SMS e-Newsletter May 14, 2021
Dear Sandburg Families,

We have finally had some beautiful weather. I hope you have had time to enjoy it. I want to take the time to share with you some important dates and reminders as we close out the school year.

  • According to the Minnesota Department of Education, the Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remain in effect. Through the end of the 2020-21 school year (last teacher contact day), masks must continue to be worn by everyone inside school buildings or on a school bus. If this state guidance changes before the end of the school year, we will update you as soon as possible.

  • Wednesday, June 9, will be an in person school day for students that have been coming into school.  Distance learning students will continue with asynchronous learning for this day. Below you will find information about Chromebook collection. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Go Lions!
John Groenke
Looking Ahead...

Monday, May 17
Day 1
Tuesday, May 18
Day 2
Wednesday, May 19
Virtual Advisory Only
WIN Time!
Thursday, May 20
Day 1
Friday, May 21
Day 2
Chromebook Collection: 
All Students Will Turn In CB’s At The End of the School Year

In-Person Students
Chromebooks will be collected in reading classes at school on Monday, June 7 and Tuesday, June 8. Please bring the following items to school:
  • Chromebook
  • Chromebook Charger
  • Chromebook Case (if you have one)
  • Hotspot (if you have one)
  • Library Books or Textbooks that still need to be returned.

Distance Learning Students
Chromebooks will be collected on the following dates:
  • Wednesday, June 9 3:30-6pm
  • Thursday, June 10 1-3pm

Families will drop off Chromebooks at the SMS Main Entrance foyer. Technology staff will be there to meet you to check off items.

Please Note: Due to other job duties, technology staff will only be available during the times listed. 

If you cannot come to SMS at these times, please call 763-504-8225 to schedule an appointment with technology staff. Please do not drop off devices to the main office.

Please bring the following items to school:
  • Chromebook
  • Chromebook Charger
  • Chromebook Case (if you have one)
  • Hotspot (if you have one)
  • Library Books or Textbooks that still need to be returned.
Saliva Testing For Students:

Robbinsdale Area Schools will be offering Zoom-enabled saliva testing for middle school students on Monday, May 17th and Monday, June 1st. Saliva testing is completely voluntary and results will not be shared directly with schools. You may choose to share my test result with Sandburg Middle School or others voluntarily.

  • Parents must sign and return a parent consent form by Monday at noon in order for a student to be able to receive a test kit. Parent consent form in Somali.
  • A paper consent form was provided for students to pick up in their Block D class on Thursday. Click this link for a copy of the parent consent form. It can be downloaded, signed and then uploaded and sent to 
  • Signed consent forms will be collected in advisory classes on Friday and Monday. They can also be dropped off in the office or emailed to 
  • Students who have a signed consent form will be given a saliva test kit. It will be distributed to students in their Block D class on Monday.
  • Students must return the test on Tuesday morning by dropping it in the collection bag or box with the supervising staff at Door 14 or Door 4

Please click the following link to review detailed information about the saliva testing process for Sandburg Middle School. SMS Saliva Testing

If you have additional questions please reach out to Mary Jane Adams at 763-504-8206 or by email at
SMS Zine:

The SMS Zine is our quarterly publication of student art--from writing and photography to drawing and song lyrics.

We are so proud of our students!
April Students of the Month:
Summer Targeted Services:
We are offering two sessions of Summer Targeted Services this summer.
An individual student may only participate in 1 session. See sessions and sites below:

  • Session 1: June 14-July 2 8:45 - 12:45 M-F
  • Session 2: July 12-July 30 8:45-12:45 M-F
  • The program will run at Plymouth Middle School

In alignment with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education, RAS will also be offering a Summer Academic Distance Learning Targeted Services Session. This session will run from June 14- July 2, 7:45-11:15 Monday through Friday. There is no cost to this program. It is FREE and VOLUNTARY!

Important Parent Drop Off and Pick Up Information: 

Please do not drop your child off at school before 7:50am. Due to Covid protocols we cannot allow students to gather in the lobby. Parent drop off and pick up will be in our front parking lot. Please enter the lot and take a quick left - drop and pick up at the crosswalk.  Only buses may go straight in front of the building. Dismissal will begin with parent pick up at 2:40, followed by bus students, walkers will be dismissed last. If a line for the lot forms, please line up west of the lot along Sandburg Lane. See the images below or see the attached map.

Thank you, parents, for dropping off no earlier than 7:50am!
Face Mask Policy

Masks must be worn while at Sandburg Middle School at all times. Masks must be worn tightly over your mouth, nose and chin. You should wear a clean mask at least every 3 days.

There are only two times when it is ok to remove your mask.
  1. When a person is alone in a room.
  2. When you are eating or drinking at breakfast or lunch in your assigned seat.

Support Process for Masking
  1. When our staff, students and visitors need a mask, we have extra cloth and paper masks. Speak to a teacher or the office to get a mask.
  2. Is your mask uncomfortable or not fitting well? Check with a teacher or the office for a different mask and/or ear protectors.
  3. All staff and students are asked to use either a non-verbal cue, a visual tool or a verbal “Mask Please” as a cue to remind staff, students and visitors to wear or fix their masks.
  4. When a student, staff member or visitor refuses to wear a mask after reminders and problem solving support, Sandburg support staff and/or the Sandburg administration will be contacted and will provide support.
SMS Contact Numbers
Attendance/Absence Line
(763) 504-8210

Counseling Office
(763) 504-8219

Main Office
(763) 504-8200

Nurse's Office
(763) 504-8223
Sandburg Middle School
(763) 504-8200
2400 Sandburg Lane
Golden Valley, MN 55427