Lighthouse School Newsletter

December 15, 2021

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Hello, Lighthouse Families,

We survived our first big snowfall of the school year! I hope everyone was able to stay safe. Driving in the snow always makes me a bit nervous, but I love seeing the joy the snow brings to the children as they play in the piles of snow.

Reminders and Updates:

Concurrent Enrolled Students: Scheduling for the 2022-2023 school year is right around the corner. Information will be available in mid-January, and we will hold an in-person information session for 8th grade families in early February. More details to come after winter break.

Report Cards: Lighthouse School report cards are now available and can be accessed through Campus Parent Portal. Watch a video tutorial on how to access your student’s report card.

Game Design: We are excited about our Game design event on Friday, December 17. Following the event, we will have an opportunity for students to not only create their own games, but they will also be offered an opportunity to be part of creating a game for Underdog Games. More information will come home about this opportunity in the coming weeks.

After School Activities: Community Education has posted new sessions for Chess Club and Animation Club along with other opportunities for our students in grades 5-8 at Westwood. If interested, check out the Community Education section to register your child. Let us know if your child will need to take the activity bus to Westwood.

Winter break begins Thursday, December 23. Our schools will be closed December 23-31. School will resume after break on Monday, January 3. Let’s make it a great week before break!


Lisa Cisewski

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Calendar approved for 2022-2023 school year

The calendar for the 2022-2023 school year was approved at the December 14 regular school board meeting. View the detailed calendar.

Key dates include:

  • Tuesday, September 6 – First day of school for grades K-8 and Lighthouse students, orientation for grade 9 students and grades 10-12 students new to the high school
  • Wednesday, September 7– First day of school for returning grades 10-12 students who are not new to the high school
  • October 17-21 – Fall break
  • November 24-25 – Thanksgiving break
  • December 23–January 2 – Winter Break
  • March 10-20 – Spring Break
  • Thursday, June 8 – Last day of school

The 2023-2024 calendar was also approved.

Winter Break hours at the DSC

During winter break, December 23-31, the District Services Center (DSC) will have different hours.

  • December 23-24: DSC is closed
  • December 27-29: DSC is open 8 a.m.-noon
  • December 30-31: DSC is closed

Please note: The Lighthouse School building will be closed during winter break.

Science Fair

This is a great opportunity for students to participate. They combine their Trimester 2 inquiry project and the Science Fair Project. The Twin Cities Regional Science Fair registration is due January 4, 2022. Student Registration is $25 per student for projects, $20 for papers. Judging takes place at the State Fairgrounds February 25-27, 2022 – Find more information at There is also the MN State Virtual Science and Engineering Fair, March 20-27. Find more information at
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SLP Experience - A look into life at Spring Lake Park - winter edition

The winter edition of SLP Experience will be hitting homes soon. Watch for the bigger stories of Panther pride, purpose and a look into life at Spring Lake Park Schools across buildings and grades levels arriving in your home mail or visit the SLP Experience online.

Included in the winter issue:

  • Feature stories: Deep learning as school meets life, "Why am I learning this?" and Fall athletics and activities highlights
  • A message from our superintendent, Jeff Ronneberg
  • Opportunities for the community
  • SLP by the numbers
  • Student spotlight
  • Reasons why we're #SLPPantherProud

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Opportunities for students

Artist Academy: Drawing & Painting, grades K-4

Each week, students will explore the life and art of an artist. This artist will be the inspiration for the project for the week. Students will create their project using various drawing and painting materials. Register here.

Basketball With AKASPORT, grades 1-4

Improve fitness and coordination with the AKA Basketball Development and Games program. Students will work on court dribbling, passing, shooting and defensive awareness. Each class includes specific skill development and "3 on 3" games so that each player gets game experience. Register here.

Crazy for Manga, grades 5-8

If you find your child doodling characters and comics on their off time, and if they like visual novels and animated series, Crazy for Manga is the course for them! In this course, students will learn authentic techniques for drawing and sketching Manga and Anime style characters. Register here.

Westwood Intramurals - Archery with AKASPORT, grades 5-8

Ignite your student's passion and excitement for sports by way of bow and arrow. Each day, they'll learn the safety, technique and fun of archery, a sport that dates back hundreds of years, as well as aim and accuracy in this sport that is gaining popularity. All equipment provided. Register here.

After School Community Education Activities at Westwood Available to Lighthouse School Students

Community Education has posted new sessions for Chess Club and Animation Club along with other opportunities for our students in grades 5-8 at Westwood. Let us know if your child will need to take the activity bus to Westwood.

Information can be found here.

Opportunities for families

Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride - January 8, 2022

We filled one sleigh and added another! Join us for a special horse drawn sleigh ride through the snowy trails of Bunker Hills Park. After the ride we’ll have S'more supplies and bonfires if your family wants to stick around and enjoy S'mores. Register here.

Opportunities for adults

Alcohol Ink State Coaster Workshop at Invictus Brewing Co.

Learn to create stunning, one-of-a kind alcohol ink coaster. Show your Minnesota (or any state of your choosing) pride with alcohol ink coasters. Alcohol inks are pigment-intense and vibrant, free-flowing and filled with an energy all their own. You will leave the workshop with a set of four coasters and knowledge of a new artistic technique. Register here.

Indoor Walking Club

Join us Saturday mornings at Spring Lake Park High School this winter for a fun and relaxing way to exercise! It might be cold outside, but in here the weather at SLPHS is perfect. Register here.

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  • Thursday, December 16 - Knowledge Bowl Meet- Coon Rapids Middle School
  • December 23-31 – No school, Winter Break
  • Monday, January 3 – Students return to school
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Lighthouse students made science and nature connections during Literature Club

They saw first-hand how red cabbage can be used as a pH indictor and confirmed that sodium bicarbonate can help neutralize acid, which is the science behind how the character cured his tummy troubles.
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