March 17, 2020
Volume IX, Issue #24

From Principal Franks:

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” – Bob Riley

We are in unprecedented times. Over the past five days, all of our lives have changed in some form. Closed schools, businesses, restaurants, fitness centers, nursing homes, places of worship etc… are now dark with the doors locked for an indefinite amount of time. It would be easy to become distraught and feel hopeless, but the past two days have proven there is nothing that cannot happen when we work together.

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The Fundraising for Foster Online Auction is still open!  New items were added over the weekend including signed books by a local author and Armatage parent, College Nannies & Tutors Gift Certificate Basket, MOA coupon book + passes, and gift cards to Tinto Kitchen (who has been so generous and understanding about our event cancellation).  The Classroom Rewards now have the amount needed to reach their goal in the listing title. The amount will be updated each day so you can see how close they are to reaching their goal!  Way to go Pre-K on reaching your goal! 

The auction will remain open until Friday, March 20th at 8:00pm.  We thank you so much for your generous support of Armatage especially during this very difficult time.  We wish the whole Armatage community all the best!

Link to auction site:

Online Learning Resources from Armatage Staff


Science Museums and Activities Online - From Ms. Anna

The Field Museum - Collections

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Worldwide Museum of Natural History

OLogy Science Website for Kids

Science Museum - Objects and Stories

NASA - Image of the Day

Ebooks Library from Ms. Nancy

My Capstone Library

  • Click login upper right corner 

  • Username: mpsarmatage

  • Password: ebook

Ms. Seeley's Google Classroom link

  • Code: 2mmhise

Armatage Students Online Resources

  • Raz Kids, IXL and more

Please stay tuned for information about rescheduling of Armatage events when that information is available. 
COVID-19 Resources and Information from MPS

Social-Emotional-Learning Newsletter: March

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Happy almost spring!  Our SEL focus for March is bravery and using innovation and problem solving.  Students at Armatage are wonderful at being problem solvers and showing bravery in big and small ways.  We see students helping one another and being brave in standing up for their beliefs. Thank you for being our partners in encouraging your children to show bravery and use their innovation and problem solving skills at home, in their community and at Armatage.  I’m including some articles and books to support your own family practice of inspiring these skills.  (READ MORE)

Did you take some School House Rock photos?

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

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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