Lighthouse School Newsletter

March 10, 2021

ACT Testing Date: March 30

The Spring Lake Park High School Campus will be utilized for ACT testing on Tuesday, March 30. This means Lighthouse Learners will be working from home. Students are expected to continue making progress on their negotiated workplan and attend any scheduled meetings via WebEx.

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Mr. B's Corner

Spring Break is nearly here. Please remember that there is no school Friday, March 12 through Monday, March 22. We look forward to reconnecting with our learners, whether in-person or virtually, starting Tuesday, March 23. Those students who are currently learning in-person, learning in hybrid, or that have requested to learn in-person will return to the building five days a week and those families who have chosen to remain in the Extended Flexible Learning (EFL) model will continue to learn from home.

Our latest Lighthouse Daily Schedule iteration, brought about by student and family feedback to split up the morning work block, has worked out quite well. Thanks for the great idea! We will continue to utilize the following schedule upon our return:

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Spring Break is a great time for the three Rs; relax, rejuvenate and reflect. Some students are very eager to think about their third-term goals. During spring break, families may want to figure out inquiry topics, choose book challenges and reflect upon what worked well this term and what may need rethinking.

As always, thanks for entrusting your child(ren) to Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners,


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Concurrent Students

Concurrently enrolled students who are taking a hands-on SLPHS class (Lab Sciences, Art, CPR/First Aid, PE) will have the opportunity to attend their class in-person, but must maintain 6 feet physical distance in both their SLPHS and LH environments. This means that some concurrent students may have the chance to attend some of their concurrent classes in-person. This also means that many concurrent classes will continue to be held remotely from Lighthouse.

CDC travel recommendations

For families planning to do any traveling during spring break, please be aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted guidance travel during the pandemic. Visit their Travel During COVID-19 and After You Travel webpages for the latest information. When we return from spring break, our schools will continue to follow health and safety mitigation strategies. We appreciate all members of our school community taking precautions to help us keep our classrooms open for learning.

Importance of safe mask wearing

As students return from Spring Break Tuesday, March 23, more students at all grade levels will be learning at school five days per week. It is important that all students continue to wear their face mask properly in school buildings to protect others as well as themselves.

Face mask tips from Becca Williams, SLP Lead Health Nurse

  • Face masks/coverings should comfortably cover the nose, mouth and chin
  • There should be no gaps on the sides of the face mask
  • Face masks should stay in place without needing to be adjusted frequently
  • As we head into muddy Minnesota spring, it is a good idea to pack an extra face mask

For more information on how to properly wear a mask, check out this helpful one-page document.

Free Meal Services Update

This week, March 8-12, is the final week for free meal distribution to the current eight community sites. On Thursday, March 11, families will receive a 5-day meal pack that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, breakfast items, milk and lunch entrees; pizza slice, hamburger on bun, chicken tenders, corn dog and beef and cheese burrito.

There will be no meal distribution during Spring Break, March 12-22.

Starting Tuesday, March 23, free meal pick-up will be available at Spring Lake Park High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. at door #33. On Tuesdays, families will receive two-days’ worth of meals. On Thursdays, families will receive three-days’ worth of meals.

Centerview Elementary is being added as a second meal pick-up location. Stay tuned for more information regarding the pick-up dates and times.

Questions? Contact Jane Sweney, SLP Nutrition Services Program Assistant at or 763-600-5041.

Report Cards

Lighthouse Report Cards will be available, once again, utilizing Parent Portal. Please view the linked tutorial should you need a refresher on accessing Parent Portal. For further tech support, please email or call 763-600-5555.

The deadline to order the Lighthouse yearbook is April 2

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March 12-22: Spring Break, no school

March 30: ACT Testing (Lighthouse Students Learn from Home)

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Pathways Career Expo: Find the Path to your Future

All students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend our very first virtual Career Expo on Wednesday, March 31 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Event overview:

  • Meet career professionals who can answer your questions about job responsibilities, requirements and skills.
  • Learn what education and training is needed after high school for your career.
  • Check out job outlook and projected income for selected careers.

Event Schedule on Wednesday, March 31:

  1. Overview - Career Exploration & Outlook: 9-9:30 a.m.
  2. Business & Entrepreneurship: 9:30-10 a.m.
  3. Health Services: 10-10:30 a.m.
  4. Human Services: 10:30-11 a.m.
  5. Technology, Engineering & Design: 11-11:30 a.m.
  6. Trades, Manufacturing & Construction: 11:30-12 p.m.

The registration link will go live on Friday, March 19.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Blaido Counselor for Career and College Readiness or 763-600-5139.

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Arts & Crafts with Kidcreate Studio

A number of Arts & Crafts classes through Community Ed. begin the week after spring break! Visit the website to view full details and sign up or call Community Education at 763-600-5050. Registration details for the following classes are available in the links below.

1. Slime-Tastic Art

2. Magical, Mystical Unicorns

3. Glitter & Glow

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Pedometer Challenge Leaderboard

The Pedometer Challenge has come to a conclusion! Many students participated over the course of 9 weeks during the 2nd Trimester. Each week Leaderboards were posted to Schoology that included the highest totals for the daily, weekly, and all-time step counts for each different grade level.

The goal of the challenge was to encourage students to stay active during the cold Minnesota winter weather. Based on the feedback I received, I think that goal was accomplished for many students! Here is one final Leaderboard that includes the cumulative steps for the top 12 students across all grade levels.

Thank you to all who participated! Hopefully warmer weather is just around the corner...

Take care,

Ms. Hunt

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