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Leave your comments regarding the development of a neighborhood dog park in the survey in the left-hand column too.

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Complete the ‘Small & Homebased Business Survey’ by clicking on ‘Kingfield Business Opportunities’ under KFNA on the right-hand side of this page.

Search for the weekly ‘Eyes on the Street’ to learn about, and leave your observations, crimes and blight in the neighborhood.

Search ‘Green Tip’ to find easy ways that you can help improve the environment.

Questions on any of these?  Other ideas for useful information on this site? E-Mail Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Executive Director, at sarah@kingfield.org

*** An invitation from the Minneapolis Public Schools ***

Hundreds of people joined us in February to talk about changes being
considered for magnet and community school locations, attendance areas and bus routes for 2010-2011. We look forward to hearing from more people and to continuing our conversation in March.

Attend the meeting works best for you. Meetings are 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. unless noted.
*Review the purpose and timeline of Changing School Options.
*Hear a summary of feedback from February’s meetings.
*Take a closer look at school scenarios.
*Share your thoughts and ask questions.

***Overview plus additional info on middle and high school scenarios***

March 9
Little Earth of United Tribes Neighborhood Early Learning Center
2438 18th Avenue South | Presented in English and Spanish

March 10
Nellie Stone Johnson Community School
807 – 27th Avenue North |Presented in English, Hmong and Spanish

March 11
Church of the Incarnation
3817 Pleasant Avenue South | Presented in English and Spanish

Sullivan Community School
3100 East 28th Street | Presented in English and Somali

March 12
Whittier International School
315 West 26th Street | Presented in English and Spanish
Everyone welcome; co-hosted by Area C Parent & Community Council

***Overview plus additional info on elementary (K-5, K-8) scenarios***

March 19
Pillsbury Math/Science/Technology School
2250 Garfield Street NE | Presented in English and Spanish
Everyone welcome; co-hosted by Area A Parent & Community Council

Hiawatha Community School
4201 – 42nd Avenue South | Presented in English and Spanish
Everyone welcome; co-hosted by Area B Parent & Community Council

March 21
10 a.m. Minneapolis Public Schools Headquarters
807 NE Broadway | Presented in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish

Need childcare? Please call 612-668-0230 to reserve a spot or for more information.

All are welcome.

Changing School Options | Creating an effective, sustainable system for the future.

Thank you for visiting www.mpls.k12.mn.us for more information.

A February 12th Minneapolis Public Schools District-wide Meeting entitled “Changes Ahead” is causing a great deal of concern for Kingfield families.  The purpose of the meeting, as described by the District, is that the District is “considering citywide changes in magnet/community school locations and bus routes that will affect families in the months and years ahead.”  In publicity about the meeting the District stated that “before decisions are made, school leaders invite you to learn more and to share your thoughts.”

You can learn about the options and rationale for the school changes on the Minneapolis Public Schools website at http://www.mpls.k12.mn.us/The_Plan .  There is a link on the site to send your feedback directly.  There are also a number of meetings occurring over the next two weeks called by school leadership, in an attempt to educate parents and citizens, solicit feedback, and develop a collective strategy about the Changing Options Plan. 

Some of these meetings are listed below.  We ask if neighbors know of others, to add these additional meetings including their purpose, location, and timing as a comment to this site so all neighbors can have the most accurate information.

February 25: PTA/PTO leaders group
Burroughs’ auditorium
Purpose: to review the information that was presented on Feb 12, so you can bring the information back to your school.
6:30 PM
Please direct questions regarding this meeting with Burrough’s PTO President at bfmcginnis@comcast.net

February 26th:  Area C Parent Advisory Council Meeting   
Lyndale Community School – 312 West 34th Street
The stated purpose of the meeting is building relationships by looking at specific concerns of ELL families.  However, Area C of the Minneapolis Public Schools includes 23 schools in south central and southwest Minneapolis.  The Parent Council meets monthly so that parents and community members can join to discuss multi school issues and concerns, making it an appropriate place to raise your concerns. 
6:30-8:30pm  – light meal 
childcare available/translation in Spanish and Somali 

March 4: Community Presentation and Discussion of the Changing Options Plan
Burroughs’ auditorium
6:30 PM
Please direct questions regarding this meeting with Burrough’s PTO President at bfmcginnis@comcast.net

If you have questions regarding Area C please contact: Gael.Ellis@mpls.k12.mn.us

There will be a District work session on this subject on March 3 and community meetings scheduled the week of March 9 (watch the MPS website for more info on these meetings).

Good news for recycling-savvy consumers: Preserve <http://www.preserveproducts.com/index.html> has teamed up with Whole Foods Market, Stonyfield Farms, and Organic Valley to create the Preserve Gimme 5 Program. The new program allows consumers to drop off #5 polypropylene plastics at Select Whole Foods markets. 

Few communities offer recycling for #5 products, which include yogurt cups, hummus containers, and medicine bottles. Whole Foods’ program will create a new life for these lightweight, easy-to-recycle plastics.  The program has launched at Whole Foods Markets across the Midwest, including Whole Foods at Lake Calhoun.  Visit the website for more information at http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2009/01/gimme-5-recycling/ .

You may have recently seen a happy dog chasing a ball or Frisbee in a field at Martin Luther King Park.  Although this is a great way to give a dog exercise close to home, Park Police have been ticketing dog owners who use the space in this way.

Some Kingfield neighbors feel that a separate and secure area reserved for off-leash running and playing—somewhere in Kingfield—would enhance the livability of our neighborhood.  And, perhaps frequent use by responsible dog owners would increase the safety of a currently underused space.  

What do you think?  Express your views by voting in the poll on the left-hand side of the KFNA page.  If you have further suggestions, or would like to get involved in this effort, please email sarah@kingfield.org.  You can also leave a comment on this posting to share your views with your neighbors.

Aveda is announcing a new recycling initiative that helps extend the current boundaries of recycling . We are building a new recycling program for plastic bottle caps in which caps are collected and then sent by Aveda to our recycler where the material is recycled into new caps and containers. Aveda has been able to work closely with our suppliers to develop ways to make new caps and containers from the recycled caps. We hope to ship new products using this reworked, environmentally-friendly material later this year.

What type of caps do we collect?
The program accepts caps that are rigid polypropylene plastic, sometimes noted with a 5 in the chasing arrows recycling symbol. This includes caps that twist on with a threaded neck such as caps on shampoo, water, soda, milk and other beverage bottles, flip top caps on tubes and food product bottles (such as ketchup and mayonnaise), laundry detergents and some jar lids such as peanut butter.

Excluded from collection are pharmaceutical lids and non rigid lids such as yogurt lids, tub lids (margarine, cottage cheese), and screw on lids that are not rigid. If you can bend or break the lid with your bare hands, then it does not meet the rigid plastic definition. Please do not include any metal lids or plastic pumps or sprayers. Unfortunately, too much of the wrong types of materials can contaminate the recycling process. We appreciate your efforts in keeping it clean!

Join the Recycle Caps with Aveda campaign. Bring your plastic caps into an Aveda Store and feel great knowing that they will be repurposed into new Aveda packaging and kept from entering our waterways and harming wildlife.

Get more information at http://aveda.aveda.com/aboutaveda/caps.asp

An All Neighborhoods Meeting is set for Saturday, April 25th (approx 9am-1pm).  Location to be announced.

I’m looking for your input on a theme.  Please respond to the survey link below, which has proposed themes, by Friday, February 27th. 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=u2BBw5i21yUjGv_2bM33N_2fiQ_3d_3d

Elizabeth Glidden
Eighth Ward Councilmember
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8th Ward Website
612.673.2208

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