Lighthouse School Newsletter

May 5, 2021

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Mr. B's Corner

It is hard to believe it, but we only have 25 days left of this, hopefully once-in-a-lifetime, school year. At times it has felt too slow, while right now, it feels like we are moving very rapidly toward summer break. With so little time remaining there has been a realization among some students that teeters back and forth between anxiety and excitement. The excitement, obviously, lies in the fact that students are able to celebrate their innumerable successes and prepare for a different summer pace. The anxiety lies, however, in a few categories; procrastination comes due, missing intellectual challenges, and missing friends.

In the “procrastination comes due” category students are feeling the weight of their procrastination as the end of the year is approaching. This realization has the ability to ignite a flame of diligence or suck the oxygen out of the fire altogether. Hopefully, through our combined conversations, we are able to encourage the former and avoid the latter. And, although we do struggle with this reality, some students work best under the pressure they have created in their procrastination. To this, I continue to encourage students to understand their own habits better and make informed decisions about their pace and planning. It is especially enjoyable to chat with our older students who have, over many trials and tribulations, come to understand their own workflow abilities. “Procrastinating on _____ helps me be able to prioritize ________ that takes more time effort, but I cannot leave it to the last night . . .” or “I precrastinate on the things I like to do least so that I can spend time on those things I love. . . .” “Precrastination” is a term I coined where you pretend an unloved task is due tomorrow and sit down and get it done immediately so that it is no longer hanging over your head.

I have relayed this fact in the past, but it is pertinent to this conversation as well; our students do not want to leave the Lighthouse at the end of the day. The realization that our students will be disconnected from their peers and intellectual challenges all summer is a big struggle for our students even if they are not able to put it into words themselves. As we continue to approach the end of the year, please share all of the exciting opportunities our families can do this summer. The more information I can share with our community to encourage a constant connection to enriching and intellectual challenges during the summer the better chance our students will have in enjoying their time off. Additionally, although most of our students, 70%+, come from out of our district, I encourage families to set up times during the summer to connect our students to one another; parks, movies, libraries, museums, bike rides, and sports provide a great connection. Hopefully, this will be more and more possible as more and more in our community receive their vaccinations.

As always, thanks for entrusting your child(ren) to the Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners,


#SLPPantherProud during this Staff Appreciation Week

It's staff appreciation week at Spring Lake Park Schools and across the country. We couldn't be more proud of our school staff and the work they do each day to value, inspire and create a sense of belonging for our students. In a year of learning through a pandemic, they've adapted, collaborated, communicated and built relationships as never before. Read more about the accomplishments of this year and watch this 1-minute tribute to our Panther team:

#SLPPantherProud during this Staff Appreciation Week
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Senior meeting and sign distribution is Thursday, May 6 at 2 p.m.

All seniors should attend this meeting (in the Fine Arts Center or via WebEx) to get important end-of-year and graduation information and updates on prom and senior all night party. In addition, thanks for the Panther Foundation, we will be providing each senior with a free yard/window sign at the close of this meeting. Signs will also be available for pick-up after Thursday.

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Please flood our illustrious Lighthouse Educators’ inboxes with messages of support.

They have, and continue, to make tremendous efforts to ensure that our students are supported.

In true Lighthouse fashion, I was curious about the origins of Teacher Appreciation week. We can thank Eleanor Roosevelt for the initial impetus. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt began to rally congress to dedicate a day to Teacher Appreciation. Even with her efforts it wasn’t until 1980 when The National Teachers’ Association, the Kansas State Board of Education, and the Indiana State Board of Education lobbied congress. The first day was celebrated on March 7, 1984. Shortly thereafter, The National Parent Teacher Association changed this day of honor to a whole week and moved it to the first week of May. As they say, the rest is history.

Thanks to the wonderful educators at Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners for all of their tireless efforts!

COVID-19 testing available for students grades 6-12

COVID-19 testing will be available to students in grades 6-12 through school every two weeks through the end of the year. If students/families want their student to get a COVID test through school, students can pick up a testing kit from the school health office on Friday, May 7 and return it to the health office on Monday, May 10. Results are available within 24-48 hours of the test being returned.

Daily Health Screening Reminder

Please continue daily health screenings before sending students to school. If your child has any symptoms, they need to stay home. We are all tracking news of variants and their spread. We ask that everyone remain diligent to help keep learning going at school with as few interruptions as possible.
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MITY Engineering Challenge

Lighthouse 5th Grader, Ayden Campbell, has been taking part in Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth’s Engineering Class. As part of this class, students take on new hands-on engineering challenges each week. Here, using Legos, Ayden is learning about gears and pulley systems as he solves a “Merry-go-round” problem. Ayden shares that the most difficult challenge has been using gears, rubber-bands, legos, pencil and paper to create a Complex Spirograph. He says, “I recommend other Lighthouse students check it out!” I concur and recommend families check out their Summer and Online programs for students throughout all grades.
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Bike Helmet Fitting & Sale

The Spring Lake Park, Blaine and Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department is hosting a Bike Helmet Fitting & Sale on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m.-noon at the SBM Fire Station.

Bike helmets will be sold for $10 each. Various colors and sizes are available for the whole family. Bring your helmets from home to have them adjusted for free. Check out the flyer to learn more.

Register for Summer 2021 Camps and Clinics

Spring Lake Park Schools Community Education partners with our coaching and teaching staff to offer athletic and activity camps and clinics during the summer. A variety of engaging camps and clinics are offered for all ages and skill levels. Learn more about our Camp and Clinic opportunities.

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Club Spotlight of the Week:

Youth Track Club

For students entering grades 1-9 for the 2021-2022 school year. Come to as many practices as you can – work on your speed and conditioning for other sports as well! Event training includes: sprints, jumps, throws, hurdles and relays. Program Features:

  • Break into age groups to allow for more age-appropriate instruction and coaching.
  • 2-3 in-house track meets on normal practice nights.
  • Info will be given about optional youth meets through USA Track and Field MN in either Woodbury or St. Louis Park during the summer

Taught by Panther Varsity Track Coach Jason Liston. Sign up for Youth Track Club.

Youth Girls Basketball Camp

For students entering grades 1-4 for the 2021-2022 school year. This fun and energetic camp will focus on skills and fundamentals for all levels. Each day, we will work on shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, pivoting, footwork, individual moves and team offense and defense. Taught by SLPHS Varsity Coach Randy Eatherton. Sign up for Youth Girls Basketball Camp.

Girls Basketball Camp

For students entering grades 5-9 for the 2021-2022 school year. This fun and energetic camp will focus on skills and fundamentals for all levels. Each day we will work on shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, pivoting, footwork, individual moves and team offense and defense. Taught by SLPHS Varsity Coach Randy Eatherton. Sign up for Girls Basketball Camp, grades 5-9.

Swimming Club - Drills

For students entering grades 7-12 for the 2021-2022 school year. Athletes will be able to decide if they would like to participate in conditioning, drills or both. During Tuesday and Thursday drills, athletes will spend the time learning the proper techniques for stroke mechanics, starts and turns for all four strokes. Taught by coaches Greg Kugler and and Bethany Dickert. Sign up for Swimming Club - Drills.

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