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February, 2018

In This Issue
Book Cafe
Barnes & Noble Book Fair
Fundraising Success!
Staff Appreciation Lunch
Staying Connected with You
Art Adventure
Get Outside!
MPS Budget Conversations
Volunteer Opportunities
Thank You Corner
Mark Your
PTA Meetings
Quick Links
Hello Hale Parents!
Well, January has certainly flown by! So much so that I needed a reminder about this newsletter! But here we are, looking right at February & I see books. Lots of books. The Barnes & Noble Book Fair is this Thurs.Hale Book Cafe the week of Feb. 5, and hopefully some quiet reading done at home on chilly February nights. Our next PTA meeting will take place in the Hale lunchroom on Thurs., Feb. 8 at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.   
Stef Thompson
PTA co-chair
Cozy Cafe for Kids

It is time for Hale Book Cafe again! Once a year we turn our Media Center into a cozy space for the kids. They get to eat snacks, read books, & relax This year it is scheduled for Feb. 5-9.  We use parent volunteers to set up the cafe, pass out snacks to the children, & clean up when it is over! If you are interested, click here to sign up.  If you have questions, email Stephanie at
Barnes & Noble Book Fair
The Barnes & Noble book fair for Hale is Feb. 1 at the Galleria in Edina.
A portion of all book & cafe sales during store hours (10am-8pm) benefit the Hale PTA - & that means teachers & students!
Make sure to mark your calendars for these fun events during the book fair:
After-school choir at 5:30pm
Story time with Principal Fitzgerald at 6pm
4th grade band at 6:30pm
If you are interested in helping to staff the Hale table (welcome parents, hand out benefit vouchers, & keep teacher wish list items organized) please contact Rachel at
Dine Out Night Success!

The MyBurger Dine-Out Night brought in nearly $500!   THANK YOU to the many Hale families and friends who dined out at MyBurger on Wednesday. Our burgers and fries netted a nice chunk of money that will be put to good use right here at Hale.
Our next Dine-Out for Hale night is Feb. 27 at Cafe Zupas in Richfield (1840 E. 66th Street - right by the Richfield Target). We can earn up to 25% of the sales we drive to the restaurant between 5-9 p.m. Make sure to tell them you're there for Hale School! 
And don't forget that Parkway Pizza will donate 5% of orders to Hale on the first Tuesday of every month.

Can We Collect 2018 Worth of Box Tops?

The Hale school community is so giving. We regularly collect $1500 or more in Box Tops in a school year. This year if we reach $2018 earned in Box Tops, we'll have a school-wide celebration with a special prank on Principal Fitzgerald!

In the fall collection drive, we turned in more than 12,000 box tops & earned $1200 for Hale! We only have $800 worth of Box Tops left to go!

Please send in all your Box Tops before Feb. 27!! The spring collection is our final chance to get to $2018!

These small labels are found on all sorts of products so please clip them & bring them to the collection boxes in the main office window. Only bring Box Tops that haven't expired, please.

The funds Hale earns help pay for things like iPads, Chromebooks, classroom equipment (rugs, tables), classroom supplies, field trips for students, teacher appreciation meals, & more!

Thank you for turning in your Box Top labels!

Hale collects Box Tops all year, so any you collect that don't get turned in before Feb. 27 can still be turned in later this spring too, but those will count toward next school year.

If you have questions, please contact Amira Holden at
Being an Ally for Racial Equity, 
an ongoing conversation

The Welcoming Equity (WE) Committee will be holding this important event on Mon., Feb. 5 in the Hale Media Center from 5:30-7:30.

Childcare will be provided and pizza available for adults & kids.
Our schools & children have never been completely insulated from the realities of racial, economic, & gender injustice swirling around us. And today we find ourselves living through an undeniably challenging moment in American history when it would be easy to feel discouraged & disempowered. In response to the more immediate political climate & continuing disparities & racist incidents in our schools, many of us have been in conversation about how to respond in ways that are thoughtful, ethical, & effective.
In this context, the WE Committee would like to invite white parents to a forum on being an ally for racial equity in our public schools. The forum is designed to create a space and process for discussion, reflection, organizing, & resource-sharing. The two central questions of the forum will be: What does it mean to act as an ally and how can we be the best allies possible? And how can we do so in a way that doesn't just perpetuate the power structures we're trying to challenge?
For more information contact Brooke Darst Rice at or Andrew Williams at  
Staff Appreciation Lunch
We are gearing up for the February Winter  Staff Appreciation lunch on Fri., Feb. 16 & we need your help!

The lunch will include a  contest for the best salad and the staff will vote on their favorites! Those families that compete will have a chance to win a popcorn party for their child's classroom. To sign up or get more information, click  here .
Room Parents
Room parents are a new addition to Hale that we're hoping to try out this year - with your help!

Being a room parent can be whatever you make it. If some ideas sound fun, great! If there are other ideas you prefer not to have to do, that's fine, too. It's also great if there's more than one parent in a room that wants t o help out. 
Our hope is to share ideas, test some out this winter & spring, & then meet up in June to share what worked well & prepare for a school-wide roll-out next fall.

Help Us Stay Connected With You
If you haven't already, please take a minute to  add or update your family & student's information in the Hale online directory. A lot of parents use it to schedule play dates, birthday parties, & more.

How about your other parent friends? Ever wonder why they don't know what's happening at Hale? This may be because they aren't receiving the PTA's communications yet. Help them out by sending them this link to sign up.

Signing up is as easy as 1, 2,3!  Visit  the directory  or the PTA communications sign-up today!
Art Adventure

Art Adventure is an amazing program that brings art from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts into our children's classrooms. Our many volunteers go through training at Mia, then present pieces in the classroom they've learned about at Mia. There are 75 sessions in all, covering 6 pieces of art in this year's theme:  Family, Friends, & Communities.
The classroom sessions are taking place now through Feb. 9. At the end of Art Adventure, grades 2-4 will tour Mia to see the art they've learned about in the classroom! Be sure to ask your child what they're learning in Art Adventure!

Be a Science Fair Mentor

Who's got what it takes to be a Science Fair Mentor?  YOU!
We are looking for adult volunteers interested in being paired up with students to work on Science Fair projects. You will be helping students to develop ideas, research, & experiment after school this winter in preparation for the Hale Science Fair on March 22.

Contact Mr. Uhler for more details at
New Year, New Yearbook

Yearbooks are on sale now for just $16! Start here to order your yearbook & to add fun options. Personalization (to have your child's name put on the front cover) is available for an additional $5. You can also add an icon for $3. 

If you are unable to go online, please bring a check made out to the Hale PTA to the Hale or Field School offices. Please Note: personalization is not available after Feb. 16. After that date, the cost of a yearbook will also increase to $18, So Hurry & Order Today!

But if you forget to order before Feb. 16, never fear, you have until May 15 to order here. And even after that, some yearbooks will be available to buy on a first come, first serve basis until they are gone. What we're trying to say is that we really want you to make & keep lasting memories of Hale & Field!
If you have any questions, contact Michael Lieb at
Winter Walk Day
February 7 is Winter Walk-to-School day!  Bus students will also have an opportunity to walk around the block on the north side of the school once their bus arrives at Hale. We will even have some prizes!
Parents & students--WE NEED your help! You can volunteer to give stickers to participants at each corner that morning OR to walk with bus students around the block at Hale. Both volunteer jobs run from 7:10-7:30 am. Please use this link to sign up.

If you have any questions, please email Lori Kaufman at 

Serve as a Snow Steward  
Snowflakes on noses
And shivering kittens,
Temperatures dropping
And warm woolen mittens,
Ski boots & snowshoes are waiting for thee,
It's time to go play in the snow in P.E.!
Ms. Bruun and Ms. Parr need YOUR HELP tying boots & strapping in snowshoes during P.E. winter activities Jan. 29 - Feb. 9. Sign up  here to help with this fun P.E. unit!
If you have any questions, contact Greta Wicker at, Ms. Parr at, or Ms. Bruun at
MPS Budget Conversations with YOU

Minneapolis Schools wants you to know how the budget shortfall may affect our & other schools. They also want to hear your ideas on what we can about this situation we're now in.

Join them at any of 3 upcoming meetings:

Wed., Feb. 7 6-8pm at Southwest High School
Thurs. Feb. 8 6-8pm at the Davis Center
Thurs. Feb. 15 6-8pm at the Transition Plus Wilder Complex

Childcare, light refreshments, transportation, & interpretation will be available.

No School Days

School will not be in session on Fri., Feb. 16 for conferences & Mon., Feb. 19 for Presidents' Day. Let your imagination run wild because you still have time to plan a fun getaway for the long weekend!
We can help (or at least try :)
Is there  something at Hale that you don't understand ? Or maybe you're
curious & you don't know who to ask. Every parent at Hale was new or under-informed (way more than) once!

Ask us at & we might be able to  help .
Volunteer Opportunities
  • Interested in being a room parent or their helper? Contact Katy Sen at
  • Like to party? Be part of planning our adults-only Summer Soiree! Stay tuned for information about our next planning meeting. You can also contact Stef Thompson at for more information.
  • What about plants? Maybe they're your thing! If you want to be a part of the Hale/Field spring Plant Sale, even in a small way, we have jobs available for everyone interested! Please contact Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter at
  • Parent volunteers are needed everyday in the Hale lunchroom. Sign up here.
  • Teachers need parent volunteers in the classroom every day!
    Contact your child's teacher to find out how to help.
  • Do you or someone you know work for a large retailer that sells school supplies (i.e. Office Max, Target, etc.)? The school supply drive was a huge success but we think it could be even bigger & better next year with a connection to introduce the PTA Contact Amanda Huber at
Thank You Corner
A big thanks to Marie Yarroll for organizing Dine-Out Night at My Burger.  Thanks to Lori Kaufman for her work organizing Hale participation at the Minne-Loppet. And thank you, divine intervention, for our snow day.
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