Welcome to McAuliffe Elementary

September 2019

About Us

Main Line: 651-480-7390

Attendance Line: 651-480-7391
Health Office (Nurse): 651-480-7395
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7423
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

We are ready to start a new and exciting school year! Welcome back to all of our returning families and a special welcome to the new students and their families for the 2019-20 school year. Please contact us with any concerns you may have, as we want the school year to be a successful one for each of you.

Monthly newsletters are available to you online each month. It will be posted just prior to the beginning of the month. Please check out our website as it is updated monthly with upcoming events and information.



3 - First day of school for grades 1 through 4

3 - Kindergarten Orientation (See invitation for assigned time)

4 - Kindergarten's first day of school

17 - Parent Teacher Connection (PTC) Meeting @6:30pm

18 - Bus Safety Day

19 - Bus Safety Day

20 - Picture Day

27 - NO SCHOOL - Change in Schedule


14 - Evening Conferences & Book Fair

15 - BoxTop Tuesday

15 - Evening Conferences & Book Fair

16 - NO SCHOOL - Morning Conferences & Book Fair

17 & 18 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher Association Days)


2 - Picture Retakes


Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities this school year including Picture Day!


Picture day will be on Friday, September 20th. Look for more information sent home by your child's teacher.


School Hours:
8:30am: Buses begin to drop students, classrooms are open, and breakfast is served. **Students may not enter the building before this time.**
8:50am: School begins. Students may bring unopened food from breakfast to use for snack break to classroom.
3:25pm: Dismissal for all students.


In order to minimize interruptions to the classroom, students should not be picked up early unless it is an emergency. On those occasions when it is necessary to pick your child up during the school day, please go to the school office to sign your child out. The office secretary will call the classroom and have the student sent to the office. Teachers will not release students unless the office gives prior approval. This practice has been established to help protect your child.


Box Tops is going digital! Still have physical boxtops at home? Please send them to school on Tuesday, October 15th. We will continue collecting physical Box Tops throughout the school year, but we encourage you to start using the digital app. Be sure to download the app and scan all of your receipts to earn additional money for McAuliffe activities and classroom enrichment. https://www.boxtops4education.com/ for additional information.

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Elementary conferences are scheduled in the evening of Monday, October 14th and Tuesday, October 15th and during the morning of Wednesday, October 16th.

Sign-up will be online. As soon as the sign-up is up and running you will receive an email notice.


The Hastings Bus Company will be transporting the rural and city elementary children (if you live more than 0.75 miles from school) to and from school. The bus company phone number is 651.437.1888.

Parents of kindergarten and 1st grade students should pin a tag on their child indicating the bus route number, name and address where the child is to be dropped off. These tags should be worn all year for kindergarten and the first two weeks for first graders or until your child is comfortable riding the bus. Tags will be distributed by teachers at the start of the school year.


If during the school year your address or daycare changes and this requires a change in transportation, please contact the school, not the bus company. If you give us the information we will work with the bus company to make the changes. The only changes that can be made are those that are permanent or for an extended length of time. It is very difficult for the bus company to make brief or sudden changes in the routes. Thank you for your help in this matter.


Please call the Main Office each morning to report when your child(ren) will not be attending school.

Research shows that attendance is directly linked to achievement. In tracking students that drop out of school, one thing they have in common is poor attendance.

Being late for school also hurts a child’s learning. A student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss close to 30 hours of instruction during the year.

Children can make up an assignment, but they can never get back what’s most important: the discussions, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive. Your child’s success in school depends on having a solid educational background – one that can only be gained through regular school attendance.

You may ask, how can I help?

  • Enforce a regular bedtime.
  • Make sure your child is organized so he/she can get out the door with what they need.
  • Remember that everything you add to a schedule means something must be taken away. For example, if you add lots of before and after school activities, you take away time for your child to read, play and study.

We appreciate all you do to ensure that your child(ren) attend school regularly.

Please review the attendance policy on page 3 of the Elementary Handbook.


Each school in Hastings has a licensed school nurse on duty. If your child has a health concern, please discuss an action plan with the building RN. The nurse will be on duty from 8:15 to 3:45.

If your child is saying they don’t feel well or showing symptoms, it will be important for you to decide whether they are well enough to attend school that day.

Some important things to remember and go over with your child to help them stay healthy are:

  • Properly covering mouth when coughing
  • Wash hands often
  • Keep your child home until 24 hours after they have had a fever.

More information can be found at the health services website.


The eyeglass program helps individuals that would find it a financial hardship to purchase eyeglasses. This would be a person without insurance for eye exams, lenses and frames, or they may have a high deductible that prevents them from utilizing their coverage. Contact your school nurse for information.

Breakfast and Lunch Prices

Breakfast Prices

Full Pay Meal Prices:
Kindergartners FREE
Grades 1-4: $1.30

Reduce Pay Meal Price:
All grade levels: FREE

Adult Meal Price:
All grade levels: $1.80

Extra Milk or Milk Only $0.50

Lunch Prices

Full Pay Meal Prices:
Grades K-4: $2.70

Reduce Pay Meal Price:
All grade levels: FREE

Adult Meal Price:
All grade levels: $3.80

Extra Milk or Milk Only $0.50



My name is Juliana Brandt. After living in the South for the past decade, I moved back to my hometown of Rosemount in June and am so happy to be teaching Kindergarten at McAuliffe Elementary. This summer, I road tripped to Colorado and spent two weeks hiking in the Rockies. I love to spend time in the great outdoors.


My name is Kelsey Paulson. I have taught first grade for 5 years and I am working towards getting my master's degree in teaching reading. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our puppy, Chief. I’m so excited to be at McAuliffe this year!!


My name is Cait Ternes (Ostman) and I’m very excited to be starting at McAuliffe Elementary! Prior to working here, I spent three years working as a school social worker in Goodhue, MN. This fall I will be coaching cross country at Hastings Middle School. In my free time I love to spend time outdoors and with my dogs. Oh, and I’m getting married in October! I’m looking forward to the school year


My name is Tina Hauer and I am a Special Education Resource Teacher. Prior to working in Hastings, I worked for Roseville Area Schools. I enjoy spending time with my family, and we enjoy anything outside (during all the seasons).


My name is Leah Shoberg. I am a new Special Education Teacher at McAulliffe. I recently graduated from St. Cloud State University with my degree in Special Education. Throughout college, I was an instructional aid and taught as a substitute teacher in the St. Cloud school district. I grew up in Sauk Rapids, MN for most of my life. I am a very active person: some things I like doing in my free time are biking and power-walking with my boyfriend, Phil. I can't wait to start my teaching career in Hastings!


My name is Sarah O'Donnell. I am a school psychologist intern this year as I complete my graduate program in school psychology at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. I previously worked as a paraprofessional in the South Washington County Schools while attending graduate school. I live in Cottage Grove with my husband and one-year-old son. I am excited to get to know the kids and families at McAuliffe this year!


My name is Melissa Cole the new full-time Speech-Language Pathologist at Christa McAuliffe Elementary. I received my undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University Mankato and Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison in Speech-Language Pathology. My husband and I just recently moved to Inver Grove Heights after living in Winona, MN for two years. In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time on the water, and baking.


Hi, my name is Lauren Yares, the new Occupational Therapist at McAuliffe Elementary. I recently graduated from St. Catherine University with a Master’s degree in OT. I have worked in the Roseville and Bloomington school districts with a wide variety of students, ages 3-18. I grew up in Woodbury and recently moved to Eagan. I enjoys traveling, watching Parks and Recreation/The Office, and spending quality time with friends and family (especially her new nephew Theo). I am thrilled to begin working with the students, families, and staff at McAuliffe and am looking forward to an exciting school year!

Right to Know

Parents have the right to request and receive information on the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers.

Parents Right to Know Act Concerning Use of Pest Control Materials:

(M.S. 123B.575, Subdivisions 1-14)

Our district utilizes a licensed, professional pest control service firm for the prevention and control for rodents, insects, and other pests in and around the district’s building. Their program consists of:

1. Inspection and monitoring to determine whether pests are present, and whether any treatment is needed;

2. Recommendations for maintenance and sanitation to help eliminate pests without the need for pest control materials;

3. Utilization of non-chemical measures such as traps, caulking and screening; and

4. Application of EPA-registered pest control materials when needed.

Pests can sting, bite, cause contamination, damage property, and spread disease; therefore, we must prevent and control them. The long-term health effects on children from the application of such pest control materials, or the class of materials to which they belong, may not be fully understood. All pest control materials are chosen and applied according to label directions per federal law.

An estimated schedule of interior pest control inspections and possible treatments is available for review or copying at each school office. A similar estimated schedule is available for application of herbicides and other materials to school grounds. Parents of students may request to receive, at their expense, prior notification of any application of a pest control material, should such an application be deemed necessary on a day different from the days specified in the schedule.

Community Education Recreational Opportunities for Kids

https://hastingscommunityed.com/ or 651-480-7670

Community Education's Fall catalog was recently sent out to the public. You can also view the wonderful classes they have by clicking on the link above. They have a large selection that you will find appealing. Check the catalog out.