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Hamilton Ridge News & Events November 2021

A Note from Mrs. Z

Dear Hamilton Ridge Families,

I am incredibly proud of our students and how well they have adapted to the routine of school. In the early weeks of school, we emphasized getting to know our students, building relationships, and nurturing classroom and school community. We continue to develop these areas, but now students are well into the rigor of academic grade level standards, learning and growing every day. They are working hard!

As we round out the first quarter of the school year, the staff and I want to thank you for your amazing support. Many of us are parents also, and we know the heavy lifting you are doing each day. We look forward to seeing you at conferences on November 16, 18, or 22.

Have a great month!


Karen Zwolenski, Principal

Final Technology Video

Technology For Our Schools

On November 2, 2021, Prior Lake-Savage Area School (PLSAS) district residents will be asked to vote on a Technology Levy funding request for our schools.

Funds would help provide our students and staff with the tools, technology infrastructure and support they need to maximize classroom learning and enhance school safety and security.

Please follow this link to learn more and be sure to vote on November 2.

Hamilton Ridge PTC Update

Greetings HRE families!

  • A huge THANK YOU to all the families, friends and neighbors who have donated to our Direct Donation Drive so far! BREAKING NEWS: we've extended the drive for a few more days. Instead of ending on Oct. 31, we're taking donations until Nov. 3! A few more days could make a big difference. Remember that classrooms who have 50% registered earn a PJ Day. So far, the entire school has earned music at lunch for a whole week AND a teacher swap! The next milestone to hit is $20,000 for a "Treat Yourself!" snack day. Let's do this!
  • Please attend our November PTC meeting. A bit different this month -- due to Election Day, our meeting will take place Monday, Nov. 1, at 6:30. We'll meet inside the doors in the cafeteria!
  • If you didn't see, thanks to the DOGS for building an awesome outdoor easel and a few sets of cornhole! What a great team! (pics below).
  • Our next HRE Restaurant night is November 9th at the SHAKOPEE Chipotle. While you enjoy your burrito, know that 33% of your order comes back to the school! If online ordering, use the promo code BY79E3J to ensure your order goes toward the school!
  • As we look ahead to holiday time, please consider purchasing spirit gear from our school store. HRE gets a portion of the proceeds from each purchase!

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner! If you haven't already done so, please follow the link to PTCFast to sign up for a conference with your child's teacher. All conferences will be scheduled as in-person meetings. Please let the teacher know if a Google Meet or phone call is your preference. Be sure to contact your teacher directly should you not be able to participate in your scheduled conference.

Conference Dates/Times for Grades K-5:

Tuesday, November 16 - 4:15-6:15 p.m.
Thursday, November 18 - 4:15-8:15 p.m.
Monday, November 22 - 4:15-8:15 p.m.

Picture Retake Day is November 9

Students who were absent on picture day or are not satisfied with their original pictures have the option to get a retake. Pictures/proofs from Fall Picture Day should be arriving by the end of next week. If the shipment from Strawbridge is delayed, Picture Retake Day will be rescheduled. More information to come.

2021-2022 School Celebrations

Throughout the school year, Hamilton Ridge along with all PLSAS elementary schools will celebrate student learning, the seasons, ESTEM, and special school events. While we do not hold one hour classroom parties for Halloween, Winter Holiday and Valentine's Day, we provide a variety of celebrations and special events.

This fall we celebrated Homecoming Week and had School Spirit Week with a couple of special dress up opportunities. We will celebrate the seasons with outdoor and ESTEM activities throughout the school year. We plan to have Kindness Week and I Love to Read Month activities throughout February and March. We hold All School Meetings where we celebrate birthdays and student learning.

Other events and dress up days (such as hat or PJ day) will be communicated by your child's teacher or through the school office. Additionally, teachers will hold special celebrations of learning, depending on the grade level learning outcomes. We will honor and respect family traditions and holidays and invite students to share their traditions during morning meetings, conversations, and share & tell activities. We look forward continuing our year of learning and celebrating students!

Important Health Office Information from Nurse Tiffany

Hello Parents! We are off to an awesome start to the 21-22 school year. It is so good to see all of the kids again.

Reminders regarding the Health Office:


  • We are not requiring students to have a Covid-19 test after being ill prior to returning to school.
  • If you choose to have your student or a household member tested and if the result is positive please contact the Health Office at 952-461-7806 or email for return dates. A copy of test results is not required.


  • If your student has received a medical restriction from a doctor (due to injury, etc.) please fax or email the restriction to the nurse. Email is listed above, the fax is 952-461-7849. The restriction must be signed by the doctor/provider in order to make accommodations (sitting out of gym, using crutches/boot etc.).
  • Parent notes are accepted but only good for 1 day, then sufficient documentation will need to be provided by the doctor/provider.

General Illness:

  • The Health Office is tracking Influenza like illness along with communicable diseases. Please continue to list symptoms on the attendance line when calling in for your student. You may also receive a phone call from the nurse or front office to gather more information.
  • If your student has a fever (100 degrees or higher), diarrhea, or vomiting they will need to remain home until they are symptom free for 24 hours without symptom reducing medication.
  • General medical questions/concerns should be directed to the building nurse.


  • Just a reminder to please send in any emergency medications that your child might need at school (epi pen, inhaler, etc.). The medication order/action plan and parent authorization must be completed each year in order for me to administer the medication. There are no exceptions to this policy.
  • All medications must be submitted in the original, fully-labeled container/bottle.


  • The Health Office is in need of clothes and tennis shoes. If you have recently cleaned out your students closet and would like to donate, we are in need of gently worn pants (sweatpants/leggings - all sizes) and tennis shoes (sizes 9-3). These come in handy when students spill/have an accident or forget when it is a gym day.
  • If your student was sent home in an extra pair of clothes, please wash and return to the Health Office when able.

Thank you for all you do and for sharing your amazing children with us!

Legacy Book Club

Dear Hamilton Ridge Families,

Hamilton Ridge is offering an option for families to purchase books in honor of students and help our library grow! It is called Legacy Book Club. This is a positive way for your child to give a unique gift to all students at Hamilton Ridge.

If your family chooses to purchase a book to donate to the Hamilton Ridge Media Center, we will place a book plate in the book with your child's name, and he or she will be the first student to check out the new book. Click the button below for more details.

Thank you,

Amy Schwingler

Legacy Book Club

Click Here to Learn More

Para Professionals/Child Nutrition Services/Maintenance/Health Services Employment Opportunities

Our school district seeks qualified applicants who are innovative, enthusiastic, and looking for the opportunity to make a difference for our students and community.

We are known for our environmental education programming, high-quality teaching and support staff and for meeting the individual learning and social/emotional needs of students.

For a description of Prior Lake-Savage Area School District process and access to our online job postings and application, please follow the link. Apply today.

Mark Your Calendar

  • November 9 Fall Picture Retake Day
  • November 12 No School; Grading Day
  • November 16, 18 & 22 Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 24 - 26 No School; Thanksgiving Break
  • December 23 - January 2, 2022 No School - Winter Break
  • January 3 Classes Resume
  • January 12 2-Hour Early Release
  • January 17 No School; Martin Luther King Day
  • January 28 No School; Grading Day
  • February 21 No School; President's Day

Contact Us

Student School Hours 9:20 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Main Office Hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Attendance Line 952-461-7801

Main Office 952-461-7800

Fax Number 952-461-7849

Health Office 952-461-7806, Tiffany St. Michaels, LPN

Karen Zwolenski, Principal

Lindsay Comstock, Dean of Students

Kirsten Schoeller, Administrative Assistant

Beverley Null, Administrative Assistant (attendance)

Andrea Carin, Social Worker

IT Help Desk 952-226-0048 or

District Transportation 952-226-0050 or

Prior Lake Bus Company (after hours) 952-440-1166