Park Terrace Elementary
August 20, 2020 Newsletter
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Happy August, Park Terrace Families!
Throughout the summer, as a district, we have been busy preparing for the coming school year. We want to ensure the learning environment and experiences we create for students will be enriching, engaging and meet the needs of our students whether they opt for the hybrid model or extended flexible learning model. I am proud of the plans that are coming together and think this year will be fantastic.
As a reminder regarding our hybrid model:
- Students K-1 will attend school in person, full days, 5 days per week. School begins on Thursday, September 10.
- Students in Grades 2 - 4 will be split into two groups:
- Students with last names beginning A-L will learn at school on Mondays and Thursdays. These students will come to school on Thursday, September 10.
- Students with last names beginning M-Z will learn at school on Tuesdays and Fridays. These students will log on from home on Thursday, September 10 and come to school for the first time on Friday, September 11.
For students who opted for Extended Flexible Learning (all online), school will also begin on Thursday, September 10.
We are continuing to refine the details around our hybrid model. We are first, and foremost, focused on student health and safety as we engage our children in impactful learning experiences. In both the hybrid and extended flexible learning models, we will continue to be guided by our grade-level targets. We will continue to provide instruction and experiences for students in the core subjects, as well as physical education, music and art. We plan to continually monitor our programming for effectiveness and make refinements as needed. We are designing programming which capitalizes on the successes and growth opportunities from last spring.
If you're wondering about a teacher Meet & Greet event, don't worry! We haven't forgotten. We are planning for opportunities for students and families to meet their teacher, although it won't look exactly like it has in the past. Please stay tuned for more information regarding date(s), times and format.
I am so excited to begin this new school year with our students and families. Although it may not look the same as years past, I know it can and will be great. We learned a lot about ourselves and each other last spring, and one of those things was that the Park Terrace community is strong, resilient, collaborative and incredibly caring. When we come together to support each other, while maintaining a focus on our students, their learning and health, we can accomplish anything.
We are seizing this opportunity to rethink how we "do school" and to personalize our instruction to match the needs of our students more so than ever before. I am grateful for the opportunity to go through this journey with our PT staff and community. We will march through this year strong with a laser-like focus on our SLP purpose: High Expectations, High Achievement for All. No Excuses.
Thank you for choosing us to partner with you in your child's educational journey.
Park Terrace Elementary School
Make a Plan for Internet Access
Students at all grade levels will need consistent access to wireless internet service throughout the school year. This is the time to make sure your student has a plan for how to work online when they are not at school. There are low and no cost wireless access options available.
- Apply for Internet Essentials from Comcast. Families who qualify pay $9.95 per month.
- Find a free hotspot near you from Xfinity
- Consider public spaces that are following appropriate health and safety guidance and open for internet use like public libraries.
If you need assistance with an internet solution, the district can help. Contact Tech Support: Email: email@example.com or call 763-600-5555.
iPads: Is Your Tech Ready for a New School Year?
A student’s school-issued iPad is a critical tool for supporting learning this school year. The technology team has a few to-do’s for families before we kick off the year.
- Make sure your iPad is working well and not damaged. Contact the technology team if your iPad needs to be repaired. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pay your iPad Protection Plan fee (for students in grade K-12). The cost of the protection plan is $10 per student. You can pay this fee online using your credit card in Campus Parent Portal. Find more information about the iPad Protection Plan online.
New to the district? New families, please contact email@example.com to request a school-issued iPad, case and charger for your new student. Kindergarteners will have a separate process for getting their school iPads.
For any student leaving the district, please drop off iPad, case and charger to the District Services Center, 1415 81st Ave NE Spring Lake Park, MN 55432, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Note, the office closed from 1-2 p.m.).
View School Supply Lists
School supply lists are available on our website’s Back to School hub. Navigate to the school dropdown menu and then click on the grade to view and download your student's school supply list.
Apply now for Free or Reduced-Priced Meal Benefits for the 2020-2021 School Year
Many families are pleasantly surprised to learn they qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
- The deadline to apply for free and reduced-price meals is Monday, October 26, 2020.
- Families who received free and reduced-price meals during the 2019-2020 school year must reapply by Monday, October 26 to continue benefits for the 2020-2021 school year.
- If you do not reapply by Monday, October 26, your students will no longer receive free or reduced-price meals and meals will be charged at full price.
Learn more and apply or reapply at SpringLakeParkSchools.org/freemeals
Need Care for Your School Age Child?
Spring Lake Park Schools is working to provide care options for your school age child to help with the challenges of modified school (and work) schedules.
- Before & After School on “Learning at School Days” - When your child attends in-person school, we will have Before & After School Care options for you. Current customers will need to adjust their fall 2020 days to match the days of the week they will be at school. Current customers will be able to cancel their fall 2020 contract for full refund up to Wednesday, August 26. New families needing this care can register now and will be accepted as space allows.
- Child Care on “Learning at Home Days” (the three days a week your child is not learning at school).
- Childcare for Tier 1 essential workers will be available per Executive Order 20-82 at no cost during the school day for school-age children up to age 12 when the district is operating in a Modified Campus Schedule (hybrid) or Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning).
- For other families who require Child Care on “learning at home” days, we have a fee-based child care option as space and staffing allow and will prioritize families who signed up last spring for this fall.
- Early drop off and late pick up options will be available for Child Care on Learning at Home Days.
We are expecting spots to fill quickly, Tier 1 will be prioritized through august 21 and as space is available throughout the year. Find more information, including answers to frequently asked questions, and register on the Child Care website.
Watch for Bus Route Information the End of August
Families who indicated they needed district transportation for this fall will receive bus route information at the end of August. Routes will be posted in Campus on August 31 and a postcard will be mailed out that same day. For general information and bus routing, contact Spring Lake Park Schools transportation services at 763-600-5590 or visit the Transportation page.
This is a great time for parents and students to download the MyStop app. The app provides access to live bus GPS information so you can track the location of the bus.
Your School Newsletter Has a New Look for a New Year
You may have noticed school newsletters look a little different this year. In this new format, the entirety of the weekly newsletter will show up in your email, so you'll no longer have to click into the school website to find all of the newsletter content. Same important school information, easier - and we hope more user friendly - process!
School newsletters will continue to be emailed to families on most Wednesday evenings throughout the school year and will be achieved each week on the school's newsletter page.
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- Thursday, September 10 - First Day of School
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