SP Monthly News

October 2020

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Check out the Shannon Park Website for the Extended Calendar and other resources such as the Parent Portal, Lunch Accounts, Staff Information, Assessment Dates and much more!
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Hats off to the entire Shannon Park community for a great start to the school year! We are grateful to be working with our amazing students!

Upcoming Dates

October 7: No School - Professional Development Day

October 15: No School - MEA

October 16: No School - MEA

October 20: Picture Day for Cohort B

October 21: Picture Day for Digital Learning Academy, 8a.m. - 2p.m.

October 21: Reading Rocks Fundraiser Kick-Off

October 22: Picture Day for Cohort A

October 22-November 1: Begin Reading! Log your reading for Reading Rocks!

October 22: Popcorn & Read (Cohort A)

October 23: Popcorn & Read (Cohort B)

October 28: Popcorn & Read (Digital Learning Academy)

October 29: Book Character Day (Cohort A)

October 30: Book Character Day (Cohort B & Digital Learning Academy)

November 2-4: Turn in Reading Rocks Materials

November 4: Parent Teacher Conferences, 12:00-8:00p.m. (Zoom)

November 5: Parent Teacher Conferences, 4:00-8:00p.m. (Zoom)

November 6: No School

Acts of Character: Empathy

The Shannon Park Acts of Character Program revolves around teaching, promoting, recognizing and celebrating positive character traits in students. During the month of October, we will be focusing on the character trait of Empathy.

Picture Day is Coming! October 20-22

Order before Picture Day on Mylifetouch.com with your Shannon Park Picture Day ID: EVT3QJWSS. Mylifetouch.com lets families mix and match print sizes, poses and backgrounds. Along with quick, mobile-friendly ordering, mylifetouch.com makes ordering school pictures faster, easier and more fun for everyone.

Picture Days will be taking place on the following dates:

Cohort B Students: Tuesday, October 20

Digital Academy Students: Wednesday, October 21 (8:00-2:00p.m.)

Similar to our summer assessment days, curbside service will be provided for our Digital Learning Academy families. Shannon Park staff members will be available to greet your child and walk them inside to the gym where our Life Touch photographers will be located. The photography hours are 8:00a.m. - 2:00p.m., so families are invited to come anytime between those hours.

Cohort A Students: Thursday, October 22

We are thrilled to welcome our full time Social Worker, Mrs. Malterud, to Shannon Park!

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The Sheridan Story

We are excited to partner again this year with The Sheridan Story to offer a free weekend food program to all of our students.

The Sheridan Story is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to fight child hunger through community and school partnerships. They strive to make a difference in children’s lives by focusing on food gaps like weekends, school breaks, and summer when children can’t receive meals in school.

· Free for all families

· No qualifications required to receive food

· Students/families will receive a 4-5 pound bag of non-perishable food each week

· The Sheridan Story does not collect information from families: privacy is protected

· Families may participate any time during the school year

If you are interested in more information about this program, please contact School Social Worker, Sari Malterud.

(651) 423-7670 ext. 46246


Interested in an Online Shannon Park Directory?

If you are interested in a Shannon Park Online Directory, click here: https://shannonparksitecouncil.membershiptoolkit.com/

Questions? Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email Beth.Johnson@district196.org.

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Book Character Days: Thursday & Friday, October 29-30

To celebrate our Reading Rocks efforts, all Shannon Park students and staff members are invited to dress like a book character for the 4th Annual Shannon Park Book Character Day!

Guidelines to keep in mind:

  • No costume masks may be worn.
  • Feel free to bring a copy of the book that includes the character that you are representing.
  • Students may bring accessories (Ex. honey pot for Winnie the Pooh), but they cannot be toy weapons or any other objects that might be considered threatening.
  • Nothing ghoulish or scary is acceptable.

Share your Book Character Day photo!

All of our Shannon Park Digital and Hybrid Families are invited to share their photos here:


Some may be wondering, "What does it look like inside our building?"

Follow Us on Twitter @OurShannonPark

Are you new to Shannon Park? All families are invited to follow us on Twitter! @OurShannonPark

Here Comes the Bus App

At the beginning of the 2019-20 school year, District 196 parents whose children ride the bus to and from school each day will be able to track the location of their child’s bus using the smartphone application "Here Comes the Bus." With Here Comes The Bus, parents are able to set up a perimeter around their child’s bus stop. When their child’s bus enters that perimeter, the app sends an alert. Here Comes The Bus also sends notification messages if a bus is running late or if a different bus has been substituted for a child’s usual bus. The Here Comes The Bus app is available to download free on the Google Play Store for Android and App Store for iPhone.

Box Tops for Education Goes Digital

Shannon Park collects Box Tops for Education and has always appreciated the school-wide participation and funds raised through Box Tops. Last summer, the General Mills' Box Tops for Education program released a mobile app that eliminates the need to clip and collect physical coupons from packaging to help raise money for a select school. The app lets shoppers scan their grocery receipts to earn 10 cents for every participating product purchased.

Can I still clip box tops?

Traditional Box Tops clips will remain on some product packaging during the transition and will be accepted when validly submitted by a school coordinator until they expire.

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Report Absences or Changes of Schedule

Please remember to report all absences and changes of schedules by calling 651-423-7670 during school hours or by emailing sp.attendance@district196.org.

Community Education Opportunities

Hablemos Espanol-University Language Center Spanish-Online! (grades K-8)

Please register by September 28.

Grades K-1

Mon & Thu | Oct 5 - May 20 | 11:00 am - 11:25 a.m. | 4 payments of $181.25 | Skip Nov 26, Dec 24, Dec 28, Dec 31, Mar 22 & Mar 25 | Online

Mon & Thu | Oct 5 - May 20 | 11:30 am - 11:55 a.m. | 4 payments of $181.25 | Skip Nov 26, Dec 24, Dec 28, Dec 31, Mar 22 & Mar 25 | Online

Tue & Fri | Oct 6 - May 21 | 11:00 am - 11:25 a.m. | 4 payments of $181.25 | Skip Nov 27, Dec 25, Dec 29, Jan 1, Mar 23 & Mar 26 | Online

Tue & Fri | Oct 6 - May 21 | 11:30 am - 11:55 a.m. | 4 payments of $181.25 | Skip Nov 27, Dec 25, Dec 29, Jan 1, Mar 23 & Mar 26 | Online

Grades 2-3

Mon & Thu | Oct 5 - May 20 | 11:30 am - 11:55 a.m. | 4 payments of $181.25 | Skip Nov 26, Dec 24, Dec 28, Dec 31, Mar 22 & Mar 25 | Online

Tue & Fri | Oct 6 - May 21 | 11:30 am - 11:55 a.m. | 4 payments of $181.25 | Skip Nov 27, Dec 25, Dec 29, Jan 1, Mar 23 & Mar 26 | Online

Grades 4-6

Mon & Thu | Oct 5 - May 20 | noon-12:25 p.m. | 4 payments of $181.25 | Skip Nov 26, Dec 24, Dec 28, Dec 31, Mar 22 & Mar 25 | Online

Tue & Fri | Oct 6 - May 21 | noon-12:25 p.m. | 4 payments of $181.25 | Skip Nov 27, Dec 25, Dec 29, Jan 1, Mar 23 & Mar 26 | Online

Grades 6-8

Mon & Wed | Oct 5 - May 19 | 4:30-5:15 p.m. | 4 payments of $181.25 | Skip Dec 28, Dec 30, Mar 22 & Mar 24 | Online

Connect & Share: Virtual Visit Sheltering Seniors

Become a virtual visitor! Connect with a senior citizen and brighten someone's day. Reach out with a smiling face and a listening ear. Help keep our older adults connected to community while social distancing is in effect. From the comfort of your home, you can connect with others and enhance their lives. Visits on the Zoom platform of 20 minutes may be scheduled by you, weekday daytimes, some evenings and some weekends. Pick a time that is convenient for you! Register now to receive an email from a senior living facility with a link and instructions to schedule your virtual visits. Just chat, read a book or a poem, play an instrument, sing, talk sports, share your pet or anything else you have in mind to share. Free!

Swim Lessons

Learn to swim in District 196 Community Swim Lessons. Our caring and dedicated instructors are Red Cross-trained to help you and/or child enjoy developing swimming and water safety skills in our positive learning environment. A parent or household member who is at least 15 years old must be in the water with all Preschool and Levels 1, 2 and 3 lessons. Fall sessions are on weekday evenings, Saturday mornings and early afternoons also Sunday afternoons and evenings beginning October 7 at our middle school pools. Visit ce.district196.org/swim for more information and to register.

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