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February 20
No School/Office Closed

March 10
No School

March 13
Start of Trimester III

March 24
Early release day


March 27-March 31
No School Spring Break

May 2
K-5th Grade Music Concert 6:00pm

Elementary/Middle School Choir and 5-8 Band Concert 7:30




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February 17, 2023

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From the Administrative Intern

Hello SHPA Families,
We are in the toughest stretch of the school year: February and March. The never-ending winter and lack of sunlight impacts us all and we start to lose our emotional resiliency. This shows up as exaggerated emotional responses, increased energy, and a decrease in patience and stamina from everyone. It will work itself out as the sun begins to shine more and air temps rise, but until then we could all benefit from being reminded about the importance of perspective, empathy, and grace. Now is the perfect time to check in with your child about how they are feeling about school. It’s also a good time to recognize and appreciate the work the educators are putting in at SHPA. I am so appreciative of the community we have built together, and the support that bridges SHPA and our families. As that old cliché goes – “Teamwork makes the dream work!”
Lastly, I would like to take just a moment to mention a few items that will help keep things running smoothly. The school day concludes at 3:40pm, and while I know the lines for parent pick up are lengthy, it is important to be on time and help your child establish an end of the day routine. Please do your best to pick up your child before 4:00pm, and then our teachers can get back to preparing for the next day’s learning opportunities. Reminder to also have your child check the Lost and Found for any missing items. We have a large collection of coats, hats, sweaters, lunchboxes, and water bottles. If the absence of any of these items has been noted at home, have them check it out! 
Enjoy the long weekend!

Martine Walker
Administrative Intern
Seven Hills Preparatory Academy

Girl Scout Cookies and Other Items for Sale on Campus: Please note that students are not allowed to sell any items to teachers, staff, or students while on campus. Seven Hills prohibits fundraisers not directly related to Seven Hills. We also have to be mindful of the disruption that sales on campus can cause. Thank you. Ms. Farrell

Update From the School Board: The SHPA Board has launched a diversity, equity, and inclusion committee and is looking for active participation from parents and stakeholders who are committed to advancing DEI within the Seven Hills community. We are hoping for at least one passionate parent to join us for a virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 15th, from 5-6pm. The main focus of this meeting will be to review our current SHPA Mission Statement (Seven Hills Preparatory Academy engages students in a rigorous classical education, designed to prepare each one for strong citizenship and life-long learning) and explore if/how it might be updated to more accurately reflect the conviction and purpose of our academy.
If you have questions or are interested in participating, please email Teron Buford at For your reference, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee goals and objectives are provided below:

SHPA Breakfast and Lunch: The March breakfast and lunch menu will open Wednesday, February 15th until Monday, February 20th. The ordering window will close at 11:59 PM Monday, February 20th. Please place your orders as soon as possible via, link here. All orders must be placed and paid for before the ordering window closes or the request will be canceled. For further information, please visit the “Lunch” page on the school website, link here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding school meals please reach out to:
Richfield campus: Josie Schmitz at, (612)314-7600 opt. 4

Richfield Campus Civitas Fair: On Thursday, April 20th, we will be hosting our fourth annual Civitas Fair from 5:30-7:30pm! This is an event for families to share their traditions and cultures with the rest of the Seven Hills Richfield Campus Community. We encourage all of the Seven Hills Richfield Campus community to not only attend, but share about your culture and traditions with others. This opportunity is open to families, faculty, and students!

If you would like to operate a booth or host a demonstration at the SHPA Richfield Campus Civitas Fair on Thursday, April 20th, 2023, please fill out the form and submit to Seven Hills Richfield Campus, Martine Walker no later than April 7, 2023.
Feria de Civitas: un evento para que las familias compartan sus tradiciones y culturas con el resto de la comunidad del campus de Seven Hills Richfield. ¡Animamos a toda la comunidad de Seven Hills Richfield Campus a no solo asistir, sino también a compartir su cultura y sus intercambios con los demás.¡Esta oportunidad está abierta para familias, profesores y estudiantes!

Si desea operar un puesto o presentar una demostración en la Feria de Civitas SHPA Richfield Campus el jueves, 20 de abril de 2023, complete el formulario y envíelo a Seven Hills Richfield Campus, Martine Walker a más tardar el  7 de abril de 2023.
Link to Google Form for booth/demo sign ups: 
Civitas Google Form

COVID-19 Update: If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please contact Ms. Erickson, School Nurse, and follow the MDH COVID-19 Isolation Guide. Contact Mr. Barrios, COVID-19 Coordinator, with any questions and see the SHPA COVID-19 Webpage for resources and information. 

Updated Parent or Guardian’s Guide to School: This guide describes and explains the public school system in Minnesota and the role families can play in their child’s education. It is a practical guide to help parents or guardians understand their student’s rights as well as the opportunities and resources available to the families and students. The guide was updated in December 2022 and can be found on
 MDE’s English Learner Education page. MDE is working to get the document translated in the future.

School Dress Code: School uniforms reflect a proper school attitude, identity, and pride consistent with a Classical Education. All SHPA students wear a uniform. We are grateful to students and parents/guardians for their support of our clothing policy.

We have noticed an increase of students wearing legging-like attire as stand-alone bottoms. This falls under causal wear and is not approved under our dress code. If your child would like to wear leggings, a skirt or dress needs to be worn over the top. 

MS Library Volunteer Needed: We are in need of a volunteer for the Middle School library on Monday's from 11:53 - 1:25 pm. Please contact Ms. Gergely at for more information or to sign up. 

Lunch Volunteer Opportunity: We are looking for a parent or guardian volunteer to assist in our Elementary lunchroom every day, 11am-12pm. Duties would include working with the lead lunch supervisor, helping students with opening their milk or food items, and helping with clean up. If you are interested, please email Principal Farrell at

SHPA Middle School Band and Choir: Our SHPA Middle School band and choir program began October 1st, but there are still openings! In band and choir, we will develop our instrumental and musicianship skills and develop the voice, we will learn fundamental techniques, collaborate with others, and most importantly make music! For questions contact Mr. Schultz at

See Richfield Campus Document 2022-23 Activities Registration Catalog Registration Form by clicking 

Cold Weather Reminder:
With the cooling temperatures and incoming colder weather, please make sure your students start bringing their jackets, hats, boots, and mittens. Students will go outside everyday for recess unless it rains or the air temperature is below 0 or the wind chill is below -10. 

Middle School News

Middle School Library: Have you read a good book lately? The Middle School Library is open to all Middle School students every morning from 8:20 - 8:40 am.

Seven Hills Preparatory Academy has entered a Joint Agreement with Richfield Public School Athletics: Seven Hills Preparatory Academy has entered a Joint Agreement with Richfield Public School Athletics. This agreement is updated every season and the opportunities available may change from year to year. With sufficient notice, Richfield Public Schools or Seven Hills Preparatory Academy may discontinue this joint agreement at any time. For more information click HERE.

Middle School Homework Tracker: The Homework Tracker is an on-line school homework planner for our Middle School students. The planner is a quick but comprehensive way for you and your student to see homework that is assigned each day. Students will still be expected to complete their paper planner each day, but the Homework Tracker is another tool to double check the assignments. The link to access the Homework Tracker is below:
Sixth Grade:
Seventh Grade:
Eighth Grade:



PTA Meeting: Thanks! Thanks to those who joined us for our February PTA meeting this week. Good discussion was had, and we're excited for our upcoming events. See meeting minutes linked here, and mark your calendars for our March meeting: Monday, March 20th. All SHPA parents and teachers are welcome! We'll meet at the Bloomington Campus for snacks and socializing from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.. The meeting runs from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.. Room details and agenda will be shared closer to the March meeting date.

Family Dinner Night: Thanks! Thanks to those SHPA families and friends who dined with us at Panera Bread this week! We'll post our donation results soon! Our March Family Dinner Night is still being planned; we'll post details as soon as we confirm them.

SHPA K-5 Dance: One for each campus! Our K-5 student population has grown over the years! To ensure our annual K-5 dance is comfortable and safe for all, the PTA will host one K-5 dance on each campus this year. 
  • The SHPA Bloomington Campus K-5 dance will happen Friday, February 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m..
    Thank you to those parents who've volunteered to work the dance!

  • The SHPA Richfield Campus K-5 dance will happen Friday, February 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m..
    We'll still welcome parent volunteers!
     Sign up here.
Get ready for fun music, low-cost snacks, parent raffle prizes and great company!

Spring Scholastic Bookfair -- March 13 & 14: The PTA is thrilled to host a spring book fair this year! Scholastic returns on March 13 and 14 at each campus. Watch for communication via email and social media as the date approaches. Parent volunteers are needed! If you know already you'd like to work a shift at the book fair, please email us at
 sevenhillspta@gmail.comOur volunteer sign up will be published soon. Thank you!

Online Family Directory: Do you know another SHPA parent who wants to meet and be able to communicate with other SHPA families? Encourage them to join the Online Family Directory! Parents can go to the new SHPA PTA website and click "Sign In" at the upper right corner of the page, and create a username and password for themselves. Questions? Email the PTA at, and one of our board members will be happy to assist!

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