CarolingReverse Caroling, you ask, what is THAT?   The households listed below are gathering a troop of non-wandering minstrels who will play and sing holiday tunes by an outdoor fire. We have heard rumors of guitars, jug bands, and even accordions joining in the merriment and coming together with you to raise your communal voices to the stars! To join the fun all you need to do is bundle up, pack a warm beverage in a mug, and visit any or all of the following sites! Bring your own sing sheets, or some sites will also have them provided. Instruments and children are welcome too, of course!

Reverse Caroling Host Sites:

  • 3640 Garfield Ave
  • 4203 Blaisdell Ave
  • 4019 Blaisdell Ave
  • 3700 Nicollet Ave (Note, this location is indoors at Butter Bakery Café where communal caroling will also be offered! Frigid weather is not an excuse to not participate!)

Contact Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Director, at sarah@kingfield.org if you have questions.

Neighbors: If you want to join in the fun last minute, just add your address to the Facebook Event! All we ask is that you have a fire going from 6:30-8 PM, be welcome to everyone joining you, and be committed to singing carols (providing song sheets is optional!)

Also, all neighbors, just for fun, we ask that if possible you light a luminary in your yard on Monday evening to light the way for your neighbors on their evening walk!

Minneapolis superintendent will step down Jan. 31, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 16, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT:
Stan Alleyne
Chief Communications Officer
612.668.0230
stan.alleyne@mpls.k12.mn.us

Minneapolis Public Schools today announced that Dr. Bernadeia Johnson submitted her resignation, which was accepted by the Minneapolis Board of Education. Johnson will remain in her position through Jan. 31, 2015.

In a letter submitted to Board of Education Chair Richard Mammen, Johnson said she continues to have strong confidence in the direction set for improving outcomes for Minneapolis students, a vision captured in her Acceleration 2020 strategic plan, and she thanked the board for supporting those efforts. She acknowledged that her family commitments have become increasingly challenging – and she determined that stepping down would best serve both the school district and her family.

At a previously scheduled session this evening, the school board accepted Johnson’s resignation and began determining a path forward. Mammen emphasized the school board’s appreciation for the superintendent’s dedicated service.

“Dr. Johnson has been committed to the students of Minneapolis Public Schools for the past 15 years, since first joining the staff here as a principal,” said Mammen. “Her leadership has brought clear vision for the path ahead and her team has established aggressive goals to move us toward that vision. This is a job bigger than any one individual, and the role of the superintendent to drive collaboration among all the school district’s stakeholders is extraordinarily challenging. We are grateful for her service and we appreciate that she has built a strong leadership team to succeed her and manage the transition we now face.”

After accepting Johnson’s resignation, the school board named Chief Executive Officer Michael Goar as interim superintendent effective Feb. 1, subject to his acquiring either a superintendent’s license or a variance from the state Board of School Administrators. Goar possesses more than 20 years of professional experience as a leader in urban school districts including Boston, Memphis and Minneapolis. The school board will determine the process for filling the role on a full-time basis in the months ahead.

The Free Super Saturday Program atInnerCity Tennisis a fantastic way to spend time as a family. The Saturday Program will start up again this Saturday December 6th. Level 1 (age 3-6) and Level 2 (age7-10) starts at 3:00 and ends at 4:30. Level 3 (age 11-13) and Level 4 (age 14-18) starts at 4:30 and ends at 6:00. For more information click on the linkhttp://innercitytennis.org/youth/super-saturdays

Volunteer as a family and help coach hundreds of young children through the Kidspeed Stations. Please sign up here if you want to volunteer as a family.http://innercitytennis.org/volunteer

This will be the perfect opportunity to checkout the new bubbles if you haven’t seen them! (Hint Hint!)

Area C Meeting @ Southwest High School
Media Center – East Building *watch parking signs carefully
Wednesday, November 19th
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
3414 West 47th Street 55410
refreshments at 5:30 | childcare and interpreters available

 Discussion will be about class size from a high school principal’s point of view, student based allocations (SBA) with Q&A and taking a look at how Area C meetings support academic achievement.


10440873_10152442126164537_6533195594608789806_nThursday Oct 30 through Sunday, November 2nd 2:00-6:00 PM

ColorWheel Gallery and Café Ena, West 46th Street and Grand Avenue South

Join the ColorWheel Gallery for a Fun afternoon of Local art, Interesting people, Sweet treats & Mexican folk art themed Art Making. Enjoy the ColorWheel’s selection of Folk Art, Gifts & Treasures inspired by Latin America, Dia de los Muertos & Frida Kahlo. Featuring Artists, Tammy Ortegon, Gordon Coons, Eileen Connor, Eddie Ortegon, Eileen Espinosa & many more. There will be a creation table that day with lots of supplies to make fun masks, tissue flowers & collage art for the kids & kids at heart.

In Mexico, Day of the Dead (or All Souls Day-Nov 1st & 2nd) is a time for families to honor & celebrate loved ones who have passed. Traditions include building altars, called Ofrendas, honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds & the favorite foods & beverages of the departed. Honoring the tradition, Cafe Ena invites you to join them for their 4th Day of the Dead celebration (Thursday Oct 30th – Sunday Nov 2nd) with a special Prix Fixe menu prepared by Chef Ruiz and a Beautiful traditional Ofrenda. Reservations recommended! Read more about the menu at their FB site:

https://www.facebook.com/CafeEna?ref=stream&fref=nf

FIRE

Friday, October 24th 6:30pm at MLK Park

Our annual fall bonfire will celebrate the great work by neighborhood Block Leads!  The bonfire starts at 6:30pm on the north side of the recreation center near the Mosaic Garden – free s’mores and apple cider for all!  Plus, our fabulous storyteller will be making a return visit to share a spooky story around the bonfire for young and old!

–organized by KFNA and supported in partnership with MLK Park

Meet the At-Large Candidates for Minneapolis Public School Board!

(Organized by Area C neighborhood associations)

Monday October 20th / 6:30 PM Social, 7:00 PM Forum

MLK Park, Multipurpose Room, 4055 Nicollet Avenue South

(Bus Route #18 + on-street parking + parking lot off of 40th Street)

Four candidates are running to fill two at-large seats on the Minneapolis Public School Board. Area C neighborhoods are partnering to host a forum for neighbors to ask questions related to concerns about our public schools. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014. All neighbors are welcome to attend.

6:30 Coffee, Cookies, and Candidate Conversations

7:00 Community Forum moderated by the League of Women Voters

(Questions submitted and sorted during Social Time and Candidate Introductions)

8:25 Closing Statements

8:30 Adjourn

Questions on the forum should be directed to: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Executive Director, sarah@kingfield.org or 612.823.5980.

Language translation services in Somali and Spanish provided at the meeting by the Lyndale Neighborhood Association. Sound services provided at the meeting by Twin Town Guitars and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, U of M.

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This forum is organized by the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) as part of a joint neighborhood voter-education and registration project called Nicollet Votes (a partnership with the Lyndale, Stevens Square, and Whittier neighborhood associations), with support from the Bryant Neighborhood Organization (BNO), Cedar Isles Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA), East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO), Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA), and Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA). Additional partners still pending.

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