Lighthouse School Newsletter

June 2, 2021

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Mr. B's Corner

Only six school days left! This week has been chockfull of presentations. Students have presented varied topics from Animal Rights, Cancer, Health Discrepancies in Transgender Populations, Greek Influence on Modern Democracy, Rising Water Levels of Lake Shamineau, and a whole host of book challenges. We have seen students share their learning through podcasts, video documentaries, slide presentations, theatrical performances, and even a Kahoot book challenge. I continue to encourage our learners to share their learning in new and interesting ways.

During the summer, many of our students wish to continue to advance their learning. This is great! Although we wish students truly take a break and get some much needed rest, students may continue to work on their Aleks or Redbird Math, Rosetta Stone or Duolingo World Language, bank some book challenges (no better way to read than in a hammock in the shade), or even get started on their inquiry topics. Inquiry topics are a very natural place to delve into as there are so many opportunities for students to get out in nature, visit museums, or take on hands-on challenges in the yard. A few years back a student looked up the history of cooking with fire and designed and created their own earthen pizza cooker in their backyard. It was fun to see the very natural intermingling of history, culinary arts, science, and design as they shared their portfolio and presentation with their peers.

The other very important aspect to remember is that many of our students truly miss school during the summer and I suspect that this year of isolation may compound that feeling. Please continue to help your children connect to their Lighthouse friends by sharing your summer adventures with one another and ensuring that our students get a chance to reconnect regularly during their time away. The social aspect of school cannot be overstated.

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


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Report Cards

Report cards will be available on June 18 online through Campus Parent Portal.

Summer Contact

Please contact Sheri Koehn,, 763-600-5245 this summer if you have any Lighthouse needs. Ms. Koehn will be checking voicemail and email once a week so please be patient as you await a response.

Summer Enrichment

Dear Gifted Services families,

Summer will be here before we know it. Students may wish to participate in an enrichment learning opportunity during the summer. Therefore Gifted Services has compiled a list of opportunities that you might like to check out. Some of the classes are in-person whereas others are being offered virtually. Fees for the classes are listed within the website descriptions with some offering classes for free. Links have been provided in the two documents below.

Check out which opportunities may be of interest and fit your child’s needs. If you have any questions, please refer to the contact information within the website.

Mrs. Jan Burda

GT Specialist

Spring Lake Park Schools

1415 81st Avenue NE

Spring Lake Park, MN 55432


Extended Learning Days Return for Fall 21-22

Lighthouse is thrilled to be reintroducing our Extended Learning Days (ELD) for the 2021-2022 school year calendar.

We understand and expect that authentic learning can and will happen outside of the school walls. To facilitate such authentic learning, we have 10 Extended Learning Days next year. Please see attached calendar to ensure your family has time to make plans as students are not in the building on ELDs.

Periodically, Lighthouse students will not report to the school building to allow for Extended Learning. These Extended Learning Days are for students to do work related to their inquiries which cannot easily be done in the classroom such as library research, interviewing experts, conducting experiments, creating their authentic products, or even a family field trip.

Extended Learning Days are designed to encourage students to pursue learning to their natural curiosity’s end with families out in the community. These days are not designed for daily work expectations nor are they designed to play catch-up. Once again, if a student is using their time wisely at the Lighthouse, they should not have homework. Please help your child schedule exciting authentic opportunities. Connect with other families, too, and share in the excitement.

Those students concurrently enrolled will still need to report to school to take part in their SLPHS courses. Parents may sign students in and out to attend their SLPHS courses and then get back into the community to dive into their inquiry.

Yearbooks Have Arrived

We are excited to be able to offer the 2020-2021 Lighthouse Yearbook. Mr. Endrizzi has worked hard to include everyone at our school whether they are in-person, hybrid, or learning from home full-time. Mr. E deserves a huge debt of gratitude for his efforts!

If your child ordered a yearbook, it will be handed out in the coming weeks. We ordered a limited quantity of extra yearbooks, too. To purchase a Lighthouse Yearbook, please send a $25 check, made out to Lighthouse School. Students can exchange their check for a yearbook from Ms. Dougherty.

Material Drop-off

Please plan to drop-off Lighthouse items during drop-off (7:45-8:10 a.m.) and/or pick-up (2:30-3 p.m.) times during the week of (6/1-6/4). We will have tables located in the vestibule where students can drop-off labeled items.

  • Guitars
  • Ukuleles
  • Lit Club Books
  • Library Books
  • PE Bags
  • Miscellaneous Items

If your family is unable to make these item drop-off times work, please connect with Ms. Dougherty,, to arrange a time.

Lost and Found

Please take a look at the Lost and Found pictures and let your child(ren) know if anything needs to be collected. We will donate any unclaimed items at the end of the school year.

Plans for iPads this summer

This summer, Spring Lake Park Schools' families with students in grades K-11 will be able to keep their school-issued iPad at home and return with it for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Seniors and families who are leaving the Spring Lake Park Schools district after this school year need to turn in their school-issued iPad, case and charger.
  • Seniors will return their iPad, case and official Apple charger to the high school on Thursday, June 10 during their rehearsal for graduation.

Students who will not be enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year can turn in their iPad, case and charger to their home school office or to the District Services Center at 1415 81st Ave NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432. If family plans change over the summer months, we ask families to call the District Services Center, 763-600-5000.

Need Tech Support? Contact the Technology Department at or 763-600-5555.

Outstanding School Fees: How to pay through Campus Parent Portal

As we wrap up the 2020-2021 school year, we encourage families to pay any outstanding fees they may have acquired throughout the school year. Fees could range from technology and iPad insurance to library books and music fees

To check if your family has any outstanding fees and to pay for the fees, login to Campus Parent Portal and click on "Fees" located in the left-hand black column. We are asking for families to pay these fees by June 30, 2021.

Questions? Please contact our technology team at

App offers free summer meals to Minnesota kids

Hunger Impact Partners, a non-profit organization with the Minnesota Department of Education that promotes free healthy summer meals for kids across the state, is encouraging students and families to download the Summer Eats Minnesota mobile app.

Here’s how it works:

1. Download the free Summer Eats Minnesota app to your cell phone

2. Use the mobile app to find the nearest site providing meals and meal packs by GPS

3. Click on the nearby site and use the Meals Updates tab for more details

4. Kids up to age 18 just show up and eat with no registration required

There are free meal sites across the state at schools, bus stops, libraries, community centers and parks. The app provides location, directions to the site and hours and days of distribution. More sites are added daily. For more information, visit the Hunger Impact Partners website.

Summer Learning: Reading and Mathematics

Summer provides opportunities for families to share in learning experiences together.

What might you do to share reading and writing?

  • Look for books or articles that build on a family or child's interest or upcoming event.
  • Set some time each day or week, find a special location, and read aloud with the whole family.
  • Talk with your child about what is being wondered about and learned in the reading.
  • Each family member might keep a journal or write letters to others to keep and share experiences.

Where might you find engaging books for all children?

  • Visit a public library to check out books or magazines. This is an excellent option for literature or informational text, including electronic books you can download and read on an iPad.
  • MackinVIa is Spring Lake Park School's digital library. Students can login to the app on their iPad and check out a variety of electronic books. More info is available in the digital toolkit.

There are many rich reading experiences for students available through our core resources, media centers and other electronic texts. Because of the variety of what is available, some purchased options, like those associated with Learning A-Z that some K-3 families may have accessed in the past, are being discontinued.

What about mathematics?

Our K-5 core resource, Bridges in Mathematics, has shared Math at Home to engage students in deep mathematical thinking that has some reading, writing and speaking also built right in. This resource is free and available to anyone.

Have fun learning together with friends and family this summer!

Health and Safety Reminder

We will continue with our health and safety efforts here at school through the end of the school year.

  • Masks - We will continue to wear face masks following clarifications from the CDC and Minnesota Departments of Education and Health. (Primary reasons given by CDC are the recency of 12+ vaccines being available and vaccines not yet being available for younger students).
  • 6 Ft of Social Distance
  • Handwashing at transitions
  • Wiping surfaces throughout day

We are expecting updated guidance from the CDC in the next few weeks for next year. We are excited and looking forward to the day when we can see more smiling faces – not just eyes – and return to normalcy at school.

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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Lighthouse Music Showcase

When: June 3, 7 p.m.

This year we have a real treat for you. In lieu of an in-person concert, the guitar and songwriting students have prepared some music for your enjoyment.

They've worked really hard this year and overcome many obstacles to get where they are. Each student worked on the skills they were most interested in developing and have chosen songs that represent their musical strengths.

Students then took time to record their song or make a music video. The plan is to hold a watch party online to see their work, congratulate them on their effort, and get inspired for our own creative work.

We'd love to see families, friends, and the wider community show up to cheer on these amazing students. Make a special night of it...get a dessert or a bowl of popcorn and hunker down for the evening.

We can't all be together as we'd like, but we can still support each other. Come celebrate with us. Hope to see you there!

Mr. C

Thursday, June 10 – Last day of school

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