We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Academic School Year.  If you are interested in having your child attend Tesfa International School, please fill out an Application Form and either mail, fax, or drop off the form at the school.

Phone:  651-717-4844
Fax Number:  651-641-4052


Tesfa International School

1555 40th Avenue NE

Columbia Heights MN 55421




Monday Morning Message June 5, 2017

Good Morning Friends,

As you all know this is our last week of school!  I have written many morning messages throughout the year and I appreciate your commitment to reading them and thinking about my messages to you.  As a special treat today you will get to read a message from our oldest scholars.  The 6th graders decided to demonstrate their courage and their communication skills by writing the blog this morning.  They are excited to share an end of the year message with our school community.  Enjoy!


Happy Last Monday of School Scholars!

Do you remember the first day of school? What were you feeling or thinking on that first day? What events from the year do you remember the most?Unknown What are your favorite memories? If you opened the doors to your memories, what would you see? How have you changed from the beginning of the school year to the end of the school year?

As you go into the future, remember to practice using the PYP Attitudes that you have learned from Tesfa. Cooperate with others by always working together. Show Respect to other’s feelings and choices. Be Curious by learning about new things. Use Creativity by thinking up new ways to solve problems. Show Confidence by always being who you are! Have Integrity and do the right thing. Show Empathy to other people by putting yourself in their shoes. Be T]olerant and do not judge others. Demonstrate Commitment by giving your all at school and home. Be Independent and try to do things for yourself. Appreciate what you get and what you have by saying please and thank you. Be Enthusiastic by having a positive attitude!!


Keep learning and growing so you can follow your dreams and become an amazing, fantastic, beautiful, POWERFUL person. The harder you try to be your best the more able you are to become someone who can make a positive difference in our world!

Have a fabulous summer and keep it real!

6th Grade Scholars


Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message

Good Morning Tesfa Scholars!

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and were able to spend time with friends and family.  I know I enjoyed the beautiful weather and I took time to rest before these busy last two weeks of school.  This week we have a few special events to celebrate your hard work and commitment.  On Wednesday we will have our final all-school assembly for the year where we will recognize our students of the month and congratulate our 6th grade scholars for almost being done with elementary school.  Then, on Friday we will say goodbye to our Kindergarten scholars who are graduating!  Isn’t it cool that we are almost at the end of a wonderful learning year?  You are all so much better readers, writers, mathematicians and thinkers than you were back in August.  Your teachers and I are all very proud of you and you should be proud of yourself!  Think back and reflect…what is your favorite memory from the school year?  What will you remember most about this year?

As we prepare for summer and whatever grade or school comes next, keep these words from Kid President in mind…”The world needs you!”  Watch this graduation video from Kid President and listen all the advice he gives to young people.  Think about leaving a legacy wherever you go and remember to show our PYP attitudes no matter where life takes you.

Have a wonderful and fun learning week! Be kind and stay curious!

Ms. Lauren



Rock ‘N Read Celebration!

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Our third, fourth and fifth grade students have been participating in the Rock ‘N’ Read program throughout the school year and today we celebrated their hard work and effort with a pizza party!

The Rock ‘n’ Read Project implements proven, research-based instructional  strategies that have demonstrated dramatic improvement in reading achievement. Neuroscience research has shown that beat syncronization (chanting and singing while keeping a beat) enables brains for language acquisition and reading. Singing is the fastest way to learn new vocabulary, and increase comprehension and fluency.

Our students had a great time singing and reading their way through the program this year and we saw tremendous gains for all our scholars!  Thanks to Bill and Ann for leading the program and celebrating with our kiddos today!

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Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message May 22, 2017

Good Morning Scholars!

Today marks the 12th to last day of school.  Can you believe how quickly the school year has flown by?  I am so proud of all the hard work and effort you have shown and how much you have grown as knowledgeable learners and as caring friends.  In these last few weeks I want you to about the concept of change.

How have you changed since the beginning of this school year?  You have learned many new things, you have developed new skills and now have new strategies for solving problems.  Be reflective of the change you have seen over the year and think about how you can continue to grow and learn as a PYP scholar even in the last few weeks of school.

We have a four day week so be sure to use every minute possible to work hard.  I know it can be difficult at this time of year to contain your excitement, especially with summer just around the corner.  However, we are still looking and listening for students that are showing our PYP attitudes each and every day.  Can you name all of the attitudes?  Which ones do you show most often?  Which ones are you working on?


Have a wonderful learning week.  Be curious, be kind, and work hard!

Ms. Lauren

Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message May 15, 2017

Good Morning Tesfa Scholars!

With only 17 days left of the school year I hope you are thinking about how you will leave a legacy at Tesfa.  Whether you are moving from Kindergarten to first grade, from 5th to 6th, or even from 6th grade onto a middle school, think about how your actions will leave an impact on the people and the places you leave behind.   Have you made helpful, caring choices?  Have you shown commitment to your learning? Do you empathize and cooperate with others?  Think about how you can demonstrate our PYP attitudes in these last few days of school so that you can leave a positive legacy at Tesfa.

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Remember that this week we have our Spring Family Night!  We will be engaging in fun science activities and we hope to see you all there! Spread the word and feel free to invite your friends and family members.

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Have a wonderful, curious, learning week!

Ms. Lauren