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December 18, 2020

Looking Ahead

December 22- Virtual Assembly and Pajama Day

December 23 - January 1 - NO SCHOOL Winter Break

January 13 - Distance Learning Supply Pick up

January 18 - NO SCHOOL

January 27 - Distance Learning Supply Pick up

January 28 & 29 - NO SCHOOL

Playworks Minnesota Youtube Recess Breaks

Playworks Minnesota is excited to be premiering YouTube Live recess.


Videos will premiere on the Playworks YouTube channel every Tuesday and Thursday at 11. Like, subscribe or hit the "set reminder" button so you don't forget.


Families are encouraged to pull it up with their students in distance learning, kids can access the videos on their own or anyone can pull up the videos at any time for a quick movement break. Videos will continue to air on Tuesdays and Thursdays over winter break and into the new year. We hope these bring some extra fun and joy to your week!

Meal Updates

FREE student meals available today

FREE meals will be available for all students for curbside pickup at the schools listed below. Meals will be available today (Friday, Dec. 18) from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Change for the week of December 21
FREE meals will be available for all students for curbside pickup on Tuesday Dec. 22 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. There will be no other opportunities for meal pick-up during winter break (Dec. 23-Jan. 3). Regular meal pick-up will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Meals will be FREE for all students. Families and students will not need to provide a name or PIN number to pick up the meals. Masks are encouraged for those picking up meals, even while in their vehicle. This keeps the nutrition services staff safe as they serve the meals. For more information, visit our website.

Winter Sing-Along and Pajama Day December 21 & December 22

Kindergarten students have been learning a variety of winter songs during Specialist classes. They will have the opportunity to sing all of these songs on either Monday, December 21 or Tuesday, December 22nd as a part of their learning day. Their classroom teacher will be sharing the link for Sing-Along out with families. In preparation, your child will be making a jingle bell instrument during the Seesaw Specialist lesson. Please be sure he/she has the bell available for the Sing-Along.

Health Office Covid Information

From the Health Office:

During this time of distance learning, we are encouraging both staff and students to continue reporting illnesses and positive COVID test results to the Snail Lake Health Office: 651-621-8004. Although the Minnesota Department of Health does call the homes of those who test positive for COVID, they are currently backlogged given the rapid increase in cases recently. When you contact the Health Office, we will assist you with calculating quarantine and isolation dates, and provide information to help you with contact tracing and provide a connection with knowledgeable staff who can help answer questions you may have.


Minnesota has also enhanced testing availability. Here is some additional information about available testing:

At-home COVID-19 saliva testing

Minnesota offers free, at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for people who believe they need to be tested, with or without symptoms. Right now, families can order up to five test kits per household. Families will be asked if they have insurance, but the state will cover the costs for any uninsured or underinsured families. You should not receive a bill using this testing option. Order your at-home test here.

COVID-19 community testing sites

All COVID-19 testing is free at Minnesota Department of Health community testing events. We are always planning more community testing events across the state, working together with communities to make sure everyone can get tested. Tests are free for everyone, and no identification or insurance is required.

Find nasal swab community testing events

Find saliva community testing sites

Attendance and Covid reporting

Attendance in Distance Learning:

While learning at home, attendance will be determined based on student attendance in live meets, communication with your child's teacher through email or phone, and the completion of assigned work in SeeSaw. Please continue to report any COVID-related illnesses to the school attendance line for tracking purposes.


While in distance learning, it is important to notify the health office if you or your family has a positive COVID case or an exposure. Should we transition back to a hybrid model at anytime, it is important for the office to know of anyone in quarantine or isolation during that transition. The direct health office number is 651-621-8004. To reach the attendance line please call 651-621-8001.

PTA NEWS

TURTLE LAKE PTA

PTA Membership

Please consider becoming a member of the PTA. Membership allows you voting rights in meetings where a vote is required for budget reasons or other. All families and caregivers are welcome to attend PTA meetings regardless of membership. Last year we moved to an online system so please click the link below!

Memberhub Commerce Store


PTA Open Positions

We are currently looking for a Vice President! You would be training this year to take over the presidency next year or Co President. Contact Stefanie Wilkinson at turtlelakepta@gmail.com with interest.


ISLAND LAKE PTA

Island Lake Yearbook

yearbook staff is working hard to create a fun and memorable yearbook for students in the face of a challenging school year. While we don't have details on what it will look like, we need all the photos we can get to create grade-level collages. Whether your student is attending school in-person, or distance learning, we want to include all students and showcase the Island Lake community! Submit directly to the Jostens website, or via email by clicking the links below.

If you have not yet submitted a school picture for your child's grade level (or did not have it taken by Lifetouch), please send a picture via online or email listed below:


Here is how you can submit photos online:
• Go to: https://images.schoolannualonline.com/upload.jsp


• User ID: 415603941

• Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
• Enter required information as well as Grade/Teacher so we can place the photos in the correct location.
• Click "Upload Chosen Images".

It's that easy! Submit your photos today! The last day to submit photos is 4/1/2021.

You may also directly send pictures to islandlakeyearbook@gmail.com.



Thank you for supporting PTA and Snail Lake students and staff!

A heartfelt thank you goes out to Snail Lake families for making purchases at the Scholastic online book fair, visiting Dairy Queen for the Island Lake PTA fundraiser, and bringing in snacks and treats for staff on Thoughtful Thursdays. Your support gets more books into kids' hands, provides funds for classroom enrichment opportunities for teachers and students, and communicates during this especially difficult school year that we're all part of a larger partnership to help students' school experiences be positive ones. Thank you!



Looking Ahead


  • January 11: General IL PTA meeting on Zoom
  • January 14: Thoughtful Thursday

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