Park Terrace Elementary
March 3, 2021 Newsletter
Greetings Park Terrace Families!
I want to begin by saying “Thank you!” to all of the students and staff that dressed up last week for book character dress up day. It was hilarious and amazing to see the creativity of so many people on display as they dressed up like Harry Potter, Nate the Great, Captain Underpants and so many of their other favorite characters from a book. It certainly was a fun community building day for students and staff alike. I have included a few photos below for you to get a taste of the creativity on display.
We have had an exciting week as Spring Lake Park Schools staff. In the last week, nearly all of our staff have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is great news for staff health and well-being as we do more in-person and also great news for providing more consistent in-person learning experiences for students and families!
Last Friday was the deadline to request a learning model change for Trimester 3. Please note, we are processing the requests and will be following up with each family who made a request with more information on each student’s homeroom teacher before the break. We will be working to ensure the transition is a smooth one for each student.
As we look ahead to the next couple of weeks please note a couple of important dates:
- March 9, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.: Picture retake day for Extended Flexible Learning students and students learning at school
- March 12-22: No school for students, spring break
I want to send a special thank you to everyone who participated in any of the activities that were a part of Panthers for a Purpose over the last many weeks. The virtual giving event on Saturday raised over $100,000 for the Panther Pantry and Weekend Food Pack Program! I am so incredibly proud of the community support that we have seen. These efforts will directly lead to students and families in our community having access to nutritious food. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Book character dress up day
Updates for Extended Flex Learning Families
The availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for many Spring Lake Park Schools staff this week along with the beautiful weather forecast has given me some extra energy. Spring is in the air and I am looking forward to a fun, engaging and healthy third trimester.
The distance learning teachers and I would like to give a big shout out to all of you who have returned the first set of Wit & Wisdom resources. The next resource pick-up is being offered at different times for different grade levels based on when the new resources are needed. You will receive detailed information from your child’s teacher as the next scheduled pick-up draws near. Thank you!
If your family requested a change from Extended Flexible Learning to learning at school full-time, we are working to honor all requests and information will be shared with you before we begin the new trimester.
The Panthers for a Purpose virtual giving event on February 27 was a success! Thank you for participating and for your support of our SLP community.
Principal on Assignment
K-4 Extended Flexible Learning
MDH encourages regular testing for youth and their families
As our students return to school, youth sports and/or extracurricular activities, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends that students and their families get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures we already have in place, such as masking and social distancing.
Testing has never been easier – you can visit a community testing site, order an at-home test kit, or get tested through your health care provider. Learn more about the different types of COVID-19 tests. All options are quick and free to you.
By wearing a mask, social distancing and getting tested regularly, we can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools and sports open.
For 4th grade families: Follow up regarding transitioning to the 5th grade at Westwood
We enjoyed meeting many of you at the Introduction to Westwood virtual session last week. It’s important to all of us that you and your child experience a smooth transition into 5th grade at Westwood.
If you weren’t able to attend the sessions, we have recorded a narrated presentation that covers grade 5-8 programming.
We look forward to welcoming your student to Westwood next fall. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at Westwood at 763-600-5300.
Picture Retake Day
Families of EFL students please bring you student to the Park Terrace doors and a staff member will guide them to the media center to have their photo taken.
Here is the link to order pictures: http://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/pictureDayId/EVT69R2ZX
If you would prefer to take a photo and order pints from home, here is the link for more information on Lifetouch's Picture Day Snaps@Home program: https://lifetouch.com/picture-day-snaps-at-home/
Park Terrace Yearbooks for Sale
You may also take photos of your students engaging in activities and learning while at home and send them to Logan Cole as well. Please include your student's first and last name, grade and teacher when submitting photos.
For 4th grade families: Westwood Student Placement Input forms available now
Westwood Student Placement Input forms for students entering 5th grade are now available online. These forms help give insight to the placement of your child as they enter Westwood next school year. Printed forms are also available at the Park Terrace and Westwood front offices. Forms must be completed and turned in by May 7. Please contact the Park Terrace office with any questions at 763-600-5600.
Panthers for a Purpose raises more than $100K
The Panther Foundation’s virtual giving event was a huge success raising over $100,000 for the Panther Pantry and Weekend Food Pack Program.
“We knew this effort really connected with people’s passions, but we had no idea what to expect,” says Colleen Pederson, Panther Foundation Executive Director. “The results are far surpassing any expectations we had. We are incredibly grateful for everyone who participated, including a record number of sponsors. It shows us once again how special this community is.”
Read more about this successful event and the event's purpose: https://bit.ly/382enxN
- March 9: Picture Retake Day 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
- March 12-22: Spring Break, no school
In case you missed important information from last week's newsletter, check out the topics below and click to learn more.
- Library Book Checkout for Extended Flexible Learning Students- Scroll to the bottom of the page to find this information
- Funds for food through Pandemic EBT
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