Woodcrest Spanish Immersion
November 18, 2020 Newsletter
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Del Escritorio del Sr. Franke
Greetings Woodcrest Families,
As you are aware, this last Friday, due to the escalating COVID-19 impacts in our community, we made the difficult decision to begin the transition to begin the transition of grades K-6 to SLP Extended Flexible Learning (distance). Please refer to the message all families received on Friday.
This transition primarily impacts families of students who are currently attending school in the Modified Campus (hybrid) model. This week, we continue to follow the Modified Campus (hybrid) schedule for at-school learning days. Teachers are helping prepare students for what they will need during Extended Flexible Learning.
There are a number of key dates ALL families should be aware of:
November 23-27: There is no school for all students, including students currently in Extended Flexible Learning. Early childhood and preschool have received direct communication from their program for the plans next week. All of our teachers will be working together to transition everything for Extended Flexible Learning. Teachers currently teaching in the Extended Flexible Learning model will be helping support their colleagues. There is a previously scheduled break and no school on November 26-27 for all students.
By November 23: We will contact families whose students may meet specific criteria for at-school support based on identified interventions to meet their learning needs.
November 30: School resumes in the SLP Extended Flexible Learning (distance) model.
December 3: We will begin bringing identified students in for at-school learning opportunities as determined by their individual plan
December 4: End of Tri 1 - School is in session this day for students.
December 7: No school for students. Teachers use this day for the end of trimester reporting.
Additionally, I would like to share that if you submitted a request for a change in learning model - to or from Modified Campus (hybrid) or Extended Flexible Learning (distance), we are maintaining a list of those requests. As we are able to return to a Modified Campus model, we will work to honor requests.
Watch for additional communication from your child’s teacher. Next week, we will not be sending out a formal newsletter in advance of the scheduled break. We will be in touch as needed and ask that you continue to reach out with questions as we all work to make this a seamless transition.
For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, all of us at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion extend our best wishes for a safe holiday. We will see you online Monday, November 30. Please continue to reach out to your child’s teacher or our office with your questions.
Thank you for your continued support,
Meal distribution moving to Tuesdays and Thursdays, community sites coming next week
As all students grades K-12 transition to Extended Flexible Learning (distance), Spring Lake Park Schools will continue to support students’ nutritional needs at no cost.
Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, November 19, meal distribution will now occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays, families will receive two-days' worth of meals. On Thursdays, families will receive three-days' worth of meals.
Because there is no school on Thursday, November 26, families will receive five-days' worth of meals on Tuesday, November 24.
Meals can be picked up at Spring Lake Park High School from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 1100 81st Avenue Northeast; Door #32. Beginning Tuesday, November 24, we also will be adding community distribution sites. Locations are being finalized. More information about community distribution will be available before Tuesday.
Questions? Please contact the Nutrition Services Department at 763-600-5041.
Continue to report COVID-19 positive cases to school
Please continue to call your school’s health line, 763-600-5804, to report COVID-19 positive cases. The district will continue to report on district health as students are in Extended Flexible Learning (distance).
Free COVID-19 Saliva Testing Site
There is free COVID-19 saliva testing available to our community offered by the state of Minnesota. See below for more information for this specific site:
Tips for Successful Learning at Home
Here's our SLP Top Tips for Successful Learning at Home:
- Establish a routine to be ready to learn.
- Designate a quiet learning space for students where they can be productive, preferably not where they sleep.
- Make WebEx, Seesaw, Schoology and other tech resources easy to access. Write down codes and passwords for the work area.
- Take a break. Build exercise or refueling into the break.
- Use a bucket or a box to store daily learning supplies.
- Limit distractions by turning off cell phone and notifications.
- Keep iPads charged.
- Move items containing personal info or things you wouldn’t want others to see out of the camera range.
- Complete school work during the week; not on weekends.
- Check in with the student, academically and emotionally.
- Communicate with teachers. Connect on any questions.
- Join an online study group for students to work together.
- Remind student that schedules might occasionally change, same as how we remain flexible when at school.
The SLP Tech Department is here to support students and families.
If you need technology support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include your name, contact information and a brief description of your request. If you are unable to email, call 763-600-5555.
Remember to also utilize our Technology Tools, Resources and Log Ins page, a one-stop-shop for all SLP technology tools. Whether you are paying fees or learning on your school-issued iPad, find technology information you need here.
Preparing students for career and college despite a pandemic
For many of our SLP students, career explorations starts long before they enter high school. Between Learner Maps, Learner Profiles, community visits to talk about various occupations and more, students at all ages are exposed to different areas that will help them prepare for career and college.
Follow SLPHS students Sanober, Tossy and Eleanor on their journey through the SLP career and college process and discover how even in an unusual year, students are given the supports, tools and resources to be successful in any option they choose after graduation. Read the full story
Support WCSI PTO by ordering from Panera at 1530 109th Ave. NE in Blaine TOMORROW Thursday, November 19 from 4-8 p.m.! Panera will donate 20% of the cost of your meal to WCSI PTO when you show our flyer or enter code PRFUND when ordering online. Pick-up, Delivery, Curbside, and Drive-Thru is available. Flyers are available on Facebook and Konstella.
Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit the SLP Panther Pantry
Don't forget to drop off non-perishable food items this week at school to support the SLP Panther Pantry. This pantry is dedicated to getting needed items to students in our district. Collection bins are set up by grade, and the grade with the most donations will get to celebrate with a PJ day!
If you are interested in volunteering to help with our annual Art Adventure program, please sign up for the Art Adventure committee in Konstella. Volunteers lead discussions with classes (over webex) while comparing/contrasting pieces of art from the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA). Training is available online from MIA.
Spirit Wear is coordinated by the PTO each year and is now available for sale until November 30! Show your SLP/Woodcrest pride with your choice of hats, shirts, pants, sweatshirts and more. Orders will be available to ship directly to your home for a small fee, or they can be picked up in the school parking lot tentatively on December 18 and December 19. Check out the online store today or call 763-213-9287 to place an order.
Barnes and Noble Book Fair
SAVE THE DATE! PTO is sponsoring a Barnes & Noble Book Fair on December 5 and 6. Purchases made anywhere - in any store, curbside pick-up, or online that use the code 12602520 will help earn books for WCSI. More details to come!
Family Game Night for all!
Each month WCSI PTO will be offering at least two fun/educational puzzle games for families to solve together via BreakOut EDU. Each family that correctly solves at least one game by the last day of the month will be entered into a drawing for a prize. One prize per family. Instructions to sign up can be found in last week's newsletter, on Facebook, and in Konstella.
Scholastic Book Club
Woodcrest PTO is offering Scholastic Book Club. Please visit their online store 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
November 26-27 – No School, Thanksgiving Break
- This is the end of the trimester. We adjusted the academic calendar at the beginning of the year to move two additional days up to the front of the year for planning. This means Dec. 4 – which was originally a day off school – is now a school day. See the updated 2020-2021 academic calendar.
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