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6th graders going into 7th grade need to have two additional vaccines (Tdap and Meningitis) by August 2020. Please turn in your records to our school nurse Sarah Holden at Sarah.Holden@mpls.k12.mn.us or bring them to the front office. Click here to view a list of Minneapolis Area Clinics that do immunizations.

If insurance or cost is an issue, the public health clinic in Hennepin County has an immunization clinic on Fridays from 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Families must make an appointment first (612-543-5555). Each immunization costs 10 dollars unless the cost is too burdensome. There are very few slots available so plan accordingly.


By Kevin Farmer

When I think back on my elementary years, one event that brings back both fond and disappointing memories is Valentine’s Day.

I attended a small, Catholic, school in Philadelphia, PA, and every year there seemed to be a competition around who would receive the most Valentines.

As you can imagine, this created a host of problems. The popular kids got showered in candy and cards, while quieter kids with less friends only received a few. It appeared as though Valentine’s cards were reserved for those with the most “friend value.”

This behavior created a divide in our class. Those with the most cards saw themselves as super loved and important. They were the chosen ones. Those with less, felt unappreciated and somehow less special than their peers.

Sadly, these same thoughts are still prevalent today. Many students (and even adults) believe that their personal value is achieved by receiving gifts or affirmation from others.


The good news is we can be set free from this way of thinking! We are each uniquely loved and valued by God. We don’t have to wait for a Valentine’s Card to know that God loves us – He does so generously and has since the beginning of time.

In fact, God loved us so much, He didn’t allow our sinfulness to keep us from being united with Him. In the book of Romans chapter 5, verse 8 we read these words;

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

So, what’s our response? Our response is to love God with everything that we have! Our response is do what God instructs us to do. Our response is to love others in the same way that God loves us.

So, help your children know that there is a love that is greater than any Valentine’s Day card! Help them to know that God loves them, that He values them and that they’re not alone. And then partner with them to extend that love to family, friends, and even to strangers.

Because that’s exactly what God did for us.

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1st Grade Classroom Teacher

Type: Full-Time
Year: 2020-21 School Year

*Very Important: Before applying please read and carefully review our Mission + Vision as well as our Faith & Life Covenant.  All board members, faculty and staff are joining a covenant community in serving here at Hope Academy.

Job Details

  • Responsible for instructing students using Hope’s curriculum for that grade level.
    Plan, prepare, and deliver instructional activities. Assess and report to school administration and parents.
  • “Shepherd” students, leading to healthy spiritual formation.
  • Participate in professional development activities.
  • Relate well and communicate effectively with school staff and parents.
  • Participate in school activities and programs, as noted on the staff calendar.
  • Salary is based on education and years of classroom teaching experience.

General Faculty Qualifications

  • Supportive of the school’s mission to foster hope in God within the inner-city neighborhood of Minneapolis by providing youth with an outstanding, Christ-centered education.
  • Ability to effectively educate in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and economically disadvantaged urban community.
  • Desire to equip the children of the city with an academically rigorous, comprehensive, classical Christian education to prepare them to deal with the complex issues of living in this present society.
  • Willingness to go above and beyond in building relationships with students.
  • Minimum BS or BA in Education preferred. Teaching Licensure preferred, but not required.