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Our Weekly Newsletter
January 24, 2020

What's New at Alice Smith:  Looking for Input 

Our Student Visioning Team is teaming with Alice Smith staff to engage YOU more deeply as we move from Great to World Class at Alice Smith.  As part of their work our Student Visioning Team would like to share some of their favorite World Class schools with you from around the world.  They will also be looking to engage you in conversation over the next couple of months.  For example the team will be asking families at Winterfest to share what they currently love about Alice Smith and how they think that Alice Smith can improve from Great to World Class.  We encourage you to do some thinking ahead of time!  Your input is important to us!

Alice Smith Student Visioning Team's favorite World Class Schools:  Brightworks School

"Brightworks School is a fast and innovating school.  They have changed their whole lessons and philosophy.  They have now been encouraging expedition and exploration.  They have weaved more experiments and danger into their lessons." By:  Nikolas Gruss

Winterfest is only a week away!

The annual Alice Smith Winterfest Carnival is set for next Friday, January 31, 2020 from 5:30-8:00pm. This is a great family night filled with fun, food, games, and prizes.  In order for Winterfest to be a success we need everyone’s help! We are counting on every family to contribute to this very important fundraising event for our school.  It takes hundreds of volunteers to put on Winterfest but we have only a small fraction of the volunteers needed to make Winterfest a success. Please consider donating a portion of your time so that we do not have to cut back on the night’s activities. We especially need help in the cafeteria.  Also if your 5th or 6th graderor Junior high student would like to volunteer in any other area of Winterfest we would love to put them to work! Parents, there are 2 ways to volunteer your time. You can sign up online at or look for the volunteer flyer in your child’s Friday folder and return it to school.

Donations Needed!

Parcel Post : Think small! Small toys, books, nail polish, lip gloss, cars, games, action figures, dollar store items, leftover stocking stuffers, etc.

Kids' Raffle : Think BIG! Jumbo stuffed animals, Lego sets, scooters, winter outdoor items, sports gear, etc.  Bring in small items and place them in the drop-off box located near the office doors. Please mark larger items "Kids' Raffle" and drop off in the office.

**Please new and like-new items only!**

Also, there is a need for new or gently-used stuffed animals and large toys for the kids auction.

African American Read In

Come to the Hopkins Library on February 5, 5:30-8pm for an evening to celebrate African American literature and authors through open readings and book giveaways in celebration of Black History Month.  More details are available in our electronic backpack.

Purchase Your Tickets to Hopkins Education Foundation's Royal Bash!

Cheers to 25 years! HEF is having a party and YOU are invited. Join friends, neighbors and Hopkins staff at the Royal Bash on

Saturday, February 22nd at the Marriott Minnetonka Southwest. Your evening will include a beautiful sit down dinner, games,

silent and live auctions, a short program and music by DJ Instant Request. It will be a night to remember.

Since 1995, HEF has awarded $2.9 million in grants to Hopkins Public Schools. Proceeds from the Royal Bash help to fund these grants.

To find out more about HEF, the Royal Bash or to purchase your tickets, visit

Black History Month Open Mic, February 27, 6-8pm

All Families are welcome as we celebrate Black History at Alice Smith with our annual Open Mic.  Please bring a quote, poem, song or reflection. Dinner will be served.


Used or unused, vintage or new postcards from the USA and around the world. Postcards will not be returned and will be used for the Heritage Festival this year which will take place on Thursday, March 26. Postcards can be dropped off in the AS office. Questions? Contact Holly Wick Bower x4254 or

Free Dental Care

Give Kids a Smile is a free, charitable program coordinated by the Minnesota Dental Association to provide free dental care to children ages 3-18 whose families face financial or other challenges accessing dental care. This year, Give Kids a Smile will run on Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th at participating dental clinics statewide.  Appointments are being taken now. Please call 211 or 1-800-543-7709 or for participating dental clinics near you. Parents must call the participating dental office and make an appointment in advance. Office hours vary and walk-in care is not available.  Call Nurse Shannon at 952-988-4213 if you have any further questions. 

Alice Smith Family Facebook Page

Increase your connections with the Alice Smith community by joining the Alice Smith Family Facebook Page

Follow us at @AliceSmith270 to get our latest news on Twitter.  We frequently post photos of our school's events on our Alice Smith Facebook page. You will enjoy seeing photos of your students if you Like us here.

Electronic Backpack:

Park Valley United U9-U12 Select Tryouts

African American Read-In at the Hopkins Library

Tech Academy flyer


School Hours

Grades K–6 

Office Hours

Kids & Company


Jody De St. Hubert

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