Dear Loring Families, 

I want to thank you for your feedback and engagement with distance learning this fall.  I know we’re asking so much of all of you and I want you to know that from all of us here at Loring, we appreciate you so much! We’re currently in the process of gathering information from families and staff regarding their comfort level with considering more in-person learning options for our students.  This is all dependent on your feedback as well as guidance from Minnesota Department of Health recommendations for safe in-person learning.  Minneapolis Public Schools is currently piloting some in-person learning options at a few schools across the district.  This program brings in targeted groups of kids a few days a week for a specific time period to provide supplemental educational services.  This is something I’d like to explore for Loring Elementary as we move into the next quarter of learning.  This is of course contingent on the COVID-19 numbers in Hennepin County as well as feedback from families and staff.  I will continue to communicate with all of you as we explore these options.  Please take time to complete the district survey that is being sent out the week of October 12th

Materials Pick-Up/Picture Days

As we move into November it is critical that we provide students and families with updated learning materials.  I anticipate that we will need to do regular materials pick up days while we’re in distance learning.  I also know that school pictures are very important to students, families and staff. We came up with a plan that offers picture options for each scholar as well as working within COVID-19 safety regulations.  I’d like to share the plan and dates with you below:

·     Materials Pick Up Dates/Pictures– Families should plan on coming to Loring during the following dates and times to pick up new learning materials for students so that they can be prepared for the upcoming units of study.

o  Tuesday, October 27thbetween 9:00-5:00

o  Wednesday, October 28thbetween 9:00-5:00

o  Thursday, October 29thbetween 9:00-5:00

·     Families should plan to drive through the back-parking lot off of 45thAve North and staff will be prepared to deliver your children’s learning materials to you.  

·     Pictures – Each family will have the opportunity to have a semi-professional photograph of their child in front of the school during the above-mentioned materials pick up dates.  We will have a tent set up in front of the school by the playground where staff will take pictures of our scholars.  

o  Each family will receive a free Jpeg or digital copy of their child’s school picture. 

o  We’re hoping to use these pictures to make a yearbook and or provide physical copies of the pictures in the future.  

o  Families will also have the option to take their own school picture and then send it to Loring as a digital copy for future year book submissions.

o  Another option for students to have their picture taken during a virtual meeting by their classroom teacher or support staff.  


Loring Elementary School Fun Run/Walk!

Thursday, November 19th

We invite family and friends to join us in helping raise funds for field trips, assemblies, Distance Learning and other fun and educational activities for Loring Elementary.  Each participant will raise funds by asking family and friends to sponsor them to run or walk. 

Students and classes will also have an opportunity to earn several prizes and awards based on their participation in the Fun Run / Walk.


Important Dates

November 19th: Fun Run/Walk

Time:  11:30 AM-1:30 PM – The actual walking/running can be done anytime up to this date, but we will have some organized activities on November 19thalong with a marked route around the outside of the school.


October 27th, 28thand 29th: October Materials Pick-Up and Fundraising Distribution

Time: 9 AM - 5 PM on 45thAve. Parking Lot – 


December TBD (before winter break): December Materials Pick-Up

Turn in your envelopes with any cash or checks.


January TBD: Fun Run/Walk Winners announced

Winners will be notified via parent email and/or phone.  


  • Top fundraiser from each grade level will have lunch delivered to their house from The Birdhouse and will participate in a virtual principal lunch with Mr. Gibbs
  • PTA Prizes will be passed out to students who participate in the fun run/walk.  These will be passed out during one of our future materials pick up dates. 


In Peace,

Ryan Gibbs

Loring Community School

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