Meadowbrook News

October 28, 2022

From Mrs. Sawatzky

Good afternoon Meadowbrook,

It was so good to be back together this week! It was great to connect with so many of you last week during conferences. Thank you for taking an active role in your child's learning!

This week some of our students have been celebrating Diwali. Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists. The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. To our families celebrating, I hope you had a happy, safe, and blessed Diwali!

With Halloween on Monday, I feel inclined to remind you that we do not allow students to wear costumes at school. Thank you for understanding.

In partnership,


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eLearning & Equitable Internet Access

With Hopkins adopting eLearning due to inclement weather this winter, we want to make sure families have stable, available internet access at home. If your student would need assistance in having an internet connection at home to participate in eLearning Days, please contact Suzanne Pakenham at 952-988-5099 or and she will work with you to make sure an internet hotspot is available on eLearning Days.

Important: Open-Enrolled Families with Incoming Kindergartners!

Have an upcoming fall kindergartner? Even if you have students already enrolled in Hopkins Schools, you will need to submit an open enrollment form for your new kindergartner. Submit your Open Enrollment application by January 17, 2023, to be included in the first lottery. Find Open Enrollment forms online at Questions? Please email or call 952-988-4110.

Kindergarten Information Sessions

Kindergarten Information Session (for incoming kindergartners)

Thursday, Nov. 10, 6-7:30 p.m. at Hopkins High School (2400 Royals Drive, Minnetonka) Brief presentation at 6:45 p.m.

Meet each elementary principal, learn about our kindergarten curriculum and program offerings, talk to current students, and learn about Vision 2031 from our superintendent Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed. This event is designed for parents/caregivers and their upcoming kindergartners.

Register Online here.

Virtual Kindergarten Immersion Information Session

Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30-7 p.m. Online Event

Join Principals Eduardo Navidad and Melissa Ness on November 17 from 5:30-7 p.m. for an online information session focused on exploring kindergarten language immersion and answering all your immersion-related questions. All families interested in learning more about Juntos Spanish Immersion and XinXing Chinese Immersion at Alice Smith and Eisenhower Elementary are encouraged to attend!

Register Online here.

Community Service Night - November 18th

We are back together in person this year for Service Night! We’re looking forward to working on some fun and rewarding service projects together, and making a difference in our community!

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Service Projects/Stations in the Gym

We will have over 12 stations where families can sort, pack, create, and craft various things to give back to our community. We are asking for donations for our Diaper & Wipes drive, our Toiletries drive, as well as the Homeless Care Kits. Use this LINK to get more details.

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Dinner in the Cafeteria

Proceeds from dinner will be donated back into our school through the Meadowbrook Families Support Fund. The money raised will go to scholarships for Kids and Company, as well as grocery gift cards. If you would still like to donate, but won’t be able to come to dinner, please follow this LINK.

For more details check out the Service Night Blog here.

Service Night can’t happen without volunteers. We need around 30 people to help out on November 18th. Slots range from 45 mins- 1.5 hours long. Click here if you would like to be contacted once we have an official sign up created.

If you have any questions please contact Angela Johnson at

Good Morning Meadowbrook Oct 28 2022

Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes - November 3rd until 12 Noon

Students who would like a retake must bring their original portrait packet to the camera and return it to the photographer.

Supporting Gender Expansive Kids Parent and Caregiver Group

Are you the parent or caregiver of a child who transcends traditional binary gender roles? Hopkins Schools offers a supportive, ongoing group for parents and caregivers to ask questions, share ideas, and support one another. Click here for more information.

Hopkins Spirit Wear

Spirit Store Hours: On days the High School is in session Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Saturday Pop Up at the Spirit Shop: November 5th 10:00am - 2:00pm

Order Online: Visit our store website at We offer convenient pick up options, ordering gear has never been so easy!

Shopping Appointment/Letter Jacket: Visit us during shop hours or fill out the following form to request an appointment

Special Orders/Fundraising: We can help with your group’s special order needs. Follow the link to find out more information about special orders/fundraising.

Contact Julie with any questions at

Meadowbrook PTO

Please visit our website for all things PTO!

Restaurant Night

  • November 10 between 4:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Rōti at 1620 Park Place Blvd in St. Louis Park
  • Order online at and use promo code at checkout rotigivesback100
  • Order in person and mention the fundraiser for Meadowbrook Elementary
  • 25% of the proceeds will be donated to Meadowbrook Elementary School PTO!


If you would like to be a room parent in your child’s class or help in a variety of other ways this school year, let us know! Complete the volunteer interest form here:

Online Directory

To connect with other families at Meadowbrook, please register with our Meadowbrook Online Directory. *Please note this is different from the forms you completed for your teachers! This directory will allow you to search for other MB families, and for others to find your information if you choose.

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

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Important Calendar Dates

November 3: School Picture Retakes 9:30am-12:00pm

November 8: No School: Staff Professional Development

November 11: Restaurant Night 4pm-8pm @ Roti

November 15: PTO Meeting 7pm

November 18: Community Service Night 5:30pm-7:30pm

November 23-25: No School - Thanksgiving Break

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.