Lighthouse School Newsletter

October 6, 2021

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Lighthouse Families,

I am so proud and thankful to be a part of the Lighthouse Community. Our students are amazing! They never hesitate to help out a friend, and their curiosity is inspiring. Our staff continues to serve our community with dedication making sure that each child has a unique experience built around their interests, passions and strengths. Our families continue to partner with us to provide insight, give feedback and ask questions to help us do our best work.


A Few Reminders:


  • We are teaming up with Westwood Middle school for after school activities for our middle school students. Below are some activities that your child may enjoy. If you are interested in having your child participate in programming, bus transportation to Westwood will be available. Please note that the bus will arrive at about 3:35 p.m. which may be after the start time. If you live in the SLP school boundaries, there is an activity bus that can take your child home after their session. Please reach out if you have any questions.

  • Friday, October 8 is an Extended Learning Day for students. These days are designed for students to do work related to their inquiry project which cannot easily be done in the classroom such as library research, talking with an expert, conducting experiments, or a field trip.
    • Students that are taking courses at Spring Lake High School should sign in and sign out at the Lighthouse office. Students will not be permitted to leave early without a parent signing the student out, emailing permission (ddough@distrtict16.org), or calling the Lighthouse School at 763-600-5200.


Have a great week!


Take Care,

Lisa Cisewski

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Conference Scheduling and Links

Conferences are right around the corner! This year, all facilitators will be hosting conferences in-person or virtually via WebEx. Ms. Barnette, Mr. Endrizzi and Ms. Pouliot will be hosting conferences for their advisories in the evening from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, October 18 and during the day from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19. Dr. Tison Povis has conference times available on October 11, 12, 14, 18, and 20.


To schedule a conference with Dr. Tison Povis, click here.


If your student is in Barnette's, Endrizzi's or Pouliot’s advisory, please email Ms. Dougherty, ddough@district16.org to schedule a 20-minute conference timeslot. For these conferences, we will schedule timeslots on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour. Conference slots are first come, first serve and fill up quickly. When you schedule your conference, please let us know if you would like to meet with your student’s advisor in person or via WebEx (links below).


WebEx links:


Optional COVID-19 tests available at school

Students and staff who choose can now pick up a test (saliva test) in their building's health office on any school day. Follow the directions to complete the test at home, then return the test to the health office the following school day. The health office will submit the test for processing. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health has information on a variety of COVID-19 testing locations. Anyone in the process of being tested for COVID-19 due to potential exposure or symptoms should stay home until all related test results are received. If away from school for testing, communicate with the school's nurse and consult with them before returning to school.

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Last chance to enter the Panther Pride Sweepstakes

Today is the last day to enter the Panther Pride Sweepstakes and have a chance to win $500 for your school and $50 for you! Visit the Sweepstakes page to answer today’s question. Winners will be notified on Thursday and will be invited to the Panther Football Homecoming game this Friday, October 8. Good luck and go Panthers!

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Theater Season is Almost Here!

Award-winning Spring Lake Park Schools theater is back with an entertaining and polished line-up for the 2021-2022 season. Mark your calendar and join us for live theater.


2021-2022 performances:

  • Shakespeare in Hollywood (High School Fall Play) - October 29-30, November 5-6
  • The Alibis (Grades 7-8 Fall Play) - November 11-12
  • The Ice Queen (Grades 5-6 Fall Play) - December 2-3
  • Medusa's Tale (One-Act Play Competition) - January 21-22
  • Guys & Dolls JR (Grades 7-8 Spring Musical) - March 3-5
  • Oklahoma! (High School Spring Musical) - April 22-23, April 29-May 1


All performances take place in the Spring Lake Park High School Fine Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door for a dollar more. Visit the Theater website to read the descriptions of each show. We continue to strongly recommend that all audience members wear masks.

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Grades 7-8: register for high school athletics

Students in grades 7-8 can try out for high school athletics offered as 7-12 programs. Registration for Minnesota State High School League athletics is open for the winter. Visit the registration page to register today. Registration will remain open for the first few weeks of the season. There are many great opportunities for students to get involved.


Here's what is available for grades 7-8:

  1. Adapted Floor Hockey (co-op with Centennial)
  2. Boys Swim & Dive
  3. Dance, co-ed
  4. Girls Basketball
  5. Gymnastics (co-op with St. Anthony)
  6. Nordic Ski, co-ed


To learn more about grades 7-8 play-up guidelines, start dates, physicals and insurance, and reduced athletic fees, please refer to the email that went to families of students in grades 7-12.


There are also many great activities for Westwood students to get involved in. Check out the activities page to learn more.

Register for winter athletics Grades 9-12

Registration for Minnesota State High School League athletics is open for the winter. Visit the registration page to register today. Registration will remain open for the first few weeks of the season. There are many great opportunities for students to get involved.


Here's what is available:


There are also more than 30 student-based interest clubs and activities are currently being offered at SLPHS. Be sure to check out the wide variety of activities offered and get involved today!


To learn more about winter athletics, including start dates, physicals and insurance, and reduced athletic fees, please refer to the email that went to families of students in grades 7-12.

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Extended Learning Day Friday: October 8, 2021

Lifetouch Picture Day-Postponed

Picture day has been postponed by Lifetouch. We will let you know when the new picture date is scheduled.

Showcase 2021: Made in Minnesota

Spring Lake Park High School is excited to announce the upcoming Showcase 2021: Made in Minnesota concert featuring our talented students and guest artists. All are welcome to attend this musical performance!


  • When: October 11, 7 p.m.
  • Where: SLPHS Fine Arts Center
  • Who: The concert will feature Parkaires and the SLPHS bands with local musical artists
  • Health and Safety - We continue to strongly recommend that all audience members wear masks


Learn more about the guest artists:

Joshua Holmgren
Joshua Holmgren is a multi-instrumentalist music performer, writer, arranger, manager, and producer. He is currently performing/musical directing with artist Dessa as well as artist Velvet Negroni.


When not performing, Joshua writes/produces music for TV and commercial use. As of 2019, Joshua has been arranging and producing concerts for high school band, focusing on arranging styles of music that are underrepresented currently in high school music repertoire.


Diane Miller
A native of Fargo, Miller took an interest in local hardcore punk shows at a young age. She went on to earn a music degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and began blogging, documenting her favorite songs and covering her concert-going experiences.


Miller also served as editor-in-chief of Fargo’s alt weekly High Plains Reader and worked as the lead talent buyer for the Aquarium, an indie music venue. In 2018, she moved to the Twin Cities where she continued to perform with her hip-hop band D Mills and the Thrills and served as the talent booker for the Minneapolis venue Icehouse. She was awarded the McKnight Fellowship for Musicians in 2020 and was appointed a board member of the Minnesota Music Coalition in 2021. You can now hear her as the host of The Local Show on 89.3 The Current.

October 18-22: Fall Break

October 28: PTO meeting

The virtual PTO meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Please use this WebEx link to join.

November 12: Extended Learning Day

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The Many Styles of Lighthouse Learning!

Whether it is learning with a group, learning on the floor, learning about art, or learning on your own, our Lighthouse students are showcasing their many learning syles!
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