Woodcrest Spanish Immersion

January 20, 2021 Newsletter

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Del Escritorio del Sr. Franke

Greetings Woodcrest Families,

We at Woodcrest continue to be excited to have many of our students back in the building tomorrow. We are hard at work ensuring each student has a positive experience tomorrow and beyond. As a reminder, any family whose child moved homeroom teachers received a communication last Friday. Today, teaching staff focused on the practical work of preparing their classrooms for your children and working with one another to get to know more about your children and deepen efforts to personalize their lesson and unit designs.

For families returning to learning at school, please review the important information in today’s newsletter. There are important reminders about health screening, arrival and dismissal, reporting attendance, and information for our return to the building. We ask for your patience and understanding. Our arrival and dismissal procedures will remain the same as they were during Modified Campus (hybrid). This will be the first time a majority of our students are in the building at the same time this year and we can expect growing pains in these first days back. We appreciate your partnership and patience.

In addition to the return to our school building, we had some other good news this week. On Monday, Spring Lake Park Schools received notification from the state about our first doses of COVID-19 vaccine for school staff. The district was allocated 13 doses (about 1.5% of staff) for this first round of vaccinations which will begin this week. We are prioritizing vaccinations for those at highest risk following guidance from the state. While state supply is limited and our first allocation is small, this is an encouraging step forward in this pandemic year.

Whether your child is returning to the building tomorrow or continuing in Extended Flexible Learning, we all wish you a good day tomorrow and the days ahead. Lastly, I continue to appreciate of all the communications from families since returning from Winter Break – email, phone, WebEx meetings. Please, keep reaching out. Each contact is an opportunity to act this year’s motto here at Woodcrest…Juntos Es Mejor/Better Together!


John Franke

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Pick up and drop off (arrival/dismissal) reminder

To ensure the highest level of safety for all students, morning student drop off will prioritize the location of Kindergarten and 1st grade students. It has been designed to ensure physical safety and safety for those entering and exiting the parking lots. It is important that all students remain in their vehicle until 8:50 a.m. when staff members welcome them to enter the building.

Student Drop-Off

Families of Kindergarten and 1st grade students:

  • May park in the parking lot in the SOUTH (nearest to the large playground) parking lot and wait for staff to welcome their child/ren at 8:50 a.m.

  • May park in the WEST (nearest to the small playground) parking lot and wait for staff to welcome their child/ren

  • At 8:50 a.m. a staff member will welcome students car-by-car to school. This will ensure social distancing and a warm personalized welcome.

  • This welcoming will occur by parking row, starting with the row closest to Van Buren St.

  • As students enter the building they will be welcomed/guided by a number of other staff along the way (re-enforcing social distancing and greeting students along the way)

Families with students 2nd through 4th grade:

  • May use the “Parent drop-off circle.”

  • Families will park within the circle and wait for staff to welcome their child/ren

  • Please pull car all the way up to the nearest open space

Student Dismissal:

All students will exit from Door #1

To ensure a safe and orderly dismissal time, families will be assigned a number. Parents/Families must stay at their vehicle. For safety reasons we encourage them to stand outside of their vehicle with your number in-hand. This way students and parents have a clear view of one another during dismissal time. Staff will identify your assigned number and will radio for your child/ren.

Your assigned parking spot number will also be your child's dismissal number.

Student dismissal will begin at 3:45 p.m.

Families of Kindergarten and 1st grade students:

  • May park in the SOUTH or WEST lots and wait for your child/ren to join you at the vehicle

Families with students 2nd through 4th grade:

  • May park in the parent drop-off circle and wait for their child to join you at the vehicle


We thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience as we identify areas of improvement and refine our processes. Please do your best to arrive early at dismissal.

Daily Health Self-Screening

Staff, students, parents and visitors of Spring Lake Park Schools must self-screen for symptoms at home daily before coming to school (also called passive screening) using the Daily Health Self-Screening Checklist. If a person is sick or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, they MAY NOT come to school.

Procedures for Close Contact, Illness and Notification Fact Sheet

We are following guidance provided by the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our schools and programs. We work directly with MDH on any potential close contacts and positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 and follow their direction for contact tracing, notification and other critical actions. The Procedures for Close Contact, Illness and Notification Fact Sheet defines the specifics and explains the process for our schools in more detail.

Attendance and Health Line Reminders

  1. Parents are asked to call the attendance line at their child's school, 763-600-5809, 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, 763-600-5804, to report COVID-19 positive cases

iPads will go between school and home each day

As your child returns to school, please note that their school-issued iPad should go with them to school in each morning and home with them each evening. iPads will not be left at school at the end of the school day or over the weekend.

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Make sure your child's immunization records are up-to-date by February 1

All students in Spring Lake Park Schools, both in-person and extended flexible learning (distance), must comply with Minnesota Immunization Laws. All immunizations need to be up-to-date by Monday, February 1. Students who are not up-to-date on immunizations by Monday, February 1 will not be able to come to school. Minnesota School Immunization Laws require ALL students enrolled in school to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, hepatitis B, ​meningitis and varicella.

The only exceptions are:

  1. A student has had the chickenpox virus
  2. Medical exemption ​with paperwork from your provider
  3. Conscientious exemption ​with notarized exemption form

If you believe your child's records need to be updated with proof of immunizations, please bring or send these to your school nurse or call for verification. Learn more about immunizations at SLP and find a downloadable immunization form.

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Collect pennies and food donations for Panther Challenge #1

Panther Challenge #1 is in full swing with the 'Pennies for Packs' and Community Food Drive challenge. Grab your spare change and food donations and be ready to drop off the items on collections days, January 26-27. Collection sites include the front office at each school and the District Services Center (DSC).

As you collect pennies and food donations for Panther Challenges, we want to see your efforts. Email your photos and videos to pantherfoundation@district16.org. All submissions you share will be entered into a drawing for prizes!

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Woodcrest Spanish Immersion Talent Show

¿Tienes un talento increíble que quieres compartir con el mundo?

Do you have an amazing talent that you want to share with the world?

Estas de suerte- tu puedes ser parte del Concurso de Talento de Woodcrest Spanish Immersion.

You are in luck- you can be part of the Woodcrest Spanish Immersion Talent Show.

Presiona aquí para mas información. Click here for more information.

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Art Adventure

If anyone is interested in presenting art from the Minneapolis Institute of Art to classes this year, please email WCSI PTO by January 31.

FREE Digital Games Available

Free Digital Family Game Night for all via Breakout EDU! New puzzles have been released for the month of January. Complete one to be entered into the monthly prize drawing.

Scholastic Book Club

Woodcrest PTO is offering Scholastic Book Club. Please visit Scholastic 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 the Woodcrest Spanish Immersion PTO.

Contact Info

If you have ideas or questions at any time, contact the WCSI PTO.

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  • January 21- First Day back for students at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion
  • January 21- Kindergarten Connect from 4-5 p.m.
  • February 8- WCSI PTO Meeting from 6-7 p.m.
  • February 12- No School for students at Woodrest Spanish Immersion
  • February 15- No School for students at Woodrest Spanish Immersion
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Sign-up for virtual Community Education programs!

Community Education is excited to offer a variety of virtual programs for adults and children in the community this winter. From Instant Pot, fitness and internet safety programs for adults to coding, acting and craft programs for children, there is something for everyone in your family to enjoy! Visit the website to view all programs and sign up or call Community Education at 763-600-5050.

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