Capitol Hill Headliner

March 4 , 2022

For your Calendar

NOW through MARCH 18: Simpls fundraiser for PTO (https://www.simpls.com, use code CHPTO22. More info in the PTO section below)

MARCH 4 & 5: HONK! Middle School Musical, tickets on sale at the door for $10

  • March 4 at 7pm
  • March 5 at 2pm and 7pm

MARCH 7: Tri-School Orchestra Concert at Central High School, 7pm

MARCH 8: PTO Meeting, 7-8pm (meet.google.com/hsz-obsc-tyr)

MARCH 9: Tri-School Band Concert at Central High School 7pm

MARCH 9 - 23: Read-A-Thon! Check backpacks for info packets! More details below

MARCH 15: Spring Picture Day

(my.lifetouch.com picture day ID: EVTSGSPJH)

MARCH 15, 24, & 25: Parent-Teacher conferences (keep reading for more information)

MARCH 25: No school, grades 1-5; Digital Learning day, grades 6-8

MARCH 28: Track & Field starts for Middle School (required forms can be found below)

APRIL 4-8: No school, Spring Break!

APRIL 15: Digital Learning day, all grades

APRIL 21: Doing Good Together (scroll down for details, volunteers needed!)

Covid-19 Student and Family guidelines

Click here for current information from Saint Paul Public Schools

SPPS COVID REPORTING LINK

If your student has been exposed or has symptoms related to COVID, please click here for guidance.

Big picture

Winter reminder for morning drop-off

Winter is here! With the snowy and icy roads we are asking families to help us maintain safety by doing the following:


  • Drop students off on Concordia Ave Drop-off Zone only
  • Drop and go to help traffic flow, no parking on Concordia!
  • Pull forward all the way, don't block driveways or stairs
  • Follow the directions of school arrival staff
  • Do not pull ahead of or swoop in front of other cars - be patient and move with the line
  • Avoid making a right turn on to Mackubin
  • Do not drop students off on Mackubin - we do not have enough safety personnel there to assist, and this street will be VERY narrow with the big snow
  • Do not park in the Lung Association lot across from the school on Mackubin

A note on parking during parent pick-up and after school activities

The pickup process is busy and crowded, we know!

Recently, we have heard from our residential and business neighbors along Makubin that driveways and alleys have been blocked in the afternoons, prohibiting entry/exit for their own properties. Please be mindful of this and do not park in or block driveways or alleys while you are here for afternoon pickup!

We want to be good neighbors :)


Additional pick-up reminders:

  • No parking in MLK lot or the Lung Association lot
  • Elementary students wait inside until parent is outside and name is called
  • Elementary parents must come to one of the lines and let staff know who they are here to pick-up. Please be patient as we get students out as fast as we can
  • Middle School students will exit at the Green doors on Makubin to find their ride.
  • If you're picking your child up from after school activities, do not park in handicap parking spaces unless that space is legitimately needed by someone riding in your vehicle. Please do not park across the handicap parking spaces, rendering them inaccessible. Please do not block the crosswalk to the school entrances.

March 15, 24, & 25: Parent Teacher conferences

Conferences will be March 15, 24 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm for the entire school and March 25 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm for grades 1-5 only. Conferences will be in person and we will provide a virtual option for families as well.


For middle school, conferences the first hour (5:00 - 6:00 pm) on both March 15 and 24 will be virtual and the last 2 hours (6:00 - 8:00 pm) on both days will be in-person at Capitol Hill. There will be more information to come about signing up for virtual conferences for middle school.


Elementary teachers will work to schedule their conferences individually with families based on their preference for in-person or virtual. Click here for Elementary Conference Sign Up


If you are unable to find a suitable time for your conferences, please reach out to your child's teacher via email.

Capitol Hill Band students returned with live performances last week!

Maus I & II, coming to Capitol Hill Middle School Scholars

Big picture

Thanks to Megann King-Abraham, Capitol Hill teacher AND owner of local bookstore Once Upon a Crime, Ms. Schibel will be digging in deep and teaching Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman this spring.


Read the Books that Schools Want to Ban

https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2022/02/banned-books-list-to-kill-a-mockingbird-maus/621428/

Tri-School Orchestra Concert March 7, Tri-School Band Concert March 9

Orchestra: March 7, at Central High School, 7pm

Capitol Hill Middle School orchestras plus a few advanced elementary students will perform their pieces, hear performances by Ramsey and Central orchestras and participate in a finale with all the orchestras performing together. Students and families get a preview of what an excellent high school orchestra can be with a full symphony orchestra, we get to see many Capitol Hill alumni, and it’s always inspiring to perform side-by-side with everyone together.


Orchestra students will leave during 7th period in order to practice together at Central. All families are encouraged to come hear this exciting concert.


Band: March 9, at Central High School School,7pm

We are looking forward to this performance! In the event of a teacher strike that could start on March 8th, the Tri-School Band Concert would be postponed to Wednesday, March 16th. If a work stoppage continues past Friday, March 11th, the make-up date would move to Tuesday, March 29th. The location and start time of 7:00 would not change. Students should plan to arrive at 6:15. This concert involves only the concert band students, but all are welcome to attend. Please forward any questions to Mr. Fulton at jeff.fulton@spps.org

The CAPITOL HILL READ-A-THON IS ALMOST HERE! March 9-23!

Big picture

The Capitol Hill Hallways are buzzing with student excitement for the upcoming Read-A-Thon. Packets were distributed to students this week to take home; please read through it carefully so your family can learn all about this event… what to do, how to participate, PTO goals, Principal Freeman’s reading challenge, tools to use, prizes to earn, and much more.


Parents AND students can plan to attend NEXT Tuesday’s March PTO Meeting at 7 pm, to kick off the Cougar Read-A-Thon. Throughout the rest of March, stay informed through:

  • the PTO Membership Toolkit,
  • Capitol Hill Friends and Family (on Facebook), and
  • the Capitol Hill Headliner newsletter.

The PTO Read-A-Thon crew will be monitoring goal progress (both in minutes read and donations), and making regular status reports to teachers, so that students know how they’re doing as a class, and as a student body!

You can register your student TODAY at https://pledgestar.com/CapitolHill/ in only a few simple steps. Then, your student(s) can get started with communication templates to invite family and friends to sponsor their reading goals. EVERY STUDENT and classroom are invited to participate.


If you have an urgent question, please contact the PTO Read-A-Thon crew. (You can also subscribe to the new Capitol Hill Read-A-Thon YouTube channel at any time).


No packet? No problem! Visit the PTO Membership Toolkit to download/print.

PTO UPDATES

Simpls Fundraiser, now through March 18!

We have partnered with Simpls, a St. Paul based company, that makes food from scratch using local, organic and sustainable ingredients, for another fundraiser and option to not have to worry about what’s for dinner!


This fundraiser is currently open and runs through March 18th. You can order a variety of frozen soups, pizzas and goodies using the following code: CHPTO22 directly on their website https://www.simpls.com/. Orders will be delivered to your house within 2 business days of ordering as long as the address is in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. (The Gift Packages on their site count for our fundraiser, but not gift cards.)


Capitol Hill PTO will get a portion of every sale during the fundraising period and you can use the code as many times as you would like through March 18. Please feel free to tell friends and family or post our code (CHPTO22) to your social media accounts if you would like. This fundraiser is not only a simple way to raise money, it is a great way to support a small company in our community!


If you would prefer to donate directly to the PTO, donations can be made via cash/check to the office, at GiveMN or PayPal (treasurer.capitolhill@gmail.com).


PTO Meeting Tuesday, March 8th

The Cougar Read-a-thon kicks off virtually at the March PTO meeting (meet.google.com/hsz-obsc-tyr) on Tuesday, March 8. Families and students are encouraged to join us from 7 - 8p as Mr. Freeman shares one of his favorite books!


Voice, Choice and Joy is back! Volunteers are welcome, and needed!

Join the teacher-led committee to help plan and run Voice, Choice and Joy Day on June 2nd. On this beloved day, all Capitol Hill scholars get to participate in a special event that they have chosen from a variety of unique options.


Volunteers are asked to participate in 4 full day planning sessions on 3/30, 4/13, 4/26, 5/18, as well as on 6/2. Please contact Ms. Simmer at elizabeth.simmer@spps.org if you are interested.


Twelve additional volunteers are needed to help scholars sign up for their activities on selection day. If you are able to help from 9:30am-4:00pm on April 26th, contact Ms. Swenson at jeanie.swenson@spps.org.


Health Start Middle School Parent Sessions - Save the Dates!

Join parents from Capitol Hill and Highland Park to talk about Middle School specific topics in sessions facilitated by Jennifer Marshall, Parent Educator from Health Start School Based clinics. Join one or all using this Zoom link. https://mnachc.zoom.us/j/8417187800


  • Tues, 4/12 at 6:30 – Bodies, Relationships & Communication
  • Thurs, 5/12 at 6:30p – Screens and Technology: the good, bad and getting back on track
Big picture

Capitol Hill Voice, Choice, & Joy Day

Do you have a passion, skill, hobby, or talent that brings YOU joy? Would you be willing to share it with students and teach a small group of students?


Think about arts and crafts, slime making, cooking, baking, games and sports, nature (gardening, birding, nature scavenger hunt)….think creatively, think fun, think what YOUR child would like to learn!


Capitol Hill is hosting Voice, Choice, & Joy Day on June 2nd from 10:00-3:00 pm. VCJ Day offers both on and off campus activities that bring JOY to all our students!


How can you help?

Volunteer by hosting a class three times during the day at school for approximately 8-10 students (more volunteers mean smaller classes).


You will need to complete an SPPS Background Check (if you haven't already). You can turn it into the Capitol Hill office. If you already know you want to lead a group...here is the link.


If you don’t want to lead a class, volunteers are needed to help with classes, or to accompany classes going offsite. If you are available, please contact Elizabeth Simmer Elizabeth.Simmer@spps.org.


Thank you!

Voice, Choice, & Joy Team

Doing good together returns April 21!

Doing Good Together is back in-person, and WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOUR INPUT!

If you're not familiar with this event, it is a community service fair that gives students and their families an opportunity to participate in a number of hands-on projects that give back to our local community while teaching kindness.


We gathered virtually last year, but are working hard to offer in-person activities this coming spring! The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 21 from 6pm-8pm at Capitol Hill. Please fill out our short (2-3 question) survey so we can make sure to provide adequate supplies, activities, and space for the event: https://forms.gle/oDSt4sDEzJTizGRK6 There is also a place in the survey to provide your information if you would like to volunteer at the event. Volunteering at Doing Good Together is fun, not a huge time commitment, and is a great way to get involved and feel connected to our school community. If you are interested in learning more, you can email Abby Heuckendorf: agrodin01@gmail.com

Support the Hallie Q. Brown campaign to fight hunger through april 10. Donation boxes are outside the blue atrium at Capitol Hill.

Big picture

Yearbook! ordering is open through March 25! Don't miss out!

The deadline for ordering the 2021-2022 Capitol Hill Yearbook is March 25th. Visit ybpay.com, and use order ID 14565522.

Track and field will begin on March 28. All other spring sports will begin on April 11.

Students are required to complete 2 forms prior to be eligible to participate in our Middle School athletic program:


Dylan Wakefield-Dagen, Athletic Director, Capitol Hill

dylan.wakefield-dagen@spps.org

Capitol Hill has partnered with Every Meal to provide weekend meals for families

We are excited to partner with Every Meal to offer a free weekend food program to all of our students. Every Meal is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to fight child hunger through community and school partnerships. They strive to make a difference in children’s lives by focusing on food gaps like weekends, school breaks, and summer when they can’t receive food in school.


Here is a snapshot of the weekend food program:

  • https://www.everymeal.org/what-we-do/weekend-program/
  • Free for all families and schools to participate.
  • Children receive a weekly food bag that includes 4-5 pounds of nutritious, non-perishable food.
  • No qualifications required for enrollment. Every Meal does not collect information from families; privacy is protected
  • Families may choose from five food bag options tailored for dietary preferences.
  • Families may enroll in the program anytime throughout the school year
  • A thoughtful partnership model- see the Overview


An informational brochure with registration form has been given to ALL students - CHECK BACKPACKS! Contact the Capitol Hill office at 651-325-2500 if you don't find it or need more information.

Big picture

Picking up earlier than 4:15 dismissal time?

Please, to the extent possible, be mindful that students are still engaged in learning until dismissal time. We have many families picking up early this year. If you must pick-up early, please see the notes below.


  • Facemasks are required. We have them available in the office if you need one!
  • Update as of January 7: With the uptick in Covid cases in the Twin-Cities, and in an effort to reduce sharing of pens and the sign-out book, we have decided that sign out in the office will NOT be required at this time. Please enter the building, come to the office to let us know who you are picking up, then wait in the main lobby while we gather your student(s) for you.
  • All changes should be called into the office (651-325-2500) by 3 pm
  • Please plan accordingly. Students move throughout the day into different classrooms and spaces. We ask for your patience while we find them for you, which can take some time.
  • We will not call your child(ren) to the office for early dismissal to wait for pickup. Because we are still in a pandemic, we are limiting the number of people in our main office.
  • Use the Blue C doors and buzz Capitol Hill to come in to speak with the office staff, then go to the lobby to wait.
  • Students should not be calling home to get picked up early without being seen by an adult first, such as the nurse, counselor, or an administrator. If your child is not feeling well, they should be seen by the nurse and the nurse will call you if your child needs to be picked up.
  • Students are not allowed to leave the building without being checked out by the front office staff. Student safety is our top priority and they always need to be accounted for.

Parent Drop-off and Pickup Procedures

DROP-OFF PROCEDURE:

  • Parents/guardians drop off students on Concordia Avenue, no earlier than 9:30am.
  • Please do not cut in front of other cars already in line.
  • When you get close to the front of the line, pull up as far as you can to Mackubin Street.
  • NO PARKING on Concordia: this a pull up and drop off quickly area. If you must park your car, please park safely on another street to take care of your drop-off needs.
  • There is no parking for drop-off in the MLK or Lung Association lots.
  • DO NOT BLOCK PARKING LOT DRIVEWAYS. Avoid stopping at the stairs as well.
  • Students get out on the right side (curbside) on Concordia.
  • Parents/guardians stay in the car. Once your student is out of the car, please safely pull out of the line.


DISMISSAL TIME PICKUP PROCEDURE:

If you are driving, park safely along Makubin, Carroll, Igelhart, or Marshall - not in the MLK or Lung Association lots

  • Please do not stop in the middle of the street
  • Please do not park in the cross walk
  • Please park and pick up your scholar on the sidewalk
  • Be mindful of student safety


Elementary students will be grouped inside by last name, with 3 pickup lines outside on Makubin: Student last names starting with A–G, H–O, and P–Z.


Staff members will be outside calling Elementary student names on the radios. Middle school students will continue to exit the Green Doors on Mackubin.


All changes should be called into the office (651-325-2500) no later than 3 pm. Please, to the extent possible, be mindful that students are still engaged in learning until our 4:15 dismissal time.

Capitol Hill OFFICE NOTES

Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30


Morning Drop-off Time

We want to ensure each child is safe when arriving for school. Staff supervision begins at 9:30am. Please do not drop off your child earlier than 9:30.


Attendance/late arrivals:

Please make sure to always report your child's absences. You can do this in two ways:

Please include your child's name, grade, the reason for their absence, your relationship to the child, and a return phone number that you can be reached at if we should have questions.


Calling Your Child

When calling the school to speak to your child, the office staff will deliver your message to have your child call you back. Teachers are teaching during the day and we are trying our best to lessen the interruptions during instructional time. Thanks for understanding.


Dismissal

Dismissal is at 4:15. We appreciate you making every attempt to honor this time. Students are still actively involved in classroom instruction up to dismissal time.


Please call the Capitol Hill office at 651-325-2500 if you are picking up your child early or letting your child go home any other way than their normal routine.


***Please make sure to call the office no later than 3:00 pm if you have to make changes. If you call later than 3:00, we cannot guarantee that your child will get the message.***