Tiger Tales

January 2022

Principal's Message

Stevenson Families,

It's 2022! I hope you and your families had a safe and happy holiday break. We are now in January and excited to see your children back in school. We are hopeful for what 2022 will bring. May this year bring our schools more normalcy so our students can consistently experience meaningful and joyful learning.

Our school community is strong and so is our drive to do all we can for students. Right before break, our scholars were able to participate in Stevenson traditions that bring learning to life. Our kindergarteners read storytales, searched for the Gingerbread Man, and decorated cookies with their 4th grade buddies! Our 3rd graders celebrated their writing with an Author's Celebration where students read to littles in our building. Our entire school participated in a half day of creative play! We are making the best out of each day.

In January, students will complete short Fastbridge assessments. This data is extremely helpful as we will be able to see students' growth in both reading and math. Growth data will be shared at parent teacher conferences in February.

  • Teachers will be sending testing dates soon!
  • Students need their Stevenson Chromebook at school to do testing and engage in technology integrated learning. PLEASE SEND CHROMEBOOKS TO SCHOOL WITH THE CHARGER AND IN THE BAG AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you haven't done so already.

Have a wonderful January.


Veronica Mathison

Stevenson Elementary Principal



Important Dates

No School-January 3

Return from Winter Break-January 4

PTO Meeting-January 11

No School-January 17

BINGO- DELAYED. This was scheduled for January 27 and will be moved to spring.

No School-January 28

Blended Learning Day-January 31 (More information to come closer to the date.)

Therapy Dog, Sugar, will Visit this Week!

We are thrilled to share Stevenson will be partnering with Therapy Dogs International and Sugar will be visitng a couple of classrooms this week. Sugar and her owner, Holly, have been trained to provide social emotional support to people. Our scholars have shown a strong interest in animals and specifically in dogs. The students will be so excited to meet Sugar and Holly.

If you have any concerns or if your child has a strong allergy to dogs, please contact our office at 763-502-5304 and we will ensure we have a plan parents and students are comfortable with.

It's cold out there!

Students must be appropriately dressed for the weather in order to play outside at recess and for gym class. Students go outside daily if it is not raining and if the wind chill is above zero. Students need to have jackets, hats, mittens, boots or other necessary clothing depending on the temperature. Our social worker has items if needed. Please reach out to her by calling our main office at 763-502-5304

Early Pickups/Change of Transporation

If you are changing your mode of afternoon transportation or picking up prior to dismissal you must call the office prior to 2:30 p.m.
Click Here to join the PTO Meeting!

This (virtual) PTO meeting will be on January 18th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Grade Level Updates!


December is always an exciting month in Kindergarten. The Gingerbread Man ran away from us! We searched high and low. He tricked us many times and eventually showed up in our classrooms!

We also had fun decorating Gingerbread cookies with the 4th grade and enjoyed a day of play, too.

First Grade!

Last day of school before winter break, Mr. Kozarek brought down a mobile library to 1st grade so each student was able to pick out a book to take home. We are not sure where the donations came from (check with Mike) but kids were so excited!

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Second Grade!

The second graders have been busy learning! In math they are learning how to add 2-digit by 2-digit numbers with regrouping. Students have spent time in the STEAM lab building and using their knowledge about force and motion to create spinning tops, rolling wheels, and even roller coasters using the engineering design process.

Third Grade!

The 3rd graders participated in a publishing celebration in honor of completing their first writing unit! The personal narrative unit focused on how to find and develop the heart of the story. The 3rd graders worked on multiple stories during the unit editing and revising to make each piece stronger than the one they had previously written. All of their hard work during the unit called for a celebration! Students shared their piece within a small group of their peers celebrating all of the amazing writing they did during the unit!

Fourth Grade!

The fourth graders did a great job in December finishing 2021 strong! We wrapped up several units including multi-digit multiplication, our study of the water cycle, and our narrative writing unit. We also got to help the kindergartners with their gingerbread men! We are looking forward to the new year with new units starting in January including: division, studying geography and immigration, and a new writing unit involving opinion pieces.

Masks will Keep Students at School!

Masks are mandatory. Please be sure your child has their mask when they come to school. If students do not keep their masks on throughout the day, they will have to quarantine if there is a positive covid case in their classroom.

School Hours for 2021-2022

Student arrival begins 8:55 a.m.

Free breakfast will be served in classrooms 8:55 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

School day starts at 9:10 a.m.

(Students entering after 9:10 will be marked tardy.)

Dismissal is 3:45 p.m.


There are many students doing a great job following bus expectations. We have, however, met with students to review bus expectations.

Students will receive a bus referral if they do not-

  • Stay in assigned seat during bus ride
  • Use kind words
  • Keep their hands to themselves and body safe
  • Listen to instructions from the driver
  • If a student receives 3 referrals, the 4th referral results in a 3-day bus suspension and additional suspensions if needed.

We would greatly appreciate your support in talking with your children about how we can make the bus a safe and enjoyable place for all of the riders and the driver. Please help us get your students home safely by reviewing these expectations. It takes all of us working together to maximize safety for all our students.

Winter Weather Reminders from Transportation

Winter brings an expectation of extreme cold temperatures and/or heavy snow. The Fridley Transportation Department would like to share a few winter-weather transportation reminders with you that will help keep our students safe.

  • Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the winter weather.
  • Your child is required to be at the scheduled stop 5 minutes prior to bus pick-up time. We do not expect the student to stay at the stop any longer than 10 minutes after the scheduled time. Should the bus be late by more than 10 minutes, the student should go home and call the assigned bus company (see below).
  • Information and updates on late busses are communicate through our messenger program, so please make sure that your contact information is accurate.
  • You may log in to your Parent Portal parent account and update your email or phone number.
  • If school buildings are closed due to severe weather, the district will communicate with families ahead of time through email, phone call, and will also post the announcement on the district website, local news channels and district social media.
  • For more information on school closures, click here.

Our Bus Companies:

  • Voigt’s – 763-571-1241 #2 (Route #’s 1- 19)
  • 1st Student – Champlin 763-421-5785 (Route #'s 20-32)
  • R & D Transportation – 763-767-1804 press #2 (Van)
Halo Transportation – 763-432-6806 (Van)

Nutritional Services Updates

Hello Families-

Just a reminder that Nutritional Services provides free breakfast and lunch to all students this school year. Breakfast is served in the student’s classroom daily. Student’s must take a reimbursable meal that includes a fruit and the main breakfast grain. Lunch is served daily in the café. Students must take at least ½ fruit or vegetable and the main entrée. We continue to experience product shortages and we are trying to limit the number of menu changes. Alternatives are available for 1st -4th grades. Also if your student wants just a milk, that is not free and costs $0.55. We look forward to seeing your student in the lunch line.

R.L. Stevenson Elementary

Stevenson Elementary is an International Baccalaureate World School dedicated to nurturing students to show curiosity, be lifelong learners, and give back to their communities. Our exceptional teachers and support staff provide a welcoming environment where the classroom becomes a learning community!