News and Notes from Principal Goetz

Principal Tammy Goetz

August 12, 2013

Dear Seward Families:

On behalf of the Seward staff and faculty, I welcome you to the 2013-2014 school year. Our mission and vision are stated below. We can only achieve these with your support. I encourage you to become involved at Seward. Communicate with your child’s teacher if you have questions, concerns or want to volunteer in the classroom. Every parent is welcome at our PTA and Leadership meetings. Please see our school calendar for meeting dates and times. The calendar can be found at

Our Mission Statement

To provide a holistic Montessori education, assisting individuals to develop their fullest potential, guiding them to be responsible members of the world community.

Our Vision Statement

Every Seward Montessori student will be prepared to succeed in high school.

  • All students will receive high quality, standards-based instruction in all subject areas.
  • All teachers will focus their instruction on high quality student work that meets the standards while incorporating the principles of Montessori education.
  • All students will thrive in a just, fair, and caring learning environment that fosters confidence and respect.
  • Every student will study a challenging curriculum that applies their learning to everyday situations, thereby enhancing students’ social, emotional and ethical development, as they become world citizens.

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.

I am looking forward to a fantastic year of learning and getting to know your child(ren) and you.



Staff Updates | Please join me in welcoming the following new staff members:

  • Herschel Tisdale: Head Engineer
  • Jessica Grabe: Jessica will be teaching 6th and 7th grade Social Studies
  • Sher Swanby: Media Specialist
  • Donna Schloer: Art Teacher
  • Rhonda Fields: AVID Teacher
  • Cathy Passer: Health Services Assistant
  • Maren Bauer: Student Teacher in Katharine’s class
  • Amanda Gay: Reading Corps
  • Edward Kramer, E2

MaryLee Gudmundson retired at the end of July. We wish Mary all the best.

We will also be interviewing for a Somali associate educator who will work 20 hours per week with our Somali parents.

Congratulations to Mary Ford who will be teaching at Anishinabe this year!

We heard you! You requested that we update our website and get it organized. Many thanks to Abby Augdahl, one of our middle school math teachers, and Liz Spolyar and Pete Munene, both Seward parents, who spent lot of time working to clean it up and make it relevant. Check it out at:

Food Service | Seward serves breakfast to all of our students.

Students can bring lunch from home or buy school lunch for $1.85. Ala carte milk is $.50 per carton. We are a peanut free school.

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. You will receive a packet of forms, including the emergency contact form, the first week of school. 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 Karen (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 use the circle drive to drop off and then pull away
  • The circle drive is NOT a place to park and bring your student into the building.

If you want to park and walk into the building with your child, park on 28th Avenue – thank you.