Bear Paws February Newsletter

Sheridan Hills Elementary students learn during a field trip to Wood Lake Nature Center

A Note From Our Health Assistant, Allisha Mazurkiewicz

Thanks to all of your for continuing to call the attendance line to report your child’s absence. As a reminder, the phone number is 612-798-6900. If you are calling your child in because they don’t feel well, please make sure to include the symptoms your child is experiencing.

Please remember to keep us on your "update list" as you change addresses or phone numbers; we must be able to contact you for any variety of reasons.

If you don’t already have extra socks packed in your student’s backpack, now may be a good time to start doing so. With all the snow outside, it sometimes creeps into snow boots. It helps for students, who get their feet wet during recess, to have a nice dry pair to put on when they get inside.

As always, feel free to call me with any questions. I’m in my office every day, but not always able to answer the phone, so make sure to leave a message.

Allisha Mazurkiewicz
Health Assistant

From Our School Social Worker, Chelsey Hauer

Dear Parents and Families,

Well, we have made it almost a year folks! Almost one year has passed since Covid Life began and life as we knew it
was turned upside down. Some of us have been deeply impacted and others of us have struggled less, but all of our lives have
been touched in some way. The resilience our children have shown makes me so proud. I celebrate that our in-person
learners will soon brighten our school 5 days per week. I admire the families that have chosen to remain in distance learning
and I applaud your flexibility and strength as a family to support your child at home. We have a long way to go, but there is a
light at the end of this very long, strange tunnel.

I recently learned of a community resource that I want to share with you. The Closet of Hope is a free clothing store
located at Bloomington Covenant Church - 10150 Xerxes Ave S, Bloomington. They offer clothing, shoes, jackets, bedding,
towels and toiletries for all ages and everything is free! Due to Covid, the Closet of Hope is currently using an order form to
indicate items needed and sizes. The order forms are located in the upper mailbox near the SE door at Bloomington Covenant
Church. Once completed, leave the order form in the lower mailbox. I also have copies of the order form and can get one to
you as needed. You can also mail in the form if this is more convenient for you. If you are in need of clothing/household
items, the deadline to request for the month of March is March 10. Items can then be picked up on March 27 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the church. I will stay informed about upcoming months/deadlines. Please contact me if I can help your family
connect to this resource. When Covid improves, families will once again be allowed in the store to shop for items themselves.

As always, I am here to support all of our students and families. If I can be of any help to your children/family, please
reach out. We all need support once in a while.

Chelsey Hauer

Sheridan Hills PTO News

Announcements: 20 bright and shiny ukuleles were delivered to a very excited Mrs. Olson on January 29. On hand to help with the unboxing were Principal Nancy Stachel, PTO Treasurer Karin Wolverton, and PTO President Becca Kelm-Good. We really appreciate the collaboration that made this possible, and we thank the individual donors who are contributing to the purchase of the remaining 10 ukuleles needed for a full classroom. Donations of any amount can be made to Sheridan Hills PTO with "Project: Ukuleles" on the memo line.

PTO Happenings: Many, many thanks to all our Winter Scholastic Book Fair supporters. The money we raise helps buy new books for our library and provides online student reading resources like BookFlix, TrueFlix, and EyeDiscover. We really appreciate your participation!

We are counting on YOU to be a 2021 Reading Olympian! Are you ready for our annual read-a-thon event? This year's campaign runs March 1-12, and the Opening Ceremonies will be February 26. Reading log packets that will include a daily calendar, online donation page instructions, participation guidelines, and the list of prizes will be distributed to all Hybrid and Distance Learning students. Although some activities will be a little different this year because of social distancing, we're putting every effort to keeping this event fun and inclusive for all students. Visit our Reading Olympics page for updates and details. 

Box Tops for Education: You can support Sheridan Hills Elementary with Box Tops for Education products. Scan the QR code to download the app, and visit for the full list of eligible products. Unexpired, clipped box-tops can still be dropped off in the school office. 

Community Events: We are looking for creative ways to keep our community engaged. Please email the PTO with your suggestions.

Heart-felt thanks to all the volunteers who helped make Winter Teacher Conferences extra special this year for our teachers and staff.

Family Move Night-In: Save the date for our next virtual movie night on Friday, March 19. We’d like your suggestions of movies available for FREE streaming. Please email recommendations to

PTO Contact Information:

A Message from the Sheridan Hills PTO President: Hello Sheridan Hills Families! We are so excited to have our in person students returning full time to the classroom. We are excited for reading Olympics to commence and grateful for one normal activity that can continue despite the ongoing in person restrictions. On that note, the board met in January and have decided to cancel the Fun Fair again this year. We will still be doing something for Bus Driver Appreciation and hopefully the Adopt a Park event in the spring. Speaking of spring, I'm glad for longer days and a break in the frigid temps and the promise of warmer days to come. -Becca Kelm-Good

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Christina Gonzalez

Director of Student Support Services, Christina Gonzalez, has been awarded the Park Nicollet Foundation 2022 Community Service Award for her leadership, dedication and commitment to supporting students and families.

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