Pillsbury is a K-5 community school in beautiful northeast Minneapolis. Sharing our diverse and nurturing community are: Autism:  Kindergarten - second grade, Comprehensive Learning for Academic and Social Success (CLASS), and half-day High-5 classrooms.

Arrival Time: 7:15 a.m.      School Hours: 7:30 a.m.  to 2:00 p.m.

Our Mission


We are a safe, challenging, nurturing learning community striving to meet the individual needs of students and families.

We will educate, motivate and provide opportunities to develop skills and acquire knowledge through quality instruction and leadership,

So all are engaged and successful in their ongoing education, life-long learners and productive, respectful, global citizen.



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Arrival Procedures-Changes and Reminders

Safety is our top concern here at Pillsbury, and your cooperation is a big part of how we keep each and every child safe. In order to make sure the school is secure and orderly in the morning, please follow these rules:

Students must arrive to school between 7:15 and 7:30 AM

The school building will be locked before 7:15 AM, and there is no supervision for children before 7:15. The school building will be locked again at 7:30 AM. All students arriving after 7:30 AM must enter through the Garfield St. entrance

The Hayes St. entrance will be locked with no entry permitted promptly at 7:30 AM

Parents walking students into the building must always sign in.  If arriving late (after 7:30 AM), children must report to the office for a late pass.  If arriving after 7:35 AM, parents may not walk the students to the classroom.

By 7:40 AM the hallways must be clear – teachers ready to teach and students ready to learn

Parents walking students to class must depart the school by 7:40 AM.  Students without a late pass must be in class ready to learn by that time.  If visiting a class later than 7:40 AM, parents must check in again at the front office and get a nametag before proceeding.

We look forward to your cooperation with these safety procedures. If we all work together, we can have a safer school for everyone.



Pillsbury started as a Loppet Foundation Ski Program in 2007-2008, and has continued to date. Pillsbury’s program is led by Kelly Underkofler, also the Head Coach of Northeast Middle School. Long-time youth advocate and Loppet Board Member Leroy Leftwich and a long-time Minne-Loppet coach Anne Risch are key members of the coaching team. Within Pillsbury parent liaison Kathy O’Neill and ESL teacher Mark Trumper help facilitate and champion programming efforts. Pillsbury students ski on trails groomed by the Loppet Foundation in Windom Park, which is adjacent to the school. Annually, Pillsbury brings more than 60 youth to the Minne-Loppet. The Pillsbury Minne-Loppet program is sponsored by UCare.


MPS Winter Weather Policy

Read the MPS 2014-2015 Winter Weather Policy about severe weather and school cancellations HERE!

The Pillsbury standard for calling indoor recess is 0 degrees or colder wind chill during recess as measured by the forecast at the link below


The administration will consult this forecast at around 9 each morning to determine whether recess will be indoors for the day, and an announcement will be made if that is the case. Teachers will continue to have discretion to keep their students inside for recess, particularly when the temp. is just above the 0 degree standard.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program!

The theme for November’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is ORANGE fruits and veggies!  Learn more about  November’s snack menu by looking  FFVP menu, newsletter, and educational materials on the MPS FFVP School Nutrition website!

Read about Pillsbury in the StarTribune!

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