Woodcrest Spanish Immersion

February 24, 2021 Newsletter

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Del Escritorio del Sr. Franke

Greetings Woodcrest Families,

As the weather changes, we often begin to notice things that have been covered by snow, like scarves on a playground. Or, we take the time to slow down the walk to and from the front door to the car, rather than rushing from one warm place to another. These moments to take note or slow down have been important to me lately at Woodcrest.

While I have kept a constant eye on instruction, student experience, and the general health and safety protocols we have in place since the start of the school year, this last week, I have taken even more note of the care staff show to ensure a safe and healthy environment for learning. It is a particular point of appreciation I have for our students and staff that our families should know about.

Some families have reached out to the school looking for information to inform their family decision or to make a change in their student’s learning model for trimester 3. As a reminder, this is the week to make any requests to change learning models for trimester 3. If your family wants to request a change, please contact Yesica Garay-Muñoz via email or by phone at 763-600-5802, by Friday, February 26. As you reach out and request a change, I would like to note that any change from one learning model to another will impact who your student’s teacher is.

This Saturday evening, I hope you will tune in to the Panthers for a Purpose virtual giving event at 7 p.m. (There is a silent auction connected to the event will be open until 8:30 p.m.) Get a sneak peek of the program in the video included in today’s newsletter. You are not going to want to miss this free, fun event that also supports a very worthy cause.

Moved by the spirit of Woodcrest’s 2020-2021 school mantra Juntos es Mejor/Better Together, I will be inviting families to meet with me and help me gain insight into the experience you and your children are having. I will begin reaching out to families this week. If you are interested in meeting, please contact me at 763-600-5110 or by e-mail. Thank you for all you do for your children and our community.


John Franke

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For 4th grade families: Introduction to Westwood sessions happening tomorrow, February 25

The Introduction to Westwood virtual sessions are happening tomorrow, Thursday, February 25. We hope you'll join us to learn more about the transition to 5th grade.

There will two sessions offered at each of the times - one session for Centerview, Northpoint and Park Terrace families and one session for Woodcrest Spanish Immersion families. The content of each presentation will be the same so families only need to attend one session.

Plan to attend a live virtual session during one of these three times tomorrow, Thursday, February 25. Click on the WebEx link below to join the session:

  • Coffee and Conversations - 9 a.m.
  • Lunch and Learn - Noon
  • Dessert and Discuss - 6:30 p.m.

  • If you're not able to make these live sessions, there will also be a recorded presentation available to families after these sessions with the same information.

    Spring Pictures and Fall Retakes

    We will be having Spring Pictures and Fall Retakes on March 9. Students that are part of the In-Person Learning Model will take Spring Pictures from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Students that are part of the EFL Learning Model will take Spring Pictures from 1-2:30 p.m. Parents, please keep in mind that spring pictures are optional.

    Fall Retakes will take place on March 9 from 3-4 p.m. Yesica will connect with parents to let them know the time that their student is scheduled to have their fall picture retaken. Parents make sure that you send the fall picture packet with your student on March 9.

    Spring Pictures and Fall Retakes will take place in the Pina Room.

    WCSI Food Drive

    Help us fight hunger by donating non-perishable food items for the Panther Pantry to help benefit those in need in the Spring Lake Park Community. Please drop off non-perishable items at the Woodcrest Spanish Immersion main office. Most needed items include: Boxes of mac and cheese, canned goods, boxes of cereal, granola bars and/or crackers. Click on the images to enlarge.

    Woodcrest Spanish Immersion Yearbook

    It is that time of year again to start collecting photos for the 2020-2021 School Yearbook.

    If you have photos you would like to be considered, please send them to your child's homeroom teacher or to Kayla Burich. Please keep in mind that not all photos will be selected and that any photos sent should be sent no later than March 5, 2021.

    You are also able to order your child's Yearbook now through March 31, 2021. Orders can be placed online using yearbook ID code: 3722421 or in person at the Woodcrest Spanish Immersion main office. The total cost is $12.00 per yearbook.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Kayla Burich.

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    Indoor Recess with Sr. Mateo/Recreo adentro con Sr. Mateo

    These past weeks, students have been having indoor recess due to the weather conditions. Here we have Sr. Mateo's kinder class having fun while having indoor recess.
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    WSCI PTO Dine-to-Donate Night at Chipotle Northtown (599 Northtown Dr. NE, Blaine, MN)

    Join us (in spirit) by eating Chipotle tonight, Wednesday, February 24 from 4-8.p.m. A percentage of sales will be donated back to the WCSI PTO! Use the Promo Code BG8MXMR for online orders on the app or website or mention WCSI PTO Dine-To-Donate if ordering in the store. PTO funds go towards staff appreciation, student enrichment, and community engagement. We'd love to see photos of family dinner night on our WCSI PTO Facebook page! Thanks!

    FREE Digital Games Available

    Free Digital Family Game Night for all via Breakout EDU! Last week to complete a February game and be entered into the monthly prize drawing. Sign up online with code OQXAW6.

    Scholastic Book Club

    Woodcrest PTO is offering Scholastic Book Club. Please visit Scholastic and enter class code NJ89V. All purchases will help earn FREE books which will be used to support children's literacy at Woodcrest. Questions about Scholastic Book Club can be emailed to PTO.

    PTO Contact Info

    If you have ideas or questions at any time, contact us via email.

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    • February 26- Learning Model Changes for Tri. 3 deadline.
    • March 9- Spring Pictures and Fall Retake Day.
    • March 11- End of Tri. 2
    • March 12-22 - No school for Woodcrest Spanish Immersion students due to Spring Break.
    • March 15- Tri. 2 grades will be available for parents via the Campus Parent Portal
    • March 23- First day back from Spring Break.
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    Watch a sneak peek of the Panthers for a Purpose Virtual Giving Event

    Panthers for a Purpose Virtual Giving Event Trailer

    Tune in for the Panthers for a Purpose Virtual Giving event this Saturday!
    We are just days away from the Panthers for a Purpose Virtual Giving event happening this Saturday, February 27! We hope you'll join us as we celebrate our Panther spirit, unite our community for a purpose and fill the Panther Pantry. Don't miss this #SLPPantherProud moment in the making as we work together to keep children in our community fed, ready to learn and simply free to be kids.

    It's time to get bidding! The silent auction featuring 300+ items is now open. Packages start as low as $25 with all proceeds going to the Panther Pantry and Weekend Pack Program.

    Breakdown of Saturday's Virtual Event:

    Program Link:
    The program viewing link will be shared on the event hub at SpringLakeParkSchools.org/giveback.

    6:45 p.m.: Countdown
    Before the main event, tune in for a few special messages from some of our top event sponsors.

    7 p.m.: Program Premiere
    The Panthers for a Purpose event will be live at 7 p.m. Hear from the Panther Foundation's Chairperson Marla Sciara, Superintendent Jeff Ronneberg, members of our community and principal team as they share the importance of this event in our community. The 30-minute program will be entertaining for all members of our Spring Lake Park Schools community. Get ready to see people you know, laugh and get inspired by the special messages of the evening.

    7:30-8:30 p.m.: Final Hour of Silent Auction
    Get your bidding in on your favorite items. Last chance to make them yours!

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