December 16, 2020 Newsletter
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Hello and Happy Wednesday Evening,
At the start of many school years, I welcome teachers back by reading them the story of the traditional greeting used by warriors from the African Masai tribe. “Kasserina Ingera” they would ask of one another at the beginning of a conversation, “And how are the children?” They chose to center themselves through this greeting as a way of noting the high value they put on their children’s well-being. They wanted to remember their duty of protecting their young. It was important that they were able to respond, “The children are all right.”
This comes to mind as I think of 2020 winding down and reflect on our work to care for our children during a pandemic. As we consider how to best love and care for our children, we’ve needed to keep this question in mind. Decisions haven’t always been easy, and no one solution has been able to meet the needs of everyone, but there is no doubt in my mind that our Northpoint team and all of our families wanted the absolute best for our children as we worked through the challenges for 2020.
Over these last many months, we’ve leaned into our value of knowing each child, thinking about what they needed, and worked with families to create a learning environment that would best support their growth and well-being. I am grateful to be part of such a community that pauses to ask, “And how are the children?” and is able to respond, “The children are all right.”
Our winter break begins next week. There is no school starting December 23, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021. School resumes Monday, January 4, 2021.
This week, we invited a very limited number of students back to Northpoint for at-school learning specific to their learning needs. We are hopeful the public health situation and our own operations and staffing impacts support us in opening further in the coming weeks. We miss our children and look forward to being together safely at school.
We're resuming school on January 4 in Extended Flexible Learning (distance) model. The Governor announced today new statewide guidelines for reopening preK-6 schools, and we're encouraged that we will be able to begin this process for our elementary students as early as January 19. See the district message that went out earlier. We look forward to updating you on these plans after winter break.
This is our last newsletter of 2020, and 2021 is right around the corner. I’m looking forward to what the New Year has in store. I’m sure you join me in hoping we experience accelerated progress in getting on top of COVID-19 and a return to some of the routines I not too long ago took for granted!
I hope our students, families, and entire staff will experience health, safety and enjoyable times during winter break.
Extended Flex Learning Families: Material pickup
This is our last newsletter for 2020. This year has been historical, and I can honestly say I am looking forward to what 2021 brings. Today, the Governor announced new guidance to schools for reopening preK-6. Over the coming days, our district will be working through that guidance and understanding what that means for our schools. Extended Flexible Learning will remain in place for families who choose it throughout the school year. There will much more information shared with families in the coming days.
For families that have been doing Extended Flexible Learning (distance) all fall, Wednesday, December 9, was a material pickup day. If you missed it, please call your school’s main office to arrange for an alternate to pick up student resources.
Enjoy our winter break…stay safe…stay healthy and I look forward to hearing from you in the new year!
Principal on Assignment
K-4 Extended Flexible Learning
Teachers open up about Extended Flexible Learning
We asked some of our teachers to share their experiences and observations of Extended Flexible Learning. "This year is different. . . and that's okay . . . We're in this together. We're all learning." Listen to their honest, real and vulnerable perspectives as they discuss the challenges and successes of this year.
Meals services update for the upcoming holiday break
Due to the upcoming holiday break, families will receive five-days' worth of meals next Tuesday, December 22. There will be no meal pick-up on Thursday, December 24, Tuesday, December 29 or Thursday, December 31. Meal services pick-up will resume on Tuesday, January 5.
As a reminder, there are 10 community distribution locations to pick up meals from. Check out the locations and find an interactive map here.
Reminder: Report cards available to access in Campus Parent Portal
From the dashboard on the left-hand side of the screen, select Documents. The document screen will list the reports that are available for the selected student. This list will vary depending on the school that the student attends.
Using the student selector on the right-hand side of the screen, select the student you wish to view.
Once you have selected the student, select the report card you wish to view from the menu.
Kindergarten Social Studies Learning in Action
First Grade Morning Meeting Fun
This week, first grade shared their favorite stories and favorite stuffed animals during the “sharing time” of morning meeting. Morning meeting is their favorite time of the day!
Youth Virtual Chess Class
Chess benefits student's focus, sportsmanship, problem solving, mental fortitude, and more.
Adult Cooking Classes
Check out these two virtual classes offered in January to get you to master cooking with your Instant Pot at home!
National Flag Football MN
The National Flag Football MN program is set up in collaboration with SLP's Community Ed. Registration is open now on their website with early bird registration open through December 31. Athletes that sign up in 2020 receive $10 off their registration fee and a $20 coupon towards any NFL Flag Fan Shop purchase.
December 23-January 1 – No school, winter break
January 4, 2021 – School resumes
January 4, 2021 - NP PTO Meeting (Virtual)
In case you missed important information from last week's newsletter, check out the topics below and click to learn more.
- Free meal pick-up and community distribution
- Community Education - Youth Take-Home Kits
- Community Education - Register for the spring 2021 lacrosse season
- Community Education - Sign up for Spring Lake Park - Parks & Recreation Winter 2021 Youth Programs
- Need to Know - Northpoint Yearbook Picture Submissions
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