A LETTER FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
I am the new Assistant Principal at Seward this year. I am returning to
the position I held in the 2004/2005 school year. I am thrilled to be
back, and loving every minute of it!
main responsibility is to ensure that students have a safe, calm
environment to learn. I spend much of my day supervising the hallways,
the lunch room and recess periods. Breakfast is served from 7:20-7:40 am.
Students are encouraged to come directly to the breakfast room from
their bus, eat quickly and head off to class. There is no charge for
breakfast at Seward. If your child eats the school lunch, please send
money each week, or complete an application for free and reduced
lunches. When you send money, we’d appreciate a check or cash in an
envelope with your child’s full name and room number. Call Connie at
668-4961 with questions.
The lunch room is a busy place for a good portion of the day; we have five main lunch periods:
10:05-10:40 am- Rooms 124, 113, 114
10:10-10:45 am- 111, 104, 118, 116, 110 (115 pm)
10:40-11:15 am- 101, 102,103,105,109,117
11:15-11:45 am- 203, 204, 205, 206 (6th graders)
11:40 am-12:15 pm- 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212
12:15-12:45 pm- All 7th and 8th graders
lunch/recess staff has worked hard this year in order to provide your
child with a calm lunch and a safe recess. I have worked closely with a
Lunch/Recess Task Force made up of parents and teachers. Some of the
new things we are trying seem to be working out smoothly. Teachers are
extending the students lunch time by coming into the lunchroom five
minutes earlier than years past. This helps set a tone for the entire
lunch. Students are encouraged to take their time eating, and to always
clean up their own mess. This is a tough job with over 800 students
passing through the lunch room every day! We are monitoring our
procedures and making everyday. The children are anxious to visit with
classmates and release some energy before returning to class.
Every child at Seward receives a 15-20 minute recess period each day. The children will go outside every day, unless it is raining or below 0 degrees. Children
are allowed to bring balls and jump ropes from home to share with their
friends outside. Tackling and rough tag games are not allowed at
Seward. Talk to your child about what they are playing at recess. We
want everyone to have fun and be safe! One thing we need is quiet board
games for rainy days. If you would like to donate a slightly used chess
set, Connect Four, or other board game, we would appreciate it.
and guardians are welcome to join their child for lunch on any given
day. Please sign in at the office counter and receive a visitor badge.
Introduce yourself to one of the lunchroom staff. Look for Bob,
Darlene, Pat, Veronica, Tami, or Connie. Watch for more information
about volunteering in the lunch room. It is an easy way to help at
Seward, and connect with our wonderful students.
Teaching and reminding students about Seward School’s
rules and expectations is another part of my job. Seward does not
tolerate any bully behavior or disrespect of any kind. Teachers and
support staff should always be modeling respect for one another. In
return, students will reciprocate with respect and kindness for staff
and fellow students. We are lucky to have a
new staff position this year. Tami Fecht-Nelson is our new Student
Support Specialist. Tami and I assist students when they cannot solve a
problem within their classroom. Our goal is to always have children in
their classrooms learning. Sometimes we all need a little help
accomplishing our goals; that’s where Tami and I can help! Please don’t hesitate to call Tami or myself with any questions or concerns. We need families on our team, too!
Stop by and introduce yourself if we have not met. I am hard to miss lately. You’ll know what I mean when you see me.
in learning more about the school breakfast/lunch program? We will be
having our second meeting on Wednesday, November 1, at 7:30 am in the Staff Lounge. Call Mary Delander (668-4952) or Marilyn Levine (668-4950) for more information.
you lost a coat, backpack, or lunch box? There are 2 Lost & Found
buckets in the lunchroom; please look through them both for your items.
They will be donated after the first of the month. Please remember to
put your name on your clothing, lunchboxes, etc; we will return
everything that has a name on it!
Seward PTSO Officers for the 2005-06 school year:Susan Sullivan, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.orgJulie Brekke, Communications Chair, email@example.com Fariba Sanikhatam, Treasurer, 651-647-0474, Pruitt@mcg.net Mary Cady, Fund-raising Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org Katherine Lewis, Events Co-Chair, email@example.comKerry Cashman, Events Co-Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Representatives Kari Kleven (co-chair): email@example.com
Angela Mansfield: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Ray: email@example.com
John Lauber: firstname.lastname@example.orgTom Hanson: email@example.comClaire Colliander: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Reiner (Special Ed; co-chair): email@example.com
Susan Hughes (Middle School): firstname.lastname@example.org
Agnes Kilpatrick (E2): email@example.com
Karen Swigart (E1): firstname.lastname@example.org
Gwen Lyon (Kindergarten): email@example.com
Seward Montessori Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO)
Minutes from September 21, 2006, 6:30-8:00 pm,
Agenda: Welcome; 2006-2007 Goals and Plans, PTSO Budget, 2006-2007 Overview from Libby White
introductions by more than 40 attending parents, Susan Sullivan (PTSO
Chair) opened the meeting by describing the who, what, why and where of
Seward Montessori PTSO. Highlights include:
Contact Mary Cady, Fundraising Chair, to ask questions, share ideas or volunteer!
§ Special events throughout the year build community. The next event is the Book Fair (Nov. 17) where you can bring your old books to sell and buy bagfuls to grow your own library! Other events include Roller Skating in March and Culture Night on May 18.
volunteers are critical to all of our work…please turn in your
volunteer form (in the meeting handouts) to Mary Delander …and call to
check in if you’re not contacted.
reviewed the five PTSO goals for the academic year, emphasizing that
they are consistent from year-to-year, and are responsive to parent
input and involvement.
1. Provide a welcoming environment at PTSO meetings to encourage greater participation in PTSO-related activities.
2. Sponsor special events that help build community and appeal to many Seward families.
3. Raise at least $46,450 this school year.
funds to parents, teachers, staff and students, in support of the PTSO
mission to enhance educational opportunities and build community. Grant requests are due October 10 and January 25.
5. Communicate effectively with Seward parents, students, teachers and staff about PTSO-related activities. PTSO
coordinates or publishes the: SPLASH newsletter, school calendar,
Student Directory, Seward Updates on email, Seward website (looking for
help on this).
Small group discussions were held next, with the charge of brainstorming interesting topics for upcoming PTSO meetings.
Sanikhatam, PTSO Treasurer, reviewed the budget for the year,
highlighting nine main revenue streams (fundraising efforts) that total
$46,450; and six major expense categories totaling $46,150, including
grants, educational supplies, communication, PTSO meetings, and events. After a motion and a second, the budget was unanimously passed.
Libby White, Assistant Principal, gave an overview of the school year. Highlights
included: There are currently 820 students at Seward; we had
surprisingly low enrollment in Kindergarten and have 20 open slots;
Seward has 180 English Language Learner (ELL) students (we have a great
program and many of our ELL students are making great progress and
doing well); A new computer lab was installed this summer, so Seward
has two full labs now; 100 lockers were installed upstairs…now nearly
every student has a locker but we still need more; Seward Middle School
is on a new district software system (DiscoveryNet). Eventually,
parents should be able to access grades on line (the plan is to have
this up by January. The system also tracks period attendance for each
student daily); Seward has 65 licensed
faculty and 20 support staff, 12 of who are new to Seward this year;
Seward is aiming to have 95% attendance for all students. That
translates to missing 8 days or less throughout the year.
PTSO 3rd Annual Seward Montessori Fund Drive
(aka Direct Donation Campaign)
Keep your eye on your mail and your check books open! The Drive begins October 10. A letter will be mailed directly to each home.
drive was started after funding to schools was severely cut a few years
ago, and parents expressed interest in simply donating rather than
buying or selling anything. This fund has been highly successful in the
past and, with your help and generosity, it will continue to be so.
The goal is to raise $15,000
to help pay for many worthy causes at our wonderful school including
the graduation celebration, field trips, culture night and much more.
This year, Achieve!Minneapolis will help us with the drive, but all the dollars stay with our school. This will allow easy on-line credit card donations, as well as writing checks.
Feel free to call or email with any questions:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-2669
Parents: Have you noticed your 4th-8th
grader looking to the stars and wondering what's out there? Does
your child think space and science is cool? Well then, Reach for
the Stars is an organization for you. Reach for the Stars is an
organization that works to enhance the learning experiences, and
improve the achievements of 4-8 graders. We are having an
informational meeting in the evening of Thursday, October 26th in the
Multi- purpose room, for all parents and students interested in
learning more about space exploration, aviation, and other advanced
technologies. More information will be in the next Splash. -Thom Skelly
Plain Talk Project, which has successfully reduced teen pregnancies in West St. Paul, is now being implemented in the Central and Bryant neighborhoods of Minneapolis.
Volunteer “walkers and talkers” will go door to door to recruit hosts
for Home Health Parties (HHPs) for adults in the neighborhood. HHPs
provide correct information and communication skills training needed to
educate teens. More about the Plain Talk Project can be found at www.plaintalk.org.
Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee is seeking new members. Since 1982,
the School Board has empowered a standing committee of citizens to
advise them on matters of finance and budget. This Committee has been
effective over time in changing district budget practices, and in
highlighting situations needing attention. The Committee sets its own
agenda and schedule, and usually meets about twice a month between
October and June.
is open to anyone who: is the parent or guardian of a child enrolled in
the Minneapolis Public Schools, OR is a resident (taxpayer) of
Minneapolis, OR is employed by the Minneapolis Public Schools. As more
financial discussion and decision-making is moved to the site level, it
will be helpful to have as many people as possible knowledgeable about
district financial practices, constraints, and opportunities. Our first meeting is scheduled for: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at 7:00 pm, at the District Office (807 NE Broadway), in Conference Room 1.If you need further information, please email Eli Kaplan, Chairperson (email@example.com)
Band is up and running (around the building)!Band
is alive and well at Seward, as our beginners got their lessons started
the week of October 2, joining the schedule that already saw the start
of Wind Ensemble and advanced lessons. Scott the band guy (me!)
has been on the move every Tuesday and Thursday, teaching lessons early
at the Matthews Park Center (thanks, Matthews!), later in the Barbara's
Music Room (thanks, Barbara!), and then rehearsing the Wind Ensemble in
the Multi-Purpose Room. I'm looking forward to another great year
working with Seward students!
--Scott Erickson, Instrumental Music Teacher, Richard Green Central Park School, Seward Montessori School, Sanford Middle SchoolVoicemail: 612.668.8015
nurses in Hennepin County (from 173 schools, in 15 districts) completed
a survey which showed that, per 100 students, 9.2 have asthma, 8.1 have
allergies, 4.9 have ADHD, 4.2 have mental health disorders, 5.2 have
seizure disorders, 2.8 have diabetes, 7.3 have cancer. During one month
in 2005, nurses made 84 911 calls and 125 child protection reports,
helped 436 students with “carbohydrate counts” or insulin shots,
administered 1,124 emergency meds, helped 405 students with daily
living tasks, screened 42,034 students for hearing, 47,887 for vision,
7,934 for scoliosis, and 5,544 for height and weight.
Voting Minneapolis is a non-partisan organization that recognizes that
the future of our community and the country lies in the hands of the
next generation of voters. It is working to prepare our next generation
to accept the responsibility and embrace the opportunities civic
are the life-blood of Kids Voting Minneapolis. Volunteers are needed
throughout the year to keep Kids Voting Minneapolis up and running. We
need almost 800 volunteers on Election Day in November to adopt and
staff 130 neighborhood polling places so that students can vote. For
more information, check out www.kidsvotingminneapolis.org.
Saturday puppet shows at Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre (1516 East lake Street)! Show times: 10 am and noon.
$1 donation suggested for those who live in the Central, Phillips,
Powderhorn, or Whittier neighborhoods; $3 suggested for those who live
elsewhere. Shows are in English, unless otherwise specified, but
children love puppets regardless of language.
October 7, 2006: The Amazing Gnip Gnop Circus (a classic glow-in-the –dark ping pong ball circus! October 14: The Adventures of Don Quixote (Bilingual English & Spanish) October 21: Professor Freshwater’s Punch and Judy October 28: Halloweeno (kids, wear your costumes) November 4: Freaksout!
November 11: Creation Stories from Around the World
November 18: The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly
December 2: The Adventures of Can-Man December 9: Where’s Claudia?/ Donde Esta Claudia? (bilingual Spanish & English)
December 16: Shadow Puppet Poetry
January 6: Amazing Girl Heroes
Puppet-Making Workshops (nearly every Saturday from October to March, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, and 1:15 to 2:15 pm, on the third floor of HOBT’s Plaza Verde). For kids 3 to 12 (please, no unaccompanied kids). $8 per adult and child pair.
The Seward Splash
is a publication for the Seward Montessori community, courtesy of the
PTSO (the Parent, Teacher, and Student Organization of Seward
Montessori). It is distributed on alternating Fridays, with minor
adjustments for holidays and breaks. Deadline for submission of
material for publication is the Friday before the publication date. All
material may be submitted through the Seward office or to Deb Dornfeld
(612-729-3574 or firstname.lastname@example.org ; please send your
item as part of the body of your email, NOT as an attachment). We
reserve the right to edit or decline material due to space or other
limitations. Principal: Dr. Marilyn Levine, 612-668-4950 or MarilynLevine@mpls.k12.mn.us.
2309 28th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55406
Telephone: 612.668.4950 | Fax: 612.668.4960