Woodcrest Spanish Immersion

September 2, 2020 Newsletter

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Hello Woodcrest families:

On Monday, we welcomed all teaching staff back to Woodcrest. It has been exciting to see new and returning teachers reconnect with colleagues and build relationships with our new teachers. They have focused on health and safety protocols in the classroom and on creating exciting and engaging learning experiences for our students in both Modified Campus Schedules (hybrid) and Extended Flexible learning (distance learning) models.

Two recurring themes have come up this week in the building:

  1. We are excited to get back to learning.

  2. We are uncovering opportunities to create new learning experiences tailored to the needs of each of our students.

Overviews - What to expect

As we get closer to the start of the year, I am positive that you will have questions about what learning will look like this fall. We’ve put together brief, one-page overviews to help you know what to expect for learning experiences, feedback and communication as this new year gets under way.

Class assignments

I know there is a lot of excitement to find out information about teacher assignments and daily schedules. All final class lists and teacher assignment schedules for both Modified Campus Schedule (Hybrid) Model and Extended Flexible Learning (Distance Learning) Model will be shared on Thursday, September 3.

First Days of School and Meet and Greet

As was mentioned last week, we will use September 10 and September 11 to orient our students and families, creatively connect for meet and greet opportunities and carefully manage transitions for our youngest students. The first day of instruction for all grade levels in both models will be Monday, September 14.

For the Modified Campus Schedule (Hybrid) Model, our approach to September 10 and 11 is similar to other years and provides a higher level of support for our youngest students transitioning to school. It also provides an opportunity for us to solidify transportation, arrival and dismissal procedures and other critical aspects of our operations with smaller group sizes.

On September 10 and 11:

  • Kindergarten students come to school for their first days.

  • Grades 1-4 students will participate in online meet and greet activities with teachers. They will not be in the building on these days.

For the Extended Flexible Learning (Distance Learning) Model,
September 10 and September 11 will be dedicated to students participating in online meet and greet activities with teachers to build relationships. This will also provide an opportunity to ensure technology is set up to support learning.

Despite the challenges COVID-19 has created in all our lives, we’re ready and excited to get back to learning together. Please know that we at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion are committed to balancing the health and safety of your children and finding the opportunities for growth and personalization. As we get closer to the start of the year, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.

John Franke

Interim Principal

Woodcrest Elementary Spanish Immersion School

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Transportation for the 2020-2021 School Year

Getting to school and home again

Getting to and from school will be a little different as we start the school year as we continue to manage the impacts of COVID-19 in our communities.

Transportation by bus

If your student will be riding the bus, routes and confirmations were posted in Campus Parent Portal on Monday, August 31. That same day, postcards were mailed to homes. If you have questions about bussing, contact transportation@district16.org. View bus riding procedures.

Parent drop off and pick up

Many families have chosen to drive their students to school and home again this fall. In order to ease the flow of traffic and ensure we can meet social distancing guidelines, our buildings will be open earlier prior to school and later after school. Students may be dropped-off and picked-up at any time during this window.

Parents will need to stay in their vehicle and have students exit on the curbside of the vehicle. Staff will be on the curb to greet students and guide them on where to go.

Drop off starting at:

  1. 7:30 a.m. - Spring Lake Park High School (school starts at 8:10 a.m.
  2. 7:10 a.m. - Westwood grades 7-8 (school starts at 7:45 a.m.)
  3. 8 a.m. - Westwood grades 5-6 (school starts at 8:40 a.m.)
  4. 8:30 a.m. - Woodcrest Spanish Immersion Elementary (school starts at 9:10 a.m.)
  5. 8:45 a.m. - Centerview, Northpoint and Park Terrace Elementary Schools (schools starts at 9:20 a.m.)

Pick up until:

  1. 3:30 p.m. - Spring Lake Park High School (school ends at 2:55 p.m.)
  2. 3 p.m. - Westwood grades 7-8 (school ends at 2:30 p.m.)
  3. 3:45 p.m. - Westwood grades 5-6 (school ends at 3:15 p.m.)
  4. 4:15 p.m. - Woodcrest Spanish Immersion Elementary (school ends at 3:45 p.m.)
  5. 4:30 p.m. - Centerview, Northpoint and Park Terrace Elementary Schools (schools ends at 3:55 p.m.)

When picking up students during these later times you will be asked to call the school office and staff will notify your student(s) that you have arrived.

Supervision will be provided during these times before and after school. Students will have a designated place within the building where they can quietly read, use their devices or catch up on homework. They will be socially distanced and need to wear a mask.

Share your Do's and Don'ts for learning at home

In the spring, we all learned a lot while we learned from home. We learned what we can do to learn effectively from home - set up a dedicated workspace, establish a schedule, etc. We also learned what NOT to do.

As we prepare for a fall when almost all students will be learning at home for at least a few days each week, we want to learn from each other. What ideas and insights would you like to share with other SLP students and families to make this fall - and any days we're learning at home - productive, fulfilling and joyful.

Send your tips to communications@district16.org and we'll share our collective list of learning at home do's and don'ts in next week's newsletter.

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

All students in Spring Lake Park Schools must comply with Minnesota Immunization Laws. All immunizations need to be up-to-date, prior to the start of the school year. Students who are not up-to-date on immunizations will receive communication from our nurses in the near future. 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.

Technology Toolkit: A one-stop shop for all SLP technology tools

At Spring Lake Park Schools, students and families will utilize a variety of technology tools. Whether you are paying a lunch bill or learning on your school-issued iPad, find technology information you need. Check out the Technology Toolkit page.

SLP Mailing Arriving Soon to your Household

Be on the lookout for a letter in the mail that will be delivered to households within the next couple of weeks. It includes helpful resources such as a contacts reference card with school contact information, including the attendance and health office lines for each school. Additionally, every household will receive a magnet to hang up as a reminder of daily health self-screening.

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This week, marked the beginning of Teacher's Workshop Week here at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion and the Woodcrest PTO made them feel so welcomed and loved. Thank you very much PTO for all the love, balloons, and decorations. Teachers really appreciated it and made them feel so loved and appreciated!
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