September 2018

Dear Pillsbury Families,

Our school year has gotten off to a great start! It has been a wonderful couple of weeks of getting to know new Pillsbury students and getting reacquainted with our continuing students. Last Friday we officially kicked off our school year with our annual candle lighting ceremony. One student from each grade was selected to light the “Candle of Learning” for his or her grade level. Look for pictures from this assembly on the front bulletin board soon!

Twenty-five years ago Pillsbury staff and students assembled items and welded them into a spaceship- shaped time capsule. We will be finding out what is in our spaceship in October! On the evening of Thursday, October 11, 2018 all current and former Pillsbury students and staff members are invited to an Open House viewing of the time capsule items. We hope that you will be able to make it to this fun event!

We enjoy having our families participate in school activities, and there are many ways for you to get involved.

* Parent/Teacher Organization (first meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at 5:00 PM)

* ESSA/North Star Accountability Team (meeting day/time to be determined; let Ms. Skowronek know if you are interested in participating)

* Classroom or school volunteer
* Site Council (second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 PM)
* Attending family events
I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming events!
Jessica Skowronek
Principal *******************************************************************************

Wow, What a great start to the School Year! We are all so excited to be in school, for most of my students this is their first school experience. They have been working really hard learning about the school routines, following directions, and making new friends.

In High Five, students learn through play and through a Theme based approach.


Our first theme is: Welcome to School! By the end of September, the student will have learned 13 different Learning Centers, which are related to the Theme. Students also learn through songs and movement, which helps keep their minds actively engaged in learning. We have a lot of fun learning in our 3 hours together!

Hope to see you all at Conferences, so I can share all the wonderful things your child is learning!
Mrs. Bradshaw *******************************************************************************

Welcome to Kindergarten at Pillsbury! Here are some highlights of your child’s first month of school.

* In SCIENCE we will be learning about life cycles. We will watch Monarchs grow from egg to butterfly...a very exciting experience for students! Each class will also adopt a tree near the school to observe its life cycle throughout the school year. Next time you visit school, have your child show you their tree and tell you about it!
* In SOCIAL STUDIES we will learn and practice the rules of Pillsbury: Be Responsible- Be Respectful- Be Safe. We will also learn about bus safety this month- have your child sing the song we learned about bus safety! The tune should be very familiar page2image11728!
* In MATH we are learning about patterns, playing number and counting games, and learning number sense with our daily calendar activities. Soon we will begin solving math challenges on i-pads!
* LITERACY is an essential part of school- especially in Kindergarten. You can help at home by making time for books every day. Kindergarten students are expected to spend 20 minutes a day with books at home. Enjoy this time reading to or being read to by your child. Studies have shown that this will increase their success in school!

Welcome to Pillsbury!
The K Team: Ms. Bove, Ms. Hitchcock, Mrs
. Pierskalla



First grade is off to a fantastic start! We have been busy learning our routines as well as getting to know one another. We have been doing some assessment in reading in order to help your child find their “just right” books. Students each received their own book box, in which they are able to fill with books of interest to use during silent reading time. In math, we have been doing calendar math and working with combinations of numbers. Students have shown a lot of interest in our science unit--making observations as well as sorting rocks based on their properties. This month, we will begin sending home homework for students. It will be sent home every Friday, and students will have the weekend to complete it. Please remind your student to bring their completed homework


to school with them on Monday. We also ask that you read with your child every day. We are looking forward to a great month of learning with your children! Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Sincerely, The First Grade Team
Sharon Goetzen (119)
Kellen Gill (118) Kellen.Gill@mpls.k12.mn.us ******************************************************************************* SECOND GRADE

The second grade classes are learning about the life cycles of insects. All classroom has mealworms to observe. We are discovering how mealworms move, what they eat and the four stages they go through as they change from an egg to an adult.

The annual trip to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Apple Orchard will be on Wednesday, September 19. We will learn how new apple varieties are developed, why bees are important for apple trees and vocabulary to describe qualities of apples.

Thank you to the many families who have returned their important paperwork. Please sign up for an October conference with us, if you have not already done so.

Thank for you making sure your child arrives to school on time. We eat breakfast in the classroom before our specialist class begins at 7:40.

Thank you for your partnership in your child’s education.

Ms. Parker, Ms. Torrez-Gutierrez and Mrs. Robinson



We are excited to start another great 3rd graded year here at Pillsbury! In science we are learning more about structures of life, we will be investigating seeds, plants, crayfish and beetles over the next few weeks. In math, we start the year off learning about all types of graphs: Bar graphs, line plots, frequency charts, pie charts and much more! We will also try and kick start our addition and subtraction skills once again from our summer slump of no math. In reading, we will be learning more about our government and how it was built for the people, and we then we will transition into unit 2 and learn more about the way characters’ shape stories.

Bob Lundquist and Katie Torresani


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New to our program is Ms. Asha, who will be job sharing with Ms. Kathryn. Ms. Kelly (2nd-4th), Ms. Jennie (3rd-5th), Ms. Kathryn and Ms. Asha (K-1st) all look forward to another year of fun and
learning! We are very fortunate for the return of Special Education Assistants Ms. Devon, Ms. Sabrina, Mr. Pierre, Ms. Sam, and Ms. Elsie! We are very excited to welcome Mr. Mike to our team!

Our priority is to make each day fun, productive and inclusive. All students spend a varying amount of time in their general education classrooms. All students also receive small group/individualized instruction to target their IEP goals. IEP meetings are held annually, and we truly appreciate the time we get to team with families at these meetings. Hello Pillsbury Families!

Welcome back to school! This year in the Autism Program, we have 21 students spanning grades kindergarten through 5th!

Ms. Kathryn, Ms. Asha, Ms. Kelly & Ms. Jennie ******************************************************************************* FIFTH GRADE

The 5th grade class has had a great beginning. We are getting to know each other and learning to work together as a class. We have begun working on multiplication strategies. We are starting to learn the routines and rituals that will help us be as productive as possible. We look forward to going to the zoo as our first field trip this fall.

Parents can help their children by working on learning their multiplication facts. Most of what we do in math in fifth grade depends on being good with times facts. Also, make sure your child is reading every day. The most successful students are those who read.

Thanks for sending your children to Pillsbury and for trusting us to provide good learning opportunities for your children. We look forward to meeting all of you during our parent/teacher conferences.

Tara Fagerlee and Joel Lurvey
Pillsbury 5th grade teachers *******************************************************************************

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year and the launch of our STEAM Lab! My name is Glory Oljace and I am thrilled to be working with Pillsbury students and families this year.


Every week, your child will come to Room 207 to learn STEAM through hands-on
experiences. STEAM is a term used to represent science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics in education.

Please stop into Room 207 and visit the lab – it’s an exciting space!


Upcoming Dates:

  •   Parent Drop Off:

    •   Parents are able to drop children off between the signs for Bus 3 and Bus 1. This area is

      for parents dropping students off only. If you are going to enter the school with your

      child, please park in the lot and cross the street at the corner.

    •   The area directly in front of our entrance needs to remain clear for the buses, and this is key for the safety of our children.

  •   Changes to Dismissal:

    •   If there is a change in your child’s typical dismissal schedule, please send a note to the

      child’s teacher.

    •   If it is not possible to send a note, the office must be called and notified prior to 1:00 PM.

    •   Our main entrance doors are locked each afternoon prior to dismissal for student safety.

    •   These processes are critical to making sure each child gets home safely.


Regular school attendance is a high priority because time in the classroom is essential to

academic learning. Students are expected to attend school regularly, be on time, well rested and ready to learn unless prevented by illness, religious observance, family emergency or severe weather. Vacations must be pre-approved by administration in order to be excused and doctor/dentist appointments are excused only if the office is provided with a note from the doctor/dentist. We have been seeing a high amount of absences, late


Saturday, September 29, 2018


7:45 AM4th and 5th Grade Farmer’s Market Bike Ride
7:00 PMPillsbury Day (MN United vs. NYCFC) at TCF Stadium

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018


5:00-6:30 PMSite Council


Thursday, October 11, 2018


5:00-6:30 PMTime Capsule Open House


Tuesday, October 16, 2018


3:00-7:00 PMConferences


Wednesday, October 17, 2018


8:00 AM-12:00 PMConferences


Thursday and Friday, October 18-19, 2018




Tuesday, October 24, 2018


5:00-6:30 PMPTO Meeting

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Fall Pictures



arrivals, and early pick-ups already this school yearschool attendance is important, please do all you can to make sure your child is able to attend school each day.