Lighthouse School Newsletter

January 26, 2022

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Hello, Lighthouse Families,

Good news for this week! Absences – for both students and staff – are improving over the last few days. We’re hopeful this is the beginning of a trend. Thanks to the great work of many we’ve kept learning going strong during this latest surge. We are grateful for teamwork and the commitment to the health, safety and learning of our children.


This is when we often communicate about parent/teacher communication opportunities and winter conferences. It’s important that you have an update on your child’s learning progress and your child’s advisor will be reaching out within the first few weeks of February to share updates on learning goals and inquiry project. Secondary families will also get information regarding high school registration opportunities and suggestions at both Lighthouse and Spring Lake Park High School. Watch for those updates and feel free to follow up with your student’s advisor with questions or to connect via WebEx.


Additional Updates and Reminders:

  • Music Festival Feb. 7 – School in session as normal for Lighthouse: As some of you know, Spring Lake Park High School is hosting a Music Festival on February 7. All high school students will be distance learning asynchronously that day. Our plan is to have school in-person for Lighthouse students on February 7. Students that are concurrently enrolled at the high school can do their work for Lighthouse and their SLPHS courses at Lighthouse that day. Transportation will run as normal for our students.

  • Calendar Change for April 5 & 8: ACT testing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5. Spring Lake Park High School will not be holding regular classes that day. We will be moving our April 8 Extended Learning Day to April 5 to align with the high school. To be clear, only eleventh grade students taking the ACT will be onsite April 5. All other students will be off site for Extended Learning on April 5. Students will have school in person on April 8.

  • High School Registration: The high school registration window is open January 31-February 23. This year, students will have the opportunity to choose the classes that best meet their needs between Spring Lake Park High School and Lighthouse. Students will work alongside their advisors to create a plan for registration. There will be an 8th grade parent information session on high school registration, graduation requirements, and ways to earn college credit in high school on February 9 at Lighthouse at 5:30 p.m. If you prefer an individual virtual session, please email me at lcisew@district16.org.

  • PTO: We will meet Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. You are invited to join us in person at the Lighthouse or you can join virtually with this WebEx link.

  • Extended Learning Days: January 31 and February 1, 2022 are Extended Learning Days. These days are designed for students to do work related to their inquiry project which cannot easily be done in the classroom such as library research, talking with an expert, conducting experiments, or a field trip.

    • Students that are taking courses at Spring Lake High School should sign in and sign out at the Lighthouse office. Students will not be permitted to leave early without a parent signing the student out. Email permission (ddough@distrtict16.org), or call the Lighthouse School at 763-600-5200.

  • Winter Spirit Week: Next week we will be having spirit week with the high school!
    • Wednesday- Biker vs Surfer Day
    • Thursday - Pajama Day
    • Friday - Panther Spirit Day


  • No School Feb. 17-21: February 17-21 there is no school. These are staff work days and the President’s Day holiday.


Finally this week, it’s time to get your tickets for the Saturday, February 26, panther party at 7 p.m., featuring “Good for Gary.” For $75, you get a ticket to the party, and you make a donation to the Panther Foundation. Learn more and get tickets on the Panthers for a Purpose event page. It’s going to be fun!


With Gratitude,

Lisa Cisewski

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Free home COVID-19 antigen tests for students

The Minnesota Department of Health has provided one home COVID-19 antigen test for each student. They are Binax Now test kits. We will be distributing one test kit to each student this week. If a student doesn’t want one, they do not have to take one home.

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  • January 27: PTO Meeting
  • January 31-February 1: Extended Learning Days
  • February 2-4: Winter Spirit Week
  • February 8: Minnesota Student Survey for grades 5, 8, 9, 11
  • February 9, 5:30 p.m.: 8th grade Parent information on high school registration
  • February 17-21: No school. These are staff work days and the President’s Day holiday.

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