Principals' Corner

Dear Hiawatha/Howe families,

I can hardly believe that we are at the end of December and soon we will be in the New Year!

We had some abrupt winter weather and it is a good reminder that your children need to be bundled up when waiting at the bus stop, walking to school with you, and playing on the playground at recess time.

The district has posted guidelines for school closures due to inclement weather (see below).

School Closure Considerations

Safety First

Canceling school is a very complicated decision that affects students, staff and families. Our schools provided students with a safe and stable place to learn. Some students rely on the school district for breakfast and lunch. Canceling school may cause some families hardships related to finding childcare. Canceling school is an exception and we do everything possible to keep schools open.

We consider closing school when:

  • Wind chill is at -35 degree F or colder at 6:30 a.m.
  • More than 6 inches of snow falls in 12 hours
  • More than 8 inches of snow falls in 24 hours

We try to tell parents:

  • By 6 p.m. the day before the cancellation, or
  • By 5:30 a.m. the day of the cancellation

You will hear from us by a phone call, message on district/school website, radio, TV, or sometimes text alerts. If you are interested in receiving these free text alerts from MPS, you will receive text messages notifying you of inclement weather, safety alerts and other important information from Minneapolis Public School. To subscribe, text YES to 68453. Your privacy is important- your information will not be sold or provided to third parties. Once you have subscribed, you can opt out from any alerts at any time- just reply with STOP to any message or HELP if you need assistance. **message and or data rates may apply.

New technology coming to our schools- The district IT Services has been able to secure funding for new-leased student devices. As a result, every classroom will either get an ipad or chromebook cart. Howe is receiving chromebooks and Hiawatha will be receiving ipad carts. This will enable our teachers to differentiate more for all of our students and other educational benefits.

 As students return back from Winter Break in January they will be taking the FAST assessment again. You will receive the results of this assessment in your child’s report card in February. All 1-5 students will take both the reading and math FAST assessment. Our kindergarten students will be taking the COM (concepts of Math) and the FAST reading assessment. Teachers will be communicating with parents through classroom Newsletters, report cards, or other ways about these results.

We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season filled with laughter, love and lots of FUN! Hope that you all get a chance to enjoy some fun winter activities during Winter Break.

We will see your children back in school on Monday, January 8, 2018.


Principals Regnier and Oldenburg