Hamline Family Newsletter

November 2-November 6

A Note From Principal Reilly

Hello Hamline Families,

As you may have heard, due to an increase in the number of Covid cases, the decision was made that we will not be moving to a hybrid model in November or December. The next date for a possible hybrid model, where students would be in the building two days a week, and at home doing distance learning three days per week, would be January 19th.

We are committed to continuing to partner with you and doing our best to provide support along this journey. We welcome feedback, both positive and ways to improve and grow in our work. Right now we have to remember that this is not about trying to be perfect, or being hard on ourselves. This is about staying connected with one another, asking for help when we need it, and knowing that we are stronger together, so lean on in. We are here.

P.S. Remember to vote on Tuesday, November 3rd! Every voice matters!

In Partnership,

Principal Kristin Reilly

A Note from Assistant Principal Ewald

Last week, we had our annual Title 1 meeting. If you were unable to attend, please click on the following link for the slideshow presentation. We would also like to hear any feedback you have regarding Title 1. Please fill out the following feedback form

Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns by email, text, or phone at:

Email: jennifer.ewald@spps.org

Office: 651-744-6055

Google Voice: ‪(612) 315-0791‬

Fall Conferences: A Time to Connect, Learn and Grow Together

Fall conferences will look a little different this year.

  • Our conferences will be held from November 16-November 25.
  • Your child's classroom teacher will reach out to schedule the day and time that works best for your family.
  • Please make sure to let your child's classroom teacher know if you need an interpreter.
  • All conferences will be held on a Google Meets.
  • Please use your child's iPad in order to access the Google Meet.

Distance Learning Resources

Please click on the following icons for more information.
Academic Support Center

The purpose of the SPPS Academic Support Center is to provide in-person academic and/or social-emotional learning support for Pre-K-12 grade students and their families during distance learning. The centers will provide academic support, not classroom instruction.

Please talk to your child's teacher if you would like more information.

Center Hours

Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.*
Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
*Closed non-school days

Center Locations*
Washington Technology Magnet
1495 Rice Street
Saint Paul, MN 55117

Student Competencies developed through Inquiry Based Learning

As we build our inquiry-based learning model at Hamline, we have identified five competencies that we want every student leaving Hamline with: Collaborators, Communicators, Problem Solvers, Creators, and Self and Community Aware. We believe these are the characteristics needed to prepare students for the 21st century.

"Our job is not to prepare students for something; Our job is to help students prepare themselves for anything."

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Please go to https://www.schoolcafe.com/spps to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. Having everyone complete the application is very important due to the fact that it determines how much educational funding our school receives. Even if you do not qualify for free and reduced lunch, we need 100% of families filling this form out.

Also, families must complete an application and qualify for free or reduced price meals to qualify for other assistance programs such as Metro Transit’s $1 Ride program, Comcast’s Internet Essentials, and some scholarships for summer camps

SchoolCafe Eligibility Walkthrough (For Parents)


Reminder to fill out the annual iUpdate student form at Campus Parent. It is important we have updated contact information so you will receive updates from the school. If you need any help with your login or password, email karen.azen@spps.org or leave a message at 651-744-4287.

The Midway Food & Empowerment Project

The Midway Food & Empowerment Project aims to collect and distribute resources to our community on an ongoing basis.The speed at which multiple community partners came together to make this happen is nothing short of amazing. We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that our community members receive the items they need to thrive


From the Nurse's Corner: Weekly tips for staying Healthy

Health Start Clinics Are Open

Most SPPS high school Health Start Clinics are open and available for scheduling appointments. Health Start serves students ages 11 and up for urgent in-person mental health care, medication management for depression and anxiety, sexual health concerns, check-ups and vaccines, non-respiratory illness, injuries and asthma follow-up. Please note, the Gordon Parks Health Start Clinic will see students from Pre-Kindergarten through high school.

To gain building access, students should call the phone number posted and explain they are there for a Health Start appointment.

If you have respiratory symptoms, a fever or known exposure to coronavirus, we will refer you to affordable testing and care but will not see you in person. Telehealth services are available. Please call 651-412-8445 to make an appointment. A student does not need to attend the school that the clinic is located in and walk-in appointments are also welcome.

Gordon Parks.

Phone: 651-793-2234

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday

Harding High School

Phone: 651-778-2884

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Friday

Central High School

Phone: 651-632-2194

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday

Como Park High School

Phone: 651-487-8539

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday

Highland Park Senior High School

Phone: 651-690-7667

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday

Washington Tech Secondary School

Phone: 651-487-8531

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday

Johnson High School

Phone: 651-778-2889

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday

Wellness Matters

How is elections week impacting you? If you are like many parents around the country, you may be feeling anxious and worried about the results of the elections. And as you know, how we feel inside, is definitely sensed by our children. I wanted to remind you that it is perfectly ok to have conversations with your children about the elections. You can talk about what your hopes and fears are and explain the democratic process. This is an opportunity to talk about how your personal values are held by the candidate you support and how those values are translated into policies that impact many people.

This is also a perfect opportunity to remind ourselves and our children that not everyone may be pleased with the outcomes of the elections, however, we must respect the democratic system we have in this country. More than anything, our children need to know that they are safe regardless of the outcomes. Give them the time to express some of their worries and concerns and if you are able to, give them the reassurance they need.

- Kaltun Abdikarani, School Counselor

Resource Corner

Open Arms of Minnesota

If you are a Ramsey County resident and have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to have prepared meals delivered to your home for free! Within 48 hours after receiving a completed application, eligible clients will receive a weekly delivery consisting of 14 meals. Deliveries typically include 5 frozen entrees with vegetable sides, 2 frozen soups, green and deli salads, fresh fruit, dessert and snack items, and milk and cereal upon request. Additional food items may be available for a total of 21 meals per week.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Lynnette Medcalf, School Social Worker

School-Based Mental Health Partnership

Sharice Zaccardi is a School Mental Health Practitioner, and supports children around many challenges they may be facing. Some areas Ms. Zaccardi might support around are; adjusting to family transition or change, anxiety, death in a family, depression, etc... If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to our School Social Worker, Lynnette Medcalf at Lynnette.medcalf@spps.org or School Counselor, Kaltun Abdikarani at Kaltunabdikarani@spps.org. You can also fill out the help form for families on the Hamline website, spps.org/hamline.

Thank you,

Sharice Zaccardi

Community School Mental Health Practitioner

About Hamline Elementary

Bridging Snelling Avenue, Hamline Elementary and Hamline University are one integrated campus. Each member of our community is both a teacher and a student, engaged in a journey of lifelong learning that provides a rich variety of resources to support this diverse education. Our partnership with Hamline University, the first of its kind in the nation, places more than 100 tutors and mentors in classrooms and provides students with access to the university campus on a continual basis. Hamline students see themselves in college students. As the saying goes, "College begins in kindergarten". We are two campuses, but one community in the heart of the Hamline Midway neighborhood.