October 28, 2020 Newsletter
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I don’t think any of us could have predicted the unusual events of 2020, and our early winter seems to be right in step! The early snow and colder than normal October temperatures are pretty much par for the course this year. Yet, we are proud Minnesotans, tough residents of the bold north who won’t let a little blustery weather slow us down! So, let’s bundle up and make the most of being outdoors this fall!
On Monday, November 2, we have a virtual PTO meeting at 6:30 p.m. over WebEx. Visit this WebEx link to join the meeting. Kim Fehringer, principal on special assignment overseeing K-4 Extended Flexible Learning (distance) will be joining the meeting. Please hop on if you would like to learn more about how this learning model is working this year and the differences from our experiences last spring.
You may have seen a message last Friday about students in grades 7-12 transitioning to distance learning. At this time, there are no changes at our school and no changes for students in grades K-6 attending in the Modified Campus (hybrid) model. We would consider a transition for K-6 if we were to near the threshold provided by public health officials of 50 cases per 10,000. Last week, Anoka County reported 33.16 cases per 10,000. As a district, we are meeting often with county and state officials to understand and respond to the public health situation in our area as we need to. We very much want to keep our schools open and we are hopeful we can, as a community, address the community spread of the virus in our area.
Next week, Tuesday, November 3, is Election Day, and it will be a learning at home day for our entire Northpoint school as our building is used as an election polling place. If your child is normally in the school building on Tuesdays, please plan for your child to learn from home next Tuesday. Teachers will be sharing learning opportunities, both electronically and, in some cases, traditional schoolwork will be sent home. If you have any questions, please reach out.
We have had fun this week with crazy mismatch prints and pajamas. We will conclude our spirit week with Panther Spirit Days on Thursday and Friday. Wear your SLP gear or school colors of red and blue tomorrow and Friday. When we’re not all at school together, we still want to connect. Share your Panther pride photos with firstname.lastname@example.org or using #SLPPantherProud.
Please continue to reach out to our Northpoint staff with any questions, concerns and celebrations. Whether your child’s homeroom teacher, a member of our student support team or our office staff, we are here to partner with you and support the success of your children!
For Extended Flex Learning Families: Important Dates and Helpful Links
The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and the snow is melting. I feel like we have just experienced three seasons in the last three weeks. What a year…
Our superintendent, Jeff Ronneberg, sent out a message to all district families last week about students in grades 7-12 transitioning to distance learning because of rising COVID-19 spread in Anoka County. There are no changes for K-4 students or any students in Extended Flexible Learning (distance). Our current classes, teachers and schedules remain the same. The support and flexibility that each of you continue to show is something the staff and I continue to be grateful for. Thank you!
Here are a few updates on things coming up and some helpful links:
- We will celebrate a Panther Spirit Day on Friday, October 30. We want to connect with the SLP community by wearing Panther gear or red and blue clothing. Share your Panther pride photos with email@example.com or using #SLPPantherProud.
- For your planning purposes, please note that on Wednesday, November 11 or Wednesday, November 18 distance learning teachers will be participating in professional learning. Teachers will be communicating details about this day in upcoming class communications.
- Distance Learning Picture Day is November 11 at your “home” school.
- The following links may be of interest to you. I am sharing them here for easy reference."
• COVID-19 Community Testing Locations
• Register Now for Upcoming Adult and Youth Community Education Classes
Have a great week and enjoy a warmer kick-off to November!
Principal on Special Assignment
Remaining Spirit Week Dress Up Days
- October 29/30 - Spirit Week/Panther Colors, Panther Apparel Day
Parent Drop Off/Pick Up Reminders
Please practice the following during parent drop off and pick up:
- Pull as far forward as you are able before dropping off or picking up your student(s)
- Do not exit your vehicle when dropping off or picking up your student(s). Staff will be available to assist if needed
- For pick up, clearly display a sign with your student's name in the righthand side of your windshield
- Do not block intersections or driveways of neighboring businesses
Thank you for helping us create a safe and efficient process!
Winter Weather Preparedness
With the recent change in the weather conditions, we would like to remind families that all students should come to school wearing winter weather attire (coats, snow pants, boots, hats, gloves). All students will be expected to go outside for recess unless the weather does not permit. Students will need a written note from a physician to be excused from recess. The following are our guidelines for canceling outdoor recess:
The outside temperature is 0° and/or the wind-chill factor is -10 °F
Extreme icy or sloppy conditions
Raining and/or lightning
Printed Newsletter Request
The Northpoint newsletter will only be distributed electronically this year. If you would like a printed copy sent home with your student, please contact Heidi Rogers at 763-600-5700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northpoint PTO Virtual Meeting - November 2
The Northpoint PTO would like to welcome families to the 2020-2021 school year. Our November PTO Meeting will be Monday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held virtually via WebEx.
To join the meeting, please use the link below. You will not need to create an account. You will only need to enter your name and email address. If you have trouble connecting to the meeting, please email email@example.com.
- Meeting link: https://springlakeparkschools.webex.com/springlakeparkschools/j.php?MTID=m76f9279e60a38ef5ae75ac79d2195379
- Meeting number: 120 064 5129 (Password: epSi3Z8cmM3)
The Lee Tribune!
- October 29/30 - Spirit Week/Panther Colors, Panther Apparel Day
- November 2 - NP PTO meeting (virtual)
- November 3 - At Home Learning Day for Northpoint (Election Day)
- November 11 - Northpoint Picture Day - EFL students
- December 4 - End of trimester 1
- December 7 - NO SCHOOL
Wear Your Panther Gear/School Colors This Friday for Spirit Day
It's time to show your school spirit! Whether in the Modified Campus Schedule (hybrid) or Extended Flexible (distance) learning models, students and staff are celebrating a district-wide spirit day this Friday, October 30. Be sure to tag us in your photos on social media using #SLPPantherProud, or email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign-Up for SLP Youth Hockey Association Try-Hockey
This 11-week hockey program is a great way for your student to:
- Skate with their friends
- Skate with Panther youth and high school hockey players each week
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