Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message- February 21, 2017

Good Morning Scholars,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and were able to get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.  Do you know why we had Monday off of school?  Each year on the third Monday in February we celebrate George Washington’s birthday.  President’s Day is a holiday that was created to honor our first President who was born on February 22, 1732.  Although it was originally created to celebrate George Washington, today we often think of it as a day to celebrate all of our nation’s Presidents and the commitment they make to serving and protecting our country.

Speaking of commitment, how have you and your classmates been showing commitment and empathy this month?  Are you working towards your goals even when things get tricky or hard?  How have you been showing random acts of kindness to others?  These are things we will celebrate at our monthly assembly and topics that we may address with your parents at conferences next week.

Part of my job is to help students be better learners and this includes thinking of ways that we can be positive members of our school community.  Showing the PYP attitudes is a great place to start when thinking about how we should act at school.  Are you able to name all twelve PYP attitudes?  I hope so and I will be looking and listening to catch many of you showing these attitudes throughout the week.


Work hard and be kind,

Ms. Lauren

Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message February 13, 2017

Good Morning Kind Kids!

Did you know that this week is recognized as Random Acts of Kindness week?  It is a week to celebrate the many ways that we can spread kindness to others on a daily basis.  What are some small ways you can spread kindness in your classroom, in our school, or in your community?  Think about holding the door for someone behind you, thanking Ms. Ayan and Ms. Seynab as they serve lunch, or maybe writing a kind note for your bus driver. These are all ways you can show kindness to people around you.


This week we are having our Literacy Night on Thursday from 5-6:30pm. This is a night to celebrate literacy and engage in fun activities like flashlight reading, word games, and story telling with puppets.  We look forward to seeing your family at Tesfa for this special night.


Have a wonderful and productive week filled with leaning and kindness.  I look forward to learning about the kind things happening around the building.

Kindly, Ms. Lauren



Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message February 6, 2017

Good morning committed and empathetic scholars!

I hope you had a restful weekend and are ready for another week of learning.  Did you know that this week we will celebrate our 100th day of school?   Take a minute to think back to our very first day of school in August and remember all the things you have learned since then.  Think about something you couldn’t do at the beginning of the school year that now you know how to do.  It’s amazing how setting goals and working hard can help us grow smarter.

Showing commitment to our learning is just one way that we can learn knew things and reach our big goals. In the the next few months what goals can you continue to work towards?  With nearly half the school year remaining be sure to make every day count!

I hope you have a wonderful and productive school week.  Remember, we will be looking and listening for classrooms that are showing positive attitudes and commitment to learning.  We want to “catch you” doing the right thing, even when you think no one is looking.

Work hard and be kind,

Ms. Lauren



Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message January 30, 2017

Good morning PYP Scholars!

Today is the start of a new week and each day offers an opportunity to start fresh with positive attitudes and a mindset that sets us up for success.  As your teachers we work hard to prepare lessons that are challenging, interesting and fun so that you can expand your knowledge and meet your academic goals.  We also spend time thinking about how we can support you socially, through things like morning meeting, helping you with conflict-resolution and reflecting on choices when we make mistakes.  We have a big job of balancing the academic and social skills that we teach you and it is important that you help us every day.  Think about what “your job” is at school each day and the ways you can help one another with academic and social success.

This week your mid-year report cards will be going home to your families.  Your report card is a snapshot of what you know and are able to do so far this year.  Just as we teach you both academic and social skills, your report card will show how much progress you are making in these areas.  Your report card shows how much you are learning in content areas like reading, math, science and social studies.  It also shows how committed you are to learning with Ms. Natalie and Mr. Omar.  Another part of the report card shows your development of some of our PYP transdiciplinary skills, such as communication, social skills, self-management, thinking and research skills.  It is important to talk to your families about your report card and reflect on the many wonderful things you are learning this year, and think about where you can continue to grow.

As a community of PYP learners it is importance to find balance in all that we do.  Work hard, ask questions and be caring.  Have a great week!

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Ms. Lauren

Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message January 23, 2017

Good morning independent and curious scholars!

As you know, our attitudes of the month are Independence and Curiosity.  How have you demonstrated these attitudes this month?  Think about the ways you can show independence and curiosity during the school day.  What might this look like while your teaching is teaching?  How does it look and sound during work time?  What about when you are in the hallway or on the school bus?  It is important to think about doing your job at school each and every day.  This means you are asking questions, engaging in class conversations and staying focused on your learning tasks.  It also means that you are making safe, smart choices even when others around you may not be.

Speaking of curiosity, have you noticed these posters in the hallways?



Throughout the school year you will see other posters like this which pose questions for you to think about.  We hope these questions help to spark your curiosity and lead to conversation with your friends and teacher about possible answers.  We look forward to seeing your curiosity grow as new questions are posted each month.

I hope you have a fun, productive learning week.  Work hard, be caring and stay curious!

Ms. Lauren

Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message- January 17, 2017

Welcome back to school, Tesfa scholars!  I hope you enjoyed the long weekend with your friends and family.

Take a minute to think about why we did not have school yesterday.  Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is a day that we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  What do you know about MLK’s legacy?  Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights activist who believed that it was important to help others, promote equality and that nonviolence is the best way to solve problems in society.  One of his famous quotes says, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”   Which PYP attitudes do you think  best describe Martin Luther King Jr.?   Think about what you can do to help others.

We are continuing to review our expectations at school.  This week you might think about your classroom essential agreements, bathroom expectations, bus safety, and how to SLIME into classrooms.  As you review these things, think about why they are important and how they help us create a safe and productive learning environment.

At Tesfa we work hard to help students think, choose and act in a way that promotes open-mindedness, tolerance, and being knowledgeable about the world around us.  January is a great time to reflect on how well you are developing these attitudes.  Work hard, be kind and stay curious.

Ms. Lauren




Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message- January 9, 2017

Good morning Tesfa scholars!

Welcome back to another full week of thinking and growing at Tesfa.  Ms. Nicole and I are very excited to work together to be your Co-Directors and it is our job to help our teachers and students do their best everyday.  We look forward to seeing the many wonderful things you are doing in your classroom.

This week, your teachers will be helping you to review some of our essential agreements at school.  You will think about what it means to be a bus rider, how you should look and sound during breakfast, lunch, and recess and how to be responsible when using technology.  All of these things are part of Re-Month and help us to remember the ways in which we can show integrity, responsibility and be caring students.

As a Tesfa scholar your job is to inquire, become knowledgable and be caring to those around you.  Think about the the ways you can be an inquirer today.  How will you demonstrate what you are learning this week?  What are some ways you can be a caring friend to the students in your class?  I look forward to seeing you this week in classrooms and in the hallways.  Work hard and be kind.

Have a great week!

Ms. Lauren

St. Paul Charter School Fair- January 21st

Join us for the Second Annual St. Paul Charter School Fair!

Tesfa will be hosting a table at the St. Paul Charter School Fair to share information with families looking to choose a high-quality charter school option for their children. Please spread the word about Tesfa and invite friends and families who would like to learn more about us!

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Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message January 3, 2017

Happy New Year and welcome back to Tesfa!

We hope you had a fun and relaxing winter break and are ready to be back at school.  We are so excited to see you again and all of our teachers have many wonderful things planned for you this week.

As you know, Ms. Becky is taking a very courageous step and moving to another country with her family and will no longer be the Director of Tesfa.  However, you will still see her around the building this week because she is helping Ms. Nicole and me learn how to do her job while she is gone. Be sure to show her your appreciation this week for all the many wonderful things she has done to support the students, teachers and families at Tesfa.  We will miss her tremendously, but luckily technology such as this blog, Skype and email can help us communicate even when she is across the globe.

We call January “Re-Month” because this is the time of year that we revise our Hopes and Dreams, revisit our Essential Agreements, and review the many routines and procedures we have been practicing throughout the building and in our classrooms.  Over the next few weeks you and your teacher will be reviewing the things that help us to be safe and learn.  It is important to be reflective of all the hard work we have done so far this year and to be committed to reaching our goals for the rest of the year.

I know that each of you can work hard and develop the knowledge, skills and mindsets necessary for a successful second half of the school year.  Be curious, take risks, and believe in yourself!  Have a great start to the new year.

And as Ms. Becky would say….stay curious!

Ms. Lauren

Ms. Becky’s Message to her Tesfa Family

Dear Tesfa Family,

As many of you may already know, I transitioned out of my role as Director of Tesfa International School at the end of December as my family being relocated to Singapore for my husband’s job. Although this transition is very difficult for me, I am excited to embark on this journey with my family and learn what it means to have Global Minds with Minnesota Hearts. I have had the privilege to work with truly amazing staff members, scholars and families. The mission of Tesfa lives on every day thanks to this truly talented team.

I am excited to announce that our new leadership team will be Ms. Nicole Nelson-Starks and Ms. Lauren Ryan. Ms. Nicole and Ms. Lauren will be Co-Directors, assuming the leadership positions for the school. Ms. Nicole was serving as Assistant Director this year and Ms. Lauren is a founder, was our Assistant Director last year, and has been teaching first grade this year at Tesfa. Together, we will work to ensure that the transition to new leadership is as seamless as possible and that Tesfa stays true to its mission. Although I am sad to leave this amazing school, I am confident in the abilities of both Ms. Nicole and Ms. Lauren to lead the school and know that all our children will be in good hands.

I will certainly miss working in this community and the opportunity to interact with such amazing scholars each day. I am very proud of the Tesfa and know they will continue to work tirelessly to provide a high quality education for our children. I look forward to watching the success and growth of Tesfa from afar while I am gone. It has been my privilege to be the leader of such a vibrant, high quality and hard working community. My heart will always be with Tesfa.

Stay curious,

Ms. Becky