March 3, 2020
Volume IX, Issue #22

Adults Night Out for Armatage

Book your babysitter and buy your tickets today for a night of food, fun and fundraising! 

Don’t miss your chance to join us on Sunday, March 15th at Tinto Kitchen from 5-9pm to play games, win raffles, and enjoy delicious food and drink for a great cause: our students! Learn more and purchase tickets at

Already bought your ticket? Sign-up at for a short volunteer shift (or two) to make the fun happen! 
If you have a donation for our online fundraiser and raffle, the deadline to submit those is March 6th! 

Thank you for your support - we truly cannot do this without you! 

Questions? Contact LesLee Bickford, Shelley Finn or Sarah Staab at

Specialist Update - Science with Ms Anna

Planning for the Science Fair is underway. Thank you to parent volunteers for their help, and to parents who have reached out via email to support students in participating in this fun event! Students in grades Pre-K through 3 received information regarding important dates and a Sign Up Form for projects. Participation for students in Pre-K, K, 1, 2, and 3 is optional.

Students in grades 4/5 will be receiving information from their classroom teachers. It is mandatory for students in grades 4/5 to all do a project. Students in 4/5 do not need to turn in a Sign Up Form to Anna. (Read more) 

Minneapolis Public Schools is seeking additional members to join the Equity and Diversity Impact Assessment (EDIA) Committee. 

What is the EDIA? Who is the EDIA Committee and what do they do?
The EDIA is a reflective tool and guided process to evaluate policies, practices, and procedures that impact MPS students and families.  

The EDIA Committee is a voluntary advisory group that consists of parents/guardians of MPS students, community-based organization members, and MPS staff. The purpose of the EDIA Committee is to partner with MPS to support the district in identifying and examining inequities in MPS policies, practices, and procedures that significantly impact student learning and resource allocation. 
EDIA Committee Meeting Informational Sessions - March 11 and March 25th
We invite you to attend one of our informational sessions.
  • Sit in on a regular EDIA Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 12pm-2pm at MIGIZI (3017 27th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406). A light lunch will be provided. Note that the first hour will be devoted to usual EDIA Committee business and the second hour will be spent on the actual informational session. 
  • Wednesday, March 25th from 5:30m-7pm at the Davis Center (1250 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411) in Room N5-083. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Did you take some School House Rock photos?

The yearbook needs School House Rock photos!
Photos can be emailed to Carrie Thompson  at

Armatage Science Fair - Registration Forms Due This Friday!

The Science Fair happens each spring at Armatage.

All students PreK through 5th grade are encouraged to create a project for the fair. If you have any questions feel free to contact the science specialist Anna Keyport (

Science fair registration form deadline has been extended to this Friday March 6th. You can drop them off with Ms. Anna or in the office. If you are struggling to come up with a topic question or how to set up your experiment, feel free to contact the science specialist Anna Keyport (

Science Fair 2020: Thursday, April 16, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM   

Jim Crow of the North: Documentary Screening & Discussion 


Hosted by the Hale Elementary School and Armatage Parents Welcoming Equity Committees

Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 PM, Justice Page Middle School (1 W. 49th Street)

Why does Minneapolis suffer some of the worst racial disparities in the nation?
One answer is the spread of racist, restrictive real estate covenants in the early 20th century. These policies dramatically impact our city and schools now because of the housing segregation and the vastly inequitable property values and distribution of wealth they caused. As we consider the MPS Comprehensive District Design, understanding this history and its lasting legacy is vitally important. 

Jim Crow of the North is based on the work of the University of MN’s research project, Mapping Prejudice. The panel will include Daniel Pierce Bergin, Jim Crow of the North Producer, and Kirsten Delegard, Mapping Prejudice Project Director.

Please Join the Hale Elementary School and Armatage Montessori School Welcoming Equity Committees on March 11 at 7:00 PM in the Justice Page Middle School auditorium for a screening and discussion. The event is free and open to all!

Family Inclusion Celebration: We value diverse perspectives at Armatage

Join us Friday, March 20th 

What is Armatage’s Family Inclusion Celebration? This is an opportunity to honor the family traditions and rich culture throughout our school community. Each class will go on a gallery walk around the building to observe cultural artifacts from the Somali museum and our own Armatage families. There will be several stations in the Little Gym where students and families can reflect on their identities and learn more about others’ heritages. 

How can you help?

1) Volunteer by signing up here

2) Share an artifact or item of clothing related to your culture or heritage. These will be displayed in the Little Gym. Parent volunteers will watch over the artifacts/clothing and answer questions about them. Please fill out the Family Artifacts Form 

3) Send a family photo to ELL teacher David Luiken to be included in a slide show. Send digital photos by Friday, March 13th to

4) Come celebrate at the Family Inclusion Celebration!  

More information here!

Armatage Summer School Registration is OPEN!

WHO attends?  District-eligible students will be invited to attend the Summer Learning Program (math, reading, writing, art, music, and gym).  

ALL students are invited to apply for GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) or GISE (Guys in Science and Engineering). 

COST:  Free!

WHEN:  June 15-July 23 Mon-Thurs (no school Fridays or on July 4)


  • “Rising” grade 1-5 (next year’s grade) Summer Learning Program –      Whittier School 8:00-2:30
  • Rising grade 1-5 GEMS and GISE – Hmong International 9:15-3:45
  • Rising grade 6 GEMS, GISE, and Summer Learning Program - Sanford 9:15-3:45

BUS:  Transportation is provided to and from all programs (including Mpls. Kids, daycares, and home addresses within the attendance zone).

FOOD:  Breakfast and lunch are provided.



Paper:  please call or email classroom teacher or Julie Railsback, School Social Worker.

In addition, two additional programs will be offered this summer to students of all backgrounds in rising grades 1-5:

  • The Native American Experience – 6 wk. course at Sullivan/Anishanabe

  • The Immigration Experience (SE Asian, E African, Latin American) – 6 wk. course at Nellie Stone Johnson

Thank you for supporting summer learning!

Julie Railsback, Armatage School Social Worker (612)-668-3185;

Comprehensive District Design (CDD)

Stay informed - Comprehensive District Design Links (Information in Somali/Spanish included)

Armatage Family Directory

Every year, Armatage provides a Family Directory so families can connect with other families for things like playdates, birthday parties, or to find neighbors who also go to Armatage. Join Our Class offers a free Family Directory software program that is secure, password protected, available online or on an app and allows you to update and edit your information anytime!  

We hope this is helpful to you and can be used to help grow your community at Armatage!  Feedback, questions, omissions, errors in or about the Directory can be directed to Sonja at 


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