Shannon Park News

April 2023

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Check out the Shannon Park Website for the Extended Calendar and other resources such as the Parent Portal, Lunch Accounts, Staff Information, Assessment Dates and much more!
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Acts of Character: Respect

The Shannon Park Acts of Character Program revolves around teaching, promoting and recognizing positive character traits in students. During the month of April, we will be focusing on the character trait of Respect.

Author Visits 5th Grade

5th grade students enjoyed their week long visit from author and publisher, Lara Zielin. Ms. Zielin worked closely with 5th graders on writing, and specifically the life skill of journalling and creative writing with a focus on character development.Thank you, Site Council, for sponsoring this opportunity!

Kindness Retreat

Shannon Park 5th Graders had the opportunity to participate in Youth Frontier Kindness Retreat, a high energy retreat to empower kids to be “everyday heroes” by using kindness to include others, to be respectful and to make their school a better place. We are grateful for the opportunity for our students and for the RHS students that volunteered their time to serve as small group leaders.

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Show Your School Spirit: Tacky Tourist Day on April 28

The Kindness Council invites all students and staff to participate in "Tacky Tourist Day" on Friday, April 28. Be creative as you dress like a tourist! (Ideas: sunhats, sunglasses, fanny packs, Hawaiian or safari shirts, maps, sandals, pretend passports, leis, binoculars, etc.)

Lost & Found

The Lost & Found table is overflowing with clothing from our students! It has been neatly organized for easing viewing. Please stop by to check it out for any missing items! (Boots, sweatshirts, snow gear, and more!) All items will be packed up and donated at the end of the day on Friday, April 14.

Athletic Equipment Donations

The Shannon Park Kindness Council has partnered with “Surplus for a Purpose,” a volunteer effort to collect and provide gently used athletic equipment to the Rosemount Area Athletic Association. Shannon Park will be collecting equipment in the main foyer from April 3rd – 7th. Families should plan to deliver these items to the Shannon Park main foyer in person (items should not be sent on the bus with students). Please see the flyer in your child’s Friday Folder for more information.

MCA Testing begins Next Week!

Shannon Park students in grades 3-5 will take the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment between April 10 - May 3. While illness cannot be helped, we are asking families not to schedule any appointments or vacations during this testing time. Make-ups are very limited.

  • Grade 3 Reading: April 13-14
  • Grade 3 Math: April 26-27

  • Grade 4 Reading: April 10-11
  • Grade 4 Math: April 24-25

  • Grade 5 Reading: April 10-11
  • Grade 5 Science: April 18-19
  • Grade 5 Math: May 2-3
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Shannon Park Picnic: Let's Glow Crazy

The SPSC is looking forward to welcoming all students and their families to the Annual Spring Picnic at Shannon Park on May 16th at 5:00 - 7:30p.m. with the theme, "Let's Glow Crazy!"

The seasonal event will include longtime favorites like the Junk Food Walk and activities with Shannon Park teachers & staff as well as newer additions like food trucks with a variety of dining options available and the Kindness Council Beverage tent.

The Site Council has been working hard on preparing the Silent Auction and are excited to showcase the items available for bidding. In years past, items like Yeti Coolers, front row seats to music shows, and overnight hotel stays have been some of the most sought after items. The ever popular raffle will also return with your chance to enter to win a gaming system, arts and crafts, and outdoor fun equipment.

Volunteers are still needed for this event. If you would like to help, please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator at:

Silent Auction Donations and Business Sponsorships Needed

Site Council is continuing on with the tradition of classroom baskets as part of our Silent Auction. The Silent Auction is one of our largest fundraisers of the year and relies on support from our families to be successful. This year we will be holding the entire Silent Auction online beginning Friday, May 10th – Thursday, May 16th. Our classroom baskets will be available to bid on online along with all our other donations! View your child's classroom basket theme here.

Silent Auction Information

The Site Council will be collecting business donations, gift cards, tickets, experiences & more for our annual Silent Auction. This year's auction will be held online and we need your help making it a success! Please take a second to consider if you, a grandparent, neighbor or even employer could donate the following:

  • Tickets (concert, theater or sporting event)

  • Experiences (hotel stays, timeshares, ski passes, park passes etc.)

  • Items (handmade goods, electronics etc.)

  • Gift Cards

Email by April 28th to arrange pick up or drop off your donation in the office at Shannon Park labeled ATTN: Silent Auction.

Site Council Minutes: February 2023

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Kids Heart Challenge Update from Mrs. Lervick

There were four classes with three or more students that completed Finn’s Lifesaving Mission:

Mrs. Kerndt, Mr. Snyder, Mr. Evenocheck and Mrs. Grothe

There are five students who raised over $500:

  • Caleb from Mr. Evenocheck’s class
  • Dean from Mrs. Kerndt’s class
  • Dawson from Mrs. Feldhaus/Mrs. Schwab’s class
  • Alex from Mrs. Peterson’s class
The highest fundraiser this year:

Asutosh from Mrs. Kerndt’s class. Asutosh raised over $1000.oo!!

The top three fundraising HOMEROOMS:

Mrs. Feldhaus/Mrs. Schwab: $1310.93

Mr. Evenocheck: $1823.93

And……..the highest fundraising classroom was Mrs. Kerndt’s class with $2,992.07!!

The highest fundraising GRADE LEVEL was THIRD GRADE!

AMAZON GIFT CARDS for completing Finn’s Mission and students registering online:

3 Teachers will receive 2-$25 gift cards

Shannon Park will receive $850 in gift certificates to purchase equipment for Physical Education!

And finally………..the GRAND TOTAL for Shannon Park was……$11, 385.85

District 196 Bond Information

District 196 is having a bond referendum election on Tuesday, May 9th, 2023. The two-question referendum includes proposed improvements to address current and long-term facilities and equipment needs in the areas of safety and security, space for growth, and providing students a consistent experience across the district. Please view the linked informational video here: Bond Referendum Overview Video

Site Council Fundraiser: Las Tortillas

Save the Date! On Wednesday, June 7, Las Tortillas is partnering with Shannon Park Site Council for a fundraiser between 3:00-9:00p.m. Make your dinner plans easy and stop by Las Tortillas!

Setting Up a Dreambox Parent Account

The Family Insight Dashboard allows you to track student progress in DreamBox and receive email tips on what your child is working on as well as what you can do to support their learning at home. Dreambox is an adaptive program that adjusts the difficulty based on the data it receives as the student completes tasks. Due to this, it is important to remember not to help your student complete the tasks or it may get too hard too quickly.

Login to your student’s school account on a PC/laptop or Chromebook. This feature is not available from your student’s iPad.

Use the URL:

Or, go to

Click on “Menu” - “Families” - “Student Resources” - “Dreambox”

Your student will then need to log in to their account. In most cases, this is the same as their Collab account. If they don’t recall their login information and are in kindergarten or first grade, click on “No classroom code? Click here.” and select your student’s classroom. They can find their name and picture password.

Once logged in, click on the “Set up parent access” link.

You will then be prompted to enter your personal email and create a password for your family account. You can add multiple students. You then will be able to log in from your own device and access information as your student completes Dreambox milestones, read suggested related activities you could do at home and view their standards dashboard to monitor their academic progress. You can also view the activities that your student has recently completed to try it out yourself without impacting your student’s account.

For a video of these steps

Preschool at Shannon Park

Do you know a child who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2023? Connections Preschool will be available for the 2023-2024 school year at Shannon Park. Applications for Connections Preschool for the 2023-2024 school year will be available sometime in February. You can sign up to be notified when the application window opens. Connections Preschool gives children an opportunity to interact with other children in fun, engaging activities while learning important skills. The curriculum supports young children in developing skills in the following areas: creativity and the arts, language and literacy, mathematical and scientific thinking, physical and motor, and social and emotional. Children in Connections Preschool assume increasing personal responsibility and independence as they grow and develop. For information, click the link below or contact Connections Preschool teacher, Kathy Adams, at . The link for further information is:

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April 7: Site Council Meeting @ 8:00a.m.

April 21: NO SCHOOL - Data Day

April 27: Band Concert @ 6:30p.m.

April 28: Kindness Council Meeting @ 8:15a.m.

April 28: School Spirit Day - "Tacky Tourist Day"

May 1: Site Council Meeting @ 8:00a.m.

May 11: Music Program Grade 3 @ 6:00p.m.

May 11: Music Program Grade 4 @ 7:30p.m.

May 12: Music Program - Kindergarten

May 16: Shannon Park Picnic 5:00-7:30p.m.

May 19: Kindness Council Meeting @8:15a.m.

May 29: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

June 2: 5th Grade Graduation March

June 5: Site Council Meeting @ 8:00a.m.

June 7: Last Day of School - Report Cards Posted

June 7: SP Site Council Fundraiser @ Las Tortillas 3:00-9:00p.m.

Report Absences or Changes of Schedule

Please remember to report all absences and changes of schedules by calling 651-423-7670 during school hours or by submitting a form here.

District196 Board Officers & Directors

  • Cory Johnson, Chairperson
  • Sachin Isaacs, Vice Chairperson
  • Sakawdin Mohamed, Clerk
  • Jackie Magnuson, Treasurer
  • Joel Albright, Director
  • Art Coulson, Director
  • Bianca Virnig, Director

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