Park Terrace Elementary

February 17, 2021 Newsletter

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Greetings Park Terrace Families!


I hope everyone had the opportunity to have engaging and productive conversations with teachers about their student’s progress this year! Even though conferences looked a bit different, they are truly an invaluable opportunity for families and staff to partner in each student’s education. If you have not had the opportunity to conference with your student’s teacher yet, please work with him or her to find a time to meet via WebEx.


Trimester 3 is rapidly approaching! If your family wants to request a change from Extended Flexible Learning to learning at school full-time, you can make the request by contacting our school office February 22-26. We need to have any requests by the end of day on Friday, February 26 in order to have time to make any needed adjustments to class rosters for trimester 3. We’ll be working to honor all requests as we begin the trimester. Families may continue to request a move to Extended Flexible Learning at any time.


It is hard to believe it, but, our fourth grade students will soon be transitioning to Westwood! In order to help prepare for this change of schools, please mark your calendar for February 25 and see the newsletter for details on the virtual information sessions for fourth graders who will soon be fifth graders!


The Panthers for a Purpose virtual giving event is just over a week away. Find information on the event page. I hope you’ve marked your calendar for Saturday, February 27 at 7 p.m. when you can tune in live to see some familiar faces and join together in some fun for a good cause!


I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! Thank you for your continued partnership with our teachers, our staff, our school district and our community.


Mona Perkins

Principal

Updates for Extended Flex Learning Families

Greetings,


Conferences are in full swing – and February is conference month. I have enjoyed taking part in a few conversations with parents and teachers over the last several days. I appreciate the opportunity to make these connections, gain insights and answer any questions that linger. Please connect with your child’s teacher to find a time to meet if you haven’t already done so. Extended Flexible Learning staff is anxious to connect with you.


There are a couple of items in this week’s newsletter to pay special attention to. Our students can now check out library materials. See the details in the Need to Know section. And, if you have a fourth grader in your household, please note the opportunity to learn more about Westwood and 5th grade on February 25.


Teachers will be reaching out to you when it is time to return Wit & Wisdom Module 1 resources and pick-up Module 2. The next pick-up is being offered at different times for different grade levels based on when the new resources are needed. You will be receiving detailed information from your child’s teacher as the next scheduled pick-up draws near.


If your family wants to request a change from Extended Flexible Learning to learning at school full-time, you can make the request by contacting our school office February 22-26. We’ll be working to honor all requests as we begin the new trimester.


Enjoy these last few days of February. I am looking forward to warmer days ahead. Please reach out if you have questions or thoughts to share.


Take care,


Kimberly Fehringer

Principal on Assignment

K-4 Extended Flexible Learning

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For 4th grade families: Introduction to Westwood February 25

We’re looking forward to meeting the Class of 2029 and their families at next week’s Introduction to Westwood virtual sessions on Thursday, February 25.


These sessions are intended for families to learn more about the school, the transition to 5th grade and to meet members of the Westwood team.


As a reminder, there will two sessions offered at each of the times - one session for Centerview, Northpoint and Park Terrace families and one session for Woodcrest Spanish Immersion families. The content of each presentation will be the same so families only need to attend one session.


Plan to attend a live virtual session during one of these three times on Thursday, February 25:


  • Coffee and Conversations - 9 a.m.
  • Lunch and Learn - Noon
  • Dessert and Discuss - 6:30 p.m.


Not able to make these sessions? No worries, there will also be a recorded presentation available to families after these sessions with the same great information.


Questions? Contact the Westwood office at 763-600-5300.

Funds for food through Pandemic EBT

Students who are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals in our school will get Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) funds through the 2020-2021 school year. P-EBT funds can be used to help you buy healthy food for your student and family. A new P-EBT card will be mailed for each child who qualifies for free and reduced-price meals.


It's not too late to complete an application for free and reduced-price meals. If you previously did not qualify for free/reduced-price meals and your financial circumstances have changed, you are welcome to reapply. Be sure to sign up before February 28 to get the P-EBT benefits as soon as late March.


If you have questions, contact Nutrition Services, foodservice@district16.org or 763-600-5041.


Need more food help? If you are eligible for P-EBT you might also be eligible for SNAP. Contact the Minnesota Food HelpLine to see if you are eligible 888-711-1151.

Library Book Checkout for Extended Flexible Learning Students

Starting the week of February 22, Extended Flexible Learning students can reserve library books and pick them up at their home school. This book pick-up process will happen every week for the remainder of the school year for EFL students, with the exception of scheduled non-school days on Wednesdays.


Reservation and Pick-up instructions:


  1. On the Monday of each week, students and/or family members need to request the books they would like to check out. To do this, first, go to the Destiny Discover app on your iPad and log in using your district username and password
  2. Once logged in, students can search available books and place hold requests for pickup; eBooks and other digital resources may also be available for checkout by Monday morning.
  3. Next, wait to receive confirmation via Schoology that the books are available and ready to pick up on Wednesday.
  4. On Wednesday of that week, go to your home school during the hours listed below. Call the number and someone will bring the books out to your vehicle.


To be eligible, overdue books must be returned or the corresponding fines must be satisfied. Books will be held for two weeks.


Wednesday Pick-up times and number to call


  • Centerview - 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 763-600-5500
  • Northpoint - 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 763-600-5700
  • Park Terrace - 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 763-600-5600
  • Woodcrest Spanish Immersion - 1-3 p.m., 763-600-5800
  • Westwood Intermediate and Middle School - 8:45-9:45 a.m. and 2-3 p.m., 763-600-5308
  • Spring Lake Park High School - 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 763-600-5100

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is overflowing! Take a look at the photos below and if you recognize some of your student's clothing please remind them to stop by and take it home. Additionally, it is always a good idea to label jackets, hats, snow pants, etc. with your student's name. Our staff members bringing lost items to students when they are found around the school.
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Register for the Panthers for a Purpose Silent Auction, show your dance moves for Challenge #3

The Panthers for a Purpose virtual giving event is almost here! Starting this week, you can preview the fantastic Silent Auction items and mark your favorites here. The Silent Auction, featuring 300+ items will open Wednesday, February 24. Packages start as low as $25 with all proceeds going to the Panther Pantry and Weekend Pack Program. This event is free, but you need to be registered in order to bid on the items. Follow this link to register and click "get started" to begin.


As a reminder, Challenge #3 is underway which means it's time to get your groove on, Panthers! Put on some music and show us your favorite moves between now and February 24.

Send videos of your family dance party to PantherFoundation@district16.org to be entered in the prize drawing.


Remember to tune in on Saturday, February 27 at 7 p.m. for the Panthers for a Purpose virtual giving event as we celebrate our Panther spirit, unite our community for a purpose and fill the Panther Pantry. Watch the event at SpringLakeParkSchools.org/giveback.

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Learning About Dental Hygiene

The second graders had a great time learning about dental hygiene. Kelsey, a dental hygienist, made a video to teach the kids ways to keep their teeth healthy. The students will take what they learned and create an informational paragraph. Thank you to Village Orthodontics for providing toothbrushes for all the students!
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Black History Month Audiobooks

In honor of Black History Month, EL teacher Ashley Winterer shared a collection of books "aren't your typical BHM biographical collection." Click on the link below to browse through a wide-variety of Black History Month audiobooks.
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Translate This Newsletter / Traducir Este Boletín

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


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

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