THE PATH FEBRUARY 2023
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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES:
- 7th: PTO MEETING, 7:00p
- 10th: PTO MOVIE NIGHT FOR GRADES 3-5, 6:00-8:00p
- 17th: NO SCHOOL (students)
- 20th: NO SCHOOL (staff/students), Happy President's Day!
- 14th: PTO Meeting, 7:00p
- 16th, 21st, and 23rd: CONFERENCES (IN-PERSON ONLY), 4:10-7:50p each night
- 24th: 2-HOUR EARLY RELEASE DAY
- 24th: PTO SPRING DANCE, 6:00-8:00p (see info. below)
- 30th: END OF QUARTER 3
- 31st: NO SCHOOL (students)
- April 3rd-7th: NO SCHOOL (students and staff), SPRING BREAK
MONTHLY CHARACTER EDUCATION THEME: INTEGRITY
Monthly Character Education Theme: Integrity
Each month, students at all grade levels will be learning more about a specific positive character trait. They will read a book with their class and do an activity related to this theme. Individual classrooms may also expand upon this theme on their own. All character education themes will tie back to our school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) expectations of being Respectful, Responsible, Positive, and Safe.
For the month of February, our theme is Integrity. Students will learn that integrity means doing the right thing, even when no one is watching or if it’s challenging. A person with integrity shows kindness, honesty, and fairness in everything they do.
Our kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders will read the book “Ruthie and the Not So Teeny Tiny Lie” by Laura Rankin, a story about a girl who really wants something special that belongs to another kid. She learns how bad it feels to tell a lie, and how much better she feels once she tells the truth and returns the special item to the other kid. The students will then complete a connected activity where they work as a class to show integrity with random acts of kindness throughout the school.
Grades 3, 4, and 5 will read the book “The Power of One” by Trudy Ludwig. This simple story shows us how one act of kindness can have a big impact on many people. By reaching out to others with kindness and friendship, we can build a stronger and more positive community. Students will practice showing integrity by becoming “secret agents of kindness” and finding ways to do acts of kindness throughout the school when no one is watching.
We encourage you to talk more with your child about this month’s theme of Integrity. Below are some ideas for ways to continue this learning at home:
- Take extra time to acknowledge times of honesty with your child. If they admit to a wrongdoing, make sure to first praise them for being honest and showing integrity.
- One area that can be particularly challenging for older kids is showing integrity on social media. Have a discussion with your child about how they can be kind and honest when talking with friends online, and how it’s just as important as when they are right in front of that person.
- Work with your child to do random acts of kindness for others. Talk about how good it feels to do kind things for others, even when no one is watching.
If you have any additional questions about our character education programming, you can reach out to Tammy Doyle, dean of students (952-496-5899, email@example.com) or Stephanie St Peter, school psychologist (952-496-5812, firstname.lastname@example.org)
I LOVE TO READ MONTH
Spring Conferences are quickly approaching!! We will be holding Spring Conferences on March 16th, 21st, and 23rd from 4:10-7:50p each night. All conferences will be in-person (online is by request only with the teacher). Please save these dates! Look for more information to come regarding sign-up in mid-Febraury!
SUN PATH SCHOOL STORE
Our school store has been a huge success! We will continue to have the store open on Friday mornings from 8:55-9:105a until the end of the year. Reminder: Purchasing items at the school store is optional. Please do not feel pressured to have your child make a purchase.
Give Kids a Smile is a non-profit organization that provides free dental care for underserved children whose daily life is affected by not having the dental care they need. They provide exams, cleanings, fluoride vanishes, sealants, x-rays, fillings. There are clinics coming up in Prior Lake, Belle Plaine and Bloomington. If you would like more information please check out their website: https://gkas.org/ .
Sun Path School Nurses
Vickie Van Heuvelen
MESSAGE FROM PTO
The PTO is busy planning for events and activities for the second half of the year! Our Movie Night for Grades 3-5 is set for Friday, Feb.10th and our popular Spring Dance will return on Friday, March 24th. Looking ahead.......we're working on a Marco's Pizza Fundraiser that the kids will play a big role in and a new End-Of-Year Celebration.
Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 7th at 7:00 pm in the Cafeteria. Please note that this is a change from our regular schedule. We hope to see you there! Being a part of the Sun Path PTO is a great way to help us make this elementary experience unforgettable for our students and teachers!
For information or to get involved, follow us on Facebook (Sun Path PTO) or email:
Thanks for helping us make Sun Path shine!
2022/2023 Leadership Team:
President: Erin Bryan
Vice President: OPEN
Treasurer: Kristina Kimpling
Secretary: Tami Weispfenning
Don't Miss Out. Get your Yearbook orders in!
Yearbooks are $20 for soft cover and $25 for hard cover. Place your order here: https://strawbridge.fotomerchanthv.com/search/YB25903.
Ordering closes March 31, so be sure to place your order soon!
If you are in need of winter gear for your child our social worker can help.
Please contact Kelsi Henningsen at:
email@example.com or 952-496-5896.
POSITIVE INTERVENTION BEHAVIORS AND SUPPORTS (PBIS)
As a part of our PBIS program we have added a group of Fifth Grade Saber Leaders. The students who are part of the leader group are offering a student voice to the decision making at Sun Path! They opened the school store, planned fun dress up days and will be planning much more this spring. It is fun to watch these students grow in their leadership skills!
It is a great day to be a SABER!
FOOD PRICES/COMING FOR LUNCH 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR
STUDENT BREAKFAST (Grades 1-5, Kindergarten is free): $1.70
STUDENT LUNCH: $2.85
ADULT BREAKFAST: $2.85
ADULT LUNCH: $4.95
EXTRA MILK: $.55
JUST A REMINDER ABOUT COMING FOR LUNCH:
If you plan to come for lunch please call the front desk by 10:00a. Please let us know if you will be eating here when you call so we can plan accordingly. If you are wanting to eat here please make sure you have the right amount of cash or check to give to Food Service. You can also bring in lunch from outside for your child(ren). If you forget to call ahead, that is OK....please still come and join your child(ren) for lunch.
The school district is hiring for multiple positions. Specifically here at Sun Path, we are hiring for Paraprofessionals, Playground Supervision, and Food Service Workers. We would love for you to be part of our team! Please click on the link below to see all the Employment Opportunities we have in the district. Thank you for considering!
PALMER BUS IS ALSO HIRING!
Palmer is hiring for big bus drivers, small bus drivers and bus aides. A CDL is required for the driving positions and we have a paid training program to walk you through the process.
This is a part time position and hours/days are based on the school calendar. You would be joining a great team and entering a rewarding career.
Contact Palmer Bus Service at 952-445-1166 for more information.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
For over 20 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for their school, with products they already buy.
In the past, you would cut the little "Box Top" (see image to the side) off and bring them into school. We are asking if you have any of these still trickling around at home please send them with your child to school. They have phased this way out.
If you buy a product that has the "Box Tops" logo on it, now you can simply scan your store receipt with the Box Tops mobile app to identify participating products and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.
YMCA SCHOOL AGE CARE INFO. FOR 2022-23
DROP OFF AND PICK UP REMINDERS
- Students who ride the bus will be dropped off and picked up on the lower-level.
- In the morning they depart from the bus and proceed to breakfast or the classroom.
- If you are dropping your child off in the morning before 9:05 AM (not before 8:55 AM), please drop them off on the lower-level. Please drop the students off before the service door driveway. Parking in front of the lower-level main door is reserved for busses.
- When dropping your child off, please pull up to the curb and have your child exit the car door (passenger’s side) next to the curb. We are trying to eliminate students in the parking lot, unless they are walking with their parent. If you choose to park and walk your child to the door, please park near the crosswalk and wait for staff to lower the flag before crossing. In the morning, the busses are also dropping off on the lower level. Please leave room for the busses to get in and out of the parking lot.
- If you are dropping your child off after 9:05 AM, Please do so on the upper level. Please walk your child into the office and the office staff will give them a pass for class.
- Students are picked up from school on the upper-level.
- At the end of the day, please pull up along the curb (on the upper-level) and have your child get in the car door next to the curb (passenger side). Also, as cars leave in front of you, please pull forward. Students will not be able to enter their car until they are in-between the signs that say student pick up. We want to avoid forming a second lane, because this encourages students to run between cars. For safety reasons, we are no longer allowing people to park and cross through the pick-up line to get heir child. You MUST get in line.
- All families that have children who are car riders on a regular basis: Please get a Yellow Car Rider slip to display in your car if you do not have one already.
Walkers in the Morning
- All walkers should enter on the lower level through the playground door or the main door.
- Students should not arrive before 8:55 AM.
- Students who cross 17th Avenue will do so at the crosswalk with the help of school patrols/aides. The patrols will be out at the stop by 8:53 AM.
- Other walkers will arrive via the walking path or will cross at French Trace/Quail.
- Students will go to the classroom or breakfast when they arrive at school.
- Students who bike, must walk their bikes across the crosswalk on 17th and while on school property. Skateboards, heelies, scooters, or skates are not allowed at school.
Walkers in the Afternoon
- Students who cross 17th Ave, or use the walking path, will leave through the playground door.
- If siblings are walking together, they should meet on the playground.
- Students who cross or walk in the direction of French Trace will leave through the doors by the office.
- No students should be at school before 8:55 AM, unless arrangements have been made in advance.
- Students should be picked by 3:45 PM and no later than 3:55 PM
- All doors, except the one leading into office, will be locked at 9:05 am.
- If you change your child’s normal routine, please notify your teacher and the office.
- When picking up or dropping off your child, we ask that you leave your family pets at home.
- Please hang up your cell phone when picking up or dropping off your child.
- If you pick up your child during the day, or after school, this is done on the upper level.
- If students are dropped off after the start of the school day, parents need to sign their child in at the office (upper-level parking lot).
- If students are picked up prior to the end of the day (please notify the office prior to picking your child up), parents need to sign the students out at the office (upper-level parking lot).