Park Terrace Elementary
May 26, 2021 Newsletter
Greetings Park Terrace Families!
I hope everyone is having a great start to the week!
As we look forward to summer please note that students can, once again this summer, keep their school-issued iPad at home. Please take good care of it and plan to bring back to school with you in the fall.
If you will not be enrolled in an SLP school next year, please let us know so we can collect your student’s iPad before the end of the school year. Additionally, if your family’s plans change over the summer and your student(s) will not be returning, please reach out to our District Service Center, 763-600-5000, to return any school and technology materials.
Please take a moment to check out the excellent ideas in today’s newsletter to keep learning over the summer. It is so important for students to continue to read and learn to maintain what they’ve learned. Summer can provide an amazing opportunity for students to explore interests, make new and lasting memories, find books at the library about their passions, draw or paint, or apply mathematics to everyday situations.
I’ve seen the impact of summer learning and what a difference it can make. For example, last summer, I saw students at our school with Learning Ventures using a “do-it-yourself” inclinometer and a stomp rocket to see who could launch a rocket the highest. The math they were doing helped them learn angles (even though the trigonometry had to be done by staff member) all within a fun and engaging activity. The possibilities for summer learning are truly endless and I hope you and your students are able to have fun and continue learning all summer long.
You can get a jump start on some summer learning fun over this upcoming long weekend. Please remember there is no school next Monday, May 31 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. I hope each family has the opportunity to enjoy quality time together over the long weekend.
For Extended Flex Learning families: Important dates coming up
Memorial Day is upon us…already! There is no school on Monday, May 31 in recognition of this holiday. Here are a few important updates for this week
- Drive-by parade for grades 1-4 is June 10:The Extended Flexible Learning team has been looking for ways to celebrate the end of the school year with students and families while continuing to follow the state’s Safe Learning Plan for schools. On Thursday, June 10, distance learning teachers for grades 1-4 will be hosting a drive-by parade on the Westwood Campus beginning at 4 p.m. Mark your calendar and plan to drive by! (Kindergarteners will have their event on Monday, June 7 with information coming from your teachers.)
- School resource return is June 7: Teachers will be sharing an inventory list with families to help you identify school resources that need to be returned to school. Plan to return these resources on Monday, June 7 to Northpoint, Centerview and Park Terrace durng one of three times – 7:30-8:30 a.m., 12-1 p.m., 5-6 p.m. Please choose a drop-off site and time that works best for your family.
- iPads can stay home for the summer: Students may keep school-issued iPads at home for the summer if they plan to return to SLP in the fall. If you will not be enrolled next year, please let us know so that the iPad can be returned along with other student resources.
Please continue to read this newsletter in its entirety for updates to end this year, as well as to help you plan for next fall. If you have any questions, please reach out.
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Plans for iPads this summer
This summer, Spring Lake Park Schools' families with students in grades K-11 will be able to keep their school-issued iPad at home and return with it for the 2021-2022 school year.
- Seniors and families who are leaving the Spring Lake Park Schools district after this school year need to turn in their school-issued iPad, case and charger.
- Seniors will return their iPad, case and official Apple charger to the high school on Thursday, June 10 during their rehearsal for graduation.
Students who will not be enrolled for the 2021-2022 school yearcan turn in their iPad, case and charger to their home school office or to the District Services Center at 1415 81st Ave NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432. If family plans change over the summer months, we ask families to call the District Services Center, 763-600-5000.
Need Tech Support? Contact the Technology Department at email@example.com or 763-600-5555.
Summer Learning: Reading and Mathematics
Summer provides opportunities for families to share in learning experiences together.
What might you do to share reading and writing?
- Look for books or articles that build on a family or child's interest or upcoming event.
- Set some time each day or week, find a special location, and read aloud with the whole family.
- Talk with your child about what is being wondered about and learned in the reading.
- Each family member might keep a journal or write letters to others to keep and share experiences.
Where might you find engaging books for all children?
- Visit a public library to check out books or magazines. This is an excellent option for literature or informational text, including electronic books you can download and read on an iPad.
- MackinVIa is Spring Lake Park School's digital library. Students can login to the app on their iPad and check out a variety of electronic books. More info is available in the digital toolkit.
There are many rich reading experiences for students available through our core resources, media centers and other electronic texts. Because of the variety of what is available, some purchased options, like those associated with Learning A-Z that some K-3 families may have accessed in the past, are being discontinued.
What about mathematics?
Our K-5 core resource, Bridges in Mathematics, has shared Math at Home to engage students in deep mathematical thinking that has some reading, writing and speaking also built right in. This resource is free and available to anyone.
Have fun learning together with friends and family this summer!
SLP School Online: K-8 info sessions June 3
We continue to develop our approach for SLP Schools Online for grades K-8 for the 2021-2022 school year. After connecting with several interested families and several K-8 teachers who have taught extensively online, we have a few updates to share with those who may be interested in this option. Even if you have not yet expressed interest, you are welcome to join a brief, virtual information session and learn more about the model and next steps:
- Thursday, June 3, noon-12:30 p.m.:WebEx event link, Password: SLP!
- Thursday, June 3, 6-6:30 p.m.:WebEx event link, Password: SLP!
To be added to the SLP School Online K-8 contact list, you can complete the interest form at SpringLakeParkSchools.org/online.
You may be eligible for up to $50 a month toward your Internet service
The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary benefit program from the Federal Government designed to help low-income households connect to the Internet and stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis. Qualified households can receive a temporary monthly credit of up to $50/month (up to $75/month for customers in Tribal Lands) toward their Internet service and leased Internet equipment until the program's funding runs out.
Qualifying criteria include a household member's qualification for the Lifeline program (such as Medicaid and SNAP), free and reduced-price school lunch program, Pell Grant, or if the household experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020.
If you're a Comcast Internet Essentials customer, you automatically qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit and simply need to enroll in the program. To apply for the benefit, go to: GetEmergencyBroadband.org. If you are a Comcast Internet Essentials customer, you can skip this step and go to: https://www.xfinity.com/learn/internet-service/ebb.
Blood Drive at Spring Lake Park City
Are you looking for a way to help your community? One important way you can help is by donating blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, June 10 at the Spring Lake Park City Hall from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Type O blood donors are especially needed. Sign up now at rcblood.org/appt and use sponsor code: slpmn
Football registration now open with the SLP Youth Football Association
Is your student looking to play football this summer? Registration is now open for the 2021 season with the Spring Lake Park Panthers Youth Football Association! There are multiple football programs for students in grades K-8:
- Flag football, grades K-1
- Tackle football, grades 2-6
- Tackle football, grades 7-8
Registration is offered online on the SLP Football Association website from May 1-July 15, 2020. Please check out this flyer for more details and contact the Football Board at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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