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Thursday night event moved to Saturday night. Due to the ghoulish weather the Lights on Afterschool event has been rescheduled for this Saturday, October 24 from 6-7:30pm.

If you are available to watch it live, we would love to see you join us! Fear not if you can’t make it. We’ll record the event and post the link early next week. These extra days will give us time to work our magic and provide you with a thrilling experience. Stay tune for more treats!

YouTube: https://hbctv.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3hmongtvnews/

Please share the new updated information with your family and friends! We will see you live on Saturday! Hope you join us!

If you have any questions regarding this event, please email Cha, chah@csemn.org or Eegee, eegeev@csemn.org

Virtual Dance Team Tryouts

Join the CSE boys and girls dance teams today! For 2nd graders to 10th graders

  • Beginner A, students grades 2-3: Oct. 19th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Beginner B, students grades 4+: Oct. 20th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Intermediate, students grades 4+ : Oct. 21th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Intermediate/Advance, students grades 5+: Oct. 22nd from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please register for the virtual tryout no later than 4:00 pm Friday, October 16th, 2020. Students may register for more than one class if they are unsure of their dance level.

Click here or type https://forms.gle/i58W8uxggsm1u7wM7 on your browser to register.

Students who complete registration will receive a zoom link for the virtual tryout, and a dance video of what to expect during the tryout. Students are encouraged to review the video before the day of tryouts. During the tryouts, the instructor will teach the dance routine and answer questions students may have. Students will need to record a video of the routine, and submit the video before midnight of the tryout date.

Please connect with Sandy Lo, sandyl@csemn.org or 612-220-2038 if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

This program is made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) using federal funding, CFDA 84.287, 21st Century Community Learning Centers. This program does not necessarily represent the policy of the federal Department of Education or MDE and you should not assume endorsement by the federal or state government.

CSE-HAP Fall After School Registration Form

Hello CSE Families and Community Members!

We're excited to provide After School Programming for our youths this fall! This fall semester is going to look different as we are adapting to this new normal of distance learning. We hope to continue to create fun and engaging activities and classes that can be enjoyed by all.

1: Enrichment Kits: Grades KG - 5th

  • Where: CSE Friday Meal Pick Up, 270 Larpenteur Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55113

  • When: 10/16/2020, 11/6/2020, and 12/4/2020

  • Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

For our students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade, we will be giving out Enrichment Kits! Enrichment Kits are free, prepackaged supplies/materials based off an activity. These kits are for students, siblings and parents to complete together.

** Kits are limited to First Come First Serve**

2: Online Enrichment Classes: Grades 6th - 8th

  • Dates: October 12, 2020 - December 11, 2020

  • Time: 4:30 - 6:00pm

  • Days: Varies. Monday & Wednesday, Tuesday & Thursday, or one day a week

  • Format: Online via Zoom or Google Meet

For students in grades 6th - 8th, all classes are online! Students get to choose which class they're interested in, and once they submit we'll follow up with students. If you have a middle school student and they would like to participate, please continue to fill out this form as permission from you, the parent/guardian, then have students follow this link to fill out their TOP 3 choices. https://forms.gle/SYeo8qDzCoibFJTz9,

3: Hybrid and Online Classes: Grades 9th & 10th

  • Dates: October 12, 2020 - December 11, 2020

  • Time & Days will vary from Monday - Friday, depending on enrichment classes.

  • Please see the link with the description of classes for more information on the specific time and dates

  • Format: Hybrid at various locations. (CSE, HAP, and other)

  • Online via Zoom or Google Meet; Instructors will connect with students through email w/further instructions.

For students in grades 9th and 10th, we have options for different classes to be in-person and online. We have many great opportunities for our high schoolers to explore. As stated, some classes are hybrid. Please note that for the health and safety of your child, if you do not want your child to meet in-person, students are not required to meet in-person but they can still join via online. Please let us know if that is the situation.

If you have a high school student and they would like to participate, please continue to fill out this form as permission from you, parent/guardian, then have the student follow this link to fill out their TOP 3 choices. https://forms.gle/yVXoEBhBT4KrBVuz9

Finally, for all students in Elementary, Middle, and High School, we offer tutoring/homework help. These days and times are Mondays through Thursdays from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.

Please continue to fill our this form if you're interested in registering your child(ren).

We're excited to provide all these wonderful opportunities to our communities and youths. See you in after school!

Antonio Kuklok, CSE Elementary Principal

Lisa Thao, CSE Elementary Assistant Principal

Ger Kue, CSE Middle School Principal

Sue Vang, CSE High School Principal

Cha Her, 21CCLC Program Manager

Eegee Vang, 21CCLC Program Coordinator

This program is made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) using federal funding, CFDA 84.287, 21st Century Community Learning Centers. This program does not necessarily represent the policy of the federal Department of Education or MDE and you should not assume endorsement by the federal or state government.

September 21, 2020

Important Food Information UPDATE:

School BREAKFASTS and LUNCHES are available to CSE students and the community at no cost during Distance Learning this Fall.

Where: Community School of Excellence

270 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113

(651) 917-0073

When: Every Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm (until last bag is given out to CSE families), until the end of December

- One meal bag contains 7 days worth of breakfast and lunches for students

How: Drive through process, no need to get out of the car. Drive up to the North (main) entrance, meal bags per student will be placed in the family vehicle by CSE staff.

Community School of Excellence

Hmong Language & Culture School, PreK-10

Mon.-Fri. 8am-4pm

270 Larpenteur Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55113

P: (651) 917-0073

F: (651) 487-4274


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August 11

Dear CSE Families,

On July 27th, we received further guidance from Governor Tim Walz on opening schools safely. He offered a planning guide for schools based on the COVID-19 cases in the county. With the recent news reports of increased cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota and across the United States, we want to assure staff and families that CSE has been working closely with local officials: MDE, MDH and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay well informed. The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.

Within the past couple of weeks we surveyed both our staff and families, an overwhelming majority felt that Distance Learning is the best option for CSE at this time.

CSE will be starting Fall 2020 with distance learning. The distance learning program will begin for our students on Monday, August 31, 2020. Distance Learning will be for the entire Fall Semester. The leadership team will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and re-evaluate the school model later this fall.

We understand that Distance Learning is not ideal for all families but feel this is the best model for the fall. CSE will be sending out further information to all families the week of August 17th with details.

Thank you all for your patience and partnership as we work through the many complexities of planning for a safe return to learning this fall. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the school.

Please take care and continue to be safe and healthy.


Kazoua Kong-Thao

Chief Administration Officer | Community School of Excellence School


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Message from Bao Vang, CSE CEO

July 31

Hello CSE Families,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we too have been waiting for direction from the Governor’s office. Yesterday, Governor Walz released the Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year. The plan will be driven by county-level COVID-19 virus metrics provided by Minnesota Department of Health and serve as a basis to help schools make decision on what model to implement. This new guideline of COVID-19 data for our county suggests the implementation of an “In-person learning for elementary students and hybrid for secondary students” for CSE.

CSE's main priority must continue to be the health, safety, and wellness of our students, staff, and community. To that end, CSE Leadership team will be seeking input from staff and families in order to make a decision about the best learning program for the CSE community. We hope to provide another update late next week with a final decision by Monday, August 17, 2020.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to ensure the health and safety of all stakeholders group for a safe and thoughtful reopening of the school.

Ua Tsaug!

Bao Vang, CEO

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Message from Commissioner Ricker

July 22

Dear School Leaders,

Today, Governor Tim Walz is announcing Executive Order 20-81 which will require Minnesotans to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and indoor businesses starting on July 25, 2020. This Executive Order applies to all Minnesotans, making exemptions for children who are five-years-old and under, and those with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering.

Included in those settings where masks will be required, are school buildings, both public and nonpublic. Face coverings are generally required for all students, staff, and other persons present in any kindergarten through grade 12 school buildings or district offices or riding on school transportation vehicles. To provide a consistent, safe environment for students and staff, this requirement applies equally to kindergartners, even those aged 5 or under.

Students and staff have flexibility to wear face shields instead of face coverings, which allows visibility of facial expressions and lip movements for speech perception, in certain situations. These situations include:

  • Among students in kindergarten through grade 8 when wearing a face covering is problematic.

  • For educators of all grades, when wearing a face covering may impede the educational process.

Additional specifics about the face covering requirement in the order can be found in the updated MDH Fall Planning Guidance document, and the full executive order will be made available on Governor Walz’s executive orders webpage.


Mary Cathryn Ricker, NBCT Commissioner of Education


Nyob Zoo! Welcome to Community School of Excellence, where we view our students and families as an extension of our own families.

Here at CSE, we provide students with opportunities to learn about themselves and others, including: the rich culture and language of the Hmong people, reading and writing in English, Hmong, and Mandarin Chinese, technology and web-based learning, interactive classes and literacy instruction in all content areas.

We offer an extended day program that includes tutoring, snacks, hands-on cultural learning through recreation, art, dance, computer and music.

To prepare our students’ minds and bodies for learning, all children receive free breakfast, lunch and daily snacks, including Hmong food for lunch at least two days each week.

We offer daily tours of the school and we welcome the opportunity for you to join our CSE family.

Rent, Mortgage and/or Utility Payment Help

Ramsey County Emergency Assistance

If you need help paying for rent, mortgage or utilities, contact Ramsey County for more information about Emergency Assistance and Emergency General Assistance.

For more information on additional eligibility guidelines, financing terms, and enrollment, visit stpaul.gov/Downpayment-Assistance.

By phone (recommended): (651) 266-4884

Online: RamseyCounty.us/EmergencyAssistance


Resources for Families (Covid-19) and Important Information

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