Current Events

Donuts & Dudes

Donuts & dudes

Join us for the next "Donuts & Dudes" event on Friday, November 22nd, from 7:15-7:55 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

Holiday Secret Shop

It's hard to believe, but it's time to start making preparations for our school's 2019 Holiday Secret Shop! Your help is needed to make the magic happen. Students will be receiving an envelope with a flyer from their classroom teacher, outlining their participation in the Holiday Secret Shop. All students are asked to turn in their Holiday Secret Shop envelopes with payment (plus a paper grocery bag) to their teacher by Friday, November 22nd. Students will shop Monday, December 2nd - Thursday, December 5th. Our committee has been hard at work, shopping and prepping for this treasured community event. All gifts are $6. Families are invited to shop the Secret Shop "After Sale" on Thursday, December 5th from 3:15-5:30 p.m., and Friday, December 6th from 7:30-10 a.m.

Please contact our Holiday Secret Shop Co-Chair, Isa Wheeler, with any questions (

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Hour of Code Party

It’s a coding party in 2019, and every student at Excelsior has access to this very special opportunity!

During the week of December 9th-13th, every class will attend the Hour of Code event in the auditorium for an hour. Half the session will be spent coding in applications of the child’s choice, and the rest of the time will focus on coding activities from “the Hub”.

If you’re interested in being involved in this event for the 2019-2020 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!

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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!

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


Blue Jay Publishing: Your child can become an author!

Excelsior Elementary is excited to kick off another year of Blue Jay PublishingThird through Fifth graders are invited to write stories outside of their regular school day, which are above and beyond the classroom curriculum/assignments. The first (of three) story-submission deadline is on Wednesday, November 13th. Participants and their parents are also invited to the first Authors’ Celebration Breakfast of the 2019-2020 school year, on Tuesday, December 10th from 8-9 a.m., in Mr. Gotz’s room. Stories can be submitted in English or Chinese. 

Blue Jay Publishing Detail

Family Movie Night

Thanks to everyone who came out for Family Movie Night this year! You helped raise over $350 for the Minnesota Children's Hospital, Animal Humane Society and the ICA Food Shelf. Stay tuned for more information about our next Family Movie Night!

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Imagination Fair

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in our annual Imagination Fair this year! You should all be very proud of your hard work. Also, thank you to our Imagination Fair committee & volunteers for organizing another successful event. Take a look at some of the projects showcased in our school on Thurs, Jan 24th, 2019!

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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