Park Terrace Elementary
June 9, 2021 Newsletter
Greetings Park Terrace Families!
In September, at the very beginning of the school year, Ms. Wendy Logan had a sign on her door to greet her young preschool students that read: “We can do hard things!” As I look back on this year, I am incredibly proud of the hard work our students, staff and families have done to make this a successful year in spite of the pandemic, new learning formats and so many unknowns.
Our students this year made great academic progress. They had the chance to rekindle old friendships and make new ones. They made new memories and explored new activities all while doing their best to ensure the safety of themselves, their classmates and their community.
Our Park Terrace community, and each individual member of it, can “Do hard things!” I truly hope that each student here at our school one day looks back on this school year as a time when he or she learned to be adaptable, innovative, creative, and responsible.
As we wrap up this school year, I want to share a couple of reminders:
- Report cards will be going home with students on the last day of school for in person students and will be mailed home to Extended Flexible Learning students. Grades are also available to view on Campus Parent Portal.
- iPads can stay home with students over the summer if they are returning to an SLP school. If your family’s plans change over the summer, please contact the District Services Center to return your school-issued iPad.
- Contact our District Services Center with any questions or needs over the summer at 763-600-5600
- School communication will resume in early August with information about meet and greet events, school supplies and the overall plan for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. As of right now, we are planning to resume school in the fall as normal with the first day of school on September 7.
To our fourth grade students leaving for Westwood next year – I just want to say how incredibly honored I am to have had the good fortune to know you over the past couple of years. I know it has been a trying and unusual time for school. You have all done so well. At Westwood, each of you will have the opportunity to make new friends and continue your educational journey. I wish you all the best!
Finally, to all our Park Terrace families – Thank you so incredibly much for your support of our students and staff this year. We truly appreciate everything you do to support our learning community. I hope everyone has a fun, safe and enriching summer! Take care, work hard, learn much and we will see you in the fall!
For Extended Flex Learning families: Thank you and happy summer!
The end of the 2020-2021 school year is upon us. Tomorrow is the last day of school!
I have learned so much over these last several months. I was reminded that I am more resourceful than I think I am. I believe that humans really care about each other. There are many examples of this each day at our schools and in our communities. It became crystal clear to me that I cannot become too comfortable because everything can change overnight.
There are also many things that I am grateful for. Laughter truly is the best medicine and medical professionals are my heroes. I appreciate the slower pace of life. I am extremely thankful for the SLP families who remained committed, supportive and flexible throughout this entire extended flexible learning experience. A HUGE thank you to EACH of you!
Here are important reminders for your family as we close out the year:
- Drive-by parade for grades 1-4 is June 10: On Thursday, June 10, distance learning teachers for grades 1-4 will be hosting a drive-by parade on the Westwood Campus from 4–5 p.m. Mark your calendar and plan to driveby to help us celebrate a great year! (Kindergarteners have had their event on Monday, June 7 at the DSC.)
- School resource return: We had a great turn out on June 7 to drop off educational resources. Thank you to all who braved the heat to return items. If you were unable to drop off resources earlier this week, please connect with your child’s teacher to determine a time and place to do so.
- iPads can stay home for the summer: Students may keep school-issued iPads at home for the summer if you 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 with other student resources.
- Report Card Distribution: Report cards will be distributed by your child’s home school. Details will be noted elsewhere in this newsletter.
It has been an honor for me to serve the Extended Flexible Learning students, families and staff this year. I hope you have a great summer filled with fun, relaxation and learning.
Principal on Assignment
K-4 Extended Flexible Learning
Free meals available this summer
This summer, Spring Lake Park Schools is serving free grab-and-go meals to all children ages 0-18. Meals can be picked up at Spring Lake Park High School starting Monday, June 14.
- Where: Pick up meals at Spring Lake Park High School (Door #32)
- When: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- What: Grab and go breakfasts and lunches. On Mondays-Wednesdays, families will receive that day's lunch and the next day's breakfast. On Thursdays, families will receive that day's lunch, Friday's breakfast and lunch and Monday's breakfast.
Summer meal menus are available to view online. Find them on the Nutrislice app under Spring Lake Park High School.
Summer School Meals
Free meals will also be available for pick-up while summer school is in session at Centerview Elementary, Northpoint Elementary, Park Terrace Elementary, Woodcrest Spanish Immersion and Westwood Intermediate and Middle School.
Families can pick up meals on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-10:30 a.m. at the front entrance of each school. Students will receive two breakfast and two lunch meals on both of those days.
Questions? Please reach out to the Nutrition Services Department at 763-600-5041.
Summer programs: Health and Safety protocols
Face masks will not be required in Spring Lake Park Schools buildings beginning Monday, June 14. This includes summer school, camps and clinics, athletics and other summer programming. The one exception is masks continue to be required for Learning Ventures (child care) students and staff until July 1, 2021, or until Minnesota hits 70% vaccination rate
We are following updated guidance from Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education. Minnesota Department of Health continues to recommend masks for unvaccinated people as well as three or more feet of physical distancing.
We remain committed to safe learning at school this summer and as we plan for the fall. A summary of our current health and safety plans and learning models can be found on our COVID-19 web hub.
Input, feedback and questions throughout the year have helped shape our plans and maximize safe, in person learning at school. To share questions or comments about the latest update to our safe in person learning plans, please email email@example.com.
Register for SLP Schools Online for grades K-8
Registration is now open for SLP Schools Online for the 2021-2022 school year for students in grades K-8. If you'd like to register your K-8 student in SLP Schools online, please complete this registration form. The deadline to register is June 25.
Watch a recorded SLP Schools Online information session for grades K-8 on the SLP Schools Online page to learn more about the online model and next steps.
If you have any questions, contact Jerelyne Nemanich, firstname.lastname@example.org
District Services Center Summer Hours
Park Terrace Summer Hours:
The Park Terrace office will be open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, June 11, Monday, June 14 and Tuesday, June 15 before closing for the remainder of June and July. The building will reopen on August 2, 2021.
One-page 2021-2022 School Calendar
With the school year wrapping up, we encourage families to check out the one-page 2021-2022 school calendar to plan ahead for the next school year and find important dates including the first days of school, no student days and more. Download the 2021-2022 calendar.
Additionally, families will receive a 2021-2022 print calendar from the district this summer. This calendar will provide families with important school and district dates, events, information and contacts.
Celebrating our retirees
This spring, 15 Spring Lake Park School staff members are starting their next adventure as retirees. As a learning community, we recognize their tremendous contributions to our schools and community and celebrate their next steps with them.
This year’s retirees will be honored at an event in September 2021. The retirees shared some words they wanted to convey to our Spring Lake Park Schools community about their journey and plans for the future. Read the retiree story.
Register for summer camps and clinics and find your SPARK!
Limited Child Care Openings Still Available for Summer
Kids will have a blast this summer at the High School in our Learning Ventures Child Care Program. Each week will feature fun Olympic themed programming, swimming in the pool, movies in the theater and so much more. Sign up today.
June Adult Yoga Classes for Ages 18+
Connect with friendly faces to celebrate yourself at the end of this school year! Use gentle yoga, guided meditation, and affirmations to relax and rejuvenate. Stretch and gently challenge your body to release stress. No prior yoga experience necessary or special clothing required. All levels welcome.
- Location:Northpoint Elementary
- Dates:Mondays June 14, 21, 28
- Time:1-2 p.m.
- Click here to view more information and register.
Register for the 8th Annual Panther Foundation Golf
3rd Grade Market Day
Habitat Learning and Building
In case you missed important information from last week's newsletter, check out the topics below and click to learn more.
iPads: Students may keep their school-issued iPad over the summer as long as they are going to return to an SLP school in the fall. If your student is moving to another district, please have them leave their iPad at school on the last day. Additionally, if your plans change over the summer, please update your status with the District Services Center at 763-600-5000.
Outstanding School Fees: To check if your family has any outstanding school fees and to pay for the fees, login to Campus Parent Portal and click on “Fees.” We are asking for families to pay these fees by June 30, 2021.
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