Lighthouse School Newsletter

March 24, 2021

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ACT Testing Date: March 30

The Spring Lake Park High School Campus will be utilized for ACT testing on Tuesday, March 30. This means Lighthouse Learners will be working from home. Students are expected to continue making progress on their negotiated workplan and attend any scheduled meetings via WebEx.

Mr. B's Corner

We have reached the final third of this very challenging school year. Yesterday, we really enjoyed welcoming more students back into the building for yet another learning model transition. During the numerous transitions we have had this year, I have been continuously proud of our community’s resilience. It is not easy for anyone this year, but we have and will continue to accomplish our goals as a community. Students have been flexible, whether at home, in the classroom or a mixture of both. Parents have modeled adaptability as their role fluxes from parent to teacher’s assistant to quarantine pal. Facilitators have continued to keep student needs front and center as they work in-person, online, or a combination of both.

Despite yesterday being the first day of the term, there were student presentations already on the docket. I really enjoyed watching Bronson Palmer share his inquiry that looked into the underpinnings of music through a cultural lens. I was most impressed that he was able to share that, although separated by oceans, most cultures came to similar divisions of their tonal systems based upon the natural overtone series, but what makes each culture’s music interesting is the unique differences. So true! There is so much that we all share, but our differences are to be celebrated! How very Lighthousian, indeed . . .

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


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Pandemic food benefits mailed by March 31

Families with students who qualify for free and reduced price meals will receive additional food benefits in the mail. Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children in grades K-12 who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. One benefit card per child (like a credit card) will be mailed to homes by March 31. The card will contain funds families can use to purchase food. Keep your card(s) safe. Cards will be loaded with additional benefits in later months. See more information about the P-EBT program.

It's not too late to complete a Free and Reduced Price Meals application. For more information, contact Jane Sweney, Nutrition Services Program Assistant at 763-600-5041 or

Daily Health Self-Screen for Symptoms Reminder

All students and staff must self-screen their health before coming to school each day. Please stay home if there are one or more of the more common symptoms (fever greater than 100°, new cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste/smell) or two or more of the less common symptoms (sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, extreme fatigue, new severe headache, new nasal congestion or runny nose). View the Daily Health Self-Screen for COVID-19 Symptoms document.

COVID-19 Testing for Students and Families

MDH announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing. For more information about community testing sites and at-home kits, visit the MDH website COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families.

Concurrent Students

We have worked tirelessly to make sure schedules work for each student. Although our LH students are able to attend “hands-on” courses in-person at SLPHS many students chose to keep their EFL schedule rather than switching teachers. Relationships are the pillar of education so this makes perfect sense. Please don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.

Report Cards

Lighthouse Report Cards will be available, once again, utilizing Parent Portal. Please view the linked tutorial should you need a refresher on accessing Parent Portal. For further tech support, please email or call 763-600-5555.

The deadline to order the Lighthouse yearbook is April 2

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Resources for families: Responding to current events

Our news headlines have been dominated by the upcoming trial trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, charged in the death of George Floyd last summer as well as recent mass shootings including events in Atlanta that have highlighted the issue of ongoing racism, violence and harassment toward Asian Americans.

At home, you may be looking for resources to help your children process current events. There are many available and here are just a few you may find helpful:

For additional support in the coming days, please reach out to our school office with specific requests. We are here to help.

Where to find the latest COVID-19 information

We continue to update our "hub" of information for this unusual school year. Find the latest information about the learning models, health and safety measures (including procedures for quarantine), the weekly dashboard and archive of parent communication related to COVID-19 at Not finding what you need? Submit a question on the website and you should get a response within 24 hours.

CDC's 'After You Travel' recommendations

For families that traveled over the break, please be sure to read the CDC Travel During COVID-19 resource that's available online. The After You Travel link also recommends individuals get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if the test comes back negative. Now that we've returned from Spring Break, our schools will continue to follow health and safety mitigation strategies. We appreciate all members of our school community taking precautions to help us keep our classrooms open for learning.

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March 30: ACT Testing (Lighthouse Students Learn from Home)

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Pathways Career Expo: Find the Path to your Future

Registration is now open for our very first virtual Career Expo one week from today! The event is on Wednesday, March 31 from 9 a.m.-noon and all students in grades 9-12 can register here. Watch a quick tutorial on how to get registered for the Pathways Career Expo here.

Event overview:

  • Meet career professionals who can answer your questions about job responsibilities, requirements and skills.
  • Learn what education and training is needed after high school for your career.
  • Check out job outlook and projected income for selected careers.

Event Schedule on Wednesday, March 31:

  1. Overview - Career Exploration & Outlook: 9-9:30 a.m.
  2. Business & Entrepreneurship: 9:30-10 a.m.
  3. Health Services: 10-10:30 a.m.
  4. Human Services: 10:30-11 a.m.
  5. Technology, Engineering & Design: 11-11:30 a.m.
  6. Trades, Manufacturing & Construction: 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Blaido Counselor for Career and College Readiness or 763-600-5139.

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Lighthouse's very own, Brennan Cogswell, gets a shout-out from Rick Steves

Brennan and his family are all fans of the travel writer/travel show maker Rick Steves. Brennan enjoys the theme song from the show and picked it out by ear on the piano. His family sent the video to the Rick Steves Europe company and not only did they get a lovely response back, but Rick added some bells and whistles to it and decided to use it on his Facebook pages! We cannot wait to "keep on traveling!"

Watch Brennan's video here.

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