Park Terrace Elementary
January 27, 2021 Newsletter
Greetings Park Terrace Families!
I truly cannot express how amazing it is to have students here at Park Terrace again! I have had the opportunity to chat with many students and they all seem to be enjoying being back at school and seeing their friends. I am so appreciative of the community wide efforts, as well as the effort from our families and our staff, to make sure that we can successfully and safely return to school AND continue to provide Extended Flexible Learning (distance) for those who choose it.
Health and Safety for In-Person Learning
One thing we all need to be prepared for as we return to in person learning is more classroom or program level decisions to quarantine.
- When a student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms that would warrant isolation and potentially testing or a student tests positive for COVID-19, we will consult with MDH and, if necessary, we will begin contact tracing for that student.
- Since elementary students are organized in classrooms or pods that are socially distanced at a minimum of three feet, in many cases contact tracing will not be possible and quarantine decisions will likely impact the entire class.
- It is also possible that students on a bus in close proximity to a student that tested positive may need to be quarantine as well.
- As necessary, we’ll communicate with impacted staff and students and their parents/guardians if they are determined to be close contacts.
- Should you hear of a student or staff member having COVID-19 and you haven’t been contacted, you’re considered at no higher risk than any other person and you should continue with your regular routine.
- Should quarantine be necessary, we will work to continue learning. Any full classroom in quarantine will transition to Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning) for the duration of the quarantine.
- If a child is on quarantine and not a whole class, a model to support continuation of learning will come from the teacher.
- Please continue to screen for symptoms at home and communicate health concerns to our school nurse through the health line.
On a lighter note, we’re engaging with Panthers for a Purpose, the initiative of the Panther Foundation, to support the Weekend Food Pack program that provides food for students who need it over weekends and break. Challenge #1 raised food and penny donations for the program. Challenge #2 is Feb. 1-12 and it’s all about Panther spirit. Wear SLP gear or colors (red, blue) in support of Panthers for a Purpose. Thank you to everyone that has engaged the fun leading up to the virtual event on February 27!
Park Terrace Elementary
For Extended Flex Learning Families: Conferences
It is great to be back for a full five days with students this week. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we supported students, families, and staff through the latest transition last week. The Extended Flexible Learning staff also benefited from dedicated time for professional learning, collaboration and planning.
During the month of February, the distance learning teachers will be reaching out to schedule a conference time with you. Please watch this newsletter, as well as communication from classroom teachers to learn more about the scheduling process.
If you have a child who recently transitioned out of Extended Flexible Learning, please note that learning supplies and resources provided by the school need to be returned to the home school office. These resources will be shared as new students enter our distance learning model. Thank you for making this additional effort to return resources.
Enjoy this last week of “warmer than normal” January. If you have questions or concerns, I would love to visit with you.
Principal on Assignment
K-4 Extended Flexible Learning
Input requested: Learning options for 2021-2022
During this very unusual school year, we've had the opportunity to learn in several different models. As a result, some students and families have discovered that online learning works well for them. Others have found a mixture of learning at school and at home helpful to their learning and their lives. Others discovered a preference for "live" learning and still others have preferred learning to be available "on-demand" and when it fits with their schedules.
As Spring Lake Park Schools designs learning options for the 2021-2022 school year, we'd like to hear from you about what you've valued and would like to see continued in some way. Please provide your input in a very brief survey (http://bit.ly/3iVk9Ft), by Monday, February 1.
Thank you for sharing your insight and helping us continue to provide options to meet your learner's and your family's needs.
Change to times and locations for free meal pick-up
Starting Tuesday, February 2, the times and community distribution locations for Spring Lake Park Schools' free meal pick-up will change. We will still continue to provide a bagged breakfast and lunch option to all children ages 1-18 at no cost.
We will continue to distribute free meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays at locations throughout the community. On Tuesdays, families will receive two-days’ worth of meals. On Thursdays, families will receive three-days’ worth of meals.
Students and families should visit the website for updated information and to find the interactive map of the distribution locations.
Challenge #2 - Show Us Your Panther Pride, February 1-12
For the Panthers for a Purpose Challenge #2, The Panther Foundation wants you to show your Panther Pride by SLP gear or red, blue and white school colors, February 1-12.
Can you do 10 days or more of SLP Panther Pride Wear (branded gear, blue, red, etc.)? Send us your photos of all 10 days and you will be entered in a Panther Store $25 gift card drawing! Submit photos to PantherFoundation@district16.org.
Don't forget to purchase a Swag Bag for $20 by Friday, February 5. The Swag Bag will be sure to kick up your event party with sweet & savory treats, selfie props and more. Your purchase will pre-register your household for the event and enter you into drawings with prizes totaling more than $550.
Learn more about the Panthers for a Purpose virtual event, which helps keep the pantry stocked, children fed and ready to learn!
Visit the website to view full details and sign up or call Community Education at 763-600-5050.
New Take-Home Craft Activity - DIY Gnome Home
Available for pick-up on Wednesdays, this craft activity will keep your child's mind active and creative! Order your DIY Gnome Home Take-Home Kit here.
Register Now for Spring Flag Football
The National Flag Football MN program is set up in collaboration with SLP's Community Ed. Registration is open now on their website.
Spring Lake Park - Parks & Recreation Winter/Spring 2021 Youth Programs
The Spring Lake Park - Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a variety of activities for your child to get involved in this winter and spring. From co-ed t-ball & softball and art classes to a Red Cross babysitters course and a family snowshoe nature hike, there are tons of fun and enriching programs to check out. Read this flyer for program descriptions and registration information.
Panthers for a Purpose Panther Pride Sale, February 1-12
Our excitement is building for the Panther Foundation's Panthers for a Purpose virtual event on February 27, 2021. Our apparel discounts are building, too! Fill up your closets and drawers with new Panther Gear to be a part of the Panther Challenge #2. Online sale happening February 1-12. Buy More, Save More.
Online Coupon codes:
· $5 Off $50
· $10 Off $75
· $20 Off $100
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