Lighthouse School Newsletter

September 30, 2020

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Mr. B's Corner

Lighthouse Community,

We are now in our third full week of the school year. Students have negotiated their work goals, developed daily routines, and have figured out how to connect to all of the learning platforms. Parents have helped students understand the new safety protocols, helped students develop their goals and schedule, and continue to communicate with the school regularly. Thanks much for your partnership as we transition to this new learning paradigm; many schools in one. Each of our Lighthouse facilitators is working with our A-Day Modified Schedule Learners, our B-Day Modified Schedule Learners, and our Extended Flexible Schedule Learners. I have been extremely impressed with the work our facilitators continue to accomplish each day. The depth of their conversations with our students is remarkable! They are looking forward to having a conversation with each Lighthouse family during our annual fall conferences.

  • Conferences and fall break: We’re already coming up on conference time and our fall break. Fall break for students is Monday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 16. There is no school that week. During this time each year, Lighthouse Facilitators engage in professional learning, learning design, and communicating with families. We will be hosting our conferences this year through WebEx.
    • To schedule a 20 minute conference time-slot, please email Ms. Dougherty, We will schedule time-slots 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.
      • Night time conferences (4 p.m.-7 p.m.) on 10/13/20
      • Day time conferences (8 a.m.-3 p.m.) on 10/14/20
    • WebEx Links will be shared as conferences approach

As always, thanks for entrusting your child(ren) to Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners,


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Help keep classrooms safe: Avoid peanut/nut products in snacks and lunches

Many students in our schools have severe allergies to tree nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, and/or products which contain nuts. Strict avoidance is the best way to prevent a severe allergic reaction. Accidental ingestion or even touching a tiny trace of a nut may cause a potentially fatal reaction for some students.

In an effort to ensure all students are safe throughout the school day, we are asking families to partner with us specifically with the snacks and lunches that come from home. Please do not send any snacks or lunch items with your student that contain nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, or other nut products. Please also be mindful of products that may be produced in a plant that contains peanuts/nuts.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, popcorn, rice cakes, most crackers and fruit snacks are all safe options to bring to school. More options can be found on the Snack Safely website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the nurse at your child’s school.

Do you have school library books to return?

We continue to have a lot of missing books from last spring. Do you have books lurking in corners or closets? If your student still has a library book checked out from last school year, please return them as soon as possible. Overdue notices that include the price of the book will be sent out next week for missing books. If you are unable to find the book, please send the listed amount to your student's school.

Apply Now: the Free or Reduced-Price Meal Benefits Deadline is Approaching

Many families are pleasantly surprised to learn they qualify for Free or Reduced-Price Meal benefits. If your family received Free or Reduced-Priced Meal benefits for the 2019-2020 school year, the deadline to apply again is October 28, 2020. A new application must be completed each school year. Families who have not applied for these benefits before should apply right away.

Even though breakfast and lunch are free right now, federal funding will likely run out sometime during the 2020-2021 school year, meaning it is important families still fill out the Free or Reduced Meals application if applicable so your student(s) will receive free or reduced meals when the funds are exhausted. Learn more about free School Meals This Fall.

Questions? Contact the Nutrition Services Department at 763-600-5041.

Physical Education and Health Class Update

Hello Lighthouse families!

We have been lucky to have some great weather this week, so I hope everyone is taking the opportunity to get outside and take advantage of it while we can!

Pleaser remember the goal for PE this trimester is for students to engage in any type of physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day for at least 3 days each week. The activities should then be reported through the Google Form so that I have a record. We will NOT be having synchronous classes, so please help your child(ren) add some time slots into their schedule for physical activity each week. I will continue to send out email reminders, but thank you for helping out at home and reminding them as well. I know there is a lot to juggle right now, and I appreciate all of the tremendous support you are providing at home to help meet the physical, social, emotional, and academic needs of your child(ren).

Health class assignments will be posted on the Schoology pages next Thursday, October 1. All students will have 3 assignments to complete by the end of the trimester, and they can complete them at their own pace.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions!


Katie Hunt

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Media permission and directory information

Photos, video, stories and other information highlighting student learning and achievement captured in our schools is considered public record. We share positive achievements in yearbooks, on the website, in newsletters and articles and the district’s other official communication channels that often include images and names.

Families can request specific “directory information” (student name, picture, other information) remain private by submitting a written request to the school principal or administrative assistant. Requests should include the student’s name, school, relationship of the person requesting and the specific information that is to remain private.

You can read the Media Permission/Directory Notification in English and Spanish and review our district policy on this topic, Policy 515: Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records.

Are you getting SLP communication the way you prefer?

To ensure you are getting SLP communication the way you prefer, please take a few minutes to review and update the following information in Campus Parent Portal:

  • Primary phone number
  • Emergency contact and phone number
  • Email address
  • Parent and guardian changes and updates
  • Adding/removing household members
  • Primary address changes

Why is it important to update this information? How does SLP use this information?

Current, updated information in Campus Parent Portal is used in the following ways:

  • Automated phone calls for general school announcements, emergencies or weather-related school closings
  • Mailed school and district communication
  • Email communication from teachers, your school's newsletter and district news
  • If your student(s) school needs to get ahold of you in regards to attendance, a sick child, etc.

Learn how to update contact information in Campus Parent Portal.

Registration is open for Early Childhood Family Education Classes

Registration for Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. ECFE is for any family with children between the ages of birth and kindergarten. Programming includes education and support of all parents with the goal of providing the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children. Please share this information with families who may benefit. Find more information about classes and register on the ECFE website.

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National Merit Semi-Finalist: Natalie Horwath

Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners senior, Natalie Horwath, was announced this week as a National Merit Semi-Finalist. More than 1.5 million juniors entered the competition last spring by taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). Natalie was 1 of only 288 Minnesota Students to qualify as a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Way to go, Natalie!

Please check out the Star Tribune article to learn more.

Natalie has been a Lighthouse School student since 2009 when she enrolled as a 1st grader. With the exception of Ms. Dougherty, Natalie predates all of our Lighthouse staff! And because Ms. Dougherty has such a great memory, we chatted about Natalie's time at Lighthouse. In addition to Natalie's great academic prowess, it is fun to reflect on her Lighthouse School days.

  • Natalie has seen the Lighthouse School moved three different locations in the High School
  • Natalie has had three Lighthouse School coordinators
  • Natalie has seen thirteen (or more) facilitators during her time
  • Mr. Endrizzi shares that his introduction to Natalie was seeing her comfortably reading in (not on) a book shelf
  • Natalie played the part of Creon in a school production of Antigone
  • Natalie has participated in the University of MN Talented Youth Mathematics Program
  • Natalie's Destination Imagination teams have gone onto World Competitions

Make sure to congratulate Natalie!

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Success Beyond the Classroom

Many Lighthouse students have enjoyed Creativity Fest, CreativeCon, STEM Link and Young Author’s Conference in the past. This year Success Beyond the Classroom has moved these programs to an online format.

We are happy to share an opportunity to participate in an online version of these programs.

SBC has decided to give free access to YAC, STEMLink, and the Creatives from October 1 – October 8 so that educators, students, and families can experience exactly what our virtual events are. Passwords will not be needed during this timeframe. Passwords will be needed starting on October 9.

Lighthouse will register for the events and share the password with families that register.

The Creatives (Creativity Festival and CreativeCon)

Grades 3 – 8

From SBC Website:

This year (2020-2021), The Creatives are going online! From October to May, Virtual Creatives will feature unique content each month, including:

  • Two recorded sessions and one live session featuring activities led by talented, local teaching artists from the creative fields. The live session will be recorded and available for a determined length of time;
  • A blog where professionals in the arts will share what creativity means to them and how they use it in their everyday lives;
  • An online gallery for students to share their experiences and projects that they created while participating in the sessions; and
  • BONUS CONTENT: Back to School in a Pandemic

Website link for October’s programming -


Grades 5 -6

From SBC Website:

This year (2020-2021), STEMLink is going online! From October to May, Virtual STEMLink will feature unique content each month, including:

  • Two Recorded sessions with STEM professionals that feature a hands-on activity and an introduction to various STEM fields;
  • “A Day in the Life” career blog updated weekly featuring STEM professionals sharing what they love about their work, demonstrating tools of their trade, and providing a glimpse of their workplace; and
  • Live Q&A with a STEM professional (twice a month).

Website link for October’s programming –

Young Author’s Conference

Grades 3 – 8

From SBC Website:

This year (2020-2021), the Young Authors Conference is going online! From October to May, Virtual YAC will feature unique content each month, including:

  • Two recorded and one live session led by professional writers. Live session will be recorded and posted;
  • Q&A with local writers that is topic-specific (for example, developing characters, sports writing, dialogue, the writing life);
  • Weekly blog featuring videos created by members of the Minnesota writing community sharing their creative writing passions, tips and tricks, and highlighting new and bestselling YA and children titles;
  • Teacher/Parent Resource – Virtual Book Club with Desdamona, YAC’s open mic emcee, Spoken Word Artist and performer;
  • Monthly Virtual Open Mic moderated by Desdamona; and
  • Space for SBC to feature the work of our young writers (online writing gallery curated by SBC).

Website link for October’s programming –

See link below for registration

Free Access to YAC, STEMLink, and the Creatives from October 1 – October 8

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Picture Day!

LIfetouch picture days will take place on October 19 and 20. More information to come!
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Fall Community Ed Programs Available for Registration

Community Education has a number of programs scheduled this fall for adults and youth. Visit the website to view availability and details or call Community Education at 763-600-5050.

Program Highlights:

For Adults: Instant Pot Cook-Alongs, Holiday Cookie Bake and Decorate, Retirement Planning Today, How to be a Smart College Shopper

For Youth: Take-Home Art Activities, Role Playing and Character Building Games, Driver's Education
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