Minne Scoop

October 12, 2022

Update from the Principal

Minnehaha Family,

It is hard to believe it is already mid October! We are off to a great start this year and it feels a world away from where we were a year ago. It has been a while since things have been “normal” so I wanted to put out a few reminders this month.

The official start of the school day is 7:50. This is when we expect our students to be in class. The doors open at 7:30 for breakfast. Staff reports to the building at 7:30 so students are not allowed in the building before 7:30. There is no supervision prior to this. If you want your children to participate in breakfast please try to get them here before 7:40. If you need your child here before 7:30 please contact Community Education regarding the Kids and Company program.

Halloween is always a very exciting time in our school. There are often classroom activities and students do a parade to show off costumes. In your planning please remember we have a lot of very small children in attendance and we do not allow costumes that feature blood and gore to be in the parade. If you are selecting or creating a costume for your child please consider this. Our Security Protocols do not allow visitors in the school building during the day so we will once again record the parade and post online.

A reminder regarding dismissal. It is a logistical challenge making sure all our children are on the right busses, meeting the right parents, and or attending the right after school program. With that said we do it daily and are very good at it. However, when parents make changes to their child's plan late in the day it creates a situation where communication between the office and teacher becomes difficult. Please contact the office regarding transportation changes no later than 2:00 pm. Also, remember that we do not allow casual or occasional changes to bus assignments. Allowing this would create a difficult situation for our drivers. We can accommodate changes that are regular and predictable. For example: A change to a drop off location that will take place every Tuesday. What we can not accommodate are situations where you want your child dropped at a friend's house on occasion or at occasional child care.

Lastly don’t forget we have MEA break October 20 and 21, There will be no school on those days.

Have a great October!

Music Programs

This year the Minnehaha music department is planning two in-person programs.

4th & 5th Grade Veteran's Day Program

  • When: Tues., Nov. 8, 2:00PM

  • Where: Minnehaha Gym

  • Who: Seating is limited to parents of 4th & 5th grade students and community Veterans.

  • Notice: Students should wear a white top and black or dark pants/skirts.

Kinder - 3rd Grade Winter Program

  • When: Thurs., Dec. 8 (tentative date, time TBD)

  • Where: THHS High School Auditorium

  • More information coming


It is not too late to sign up for the Minnehaha Children’s Choir! Please contact the office for a sign up form, or send a message to Jeralyn Shaw at jshaw@isd381.org.

The choir meets twice a month on Friday mornings and performs for parents and at school events throughout the year.

Minnehaha Upcoming Events

  • Monday, October 17th ~ Title I Family Night
  • Thursday, October 20th & Friday, October 21st ~ No School - MEA
  • Tuesday, October 25th ~ Picture Retakes
  • Monday, October 31st ~ Halloween
  • Thursday, November 4th ~ End of Quarter
  • Friday, November 4th ~ PTA Fundraising Night
  • Wednesday, November 9th ~ Fall Conferences
  • Thursday, November 10th ~ No School & Fall Conferences
  • Monday, November 14th - Thursday, November 17th ~ PTA Book Fair

Spirit Week ~ October 31st - November 3rd

Monday: Halloween Costume

Tuesday: Class Color

Wednesday: Support Your Favorite Sports Team

Thursday: Pajama Day

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If you have any bussing changes, updates or questions, please contact Matt Joslyn at mjoslyn@isd381.org or 218.834.8201 ext. 8240.

New Staff Spotlight ~ Chloe Knop ~ Speech-Language Pathologist

College Attended: Undergrad: Gustavus & Grad: St. Cloud State

Degrees Earned: M-S and BA and CCC-SLP

Hometown: Anoka, Minnesota

What Made You Choose Education?: I chose education because of the positive impact it has had on my life. When I was in elementary school I had to go to speech and it made me feel so much more confident when communicating with others! My dad and all 4 sisters also work in education!

Previous Positions: I was a speech-language pathologist for two years in South Washington County School District. I worked with students preK-5th.

First Impressions of the Lake Superior School District?: Everyone I have met so far have been incredibly welcoming, kind and helpful. I really feel a strong sense of community here.

Other Information You Would Like to Share: When I am not at work I like spending time with family and friends, reading, getting outside and watching tv. I am very excited to be moving to such a beautiful place and getting to work at a great school!

About Us

Minnehaha Elementary strives to ensure high levels of learning for all students while building respectful, responsible and safe community members.