Lighthouse School Newsletter

December 2, 2020

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Mr. B's Corner

We hope everyone had a restful four day weekend. The first trimester ends this week and next Monday, December 7, is a teacher workday. Trimester two starts Tuesday, December 8. Although we miss seeing our whole learning community together, we will be in Extended Flexible Learning (EFL), at least, through our Winter Break. At that time, district leadership, in partnership with MN Dept. of Health and Anoka County Dept. of Health, will reassess learning models. Please take some time as a family to discuss what worked well this term, and what may need tweaking for term two.

  1. Establish a routine to be ready to learn.
  2. Designate a quiet learning space for students where they can be productive, preferably not where they sleep.
  3. Make WebEx, Seesaw, Schoology and other tech resources easy to access. Write down codes and passwords for the work area.
  4. Take a break. Build exercise or refueling into the break. Adding physical movement throughout the day helps learning!
  5. Use a bucket or a box to store daily learning supplies.
  6. Limit distractions by turning off cell phones and notifications.
  7. Keep iPads charged.
  8. Move items containing personal info or things you wouldn’t want others to see out of the camera range.
  9. Complete school work during the week; not on weekends.
  10. Check in with the student, academically and emotionally.
  11. Communicate with teachers. Connect on any questions.
  12. Join an online study group for students to work together.
  13. Remind students that schedules might occasionally change, same as how we remain flexible when at school.

Now that we are in EFL for the foreseeable future, please share pics of what Extended Flexible Learning looks like at home.

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


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Free meal pick-up and community distribution

Spring Lake Park Schools will continue to support students’ nutritional needs. We will provide a bagged breakfast and lunch option to all children ages 1-18 at no cost.

We will be distributing free meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 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 10 distribution locations.

Webex Meetings for Spanish-Speaking Families to Connect

As of last April, SLP has been hosting open WebEx meetings with families in Spanish. These take place every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. in Emily Byers-Ferrian's WebEx room. Any parent is welcome to participate; the purpose of these gatherings is to maintain a sense of community, exchange ideas and resources in support of students, and help one another stay informed.

Reuniones de Webex para que las familias hispanohablantes se conecten

¿Habla usted español? Le invitamos a juntas virtuales de apoyo con otros padres y personal de las escuelas que hablan español. Resolvemos dudas, intercambiamos ideas y nos lo pasamos bien. Ver más información aquí.

Technology, Resources and Log Ins page now includes translated video tutorials

The Technology, Resources and Log Ins page include important information and tutorials for families on all the technology tools used in the district. The page now includes translated video tutorials on key topics to help students and families navigate the technology tools we use in the district. The videos are translated in Arabic, Hmong, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese in the following topic areas:

1. How to translate the SLP website

2. How to translate the SLP mobile app

3. How to translate school newsletters on a mobile device

4. How to upload assignments to Seesaw

5. How to submit assignments on Schoology

The "How To" translate the website, mobile app and school newsletter videos can be found under the School Operations System header. The Seesaw and Schoology videos can be found under the Digital Learning Systems: Schoology and Seesaw header.

Panther Store Online Black Friday Sale

Shop the Panther Store Online Black Friday Sale now through December 4 – Take $20 off $100 and $10 off $50. New arrivals and sale items available. Free SLP Decal with every purchase! Visit the Panther Store online for more details.


Attendance will be taken and recorded for any scheduled meetings. Parents should continue to call the Lighthouse attendance line at 763-600-5209 to report a student absence when a student is unable to participate in "live" sessions, and/or complete daily work expectations. Parents should also continue to call the SLPHS attendance line, 763-600-5109, to report absences in concurrent classes.

Continue to report COVID-19 positive cases to school

Please continue to call your school’s health line, 763-600-5209 and press 1 to report COVID-19 positive cases. The district will continue to report on district health as students are in Extended Flexible Learning (distance).

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COVIDaware MN app is now available

Minnesota has a new COVID-19 mitigation tool called COVIDaware MN. The app can be downloaded to your device and will notify you if you have been exposed to COVID-19 to help you reduce the risk of infection for your friends, family, and neighbors, and help Minnesota slow the spread. Learn more on the COVIDaware MN website.
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Think Energy Program for 5th and 6th Graders

Think Energy Program for 5th and 6th Graders

This year, Lighthouse 5th and 6th graders have the opportunity to participate in Excel Energy’s Think Energy Program. As part of the program students will learn about energy usage and have access to a student guide booklet, an at-home energy worksheet, online resources, and a “Take Action Kit.”

  • Introductory Presentation: available here
  • Take Action Kit Contents may be explored at this website
    • LED Lightbulb
    • High Efficiency Showerhead
    • Furnace Filter Whistle
    • Flow Test Bag
    • LED Nightlight
    • Bathroom Faucet Aerator
    • Leak Detector Tablets
    • Kitchen Faucet Aerator
    • Thermometer
  • Online Energy Efficiency Games available here

We only have 24 kits available so please arrange a time with Ms. Dougherty,, to pick up your Take Action Kit, student guide booklet, and energy worksheet. There is no better time than during Extended Flexible Learning to take some time to learn about your home and energy usage.

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In case you missed important information from last week's newsletter, check out the topics below and click to learn more.

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Translate This Newsletter / Traducir Este Boletín

To translate this newsletter information to another language, please click anywhere on the newsletter to open it in a web browser and at the top of the page, select your language from the dropdown menu.

Para traducir este boletín de noticias a otro idioma, por favor presionen en cualquier lugar del boletín para abrirlo en un navegador web y en la parte superior de la página seleccione su idioma del menú.

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