Falcon Heights Elementary School

Family Service Night

Falcon Heights Elementary School PTA and Falcon Families for Equity and Justice plan to co-host a Family Service Night at the elementary school on Tuesday, April 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Holly Menninger, parent of a Falcon Heights Elementary student and member of the planning team, said, “This event will bring together students, families, teachers and staff to work together on volunteer projects that support the work of a number of organizations in our community. We expect approximately 100 people to participate in our inaugural event.”

Community organizations that plan to support the Family Service Night include People Serving People (an emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness), the Animal Humane Society, Minnesota Veteran Home, Literacy Minnesota and MatterBOX (an organization that provides healthy snacks to individuals in need).

“These last couple years of the COVID pandemic have been so challenging and marked by a feeling of real disconnection,” Menninger said. “My family and I are looking forward to reconnecting in person with our Falcon Heights Elementary School community, to engage our hands and our hearts in projects that support community needs and work of our local social service organizations.”

The event has been financially supported by many local businesses and organizations; SPIRE Credit Union, Falcon Heights-Lauderdale Lions Club, Warner Stellian, Thrivent, Pearl Oral Care, Ty Haschig Insurance and Financial Service and Target.

Murray Middle School

Murray Middle School students celebrated National African American Parent Involvement Day in February with special guests (left to right) Dr. Darcel Hill from Freedom School, SPPS Superintendent Dr. Joe Gothard, and SPPS athletic administrator Monroe Thornton.
Photo courtesy of Jamin McKenzie.

Murray academic all-stars

Murray is celebrating 54 academic all-star students for Quarter 2. Academic all-stars are students nominated by their teachers for doing great class work and showing good leadership. “We are very proud of all our students and can’t wait to see the next round of all-stars for Quarter 3,” said principal Jamin McKenzie.

Debate team

Congratulations to all Murray students who participated in a successful debate season! Special recognition goes to Charlie Loth and Tilly Connolly who earned a fifth place team award, the highest placing team for Murray this year.

Twin Cities German Immersion School

Academic calendar changes

The TCGIS Board of Directors approved a revised school calendar for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. In addition to providing educators with nearly 60 hours of professional development time through the course of the year, school will not be held on Yom Kippur and Eid Al-Fitr, allowing Jewish and Muslim students to celebrate those holidays with their families and friends.

History Day at TCGIS

TCGIS participated in Minnesota History Day. Over 70 TCGIS middle schoolers will advance to the Regional History Day competition.

Saint Anthony Park Elementary School

Hamline “Schools and Society” at SAP Elementary

After a pandemic break, SAP Elementary is again partnering with Hamline University. Twelve undergraduate students currently enrolled in the course “Schools and Society” spend three hours per week for three months in an SAP classroom.

According to principal Karen Duke, “Some of the Hamline students are education majors, some aren’t. The class is intended for students to learn firsthand about the workings of schools, to have some experience working with students and teachers and to think about the role of education in the broader society.”

The course is required for all teaching licensure candidates in Minnesota.

Busy month ahead for SAPSA

While April is a little quieter than usual for St. Anthony Park Elementary’s School Association, May will be extremely busy! “We are really looking forward to more time connecting with our school community after what has been a very atypical pair of years,” said SAPSA co-president Bryn Manion.

Save these dates:

• May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week

• May 10-12: Annual Plant Sale at Langford Park

• May 13: Return of the Spring Carnival

Bugle freelance writer Sarah CR Clark compiled this report.

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