Woodcrest Spanish Immersion

December 2, 2020 Newsletter

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Del Escritorio del Sr. Franke

Greetings Woodcrest families,

I hope this finds you well, rested and healthy after the long weekend. As you know, this is the last week of the trimester. Unlike past years, we do have school this Friday, December 4. Originally, it was a day for teacher workshops. It was moved to the beginning of the school year for planning purposes. As previously scheduled, there will be no school on Monday, December 7. Teachers use this day for grading and reporting. Please see the Need to Know section below for information regarding Trimester 1 report cards.

This week we transitioned to Extended Flexible Learning for all K-6 students, and I am very curious about how it is going for your family. 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 you are not having this experience, I want to hear from you so we can work to deliver these expectations.

As I continue to get acclimated to Woodcrest, I am also interested in conducting some small group, 2-3 families at a time, meetings. The intention is for me to get to know you and, more importantly, get to know your first-hand experience as parents supporting an Immersion experience during this pandemic. If you are interested in joining me for a conversation, please contact Yesica Garay-Muñoz.

At this point, we will be in Extended Flexible Learning (distance) through at least winter break. It is not what we all want and yet it is a good reminder of the importance of Juntos es Mejor/Better Together - our mantra at Woodcrest this year. I appreciate your partnership, support and patience. If there is anything I, or our staff, can do to support your child at this time, please let me know.

Thank you,

John Franke

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Trimester 1 Report Cards

Trimester 1 report cards will be available beginning December 8, 2020 and can be accessed through Campus Parent Portal. Watch a video tutorial on how to access your student’s report card through Campus Parent Portal. If you have any questions regarding this please contact the main office at 763-600-5800.

Please know that report cards are just one of many ways teachers report on student learning throughout the year. Report card grades reflect student learning, and teachers look at evidence of learning, over time, to determine where students are at in their learning at the time of report cards. At the end of a trimester all grades reflect the student learning that occurred at the time of the report card. Grades for Woodcrest students include:

  • MS: Minimal progress toward standard

  • AS: Approaching the standard

  • S: Met the standard

  • ES: Exceeds the standard

  • You may see two other marks on the report card:

    • An NA indicates that students did not have opportunities to learn this outcome throughout Trimester 1. Any learning outcomes marked as NA for Trimester 1 will be addressed throughout the rest of the year.

    • An NE (No Evidence) grade indicates that students had opportunities to learn this outcome during Trimester 1, but did not submit any evidence of their learning. As a result, there is no evidence to determine where they are at toward meeting the learning outcome. Any learning outcomes marked as NE for Trimester 1 will be addressed throughout the rest of the year.

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:

  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 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.

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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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Panther Pantry Collection

Our Thanksgiving Panther Pantry Collection was a success! Thank you everyone for donating so much food for the Panther Pantry. 4th grade was the winner for the most number of items. Way to go! These students are encouraged to wear their PJs this Friday, December 4 and to post photos tagging the Woodcrest Spanish Immersion Facebook page!

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

It's here! PTO is sponsoring a Barnes & Noble Book Fair THIS WEEKEND, December 5 and 6. Purchases made from anywhere in the country including in-store, curbside pick-up, or online that use the code 12602520 will help earn free books for WCSI. See Facebook or Konstella for more details.

WCSI PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is Monday, December 14 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The agenda for our meeting is sent out before the meeting via Konstella.

Join us via zoom

Meeting ID: 767 9988 6422
Passcode: PTO2021

Digital Family Game Night

PTO is sponsoring a digital family game night for all WCSI staff and student families via Breakout EDU!

Congratulations to our November prize winner! New puzzles have been released for the month of December.

To sign up, access the student login page

Click on the SIGN UP button.

Then click the Add Class button, and input the code OQXAW6.

Follow directions on screen to input name, username, and password.

PTO Contact Info

Thank you for your continued support this school year. If you have ideas or questions at any time, contact us.
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  • December 4 – School Day and End of Trimester 1
- This is the end of the trimester. We adjusted the academic calendar at the beginning of the year to move two additional days up to the front of the year for planning. This means Dec. 4 – which was originally a day off school – is now a school day. See the updated 2020-2021 academic calendar.

  • December 5- Barnes and Noble Book Fair
  • December 6- Barnes and Noble Book Fair
  • December 7- No School for students, teachers will use this day for grading and reporting
  • December 8- Tri 1 Report Cards will be available online via Campus Parent Portal
  • December 14- WCSI PTO Meeting
  • December 23-January 1- No school for students, Winter Break
  • January 4- School resumes for all students

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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 abrir el boletín en un navegador web y en la parte superior de la página seleccione su idioma del menú.

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