August 17, 2016

Dear Loring Families,

It is with great excitement that I welcome you all back for the 2016-2017 school year! Over the summer we said good by to some of our colleagues and neighbors, and we welcome all of our new friends and community members to Loring!  Our new Superintendent, Ed Graff, has set a very positive tone for the start of the year.  His message was about the importance of relationships, respectful listening, community awareness and engagement, equity in education and the importance of creating a safe and welcoming school for every child in Minneapolis.  

In November we’ll be asking the citizens of Minneapolis to vote yes for the referendum for the Minneapolis Public Schools.  This referendum is crucial to continuing to provide world-class education for all of our scholars and by helping maintain our class size numbers.  Loring Community School is a school that has been embraced by all of the stakeholders in the Victory Neighborhood. We appreciate you considering voting yes for Minneapolis Public Schools in November!

Staffing Updates

Over the summer two of our dear colleagues, Monica Marx, our Instructional Specialist and Robyn Hjorth-Martin, our school social worker, have left the district.  We will miss them dearly but I’m working to hire top-notch replacements this week.  I’d like to introduce you to new members of our Loring Family:

Jolene Tomihiro – 3rd Grade Teacher

Linda Siverson-Hall – 3rd Grade Teacher  

Elliot Kohl -2nd grade teacher

Ted Harding – Special Education Teacher

Ricardo Layne – AE Bilingual Spanish

Ernest Tucker – AE Academic Support

Paul Dennis – AE Behavior Resource

Romina Hiti - Transportation Resource

Amanda Hensgen - Psychologist

Christine Fury - Occupational Therapist

Elizabeth Lauer - Physical Therapist

Saleha Erdmann - Social Worker

Open House/Curriculum Carnival

We are trying something different this year instead of holding our evening open house during workshop week.  We’re mailing out classroom assignments on August 17th along with beginning of the year documents.  We’ll invite families to come meet teachers and to drop off school supplies on Thursday, August 25th, from 2:00-4:00.  I’m encouraging you to consider joining our North Side Community during our inaugural Welcome Back Barbeque at Henry High School on the evening of August 25th from 4:00-7:00. We’re hoping to start a new tradition of kicking off the school year with Henry, Olson, Jenny Lind and Loring.  Strong communities equal strong schools.  All the families and staff are invited to come to Henry to help promote our amazing neighborhood schools!

Transportation Update

Over the summer a key member of the district transportation team passed away.  Throughout the fall expect all transportation changes to take at least five days to process.  We are working diligently to rectify this problem.  I’ll keep you posted and really appreciate your understanding.

Important Dates

8/252:00-4:00 – Meet Your Teachers/Drop off School Supplies

            4:00-6:00 – Hi-5 Open House

            4:00-7:00 – North Side Welcome Back BBQ at Patrick Henry

8/29 – 1st-5th Grade First Day of School

8/31 – Hi-5 & Kindergarten First Day of School

9/5 – Labor Day

9/8 – 5:00-7:00 – Grade 2, 4 & 5 Curriculum Night

9/15 – 5:30-7:30 – Open House/Curriculum Carnival Potluck

9/17 – Loring School Garden Pie Auction 4:00-8:30

9/29 – 6:30-8:00 – LCC/PTA Principal State of the School/Title 1 Meeting

10/18 – 3:30-8:00 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

10/19 – 7:30-4:00 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

I want to say again what an honor it is to be the principal of this tremendous school and to work for such an incredible community. We are here to serve and together we will continue to do amazing work for our scholars!

Sincerely, Ryan Gibbs
Principal, Loring Community School

“We are ALL here, ALL the time, for ALL children!