Family Fun Night!

Family Fun Night is Friday, January 27th!! It will be held at the SLP Middle School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be facepainting, balloon shaping, an art project, henna tattoos, a DJ Dance Party in the gymnasium and a crazy hair station. All family members are welcome to join in the fun.

This is always a hugely popular event and requires a lot of volunteers. Most shifts are just 30 minutes; easy for you and extremely helpful in making the night a success. Plus, it’s so much fun to get involved and the kids love seeing their parents in action. Please look through the following sign-up and consider volunteering your time.

Questions? Contact Erika Scott (651-245-9395, or Rachael Marggraf (612-227-5527,

Kindergarten Information Night

Hello Parents!
Do you remember what it was like when you were preparing to send your child off to kindergarten? You had probably not ever stepped foot into Susan Lindgren Elementary and had a lot of questions about the school. We are looking for 15 volunteers for Kindergarten Information Night to greet parents at both entrances, and be in classrooms with the kindergarten teachers to answer any parent perspective questions. This is a great opportunity to tell people what you like about Susan Lindgren and welcome them into our community!

Date: 01/10/2017 (Tue.)
Time: 6:15pm – 7:30pm CST

Sign up to help by using this link:

If you have questions, contact Catherine Crowley at

Family Fun Night

Friday, January 27TH
6:30-8:30 PM

This evening is FREE and FUN! Family Fun Night will take place at the St. Louis Park Middle School. FREE family bus transportation will be provided. Details regarding stop locations and times will be sent home on January 16th. More information will be sent home after winter break.

Mark your calendars now!

PTSO Meeting 11/17/16 7:00 p.m.

Equity Coaches from the school district will be presenting at the PTSO meeting Thursday 11/17 at 7pm in the Media Center at the school. We hope you can join us to learn more about what our district is doing to encourage racial equity. Here is an outline of the information that will be covered:
– Introductions – who we are/team of 9 Equity Coaches within the SLP district
– Mission of ATPPS (Alternative Teacher Professional Pay System)
– Role of full scale Equity Coach model in SLP school district
– Protocol for Courageous Conversation About Race
– PTSO engages in CCAR using the Compass
– Questions for Critical Thinking

All parents/guardians, students, and teachers are welcome to attend the PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) Board Meetings and General Meetings. Light refreshments will be served. We would love to for you to join us!

Free licensed childcare is provided in the gymnasium. Please let us know if you will be bringing a child who is 2 years or younger so that we can care for them properly at
Future PTSO Meetings – Thursday 1/12/17 PTSO Board Meeting (7:00 p.m., Park Tavern) and
Thursday 5/11/17 PTSO General Meeting and Board Election (7:00 p.m., Susan Lindgren Media Center)

Read-a-Thon SUCCESS!

Thank you for a making the 2016 Read-A-Thon, FLING into a Good Book, a great success! Our combined efforts motivated the kids to read over 120,000 minutes and to raise almost $35,000. Witnessing this type of school spirit fills us with pride and we hope you feel the same. The Read-A-Thon is the primary source of funding for the enrichment activities that are a part of our kids’ lives at Susan Lindgren. Because the students reached and exceeded their reading goal, they experienced a special assembly on November 7th featuring Dazzling Dave, a national yo-yo master!

A special thank you goes out to Nikki Letawsky-Shultz and Sara Faust for chairing this fundraiser. We also want to thank all the teachers, staff and parents for supporting the Read-A-Thon. It is an intense school-wide effort and it wouldn’t be successful without you. The time you invest in your child’s reading and the money you raise and donate to Susan Lindgren will pay for itself many times over. In our minds, the Read-A-Thon is the ultimate fundraising concept: Kids are encouraged to read a lot of books and our school receives 100% of the proceeds.

Composting/Recycling in the Susan Lindgren Cafeteria

slcompostingAs part of a district-wide initiative to reduce waste at St. Louis Park schools, Susan Lindgren was the recipient of a grant that helped purchase a recycling, compost and trash sorting table for the cafeteria. The district is hoping to reduce the amount of lunchroom waste that goes in the trash by recycling and composting as much as possible. In order for this program to be a success, education is key. St. Louis Park staff, Hennepin County staff and parent volunteers have been standing at the sorting table during lunch and educating kids on what bins each item goes in. The kids have caught on quickly and seem excited to be making a difference! We anticipate scheduling more dates in the future to assist with helping the kids with sorting over lunch, especially after kids return from winter and spring break. Signups to volunteer on these dates will be sent out at a later date. Contact parent volunteer Renae Kuehl ( if you are interested in helping out in any way!

Plastic baggies and individually packaged items seem to produce the most waste in home lunches. Would you consider using reusable containers? Give it a try! Set a goal to pack one waste free lunch a week and see how it goes! If you are interested in learning more about how to reduce waste in home lunches, check out these tips:

Packing Tips for a Waste-Free Lunch

Thanks for helping us reduce waste at Susan Lindgren!


Friends of Susan Lindgren and Amazon users – When you shop at AmazonSmile – and pick Susan Lingren Parent Teacher Student Organization as your benefited organization – AmazonSmile donates a percentage of your purchase to the PTSO. Follow this link to make your holiday shopping a fundraising opportunity! Contact parent volunteer Kim Donat if you have questions.

Staff Appreciation!

Thank you Ali Halley and Deanna Plant for organizing an incredible Fall Feast for the hardworking SL staff! Thank you to all who donated the food and beverages. Reid Bordson, Joanne Bongaarts and Betsy Windhorst were the lucky winners of the flower drawing and got to take home autumnal arrangements.



Box Tops Collection Drive

We are having a contest this fall to raise $1,000 in Box Tops. Prizes will be drawn for participants from each grade during the contest. Label each submission with child’s name, grade & teacher and turn into the office before November 30th for a chance to win! Each Box Top is worth 10¢ and they add up quickly (up to $2,000 a year). Visit for a full list of participating products – including newly added Annie’s organic products. If you have any questions you can contact parent volunteer Kim Donat:

Bike Rodeo Re-Cap

We had a beautiful day for the Bike Safety Rodeo this year. The day was warm and the kids were awesome! Over 200 people attended and 110 students completed all 7 stations. They learned the facts about bike safety and tested their bike handling skills on the obstacle course. (And they earned a cool prize!) We made it easier for more folks to participate by providing bus transportation to and from the event, and best of all, we got to use the BIKE FLEET! 20 beautiful bikes (expandable to fit kids and adults) were provided by the Bike Alliance of Minnesota. CJ Lindor was there to adjust them to fit the riders and the Bike Alliance volunteers helped lead the Guided Bike Ride after the Rodeo. 60 students and grown-ups hit the road for a wonderful bike tour through the Susan Lindgren neighborhood. Many thanks to Officer Jennifer Capobianco and the St. Louis Park Police Department for providing a little extra help at some tricky intersections! We finished up at school with high-fives and popsicles, and from the many smiling faces I’m sure we can expect to see a lot more of our families Pedaling the Park! Thank you to Susan Ericksen who organized the event and to ALL our volunteers and the school staff! You were amazing! This event could not have happened without your help and time. And thank you to our fantastic Fifth-graders who helped with the ABCs of Bike Maintenance station, and of course, our fabulous bike mechanics Mark Benishek, Jack Szczepek, and Chad Degen who made all the bikes safe and ready to roll! And last of all, heartfelt thanks to AAA of Minneapolis. They provided us with the grant money that make the Rodeo and our Walk & Bike to School events in the Fall and Spring possible. I am so proud of our SLP community.


PTSO General Meeting on Thursday 11/17

Please join us for the PTSO General Meeting on Thursday November 17th from 7:00-8:30pm in the Susan Lindgren Media Center. Our featured speaker is Gretchen Baglyos, the Susan Lindgren Equity Coach.
Gretchen will share the Equity Coaching Model that is being used at Susan Lindgren. Mr. Johnson will also be there to give the Principal’s Report.

All parents/guardians, students, and teachers are welcome to attend the PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) Board Meetings and General Meetings. Light refreshments will be served. We would love to for you to join us!

Free licensed childcare is provided in the gymnasium. Please let us know if you will be bringing a child who is 2 years or younger so that we can care for them properly at

Future PTSO Meetings – Thursday 1/12/17 PTSO Board Meeting (7:00 p.m., Park Tavern) and
Thursday 5/11/17 PTSO General Meeting and Board Election (7:00 p.m., Susan Lindgren Media Center)

Math Night – Friday 11/18

Please join us for Math Night at Susan Lindgren on Friday November 18th from 6:30‐8:00pm in the Susan Lindgren Gymnasium. Enjoy playing math games and win a prize at each table!
Here’s a sampling of what games will be available: Connect 4, Mancala Towers of Hanoi, Forehead, Math Code Breaker, Dice it up, Flash Math

Transportation will be provided (children must be chaperoned by a parent or guardian to ride the bus).
Meadowbrook 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. (6:04pm)
4400 Minnetonka Ave Westbound (6:07pm) 2510 Highway 100 S. (6:15 pm)
Bus will leave Susan Lindgren at 8:00pm

Please contact parent volunteer Heather Loveland if you have any questions.

We need volunteers so please visit the link to sign up!



SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR 10/6, 10/10 and 10/13

Ahoy Matey!
Come find your treasure at the Bookaneer Book Fair.
Location: Susan Lindgren Media Center
Dates: October 6th, 10th & 13th
Times: 4-8:30 p.m.


Guys’ Landscaping Event

Come join Susan Lindgren dads and the other significant men in our students’ lives in helping Principal Frank Johnson make Susan Lindgren School look great on the outside. We hope to accomplish a variety of landscaping projects on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (please join us even if you are only able to help out for part of the time).

Use the following Sign Up Genius link to sign up:
Or if you prefer, just contact Jason Moe ( or 952-237-9753) to get signed up.

We ask everyone to bring a pair of work gloves, if possible, and a water bottle to stay hydrated. Coffee and breakfast treats will be provided.

A variety of tools will be needed for this event, including wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes and hoes. If you are able to bring any of these items, please indicate on your sign up.

If you are interested in donating plants such as hostas, perennials and/or shrubs for this project please contact Jason Moe.

Afterwards, if you are able, please join us at McCoy’s for some appetizers.

We hope you can join us!

September/October Newsletter


Bike Rodeo

Bike Rodeo, Sunday 10/2, 2-5p.m.
We really need volunteers to make this event successful and fun for the kids. Sign up here:
• BIKE RODEO (2-4 PM): Obstacle course, ABCs of Bike Maintenance, helmet checks, Pedestrian Safety Quiz, Rodeo Raffle and prizes (made possible thanks to AAA Minneapolis).
• GUIDED BIKE RIDE: (4-5 PM): 20 minute bike ride through the Susan Lindgren neighborhood chaperoned by trained MN Bike Alliance Volunteers with SLP Police officers posted along the route to make sure we all have a safe, fun ride. Then back to school for a tasty treat to celebrate!
• Don’t have a bike? Don’t have a helmet? NO PROBLEM! The MN Bike Alliance is giving us the use of their Bike Fleet! We’ve got 40 beautiful bikes to share no matter your size!
• TRANSPORTATION: We’ve hired a bus to transport students and families to Susan Lindgren. It will stop at the following addresses/times:
o Aquilla & 35th Street 1:00 pm
o 2510 Highway 100 1:10 pm
o 4400 Minnetonka Avenue 1:20 pm
o 3025 Ottawa Avenue S 1:30 pm
o 4430 Park Glen Road 1:40 pm
o Park Commons and Grand Way 1:50 pm
o Meadowbrook Blvd and Meadowbrook Lane 1:55 pm
o SLP High School 2:00 pm
o The bus will leave Susan Lindgren at 5:00 pm and return in reverse order.

Fall Book Fair

The Fall Book Fair will be held during teacher conferences on October 6th, 10th and 13th from 4:00PM-8:30PM in the Susan Lindgren Media Center. It is a fun and easy way to help put books in the hands of our children.
Volunteers are needed!

Read-A-Thon – Fling into a good book

The Susan Lindgren Read-A-Thon runs from Friday, September 23 through Monday, October 10. The Read-A-Thon is the PTSO’s primary fundraiser and directly supports many of Susan Lindgren’s student programs:
field trips, birthday books, student directories, yearbooks, Family Fun Night, Math Night, Yoga Night, Imagination Inventor’s Fair and June Jamboree (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 a total of $35,000 (average of $125 per envelope collected)

DONATE ONLINE NOW: Just click on the “donate” button on the right side of the PTSO website.
Important notes:
• All donations are tax-deductible.
• Checks should be made out to Susan Lindgren PTSO.
• The Read-A-Thon runs through Monday, October 10.
• DOUBLE your contribution through employee giving programs! Many corporations match employee donations to our organization, which is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3).Companies in the area that participate: General Mills, Ameriprise Financial, Allianz Life, Medtronic, and many more! Please check to see if your company participates!

Organization name: Susan Lindgren Parent Teacher Student Organization
Organization mailing address: 4801 W. 41st St., St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Organization type: Educational
EIN: 47-1779561

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

Bike Rodeo

It’s time for the Bike Safety Rodeo and we’re ready to roll! All we need is YOU!

On Sunday, October 2nd from 2-5 PM we’re holding our 3rd annual Bike Safety Rodeo in the Susan Lindgren parking lot and our first-ever Guided Bike Ride through the neighborhood!

Volunteer for a job! Join the Fun! Help to make our community more SAFE, SMART, and FUN in the process! It’s time to get ROLLING!


Conferences are in October, which means some long days at school for teachers and staff. Parent volunteers provide an evening meal to them on Monday, October 10th from 3:45-8pm. The theme is SLP Tailgate!
Please see the signup genius link below for details on how you can contribute.

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