Woodcrest Spanish Immersion

April 14, 2021 Newsletter

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Del Escritorio del Sr. Franke

Greetings Woodcrest families,


There is a lot happening in our community. The death of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center a few days ago was a tragedy. The shooting and the unrest following his loss has impacted students here in the building.


As I spend time in the hallways, I am hearing students have rich conversations together about the events they see or hear unfolding on the news. I am amazed by the depth, curiosity to understand, and compassion your children show for one another during these trying times. I have shared with our staff my belief that our jobs are to provide a caring and loving environment where each of your children feels safe, seen, and known for who they are.


Looking ahead there are a lot of exciting opportunities for student enrichment that you should be aware of. After school programming is picking up with options for art and sports this spring. See more information in the newsletter. Summer child care registration for school-aged children through 6th grade is also open and the summer theme is the Olympics. Additional information about summer school also will be coming a bit later.


We continue our efforts to maintain a safe and healthy school environment. I encourage you and your family to continue daily at-home health screenings. Our collective efforts will allow a smooth and consistent end to the 2020-2021 school year.


Thank you for all you do,


John Franke

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Resources for families: Help for responding to traumatic events

Last Sunday's shooting in Brooklyn Center comes at a particularly difficult and re-traumatizing time as our community is living through the trial of Derek Chauvin. A few weeks ago, we provided this list of resources that may be helpful to you at home:



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

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La Horma de su Zapato

La semana pasada las clases de segundo grado estuvieron leyendo y analizando la historia “La horma de su zapato." Como proyecto final, los niños decoraron y personalizaron sus propias zapatillas.


Last week students in second grade read and analyzed the story “La horma de su zapato." After reading and analyzing the story, the students in Srta. Aranda’s class decorated and personalized their very own shoes.

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Dine-to-Donate night at Culvers

Save the date for our next dine to donate night, which will be next Monday, April 19 at Blaine Culvers from 5-7 p.m. If you order food during this time, a percentage of sales will be donated by Culvers to our PTO to support our activities of student support, staff appreciation and community engagement.



  • Culvers Dine-to-Donate Night
  • Monday, April 19 from 5-7 p.m.
  • Culvers Location: 10550 Baltimore St. NE, Blaine, MN 55449

New or Gently Used Book Drive

Woodcrest PTO is collecting new or gently used books for literacy initiatives at Woodcrest.


Depending on the number of donations we receive, this may include giving books to students who do not have access to books at home and/or a summer reading book giveaway event for all students.

Books can be dropped off in the collection bin at Woodcrest during school hours.


If you are part of the EFL Learning Model or have a large donation, send PTO a FB message or email the Woodcrest PTO to arrange porch pick-up from your home.

Board Nominations

We will be collecting nominations for next year's 2021-2022 WCSI PTO Board, which will be voted on during our May 10 meeting.


Board positions currently include:


  • President: Lead monthly Parent Teacher Meetings, Lead monthly Board Meetings, Lead monthly meeting with staff
  • Vice President: Coordinate child care and dine-to-donate nights
  • Secretary: Take minutes at meetings as able to attend, create newsletters
  • Treasurer: Keep track off all transactions, prepare monthly report for meetings, help with reimbursements/purchases
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Maintain Konstella database, create posts for volunteers as needs arise, communicate with committee chairs
  • Social Media Coordinator: Create posts on Facebook/Twitter for events/volunteer opportunities


For more information about the board and positions please email the Woodcrest PTO.

FREE Digital Games Available

Free Digital Family Game Night for all via Breakout EDU! New puzzles have been released for the month of April. Complete one to be entered into the monthly prize drawing. Sign up online with code OQXAW6

Scholastic Book Club

Woodcrest PTO is offering Scholastic Book Club. Please visit Scholastic online and enter class code NJ89V. All purchases will help earn FREE books which will be used to support children's literacy at Woodcrest.


Questions about Scholastic Book Club can be emailed to PTO.

PTO Contact Info

If you have ideas or questions at any time, contact us via email.

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  • April 19- Culvers Dine-to-Donate from 5-7 p.m. at the Blaine Culvers.
  • May 10- PTO Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • MCA Reading Tests for students in grades 3 and 4: May 11 and 13 for In-Person students.
  • MCA Reading Tests for students in grades 3 and 4: May 12 for EFL students.
  • MCA Math Tests for students in grades 3 and 4: May 18 and 20 for In-Person students.
  • MCA Math Tests for students in grades 3 and 4: May 19 for EFL students.
  • AAPPL Testing for students in grade 4: The week of May 24.
  • May 21- Due Date for Parent Input Forms. Connect with Yesica if you would like a form.
  • May 31- No school for students
  • June 10- Last school day for students
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Kidcreate Art and AKA Sport programs start soon; Summer child care options

  • Summer Child Care registration is open now for grades K-6, and spots are filling quickly. Kids are sure to have a great time this summer with weekly themes on the Summer Olympics including the history, events, countries, traditions and more.
  • After-school Kidcreate art programs start next week! Registration ends on April 19. Sign up today.
  • After-school AKA sport programs start May 3: Sign up.

SLPHS Spring Musical Presents SPAMALOT

Live theater is back! Bring your family and enjoy this musical comedy. Opening weekend is Friday, April 23. Two matinee shows are available at discounted prices. The Fine Arts Center has limited seating due to COVID-19 restrictions, purchase your tickets today so you don’t miss it!

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