Park Terrace Elementary
March 31, 2021 Newsletter
Greetings Park Terrace Families!
Spring is in the air and there is a joy amongst the students and staff here as well! Students are doing spring science projects like growing sunflower plants and music class is once again heading outside for lessons in the sun! Please remember this is a short week and there is no school on Friday, April 2.
I have some exciting news to share regarding our Spring Lake Park Schools Online program! As a result of the innovation, growth and learning we have done to prepare students for success in an online learning format we will be expanding our full-time school for online learning for the 2021-2022 school year.
While we’ve offered a full-time online high school experience for many years, we will now be expanding it to all grade levels, K-12. There are several unique components to the SLP Schools Online experience and different approaches to each grade level. If you are interested, please see the more detailed description in today’s newsletter and complete the interest form if you want to learn more. I am glad that our students who choose it will have the opportunity to have a personalized learning experience in an online setting!
Each spring, students across Minnesota take the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) or the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS). Park Terrace students in grades 3 and 4 take these tests. The tests measure how well schools are doing in advancing state standards for reading, math and science. This year, we are required to administer the tests in person, and we will do so in April and May. Families with students in the identified grades received a message earlier today with more information about the tests and the process to opt-out if you choose.
I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather ahead! Continue to stay safe, work hard and enjoy the final months of our school year!
Updates for Extended Flex Learning families
This is a short week with no school on Friday, April 2 and some awesome spring weather in the forecast. Distance learning students and teachers are settling into the routine and roster shifts that occurred last week. The conditions are being created for a successful third trimester. Thank you in advance for helping your child stay committed to both their synchronous (live) and asynchronous (independent) learning experiences over the next several weeks.
Please take a few minutes to read the entire newsletter this week. As a distance learning family, you may be particularly interested in the expansion of SLP Schools Online to all grade levels for the 2021-2022 school year. If you want to learn more, please complete the interest form.
If you have any questions or concerns as we move through this final trimester, please feel free to reach out to me.
Principal on Assignment
K-4 Extended Flexible Learning
Interested in learning more? SLP Schools Online expands to K-12
Spring Lake Park Schools is expanding its 13-year-old online school from grades 9-12 to all grade levels for the 2021-2022 school year. A year of learning through the pandemic has created an interest in the next phase of our Spring Lake Park Schools approach to online learning.
Students who choose SLP Schools Online will cover the same concepts as their in-school peers but tailored to an online environment. The focus is on helping students develop both academic and life competencies aligned to state standards. Learning advocates (SLP teachers) are connected to each learner to help guide and support the learning.
Read more about SLP Schools Online K-8 and 9-12 learning models. Interested or have questions? Please complete this brief interest form. We’ll be hosting information sessions in the coming weeks for families who express interest in SLP Schools Online as an enrollment option for 2021-2022. Student and family interest will guide next steps.
Second free meal pick-up location now available for families
Centerview Elementary School has been added as a second location for families who participate in the free meal pick-up program. Spring Lake Park High School continues to be a pick-up location. As a remnder, free meals are available to all children in our community ages 1-18.
At Spring Lake Park High School, free meals are available 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.
At Centerview Elementary School, free meals are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the front entrance of the school. On Tuesdays, families will receive two-days’ worth of meals. On Thursdays, families will receive three-days’ worth of meals.
When you arrive at these locations, please stay in your vehicle as the meals will be delivered directly to you.
Questions? Contact Jane Sweney, SLP Nutrition Services Program Assistant at jswene@District16.org or 763-600-5041.
Student masks while at school
3rd Grade Country Music
In case you missed important information from last week's newsletter, check out the topics below and click to learn more.
Resources for families: Responding to current events
- 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)
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