Shannon Park News

February 2023

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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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Acts of Character: Honesty

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

Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences!

Parent/Teacher Conference Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 8, from 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
  • Thursday, February 9, from 12:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Still have to sign up? Click below:

There will be an Art Showcase during parent teacher conferences! Student art from grades K-5 will be on display throughout the building for all to enjoy! The Scholastic Book Fair will located in the Shannon Park Media Center during conferences as well.

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Grades K-3 Family Math Night

Thursday, March 9th, 6-7:30pm

Shannon Park Elementary School

We are so excited to bring back our K-3 Family Math Night!

One parent from each Kindergarten - 3rd grade family is invited to join their child for Family Math Night on Thursday, March 9, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. This is a special night designed for one parent or guardian and their child to have fun exploring mathematical learning activities together. A variety of activities have been planned for you and your child. Come share a night of problem solving, puzzlers and probability through hands-on experiences.

This event is always a huge success, so we hope you will be able to join us for this exciting night! For planning and material purposes, please RSVP by Friday, March 3, if you will be attending!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

5th Grade Service Project

For their winter party, 5th grade classes made tie blankets. The fleece was funded by a grant from the Shannon Park Site Council, and a total of 28 blankets were created. The blankets will be donated to The Philomena House, a maternity home for homeless, pregnant women, and FOCUS, who serves anyone in need in the St. Paul area. Some of the blankets will also go to the Dakota Woodlands homeless shelter in Eagan, and will be given to a representative from there when she comes to speak to our Kindness Council this month.
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Site Council Fundraiser: Inver Grove Brewing Co.

On Tuesday, March 21, Inver Grove Brewing Co. is giving back to Shannon Park Site Council 10% of their sales. This includes 10% of the entire restaurant sales, including food, drink and take-out! No code or flier is needed for families!

Site Council Minutes

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Show Your School Spirit: 100th Day

The Kindness Council invites all students and staff to participate in "100 Day" on Friday, February 17th. Feel free to dress up like you are 100, or create a shirt that represents 100! (Ideas: Write equations that = 100 all over your t-shirt, glue 100 items to your t-shirt, etc.) Be creative! This 100 Day celebrates almost 100 days of school!

5th Grade & 2nd Grade Music Programs

The Shannon Park 2nd and 5th grade students presented their music programs on Thursday, January 26. 5th graders presented, “Harmony High” while 2nd grade presented, “Once Upon a Time”. Thank you, Mrs. Radspinner, for all of your creativity and planning to make these programs possible!

Order Yearbooks before April 1st!

Yearbooks will be available to order for $15.00 each - now through April 1, 2023. Order online at The Shannon Park Code is 4946023. The Yearbook Delivery Date is late May. There are very FEW extras that will be available for purchase.

Grades 3-5 Kids Heart Challenge!

This year, the students in grades 3, 4 & 5 will soar to new heights with our Heart Hero Dragons! They will take our students on an AMAZING adventure around the globe to learn about heart and brain health, meet kids with special hearts, and raise funds for the health of all hearts. Our students will feel good by doing good, knowing they made a difference for kids just like them! Look for information in Friday Folders on February 3rd! Join us and the KHC Dragons by clicking on the link: Thank you for being part of the Kids Heart Challenge, supporting our school and the American Heart Association. Together, we are lighting the torch of hope and making a difference.

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MCA Testing

Shannon Park students in grades 3-5 will take the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment between April 10 - May 3. While illness cannot be helped, we are asking families not to schedule any appointments or vacations during this testing time. Make-ups are very limited. Please click the button below to access the testing schedule and any testing samplers. The item samplers are used to familiarize students and educators with how the content is presented in the test.

Preschool News

Do you know a child who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2023? Connections Preschool will be available for the 2023-2024 school year at Shannon Park. Applications for Connections Preschool for the 2023-2024 school year will be available sometime in February. You can sign up to be notified when the application window opens. Connections Preschool gives children an opportunity to interact with other children in fun, engaging activities while learning important skills. The curriculum supports young children in developing skills in the following areas: creativity and the arts, language and literacy, mathematical and scientific thinking, physical and motor, and social and emotional. Children in Connections Preschool assume increasing personal responsibility and independence as they grow and develop. For information, click the link below or contact Connections Preschool teacher, Kathy Adams, at . The link for further information is:

We have had so much fun exploring the natural learning spaces we have here at Shannon Park. We learned how to make bricks out of snow, how to use snow saws, how to create stick forts, how to identify animals by the scat they leave behind, and so much more. The natural spaces around Shannon Park are so fun to explore and we have expanded our classroom to use more of the outdoors. There has certainly been enough snow for us to explore!

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February 6: Site Council Meeting @ 8:00a.m.

February 8: Parent Teacher Conferences, Book Fair & Art Showcase, 4:00-8:00p.m.

February 9: NO SCHOOL: Parent Teacher Conferences, Bookfair & Art Showcase, 12:00-8:00p.m.

February 10: NO SCHOOL

February 17: Kindness Council Meeting @ 8:15a.m.

February 17: School Spirit Day: "100 Day"

February 20: NO SCHOOL: Presidents' Day

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 submitting a form here.

District196 Board Officers & Directors

  • Cory Johnson, Chairperson
  • Sachin Isaacs, Vice Chairperson
  • Sakawdin Mohamed, Clerk
  • Jackie Magnuson, Treasurer
  • Joel Albright, Director
  • Art Coulson, Director
  • Bianca Virnig, Director

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