Tiger Tales

January 2023

Stevenson Families,

I hope you had a wonderful holiday break. 2023 will bring great things. This may sound silly, but we are excited for winter FASTbridge testing. This is an assessment tool we use to measure academic growth and this is the first year we have not had learning interrupted due to COVID. During the weeks of Jan 9 and Jan 16, students will take a reading and math assessment. Classroom teachers can share more details. We will share each child's growth at conferences in February.

Our scholars are doing amazing work at school. Just before break we had Penguin Day in 2nd grade and our Kindergarten students finished their Gingerbread Man unit along with the help of their 4th grade buddies. Students are also engaging in learning in our STEAM lab.

Thank you for partnering with us and entrusting us with your children.


Veronica Mathison

Stevenson Elementary Principal



January 3rd!

What better way to come back from Winter Break than to stay in our pajamas the first day! January 3rd will be our rescheduled Pajama Day and 1/2 day of play! Please have your student bring a non-electronic item to play with in the classroom!
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January Dates

  • January 3rd-Students return to school (Pajama Day & 1/2 Day of Play)
  • January 12-RLS PTO Meeting 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • January 16-MLK Day, No School for Students
  • January 25-RLS BINGO
  • January 26-27 No School For Students
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.

PTO Update

At Decembers PTO meeting we had 4th grade teacher Ms. Skarolid join us to let us know how the 4th graders were doing so far this year and how excited they were to meet their Kindergarten buddies! Then we talked to Ms. Je’Naya about those Kindergarten buddies and adding the gingerbread men project back into our standing budget after it being on hiatus for a few years.

We were also able to coordinate volunteers for the butterbraid pick up (and could use a few more) and a few details of the upcoming Bingo night!

PTO runs on the energy of our parents and guardians so please join us for the next meeting January 12th at 5:00 PM at the School. We have been able to do so many great things this year and want to keep that momentum going.

Amber D

PTO President

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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.

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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!


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.

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

Thank you to all students who have been eating breakfast and lunch with us. It has been our pleasure to serve you. We are looking for menu feedback from our families and students. If you have menu suggestions, please contact Katie Joyce at 763-502-5028 or katherine.joyce@fridley.k12.mn.us . During January students will have some Minnesota grown greens from Revol in Medford, Minnesota. Please watch the menu for those days. We will also be celebrating Chinese New Year; Tuesday January 24. We will be serving an Asian Noodle Bowl at all schools that day.

Please remember to check your student's lunch account for purchases and adding lunch money to their account. If your child is bringing a cold lunch and would like a milk, remember the milk is not free even if your child is approved for free/reduced priced meals. Money can be added via the Campus Parent Portal using a credit or debit card. Check or cash can be added by turning money into your school's front office.

If your income has changed, remember that the Application for Educational Benefits can be completed at any time during the school year. The application can be found on the Nutritional Services webpage at https://www.fridleyschools.org/about-us/departments/nutritional-services/meal-applications If you have any questions regarding the Application for Educational Benefits, please contact Kathy Backstrom at 763-502-5021

January menus are posted on the Nutritional Services website. You can find a monthly pdf to print or you can see the interactive Titan menu. Please note, menus are subject to change due to supply chain issues and product availability.

Meal Applications - Fridley Public Schools

APPLICATION FOR EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS (also known as Free & Reduced Meals Application) FAQs. 1) Who can get free school meals? Children in households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and foster, homeless, migrant and runaway children can get free school ...


R.L. Stevenson Elementary

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