The AGAPE Times

a weekly newsletter for students and families - Vol VII (7)

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AGAPE 2020 Virtual Senior Recognition

AGAPE Senior Recognition Celebration 5/29/2020
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Notes from Christy, AGAPE's School Social Worker

The traumatic and recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and threat to Christan Cooper's life have brought incredible pain and suffering to our communities. In response, people have joined together in solidarity to protest racism, disparities and inequities. The events you have witnessed have effected us physically, emotionally and spiritually. Understand that the feelings you are experiencing need to be felt and honored. The racial healing that is needed will take time. If you would like to a safe space to process what you are feeling, I am here for you as is the staff. Sometimes we need other outlets to process all that we are experiencing so I would encourage you to journal, write poetry, use art, meditation or prayer. I can also connect you to services in the community to provide support for you as well. I want to remind you that as a diverse group of young women of various races, ethnic backgrounds and cultural experiences that your life matters! You have value, strengths, wisdom and beauty! Many of us may also be trying to figure out how we as individuals can dismantle racism on all levels, As President Barack Obama once said "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek". I ask you to consider the following questions. What is one thing we could do - individually, as a group, or as a society - to show support for one another in the wake of these events? How can we honor George Floyd's memory?


christy.mccoy@spps.org

Nira's Chalk Art Project "Say His Name - George Floyd"

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Nya's Poem May 2020

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Students living in the Midway area there are food donations, diapers, cleaning supplies available from 11:00 am to 4pm TODAY and EVERY DAY UNTIL FOOD STORES REOPEN - Lexington Parkway and Central Avenue

'Strong Women' Documentary of the Week!

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Distance Learning Survey

Students/Families: Please complete this survey so that we can make AGAPE's Distance Learning the best it can be!

May 25th - May 29th AGAPE Student of the Week was.......

Kaja Mems!!!!!


Congratulations to Kaja Mems. Kaja is kind, wise and super duper funny. She is an amazing mother to Journey and just as amazing of a friend. Kaja is student of the week because she has faced Distance Learning head on and rocked it! She is not letting anything stop her from graduating. Not COVID, not Geometry, not caring for her child and doing school. Kaja has shown support and encouragement to other students as well.


On our AGAPE Schoology group, Kaja said, "Manage your time wisely. You can even do bits and pieces of assignments when you can and when they’re napping or playing is your shot to do something girl😁 please don’t give up y’all! Seriously y’all have to Beat the odds!"


Kaja, YOU did it! YOU beats the odds! Don't ever give up! We are SO proud of you!

The Kissing Hand read by Barbara Bain
Complete the 2020 Census

The Census is IMPORTANT - please click this link to enter your family's information!

Emergency Housing Resources

  • If you are a family experiencing homelessness and need additional supports:

  • Coordinated Access for Housing and Shelter:
    • To obtain a housing assessment, contact Coordinated Access for Housing and Shelter (651) 215-2262
Latest SPPS Meals Information

Click this link to sign up for meal delivery - yes, even if you live out of the SPPS district!

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis, the following Crisis Text Services and hotlines are available 24/7:


    • Crisis Text Line: Text MN to 741 741

    • Call ** CRISIS from a cell phone to talk to professionals who can help

    • Calling from a landline? See the directory of local mental health crisis phone numbers.

    • Free help for people across Minnesota who are having a mental health crisis or are contemplating suicide. Video

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7, 365-day-a-year hotline for people experiencing suicidal crisis or emotional crisis.distress. Call 1-800-273-8255 or click here to chat.

    • SAFE, case management and support for African American women and their children experiencing domestic violence. Case managers assist clients access resources including housing, shelter, food, counseling. Case managers support women wherever they are on their journey. Led by an African American team, services are culturally-specific. Case managers work in the community, so clients can discreetly and easily access services. Contact: Carla.mcpipe@180degrees.org or Akello.Alay@180degrees.org More info at www.180degrees.org
    • Casa de Esperanza Confidential 24 Hour Bilingual Domestic Violence Crisis Line 651.772.1611

Nurses Corner

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Is-it-OK-to-call-the-pediatrician-during-COVID-19-even-if-Im-not-sure-my-child-is-sick.aspx


Students who have questions or need assistance from a school nurse can call the health office phone number - 651-888-7602. We are checking it each morning and each afternoon and we promise to answer voicemails promptly!

amy.buck@spps.org

michelle.lessard@spps.org

Andra Day

Stand up for Something (feat. Common) by Andra Day

Front Desk News

Hey everybody! June 5th from 9am-12pm is looking like Senior Diploma handout and graduating student iPad and HotSpot return! If the date, time or location are going to change, we will let you know!


Please check your K12 email sometimes this summer and send us an email if your phone number has changed so that we can contact you with information about summer school or for next fall! Have a great summer, everybody!!!


Please connect with Maddi with issues you may be having with your iPad or borrowed Hotspot. Her email is maddi.mcdonell@stpaul.k12.mn.us

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