Lighthouse School Newsletter

March 23, 2022

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Hello, Lighthouse Families,

Welcome Back! I hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing spring break. The weather was wonderful! It was so nice to spend extra time outside. Students came in this week with a lot of energy, excited to see their friends and facilitators.

It’s hard to believe we are starting the third trimester of the school year. Students will be meeting with their advisors over the next few weeks to set goals to end the year strong.

New to goal setting this trimester will be science and social studies. Students will work with advisors to choose science and social studies competencies they can work on through their Literacy Club, book challenges, inquiries, Science Fridays, or other opportunities students choose to show evidence of their learning. Students taking high school level science and social studies classes will not have an additional goal in those areas.


Yearbook orders: Interested in ordering a yearbook? Yearbook orders are due on April 14, 2022. Order the Lighthouse School yearbook using this link.

PTO meeting: Our next PTO meeting is tomorrow, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. Please join us in person at the Lighthouse or via this WebEx link.

Grades: Grades for trimester 2 will be available at 4 p.m. on March 25, 2022 through the Campus Parent Portal.

I am excited to see all the progress students will make this spring! Let’s end the year strong!

With Gratitude,

Lisa Cisewski

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MN History Center Field Trip Important Reminders!

Students that signed up for the MN History Center will attend the field trip on Friday, March 25. Please remember to bring a bag lunch and a face covering. We leave Lighthouse at 9:15 a.m. and will return about 2:00 p.m.

Bakken and Pavek Museum

Students in grades 1-6 are invited to attend the Bakken and Pavek Museums on Wednesday, April 27. Permission slips were handed out. Please return the permission slip by Friday, March 25. The permission slip is also available below.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Students in all grades are invited to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Musical at Children’s Theater Company on May 10. It is recommended for grades 3-12. You might want to check the Children’s Theater website and review the content advisory before signing your child up for the trip.

Permission slips will be handed out on Thursday, March 24 and they are due Thursday, March 31. Permission slip can also be found below.

Feed My Starving Children

All Lighthouse students are signed up to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children on Friday, April 8. If you want your child to opt out, please email Laurie Pouliot at so she can remove your child from the list. We also need more adult volunteers for this trip. Please let Laurie know if you can help from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
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Register for spring CE offerings

With tons of programs, variety and options - there are many opportunities for students, families and adults to find their "spark" this spring through CE programming! Check out a few highlights from each program below and find a full list of offerings.

K-4 programs:

  • Grand Masters of Chess - Learn, practice and play chess each class. Chess lessons and puzzles will be taught each week as well as guided games and in-class tournaments.
  • Stem Builders - Game Zone - Create, build, code and play. Make your own games and have fun! Build the games you love to play including a spinning top, race car, beyblade and marble game.
  • Extreme STEM: Copters and Spy Planes - Build a helicopter, eggbeater, paddle boat and spy plane using LEGO bricks. Then use those projects to investigate basic engineering concepts.
  • Stem Builders Into Orbit - Learn about space, space travel and satellites. Students will build a rover, railgun, planetary walker and more.

Adult programs:

  • Pyrography (Wood Burning) - Learn how to use the pyrography tool and various tips to create one or more springtime works of art. Apply color to your wood burning with easy-to-use acrylic liquid pens that will add a nice final touch!
  • Basic Home Repair - Electrical - Learn the basics of home electrical repairs and save the money and hassle of calling an electrician. In this class, you will learn skills such as: proper electrical safety, wire stripping, circuit testing, rewiring lamps and extension cords and installing light fixtures/ceiling fans.
  • Basic Home Repair - Plumbing - In this hands-on course, you will learn how the basic plumbing system works and common problems and repairs that may be required. Topics covered include replacing pop up drain assembly, repairing a leaky toilet and cutting and soldering cooper pipe fittings.
  • A Veteran's Story: K-9 Unit in Vietnam - Join local veteran and retired teacher, Vince Smith, as he recounts his experiences as a dog handler during the Vietnam War. Vince's engaging presentation will take you on a journey from basic training to MP school, to Vietnam and back again.
  • History Talk: Working on the Railroad - Vince Smith will recount his time working on the world-famous White Pass Railroad in the Yukon Territory of Alaska in the 1960s-70s. Experience a different side of this iconic and beautiful tourist destination.

Family Program:

Mini Cake Fondant Decorating - Have fun learning how to color, roll and cut colorful fondant into a wide variety of shapes and sizes. You will apply a base coat of buttercream icing. Next, add decorative fondant pieces to your 5-inch, two-layer cake, to create a springtime edible work of art! All abilities welcome!

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Lighthouse Spirit Wear Closeout Sale!

The PTO has a small selection of short-sleeve t-shirts, long-sleeve t-shirt hoodies and sweatshirts for sale. If you're interested in purchasing for yourself or your child please contact the PTO at for an order form. Limited sizes and quantities available - sales will be first come, first served. Now's your chance to grab some great school spirit wear while it lasts!
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Drum Roll Please!

Lighthouse students relieved some end of the trimester energy with a new activity during phy-ed called Cardio-drumming.
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  • Thursday, March 24 - 5:30 p.m. PTO meeting at Lighthouse or WebEx
  • Friday, March 25- Field Trip to MN History Center
  • March 29 and 31 2nd grade NWEA MAP testing
  • Tuesday, April 5 - ELD, April 8 in person
  • April 5th ACT testing for 11th grade students
  • April 8- Field Trip to Feed My Starving Children (Chaperones needed, see information in "Need to Know" section)
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