The Principal's Corner

Dear Lyndale Families,

National Gratitude Month is an annual designation observed during November and we have so much to be thankful for when we reflect on the past 30 days at Lyndale Community School!

First, Lyndale Community School has been awarded a school safety grant of $500,000.00 from the Minnesota Department of Education. School safety grants were awarded to 90 Minnesota public school districts or charter schools for security and violence prevention improvements at 123 buiding sites across the state. The funds may be used to predesign, design, construct, furnish and equip school facilities, including renovating and expanding existing building projects. We are in the initial stages of developing a plan to utilize these funds so please watch for more information about next steps coming soon!

We invest in our school community in many ways but we cannot ignore the overwhelming generosity our families demonstrated during our 2018 Give to the Max Campaign. We continue to exceed our fundraising goals each year and we should take pride in the fact we were able to secure over $11,000 to support a variety of arts and enrichment opportunities throughout our school. Our school looks forward to working in partnership with our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) to explore additional ways we can enhance the student experiences at Lyndale using these funds.

We celebrated Native American Family Invovlement Day with an engaging student assembly provided by the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. Students learned more about the symbolism of birds within Native American Culture while getting a chance to see a Red Tailed Hawk, an American Kestrel, a Great Horned Owl and a Bald Eagle up close and in person; thank you to Ms. Helen Strother (School Social Worker) for her work to make this learning experience a reality!

Speaking of birds...Turkey Games provided a wonderful night of fun and entertainment made possible through the efforts of our staff and families. Finally, we will be hosting Muffins and Music (formerly known as Muffins for Moms) on the morning of Thursday, December 6th, in the Media Center. This fundraising event allows all caregivers to gather for breakfast, get to know one another and learn more about how the Lyndale Foundation supports student learning in our school. Gatherings like these are vital to the warm and welcoming environment we seek to provide to our stakeholders so be sure to reference your school calendar (also available via our website) to plan accordingly.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Mark Stauduhar, Principal