October 18, 2006



 Dear Parents and Guardians,

             It was wonderful to see so many of you in the building for conferences. Teachers told me they were enjoying talking with parents, and I saw many smiles on parents’ faces, so I believe we are off to a good start.  Each day students and teachers are busy with new learning, as each classroom is a steady hum of activity.

            There is a big change coming to Seward in a few weeks.  Paul Hegre, our middle school TAP (Teacher Advancement Program) mentor, has been selected for a district lead TAP mentor position.  We are all delighted for him.  Paul is a highly skilled teacher, and will be able to influence many teachers at the nine TAP schools in the district.  He will be the lead mentor for Seward, so we will continue to work with him.  We wish him well in his new position.  Seward will be hiring an experienced middle school math teacher for Paul’s current mentor position.  We hope to have the new mentor in place by mid November.

            We also welcome Elizabeth Wariboko back to Seward.  Elizabeth is a middle school English teacher, and we are delighted to have her back.  She is a long-call sub right now and we hope to give her a contract soon.

            We have started our Skill-Builders after- school program.  If you feel your child could benefit from some tutoring in reading or math, please call the school or get a form from your child’s teacher.  Classes are Tuesday and Thursday, and there is an after school bus.


Dr.  Marilyn

Seward Principal

PARENTS: There has been a change for the Reach for the Stars informational meeting.  It is set for Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30 in the Seward Multipurpose Room.  Reach for the Stars' Mission is to excite and inspire young children to better appreciate, learn, and enjoy space exploration, aviation, and other advanced technologies.  We hope to inspire your children to see beyond the stars, and to aspire to explore new worlds. 

Thanks to the following parents who helped on Picture Day, and those that will help on Re-take Day:

Reiko Blue Arm, Patti Tufvesson, Natya Youngmark, Susan Pollock, Molly Robinson, Raho Warsame, Ritchie Two Bulls, Ann Agrimson, Kelly Christiansen, Ann Kreider, and Genet Zemedhen.


            Mark your calendar for Friday, November 10th and Saturday, November 11th, for the distribution/pick-up of the Wraps for Success fund raiser. Please be sure to pick up your order, and consider volunteering to help with distribution.
            On Friday, November 10th, we will unload the truck, set up for distribution, and hand out orders of wrapping paper and other items in the Seward Multipurpose Room. Last year many parents and students pitched in, and made the
distribution an enjoyable social event; thanks again to all who helped out!
            Considering the volume of sales, we have a huge, but do-able task. So...it would be great to have your able-bodied help and pleasant dispositions as parts of this huge event.
            Most of the orders consist of small, light-weight packages and bags. Our charge is to get the truck unloaded and the packages and bags organized (by putting them in alphabetical order) in the Multipurpose Room by
            We'll then run several different lines (stations) to distribute the paper to students and parents. We'll be distributing the orders from
2pm to 7pm on Friday (11/10), and 9am to noon on Saturday (11/11).
We need your help during the following times:
1) Friday, November 10th,
noon to 2pm

(we need lots of hands to unload the truck, and set up our distribution camp in the Multipurpose Room).
2) Friday, November 10th,
2pm to 7pm

(we need folks to sign up for two hour shifts to check people's orders and distribute them--I'd like to have at least four to six helpers per two hour shift).
3) Saturday, November 11th,
9am to noon

(we could use two to three people for the entire shift).


PLEASE CONTACT TOM WEGNER, wegwise@bitstream.net , (w)651-481-2521 or (h)612-722-1030.

8th Grade Transition to High School Timeline:

October 24: Transition meeting for parents, Room N207, from 5 - 6 pm.


Shadowing in High Schools, from November 16 to December 8th;

School Information Fair, November 18, 9 am to 2 pm, Hyatt Regency (1300 Nicollet Mall);

In-class writing test administered between November 27 and December 7 (exact date to be announced in the Middle School Update);

High School Information Nights (all meetings begin at 6:30 pm:

            Washburn- Tuesday, November 28

North- Wednesday, November 28

Henry- Thursday, November 29

Edison- Monday, December 4

Roosevelt- Tuesday, December 5

Southwest- Wednesday, December 6

South- Thursday, December 7



No exceptions!


Accelerated Coursework Options and tests outlined to students who qualify.


March 1- SLC and ELL Coordinators send acceptance letters to homes;

March 16-28- Counselors visit to begin registration for High School Classes.


April 13- Appeals of final placement due to Student Placement Services.


May 11- Families notified of appeal results

Bring your Campbell’s labels to school, and put ‘em in the bin by the entrance! Help us earn free films, dictionaries, reference books, pencil sharpeners, storage shelves, etc. As of June 2, 2006, front panel labels are not accepted; clip and save the UPC instead. UPCs are accepted from Campbell’s Soups, Pepperidge Farm, V-8, Swanson, Market Day, and Prego products, among others.

Lots of used books needed for the



Drop off used books on the stage of the Multipurpose Room, from November 10 to November 16. Then come on

Friday, November 17, 2006

5:30 to 8 pm

books, food, music and fun!

Call Elizabeth Lincoln or John Lauber (612-722-3922) with questions, or if you can help out.


Is it important to you that the larger community know about all the great things going on in our school?  Are you an aspiring amateur journalist, or just someone willing to write a few lines?

            The Star Tribune will be launching “Buzz.mn,” a new web site, for school and neighborhood news that doesn’t make the paper.  It would be a great place to post information and stories of interest to Seward parents, and to show the community the positive things happening in this Minneapolis Public School. They are looking for contributors from each school to forward postings and stories.

            Please contact SMLC parent representative Kari Kleven (724-7350, klevens@mn.rr.com) if you’re willing to help with this project.

8th Annual


Friday, November 17 (8 am to 8 pm)

Saturday, November 18 (from 8 am to noon)

 Department 56 giftware and holiday merchandise, at the Zuhrah Shrine Center (2540 Park Avenue, Minneapolis)

FREE PARKING behind the Center.

Seward Employment Opportunity: Two basketball coaches are needed for a Middle School boys and girls team.  The season runs from November 27th to March 9th.  Practice and game times are after school, between 2 and 5 pm.  Please contact Doug Brown, MS Science Teacher and Athletic Director, if you are interested, or if you have more questions (612-668-4950 or douglas.brown@mpls.k12.mn.us).

 The Nautical Model Shipbuilders Society presents the Jim McFadden Annual Model Boat Show, Saturday, October 21, 2006, from 11 am to 4 pm, at the Merriam Park Library (1831 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul). FREE!

7th Annual Seward Arts Festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (November 10, 11, and 12), 2006. Enter the studios, homes, and businesses of nearly 100 artists, writers, and performers. Art, poetry, music, and performance! For a complete schedule of events and a map, visit www.sewardarts.org. Program/Maps will be available at the Birchwood Cafe, Clicquot Club Cafe, Joan of Art, Hexagon Bar, Coastal Seafoods, Seward Co-op, Pizza Luce, Second Moon Cafe, and more, starting the last week in October. Or pick one up at an artist's location on the day of the festival.
If you have any questions, please contact Jocinda Gaynor at Seward Neighborhood Group, 612-338-6205 x109.

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

Laura Murray, Co-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

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 shepanddeb@usfamily.net ; 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.