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What's Going On In The World Of Cougars October 14, 2020

Elementary Materials Pickup - 10/19 from 9:30am-4pm

We will have an elementary materials pickup on Monday, October 19 from 9:30am-4:00pm. This will be located by the Yellow Benjamin E. Mays yellow doors. Please park in the upper lot by Benjamin E. Mays and walk to the overhang to pickup the materials. The following will be available:

1st Grade

Writing Notebooks

2nd Grade

Ms. Blumer/Ms. Anderson Learning Materials Bags

Ms. Young Learning Materials Bags

3rd Grade

Classroom Material Bags (learning materials vary by teacher)

4th Grade

Handwriting Without Tears

Vocabulary Books (Writer’s Logs)

Recorders from Ms. Engelking

Technology Learning Packet (if did not pick up in September)

Folders from Ms. Ballard and Ms. Downs (math packets and social studies for homeroom and math students)

5th Grade

Ms. Shariff - Math Textbooks and Supplies for homeroom students (see email from 10/14 from Ms. Shariff)

Ms. Young - Math Textbooks

Ms. Greenwalt - Math Packets for Math Students and Packets for Homeroom students

Some grades have materials for all students and some have them for only some teachers. Please reach out with any questions you have to your child's teacher.

Parent Volunteers Needed for Materials Pick-up on Mon, Oct 19 from 9a - 4p

Can you spare an hour to help our fantastic CH staff hand out supplies? If so, please sign up here:

No School October 15 and 16

Reminder that we do not have school on Thursday and Friday of this week! Have a great weekend and we will see you Monday!


WOW! The litmobile had an amazing week at 5 locations around Saint Paul. We checked out 600+ books to roughly 175 students, and had an awesome time meeting CH kiddos and families. It was such a joy to chat and interact IN PERSON, enjoy the beautiful weather, and find great books to read over the next few weeks.

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated, volunteered, or supported this crazy Distance Learning endeavor. We could not have succeeded without you. If you would like to volunteer this month, click here:

Click here to see all our exciting news about the LitMobile coming to a park near you the week of October 19:

Donations we are looking for in October:

Middle school graphic novels

Middle school fantasy and realistic fiction NEW titles

LGBTQA+ titles

Set up and take down volunteers

Sturdy plastic containers for storing books


Cups for Cocoa

Thermos/Cocoa server

Extension cords

Space heaters

Special guests for read alouds

If you’d like to donate $$, see here:

If you would like to order books for your home and help us out:

Because of your donations and Scholastic Book Club orders, we have over 100 new titles and fresh copies of popular books to add to the October LitMobile! Keep those orders coming for the October due date so we can continue to add new books for free! Plus, you can choose to ship orders directly to your home!

There will be a book return bin available at the elementary supply pickup on Monday 10/19.

Thank you!

The Lit Ladies (Katie Moore, Sarah Schupanitz, Linda Morrison, and Lisa Schibel)

Free Meals Continue for School Year 2020-21

Applications Still Needed

On Oct. 9, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that schools may continue to provide free meals to all students and children age 18 and younger and to those with a disability currently enrolled in a school program for the entire 2020-21 school year. More information on Nutrition Services meal access, including meal box pick-up information and home delivery registration, can be found at

While meals for the 2020-21 school year will be provided at no cost, it is still critical for families to complete an Application for Educational Benefits/Free or Reduced Price Meals as these applications will determine how much educational funding each school receives. 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. Online applications can be complete at www.schoolcafe/spps. Paper applications can be requested to be sent to your school by emailing

PTO Meeting

Please join our October PTO Meeting on Google Meet on Tuesday, October 20th from 7-8 pm. Principal Hodges will provide an update, and we'll review volunteer opportunities for the first half. Attendees can then join breakout rooms for discussion. Please submit questions for Principal Hodges or the PTO Board ahead of time using this form:

Here are the links for the meeting. Logging in through an SPPS account is the best way to access the PTO meeting, though personal devices will also work.

Intro/Full Meeting from 7 - 7:30p -

Grades 1 -3 Breakout Room - 7:30 - 8p -

Grades 4 - 5 Breakout Room - 7:30 - 8p -

Middle School Breakout Room - 7:30 - 8p -

Ramsey County Mental Health Collaborative Resources

The Ramsey County Mental Health Collaborative website is a great source of information for what is available to families in our community.

This is the link to the Ramsey County Mental Health Collaborative resource page:

Here is a link to go directly to the calming space created by the Ramsey County Mental Health Collaborative, this is a great resource for students and families!: