Woodcrest Spanish Immersion
November 11, 2020 Newsletter
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Del Escritorio del Sr. Franke
Greetings Woodcrest Families,
I hope this finds you all warm and shoveled out after a record snowfall for November 11. Today, we recognize Veterans Day. I would like to take a moment and thank the Veterans of our armed forces for their service and sacrifices. Those who work to improve and protect our nation always have a place of honor in my thoughts.
We continue to track COVID-19 infection rates in Anoka County and in our district and schools. A message was shared with all Spring Lake Park Schools families on Friday about what the district is tracking and how we’re approaching decision-making. We want nothing more than to keep learning at school. We also want all students, staff and families to learn safely. We are working with our regional support team to make decisions that balance health, safety and learning. Please continue to watch for updates in the coming day and reach out if you have questions.
Additionally, teachers, families and students who have been doing distance learning this fall are sharing their perspectives on the experience and how it’s changed from the spring. You will see their story in today’s newsletter along with a Veterans Day video featuring two veterans who work in Spring Lake Park Schools.
I hope you all have a wonderful week and thank you for your continued support and partnership.
Thank you to our Veterans
We had the opportunity to hear from two of our very own SLP Veterans. Thank you to all Veterans who have served our country.
Experiences from distance learning
There are 1,973 Spring Lake Park Schools students at all grade levels who have been learning in the SLP Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning) model this fall. There are more live interactions, creative ways to engage students and more and more personalized feedback.
With virtual lockers, rainbow and beach-themed backgrounds, an algebra version of the popular game "Code Names" . . . teachers are going the distance to keep learners learning from home. Teachers, students and families are sharing their experiences with a learning model that’s come a long way from the spring. Read the full story.
COVID-19 dashboard available on the website
Spring Lake Park Schools is working with our regional support team – including public health experts from Anoka County and Minnesota Department of Health – to understand county infection rates and trends, rates within the district zip codes and impacts to our local schools. A dashboard is now available that shows county 14-day numbers, daily county infection rates and key data points from our school district. This dashboard will be updated each Friday going forward. See the dashboard. This will be updated on the 2020-2021 School Year page on the district website.
Request change in learning model by Nov. 15
We are nearing a district trimester transition. Families can request a change to your student's current learning model — to or from Modified Campus (hybrid) or Extended Flexible Learning (distance) — for the second trimester (through March 11). Please note that the Modified Campus (hybrid) model may be subject to change should the public health situation deteriorate.
Communicate your request by Sunday, November 15 to our front office by calling the main office number, 763-600-5800, or emailing YGaray@district16.org.
We'll review requests against current staffing plans and communicate with requesting families the week of November 30 for any transitions to begin at the start of the trimester on December 8. Please be aware that with any transition, your child would likely be learning with a different teacher and group of learners.
Hello from WCSI PTO!
One way we are trying to bring Fall Family Night to WCSI this year - Family game night for all! Each month WCSI PTO will be offering at least two fun/educational puzzle games for families to solve together via BreakOut EDU. Each family that correctly solves at least one game by the last day of the month will be entered into a drawing for a prize. One prize per family.
Click here to sign up for the family game night. Click on the SIGN UP HERE button. Click the Add Class button, and input the class code, then click next. Input First Name, Last Name initial and desired Username (between six and ten characters) then click next. NOTE: The username will be displayed in class. Pick a password (minimum six characters) and carefully type it into both fields. Press next when complete. Confirm the information on screen is correct. If needed, go back and make any necessary changes. If correct, click next. The class code will be available on Konstella or you can also email the WCSI PTO to ask for it.
Save the Date - December 5 and 6 Book Fair
Scholastic Book Club
Instead of a Fall Book Fair, Woodcrest PTO is offering Scholastic Book Club. Please visit the Scholastic website and enter class code NJ89V.
All purchases will help earn FREE books which will be used to support children's literacy at Woodcrest.
Scholastic Book Club has new releases like "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End" and dozens of books in Spanish for grades K - 4.
NEW THIS YEAR: Book Orders can ship directly to home, FREE for orders over $25. "Ship to School" is ALWAYS FREE with no minimum order. Books sent to school will be delivered to student classrooms. EFL students choosing "ship to school" will be notified to arrange pick-up when they arrive. Questions about Scholastic Book Club can be emailed to the WCSI PTO.
Dine to Donate
Support WCSI PTO by ordering from Panera at 1530 109th Ave. NE in Blaine on Thursday, November 19 from 4-8 p.m.! Show our flyer or enter code PRFUND when ordering online. Pick-up, Delivery, Curbside, and Drive-Thru is available. Flyers will be available on Facebook and Konstella.
If you are interested in volunteering to help with our annual Art Adventure program, please sign up for the Art Adventure committee in Konstella. Volunteers lead discussions with classes (over webex) while comparing/contrasting pieces of art from the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA). Training is available online from MIA.
November 19: Dine to Donate at Panera Bread from 4-8 p.m.
November 26-27: Thanksgiving Break - No school for students at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion
December 4: End of Trimester 1
December 7: No School
Community Education Youth Take-Home Kits
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