December 22, 2006



Have a safe, peaceful, and festive Winter Break!




--From Principal Marilyn Levine and the Seward Staff





Seward PTSO Officers for the 2005-06 school year:
Susan Sullivan, Chair,
Julie Brekke, Communications Chair, 
Fariba Sanikhatam, Treasurer,
Mary Cady, Fund-raising Chair,
Katherine Lewis, Events Co-Chair,
Kerry Cashman, Events Co-Chair,     

SMLC, 2006-07

Parent Representatives
Kari Kleven (co-chair):

Angela Mansfield:

Lisa Ray:

John Lauber:
Tom Hanson:
Claire Colliander:

Teacher Representatives

Linda Reiner (Special Ed; co-chair):

Susan Hughes (Middle School):

Agnes Kilpatrick (E2):

Karen Swigart (E1):

Gwen Lyon (Kindergarten):




Reminder:  Minneapolis Public Schools prohibits students from bringing any electronic devices to school.  This includes but is not limited to cell phones, IPODS, CD players, and electronic games.  If staff members see or hear an electronic device, they will confiscate items and turn them over to the administrative team. Parents/guardians will be asked to come to school to reclaim confiscated items.  This policy allows students to keep focused on learning while at school and ensures the safety of expensive personal belongings.








Seward Montessori is again collecting cash donations or gift certificates to Rainbow or Cub, to help families during the two week winter break. There are many families that will be short of food, because usually they are able to have two meals a day at school.                                                                             Would your employer be willing to match your gift? All donations are tax deductible. Please make checks out to Seward Montessori. Questions? Please contact Mary Delander (668-4952) or Ruth Davini at 668-4950. Thanks!

Parents United Network is a state-wide, grassroots coalition of public school parents that maintains a presence at the Capitol throughout legislative sessions (the next one starts January 3, 2007). When the session begins, an entirely new group of legislators will be chairing or sitting on Education committees. Preliminary schedules show Education committees meeting each day Monday through Friday, so if you are interested in visiting, and want to join PUN’s efforts, please call 651-999-7391.                                                                                 January 11, 2007:
The PTA is hosting a basic advocacy training session in the Great Hall at the Capitol from 10:30-2:30. Find information and registration at February 12, 2007:
Parents United 5th Annual Parent Leadership
Summit: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm, 1667 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul. This year, the focus will be on updating the school funding system. After the morning event, attendees will head to the Capitol to speak with legislative leaders.









WINTER YOUTH CAMP at the Movement Arts Center, 2211 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, (612-333-8635 or January 2 - 5th (Tuesday – Friday), 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For boys & girls ages 6 to 12 years.

            Each day will start with a stretch and balance warm-up, followed by a Shotokan Karate lesson.  Children will learn basic blocks, kicks, & punches - moves to enhance self confidence, awareness and develop concentration. There will be movement, music & games throughout the day. 

            Chess is a board game that challenges the brain and imagination.  Campers will learn the basics of how the game is played, and pair up with each other to play at their individual levels.  Beginners will work in a small group with the teacher to understand the basic beginning, middle & end strategies of this fascinating game.  No previous experience is necessary.

            Fee for the entire four day camp is $175;

Fee for 1/2 day morning or afternoon full camp is $90. Or sign up for one or two days: full day $50;    1/2 day $25.