Woodcrest Spanish Immersion

May 5, 2021 Newsletter

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Del Escritorio del Sr. Franke

May has arrived…


Greetings Woodcrest families,


May has welcomed us with sunshine, warmer weather and smiles across the school! It has been nice listening to your children share their stories from this last weekend and how they enjoyed the beautiful weather. A student in 2nd grade told me she was “excited to come to school and have recess in the hot weather!” She then put on a light pair of gloves and went outside. We may need to wait a bit for her hot weather.


Next week, we will be administering the MCAs to our 3rd and 4th grade students. We look forward to a smooth and simple test administration for all who are taking the exams. If you have specific questions about the MCAs please reach out to your homeroom teacher or the front office.


As many of you know, it is school staff appreciation week. It is a time we pause to recognize the accomplishments of each staff member and celebrate the good work they do for our community each day. If you want to participate and honor staff, please know that they always appreciate a note or a simple email. I am most grateful this year for the ways our staff have adapted and stayed focused on learning and relationships. This has not been an easy year for staff, students, or families and to see the deepening of relationships has been an inspiration.


In these final weeks of the school year, we continue our focus on health and safety. Thank you for the ongoing partnership between home and school to keep our schools open for learning.


Thank you,

John Franke

#SLPPantherProud during this Staff Appreciation Week

It's staff appreciation week at Spring Lake Park Schools and across the country. We couldn't be more proud of our school staff and the work they do each day to value, inspire and create a sense of belonging for our students. In a year of learning through a pandemic, they've adapted, collaborated, communicated and built relationships as never before. Read more about the accomplishments of this year and watch this 1-minute tribute to our Panther team:

#SLPPantherProud during this Staff Appreciation Week
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Testing for students in grades 3 and 4

During the month of May, students at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion will be taking the MCA Reading, MCA Math and AAPPL tests. Below are the test dates for students in grades 3 and 4 that are part of the in-person learning model and the EFL learning model. As a reminder, only students in grades 3 and 4 take the MCA tests:


May 11 (Tuesday) from 9:30-11a.m. - MCA Reading part one

May 13 (Thursday) from 9:30-11 a.m. - MCA Reading part two


May 18 (Tuesday) from 9:30-11a.m. - MCA Math part one

May 20 (Thursday) from 9:30-11 a.m. - MCA Math part two


For students in in grade 4 ONLY:

May 25 (Tuesday) from 9:30-11 a.m. - AAPPL part one

May 27 (Thursday) from 9:30-11 a.m. - AAPPL part two


For students in the EFL Learning Model that opted to take the MCA tests and AAPPL tests(students in grade 4), here are the dates:


May 12 (Wednesday) from 9:30 a.m.-until completed - MCA Reading

May 19 (Wednesday) from 9:30 a.m.-until completed - MCA Math

May 26 (Wednesday) from 9:30 a.m.-until completed - AAPPL testing


Parents- please make sure that on testing dates, students bring the following items:


  • iPad
  • iPad cable and charging brick
  • Water bottle
  • Headset/headphones/earbuds
  • A book to read once they are done with testing



If you have any questions or want your student to opt in/out of testing, please connect with Yesica via email or by phone at 763 600 5802.

EFL Material Drop-Off Dates

Students in the EFL Learning Model will be returning school materials in the Woodcrest Office during school hours on the following days based on grade levels.



  • Grade 3 and 4 -June 2
  • Grade 1 and 2 - June 3
  • Kindergarten - June 4



Please plan to return library materials, curriculum books and any other school materials. These are the materials that will be collected from families:


  • Math Manipulatives
  • With and Wisdom Reading Books
  • Learning Lab Books
  • Curriculum Books- Arriba/Fundations



Materials such as Bridges workbooks, handwriting books, anything that was written on, do NOT need to be returned- as they are considered consumables. If you have any questions, please connect with Yesica via email or by phone at 763-600-5802.


*For families with students in multiple grade levels, materials can be dropped off on any of the dates mentioned above.

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Día del Niño

Last week, students in Maestra Elisa's Pre-K class celebrated Día del Niño by breaking a piñata.

Here is a little information about the celebration:


Besides Mother's and Father's Day, children have a very special day too -- Día del Niño. Día del Niño, or children's day, is an annual celebration held on April 30 throughout Mexico.


It is a day when children should feel special. Usually, Mexico and other Latin countries will host festivals, music shows, magicians, special events with clowns, etc., and make this a very special day of celebration for the children. It is a festivity that is quite unique, full of laughter and play, and it is also when adults are reminded of the importance of childhood and children teach us (adults) how joyful and simple life can be.


Día del Niño is celebrated in Mexico, and in other Latin countries, but on a different date, such as: Colombia (April 24), Chile (August 8), Argentina (August 15), Bolivia (April 12), Ecuador (June 1), just to name a few.

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A huge thank you!

A shout out to everyone who ate at Culver's a couple weeks ago. We raised almost $250 for the PTO! Thanks for participating in the Dine-to-Donate event.

Staff Appreciation Week

Thank you to all who donated money towards Staff Appreciation Week. We will continue collecting throughout this week. You can drop off in the office or use Paypal. We appreciated all the families who participated in Special Message Monday and let staff know how great they are! Of course any day is a great day for a special message, so if you haven't sent one yet you still have time! On Tuesday, the PTO reminded the staff how cool they are with ice cream treats. Today we are thanking them for sticking with us through a sweet & salty year with snacks and drinks! We have two more surprises ready for Thursday and Friday. We hope everyone will show the pride we have in our staff by wearing school colors on Friday!

PTO Meeting and Elections

Our next PTO meeting is Monday, May 10 via zoom at 6 p.m. We will be voting for the 2021-2022 WCSI PTO Board positions including President, Co-Vice Presidents, Secretary Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator, and Social Media Coordinator. The full agenda for the meeting can be found on Konstella.


Zoom Link


Meeting ID: 767 9988 6422
Passcode: PTO2021

FREE Digital Games Available

Free Digital Family Game Night for all via Breakout EDU! New puzzles have been released for the month of May. Complete one to be entered into the monthly prize drawing. Sign up online using code OQXAW6

Scholastic Book Club

Woodcrest PTO is offering Scholastic Book Club. Please visit Scholastic online and enter class code NJ89V. All purchases will help earn FREE books which will be used to support children's literacy at Woodcrest.


Questions about Scholastic Book Club can be emailed to PTO.

PTO Contact Info

If you have ideas or questions at any time, contact us via email.

Book Drive

We are still accepting new and gently used books to give away to students for summer reading. Please drop off at school or email Woodcrest PTO for pick-up information.

Mileage Club

Woodcrest PTO is proud to sponsor our annual mileage club again this year. The ¼ mile lap at school has been painted on the grass, and classes may use it at any time. If you are joining the fun from home, you may use the track when school is not in session, or find your own “track” in your neighborhood. (Use this link to click on a route and measure how far you went.) .


Students and Teachers can submit miles from school, but everyone can also submit miles from home by emailing WCSI PTO. Students can earn up to five toe tokens this year in five mile increments. New this year, participating students will receive a clip that displays toe tokens on their backpacks.

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  • May 10- PTO Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • MCA Reading Tests for students in grades 3 and 4: May 11 and 13 for In-Person students.
  • MCA Reading Tests for students in grades 3 and 4: May 12 for EFL students.
  • MCA Math Tests for students in grades 3 and 4: May 18 and 20 for In-Person students.
  • MCA Math Tests for students in grades 3 and 4: May 19 for EFL students.
  • AAPPL Testing for students in grade 4: May 25 and May 27 for In-Person students.
  • AAPPL Testing for students in grade 4: May 26 for EFL students.
  • May 21- Due Date for Parent Input Forms. Connect with Yesica if you would like a form.
  • May 21- Last Day for students to check out books from the Learning Lab
  • May 26- Last Day for students to return Learning books
  • May 31- No school for students
  • June 2- EFL Students Material Drop-Off for Grades 3 and 4
  • June 3- EFL Students Material Drop-Off for Grades 1 and 2
  • June 4- EFL Students Material Drop-Off for Kinder
  • June 10- Last school day for students
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Bike Helmet Fitting & Sale

The Spring Lake Park, Blaine and Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department is hosting a Bike Helmet Fitting & Sale on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m.-noon at the SBM Fire Station.


Bike helmets will be sold for $10 each. Various colors and sizes are available for the whole family. Bring your helmets from home to have them adjusted for free. Check out the flyer to learn more.

Register for Summer 2021 Camps and Clinics

Spring Lake Park Schools Community Education partners with our coaching and teaching staff to offer athletic and activity camps and clinics during the summer. A variety of engaging camps and clinics are offered for all ages and skill levels. Learn more about our Camp and Clinic opportunities.

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Club Spotlight of the Week:

Youth Track Club

For students entering grades 1-9 for the 2021-2022 school year. Come to as many practices as you can – work on your speed and conditioning for other sports as well! Event training includes sprints, jumps, throws, hurdles and relays. Program Features:


  • Break into age groups to allow for more age-appropriate instruction and coaching.
  • 2-3 in-house track meets on normal practice nights.
  • Info will be given about optional youth meets through USA Track and Field MN in either Woodbury or St. Louis Park during the summer

Taught by Panther Varsity Track Coach Jason Liston. Sign up for Youth Track Club.

Youth Girls Basketball Camp

For students entering grades 1-4 for the 2021-2022 school year. This fun and energetic camp will focus on skills and fundamentals for all levels. Each day, we will work on shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, pivoting, footwork, individual moves and team offense and defense. Taught by SLPHS Varsity Coach Randy Eatherton. Sign up for Youth Girls Basketball Camp.

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In case you missed important information from last week's newsletter, check out the topics below and click to learn more.



Special SLPHS staff shout out:

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