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Letter from Meghan O'Connor Fisher, new Lyndale Principal
Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:10 PM

June 19, 2020

Dear Lyndale Families,

I am thrilled to serve as the Principal of Lyndale Community School. From what I have heard, Lyndale is a fantastic place to work, with an engaged community and vibrant culture. I believe families are the school’s partners in a child’s education and I look forward to meeting you all soon.

For the past six years I have worked at Seward Montessori. I’ve been the Assistant Principal for the last four years and was previously the Admin TOSA for two years. I started my career with Minneapolis Public Schools as an Instructional Leader. Prior to Minneapolis, I taught 4th and 5th grade for Chicago Public Schools and the Renton School District in Washington State.

As for me personally, I was raised in a suburb of Chicago, and I have lived in Minneapolis for the last eight years. My husband and I live in South Minneapolis and have two young boys and our oldest will start kindergarten this fall.

During this next year I have a lot to learn about the Lyndale community:  staff, students, families, the climate and culture of the school and much more. I plan to learn from all of you, as you are the experts on Lyndale.

I believe the 2020-21 school year will be great, and I will ensure all students feel welcome, safe, and able to engage in meaningful learning.

Sincerely,

Meghan O’Connor Fisher
meghan.oconnor@mpls.k12.mn.us

School Supply List Update
Thursday, June 25, 2020 1:40 PM

Lyndale families:

Please note that the 2020-2021 school supply list might look very different than in years past due to COVID-19. Stay tuned! We will post an updated list as soon as it is complete.

Welcome Meghan O'Connor Fisher, new Lyndale Principal!
Friday, June 19, 2020 4:00 PM

Lyndale Families:

Please welcome Meghan O'Connor Fisher, new principal at Lyndale Community School! 

Ms. O’Connor was most recently an assistant principal at Seward Montessori. She has more than 14 years of experience in education, including as an elementary school teacher and instructional leader. Ms. O’Connor shows a deep commitment to supporting students in all areas of their education, from academics and arts to behavior and safety.

Read more in the announcement from Associate Superintendent Ron Wagner

Get help buying food while schools are closed. Apply for Pandemic-EBT by June 30th.
Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:30 AM

Lyndale Families,

On May 28, 2020, Minnesota was approved to offer $325 per child to help buy groceries for families whose children were between the ages of 5 and 18 on September 1, 2019, and received free or reduced-price meals during the 2019-20 school year. All students at Lyndale receive free lunch, which means your family should qualify for these funds. Apply by June 30 at www.mn.p-ebt.org.

To access these benefits, please see the instructions that match your specific situation below.

  • If your family was receiving SNAP or MFIP benefits on March 18, 2020:  You are eligible for these benefits, and $325 per child will be added to your EBT card balance. You do not need to apply for these benefits or take any additional action, as this benefit is automatic.
     
  • If your family received free meals during the past school year and does not receive SNAP or MFIP:  You will need to complete an application for benefits at www.mn.p-ebt.org. When you are approved, you will receive your card in the mail, and you can use it to purchase groceries at any EBT-approved grocery stores. You will receive $325 per child, which will be preloaded onto the card. If you do not complete the short application before June 30, you will not receive these benefits. No social security numbers are required. You only need to provide your child’s date of birth and school, and a parent/guardian’s name, date of birth and home address.

These benefits are available even if your child continued to receive meals through your school. By signing up for these benefits, you will not be enrolling in SNAP, MFIP, free or reduced-price meals or any other program.

If you have questions about requesting or using these benefits, please contact the P-EBT Hotline at 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698.

If your family is struggling to afford healthy food to eat, please contact your local county or tribal human services agency, apply for additional benefits at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov, or contact the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 651-486-9860 or 888-711-1151.

Thank you, and stay safe and healthy.

Mark

5th Grade Recognition
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 2:15 PM

Congratulations to our 5th Graders! There will be a virtual 5th Grade Recognition event this Thursday, June 4, at 4pm. 5th Grade Families — Please check with your teacher on Google Classroom for the Zoom link to join the event.

Alternatives to on-site food drives and donations
Monday, June 1, 2020 4:55 PM

Lyndale Community:

Many community members have reached out with a desire to support MPS students with food and other resources during this difficult time. We are so grateful, but need to be clear that our schools do not have the staff, the capacity, nor the time to safely and adequately manage and re-distribute these resources. Without the ability to efficiently get these in the hands of those who need them, they may go to waste.

Let’s instead redirect these kindnesses in the following ways:

  1. Direct families in need to our emergency meal distribution sites.
  2. Request that they make donations to AchieveMPLS in the name of the school community they wish to support.
  3. Send donors to this list of food shelves in Minneapolis.

We so appreciate people’s caring generosity and realize it feels wrong to refuse. But we can maximize their gifts by redirecting them to resources better equipped to help. To that end, schools should not host food drives or donations on site. Thank you for complying and for all you do to support our students and families.

Additionally, we want to draw your attention to a correction to the materials we shared last night:

CORRECTION: Please note that a wrong number was shared last evening for emergency housing support, please reference the correct numbers below for families in need of emergency housing support

The Red Cross is coordinating emergency shelter for those who are temporarily displaced due to the recent events: 612.871.7676; press extension 1.

Families experiencing a housing crisis not related to the recent events can contact the Hennepin County shelter team: 612.348.9410.

 

Statement On The Murder of George Floyd
Thursday, May 28, 2020 3:20 PM

Lyndale Students, Families and Staff,

The murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis Police Officer has impacted ourselves, our community, our country and beyond.

As we struggle to process yet another killing of a black man at the hands of local law enforcement, we understand that the social, emotional and physical impact of this tragic event has yet to be fully realized.

Please see the resources linked below to learn more about how we can help our students, our most valuable resource, navigate and process the events currently taking place in our neighborhoods:

Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

I urge everyone to take care of themselves, their families, and our community to the best extent possible in the days and weeks to come.

Be safe. Sow love. Reject hate.

Mark

Retrieval of Student Belongings
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:00 PM

Families are being assigned a specific date and time window from June 3-5 to pick up a bag containing student belongings and return library books and band/orchestra instruments to the school. To ensure everyone stays safe during this process, families will drive up to DOOR 5 (Recess Door/Closest to the Playground) by heading Southbound on Pleasant Avenue towards the Parking Lot and stay in their vehicle while staff places their student's bag in their trunk.

All students will receive a free Lyndale School 2019-2020 yearbook in their bag of belongings!

**Please read the letter below from Principal Stauduhar for more specific details on the process.**

Retrieval of Student Belongings — English [pdf]

Retrieval of Student Belongings — Somali [pdf]

Retrieval of Student Belongings — Spanish [pdf]

MAP of pickup area [pdf]

Schedule for families to pick up student belongings:

PICK-UP TIME

WEDNESDAY,
JUNE 3

If your student's last name begins with this letter:

THURSDAY,
JUNE 4

If your student's last name begins with this letter:

FRIDAY,
JUNE 5

If your student's last name begins with this letter:

9:00am - 3:00pm A - I J - R S - Z

 

Eagle Families,

As we approach the end of the school year, I want to share with you details on when and how you will be able to retrieve your student's belongings that may have been left behind when school buildings were closed by Governor Walz.

Using safety precautions such as wearing gloves and masks, school staff will gather your student's belongings and place them in a bag(s) which will be labeled with your student's name.

Families are being assigned a specific date and time from June 3 - 5 to pick-up the bag(s) based on your student's last name as indicated in the chart below. Families can come at any point within that time span indicated in the chart [see above chart].

Families with more than one child at our school will get all their children's belongings on the same date, even if their last names are different. The pick-up date will be based on the child whose last name is closest to the start of the alphabet, for example, if your children's names were Jane Doe and Frank Smith, you would pick up both their belongings on Jane's date/time: June 3 between 9:30 and 11:30 am.

To ensure everyone stays safe during this process, families will need to stay in their vehicle and staff will place bags in the trunk--please make sure you have room in your trunk. Under no circumstance will families or students be allowed in the building. Families should drive up to DOOR 5 (Recess Door/Closest to the Playground) by heading Southbound on Pleasant Avenue towards the Parking Lot. Please be aware that other families will be picking up belongings at the same time and you should expect some wait time as vehicles move through the line during this process.

When staff approach your vehicle, please roll down your window a small amount to give them your student's name and open your trunk or back door (for vans) from your vehicle. Staff will stay a safe distance in respect of social distancing.

Finally, this is an opportunity for you to return any library books and/or musical instruments checked out by your student(s). It is very important that we get these back prior to the end of the school year.

All musical instruments should be returned to Lyndale as many will need routine maintenance and cleaning. Mr. Hadley will communicate to parents options for any 4th graders wishing to continue practice on their instrument over the break.

If you are unable to come to the school to get your student's belongings for any reason, please let us know by calling 612-668-4000 or emailing to john.alverson@mpls.k12.mn.us so we can work with you to get any items you may need or to let us know you'd like us to hold them at the school until we return to in-school learning. Please include the following information when you contact us:

  • Your student's first and last name
  • Your current home address
  • The best phone number to reach you

NOTE: If you leave this information on our voicemail, please speak slowly and clearly. If you have any questions, please reach out to the email/number above.

Sincerely,

Mark Stauduhar
Principal
Lyndale Community School

2020-2021 New Family High-5 and Kindergarten Meet and Greet
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:40 AM

New family/student registration information will be provided here on how and when to register your 2020-2021 High 5 or Kindergarten students. We are delighted to have you and your child join the Lyndale school community! We look forward to meeting you in person!

We invite you to join our Kindergarten and High 5 Teachers in a virtual Q & A on Wednesday, May 27 at 3:00pm.

 

 

Welcome Letter for Incoming Families, May 2020 — English [pdf]

Welcome Letter for Incoming Families, May 2020 — Somali [pdf]

Welcome Letter for Incoming Families, May 2020 — Spanish [pdf]

Principal Hiring Process
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 9:20 AM

May 11, 2020

Lyndale Community,

At MPS, we know how important it is to have a great Principal in every school. I also believe that we cannot select the best person to lead your school without your perspective and participation. On behalf of the Superintendent, I'm looking forward to partnering with you later this month as we work to identify your future leader.

Here's what you can expect from the hiring process:

  • Assemble the Interview Team: I'll work with Assistant Principal Powell to identify up to 10 people (members of the Site Council and ILT) for the interview team and will schedule time for this team to meet and interview finalists virtually in the first week of June. Site Council will discuss this process and select representatives. The Site Council President will provide me with a list of three to four names. The school Instructional Leadership Team will also choose up four representatives and provide me with the names. Once I have the names of the interview team, I will confirm a time for the virtual interviews as well as provide a schedule.
  • Leadership Profile: The internal and external communities have participated in a survey to capture their perspective around the characteristics and skills valued most in a Principal. The feedback will become part of your school's Leadership Profile, which the interview team will use to guide the interview process.
  • Selecting Finalists: Our district has been working to recruit a diverse pool of talented leaders who are interested and qualified to lead an MPS school on a yearly basis. In partnership with Human Resource, I'll identify a small group of finalists who could be a great potential fit for your school.
  • Interviews: On our scheduled interview day, the team will meet virtually with a representative from Human Resource to orient to the process, finalize the interview plan, review resumes, and then prepare to interview finalists. Through this process, the interview team will determine a final recommendation for each finalist.
  • Selection: I will bring your recommendations and feedback to the Superintendent, who will make the final selection decision. We will move as quickly as possible to extend an offer to the selected candidate and negotiate the details of their contract. As soon as your new Principal has been confirmed, I'll be back in touch to share the good news and introduce them to the entire school community.

If you have any questions along the way, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I look forward to our work together and to identifying an extraordinary Principal for Lyndale.

Sincerely,

Ron Wagner Associate Superintendent
 

Timeline:

  • April 29th -Leadership Profile sent out 
  • May 13th – Leadership Profile closes
  • May 8th – Lyndale Principal Position Posted
  • May 22nd – Principal Position closes
  • May 25th – May 29th – Internal review of resumes and look at leadership profile to select candidates to bring forward for the Interview
  • June (first week of June- depends on interview team availability) – virtual interview of candidates
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