Lighthouse School Newsletter

August 25, 2021

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Back To School Message

Dear Lighthouse families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! The summer has flown by, and we know our Lighthouse community is eager for updates on our Lighthouse staff and the start of this new school year.

We are thrilled to have two new Lighthouse staff members joining our team:

  • Lisa Cisewski is joining us as Lighthouse School & Gifted/Talented Lead for Spring Lake Park Schools. Lisa is starting her 20th year in education and has a Master’s degree in Gifted Education. As a former SLP teacher, she is returning to us after serving as the Gifted Coordinator in the Centennial School District for the past four years. When I spoke with Lisa she wanted Lighthouse families to know she is most “excited to collaborate with other educators to ensure each student develops their strengths and passions.” You’ll be hearing from Lisa soon.

  • Kaleen Tison-Povis is joining us as a new facilitator. In some ways, moving to Lighthouse feels like coming home for Kaleen! She has been a teacher within Spring Lake Park Schools since 2018. Prior to joining SLP, Kaleen taught at a school for gifted students in Texas, and designed educational exhibits, curriculum and programs in children’s museums and science centers. Kaleen earned her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and comes to Lighthouse School with extensive experience in project-based and inquiry-based learning. She told me she’s “eager to get to know you all and to learn together this year!”

Visit the Back-to-School hub at and refer to the “Back to School email sent August 11 for your back-to-school checklist.

As we begin a new year, here is a reminder of hours and contact information:

  • Hours: Main office - 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and School hours - 8:10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Contacts: Main line - 763-600-5200, Lighthouse attendance line - 763–600-5209, High School attendance line - 763-600-5109

We look forward to welcoming students to school. If you have questions, comments or concerns, they are always welcome. Please reach out. We look forward to partnering with you throughout the year as we all support our children’s learning.

Tony Mayer

Director of Student Services

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Meet and Greet

Lighthouse students will work with one of four assigned facilitators this year. You’ll have a chance to meet them before school begins at either in-person or virtually during the following times:

Health and Safety Updates

Last evening, the school board took action to update the health and safety plan for the school year. Due to high virus transmission in Anoka County, will be starting the school year with face masks required for grades K-6 – except while eating or outdoors. Because Lighthouse is a mix of grade levels, we will require face masks for all students as we begin the year.

Refer to the message sent earlier today explaining the plan and process for masking decisions. Our model will allow us the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions in Anoka County with clearly defined points at which masking may change. Please note that by federal requirement, all students on buses will need to wear masks.

Back to School Hub

The Back-to-School Hub contains information and resources for families as we prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. Within the hub, you’ll find:

  • First day of school signs
  • School supply lists
  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal and Education Benefits application
  • Health Services – immunization forms, nut aware classroom guidelines and more
  • Staff directory information
  • Technology support and resources
  • And more!

First Day of School Signs

We love to see students on the first day of school, so we created first day of school photo signs for each grade that families can print or pull up on their iPad and use in their first day of school photos. Don't forget to tag us and use #SLPPantherProud when you post your photos!

Find the signs on the Back-to-School hub.

Enroll for voluntary supplemental student accident insurance

Accidents aren’t supposed to happen, but they do. School recess, one-day field trips and general day-to-day activities can all lead to injuries. Having coverage during school hours, or around the clock can ensure students get the care they need without financial hardship to their families. This program is completely voluntary and any enrolled student is eligible for coverage. Parents or guardians of students are responsible for enrollment and premium payment.

Learn more and explore a variety of Supplemental Student Accident Insurance options.

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