February 2, 2007




A Letter from the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians:


There is a new federal law which mandates each school district in the nation to have a wellness policy in place in the 2006-2007 school year.  Minneapolis has the new policy ready to go.  The school board recently approved the policy, and staff training has begun.


The essence of the new policy is making a shift in the schools, creating an environment that encourages healthy eating and increased physical activity.  The district has designed a three-year implementation plan.  Seward needs to form a Wellness Task Force to begin planning how to implement the new requirements.  If you are interested in participating on this task force, please call me.


There is another opportunity for parents and guardians, and that is helping on the Budget Task Force.  This is the time of year that we begin planning for next year.  The first meeting of the Budge Task Force is February 13, at 3:00 pm in the Staff Lounge.


African American Parent Involvement Day is February 12th, and we invite all parents to visit school that day.  Watch for a flyer coming home next week.


Conferences are also this month on Feb. 16th.  Please plan to visit school this month.



Dr. Marilyn








Seward PTSO Officers for the 2005-06 school year:
Susan Sullivan, Chair, sullivancoadyhome@yahoo.com

Laura Murray, Vice Chair, lwmurray@gmail.com
Julie Brekke, Communications Chair, julie.brekke@ppl-inc.org 
Fariba Sanikhatam, Treasurer, Pruitt@mcg.net
Mary Cady, Fund-raising Chair, mfcady@aol.com
Katherine Lewis, Events Co-Chair, klewismpls@aol.com
Kerry Cashman, Events Co-Chair, kerrymcashman@hotmail.com

SMLC, 2006-07

Parent Representatives
Kari Kleven (co-chair): klevens@mn.rr.com

Angela Mansfield: angelalbm@earthlink.net

Lisa Ray: lisaray321@msn.com

John Lauber: jlauber@mn.rr.com
Tom Hanson: tadhanson@msn.com
Claire Colliander: colliander@visi.com

Teacher Representatives

Linda Reiner (Special Ed; co-chair): lreiner@mpls.k12.mn.us

Susan Hughes (Middle School): susanh@mpls.k12.mn.us

Agnes Kilpatrick (E2): phoxisland@aol.com

Karen Swigart (E1): kswigert@mpls.k12.mn.us

Gwen Lyon (Kindergarten): gwenlyon@mpls.k12.mn.us




January 19, 2007 Student Council Meeting
Sorcha called the meeting to order; we discussed the new meeting time of Student Council (10:15); lists of possible preps for next year were received, including: art, music, gym, media, science, drama, writing, literacy, and other; we discussed Spirit Week, May 21-25; the following Days were nominated: Duct Tape Day, PJ Day, Hat Day, Wacky Day, Beach Day, Backwards Day, Twin Day, Color Day, Opposite Day, Favorite Book Character Day, Pro Sports Day, Opposite Gender Day, School Spirit Day, International Day; the following days were decided on: PJ Day, Hat Day, Wacky Day, Opposite Day, Twin Day; service projects were discussed: school-wide trash clean-up, raise money for field trips with a car wash (?), pre-summer food-drive, clothes drive, write letters to troops, Valentines for seniors/hospitals, talent show (with possible addition of student-made films?), Middle School Council met; wrote letter to engineers about getting a supply cabinet of bathroom supplies, discussed a dance.
Thanks!                            --
Collin K-S, SC Secretary






MathMovesU grants and scholarships! This program is offering support to Middle and High School students, aged 11 or older, who write a 500-word essay about: what they would do to make math study cooler; what their teacher does to make math fun; or how they would spend the grant to improve their school. Winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and $1000 for their school to  implement the ideas proposed in their essay. Deadline: February 15, May 15, and October 15. For more infor, www.mathmovesu.com/grants.html#hero or (507) 931-1682.



Take Your Child to School/Visit Your Child at School Day:” Monday, February 12, 2007. The founder of National African American Parent Involvement Day suggested the new name, as a way of reaching out to the families of all children, to encourage them to be more involved in their children’s education. Seward’s Open House will be from 7:30 am to 1:45 pm; join us!



Online surveys: help develop Minneapolis Public Schools’ District Technology Plan! The surveys take 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Parents: http://its.mpls.mn.us/techparent.html

Teachers and staff: http://its.mpls.k12.mn.us/technsurveys.html

Students: http://its.mpls.k12.mn.us/techstudent.html



Parents United 5th Annual Parent Leadership Summit, February 12, 2007; 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. 1667 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul. Join us at this event – by parents, for parents – to learn and talk about P. S. Minnesota, a new framework for funding our public schools. We are eager to have the feedback of public school parents on this important issue. The Summit is also a great opportunity to network with public school parents from around the state to share both the challenges and highlights for our kids and our schools. http://www.parentsunited.org/News-Events.html