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Hamilton Ridge News and Events - January 2021

A Note from Mrs. Z

Dear Hamilton Ridge Families,

Happy New Year! With relief and gratitude, along with a continued focus on safety, I am thrilled to welcome K-2 students back in-person on January 19 and 3-5 students on February 1. We will be preparing during the first two weeks of January to ensure that the additional safety protocols and processes are in place and ready to go for our students. Please see the transition timeline below for additional details. Thank you for your continued work and ability to stay flexible with us as we do all we can to educate our wonderful children through this challenging time.

I wish you a healthy and happy 2021!

Karen Zwolenski - Mrs. Z

K-12 Students Return from Break in Distance Learning - Transition to In-Person Learning Plans

As you know, all elementary schools are planning to transition to an In-Person Learning model, with updated health and safety requirements, beginning in mid January. This means that K-5 students will be In-Person Learning, in our school buildings, five days a week. Every Wednesday will be a two hour early release day to provide staff time for collaboration and planning in the new learning model. Students currently enrolled in the Distance Learning Academy (DLA) will remain in the DLA for the remainder of the school year. Per state guidance, we will use a rolling-start process to gradually bring students back into our buildings. The following is a more detailed K-5 timeline for your planning purposes:

Elementary K-5 timeline

  • January 4 - 13 - K-12 Distance Learning continues
    -While in Distance Learning, we will continue programming for students who are currently receiving in-person services
  • January 14-15 - No school K-5, Transition Planning Day for K-5 staff
    -Kids’ Company open to registered families
  • January 18 - No School E-12 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
    -Kids’ Company closed
  • January 19
    -Grades K-2 begins In-Person Learning
    -Grades 3-5 remain in Distance Learning
  • February 1 - Grades 3-5 begins In-Person Learning
  • February 3 - No School K-12 (Grading Day)

Action Required - End of Day Student Transportation Plan for In-Person Learning

To ensure a smooth end of day experience when PLSAS "dials" to in-person learning, it is necessary to collect the end of day plan for each student for a 5 day-a-week schedule. Please follow the link below and provide this very important information by January 8. In-person learning will begin on January 19 for grades K-2 and February 1 for grades 3-5.
In-Person End of Day Transportation Plan

Please fill out one form per student by January 8

Distance Learning Materials Pick Up - Grades 1-5 - January 7

Teachers have been busy preparing materials for students to be successful with their learning. Families of students in grades 1-5, please come to Hamilton Ridge on Thursday, January 7 between 8:00 and 5:30 p.m. to pick up prepared materials. Please park and come into the building. There will be tables for each grade level located inside the building, just outside of the cafeteria.

Safety Guidelines:

  • Only one family member should come into the building to get supplies
  • Any person entering the building must wear a mask
  • Please maintain a social distance of 6 feet
  • Please exit the building once supplies have been picked up

HRE Picture Retake Day - January 14 (No School Day)

For those families that missed Fall picture day or would like retakes, please come to Hamilton Ridge on Thursday, January 14 from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. Please sign up for a time slot on this Sign Up Genius. Pictures will be in the gym. If your child is getting a retake, please bring the unwanted picture package and hand to the photographer. If your child is getting their picture taken for the first time this school year, simply follow the link to order before you come to the event. The ordering code is good for up to 48 hours for new orders.

Safety Guidelines:

  • Only one family member should come into the building with child(ren)
  • Any person entering the building must wear a mask
  • Please maintain a social distance of 6 feet
  • Please exit the building once photos have been taken

Welcome to the Class of 2034!

The countdown to Kindergarten has begun! Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools is pleased to offer tuition free, full-day kindergarten and full-day kindergarten Spanish immersion at La ola del lago at Grainwood. Please follow the link below and mark your calendar for the important dates.

How do you know if your child is ready for Kindergarten? Click here for the Kindergarten Readiness Flyer to learn what skills to look for and what to practice at home.

Kindergarten Registration Information

Online enrollment opens January 14, 2021

Keep Reading During Distance Learning - HRE Library Book Check-Out

While the learning "dial" is pointed at distance learning, students will have the ability to return and borrow books from the school library! Although students will not be able to come into the library to browse in person, they may place books on “hold” and we will check them out and place them on a table in the front entrance of the school for pickup. When you come in to pick up your new items, you may return items to our book drop box. Books that have been returned sit for at least 72 hours before going back into circulation. Students who have books past due, will need to return all materials before taking new ones.

Please watch Seesaw for more specific directions for your child’s grade level. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me:

Support During Distance Learning

Hamilton Ridge School Social Worker

Hello Hamilton Ridge families! My name is Andrea Carin, and I am the school social worker at Hamilton Ridge Elementary. I am here to offer confidential support with social/emotional concerns, strategies for supporting student’s emotional regulation and learning abilities, and information for community resources, during these changing times. Please feel free to contact me at . I am happy to talk with families about any concerns they may have and can also direct you to outside resources when needed.

Technology - Distance Learning Device Support

If students or families are having technology issues (broken device, log-in issues, charging cords, etc.) the quickest way to get help is to fill out the IT Help Desk form. All device replacements, swaps and pick-ups will take place at the front desk of the District Services Center. Device replacements are typically processed in 1-2 business days. Families are notified by email when a device replacement or swap is ready to be picked up.

Hours for the District Services Center: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Address: 4540 Tower Street SE, Prior Lake Phone: 952-226-0000

Hamilton Ridge PTC Update

The first PTC meeting of 2021 is Tuesday, January 5. Grab a snack and dial in to the meeting to hear more from Principal Zwolenski, get info on upcoming restaurant fundraiser nights and learn about upcoming direct donation drives. Should be a good time, and we always have a few laughs! Go to our Facebook page to get the link and event info!

Many thanks to Mark and the Hamilton Ridge DOGS for building laptop desks for the staff. What a handyman who really knows how to #ClimbTheRidge!

This Thursday, January 7 is the monthly Hamilton Ridge PTC Davanni's Fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. at the Savage Davanni's! Mention "Hamilton Ridge" on your delivery, carry-out, or curbside pick-up order for 20% of your order to go to Hamilton Ridge!

If ordering online, please see the following directions:

- Delivery: Write "Hamilton Ridge" in the Delivery Notes section of the check out screen

- Curbside Pick Up: Write "Hamilton Ridge" in the Car Description section of the check out screen

- Pick Up: Mention "Hamilton Ridge" in person at pick up

Contact Us

Attendance Line 952-461-7801

Main Office 952-461-7800

Fax Number 952-461-7849

Health Office 952-461-7806

Karen Zwolenski, Principal

Lindsay Comstock, Dean of Students

Kirsten Schoeller, Administrative Assistant

Beverley Null, Administrative Assistant (attendance)

Andrea Carin, Social Worker

Technology Helpdesk 952-226-0062 or

District Transportation 952-226-0050 or

Prior Lake Bus Company (after hours) 952-440-1166