Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019
I hope the next two weeks are enjoyable for you and your students. Inspiring each of our students is exciting work and takes great commitment. That means rest is important. Take advantage of the coming days away from school to relax, recover and be ready for the return of the school year on Jan. 6.

We have had an outstanding first half of the school year. I have witnessed wonderful things take place in each of our schools over the last 16 weeks. Educators are designing and delivering exceptional learning experiences that are connected to the 4C’s of 21st century learning: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. Lunchroom staff have healthy meals ready every day, served with smiles. I see the pride our custodial staff take in keeping our schools in top shape for our students and staff. When riding the bus earlier this fall I saw the care and connections our drivers demonstrate with students and families. Coaches and advisors have prepared students for outstanding success in their co-curricular activities.

We are proud of our students’ many accomplishments across academic and co-curricular areas. One example of the high levels of academic success is that 82 percent of high school students who took an Advanced Placement exam last spring earned college credit. It is direct evidence of the value of a PreK-12 Eden Prairie Schools education.

Thank you, as always, for your support of our students. The partnerships we have with parents and guardians are another key reason Eden Prairie Schools is an exceptional school district.

Have a safe and fun winter break.

Dr. Josh Swanson
Superintendent 
Eagle Excellence
EPHS junior Anisha Singhatwadia placed first in Original Oratory at the National Speech and Debate Association Dowling Tournament.
Eden Prairie News covered three Eden Prairie High School choirs who gave a holiday performance for local seniors.
Legacy Awards Nominations Now Open
EP Schools Foundation is calling for 2020 Legacy Award nominations for Teacher, Staff, Volunteer and Alumnus or Community Leader of the Year. Learn about award criteria and submit your nomination by Jan. 16, 2020.
Check your email for a feedback form about school start times 
Two changes are underway for the fall of 2021: moving 6th grade students to the CMS campus and moving preschool classes into elementary schools. These require updates to bus routes, which are designed around school hours. This means the time is right to look at school start times. On Dec. 17, all Eden Prairie parents/guardians were emailed a link to a short input form about school start and end times. You may need to check your spam/junk folder. No decisions have been made, and this input is a starting point in the study process. Additional opportunities to give feedback will also be available in early 2020. For more information visit edenpr.org/starttimes.
Kindergarten Registration Nights
2020-21 Kindergarten Families
We hope you can join us in January at our Kindergarten Registration Nights, which will take place at each elementary school. This event is a chance for parents/guardians to get help with registration, turn in forms, tour the building, and hear from current parents at your child’s school. You may also register your child online or at our Welcome Center (8100 School Road) Mon.-Fri. from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Find the date for your child’s school in the calendar list below. All events start at 6 p.m.

  • Cedar Ridge Elementary: Monday, Jan. 13
  • Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion: Thursday, Jan. 16
  • Eden Lake Elementary: Tuesday, Jan. 14
  • Forest Hills Elementary: Tuesday, Jan. 21
  • Oak Point Elementary: Thursday, Jan. 23
  • Prairie View Elementary: Tuesday, Jan. 28
Volunteer Opportunity for Test Drive Event Feb. 12, 2020
Royal Credit Union returns to Eden Prairie High School with Test Drive: Next Stop Reality an event that provides students the opportunity to explore their future and learn hands on about some of the financial challenges that lie ahead. Volunteers can staff a variety of different stations representing real life areas of focus (e.g. child care, student loans, transportation, groceries and more). Students learn how to create a monthly budget and make decisions at the various volunteer stations. Learn more and sign up here.
Happy Holidays!
This is the last Parent Post of the Year. Have a safe and fun winter break. We'll see our families back at school Monday, Jan. 6.
This week’s highlighted jobs are featured below. Please share these exciting career opportunities with your colleagues, family, and friends.   

  • Eden Prairie Schools has several openings for long-term substitutes and classroom teachers at the elementary level. 

  • Paraprofessionals are a student’s first resource when they need extra learning support. Consider becoming that support for a student at Eden Prairie Schools. A list of Paraprofessional career opportunities can be found here. 

  • We are looking for an Office Professional for the Welcome Center. Somali language skills required.
Dec. 23 - Jan. 3: No school - Winter Break
Jan. 13: Kindergarten Registration Night at Cedar Ridge
Jan. 14: Kindergarten Registration Night at Eden Lake
Jan. 16: Kindergarten Registration Night at Eagle Heights
Jan. 20: No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan. 21: Kindergarten Registration Night at Forest Hills
Jan. 23: Kindergarten Registration Night at Oak Point
Jan. 24: End of Second Quarter/First Semester
Jan. 27: No School - Grading Day
Jan. 28: Kindergarten Registration Night at Prairie View