December 2, 2020 Newsletter
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Hello to our Northpoint Families!
I hope everyone had a restful, healthy and safe break. Although for many this wasn’t a typical holiday, I hope each of you found a way to enjoy time with family and friends!
Although this has been quite a unique school year, one thing that remains the same is how quickly time flies! Here we are at the end of the first trimester, with the last day being December 4. A few reminders:
- We have school on Friday, December 4. Originally, this was a teacher workshop day but was changed earlier this fall to now be a student contact day.
- There is no school – as previously scheduled – on Monday, December 7. Teachers use this day for end of trimester grading and reporting.
- On Thursday, December 10, grades will be available for families to access in the Campus Parent Portal.
- Report cards will only be shared electronically. If you request a paper copy, please call our Northpoint office at 763-600-5700. We will print and mail one to you.
As we transition into Extended Flexible Learning for all K-6 students this week, we want to hear how it is going. This 1-page overview provides an outline of what you and your child should be experiencing. And, this story - Experiences from distance learning – showcases what this experience is like now compared to last spring.
If your experience is not reflective of these expectations, we want to hear from you. We want to hear from you regardless as we continue our work to deliver an engaging and personalized learning experience for your child.
This week, all at-school learning is paused. This includes center-based special education. We are assessing what can safely continue given the public health situation in our community and impacts to staffing in our schools. As health care infrastructure reaches a breaking point, we are working closely with our regional team to navigate what we can continue to support in our school. We very much hope to resume some targeted services as quickly as possible.
At this point, we can expect be in Extended Flexible Learning (distance) through at least winter break. Our Northpoint team is working diligently to create an experience that is supportive, engaging, purposeful and will lead to deep learning among our students. As mentioned above, please be in touch with your child’s teacher or me if you have questions or concerns!
Extended Flex Learning Families: Important dates, report cards
However you and your family chose to spend the recent break, I hope you found time to relax while enjoying the beautiful November weather. As we near the end of the first trimester there are some important details for you to be aware of.
Families that have been in Extended Flexible Learning throughout the fall continue to follow the district calendar and there are some important dates coming up:
- School will be in session this Friday, December 4.
- There is no school on Monday, December 7. This day is used by all teachers for grading, reporting and communicating with families.
Your student’s Trimester 1 report card will be shared with you by your home school. Please look for distribution details from your home school in this newsletter.
While other K-4 students and families are transitioning into Extended Flexible Learning this week, we have been at this for a while. I have shared with you some successes that our students and families are experiencing, yet we still want to hear how it’s going. Please note this 1-page overview which describes what you should be experiencing. If this is not your experience, please reach out. Your student’s learning experience is our number one goal.
Take some time to read other important updates in this week’s newsletter. There are many other topics which may be of interest to you.
Have a great week. Thank you for sharing you children with us. It is truly an honor. Be safe…stay healthy…
Principal on Assignment
K-4 Extended Flexible Learning
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.
December 11 Lifetouch Picture Retake Day Canceled
The Friday, December 11 Lifetouch school picture retake day has been canceled. We will work with Lifetouch in mid-January 2021 to schedule a new day for retakes when we know more about their availability.
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:
- How to translate the SLP website
- How to translate the SLP mobile app
- How to translate school newsletters on a mobile device
- How to upload assignments to Seesaw1.
- 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 Seesawheader.
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.
Northpoint Yearbook Picture Submissions
Collecting yearbooks from year to year is a special way to remember friends, memories and to show growth. Creating a yearbook this school year will look different, but with YOUR help it will still be filled with precious memories! We are calling on families to capture the moments of the year at home!
Please take snap shots of your kiddos engaging in activities at home and send them to Bethany Stiles. Please include the child’s first and last name, grade and teacher when you send in photos. If possible, write a little blurb about what is happening in the photo. Also, for families of EFL students that did not want to have their student's picture taken onsite, you may also email a headshot to Bethany Stiles to be included in the yearbook.
COVIDaware MN app is now available
Mrs. Phillippo surprised her kindergarten students at home with a "Flat Mrs. Phillippo" to help them with their schoolwork during Extended Flexible Learning!
December 4 – School Day and End of Trimester 1
December 23-January 1 - Winter Break
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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