Tanglen Update

September 9, 2022

A Message from Principal Jim Hebeisen

This week we continued to learn expectations and procedures in addition to increasing our time spent on academics. Your children are off to a great start! During our fire drill yesterday, students set the record for the fastest start of the school year drill and did it by following our expectations to stay calm and quiet. They were true STARS!

This month, we are focusing on INTEGRITY. This character strength reminds us to "Do the right thing...even if no one is watching." During our fire drill the students did a wonderful job of acting with integrity. Keep your eyes open and point out to students examples of integrity when you see them.

National Sickle Cell Awareness Month Blood Drive

Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church

ICA Food Shelf is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, September 10, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is happening as part of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is interested, here is the link to sign-up online.

Days Off - Be Prepared

Hopkins Public Schools made some changes to the district calendar before it was approved last spring. Please be prepared for the following days off of school for all students:

Monday, September 26 Rosh Hashana

Friday, September 30 Professional Development

Wednesday, October 5 Yom Kippur

October 17 to 19 Conferences and Professional Development

October 20/21 Statewide Teachers' Convention

Student Nutrition changes for the 2022-23 School Year

The USDA has determined that school meals will NOT be free for all students for the 2022-23 school year. Therefore, a meal benefit application is required to obtain free or reduced meals. Meal applications for the 2022-23 school year are available on the Nutrition page in the Free Meals & Food Assistance tab. You can also find breakfast and lunch menus and pricing for paid meals on your child’s school website.

Although lunch is no longer free, a reimbursable USDA FREE BREAKFAST is available for all students at L.H. Tanglen Elementary School this year.

Please encourage a healthy start to the day with a FREE nutritious breakfast to fuel our students' brains.

Hopkins Special Education Needs You

We are currently interviewing for Special Education Paraprofessionals in most of our Hopkins Elementary Schools. If you have ever had an interest in supporting scholars on their educational journey, please consider Hopkins! Feel free to apply online on our Hopkins School District website, Job Code 4609. Or, feel free to reach out to our Special Education Supervisor, Jackie Hunke, at jackie.hunke@hopkinsschools.org with any questions.

Picture Day is Wednesday, September 28

Very soon you will be receiving information about picture day from your child's teacher. Here are some details that you will also find on the flyers being sent home:


Ordering Pictures:


  • Families can order online OR by having their child bring the physical order form on Picture Day. Instructions for ordering are on both the Order Form and the Reminder Flyer.
  • Mylifetouch.com Tanglen’s Picture Day ID: EVTQRGVWQ


Picture Retake Day will be on Thursday, October 27.

COVID Guidance for 2022-23

Hopkins Public Schools follows the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health/CDC in its response to COVID-19. In the 2022-23 school year, Hopkins will continue to require five-day minimum isolation for those who test positive for COVID. Mask wearing is recommended but not required in our buildings or on the bus. Please check our COVID Hub on our website for the latest information on COVID-19 and our current response.

Social-Emotional Learning Survey September 21 - October 5

In accordance with our school board policy 520, we are sending notification to all parents of any surveying their child is taking part in at school. Building our social-emotional learning skills is an important goal for our school this year. We will be asking for your 3rd-6th grade child to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey they will be completed at school in their homerooms. (We will be asking teachers to reflect with children in grades K-2). The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on social and emotional competencies that align with the Hopkins graduate traits outlined in the district's strategic plan (e.g., sense of belonging and rigorous expectations).
We are asking that all our students participate in the surveys. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they can skip the item altogether. The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential. We are partnering with a third-party vendor to support us in administering these surveys. If you have any questions about the SEL survey or would like information about opting out, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You may also choose to opt your student out of this survey no later than September 19.

Hopkins Community Health & Resource Fair

Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Eisenhower Community Center

Join us at the Hopkins Community Health and Resource Fair on Saturday, September 17. This event is free and open to the public. Families can learn about resources and opportunities in Hopkins and the surrounding communities.


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Tanglen Kids & Company needs YOU!

Kids & Company is hiring!! Tanglen has a waiting list of families who would like to have after school care, however we are short staffed currently and unable to accept everyone from the waiting list. We are looking for motivated and reliable individuals to join our after-school childcare team!! M-F from 2:00-5:30/6:00pm. Support the community, build relationships, and earn money and experience. If you have children at Tanglen who attend Kids & Company, one of the employee perks is the first child is free and the second is 50% off the cost! Apply here!

Need Dental Assistance for Your Child?

Read the flyer below...