Lighthouse School Newsletter

January 27, 2021

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Mr. B's Corner

It has been a joy to reconnect with our in-person Lighthouse elementary learners. The palpable energy of students having deep conversations throughout the day has been missed. Just today, I participated in a great conversation about how little we actually know about black holes and dark matter. This notion is right at the heart of inquiry; the more we know, the more we understand how much we don’t know!

As our elementary students returned to in-person learning with fuller classrooms, we are reminded that we all need to be prepared for more classroom or program-level decisions on quarantine.

  • When a student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms that would warrant isolation and potentially testing or a student tests positive for COVID-19, we will consult with MDH and, if necessary, we will begin contact tracing for that student.
  • Since elementary students are organized in fuller classrooms or pods that are socially distanced, in many cases contact tracing will not be possible and quarantine decisions will likely impact the entire class. We’ll communicate with impacted staff and students and their parents/guardians.
  • Any full classroom in quarantine will transition to Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning) for the duration of the quarantine. If a child is on quarantine and not a whole class, a model to support continuation of learning will come from the teacher.
  • Should you hear of a student or staff member having COVID-19 and you haven’t been contacted, you’re considered at no higher risk than any other person and you should continue with your regular routine.
  • Please continue to screen for symptoms at home and communicate health concerns to our school nurse through the health line.

Additionally, we continue to encourage students to maintain their social distancing throughout the day, including during our outdoor breaks. Although masks are not required during break, we will continue to ask students to maintain social distance AND wear masks IF they are struggling to maintain social distancing.

Earlier, you received a message with the details on our plan to transition students in grades 7-12 in Modified Campus (hybrid) back to school beginning Feb. 16. We’ll provide another update next week on the transition ahead. We are excited to have more students join us in learning at school!

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


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Please remember to send your child to school each day with headphones. Headphones are needed for:

  • Participating in WebEx sessions
  • Rosetta Stone
  • DuoLingo
  • Listening to lessons on Redbird
  • Watching inquiry videos
  • Listening to music while working

Change to times and locations for free meal pick-up

Starting Tuesday, February 2, the times and community distribution locations for Spring Lake Park Schools' free meal pick-up will change. We will still continue to provide a bagged breakfast and lunch option to all children ages 1-18 at no cost.

We will continue to distribute free meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays at locations throughout the community. On Tuesdays, families will receive two-days’ worth of meals. On Thursdays, families will receive three-days’ worth of meals.

Students and families should visit the website for updated information and to find the interactive map of the distribution locations.

Pick up and drop off (arrival/dismissal) reminder

  • Families can drop their child off at 7:55 a.m. at the beginning of the school day. Please do not drop your child off earlier than 7:55 a.m. as there will be no supervision.
  • Families will still be encouraged to call-in pick-up their child at the end of the school day. The pick-up number to call after 2:30 p.m. is 763-600-5245.

Attendance and Health Line Reminders

  1. Parents are asked to call the attendance line at their child's school, 763-600-5209, 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, 763-600-5209 and press 1, to report COVID-19 positive cases
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Input requested: Learning options for 2021-2022

During this very unusual school year, we've had the opportunity to learn in several different models. As a result, some students and families have discovered that online learning works well for them. Others have found a mixture of learning at school and at home helpful to their learning and their lives. Others discovered a preference for "live" learning and still others have preferred learning to be available "on-demand" and when it fits with their schedules.

As Spring Lake Park Schools designs learning options for the 2021-2022 school year, we'd like to hear from you about what you've valued and would like to see continued in some way. Please provide your input in a very brief survey (, by Monday, February 1.

Thank you for sharing your insight and helping us continue to provide options to meet your learner's and your family's needs.

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Challenge #2 - Show Us Your Panther Pride, February 1-12

For the Panthers for a Purpose Challenge #2, The Panther Foundation wants you to show your Panther Pride by SLP gear or red, blue and white school colors, February 1-12.

Can you do 10 days or more of SLP Panther Pride Wear (branded gear, blue, red, etc.)? Send us your photos of all 10 days and you will be entered in a Panther Store $25 gift card drawing! Submit photos to

Don't forget to purchase a Swag Bag for $20 by Friday, February 5. The Swag Bag will be sure to kick up your event party with sweet & savory treats, selfie props and more. Your purchase will pre-register your household for the event and enter you into drawings with prizes totaling more than $550.

Learn more about the Panthers for a Purpose virtual event, which helps keep the pantry stocked, children fed and ready to learn!

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Lighthouse Winter Conferences

We will be hosting our Winter Conferences this year, as we did our Fall Conferences, through WebEx.

Please click on the link at, or slightly before, your scheduled conference timeslot. Don’t be alarmed as you may be placed in a “waiting room” until the previous conference has finished.

Yearbook Cover Contest

Each year, Mr. Endrizzi asks Lighthouse students to create a new Yearbook cover design. Students can choose to work by hand or digitally (the assignment can be found on student’s Schoology) and may collaborate. Assigned as an Art project this year, students can choose to enter their design in the Yearbook Cover contest where favorite designs are voted on by all of Lighthouse. The entry chosen becomes the 2020-2021 Yearbook cover.

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*Above: Previous entries include works by (clockwise from upper left) Isaiah Frei, Alyssa Schmidt, and Cora Olson & Elizabeth Levinshteyn & Alora Jensen.

High School Fashion and Design Competition

For high school students interested in fashion and design, here is your chance to participate in a unique opportunity!

The Apparel, Merchandising, and Design department at St. Catherine University, located in St. Paul, MN, will be hosting a fashion competition open to young, aspiring fashion designers in their junior or senior year of high school.

Students are invited to submit an original t-shirt or mask design that engages a social justice message, uses sustainable materials, or incorporates the engineering of a piece that’s comfortable to wear.

All submissions are DUE February 8, 2021 and winners will be announced LIVE on February 16, 2021!

Submit your design in one of four categories: social justice, sustainability, wearability, or most innovative. Winners will be announced in a virtual session: February 16, 2021, 5:30–7 p.m.

Join through this Google Meet link.

To participate in the contest, register for free here or through this Google Docs form.

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Visit the website to view full details and sign up or call Community Education at 763-600-5050.

New Take-Home Craft Activity - DIY Gnome Home
Available for pick-up on Wednesdays, this craft activity will keep your child's mind active and creative! Order your DIY Gnome Home Take-Home Kit here.

Register Now for Spring Flag Football

The National Flag Football MN program is set up in collaboration with SLP's Community Ed. Registration is open now on their website.

Spring Lake Park - Parks & Recreation Winter/Spring 2021 Youth Programs

The Spring Lake Park - Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a variety of activities for your child to get involved in this winter and spring. From co-ed t-ball & softball and art classes to a Red Cross babysitters course and a family snowshoe nature hike, there are tons of fun and enriching programs to check out. Read this flyer for program descriptions and registration information.

Panthers for a Purpose Panther Pride Sale, February 1-12

Our excitement is building for the Panther Foundation's Panthers for a Purpose virtual event on February 27, 2021. Our apparel discounts are building, too! Fill up your closets and drawers with new Panther Gear to be a part of the Panther Challenge #2. Online sale happening February 1-12. Buy More, Save More.

Online Coupon codes:

  • $5 Off $50
  • $10 Off $75
  • $20 Off $100

Visit the Panther Store to order your Panther Gear online Want to shop in-store? Email to request a personal shopping appointment.

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