Compiled by Sarah CR Clark

The Back-to-School season, marked by shiny new lunchboxes, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, and new teachers’ names to learn is here in full force!

Students and their parents are counting down the last days of summer break. Educators are getting their classrooms ready.

Most Bugleland students will head back to school on Tuesday, Sept. 5. St. Paul Public Schools (such as St. Anthony Park Elementary and Murray Middle School), Roseville Area Schools (Falcon Heights Elementary), The Avalon School, Great River, Hmong Prep Academy, and Northeast College Prep will all begin classes, for most of their students, the day after Labor Day.

Kindergartners traditionally have their first day of school a day or two later. SPPS kindergartners will begin the year on Thursday, Sept. 7 and RAS kindergartners on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Twin Cities German Immersion School’s students begin the academic year on Monday, Aug. 28.

To help ease the transition from summer to school, many local schools have scheduled Back-to-School events or open houses when students and families can tour classrooms and meet teachers.

Families of Falcon Heights Elementary will be particularly excited for their Back to School Family Event. Principal Beth Behnke explained, “Falcon Heights is completing phase 1 of a two-year construction project this fall. Phase 1 has been our classrooms, so we will be welcoming students into renewed spaces.”

Back-to-School events at some local schools

Twin Cities German Immersion School

Aug. 24, Back to School Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Northeast College Prep

Aug. 30, Meet the Teacher Night from 6 to 7 p.m.

Murray Middle School

Aug. 31, Camp 6 for sixth graders and their families in the morning.

Aug. 31, Open House for seventh and eighth graders and families in the afternoon.

St. Anthony Park Elementary

Aug. 31, Open House Back to School Night from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Falcon Heights Elementary

Sept. 14, Back to School Family Event from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Principals’ Back-to-School messages

“I hope that everyone enters SAP School and feels a sense of belonging! We are a vibrant, diverse community. Each learner has special strengths and their own unique life experience, and we hope they feel loved, valued and seen here at school.”

Karen Duke, principal at St. Anthony Park Elementary

“We want our current students and families to continue to lead and strengthen the great things that are happening at Murray. Our staff work to ensure that our young Pilots are able to meet new friends, explore new classes and ultimately have fun while learning and growing. We are excited to welcome our incoming students to our community and are confident that in no time at all YOU will be our future Murray Pilot leaders.”

Jamin McKenzie, principal at Murray Middle School

Sarah CR Clark is a regular contributor to the Bugle.

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