Lighthouse School Newsletter

October 7, 2020

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Mr. B's Corner

Lighthouse Families,

As we have now reached fall conferences next week, I wanted to take a moment to remind many of you of, and introduce others of you to, “The Gap,” by Ira Glass of “This American Life” on National Public Radio. Watch the video here.

How many times have you said, or heard another person say, “(Insert Name) is not meeting their potential?" I now know better, but I still find myself having this thought from time to time. I even get frustrated in my own creative endeavors on occasion and need to take a break in order to regain enthusiasm for the task at hand.

This video quite clearly examines the struggle that exists for many gifted kids. There is a struggle, oftentimes called “perfection paralysis,” that occurs when we can’t fill “The Gap” fast enough between our TASTE and our Skill. We see this quite clearly with many of our students at Lighthouse School. As avid readers, many of our students know what quality writing looks like, but get frustrated when their own writing output doesn’t match the quality of the great writers they read. Likewise, they become "paralyzed" when the great thought that occurs in their heads is not able to be shared as smoothly with the outside world.

It is a struggle to continue to create works that you know are not great despite the fact that you also realize that one must work through that insecurity to fill “The Gap.” The insecurity that one feels because of "the gap" plays heavily into impostor syndrome and perfectionism.

I encourage Lighthouse families to refer to this video from time to time during the school year when output dwindles. It is important for parents/guardians/teachers to be demanding, yet understanding of their students and for students to be understanding and demanding of themselves. Conversations around resiliency to persevere through difficult tasks can help kids understand that everyone faces this uneasiness when there is a gap.

As always, thanks for entrusting your children to the Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners,


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Conferences and Fall Break

Please click on the link at, or slightly before, your scheduled meeting timeslot. Don’t be alarmed as you may be placed in a “waiting room” until the previous conference has finished.

Mark your calendar: Picture days are coming

We will have multiple days for school pictures to accommodate students in our Modified Campus (hybrid) and Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning) models. Mark your calendars for student pictures to be taken at school:

  1. Monday, October 19 – Students in Group A (Modified Campus – hybrid)
  2. Tuesday, October 20 – Students in Group B (Modified Campus – hybrid)
  3. Wednesday, November 11 – Students in Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning). We will provide more information about the schedule for this day and health and safety precautions in the next few weeks.

Ordering School Pictures

To order school pictures, go to the MyLifeTouch website and enter the following information:

  • School Name: Lighthouse School
  • Picture Day ID: EVTQG6VBW

Meals available during fall break through one-day curbside pickup event

Meal services will continue at Spring Lake Park Schools during fall break, October 12-16, through a one-day curbside pickup event where families will receive five days' worth a meals for the week.

Here are the details:

  • Date - Monday, October 12
  • Location - Spring Lake Park High School, door #32
  • Times - 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Menu Details - Families will be given five days' worth of meals, both breakfast and lunch. The package will include cereal, fruits, vegetables, milk and frozen entrees with a cooking instruction insert. Entrees are cheese pizza, cheese bread, corn dog (chicken), cheese and bean burrito and cheese calzone.
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For Kids, By Kids - New Lighthouse Digital Magazine

Don’t let their clever tag line, “For kids, by kids” scare you away, as all are welcome and encouraged to read the student-created, student-led and student-curated Lighthouse Digital Magazine.

Lighthouse students Stella Paynter and Jenny Ramm have created this digital magazine as a way to share all sorts of media with Lighthouse students. This week alone, you will be able to see student artwork, a primer to Dungeons and Dragons, a short story, serial fiction, quarantine musings and even a hard-hitting editorial where one anonymous journalist finally answers the age-old question, “Trekkies or Warsies?” Enjoy!

Check out the Digital Magazine here.

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Are you getting SLP communication the way you prefer?

To ensure you are getting SLP communication the way you prefer, please take a few minutes to review and update the following information in Campus Parent Portal:

  • Primary phone number
  • Emergency contact and phone number
  • Email address
  • Parent and guardian changes and updates
  • Adding/removing household members
  • Primary address changes

Why is it important to update this information? How does SLP use this information?

Current, updated information in Campus Parent Portal is used in the following ways:

  • Automated phone calls for general school announcements, emergencies or weather-related school closings
  • Mailed school and district communication
  • Email communication from teachers, your school's newsletter and district news
  • If your student(s) school needs to get ahold of you in regards to attendance, a sick child, etc.

Learn how to update contact information in Campus Parent Portal.

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Success Beyond the Classroom

Many Lighthouse students have enjoyed Creativity Fest, CreativeCon, STEM Link and Young Author’s Conference in the past. This year Success Beyond the Classroom has moved these programs to an online format.

We are happy to share an opportunity to participate in an online version of these programs.

SBC has decided to give free access to YAC, STEMLink, and the Creatives from October 1 – October 8 so that educators, students, and families can experience exactly what our virtual events are. Passwords will not be needed during this timeframe. Passwords will be needed starting on October 9.

Lighthouse will register for the events and share the password with families that register.

The Creatives (Creativity Festival and CreativeCon)

Grades 3 – 8

From SBC Website:

This year (2020-2021), The Creatives are going online! From October to May, Virtual Creatives will feature unique content each month, including:

  • Two recorded sessions and one live session featuring activities led by talented, local teaching artists from the creative fields. The live session will be recorded and available for a determined length of time;
  • A blog where professionals in the arts will share what creativity means to them and how they use it in their everyday lives;
  • An online gallery for students to share their experiences and projects that they created while participating in the sessions; and
  • BONUS CONTENT: Back to School in a Pandemic

Website link for October’s programming -


Grades 5 -6

From SBC Website:

This year (2020-2021), STEMLink is going online! From October to May, Virtual STEMLink will feature unique content each month, including:

  • Two Recorded sessions with STEM professionals that feature a hands-on activity and an introduction to various STEM fields;
  • “A Day in the Life” career blog updated weekly featuring STEM professionals sharing what they love about their work, demonstrating tools of their trade, and providing a glimpse of their workplace; and
  • Live Q&A with a STEM professional (twice a month).

Website link for October’s programming –

Young Author’s Conference

Grades 3 – 8

From SBC Website:

This year (2020-2021), the Young Authors Conference is going online! From October to May, Virtual YAC will feature unique content each month, including:

  • Two recorded and one live session led by professional writers. Live session will be recorded and posted;
  • Q&A with local writers that is topic-specific (for example, developing characters, sports writing, dialogue, the writing life);
  • Weekly blog featuring videos created by members of the Minnesota writing community sharing their creative writing passions, tips and tricks, and highlighting new and bestselling YA and children titles;
  • Teacher/Parent Resource – Virtual Book Club with Desdamona, YAC’s open mic emcee, Spoken Word Artist and performer;
  • Monthly Virtual Open Mic moderated by Desdamona; and
  • Space for SBC to feature the work of our young writers (online writing gallery curated by SBC).

Website link for October’s programming –

See link below for registration

Free Access to YAC, STEMLink, and the Creatives from October 1 – October 8

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