Hamline Family Newsletter

October 5, 2021

A Note from Principal Reilly

On September 24th, in partnership with the Tree Trust Program, all students from PreK-fifth grade, had the opportunity to give back to the land we learn on. Students planted trees and shrubs, carried wood chips and buckets of water to help in beautifying our outdoor space. It was a great event that all should be proud of. One student, who needed to take a break, sat on the benches in the new outdoor learning space, breathed, looked up at the sky and said, "I like this place." Sometimes the little things are the biggest things.

Speaking of the land we learn on, this month we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day which recognizes that Native people are the first inhabitants of the Americas, including the lands that later became the United States of America. It urges Americans to rethink history. Indigenous Peoples Day honors and celebrates Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures.

Just a reminder, please try to send masks with your children to school so that they are coming in to school with a mask on. We do have extra masks for students who forget theirs, but we need your help in sending masks with your children. WE appreciate your support.

Happy October!

Principal Reilly

Extended Day for Learning(EDL): Looking for after school enrichment?

EDL will begin on October 25th on Mondays and Wednesdays and will run from 2:00-4:00. For fourth and fifth graders we will have a STEM/Social Justice class run by Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center. We will also have Lego League for interested fourth and fifth grade students. For the younger students there will be a variety of activities to extend and enrich learning. If your child needs reading tutoring we also have Reading Partner volunteers here to work one on one.

Please check your children's backpacks for the EDL registration sheet. You will have to choose an option for transportation. Due to the bus driver shortage we don't have bussing right now so if you want your child/children involved in EDL you would have to pick up at 4:00. We are hoping to get bussing in near future. Please mark on the back side of form to let us know about transportation plan.

PreK Fall Family Day on Oct. 7th

If you have a PreK student enrolled at Hamline, please consider joining us on Thursday, Oct. 7th from 7:30-9:00am.

You can:

  • See a typical day in the classroom.
  • Get to know one another
  • Talk about ways to help children enter and move through school.
Please let us know if you can attend by clicking on this link https://tinyurl.com/ygrw7yeh

Hamline Community Meeting

On Thursday, October 14th at 5:00, we will hold a virtual Community Meeting to talk about Title 1 Federal funding and how it is spent at Hamline, as well as other updates. We will also spend time on your ideas, questions or thoughts. Here is the link if you are interested in joining.


Policies Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment or Violence

Everyone in the Saint Paul Public School District has a right to feel respected and safe. Our policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment and violence are intended to maintain a respectful learning and work environment that is free of discrimination, harassment and violence based on a person’s race, creed, sex, marital status, national origin, age, color, religion, ancestry, status with respect to public assistance, familial status, sexual or affectional orientation, gender identity and expression, or disability.

A person who harasses or is violent toward someone could be a student or an adult. Harassment may include the following when based on a person’s race, creed, sex, marital status, national origin, age, color, religion, ancestry, status with respect to public assistance, familial status, sexual or affectional orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.

  • Name calling
  • jokes or rumors
  • Pulling on clothing
  • Unwelcome touching of a person or the person’s clothing
  • Graffiti
  • Notes or cartoons
  • Offensive or graphic posters or book covers
  • Bullying that rises to the level of a hostile environment
  • Any words or actions that make you or someone else feel uncomfortable

At Hamline we are taking a proactive approach to this and are currently teaching students about what hate speech is and what our immediate response will be when or if it is used. Please encourage your children to report it if they witness hate speech or are a victim of it. We all must work together to create a safe and respectful learning community.

A Note from Annette Nelson our School Counselor

I cannot believe it's already October. The year is off to such a fantastic start! Your students are settling into school well and I have enjoyed meeting each and every one of them.

With the new month, we are starting a school-wide incentive program! This months theme is Collaboration - working together toward a common goal. Over the month, your student(s) will be learning what it looks like, sounds like and feels like to have collaboration in our school and classroom communities. We encourage you to incorporate this definition at home as well, so our students start to fully understand the importance of collaboration in different settings.

Students and classrooms will be working toward the common goal of earning collaboration tokens to fill up a 5 gallon bucket! Once the bucket is filled, we will have an all school celebration!

Thank you for helping us cultivate a collaborative community for your students. As always, if you need any extra support with the education of your student, I can be reached at 651-744-8220, annette.nelson@spps.org

Emergency Operations Plan

Hamline's Emergency Operations Plan has been updated and we want to assure you that we are prepared to act in case of an emergency. Emergency planning is vital to the protection of our students, staff and visitors. The purpose of this Emergency Operations Plan is to provide guidelines for coping with various crisis events that could occur, and to assign responsibilities for handling them effectively.


The Emergency Operations Plan has four primary objectives:

  • To save lives and avoid injuries

  • To promote a fast, effective response in coping with emergencies

  • To safeguard school property and records

  • To restore conditions back to normal as promptly and as effectively as possible

October Drill Dates:(Students will be told five minutes prior to a drill to ease fear)

October 6th: Fire Drill

October 15th: Lockdown Drill

October 20th: Fire Drill

Meal Boxes Available for students who miss school due to quarantine.

A Note from Lynnette Medcalf our School Social Worker

Hello Hamline Huskies! After a couple of years of not being able to do many things due to the pandemic, we are grateful to partner with Every Meal (formerly The Sheridan Story) again. Every Meal is a nonprofit organization with a mission to fight child hunger through community and school partnerships by providing kids/families with wholesome food as they focus on growth and achievement. There are no qualifications for enrollment, no information will be collected, and your privacy is protected.

If you are interested in signing up, please complete the electronic enrollment form by clicking the link below. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 651-744-5588 or lynnette.medcalf@spps.org


Family Resource Corner

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is expanding the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program to pay water and sewer bills for Minnesotans who apply and qualify for energy assistance.

Key facts about Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program:

  • Homeowners and renters can qualify for energy assistance
  • Income eligibility is increased to 60% of median household income
  • Services include payments for current and past-due bills for water and wastewater utilities when disconnection is threatened, electric, gas, oil, biofuel and propane energy, emergency fuel delivery, repair/replacement of homeowners’ broken heating systems.
  • The application for the Energy Assistance Program is the same one to determine if a household will qualify for water bill assistance and for services in the Weatherization Assistance Program
To request an application, please click on the link below


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