Welcome to Northrop Urban Environmental Learning Center

Northrop Urban Environmental Learning Center is a K-5 school located in the Standish-Ericsson neighborhood of Minneapolis. 

Important School Announcements
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 9:00 AM

Kids’ Night Out- Do you have holiday errands to run?  How about just getting a night out?  Your student can stay at Northrop for a fun night of games, crafts, movie & cheese pizza for dinner.

  • Who:  K-5 Northrop Students
  • When: Friday, December 6, from 3:45-8:00 P.M.
  • Cost:  $15 per student and $10 per sibling (checks payable to Northrop)
  • Pre-registration is required!  Space is limited to 90 students!  Please fill out the form your students received last week (if you need another copy you can get one from your student’s teacher or the office) and return it with payment to the office by Monday, December 2nd.

If you have any questions, contact Rachel Matsumoto at:

Usborne Book Fair: We have an upcoming book fair at Northrop! Usborne will be holding a book fair in the media center from 8:30-5:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 19th and 20th, Thursday the 21st from 8:30-7:30, and Friday the 22nd from 8:30-1:00.

Coffee with the Principal:  Ms. Woods will be hosting a monthly 'Coffee with the Principal'.  All are welcome and invited to attend this opportunity to connect with our Principal throughout the year. The times for this event will alternate between morning and afternoon throughout the school year. The next event will be held on Friday, November 8 at 2:30 pm. Please RSVP using this link

School Start Time: A reminder that school starts at 9:10 am. Students who are dropped off, walk, or bike to school can arrive as early at 8:45 am if they are going to eat breakfast. For the safety of our students, unless they are enrolled in the Minneapolis Kids program, please do not drop them off at school until 8:55 am (8:45 am if students are eating breakfast). Northrop staff is typically in meetings from 8:00-8:55 am, therefore we do not have the capacity to supervise children during that time. Students who arrive after 9:10 a.m. will have to sign in at the office and be considered tardy. 

Dismissal Changes: This is an extremely busy time of day.  Please communicate to the teacher or office in person or in writing well in advance of dismissal time if your child will be going home in an alternative way, i.e. instead of taking the bus home they will be picked up or have permission to walk to their destination, etc. 

Arrival and Dismissal

  • Safety Tips –
    • Please do not stop in the street and send your children across the street.
    • Please be safe and look in all directions before crossing the street and use the crosswalks when possible.  Thank you!


  • The end of the school day is 3:40pm.  Please use Door 13 if you will be picking up your child after school.  Classroom teachers will bring your child to the gym (please wait until 3:40 before entering the gym) and they be waiting for you there.  Please wait in the hallway by Door 13.  We are trying to decrease the congestion in the hallway by the main entrance. Door 13 will be open for parent pick-up between 3:40 -3:50 pm.
  • In order to help with the congestion on the sidewalk in front of the school during dismissal, we would like families to walk on the west side of 31st Avenue and cross at the intersection of 31st Ave and 43rd Street.

Minnehaha Mondays Volunteers - We are looking for volunteers to help out with Minnehaha Mondays.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up here:  Minnehaha Monday Volunteer sign-up   Please contact Kylie Pieczonka ( if you have questions.




Fall Dinner
Monday, November 4, 2019 9:15 AM

Please join us for our annual Fall Dinner on Thursday, November 21st from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This is a fun family event and it is a great opportunity for our community to come together!

We hope to see many of you there!


Back To School Safety Tips
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:15 PM

Link to MPS Student Safety Webpage