News and Notes from Principal Goetz

Principal Tammy Goetz

August 15, 2015

Dear Seward Families:

On behalf of the Seward staff and faculty, I welcome you to the 2015-16 school year. I encourage you to become involved at Seward Montessori this year. Please communicate with your child’s teacher if you have questions, concerns or want to volunteer in the classroom. Join us at a Roundtable meeting. Roundtable is the Seward version of PTA and Site Council – one meeting a month. We discuss teaching and learning, school events and invite guest speakers. This year we are starting a Wellness committee. Please see our school calendar for meeting dates and times. The calendar can be found at I hope you will join us!

Our construction project will continue throughout the school year. Your child’s safety is a top priority and like last year, our School Safety and Emergency Team will continue to work with the construction superintendent to insure that our campus is safe. Our project manager, architect and contractors have been great to work with. I am grateful they have been responsive to our needs and good problem solvers. The project will be completed a year from now. I am asking that you be patient as we know there will be bumps in the road and specifically when dropping off and picking up your student.

The most important thing you can do is getting your child to school on time every day. I have heard parents comment that “nothing goes on at the beginning of the day.” Let me assure you nothing is further from the truth. The first 10-12 minutes of the day are critical for your child to get settled in for the day – socially as well as academically. Our classrooms have reading or work time upon arrival. Can you remember a time you were late for a meeting? You probably felt a little anxious or agitated about being late. Your child may feel the same way! Please get your student to school on time so your student has every opportunity to start the day with the rest of her/his classmates.

Dismissal: buses leave our building at 2:05 p.m. If you are picking up your student or he/she is walking home, please be aware all students should be out of the building by 2:10 p.m. We do not have staff to supervise students past 2:10 because we have our meetings after school and often times the construction workers need to know that students are off campus in order to proceed with their work. I am looking forward to a fantastic year of learning and growing as a community.




Staff Updates

Please join me in welcoming the following new staff members:

  • Jody Volk – Health teacher
  • Laura Moyer – SEA
  • Laura Slagter – Associate Educator
  • Meghan Burghess – Special education teacher
  • Kristina Kvarnlov-Leverty EL teacher, co-teaching with Sarah
  • Miki Brown – EL teacher, E2
  • Karly Randall – Associate Educator, Children’s House, Lori
  • Marilyn Terhaar – Associate Educator, E2
  • Lea Davenport – E2 teacher
  • Kathy Hooderhyde – Washburn Therapist
  • Alice Rupert – Reading Corps


Food Service

Seward serves breakfast to all of our students. Students can bring lunch from home or buy school lunch for $2.35. Ala carte milk is $.50 per carton. We are a peanut free school. We also have a food policy developed by our parents and staff. We allow healthy snacks for all students. Please do not send or bring cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other sugary foods to your child’s classroom.

School lunch forms have been mailed out. We need every Seward family to complete the form whether or not you qualify for free and reduced lunch.


Informational Forms

You will receive a packet of forms, including the emergency contact form, the first week of school. It is critical you give us your phone number(s) in case of an emergency. Please look for it, complete the forms and return them as soon as possible.


Transportation Information - Getting to and From School:

If your student rides a bus:

  • You will receive bus information via the Transportation Department.
  • IF you have moved over the summer please call Amanda (612-668-4950) with your new address as soon as possible so we can get your child(ren) transportation as soon as possible

If your student walks or rides a bike to school:

  • He /she should not arrive before 7:20 a.m. – we don’t have supervision for students until 7:20 a.m.
  • We will have crossing guards at busy intersections to insure safety

If you drive your student to and from school:

Students should not arrive before 7:20 a.m. – we do not have supervision for students until 7:20 a.m. Please be respectful and patient

Due to our construction project



Open House Information

Thursday, August 20th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

  • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Kindergarten – 5th Grade
  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Middle School Open House
  • 4:10 – 4:45 6th Grade Parent Meeting re: Camp Widji room 205

K-5th grade 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Meet and greet your teacher
  • Treats will be available in the lunchroom. Please keep all food in the lunchroom. Thank you.

6th – 8th grade 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in our gymnasium

  • 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. pick up schedules and get school picture taken
  • 2:30 p.m. welcome and introductions
  • 2:50 – 3:50 p.m. walk your student’s schedule and learn more about classes:
  1. 2:50 – 3:00 advisory
  2. 3:00 – 3:10 1st hour
  3. 3:10 – 3:20 2nd hour
  4. 3:20 – 3:30 3rd hour
  5. 3:30 – 3:40 4th hour
  6. 3:40 – 3:50 5th hour
  7. 3:50 – 4:00 6th hour

Linda Fish will announce classroom changes every 10 minutes.

Lifetouch will be here from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. You can have your picture taken any time between those hours.

  • 4:00 – 4:45 6th Grade Parent Meeting in Room 205