Current Events

Author/Illustrator Visit

On Monday, March 16th, we are excited to welcome Author and Illustrator Mike Wohnoutka to Excelsior Elementary to present to ALL students! Wohnoutka is the author and illustrator of over 20 books, including the award-winning book "Moo" written by David LaRochelle. You are welcome (not required) to pre-purchase books written and/or illustrated by Wohnoutka, and each purchased copy will be signed by him as well.

Order Here

Orders must be received by Wed, March 4th. This event will take place in the Auditorium on Mon, March 16th, and times are as follows:

  • 8:15 - 9 a.m. - Kindergarten & 1st Grade
  • 9:25 - 10:15 a.m. - 4th & 5th Grade, and 4/5 Navigators
  • 1:20 - 2:10 p.m. - 2nd & 3rd Grade, and 2/3 Navigators


Blue Jay Publishing: Your child can become an author!

The final (of three) story-submission deadline is Wednesday, April 8th, 2020. Participants and their parents are also invited to the final Authors’ Celebration Breakfast of the 2019-2020 school year, on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 from 8-9 a.m., in Mr. Gotz’s room. Stories can be submitted in English or Chinese. We ask that students limit submissions to two stories per submission deadline. Book covers can be submitted in color, but all other text needs to be black & white.

We ask that students limit submissions to two stories per submission deadline. Book covers can be submitted in color, but all other text needs to be black & white.

Blue Jay Publishing Detail

Rock Your Socks - World Down Syndrome Day

Kids with mismatched socks

Please join in at school as we wear mismatched "crazy socks" on Friday, March 20th to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day (worldwide celebration on March 21st)! The date (3-21) represents Trisomy 21 (the medical term for Down Syndrome), which is a third copy of the 21st chromosome. The “Rock Your Socks” initiative was formed to get people talking and asking questions about Down Syndrome. So grab your wackiest socks and join us as we celebrate the acceptance, respect, and inclusion of individuals with Down Syndrome!


Love You to the Moon & Back Dance

It's time to get all dressed up and dance the night away! Our XY Club is hosting the annual "Love You to the Moon & Back" dance on Saturday, February 29th from 6-8 p.m. in the Cafenasium. This is a special evening for current Excelsior students and their caregiver of choice, to enjoy some music, dancing, and fun together. This is a FREE event, however, the XY Club will be accepting free-will monetary contributions at the door.

2020 Scholastic & Chinese Book Fair


  • Tuesday, March 3rd (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, March 4th (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Thursday, March 5th (8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, March 6th (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Where: Excelsior Elementary Auditorium

Why: Our school Book Fair raises money for our PTO, teachers, and Media Center through the sale of books


Purchase Gift Certificates for Teachers

Shop with your student during their recess time, and then stay to have lunch! You are welcome to eat school lunch (paid through student’s account) or bring your own (NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED).

Book Fair Lunch Info


Shop Online

Donuts & Dudes

Donuts & dudes

Join us for the LAST "Donuts & Dudes" event of the 2019-2020 school year on Friday, May 8th, from 7:15-7:45 a.m. Come to school a little early and have a donut and a glass of milk or juice with your child before they go off to class. You can also socialize with other guys that have children at our school!

The XY Club is a club for dads and guys that have children at Excelsior Elementary. The purpose of this club is to get guys more involved and visible in the school through different activities. There is also a social component to this to bring guys together throughout the school year. XY club is for all male role-models involved in our student's lives. This is a new program that has a lot of great opportunities. Please contact Billy Hartong at if you'd like to be added to this e-mail distribution.

XY Club Details

Family Movie Night

Thanks to everyone who attended Family Movie Night this year, and thank you to our amazing Family Movie Night co-chairs and volunteers! We raised $200 for the MN Children’s Hospital, $160 for the ICA Food Shelf, and $100 for the Animal Humane Society. We are looking for volunteers to chair/co-chair next year's Family Movie Night event. If you’re interested, please email for more information.

Excelsior Movie Night 1
Excelsior Movie Night 2

Books for Bikes

Excelsior Elementary School has partnered with the Excelsior Masonic Lodge to challenge young readers. Students that meet their monthly reading goal are entered into a monthly drawing to win a gift card. In addition, at the end of the year all those students that meet their monthly reading goals are also entered in the drawing for a bike.

Download Books for Bikes Calendars


Camp Reading

Congratulations, Excelsior students! You brought in over $60,000 during your 2019 fundraising efforts. We are so proud of all your reading, and hard work to reach your goals!

This is our school's PTO biggest fundraiser, and engages our students in both reading, and raising money for their school! The money raised from this event supports the 35+ PTO-sponsored activities, which all of our students benefit from throughout the school year. Additionally, the money raised funds teacher grants, and other school needs which would otherwise not be made available.

Read-A-Thon Details


Halloween Parade

Join us on Water Street in Downtown Excelsior on Thursday, October 31st at 1:30 p.m. for the annual Halloween Parade! Make sure to send your child to school with the appropriate outerwear for current weather conditions, as our students will be participating in this parade in their Halloween costumes. This is a popular community event, so be sure to allow extra time to find parking!

Hour of Code Party

Thank you to our fabulous Hour of Code committee for another successful year of coding at Excelsior! If you’re interested in being involved in this event for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact our Hour of Code Co-Chair, Sian Pledger ( In the meantime, check out photos of our students having fun, while learning all about coding!

Hour of Code 1
Hour of Code 2
Hour of Code 3

Holiday Secret Shop

Our Holiday Secret Shop Committee is already hard at work, getting ready for the 2020 Holiday Secret Shop! Please contact our Holiday Secret Shop Co-Chair, Isa Wheeler (, with any questions, or if you'd like to be more involved with this magical event.

Secret Shop 1
Secret Shop 2
Secret Shop 3
Secret Shop 4
Secret Shop 5
Secret Shop 6

Imagination Fair

Excelsior’s annual Imagination Fair is on Thursday, January 23rd from 6-7:30 p.m., and is an exciting opportunity for students to imagine, create, experiment or invent. Let your child explore whatever may interest him/her at the moment (nature, art, technology, fashion, chemistry, photography, animals, crafts, or any other hobbies). You can use the long Winter Break or Martin Luther King Jr. weekend as a time to collaborate, plan and design! Examples can be found here.
All Excelsior students (K-5) are encouraged to participate, and projects can be completed individually or as a group. Please limit one project per student. 
Imagination Fair 2020
Imagination Fair 2020
Imagination Fair 2020
Imagination Fair 2020
Imagination Fair 2020