Woodcrest Spanish Immersion

March 3, 2021 Newsletter

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Del Escritorio del Sr. Franke - An exciting week for all…

Greetings Woodcrest Families,


We have had a lot of exciting news for our community. Since I last communicated with you, nearly all of our staff have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is great news for the health and well-being of our staff especially as we are doing more in-person at school and also great news for helping ensure more consistent in-person learning experiences for students and families.


Many families have requested a change in their child’s learning model for the third trimester. We are working through those requests now and will follow up with each family who made a request before the trimester begins with more information.


Thank you to everyone who participated in any of the activities that were a part of Panthers for a Purpose over the last several weeks. The virtual giving event on Saturday was the big finale and raised more than $100,000 for the Panther Pantry and Weekend Food Pack Program. In past newsletters, I have commented on how important I believe it is to have a strong partnership between Woodcrest and each of you. The Panthers for a Purpose event was an example of the power of Juntos es Mejor/Better Together at a large scale. The impact of these partnerships on our students cannot be overstated. Thank you!


Gracias por todo que hacen,


John Franke

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MDH encourages regular testing for youth and their families

As our students return to school, youth sports and/or extracurricular activities, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends that students and their families get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures we already have in place, such as masking and social distancing.


Testing has never been easier – you can visit a community testing site, order an at-home test kit, or get tested through your health care provider. Learn more about the different types of COVID-19 tests. All options are quick and free to you.


By wearing a mask, social distancing and getting tested regularly, we can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools and sports open.

For 4th grade families: Follow up regarding transitioning to the 5th grade at Westwood

We enjoyed meeting many of you at the Introduction to Westwood virtual session last week. It’s important to all of us that you and your child experience a smooth transition into 5th grade at Westwood.


If you weren’t able to attend the sessions, we have recorded a narrated presentation that covers grade 5-8 programming.


We look forward to welcoming your student to Westwood next fall. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at Westwood at 763-600-5300.

For 4th grade families: Westwood Student Placement Input forms available now

Westwood Student Placement Input forms for students entering 5th grade are now available online. These forms help give insight to the placement of your child as they enter Westwood next school year. Printed forms are also available at the Woodcrest Spanish Immersion and Westwood front offices. Forms must be completed and turned in by May 7. Please contact the Woodcrest Spanish Immersion office with any questions at 763-600-5800.

Spring Pictures and Fall Retakes

We will have 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

Thank you to everyone that has donated non-perishable food items for the Panther Pantry. It is so nice to be able to help benefit those in need in the Spring Lake Park Community! If you would like to donate, 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

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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Panthers for a Purpose raises more than $100k

The Panther Foundation’s virtual giving event was a huge success raising more than $100,000 for the Panther Pantry and Weekend Food Pack Program.


“We knew this effort really connected with people’s passions, but we had no idea what to expect,” says Colleen Pederson, Panther Foundation Executive Director. “The results are far surpassing any expectations we had. We are incredibly grateful for everyone who participated, including a record number of sponsors. It shows us once again how special this community is.”


Read more about this successful event and the event's purpose

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Cien días de kínder

Today our kindergarten students and staff celebrated the 100th day of school. A few students dressed as one hundred year- olds and all students had a day filled with counting activities that focused on the number 100.
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Chipotle Dine-to-Donate was a great success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the WSCI PTO and to Kelly Berlin for organizing this event!

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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  • 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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