Lighthouse School Newsletter

May 12, 2021

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Mr. B's Corner

To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, Elizabeth Levinshteyn and her siblings, Jacob and Sasha, shared this card with their mother. I love it-such a Lighthousian way to show their love! I suspect that if this reaches the desk of Hallmark, the Levinshteyn children may have a lucrative career in greeting cards in their future.


History of Mother’s Day

Although I suspect most cultures throughout history have found ways to honor their mothers, History.com has traced celebrations honoring moms back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans. These cultures honored their mother goddesses, Rhea and Cybele. In the UK, Mother’s day was much more akin to a religious homecoming. Congregants would return to the congregation that they went to as children-their “mother” church. They called this tradition “Mothering Sunday.” This tradition slowly morphed into a more secular holiday where gifts and flowers would be given to mothers across Europe.


Interestingly, Anna Jarvis, who rallied the U.S.’s version of Mother’s Day starting in 1908 and made official in 1914, became disillusioned with the commercialization of the holiday. She spent the latter part of her life trying to remove this holiday from the calendar.


I suspect our Lighthouse community knows more ways that honoring one’s mother occurs around the world and across cultures. Please feel free to share as I would love to learn more. Two examples shared from History.com:

  • In Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated to honor their queen, Sirikit
  • In Ethiopia, they honor mothers by having a multi-day festival, Antrosht


As a young boy, I clipped fresh lilacs and prepared a breakfast for my mother each year. I continue the tradition when I am able to be with my mom for Mother’s Day, but during this pandemic, I have sent her beautiful photos of lilacs.


As always, thanks for entrusting your child(ren) to Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners,

Kevin

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They've got our back: Our school nurses make us Panther Proud

Our school nurses have had an incredible year. We couldn't have navigated a pandemic year of learning without them. On this National School Nurse Day, we recognize our SLP school nurses and all they do to keep us healthy, safe and learning. Hear from Becca Williams, our lead nurse, on what makes her SLP Panther Proud.

They've got our back: Our school nurses make us Panther Proud
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COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program

Walk-ins for Minnesotans age 16 years and older will be accepted at state community vaccination sites in Bloomington (Mall of America), Saint Paul (Roy Wilkins Auditorium), Lino Lakes and Oakdale. Walk-ins for Minnesotans age 18 years and older will be accepted at Mankato, Duluth, Rochester and St. Cloud. The federally-supported State Fairgrounds site is not accepting walk-ins at this time as it is currently administering second doses. Parental/guardian consent required for 16- and 17-year-olds. Find your preferred location and make an appointment today.

Daily Health Screening Reminder

Please continue daily health screenings before sending students to school. If your child has any symptoms, they need to stay home. We are all tracking news of variants and their spread. We ask that everyone remain diligent to help keep learning going at school with as few interruptions as possible.
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Find your SPARK this summer

With summer youth programs registration now open, it is the perfect time to find your SPARK this summer with Community Education! Whether it's a new sport or activity or to meet new friends, kids can make the most of their summer through these programs. A flyer with more information is being sent home with students at school this week or you can view the digital handout here and find all of our Camp and Clinic opportunities here.
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Club Spotlight of the Week:

Panther Cubs Tennis Camp, Ages 4-10

This program changes the game making it easier for children to succeed. The court dimensions are smaller, racquet shorter, nets lower and lower compression balls (orange balls) are used. Taught by Varsity Coach David Kuether. Sign up for Panther Cub Tennis Camp.

Swimming Club - Conditioning, Gr. 7-12

For students going into grades 7-12 for the 2021-2022 school year. Athletes will be able to decide if they would like to participate in conditioning, drills or both. During conditioning on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, athletes will spend practice doing various sets that will help with their overall conditioning. Taught by varsity coach Greg Kugler. Sign up for Swimming Club - Conditioning Gr. 7-12.

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