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JANUARY 18, 2023 - NEWSLETTER
Hello Northpoint Families,
I hope everyone had a wonderful extended weekend, in spite of the Vikings (and Packers) recent loss!
At Northpoint this week, we will be enjoying student performances for Round Two of Northpoint’s Got Talent. This will determine our finalists for the final round which will be held at the Spring Lake Park Fine Arts Center on Feb. 3. Thanks to our PTO for providing us funds to provide transportation so that all Northpoint students can go to the high school to enjoy the finals!
This is the time of year when we have events and opportunities focused on enrollment, registration, and grade level transitions across our Spring Lake Park Schools. Take a moment to review upcoming opportunities in today’s newsletter. If your child is gearing up for a big transition, know we are all here to help make it smooth.
Mark your calendar for Panthers for a Purpose coming up in February. The week of giving is February 18-25 and concludes with a big party on Saturday, February 25. It’s a great week of coming together for a good cause to support students across Spring Lake Park Schools.
Have a good week!
Fourth Grade Families: Introduction to Westwood
When students finish fourth grade at Spring Lake Park elementary schools, they transition to 5th grade at Westwood Intermediate School. Now is the time to get to know Westwood and prepare for next year.
Families of fourth graders are invited to attend a virtual Introduction to Westwood session on Thursday, January 26 and/or an in-person event on Thursday, February 2 to learn more about the school, the transition to 5th grade and to meet members of the Westwood team.
Attend a virtual session Thursday, January 26
January 26, Coffee and Conversations, 9 a.m. | General WebEx Link | Spanish Immersion WebEx Link
January 26, Lunch and Learn, 1 p.m. | General WebEx Link | Spanish Immersion WebEx Link
January 26, Dessert and Discuss, 6 p.m. | General WebEx Link | Spanish Immersion WebEx Link
The content of each presentation will be the same so families only need to attend one session. If you're not able to make any of these sessions, there will also be a recorded presentation available to families after these sessions with the same great information.
Attend the Westwood Welcome Thursday, February 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Fourth grade students and their families will have an opportunity to visit Westwood in-person on February 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees will participate in several topic-specific, small group information sessions, dive into common parent questions and tour the building.
Community Event — Jan. 26: Kate Gladdin, Resiliency Speaker
Don't forget to mark your calendar to hear Resiliency Speaker Kate Gladdin share her message on Thursday, January 26 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center at Spring Lake Park School. The talk will be paired with a health fair at Spring Lake Park High School in the Rotunda where families can learn about community resources.
Kate is a speaker and coach who specializes in uplifting teens and developing their resiliency. Her talks help reduce student anxiety by teaching the power of ''response-ability'' which is the ability to choose a response to any situation based on your perspective of it.
Through Kate's talk, attendees will learn how to:
- Recognize the impact of negative thoughts and self-talk
- Understand the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and reactions
- Use a simple 3-step strategy to quickly change unhelpful thought
- Identify sneaky negative beliefs and transform them
- Develop a growth mindset during times of adversity
For questions, contact Abbey Pierce.
It’s time to start planning for the 2023-2024 school year
Spring Lake Park Schools is hosting a number of events this winter and spring to help current and incoming families prepare for the next steps in their students’ education. Whether you are looking to enroll a student, preparing for a school transition or registering for classes, we hope students and families can join us to learn more. Find additional information, dates and times, WebEx links and more.
Plan now for Panthers for a Purpose Week of Giving
The Panthers for a Purpose Week of Giving is coming February 18-25, 2023 and will culminate in a not-to-be-missed Panther Party on Saturday, February 25.
The Panther Foundation’s biggest fundraising event of the year supports Spring Lake Park Schools with a special focus this year on supporting Career and College Pathways. Learn more.
The fundraising and Panther Pride week includes an online silent auction, dine-to-donate opportunities at local restaurants and activities all week long. Right now, you can donate items to the auction, set up your auction account for easy bidding later, purchase your ticket to the Panther Party or donate directly to the Fund-A-Dream project - Career and College Pathways.
Find everything you need for the Week of Giving and Panther Party on the Panthers for a Purpose event page.
Northpoint's Got Talent Round Two kicked off this week. All of the acts are amazing and we are looking forward to seeing who will make it to the next round!
Thursday, January 26: Kate Gladdin, Resiliency Speaker talk at the SLPHS Fine Arts Center, 6 p.m.
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