Park Terrace Elementary
October 28, 2020 Newsletter
Park Terrace families:
From the snow last week to the full moon on Halloween this Saturday this year continues to be interesting! Last week our district put out a video entitled “The Sights and Sounds of Spring Lake Park Schools in 2020.” As I look around Park Terrace, I am so happy to see students learning, engaging with their teachers online, playing with friends in the snow, and enjoying lunch together.
Our school may look different this year, but I am so proud of the work our students and staff are doing to make this year a success for our school, our district and our community. This year may be interesting and a bit different, but it certainly will be memorable in so many amazing ways.
A couple of quick updates for our Park Terrace families:
- If you have any library books from last year please be sure to return them.
- As the weather gets colder (and warmer, and then colder again) please be sure to send your student with appropriate clothing for the weather. We will only have indoor recess when it is raining, if the temperature is 0 degrees Fahrenheit or if the wind chill is at -10 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Reminder, if your family received Free or Reduced-Priced Meal benefits for last year's 2019-2020 school year, the deadline to apply again before it switches back to full price meals is today, Wednesday, October 28. Families who have not applied for these benefits should apply right away. Please fill out the application for the Free and Reduced Price Meals Program.
You may have seen a message last Friday about students in grades 7-12 transitioning to distance learning. At this time, there are no changes at our school and no changes for students in grades K-6 attending in the Modified Campus (hybrid) model. We would consider a transition for K-6 if we were to near the threshold provided by public health officials of 50 cases per 10,000. Last week, Anoka County reported 33.16 cases per 10,000.
As a district, we are meeting often with county and state officials to understand and respond to the public health situation in our area as we need to. We very much want to keep our schools open, and we are hopeful we can, as a community, address the community spread of the virus in our area.
As we look ahead to the next couple of days and next week please remind your students that we cannot share candy or treats while at school nor can we dress up for Halloween. This Friday, however, is a Panther Spirit Day! Wear your SLP gear or school colors of red and blue on Friday. When we’re not all at school together, we still want to connect. Share your Panther pride photos with firstname.lastname@example.org or using #SLPPantherProud.
Have a great rest of the week and a safe and fun weekend! Go Panthers!
For Extended Flex Learning Families: Important Dates and Helpful Links
The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and the snow is melting. I feel like we have just experienced three seasons in the last three weeks. What a year…
Our superintendent, Jeff Ronneberg, sent out a message to all district families last week about students in grades 7-12 transitioning to distance learning because of rising COVID-19 spread in Anoka County. There are no changes for K-4 students or any students in Extended Flexible Learning (distance). Our current classes, teachers and schedules remain the same. The support and flexibility that each of you continue to show is something the staff and I continue to be grateful for. Thank you!
Here are a few updates on things coming up and some helpful links:
- We will celebrate a Panther Spirit Day on Friday, October 30. We want to connect with the SLP community by wearing Panther gear or red and blue clothing. Share your Panther pride photos with email@example.com or using #SLPPantherProud.
- For your planning purposes, please note that on Wednesday, November 11 or Wednesday, November 18 distance learning teachers will be participating in professional learning. Teachers will be communicating details about this day in upcoming class communications.
- Distance Learning Picture Day is November 11 at your “home” school.
- The following links may be of interest to you. I am sharing them here for easy reference.
• COVID-19 Community Testing Locations
• Register Now for Upcoming Adult and Youth Community Education Classes
Have a great week and enjoy a warmer kick-off to November!
Principal on Special Assignment
Wear Your Panther Gear/School Colors This Friday for Spirit Day
Preschool Registration Opportunity
Preschool has an amazing opportunity for more preschoolers to be able to attend our 4-year-old K-readiness class, this is a free class for families that qualify financially. (Student must be 4 years old by 9/1/2020)
If you know of any families that have students that could really benefit from this class, please feel free to let them know or let us know and we can reach out! The class is ½ day, either 9-12 or 1-4 Monday – Friday. Parents can register on the Preschool website.
Sign-Up for SLP Youth Hockey Association Try-Hockey
The Spring Lake Park High School Youth Hockey Association presents the Panther Cubs Try Hockey! This program is available for students in PreK-grade 3. Register on the SLP youth hockey association website by November 15.
This 11-week hockey program is a great way for your student to:
- Skate with their friends
- Skate with Panther youth and high school hockey players each week
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