Park Terrace Elementary

January 20, 2021 Newsletter

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Hello Park Terrace Families!


This is such an exciting week. Tomorrow, we welcome so many of our students back into the building. We have been working hard the past couple of days to ensure that we can provide for the safe return of our students and staff. Additionally, we have had many students elect to transition from online to in-person learning, and we are looking forward to welcoming these students to our school for the first time this year!


We also started this week with some good news! On Monday, Spring Lake Park Schools received notification from the state about the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine for school staff. We were allocated 13 doses (about 1.5% of staff) for this first round of vaccinations which are expected to be administered this week. We are prioritizing vaccinations for those at highest risk following guidance from the state. While state supply is limited and our first allocation is small, this is an encouraging step forward.


Please check out important reminders in the newsletter today about:

  • Health screening
  • Drop off and dismissal information
  • When to call the attendance line
  • and other important information for our return to the building


For those students and families returning to the building tomorrow, we ask for your patience and understanding. This will be the first time a majority of our students are in the building at the same time this year and we can expect growing pains in the first days back. Please remember to send your student with winter-appropriate clothing (hat, boots, mittens, snow pants, jacket) as students will be playing outside for recess. We appreciate your partnership and patience during this time.


As a reminder, during parent pick up tomorrow, please note that parents and guardians will need to stay in their cars to pick up their students rather than approaching the school. Thank you for your help in making sure we can have students exit the building safely.


Regardless of whether your student is returning to the school building or continuing in Extended Flexible Learning, I wish him or her a good day of learning.


Mona Perkins

Principal

For Extended Flex Learning Families: Transitions continue

Greetings,


The Extended Flexible Learning staff is looking forward to seeing students again tomorrow, Thursday, January 21. Your children may have the opportunity to meet new classmates, as we have had some slight roster changes as a result of this latest transition.


I want to welcome families and students who are new to distance learning. As an Extended Flexible Learning community, we have experienced much success thus far, and I am confident that your student(s) will also.


This newsletter contains great information that may be of interest to you (for example 2021-2022 school calendar, information on Kindergarten enrollment and other topics). Make sure you check it out and please reach out to me with any questions or needs.


Take care,


Kimberly Fehringer

Principal on Assignment

K-4 Extended Flexible Learning

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Make sure your child's immunization records are up-to-date by February 1

All students in Spring Lake Park Schools, both in-person and extended flexible learning (distance), must comply with Minnesota Immunization Laws. All immunizations need to be up-to-date by Monday, February 1. Students who are not up-to-date on immunizations by Monday, February 1 will not be able to come to school. Minnesota School Immunization Laws require ALL students enrolled in school to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, hepatitis B, ​meningitis and varicella.


The only exceptions are:


  1. A student has had the chickenpox virus
  2. Medical exemption ​with paperwork from your provider
  3. Conscientious exemption ​with notarized exemption form


If you believe your child's records need to be updated with proof of immunizations, please bring or send these to your school nurse or call for verification. Learn more about immunizations at SLP and find a downloadable immunization form.

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Pick up and drop off (arrival/dismissal)

Please note our drop off, pick up, and school times have not changed. Students can be dropped off at 9:10 a.m., and school starts at 9:20 a.m. School ends at 3:55 p.m. Please keep in mind, we will need to enforce physical distancing protocols at drop off and pick up. Students will NOT be allowed to wait in the entryway due to safety and security guidelines but will rather be allowed to go to the gym where they will be supervised by staff members before school begins.


Parents will also have to use the car line only when dropping off and picking up in order to minimize the number of students/families congregating near the doors. We will do our best to keep the line moving as efficiently as possible. We appreciate your cooperation in making pick up and drop off as safe as possible for our students, families and staff.

Daily Health Self-Screening

Staff, students, parents and visitors of Spring Lake Park Schools must self-screen for symptoms at home daily before coming to school (also called passive screening) using the Daily Health Self-Screening Checklist. If a person is sick or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, they MAY NOT come to school.

Procedures for Close Contact, Illness and Notification Fact Sheet

We are following guidance provided by the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our schools and programs. We work directly with MDH on any potential close contacts and positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 and follow their direction for contact tracing, notification and other critical actions. The Procedures for Close Contact, Illness and Notification Fact Sheet defines the specifics and explains the process for our schools in more detail.

Attendance and health line reminders

  1. Parents are asked to call the attendance line at their child's school, 763-600-5600, to report a student absence when a student is unable to attend school in person
  2. Parents are asked to call the health line at their child's school, 763-600-5609, to report COVID-19 positive cases

iPads will go between school and home each day

As your child returns to school, please note that their school-issued iPad should go with them to school in each morning and home with them each evening. iPads will not be left at school at the end of the school day or over the weekend.
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Collect pennies and food donations for Panther Challenge #1

Panther Challenge #1 is in full swing with the 'Pennies for Packs' and Community Food Drive challenge. Grab your spare change and food donations and be ready to drop off the items on collections days, January 26-27. Collection sites include the front office at each school and the District Services Center (DSC).


As you collect pennies and food donations for Panther Challenges, we want to see your efforts. Email your photos and videos to pantherfoundation@district16.org. All submissions you share will be entered into a drawing for prizes!

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Sign-up for virtual Community Education programs!

Community Education is excited to offer a variety of virtual programs for adults and children in the community this winter. From Instant Pot, fitness and internet safety programs for adults to coding, acting and craft programs for children, there is something for everyone in your family to enjoy! Visit the website to view all programs and sign up or call Community Education at 763-600-5050.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Lesson in Kindergarten

In Ms. Bunyan's kindergarten class, students had the opportunity to learn about how Martin Luther King Jr. made a difference in the world and how they can use their own two hands to accomplish their dreams and make a difference just like he did!
With My Two Hands
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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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