Park Terrace Elementary
March 24, 2021 Newsletter
Greetings Park Terrace Families!
I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Spring Break! This is an exciting week as we begin the 3rd and final trimester of the year. Many Park Terrace students switched back from Extended Flexible Learning (online) to in person this week and I was so happy to see them inside our school again. For many, this was the first time in a year that they had been here.
In order to ensure the safe return to school for students and staff please be sure to review the CDC guidelines for health screening and travel detailed in the newsletter below.
Trimester 2 report cards are being finalized now and they will be available to view on Campus Portal this Friday. We will be mailing out report cards to online students and sending home physical copies to in person students on Friday of this week.
There’s a lot going on in our country and world. Shootings in Boulder and Atlanta, the preparation for the trial of Derek Chauvin that will begin next week and other news headlines that are bringing forward many emotions and responses in our community.
Yesterday, Superintendent Ronneberg shared a message with all Spring Lake Park School families. He emphasized the work we do each day to create a safe, welcoming learning environment for each of our students. Our staff at Park Terrace is here to support our kids as current events impact our lives. As families, you may also be interested in a list of resources we’ve compiled to provide help at home. Please always let us know if you need additional support.
In spite of all that is going on in the world, I am truly excited about the opportunities we have to make a positive difference in the lives of the students at Park Terrace. Together we can start this new trimester and finish the school year strong!
Updates for Extended Flex Learning families
Welcome back! I hope your family had an enjoyable Spring Break. We are entering the final trimester of the school year. There have been some changes to our Extended Flexible Learning class rosters as students and staff made shifts to different learning models. This week, our distance learning teachers are welcoming their students, those who were with them before break and those who are new to the class.
Report cards will be shared very soon. Please read further in this newsletter for the details on how you will receive your child’s trimester 2 report card.
The first day of spring means warm sunny days are near. I’m guessing your family is as anxious to enjoy this weather as I am. The distance learning staff will be reminding students of the importance of participation during this time. Students have worked hard over the year to build stamina and rigor while engaging in distance learning this year. While it is important to get fresh air and exercise, we encourage students to continue to meet the online learning commitment established by their teacher. Your support in this commitment to learning is appreciated!
If you have any questions or concerns as we move into the new trimester, please feel free to reach out to me.
Principal on Assignment
K-4 Extended Flexible Learning
Resources for families: Responding to current events
Our news headlines have been dominated by the upcoming trial trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, charged in the death of George Floyd last summer as well as recent mass shootings including events in Atlanta that have highlighted the issue of ongoing racism, violence and harassment toward Asian Americans.
At home, you may be looking for resources to help your children process current events. There are many available and here are just a few you may find helpful:
- Resources to Help Educators, Adults Respond to Racism, Violence and Trauma(MDE)
- Talking to Children about Tragedies & Other News Events(AAP)
- Anti-Racism for Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide for Fighting Hate(Parents)
- Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism(PBS)
- Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Parents and Educators(NCTSN)
For additional support in the coming days, please reach out to our school office with specific requests. We are here to help.
Where to find the latest COVID-19 information
We continue to update our "hub" of information for this unusual school year. Find the latest information about the learning models, health and safety measures (including procedures for quarantine), the weekly dashboard and archive of parent communication related to COVID-19 at SpringLakeParkSchools.org/Plan2020. Not finding what you need? Submit a question on the website and you should get a response within 24 hours.
CDC's 'After You Travel' recommendations
Pandemic food benefits mailed by March 31
Families with students who qualify for free and reduced price meals will receive additional food benefits in the mail. Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children in grades K-12 who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. One benefit card per child (like a credit card) will be mailed to homes by March 31. The card will contain funds families can use to purchase food. Keep your card(s) safe. Cards will be loaded with additional benefits in later months. See more information about the P-EBT program.
It's not too late to complete a Free and Reduced Price Meals application. For more information, contact Jane Sweney, Nutrition Services Program Assistant at 763-600-5041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trimester 2 Elementary Report Cards (Grades K-5) Reporting on student learning
Report cards are just one of many ways that we report on student learning throughout the year. Report card grades reflect student learning, and teachers look at evidence of learning, over time, to determine where students are at in their learning at the time of report cards.
All grades received reflect student learning that occurred during Trimester 2. Grades for K-5 include:
- MS: Minimal progress toward standard
- AS: Approaching the standard
- S: Met the standard
- ES: Exceeds the standard
- You may see two other marks on the report card:
- An NA indicates that students did not have opportunities to learn this outcome throughout Trimester 2. Any learning outcomes marked as NA for Trimester 2 will be addressed throughout the rest of the year.
- An NE (No Evidence) grade indicates that students had opportunities to learn this outcome during Trimester 2, but did not submit any evidence of their learning. As a result, there is no evidence to determine where they are at toward meeting the learning outcome. Any learning outcomes marked as NE for Trimester 2 will be addressed throughout the rest of the year.
Trimester 2 report cards will be available beginning March 26 and can be accessed through Campus Parent Portal. Additionally, report cards will be mailed out on Friday March 26. Watch a video tutorial on how to access your student’s report card through Campus Parent Portal.
Daily Health Self-Screen for Symptoms Reminder
COVID-19 Testing for Students and Families
Spring Picture Day
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Checking out new books
Parachute day in gym class
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