Welcome to Tatanka Elementary

Tatanka Elementary STEM School - Engineering our future

Tatanka Elementary STEM School is a magnet school with a specialized curriculum that helps students become thinkers and problem solvers.  Here, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concepts are integrated into classroom lessons. Through these experiences, students Collaborate, Communicate, Think Critically, and use Creativity to develop a deeper understanding of all the STEM components.  We build upon children's natural curiosity to help them research questions, investigate problems, and develop answers using STEM concepts.  This active, "minds on" approach prepares students with the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century.  Tatanka serves approximately 530 students in grades K-5.

Announcements & Upcoming Events for the 2018-2019 School Year:

Announcements & Upcoming Events for the 2018-2019 School Year:

April 2019:
  • April 17: Grade 2 Field Trip to Stages Theatre
  • April 18: STAR Student Assemblies (rescheduled from 4/11/19)
  • April 26: Grandparents or Special Senior Guests invited for lunch
  • April 30: Grade 3 Field Trip to SeaLife at MOA

May 2019:
  • May 1: Grade 1 Field Trip to Baker Park
  • May 2: STAR Student Assemblies
  • May 3: Fun Friday at recess
  • May 8: Grade 3 Music Program / 8:00am / Tatanka Elementary
  • May 8: Grade 5 Field Trip to Target Field
  • May 27: No School. Memorial Day.
  • May 28: Track & Field Day! All students - Kindergarten thru 5th!
  • May 31: Grade 5 Track & Field Day at BCMS

June 2019:
  • June 1: STEMpede Color Fun Run!
  • June 4: Grade 5 Graduation (Ceremony in the AM)
  • June 5: Kindergarten Graduation / 12:45pm
  • June 6: Last day of School

If you are new to the area or have moved boundaries, please call ahead to register your child.  Please contact the Tatanka Office at 763.682.8600 for an appointment.  If you are unsure of your boundary area, you can click on School Boundary Search to find your boundary area school.  If you would like to expedite the registration process, click on Registration Forms and fill out the paper work before bringing them in to your appointment.


5th Annual STEMpede!

5th Annual STEMpede!

Save the Date!


Saturday, June 1st at Tatanka Elementary School

8:30-9:30am: Check In / Registration / T-shirt pick-up

9:30am: STEMpede Color Fun Run / Walk begins


Online Registration: https://tatankaSTEMpede.redpodium.com/tatanka-elementary-stempede

Registration Fees:

- $25 per person for registration and STEMpede t-shirt

- $15 per person for registration (no t-shirt)

- $10 t-shirt only

Registration form, along with payment is due to Tatanka Elementary School by Monday, May 20th. Any registration forms received after this date are NOT guaranteed a STEMpede t-shirt.

Please contact the Tatanka PTO with any question at: TatankaPTO@gmail.com

Are you dressed for weather?

Are you dressed for weather?

29 degrees and below: jackets, headwear, mittens, boots & snow pants


30-40 degrees: jackets, headwear & mittens


41-49 degrees: jacket only


50 degrees and above: No jacket

Kindergarten Registration for 2019-2020

Kindergarten Registration for 2019-2020

Tatanka Elementary STEM School Kindergarten Registration Night was held on February 25, 2019. If you have a child eligible for Kindergarten this fall and missed registration night, please contact the school office at 763.682.8600 to register your child.

Literacy Tutor - Minnesota Reading Corps
Tuesday Apr 9, 19

Literacy Tutor - Minnesota Reading Corps

K-3 Literacy Tutor

Tatanka Elementary STEM School is looking for caring adults to serve the Minnesota Reading Cops and help kids become successful readers. You will work directly with students every school day, during school hours, August - June.

School Start and Stop Time
Tuesday Aug 21, 18

School Start and Stop Time

Students cannot be dropped off before 7:25 a.m.  Students must be in the classroom at 7:45 a.m. to not be counted absent or tardy. Classroom teachers take attendance at that time.  The school day ends at 2:25 p.m.  The shuttle bus bell rings at 2:10 p.m. and  leave at 2:15 p.m. to go to Parkside or Northwinds.  All other students are dismissed at 2:25 p.m.

Tatanka Launches School Newscast!
Thursday Apr 7, 16

Tatanka Launches School Newscast!

Tatanka Elementary STEM School has entered the digital age! We have started a weekly schoolwide broadcast with our 5th-grade students. Each week a different group of 5th-graders will report the news to the rest of our school. Mr. Kuklok, Curriculum Integration Coordinator at Tatanka Elementary, is working with fifth grade students on this project.  Check out this page for updated newscasts!

2019-20 District Calendar At-a-Glance
Monday Jan 21, 19

2019-20 District Calendar At-a-Glance (PDF - 83.77 KB)

At a glance, find out when students are in school and on break for the 2019-20 school year.

Generic School Supply List for K-5 2018-19
Tuesday Aug 21, 18

Generic School Supply List for K-5 2018-19

And Art Class Supplies for Kindergarten thru Grade 5