August 26, 2020 Newsletter
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Hello to our Northpoint Families,
I am so appreciative of the support and flexibility of everyone in our schools and especially our families as we navigate an unusual start to the school year. We have each had to practice adaptability in these fluid times. It is because of the partnerships among administration, families, staff and administration that we are able to create what I am confident will be the underpinnings of a terrific school year!
We are looking forward to seeing our Northpoint friends; our students are at the center of each decision and plan we have made in anticipation of the 2020-2021 school year. I am so grateful for our amazing staff at Northpoint and across the district. I know together…we’ve got this!
Important updates this week:
We will use the first two days of school – September 10 and 11 – to orient our students and families, creatively connect for meet and greet opportunities and carefully manage transitions for our youngest students.
For the Modified Campus Schedule (Hybrid) Model, our approach to September 10 and 11 is similar to other years and provides a higher level of support for students making critical transitions. It also provides an opportunity for us to practice transportation, arrival and dismissal procedures and other critical aspects of our operations with smaller group sizes.
- Kindergarten students come to school for their first days on September 10 and 11
- Grades 1-4 students will participate in online meet and greet activities with teachers on September 10 and 11
- Grades 1-4 students will have their first day at school on Monday, September 14
For the Extended Flexible Learning (Distance Learning) Model, September 10 and 11 will be dedicated to students participating in online meet and greet activities with teachers to build relationships. This will also provide an opportunity to ensure technology is set up to support learning.
We will post rosters for hybrid learning on Tuesday morning, September 1. Please check into Campus Parent Portal to access this information.
Meet and Greet plans are in the works as well!
- We are planning on in person visits with our kindergartners on the evenings of September 8 and September 9. On Tuesday, September 1 at noon we will send information to kindergarten families on how to sign up for a time slot.
- Teachers in grades 1-4 will be hosting an asynchronous meet and greet, sharing information to help our students and families learn a bit about what to expect in their homerooms. Look for this information to be shared by the end of the day on Thursday, September 4.
- Students in grades 1-4 who are new to Northpoint will be contacted by their homeroom teachers during the week of September to schedule a time to stop by school on September 10 or 11.
For hybrid learners, school start time will be 9:10 a.m. and end time will be 3:55 p.m. Watch for more information regarding drop off and pick up procedures before the start of school.
This week we welcomed new teachers and staff for orientation. We are welcoming Nannapat Teevens as our EL teacher, Melissa Barry to kindergarten, and Sally Matchette is our new speech clinician joining Mr. Truong. To our para team we are welcoming Nicole Hoffman and Allison Jeziorski. In addition, we are excited that Jessica Frank is coming to us from Park Terrace and will serve as a first grade teacher.
Next week, teachers return for more than a week of professional learning and planning. We will be focusing on health and safety protocols, innovative and personalized learning, and creating a classroom experience for each child that will be personalized and engaging.
Over the past few weeks I have met in person or virtually with each of our teachers. They join me in the excitement that comes each fall as we kick off a new year. September 2020 is no different regarding the anticipation we are all experiences as we look forward to seeing our kiddos once again
Thank you for your patience and partnership….working together, we’ve got this!
Northpoint 2019-2020 Yearbooks
- 2019-2020 Kindergarten - Grade 3 Students: Yearbooks will be distributed to the classroom the first week of school
- 2019-2020 Grade 4 Students: Yearbooks will be sent to Westwood for distribution the first week of school
- Extended Flexible Learning Students/Students Who Have Left the District: Yearbooks will be mailed the first week of school
Summer Meal Program: Meals Provided Through September 4
The last day for the school-sponsored summer meals program is August 31. Thanks to the generous support of the Panther Foundation and Spring Lake Park Lions Club, a bag lunch will be available for pick up at the High School at the regular summer distribution time Tuesday, September 1 – Friday, September 4. Next week, we’ll have more information about meal services that begin the week of September 8.
Watch for Bus Route Information August 31
Families who indicated they needed district transportation for this fall will receive bus route information beginning August 31. Routes will be posted in Campus Parent Portal on August 31 and a postcard will be mailed out that same day. For general information and bus routing, contact Spring Lake Park Schools transportation services at 763-600-5590 or visit the Transportation page.
Face masks, self-screening and water bottle information
For many students beginning the year in the Modified Campus Schedule (hybrid) model, wearing a mask throughout the entire school day will be one of the biggest adjustments. All students and staff are expected to wear face masks indoors per the state executive order and these expectations will be reinforced.
One way to help make the transition easier at the start of the school year, is for students to pick out a mask and start practicing wearing it now. Families can also help students understand the importance of wearing a mask.
Here are some helpful face mask resources to help students prepare:
- How to make face masks more comfortable for kids
- Masks, Face Shields and Gloves, Oh My!
- Wearing a Mask - coloring book
For learning at school days, staff and students (with help from family members as needed) must self-screen for symptoms at home daily before coming to school. This is called passive screening. If a person is sick or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, they may not come to school.
- New onset cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever of 100 degrees without fever reducing medication
- Muscle pain or body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste and smell
- Congestion or vomiting
Close contact checklist: Have you had close contact (within 6 ft for 15 minutes or more) with anyone who is positive for COVID-19, OR do you have a household member waiting for COVID-19 test results?
If you answer “YES” to any of the above (symptoms or close contact)’
- Please stay home when sick; DO NOT come to school or work
- Contact your school’s attendance line
- Consider contacting your health care provider
Water Bottles Not Drinking Fountains
Water bottles have been added to school supply lists this year as students will not be allowed to use drinking fountains for health and safety reasons. Please send a water bottle to school each day with your student. Water bottle fill stations will be available, and many classrooms have sinks to fill water bottles.
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