Lighthouse School Newsletter

February 16, 2022

See translation information below / Consulte la información de traducción a continuación.

Hello, Lighthouse Families,

The three school days this week went fast! Please remember there is no school tomorrow, Friday or Monday. We return to school Tuesday, February 22.

As students return to Lighthouse on Tuesday, February 22, face masks will be strongly recommended but no longer required at Lighthouse. We continue to see declining COVID-19 activity and have been working through just a handful of requests from families to change learning models – to in-person or to online. As communicated last week, because of the low number of requests and because our COVID-19 absences are at a low 1.5 percent (representative of the high school building as a whole), we are able to implement the revised Face Mask Decision-Making Guide early. We will continue to monitor COVID activity and respond as needed in alignment with the guidance that is in place.

Other Updates and Reminders

Stages Theatre Company: We are excited to announce our first field trip of the school year! Students will have the opportunity to see Tuck Everlasting at Stages Theatre on March 10, 2022. A copy of the field trip form is included in the newsletter and will also be sent home with your child. Stages Theatre does require face masks for anyone in attendance. Thank you to the PTO for backing our bus!!

Panther Foundation: Next week, The Panther Foundation is leading a spirit week and week of giving. There’s fun planned for all including four days of spirit wear. And of course, the week concludes with a Panther party. Check out the newsletter for more information. I hope to see a white out on Tuesday when we return to school.

Enjoy the long weekend!

With Gratitude,

Lisa Cisewski

Big picture
Big picture

Field Trip to Stages Theatre Company March 10

Students in all grades are invited to Stages Theatre Company to see a performance of Tuck Everlasting.

When: Thursday, March 10, 2022 9:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Cost: $8.00

Students are required to wear masks and the adults at the performance are required to show proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test.

There are 38 tickets available to students, first come/first served.

Field trip permission slip below. Please return the form to Ms. Dougherty by 2/23/22.

Big picture

Substitute Hiring Event - Tomorrow, February 17

Teachers on Call, a substitute staffing service, is hosting a substitute hiring event at Spring Lake Park High School on Thursday, February 17 from 3-6 p.m. Warm up with some hot cocoa and connect with Teachers on Call and district representatives to learn about the opportunities that await in the Spring Lake Park School district. No prior teaching experience is required. You can apply on-site and start making a difference in the lives of students! Learn more.

Nominate a teacher for the 2022 SLP Teacher of the Year by February 25

There is still time to nominate a teacher for the SLP Teacher of the Year award. This is a great opportunity to recognize the amazing educators we have in Spring Lake Park Schools!

Please download and complete a Nomination Form below and email or return the form to Spring Lake Park High School to the attention of Maria Ahrndt. Nominations are due by Friday, February 25, 2022.

In case you missed it, view the nominee criteria and learn more.

Big picture
Big picture
  • Thursday, February 17-Monday, February 21 - No school
  • Thursday, February 24 - 5:30 PTO meeting at Lighthouse or WebEx
  • Saturday, February 26 - Panthers for a Purpose event, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 10 - Field trip to Stages Theatre (for students who sign up. Information above in the "Need to Know" section.)
  • Thursday, March 10 - End of Trimester 2
  • March 11-21 - Spring Break, no school
  • April 5 - ELD, April 8 in person
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Get Panther pumped — Spirit week, Week of Giving is February 21-26

We’re getting in the spirit and supporting Spring Lake Park Schools. The Panther Foundation is gearing up for a week of fun next week. Leading up to the Panthers for a Purpose party on Saturday, February 26, the Panther Foundation will host a "Week of Giving" Fundraising and Pride Week from February 21-26. The Week of Giving is open to the entire SLP community and has some amazing opportunities for everyone to get involved and support our students at each milestone.

Week of Giving Opportunities:

  • Show your spirit: Plan now to dress head to toe in our school colors all week long. Send in photos ( to be entered into a drawing to win a gift card to the Panther Store:
    • Tuesday, February 22 – White Out
    • Wednesday, February 23 – Red Out
    • Thursday, February 24 – Blue Out
    • Friday, February 25 – Panther Spirit Day!

  • Browse and bid: The Silent Auction will be open to the entire community again this year! With over 200+ packages featuring trips, artisan pieces, Panther gear, restaurant gift cards, adult libations, unique experiences and MORE! Watch for the Silent Auction preview in the coming week on the Panthers for a Purpose Event Website. Register now to bid on the Silent Auction.

  • Dine to Donate: See a schedule of community restaurants who are partnering with us during the Week of Giving. Dine at one of the four locations during the week, mention the Panther Foundation/SLP and a portion of your sales will go to the Panther Foundation!

Panther Foundation Party:

There’s still time to purchase your tickets for the biggest Panther Party of the year on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at Bunker Hills Event Center in Coon Rapids. The party will close out the fundraising week with the silent auction and will feature the band Good for Gary, a Twin Cities favorite.

Learn everything you need to know on the Panthers for a Purpose event page.

Big picture
Big picture

Parent Feedback at February PTO Meeting

This month's PTO meeting will include a time for parent feedback - all are welcome and encouraged to attend and share thoughts, ideas, concerns & questions to help staff and leadership make Lighthouse the best school for our students.

Thursday, February 24, 5:30 p.m.

Join us in-person at Lighthouse School or WebEx

Welcome PTO Executive Team!

Thank you to this year's PTO Exec Team members:

Allie Owen & Jodie Holzman, Co-Presidents

Bosede Akinyelure, Secretary

Jessica Wallerstedt, Treasurer

Have a question for the PTO or interested in participating? Reach out to them at or join us at the February 24 meeting.

Big picture
Big picture

Valentine's Day Fun!

Lighthouse School students got creative building their heart towers during the valentine STEM challenge and phy-ed students had so much fun playing "Cupid Tag" and "Cutie Catcher" in the gym.
Big picture
Big picture

In case you missed important information from last week's newsletter, check out the topics below and click to learn more.

Big picture

Translate This Message / Traducir Este Mensaje

To translate this information to another language, please click anywhere on the message to open it in a web browser and at the top of the page, select your language from the dropdown menu.

Para traducir la información a otro idioma, por favor presionen en cualquier lugar del mensaje para abrirlo en un navegador web y en la parte superior de la página seleccione su idioma del menú.

Big picture
Big picture