The AGAPE Times

a weekly newsletter for students and families - Vol VI (6)

CONGRATULATIONS, AGAPE 2020 GRADUATES!!!! See you Monday, June 1st at 5:30pm - check your K12 email later this week for the link to the virtual ceremony!!!

Graduate Together: America Honors The High School Class Of 2020 | NBC News

Week 6

Welcome to week 6 of the AGAPE Times newsletter!! This is our last week with our 2020 graduating seniors! We could not be more proud of you!! Keep up the great work and keep communicating with your teachers!


Though we are now going to be apart for the remainder of the school year, we are still the same strong, caring AGAPE family; always there for each other! Please check out the links in this newsletter and reach out if you are in need - we care about you all! Mrs. Weir is available via phone @ 651-335-9145 or email at lois.vosika-weir@spps.org anytime. All staff are always on the AGAPE Student/Staff Schoology group and are available via email or even a face to face chat on Google Meet! Stay healthy and safe!

Distance Learning Survey

Students/Families: Please complete this survey so that we can make AGAPE's Distance Learning the best it can be!

And the people stayed home

May 18th - May 22nd AGAPE Student of the Week was.......

Pae Pae


At first she was unsure of how online learning was going to go but she reached out to AGAPE staff, and found out with support from them, she is able to complete the work. Her strengths are that she has a schedule for doing school work and gets it completed before Friday and she is able to play with her daughter and teach her new things.


Congratulations to our student of the week, Pae Pae!!!

Babies and Distance Learning

Parenting and doing your school work during a pandemic is hard, especially if you don't have a lot of help at home or if baby is in a "mommy-only" phase. Here are a few ideas from our AGAPE Schoology Group that students and staff have submitted!


  • Take advantage of nap time, meal times, after baby is asleep, etc!
  • Do a little at a time, at different times, every day.
  • EMAIL YOUR TEACHERS! We are all here to support each other. If you are having a hard time with your assignments, reach out and tell your teacher.
  • Read your schoolwork out loud to your baby.
  • Make a routine and stick to it! Treat yourself!!
  • Be patient with yourself and give yourself some GRACE - we are all doing the best we can.
¡Los Zombis No Comen Verduras! Leído por Jaime Camil
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"When you find you are stressed, overwhelmed or anxious, a strategy that can help us is mindful breathing. Focusing our attention on our breathing is an excellent way to rid the mind of mental noise and worries about past or future events and allow us to be aware of the present moment. The easiest way we can do mindfulness breathing is to simply focus on inhaling and exhaling by "watching" our breath. It can be helpful to set aside a certain time to practice deep breathing exercises every day. Not only will you feel more calm you will find it is easier to focus. You can use to help you sleep or when you start your day before your child wakes up. Click on this link or watch the video below for a 10 minute guided mediation to practice mindful breathing."
Daily Calm | 10 Minute Mindfulness Meditation | Be Present
Complete the 2020 Census

The Census is IMPORTANT - please click this link to enter your family's information!

Emergency Housing Resources

  • If you are a family experiencing homelessness and need additional supports:

  • Coordinated Access for Housing and Shelter:
    • To obtain a housing assessment, contact Coordinated Access for Housing and Shelter (651) 215-2262
Latest SPPS Meals Information

Click this link to sign up for meal delivery - yes, even if you live out of the SPPS district!

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis, the following Crisis Text Services and hotlines are available 24/7:


    • Crisis Text Line: Text MN to 741 741

    • Call ** CRISIS from a cell phone to talk to professionals who can help

    • Calling from a landline? See the directory of local mental health crisis phone numbers.

    • Free help for people across Minnesota who are having a mental health crisis or are contemplating suicide. Video

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7, 365-day-a-year hotline for people experiencing suicidal crisis or emotional crisis.distress. Call 1-800-273-8255 or click here to chat.

    • SAFE, case management and support for African American women and their children experiencing domestic violence. Case managers assist clients access resources including housing, shelter, food, counseling. Case managers support women wherever they are on their journey. Led by an African American team, services are culturally-specific. Case managers work in the community, so clients can discreetly and easily access services. Contact: Carla.mcpipe@180degrees.org or Akello.Alay@180degrees.org More info at www.180degrees.org
    • Casa de Esperanza Confidential 24 Hour Bilingual Domestic Violence Crisis Line 651.772.1611

'Strong Women' Documentary of the Week!

He Named Me Malala | Trailer | National Geographic

Nurses Corner

Nature & Yoga Activities to try with your toddlers and pre-schoolers:


We know that being in nature is vital for our overall well-being.

Taking time to get outside and breathe fresh air as we move our bodies can really change how we feel by decreasing stress, improving mood and increasing our feeling of connectedness to the world around us. Try these simple practices with your family this week.


Take a Mindful Walk

Mindfulness can easily be incorporated into our outdoor time. Next time you go for a walk, notice all the sounds that you hear around you – like the wind blowing or the sounds of birds chirping. Notice what you see around you. Can you spot little green leaf buds on tree branches or little green sprouts growing up through the ground? Notice what you feel around you – like the warm sunshine on your skin or a gentle breeze on your face. When you get home, write or draw about everything you witnessed on your walk.


Nature-Themed Yoga-Based Movement

All of these moves have wonderful connections to the natural world.


Seed to Tree:

Kneeling on the floor, fold your body over your legs and make your body tiny like a Seed. Imagine warm sunshine and gentle rain getting you ready to grow (adult helper can press hands on child’s back for warm sunshine and tap fingertips on their back for gentle raindrops). Slowly grow into a Tree by pressing one foot into the floor and propping the other foot against your leg, or placing it below or above your knee. Stretch your arms like branches up to the sky. Drop another Seed to the ground and grow into Tree again, this time balancing on your other leg.


Eagle:

Next, fly like an Eagle. Cross one leg over the other (both feet can be on the floor) and give yourself a big hug. If you feel like it, uncross your leg and send it behind you to fly like an Eagle. Now try on the other side.


Butterfly:

Sit down on the ground to become a Butterfly. Press the soles of your feet together and put your hands on your shoulders. You have two sets of wings like a butterfly. Take time to write or draw about your Tree, Eagle and Butterfly.


Experience Nature-Themed Rest

Picture yourself in nature. Choose a favorite place to visit and experience it with all of your senses – what you would hear, see, feel if you were there right now. Write or draw about your experience after.


Here’s a short guided visualization about a Monarch Butterfly. Enjoy this calming story about spending time on a beautiful Spring day with a Monarch Butterfly and see how it makes you feel. Try listening to this story when you need a break between activities during the day or just before bedtime. Notice how listening to this story makes you feel at different times during the day. Write or draw your own nature visualization to share with your family.


Credit: Chrissy Mignogna - 1000 Petals https://1000-petals.com/earth-day-routine/


Students who have questions or need assistance from a school nurse can call the health office phone number - 651-888-7602. We are checking it each morning and each afternoon and we promise to answer voicemails promptly!

amy.buck@spps.org

michelle.lessard@spps.org

AGAPE End of Year Meeting

Wednesday, May 27th, 1pm

This is an online event.

FEP, SCIP, Compact, Budget - do you know what these are all about? Would you like to?! Please join Mrs. Weir and Angie for a video meeting to review our current year documents and help us revise our documents for next year!! We look forward to seeing and hearing from you!!

meet.google.com/ech-sqhi-jki


See you there!!!

Macklemore

Glorious feat Skylar Grey - Produced by Joshua "Budo" Karp by Macklemore

Front Desk News

Hey everybody - we need your help! We having an online Spring AGAPE Family Meeting on Wednesday, May 27th at 1:00pm!! We will talk about our 2019/2020 year documents and get feedback for the 2020/2021 school year documents! All of these documents are included in the 2019/2020 AGAPE Family Handbook, but we have included links below to the documents on the AGAPE website!



GoogleMeet link is in the event notice below! We would love to see you!!!


Also, please connect with Maddi with issues you may be having with your iPad or borrowed Hotspot. Her email is maddi.mcdonell@stpaul.k12.mn.us

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