Tiger Tales

December 2022

Stevenson Families,

In November, our scholars celebrated Native American Heritage month. Please read about our culminating assembly below. Our students participated in a dance and learned about Native American traditions.

It is winter! Please send students to school with winter gear. If you are in need of winter clothing, please reach out to Cait Ostman at 763-502-5310. Outdoor play is so important with less daylight. We do go outside if it is above zero degrees with a windchill. Doors in the morning do not open until 8:55 am so please wait to drop off students until arrival begins.

Our scholars are doing amazing work here at school. Please see the tips below for staying healthy. School attendance is so important. If your child is ill, please keep them home so they can rest and return to school as quickly as possible.


Veronica Mathison

Stevenson Elementary Principal



Native American Heritage Assembly

Stevenson Elementary welcomed Madge and Afton to our school to close our celebration of Native American Heritage month. Our scholars were able to learn about cultural artifacts and got the chance to do a round dance. Migwech, thank you for spending time with our students and staff.


  • December 6-Butterbraid orders are due
  • December 8-PTO Meeting 5 p.m.
  • December 20-Butterbraid pickup
  • December 23-Jan 2-Winter Break (No School)
School Closing Information

Weather-Related Closures: Depending on the timing, the district will determine if we will have a snow day (no instruction) or e-learning (students learn from home). If we declare an e-learning day, you will receive instructions from your school.

Warm Hands, Green Hearts

Every year, Warm Hands, Green Hearts makes mittens for our third graders. The mittens are all made out of recycled sweaters. They only ask that our scholars enjoy their mittens and pay at forward by doing something nice for someone!
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PTO Update

Last month we were able to chat with second grade teacher, Ms Beidelman. We heard what they were learning in second grade and were able to approve some funds for a field trip for them! Thanks to the huge success of our fun run (Thank You!!) and hopefully the upcoming success of the Butterbraid fundraiser. We were also able to get some much-needed software for the PTO and create a grant fund for some of the non-classroom teaching staff at Stevenson.

PTO is a great way to help out Stevenson without a huge time commitment. Please join us December 8th at 5 PM where you can help us wrap up the Butterbraid fundraiser and vote on where else we get to spend our funds.

See you there and bring a friend!

Butterbraids sale is on!

We are in the midst of our Butterbraids sale! All orders are due on December 6th! See below for the prize list!
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Stevenson Spiritwear!

Order your Stevenson Spiritwear today for delivery before Winter Break! Store closes 12/9!


If your child receives bussing from outside of the Fridley school district it is through a program called NW Suburban. This policy dictates that if the student's service district or magnet school is closed, CSTrans-MN will not provide transportation to the school or any other location on that day. This means if your home district closes for weather you will not receive bussing to Fridley on that day.

Tips to help students and staff stay healthy

The exponential rise in children’s respiratory illnesses resulting in hospitalizations from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza (flu) and influenza-like-illnesses (ILI) has placed an unprecedented strain on our hospitals and emergency departments (EDs).

As a result of this increase, Minnesota hospitals are receiving an overwhelming number of parents and guardians requesting notes from hospital staff, specifically in EDs. The increase in requests for these notes has placed an additional burden on an already strained system. If your district policy necessitates notes from medical providers for student absences, please consider asking parents to request these notes from a healthcare provider instead of going to the ED to get a note.

We continue to encourage school districts to promote basic public health measures including handwashing, covering your cough, staying home if sick, and promoting vaccination. Thank you for your continued leadership to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for students and staff.

Click Here for Stevenson Facebook Page

Please like our page and watch for posts celebrating our school and your children.

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  • School doors open at 8:55 am. Please do not drop students off early as there is no supervision. Thank you!

  • Please refrain from using cell phones in the drop-off and pick-up lanes to keep everyone safe and the line moving.

Stevenson Star Students!

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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.
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General Information in Every Newsletter Below

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RLS is again partnering with Every Meal in a FREE weekend food program. This program is open to everyone and you can opt out at any time. Please fill out the Every Meal Form or use the QR code below. You can also contact our school social worker, Cait Ostman, at 763.502.5310 or caitlin.ostman@fridley.k12.mn.us if you are interested or if you have any questions.


We want to have a happy and healthy learning environment for our students. With the increasing concerns of illness prevention for both students and staff, please DO NOT send your child if he or she:

· Has a fever of 100 degrees or more during the previous evening, night or in the morning. Remain home until free of fever for 24 hours without medication

· **Has vomited, had diarrhea during the night or in the morning. Needs to stay home for 24 hours after last episode

· **Has a rash that may be caused by a disease, or if the cause is unknown, check with your family physician before coming to school to make sure not contagious

· **Has eyes that are red and have drainage and/or crusty eye lashes in the morning

· Persistent cough

· Thick, continuous nasal drainage

· Open, draining sores if not able to keep covered

· Live head lice. May come to school after treatment

Remember, children with an infectious illness are contagious before symptoms appear and they can also spread the illness when they are in contact with others in the family or community, not just at school. Always encourage good hand washing and covering your cough or sneeze as well as healthy habits of good nutrition, adequate sleep and exercise.

Please know that your child’s teacher can be available via phone and/or email during a time of prolonged illness.

Thank you for your help towards greater health!

Fridley School District

School Hours for 2022-2023

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.

School Calendar

See the Full District Calender: here

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Strengthen Our Community by Volunteering!

What better way to get to know your school than to volunteer!

There are always opportunities at Stevenson with field trips, classroom teacher projects, Parent Teacher Organization, and school events to help our school.

All Volunteers must fill out the volunteer application and clear a background check through human resources. All information is confidential and at no cost to our volunteers.

We highly suggest adults complete the volunteer process at the beginning of the year to be ready at a moments notice for any event!

Please note-If you were approved and volunteered last year, you are clear to volunteer this year.


Winter Weather Reminders

The Fridley Transportation Department would like to share a few winter weather reminders with you

· Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the winter 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 Companies:

· Route #’s 10 – 37: First Student (Champlin location) 763-421-5785

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

· Halo Transportation (Vans) 763-432-6806 (FR) routes

Thank you and stay safe.

Fridley Transportation Department


Stevenson is an International Peace Site

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Nutritional Services

During December we will be purchasing and serving Minnesota grown Wild Rice. The wild rice will be cooked and seasoned by our teams and served to the students during lunch the week of December 12. We are continuing to serve Minnesota grown apples from a variety of orchards in December.

Monthly menus are posted in a pdf format on the Nutritional Services web page https://www.fridleyschools.org/about-us/departments/nutritional-services/lunch-breakfast-menus For the most up to date menu please see the weekly Titan interactive menu.

Lunch & Breakfast Menus - Fridley Public Schools

Lunch & Breakfast Menus - Fridley Public Schools


This is a reminder that lunches are not free to everyone this school year. Please check your student's lunch balance on the Campus Parent Portal. You can add lunch money using a credit card on the Campus Parent Ap or money can be sent to your child's teacher or the main office, but please include your child's name and lunch pin on the envelope. If your child qualifies for free/reduced priced meals, they can receive one breakfast and lunch at no charge. For student bringing a cold lunch that want to purchase a milk, there is a $0.55 charge for all students including free/reduced priced meals. If you have not completed the a 2022-23 Application for Educational Benefits, please complete to see if you qualify for free/reduced priced meals. The application can be completed at any time during the school year or when your income level changes. Applications are available in the main office or on the Campus Parent portal.

If you have any questions about the menu please contact Renee Arbogast at renee.arbogast@fridley.k12.mn.us

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!