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JANUARY 11, 2023 - NEWSLETTER
Hello Northpoint Families,
Has everyone recovered from all the shoveling, snow blowing, and plowing after our snowstorm last week? I hope you are now able to enjoy the more preferable aspects of a Minnesota winter and have been able to fit in some sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, or skating!
Please remember there is no school next Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday.
Enjoy the long the weekend.
Calendar for the 2023-2024 school year
Planning ahead for the 2023-2024 school year? Check out the At a Glance calendar for the 2023-2024 school year to find important dates.
Key dates include:
- Tuesday, September 5 – First day of school for grades K-8 and Lighthouse students, orientation for grade 9 students and grades 10-12 students new to the high school
- Wednesday, September 6– First day of school for returning grades 10-12 students who are not new to the high school
- October 16-20 – Fall break
- November 23-24 – Thanksgiving break
- December 22–January 1 – Winter Break
- March 8-18 – Spring Break
- Thursday, June 6 – Last day of school
Northpoint Lost and Found
This is a reminder to Northpoint families that the current items in the lost and found will be donated after January 13. Any items that are labeled with names will be returned to students. Families may check in the Northpoint office to visit the lost and found to look for items between the hours of 8-4:30 p.m.
Community Event — Jan. 26: Kate Gladdin, Resiliency Speaker
Kate Gladdin is a speaker and coach who specializes in uplifting teens and developing their resiliency. Her talks help reduce student anxiety by teaching the power of ''response-ability'' which is the ability to choose a response to any situation based on your perspective of it. Learn more at KateGladdin.com.
In partnership with the Thumbs Up organization, Kate will bring her message to Westwood Middle School and Spring Lake Park High School Students the week of January 24 during the school day.
Families and community members are invited to the same talk on January 26, 2023 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center at Spring Lake Park School. The talk will be paired with a health fair at Spring Lake Park High School in the Rotunda where families can learn about community resources.
Through Kate's talk, students will learn how to:
Recognize the impact of negative thoughts and self-talk
Understand the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and reactions
Use a simple 3-step strategy to quickly change unhelpful thought
Identify sneaky negative beliefs and transform them
Develop a growth mindset during times of adversity
For questions, contact Abbey Pierce.
Students in Marketing and Entrepreneurship class make their Shark Tank pitches
Spring Lake Park High School juniors and seniors pitched their business ideas “Shark Tank style” to a panel of judges – gaining valuable insights and feedback from industry experts. Five finalist groups presented before winter break to an audience of peers, teachers, family members and “the sharks.”
The energy in the room is palpable as students present their ideas for new business products and services to a panel of industry leaders. They are apps for personal finance, pants that charge your electronic devices, innovative school lunch plans and jazzed up picnic blankets. Behind the scenes, they have been preparing for this moment since the beginning of the school year.
The top prize was awarded to “Brace Alert,” an invention by juniors Jaelyn Comer and Brianna Vandewiele. Read the full story about the Shark Tank experience and view the photo album of presentations and the finalists.
Northpoint's Got Talent kicked off last week for the 2022-2023 school year. There were a total of 75 acts submitted for Round 1 and they were all super talented! Approximately 37 acts made it through to the second round and were chosen by student/staff vote.
Round 2 viewing will be held next week. We can't wait to see what is in store!
Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride - this Saturday
Join us this Saturday, January 14 for a special horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy trails of Bunker Hills Park. There will also be bonfires and S'mores to enjoy before and after your ride. The perfect way to spend a winter day! Sign up today.
Panther Puzzle Palooza - February 11
Calling all puzzlers! Find a team and put your puzzle skills to the test in the first-ever Panther Puzzle Palooza Jigsaw Competition on February 11. Teams of four will work together to complete a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle as quickly as they can. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishing teams. Bonus: there will be a "Puzzle Swap" so bring your gently used puzzles to swap for others that are new to you. Sign up today.
Community Education has experiences and classes for all to enjoy! Check out all of the current offerings.
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