News and Notes from Principal Goetz

Principal Tammy Goetz

December 19, 2014

Dear Seward Families:

Students need to build reading stamina—the ability to focus and read independently without being distracted or without distracting others. At Seward, students are given time for independent reading in all of our K-8th grade classrooms. To support and continue the work we are doing here to increase reading stamina, set aside time every day for your child(ren) to read during winter break. Here are some suggestions:

Intermediate to middle school readers:

  • Castle and Mosque by David Macauly, he has other amazing books
  • Chew on This by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson–—about fast food
  • Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
  • The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews (fiction)

Primary readers:

  • Boy, Were We Wrong about the Dinosaurs by Kathleen Kudinski
  • Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons, she has other great science books
  • Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
  • Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser

These can be found at the library as well as booksellers.

Building Improvement and Addition: Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Inc. has been awarded the contract for our building improvement and addition. I have not had the opportunity to meet with them yet. I will post updates on construction and timelines on the Seward website.

Reminder: Our school day is 7:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Our doors open for students at 7:20 a.m. There is no supervision for students who arrive earlier than 7:20 a.m. or who stay past 2:10 p.m. Please look into Rec Plus or Minneapolis Kids if you need daycare after school. Have a wonderful, safe winter break.


Tammy Goetz
Seward Principal