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…

SLP Superintendent Search Update 5/5

The School Board for St. Louis Park Public Schools has selected three Superintendent finalists to participate in daylong interviews on May 8, 9, and 10.

The superintendent finalists and their interview dates are:
MONDAY, May 8: Mr. Eric Melbye, Assistant Superintendent, Bloomington Public Schools
TUESDAY, May 9: Mr. Astein Osei, Assistant Superintendent, Osseo Area Public Schools
WEDNESDAY, May 10: Mr. Michael Thomas, Chief of Academics and Leadership, Minneapolis Public Schools

The Superintendent Finalists will interview with invited stakeholder groups throughout the day and then participate in a community interview from 5-6 p.m. in the Middle School, Media Center Classrooms, where audience members may ask questions and provide written feedback directly to the school board. Candidates will then have dinner with the school board before a final interview with the board each night.

Additional background on each of the candidates will be available on the District website ( on Friday, May 5.

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!

SLP Superintendent Search Update 5/2

After 36 years of service and leadership in public education, current Superintendent Rob Metz announced earlier this year that he would retire at the end of the school year. The School Board has narrowed the field of candidates down to 6 and the district office has shared the interview schedule with us.

School Board to Interview 6 Candidates for Superintendent
May 2, 2017 – The School Board for St. Louis Park Public Schools has selected six candidates to be interviewed for the Superintendent position on May 3 and May 4.

Wednesday, May 3 – Superintendent Interviews:
5:30 p.m. Ms. Lisa Sayles-Adams, currently Assistant Superintendent, St. Paul Public Schools
6:45 p.m. Dr. Michael Favor, currently Executive Director of Student Services and Schools, Robbinsdale Area Schools
8:00 p.m. Mr. Eric Melbye, currently Assistant Superintendent, Bloomington Public Schools

Thursday, May 4 – Superintendent Interviews:
5:30 p.m. Mr. Astein Osei, currently Assistant Superintendent, Osseo Area Public Schools
6:45 p.m. Dr. Leadriane Roby, Assistant Superintendent, Richfield Public Schools
8:00 p.m. Mr. Michael Thomas, Chief of Academics and Leadership, Minneapolis Public Schools

Interviews will be held both nights in the High School, Room C350. The public is invited to attend, however there is not an opportunity for input.

At the conclusion of the May 4 interviews, the School Board will select finalists who will participate in daylong interviews with multiple groups of stakeholders on May 8, 9, and 10. Each day, a superintendent finalist will participate in a community interview from 5-6 p.m. in the Middle School, Media Center Classrooms, where audience members may ask questions of the candidates and provide written feedback directly to the school board.

Garden Planting Day

It is time to plant in the Susan Lindgren gardens! Planting day is Monday, May 15th. Volunteers are needed to help the children plant their seedlings and no gardening experience is necessary! There will be up to 4 classes per each 30 minutes session.
Click below to register for a 30-minutes slot. Thank you!
Signup Genius link:

SLP Superintendent Search Update

The SLP school board and district office encourages parents to attend superintendent candidate interviews.

From the website: “St. Louis Park community members and stakeholders are invited to take part in the superintendent search interview process in early May. First round interviews will take place on Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m. in High School Room C350. Community members are invited to attend the first round interviews, but there will be no opportunity for public comment during this round of interviews. Public comment will be welcomed during the final round of interviews on May 8-10. Community interviews with selected finalists will take place from 5-6 p.m. in the Middle School Media Center, classrooms 1 and 2.”

For more information, please go to the “Superintendent Search” page on the SLP Schools website:

Walk and Roll to School 5/1-5/5

Hey Everybody! It’s time to Walk & Roll to School!
May 1st – 5th is Walk & Roll to School Week at Susan Lindgren. Why does it make good sense to walk or bike to school?

Biking and walking to school…
1. Helps wake you up so you’re alert by the time you get to school.
2. Helps keep hearts healthy and your bodies strong and fit.
3. Helps make the air cleaner by not using a car!
4. Gives you a chance to talk to your friends before school.
5. Teaches you how to be safe on the streets around school & SLP.
6. Gives you time outdoors.
7. Helps reduce the number of cars on the road.
8. Gives you time to ease into your school day.
9. Helps you get to know your neighborhood.
10. Puts you in a good mood for the day.

– If you live close enough, you can WALK or you can BIKE.
– If you take the bus, you can WALK AROUND THE FIELD BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS!
– If you take a car to school you can drive most of the way and PARK AND WALK a block or two, or WALK THE FIELD ONCE YOU GET TO SCHOOL.

Please help support the kids and encourage our families to participate by handing out stickers before school at the front and back entrances. We’ve got a way for everyone to participate. With your help we can all start the day strong and stay that way!

Here’s the link to the Sign-Up Genius: at
Many thanks for your help!

Imagination Inventors Fair!

The Fair is open to all Susan Lindgren students.  Students can work independently or with a partner (up to 3 students per project) to create projects of their own design.  Projects can be any product that is the result of the student’s creative thinking or exploration—inventions, creative writing, artistic endeavors, crafts, and scientific exploration!

Show us your GREAT IDEAS!

A free pizza dinner will be served for all students and families

2017 Promotional video:

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

WHERE New Location
St Louis Park Middle School 2025 Texas Ave S

TIME New Time
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Set up from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Interviews from 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Sign up through Friday, April 8th 


  • Catherine Crowley at 612-207-2602 or
  • Karita Bentley at 612-669-2961 or


  • Each project in the fair will be provided with a table space of 2-ft by 3-ft.  Students working with partners will be assigned one table space for the group.
  • There will be NO ELECTRICAL POWER available.  There will be NO exceptions.
  • Set-up can be done any time between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.  Students are asked to keep their projects set-up for the duration of the fair, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  All projects need to be taken down by 8:30 p.m.
  • Students should be prepared to discuss their projects. Beginning at 7pm, an Interviewer will spend a few minutes discussing the project with each child.   Students are asked to stay with their projects until that interview takes place.

Superintendent Search

The search for a new superintendent for the SLP school district has begun! The school board has hired a search firm to assist in finding the best candidate for the job. As a part of that process, they are asking us to either attend the meeting being offered on March 15, 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Aquila Elementary School Gymnasium or to give confidential written feedback to consultants via a survey link from our district website:
The online survey closes March 18. Please take a few moments to help shape the future of the district.

Here is a sample of what the online survey is asking:
List the three most important goals for your school district to achieve in the next three years.
List your district’s three greatest strengths/attributes.
List your district’s three greatest challenges/barriers for achieving these goals.
Describe the three most important characteristics/skills the next superintendent needs to possess to be successful.
What questions would you like the school board to ask the candidates as they select the superintendent?

Free adult yoga classes for the Susan Lindgren Community!

The Susan Lindgren PTSO has been awarded a Neighborhood Health Connection Grant from Allina Health and will use the funds to offer free yoga classes on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Susan Lindgren Gym, March 15th -May 31st (no class March 29, during Spring Break). Mark your calendars!

A certified yoga instructor, Alia Allison, will lead the class. No experience with yoga is necessary and it will be instructed for all levels and flexibility. Modifications will be offered. Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. Bring a mat if you have one (extras will be available for use), and a water bottle. This is a drop-in class.

Please join us! Together we can make you and our community happier and healthier!
For more information contact Susan Ericksen at (Regretfully, no childcare is provided during this class.)

I Love to Read Night – Camp Read S’more

This year’s I Love to Read Night theme is “Camp Read S’more” and is being held on Friday 2/10 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Susan Lindgren. A variety of activities will be set up in the Media Center, gym and cafeteria. This is a FREE family event where students can make a bookmark, play book bingo, get lucky on a book walk and go fishing for a book, and can show their family how they use the computers in the Media Center to access fun literacy programs. You can also buy books at the very popular Scholastic Book Fair.

All PTSO events for the students rely on volunteers to make them successful. Please sign up using this link:

Free bus transportation is provided. Here are pick up times and locations:
• Meadowbook Blvd and Meadowbrook Lane 5:35 PM
• Park Commons and Grand Way 5:50 PM
• 4430 Park Glen Road 5:58 PM
• 3025 Ottawa Ave S 6:04 PM
• 4400 Minnetonka Ave Westbound 6:07 PM
• 2510 Highway 100 S 6:15 PM
• Bus leaves SL at 8:00 PM for return trip!

Family Fun Night – Bus Transportation Info

Susan Lindgren Family Fun Night
When: Friday, January 27th
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: St. Louis Park Middle School – 2025 Texas Avenue South
Please join us for a night of food and fun activities! This event is FREE!

Free family bus transportation will be provided.
Please note that any children who ride the bus MUST be accompanied by a parent.
• Meadowbrook Blvd. and Meadowbrook Lane (5:35 pm)
• Park Commons and Grand Way (5:50 pm)
• 4430 Park Glen Rd. (5:58 pm)
• 3025 Ottawa Ave. S. (6:04 pm)
• 4400 Minnetonka Ave. Westbound (6:07 pm)
• 2510 Highway 100 S. (6:15pm)

The return bus leaves the Middle School at 8:30 pm and drops off at the same pick-up locations.

LOTS of volunteers are needed to help this event run smoothly. If you can help, please go to to sign up or contact Erika Scott ( or Rachael Marggraf ( MANY VOLUNTEER SLOTS ARE STILL OPEN!

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