Farnsworth PreK-4 Family Update

Week of February 22-26, 2021

Contact Us at Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4

1290 Arcade Street

Saint Paul, MN 55106

Phone: (651) 293-8675

Attendance Line: (651) 744-4313

Fax: (651) 293-8679


Weekly Principal Message from Mr. B.

Hello Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4 Families,

Mark your calendars! We will be having an all-school assembly on Friday, February 26 at 2:30pm. This assembly will be for both in-person and VLS students, and will be presented in a digital format.

Assembly Livestream link: https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/fbea78d1-98ef-442f-a3cd-f595bdf349d0

The assembly will be celebrating our Book of the Month Let the Children March, as well as Black History Month. Since we weren't able to have a NAAPID assembly as we typically have had in previous years, this will also be an assembly we want to welcome our families to attend virtually.

Have a great week!

John Bjoraker

Curbside Meal Pick Up at Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4

Families who have students enrolled in Virtual Learning School can pick up curbside meal boxes every Monday between 10:00-11:00AM beginning February 22nd. Register by going to www.spps.org/2021meals

ACCESS Testing at Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4

  • ACCESS testing has started for our in person ELL students and will continue throughout March.

  • SPPS will be sending out a letter to our virtual learning ELL families asking if they'd like to have their child come to Farnsworth for the day to take the ACCESS test or opt out of the test this school year due to COVID. Please contact Allison McQuade at allison.mcquade@spps.org with any questions regarding testing. You may also contact our main office at 651-293-8675.

  • ACCESS for ELLs is an English language proficiency assessment used to meet federal and state legislative requirements. These assessments are used to monitor English learners' progress as they develop academic language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. -MN Department of Education

Expectations for Students & Families during In-Person Learning & Virtual Learning School

Full Time In-Person Learning

  • Support consistent attendance at school.
  • Call or email your school to report all absences.
  • Contact the school office if you believe your attendance is incorrect.

Virtual Learning School

  • Support consistent attendance by having your student to check in daily, clicking “Yes, I’m here” in Campus, to indicate participation and attendance for each distance learning day. If checking in isn’t available ask your child if they have already checked in, since the option to check in will disappear after it has been completed by either the student or parent.
  • Communicate with the teacher if you have questions about how to mark “Participated” in Campus for Attendance. Instructions
  • Call or email your school to report all absences.
  • Contact the school office if you believe your attendance is incorrect.
  • Monitor your student’s engagement in learning by checking for completion of assignments, completing asynchronous lessons (anytime), and attending synchronous sessions (sametime) and In-Person classes.

SPPS Rights and Responsibilities Handbook

Staff, students, and families at Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4 work together to create a place that is welcoming and respectful.

Learn about positive school culture in the SPPS Rights and Responsibilities Handbook online at https://www.spps.org/Domain/1329. You can also request a copy of the handbook from our school.

Visit our school’s website or talk to John Bjoraker, Principal or staff to learn more.

Join us to provide feedback on our SCIP (School Comprehensive Improvement Plan)

We will be hosting feedback sessions for our families to hear about the great work we are doing at Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4 as well as provide our staff members feedback and input on our SCIP.

You can join us on Tuesday February 23rd at 4:30PM or Thursday February 25th at 10:00AM.

Join us by clicking on the following link:


Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4 Help Form

If you need assistance and do not know where to start, or need to speak with a staff member, please fill out the following form. Please be as complete and detailed as possible. One of our staff members will respond to support you as soon as possible.