Free yoga is back for the spring!

The ever popular yoga series is back.

It’s free, drop in style (no need to sign up ahead of time), and there is free childcare!

6:30-7:30pm, Susan Lindgren Gym on the following dates:

Monday, 2/28

Monday, 3/5

Tuesday, 3/13

Monday, 3/19

Monday, 4/2

Tuesday, 4/10


Tuesday, 4/24

Tuesday, 5/1

Wednesday, 5/9

Tuesday, 5/15

Tuesday, 5/22

Tuesday, 5/29

Monday, 6/4

**BONUS outdoor classes to be announced at Browndale Park in late May/early June**

Talking about Race and Racism with Kids

Free Introductory Workshop! for parents, teachers, and caregivers

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

St. Louis Park School District

Susan Lindgren Media Center


Parents and Teachers are Welcome!

What do you say to kids when they ask you questions about painful race related events in the news? Children are dealing with racial issues every day in the media and through interactions at home, school and activities. Research has shown that children become more biased, confused and unable to get along with others of different ethnic groups if race is not talked about openly. Together we can build our capacity for talking with children about race, racism and whiteness that is supportive, grounded in the realities of the world, and hopeful.

“Growing up in an all-White, small rural town, I didn’t feel equipped to speak with my children about issues of race. I wanted to be more than not racist, I wanted to be anti-racist. I attended a circle called “Talking about Race and Racism with Kids” that Denise offered, and it was exactly what I was hoping for – questions, answers, more questions, and some action steps. I left feeling heard and empowered to help empower my children.”  – Mary Scavatto

Five Weeks on Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Feb. 2/15, 2/22/, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15

Location: Susan Lindgren School, Media Center

Class size is limited to 8 – 10 people. Fee is $100 per person- only $20 a session!

(If you have a financial need, talk to Denise)

Please register by emailing or calling Denise Konen at or 952-836-4917

Facilitator’s Bio:

Denise Konen is a licensed parent educator who coaches and consults with parents, teachers, and caregivers on a wide variety of topics related to children and family. She has taught parents in Minnesota’s Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program and currently works with parents, teachers and caregivers in who are in relationship with children of preschool, elementary, middle school and high school ages.

Denise is deeply committed to racial justice and de-centering whiteness and has been working for equity for over thirty years as a teacher and trainer and is an anti-racist activist and organizer. Her extensive racial equity training includes: working with Glen Singleton, Pacific Educational Group; Dr. Heather Hackman, Hackman Consulting Group; and Ricardo Morales, artist and racial justice activist. Denise is invested in advocating for a world where everyone belongs. She can be contacted at 952-836-4917 or through her website at


Welcome back, SL families!

To start off our new year, we start with a general meeting for PTSO on Thursday, January 11th from 7-8:30  in the media center.  We have 2 guest speakers for this meeting!  Our first guest speaker is Denise Konen, who will be introducing her upcoming course “Talking about Race and Racism with Kids”.  Our second speaker is Ila Saxena, our very own Susan Lindgren IB coordinator, will will be discussing the upcoming IB Review/Reevaluation for our school.

Other highlights:  review of upcoming winter and spring PTSO events, and, as always, Mr Johnson’s principal’s update.
Free childcare will be ready in the gym for your children
Hope to see you there!

November news…

1. Vote on Tuesday, November 7th:  School board elections, City Council and Referendum votes.  Remember:  there are 2 votes for the referendum:  one to continue the current funding of schools and programs, the 2nd to pass new funding for upgrades to schools, classrooms, expanding to fit our growing school community

2. PTSO Board Meeting:  Tuesday, 11/14; 7-8:30pm, Susan Lindgren Media Center;  All are welcome and FREE childcare available.  Good time to review past and upcoming events for the school year.

3. Math night:  Friday, 11/17;  6-8pm, Susan Lindgren gymnasium; come for fun math games with Mathnasium!



SLP reads!

Susan Lindgren Read-A-Thon 2017

The Susan Lindgren SLP Read$ (Read-a-Thon)campaign runs from Friday, October 13 through Monday, October 30. SLP Read$ is the PTSO’s primary fundraiser and directly supports many of Susan Lindgren’s student programs.

  • Birthday books, student directories, yearbooks
  • Field trips
  • Family Fun Night, Math Night, Yoga Night
  • Imagination Inventor’s Fair
  • End of the year student picnic


  1. Read 118,000 minutes (K-2: average 20 min. each day, 3-5: average 30 min. each day) and
  2. Collect $35,000 (average of $125 per envelope collected)

Important notes:

  • All donations are tax-deductible.
  • Checks should be made out to Susan Lindgren PTSO.
  • The Read-A-Thon runs through Monday, October 30.
  • DOUBLE your contribution through employee giving programs! Many corporations match employee donations to our organization, which is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3).
    • Organization name: Susan Lindgren Parent Teacher Student Organization
    • Organization mailing address: 4801 W. 41st, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
    • Organization type: Educational
    • EIN: 47-1779561
    • Companies in the area that participate: General Mills, Ameriprise Financial, Allianz Life, and many more! Please take the extra 5 minutes to check if yours does!


If you have any questions, please contact SLP Reads co-chairs Nikki Letawsky Shultz at 952-240-8571 or Sara Faust at 612-250-0970.

Minutes from 9/12 meeting are here…loads of info about upcoming referendum

Here are the minutes and a great summary of the upcoming referendum vote!  Please check it out!

PTSO Minutes 09-17

And just like that, it’s October!

Hi families,

I cannot believe it’s already October!  Thank you to all who were able to attend our first meeting of the school year.  Huge thanks to Astein Osei, who brought his enthusiasm and information to share with our school community!  Look for more information on the upcoming referendum vote in November.

This week is a busy one at school:

Fall conferences have started last Thursday, there are more to come tomorrow (10/3) and Thursday (10/5).

Fall book fair:  Tuesday, 10/3 4-8pm and Thursday 10/3, 4-8pm.  Located in the media center.  It’s a great opportunity to get new reads at a great price!

Staff appreciation is Thursday, 10/5.  A great event put on to feed our staff and show the love!  Thanks, Ali, Jen and Annie for bringing it all together!

SLP reads coming 10/13-10/31!  Our one and only yearly fundraiser for the year.  Kids read, money is raised to fund field tips, yearbooks, directories, assemblies and other great year round events!  Info will be coming home with your student soon!



Read-A-Thon becomes SLP Reads, coming in October 2017

What is SLP reads?  This is the one fundraiser students do all year!  No delivering cookie dough, selling wrapping paper, etc.

Kids read and collect donations from their families, friends, neighbors.

All money collected goes directly back to this year’s students to cover cost of field trips, student directories, yearbooks and PTSO sponsored events, such as Family Fun Night, Math Night, and Imagination and Inventors Fair.

This event will be  October 13-October 31st this year at Susan Lindgren.  Please note:  the district calendar has the wrong month, so not starting in September!

Watch for information to come home from your student in late September/early October!

Honey and Rye pizza dinner fundraiser for school garden!

The 2nd annual Susan Lindgren school garden fundraiser will be held on Sunday, September 10th from 4-8pm at Honey and Rye Bakehouse (4501 Excelsior Blvd, SLP).

This is a great event hosted by Honey and Rye with pizzas, drinks and delicious treats to purchase, all proceeds going to our very own school garden.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the garden, we are in the fall season of the inaugural year.  All students participated in planting it in the spring of 2017, and many families and community members have been involved over the summer months with maintenance and harvesting produce.  Extra produce has been either purchased by Honey and Rye to use for their dishes or donated to STEP.

Meet the new superintendent at the PTSO meeting 9/12

All are welcome!

The first PTSO meeting will be next Tuesday 9/12, from 7-8:30 pm in the Susan Lindgren Media Center.  Astein Osei, our new superintendent, will be present and giving a brief presentation on his thoughts about future directions for SLP schools.  There will also be information about PTSO, updates on upcoming events and Mr Johnson will give his principal’s update.

Free childcare is available during the meeting to all attending.  And, there is NO commitment necessary (i.e., we will not sign you up to chair a committee or even join a committee!).

If you are unable to attend, but still want information, please contact us through this website!!

Fall Walk, Bike and Roll to school week 9/11-9/15

The ever-popular Walk, bike or roll to school week is back!!  Monday through Friday, show up using human power and get your stickers!

If you bus to school, just walk or run a lap around the field before going to class in the morning!

So easy, so good to move our bodies before the school day starts!

It’s that time of year…

It’s time to get the backpacks out and set the alarms.  As we look forward to a new school year, the kick off is at Meet Your Teacher night.  This will be held on Thursday, August 31st at Susan Lindgren.  K-2 will meet from 5-6 pm, 3-5 grade from 6-7.  The first half will be in your student’s new classroom, with the 2nd half outside for ice cream and tours of the new Susan Lindgren school garden.  Please take time to stop in the Media Center to fill out your student directory information online before you leave.

We look forward to meeting many of you in the near future!

More information to come about upcoming fall events…

Gratitude Greetings

Looking for a good way to say “Thank You” to the wonderful teachers at Susan Lindgren? Here’s an idea: send Gratitude Greetings!

– What is “Gratitude Greetings”?
A year-round opportunity for district parents and students to thank teachers.
– How do I send a greeting?
Go to and click on “Gratitude Greetings”
– Where do my greetings go?
Greetings are written out by SLPPSF and given to the designated staff member as well as the school principal
– How much are they?
Donations can be any amount and there is no limit to how many greetings that can be sent per donation
– Where does my donation go?
Donation goes directly to SLPPSF grants to help teachers supplement classroom learning
The St. Louis Park Public Schools Foundation (SLPPSF) provides resources for reading, the arts, math and science, and transitional programs in St. Louis Park’s public schools through donor contributions, which become grants awarded annually to teachers and staff to enhance student learning in these areas. This past year, the SLPPSF granted almost $55,000 in grants directly serving students — more than in any previous year.
This money does not fund core functions of our public schools, like payrolls or capital projects, but rather focuses on providing funding to teachers for innovative projects during the academic or school day that they believe will leverage the core functions and help students excel. Since our first grants in 2004, the SLPPSF has awarded over $435,000 in grants to enhance learning in our schools schools.

PTSO General Meeting 5/11

Please mark your calendar for the final PTSO meeting of the school year, Thursday May 11th at 7PM in the Media Center at Susan Lindgren. At this meeting we will welcome a special guest – author and motivational speaker, Sean Jensen, to talk about the “Attitude of Gratitude”. We will also hear updates from event chairs, the principals report and have our annual election for new event chairs. Childcare will be provided.

If you have never attended a PTSO meeting in the past, please consider attending!