Shark News - November 2022

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Note from the Principal

Boohzoo Seward Families,

Mino Giizhigad and welcome to November! Between the end of the 1st quarter, American Indian Heritage Month, and the Thanksgiving holiday we have a full month ahead.  

Thank you to all who attended our October Family Night virtually and in person! We had a great turn out and are excited about our new format. Many of you have provided feedback about the event which will help us to plan and refine future events. Thank you! Our November Family Night, on Thursday, November 10, will highlight American Indian Heritage Month and The Great Lessons of our Montessori curriculum. Family nights are just one way to be engaged and connected at Seward. We know that the family and school partnership is integral in supporting student success, and we are working to increase and improve our opportunities for families to be involved. 

With the end of the 1st quarter, we are excited to launch our new Montessori Progress Report which will replace the traditional report card. Progress reports will go home with students the week of November 14. Our hope is that the Montessori Progress Report will better communicate to families how students are progressing throughout the year. A letter will be sent with the progress report providing a description and the rationale for making this change. This is a work in progress, and we will be asking for your feedback to make improvements as we strive to make this important communication tool a meaningful reflection of student progress.

In our classrooms and school wide over the next few weeks we will be highlighting American Indian Heritage month. Some of the things we do here at Seward to honor the identity, culture and traditions of our American Indian students and families include our Native Affinity groups that our School Social Workers facilitate, land acknowledgements that students have created, bringing literature into classrooms that reflects American Indian history, cultures and traditions and explicitly teaching about land we live on, the land of the Dakota and Anishinaabe people. We hope that you see and hear evidence of this in the month of November and throughout the school year as it is a priority of ours to create a learning environment that honors the identities of the students and families we serve.


Ana Bartl                    


Help Seward Expand Our Outdoor Space!

Give to the Max day is coming up on November 17, 2022. This year the Seward Parent Teacher Association is asking families and caregivers to help us raise money for a new and improved courtyard and outdoor classroom space for our students. Imagine a courtyard filled with kids learning in an outside classroom, shaded from the sun, growing vegetables in garden beds and feeding the chickens in their permanent enclosure.

All this and more are possible with your support. Seward hopes to raise $20,000 dollars for this effort throughout the year. A gift of any amount will help us get closer to that goal!

Upcoming Events

Friday, 11/4 - No School

Thurs., 11/10 - Family Night 5:30-7:00 PM in Seward Cafeteria 

Friday, 11/11 - Site Council Meeting, 8:00-9:00 AM in Room 110 or Zoom

Tues., 11/15 - Picture Retake Day

Thurs., 11/17 - Give to the Max Day online and at pick up/drop off

Thurs., 11/17 - PTA Meeting, 7:00-8:00 PM, Zoom

Wed., 11/23 - Fri., 11/25 - No School

Fri., 12/2 - Site Council Meeting, 8:00-9:00 AM in Room 110 or Zoom

E2 Biking in Health Class

Thank you to all who helped us with our biking unit- we couldn’t do it without you!

The students loved being outside and going on bike rides!

Want a do-over?

The Lifetouch Satisfaction Guarantee means they'll retake your portrait or give you a full refund. Our school will send out a new flyer for picture retake day on November 15.

Place your order by Tuesday, November 15th at

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