1 LHCS News A weekly publication of the Lake Harriet Community School PTA April 25, 2017 TWENTY-NINTH ISSUE FOR New Items: Minnesota Reading Corp Tutor Lake Harriet Lower Campus is seeking applicants to serve as Minnesota Reading Corps tutors for the school year. Qualifications: Can commit to working with students every day during school hours from August 20, 2017 to June 23, Have a strong desire to support K-3 students developing literacy skills. (An Education degree is not required - training is provided as well as on site coaching) Are resilient, flexible, and open to feedback Have reliable transportation Are citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents of the U.S. Schedule is primarily school day hours, Monday through Friday when school is in session. Choose from 3 positions: 25 hours per week 35 hours per week 40 hours per week Must be available for training on August from 8:30-4:30 p.m. in the Twin Cities Note: There are benefits and compensation. Please contact Merry or Jennifer if you are interested. We will forward your information on to the recruiter. 13 Reasons Why Information Over the last few weeks we have heard a lot of discussion among LHCS students and staff
2 regarding the new Netflix series called 13 Reasons Why, based on a fictional novel by Jay Asher. The series is rated TV-MA (for a mature audience). It depicts a journey of a high school student who commits suicide, leaving behind tapes in which she tells her story and the events that led up to her death. Those who have seen it describe the series as graphic and real. The creators have promoted the series as being one that would help students understand the impact of bullying, social media, harassment, assault and suicide. While the series is compelling and dramatic, the concern of many educators is that it does not accurately model what we would want or hope for students that are struggling or in crisis, and that the show may unintentionally send confusing messages about suicide. It is also a concern that so many of our students are finding ways to access this program without parental knowledge. The intent of this newsletter post is to make families and staff aware of the series and also to provide some resources and talking points about the series. We definitely encourage you to talk with your child about this series, especially if they have already watched it. Lower Campus FIELD DAY (expires 5/23) Lower Campus Field Day is Friday, May 27th! Ms. Chase can use many volunteers to help with events. If you'd like to volunteer, click on the signup genius link below. It's always a fun day! Scooter City! (expires 5/2) SCOOTER CITY will soon be happening at the lower campus. From Monday, May 1 to Wednesday, May 10, all physical education classes will be participating in Scooter City. If you are interested in volunteering during your child s PE class time, Ms. Chase would love to hear from you! You can help run the restaurant, car wash, etc. You can contact Ms. Chase by or voice mail ( ). STE(A)M DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (expires 5/2) STE(A)M DAY is May 5th from 2:20-3:30, and we are looking for you, volunteers, to show up and have fun. All you need to do is check-in on Friday, May 5th, at Lower Campus at 2:00pm and participate in a fun class. No planning is involved. Here is the Signup Genius Link for easy signup. Any questions, contact Heather Hunt Thank you! The STE(A)M TEAM Southwest HS Performing Arts (expires 5/19) Amazing things are always being created by the students and staff at Southwest High School. Support the Arts! April 27th, 7 pm Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Concert SWHS Auditorium May 4th, 7 pm Film Fest SWHS Auditorium May 6th 9m 9pm, 7 pm Battle of the Bands STRUT Guitar Festival - SWHS May 19-21, 7 pm The Children s Hour, Unhinged Student Theatre SWHS Black Box A private school for young girls is scandalized when one spiteful student, Mary Tilford, accuses the two
3 young women who run the school of having a lesbian relationship. This explosive drama written by the virtuosic Lillian Hellman made waves when it premiered in Herself a target of the McCarthy era blacklisting of Hollywood and Broadway artists, to Hellman this was a play about the evil power of slander. Urgent: DragonFest NEEDS You (expires 5/2) We still need volunteers to run games at the carnival THIS Friday. Thank you so much to everyone who has already signed up. To everyone else, we NEED you. If we do not have enough volunteers signed up we will be forced to make difficult decisions about which games to cut. When games are gone, kids are sad. Don't make kids sad. We know you get bombarded with requests all year long, this event cannot happen without the support of volunteers. Please sign up today. Questions? Contact Anne Thielen Service Learning Fair (expires 5/2) Save the date! You are invited to celebrate the impact that the fifth and sixth grade students have made with their service projects this year! All are welcome! When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 Time: Open house 6-8 p.m. Where: LHUC Gym Capital Planning Open House (expires 5/2) You re invited to attend Minneapolis Public Schools capital planning open house on Monday, May 1, from 6 8 p.m. at the Davis Center (1250 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis). At this meeting, we will provide information about the construction projects in many of our schools the district will begin to work on designing next year. Please contact Candee Lovell ( ) if you have any questions. Parties Falore! Take Me Out to the Ballgame! (expires 5/21) Take me out to the ballgame! Join us for our annual Minnesota Twins game on Sunday May 21, 1:10 PM in the Great Clips section as they face off against the Kansas City Royals. We will provide some fun activities for the kids throughout the game, and your ticket includes $10 to use for food and drinks of your choice. Stick around after the game and take the kids to the field to run the bases! Hosted by Bertram family, Krueger family, Lee family and Trujillo family. Trece de Mayo (Parties Galore) (expires April 25) Our party hasn't been making the newsletter - can you please add it? Thank you so much!
4 TRECE DE MAYO!!! (SATURDAY, MAY 13) The 6th grade parents will recall our Cinco de Mayo parties of the past. Well, Trece de Mayo is promising to be bigger, better, and in true LHCS spirit - all inclusive. Grab your sombrero and join us for an evening of your favorite Cinco de Mayo traditions! Your price of admission includes a full Mexican meal, live mariachi band, adult pinata, unlimited margaritas, beer, tequila tasting, and much, much more! Feel like dressing the part? There will be a prize for best dressed. Bring cash or checkbook for the famous bead game and fabulous live auction prizes. Time: 7:00 p.m. Cost: $35 each (80 available) Place: Home of Brad and Margo Farrell, 2709 West 47th Street Hosts: Margo & Brad Farrell, Rebekah & J. Forrest, Sara Malin Mackey & Pat Mackey, Liz Banfield & Rob McPherson, Melissa & Brian Taney. S'Winter Festival (expires 4/29) Join 5th grade parents for the annual backyard gathering celebrating the seasons! This year's fiesta will be complete with a food truck featuring Latin fare, chile and chocolate inspired s'mores, and the ever-popular Sno-Cones with a twist! Must be 21 years or older. Where: Kyle & Sara Johnson's Backyard, 4815 Thomas Avenue S, Minneapolis When: Saturday, April 29, :30pm-9:30pm Cost $40/Person Hosted By Maggie & Brian Bebler, Missy Durant & Samantha Hanson, Heather & Matthew Hunt, Sara & Kyle Johnson, Kate & Mike Kerfoot, Beth & Steve Larcoran, Megan & Sam Sigelman, Stacy & Rich Walker & Melissa + Brian Taney, Rebekah + J. Forrest and Liz Banfield + Rob McPherson Previous Items: Carnival After Party at The House of Music (expires April 25) We know you're sad when the carnival is over, so let's keep the party going! Join us across the street at the House of Music from 8:30-9:30 for live music from some of your favorite student bands. Admission is free! Volunteer at the Carnival (expires April 25) DragonFest Spring Carnival April 28 - Volunteer!!! The 2017 Carnival is Friday, April 28 from 5:30-8:30 pm The kids love it. The parents love it
5 when it s over. This is the best fundraiser of the year for the PTA and we need over 200 volunteers to make it happen! Please consider volunteering for games or one of the other exciting spots that are available. Sign up now! Wellness Update (expires April 25) Minneapolis Public Schools is doing big things to support our students and staff - locally sourced meals, true food taste tests, group bicycling rides and more! Because we know that well-being is an important part of learning, we're updating our district wellness policy The updated policy sets a foundation that will not only get MPS in compliance with federal regulations, but it will also increase awareness and engagement around wellness. Read more about the upcoming changes and provide valuable feedback that may help guide our implementation in the 2017/2018 school year. Please share this information with your entire school community. Flyer can be found here. Equity Conversation (expires April 25) For the second time this year, there will be a community conversation about equity and integration at Minneapolis Public Schools. The equity conversation will be held in a World Cafe format from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the Davis Service Center. In order to make lasting change within our schools and develop a successful Achievement and Integration Plan, we need to hear from as many voices as possible. Please click here for more information. National Volunteer Recognition Week (expires April 25) April is National Volunteer Recognition Week Each year, a select number of MPS volunteers are recognized on MPS social media (Facebook and Twitter) at the request of teachers and staff. This year, we will keep it local by also featuring all LHCS nominations on the LHCS News Facebook page. We will feature our rock star volunteers throughout the week! Please watch for posts and feel free to add your own shout outs. We have an amazing volunteer community here at Lake Harriet. Thank you to all of our family and community volunteers who truly are the roots of this community. Rhonda Bonnabeau Family Liaison, Upper Campus Citizens and Heroes (expires April 25) Congratulations to our March Citizens and HEROes! We recognized these students as positive contributors to our school community. Kindergarten: Liva C, Gray G, Ellen R, Myles I, Thomas L, Keira B, Katie H, Phoebe H, Nettie W, Charlie F, Triada N, Colette F, Fiona B First: Ben S, Tommy L, Ruby D, Sabri B, Oscar F, Paige A, Chloe M, Gianna P, Grace F, Juliet Z Second: Oliver G, Mila B, Fiona A, J.J. Keating, Ian J, Mae S, Gianna P, Ryan L
6 Third: Amelia S, Louie T, Megan C, Ellia C, Natalia G, Marin K, Amber C, Hendrix B, Lola V, Ruby J Grade 4: Matthew W, Maya T, Oliver E, Ian W Grade 5: Shawn T, Amelia S, Lewis W, Loch N Grade 6: Jonah B,Wilson N, Karli T, Clementine K, Josie B, Aidan M, Elsa Y Grade 7: Sophia S, Mikey S, Paola R, Eddie J, Griffin West, Corrine T Grade 8: Stephon T, Joseph P, Rayne C, Kyra C, Olivia S, Oliver H. Community News Help Needed with 8th Grade Graduation (expires 4/25) We need someone ASAP to help coordinate this wonderful event. It's a well oiled machine with a binder full of all the information you'll need and coordinators from past years who are willing to help. Any parent is welcome to sign up - we would love to have you organize this special day for our 8th graders. Contact Nikki Niermann, or Rhonda Bonnabeau, Minneapolis Kids Jr. (expires 4/25) Minneapolis Kids Jr., a program of Minneapolis Community Education offers a safe, nurturing, educational, and recreational experience specifically designed for children entering kindergarten the following school year. Children are encouraged to pursue interests, and develop friendships, independence, and confidence. We incorporate curriculum from Mother Goose Time. Minneapolis Kids Jr. runs Mon Thu from 10am 1pm $80.00/week. Minneapolis Kids Jr. will offer programming from the Monday following Labor Day to the Thursday prior to Memorial Day. Registration is open now! Classroom Placement of Students at Lower Campus: (expires end of April) Dear Families, I want you to know that the teaching staff at Lower spends hours each spring classifying the students and carefully taking the time to place them into classrooms. Many factors are considered and each class is carefully balanced. That being said, we are asking that you please do not send us parent information forms. We are trying something new effective ; in the fall, once you have received your child s placement, our teachers will be collecting information about your child. This is when you can tell us all about your child- skills, abilities and learning styles. We want you to connect with your child s classroom teacher, build a relationship, communicate back and forth, and share your hopes and dreams for your child. Please keep in mind that ALL of our staff are highly qualified and are eager to work with you and your child in their educational endeavors. Effective spring of 2017, we will no longer be accepting any classroom requests during our classification process. Instead we want you to share your child s strengths and challenges with the teacher in the fall.
7 Sincerely, Merry Tilleson Principal Lake Harriet Lower Community News: Summer Art Camps at Simply Jane Studio! (expires 6/13) Let your child explore their creative side in our fun and engaging summer art camps taught by professional artists. Our summer camp season begins June 15 and runs through the week of August 21. Come for a half day or stay all day! Camps include: Clay, Mosaics, American Girl, Kendama Games & Painting, Felting, Batik & Tie Dye, Plein Air, and much more! Camps are filling up, so register today! It s Back! Washburn Soccer Camp for Middle School Athletes Open to boys and girls entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in Fall 2017 At Washburn High School Stadium Tuesday June 27, through Thursday, June 29, :00 am 11:00 am each day $55.00 per camper (includes t-shirt) Here's the link to register: Registration for the 2017 Youth Soccer Camp at Washburn High School is open! What: Soccer camp for kids in grades K-5: Skills and fun When: June 19-22, 9:00-11:00 am Where: at Washburn High School, run by Washburn Varsity Soccer Coaches and Players, girls and boys Cost: $80 per player (includes t-shirt and ball) Here s the link to register: Summer Cycling Club! (expires April 25) Looking for a cool way to enjoy the Minneapolis bike trails with your kids, their friends and parents, and the greater community this summer? Think about resurrecting the Mill City Cyclomaniacs! Gobs of kids and parents enjoyed informal Friday group rides throughout the summers. Then those kids grew up, schedules changed, etc. All it would take is a leader or two - super easy commitment and worth every minute. Check out the website [ ready for a new generation of parents and their K-8 sidekicks to take over and have a blast! Please contact Angie Gustafson for more information or
8 SWAC Girls Softball - Get Your Game On! (expires April 25) It's not too late to sign up! Girls ages 9 and up are can register for spring softball at Pershing Park for a season of fun! Scholarships available. Register in person at Pershing Park, 3523 W. 48th Street. Questions? Please call SW Lady Lakers Basketball Clinic (expires 5/2) SW Lady Lakers Basketball Clinic - Presented by the Timberwolves/Lynx Basketball Academy Date: July Girls going into grades 1-4: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Girls going into grades 5-8, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost $49, includes voucher for Lynx ticket and other miscellaneous prizes and gatorade Held at SW main gym Questions - Dan Froehlich, SW Girls Head Coach, , To register, see flier, or send $49 check to 5223 Vincent Ave So, Mpls MN 55410, with girl's name, grade, and parents and phone numbers. Info also available at swgirlshoops.weebly.com or Timberwolvesbasketballacademy.com LHCS News Contacts: Julie Mark Fullerton: Gwen Spurgat: Published every Tuesday. Deadline for submission is 4pm the preceding Thursday. Submissions: to Mark Fullerton: or use the online submission form at: Please try to limit each submission to approximately 150 words in length.