for their safety.

Food Allergies

If your student has a medically diagnosed food allergy or is lactose intolerant, please contact Sara Supplee RD, Nutrition Coordinator, at 763-502-5028 to discuss your child’s needs. There is some additional USDA forms that must be completed.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for Elementary Schools

Both Hayes and Stevenson Elementary Schools will participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program. This grant provides a fresh fruit or vegetable as a snack to students 3 days per week. We try to provide students with new and different fresh produce including papaya, mango, jicama and kohlrabi. Besides the snack, student receives some education about the produce. This grant program will start in September, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding Nutritional Services please contact Renee Arbogast at 763-502-5022 for assistance


Click HERE if you would like to volunteer at Hayes Elementary School!

We are so happy to be able to welcome volunteers back into the building this year! Fridley School District requires a background check for ALL volunteers, helping in and out of the school. You will need to complete an online background check, free of charge, before you volunteer or chaperone.

Under Categories click on Volunteer; fill out the Field trips/Classroom Volunteer section by clicking on Apply. Complete the form and be sure to submit it. You will receive an email with additional required steps to complete the background check process. Please contact Kristine Carlston in Human Resources at 763-502-5003 if you have questions on this process.

If you do not have access to a computer, please stop by the Hayes office for assistance. Feel free to call 763-502-5200 if you have any questions.


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