Tiger Tales

March 2023

Stevenson Families,

We had almost 90% of families attending conferences! Thank you for your partnership. We enjoyed connecting and celebrating our scholars as well as setting goals. We also appreciate your support with the e-learning days. Attendance online was over 80%.

This month is College and Career Readiness month. There will be school broadcasts, guest speakers, lessons, and a dress up day!


Veronica Mathison

Stevenson Elementary Principal



March Dates

  • March 7-Kindergarten Round Up 6:30-7:30 (For incoming 2023-24 kindergartners)
  • March 16th-RLS PTO Meeting 5:00 p.m.
  • March 29th- Career Dress-Up Day
  • March 31st-April 9th Spring Break (Teachers work March 31.)

We have two open positions!

  • Position is 10:45 am to 1:45 pm daily
  • Lunchroom/recess supervisor
  • Be part of our school community

College and Career Month!

Stevenson students will spend the month of March dreaming about their futures! Each year, we celebrate College and Career month with lessons from the counselor, dress up days and more!

This year, we will be hosting our first ever in person Career Day!

We are looking for adults to share information about their job with students on March 24th at 2:45. If you are interested, please fill out this form and we will contact you with more information!

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BINGO Winners! Principal for a Day

Storybook Character Day!

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School Bus Safety Poster Contest Voting

Please view our School Bus safety posters and vote on your favorite!

View here!

Vote here!

Stevenson Scholars of the Week

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Stevenson Star Students Integrity Ticket Winners

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PTO Update

Hi All!

At this month's PTO meeting, we heard from Teachers Ms. Park and Ms. Lora who updated us on what was going on in the Specialist classrooms. They then gave us a sneak peek into the NEW and Improved Festival of Nations. The PTO is proud to partner with our teachers for this awesome upcoming event.

We also had a report from Principal Mathison talking about this month's and next month's upcoming events as well as the FAST test scores. Reading scores growth is above normal and Math has many scores above normal but also showed us where some intervention was needed.

We were also able to do a few various funding requests (including welcome bags for next year's Kindergarteners!) and then we started in on Carnival details including creating a list of basket raffle themes for our classrooms to vote on.

Our next meeting is March 16th at 5:00 PM at the school, please join us, we would love to have you there!

Amber DeYoung

PTO President
RL Stevenson Elementary

General Information in All Newsletters

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.


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.


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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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.

Stevenson is an International Peace Site

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Nutritional Services

Nutritional Services is seeing an increase in the number of students who have a negative lunch balance. Please check your student's lunch balance using the Campus Parent Portal. Money can be deposited online using your Parent Campus Portal via credit card or echeck. Cash can also be turned into Kathy Backstrom in the High School Office. If you are having trouble paying for your student's meals, please complete the Application for Educational Benefits to see if you qualify for free or reduced priced meals. Applications can be completed at any time during the school year. If approved, you are still responsible for the outstanding debit. The Application for Educational Benefits can be found at https://www.fridleyschools.org/about-us/departments/nutritional-services/meal-applications If you have any questions about the application, please contact Kathy Backstrom at 763-502-5021.

Nutritional Services is continuing to offer new menu items and taste testing new recipes. Please check out the menu for our daily options. If you have any feedback about the menus, please contact me at renee.arbogast@fridley.k12.mn.us We look forward to seeing your students in the cafe.

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!