Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!

August 11, 2021

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All of us at Spring Lake Park Schools are looking forward to reconnecting and starting a new school year together. We've compiled your back-to-school checklist with all the things to do in the next month to get ready for the first day of school. Find all the information you need in this newsletter and on the Back to School hub.

Tuesday, September 7

  • First day of school for grades K-8 and Lighthouse students
  • First day orientation for grade 9 students and grades 10-12 students new to the high school

Wednesday, September 8

  • First day of school for returning grades 10-12 students who are not new to the high school

Find other important dates for the 2021-2022 school year on the At a Glance calendar.

Watch for more information from your child's school on when and how you will be able to meet teachers and explore your student's school building. Information will be included in letters mailed to your home and inbox the week of August 16.

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Buy School Supply Lists

School supply lists are available on our Back to School hub. Find and select your school, then select the grade level to download your student's school supply list.

If you're having trouble providing supplies for your student, please reach out to us at SLPComEd@district16.org.

Complete Meal & Education Benefits Application

While school meals will be provided free of charge again this school year thanks to an extension of federal funding, it's still very important for families to complete an application for Free and Reduced-Price Meal and Education Benefits. The funds our schools receive apply to far more than meals for students and are critical to supporting our learning environment.

A new application must be completed each school year. The application process is simple, confidential and there are many potential benefits including reduced fees for athletics and activities, reduced fees for in-home internet access and more. If you complete an application by September 3, 2021, you may be eligible for an additional $430 of food benefits through the Pandemic-EBT program.

Please note, if you have already applied and received a letter with your approval for the 2021-2022 school year, you do not need to apply again.

To apply and find translated applications, please visit SpringLakeParkSchools.org/benefits.

Get your iPad ready

After the last few years of use, student iPads have gathered apps, assignments, pictures and videos that may no longer be needed. This can fill up the iPad’s storage and prevent required updates from installing. Please follow the steps below to prepare your student’s iPad for the new school year.

Students entering grades 1, 2, 5 and 9 will be exchanging their current iPad for a new model.

  1. Back up documents and pictures using iCloud (optional)

  2. On the assigned turn-in day, the iPad will need to be wiped prior to exchange. To wipe the iPad, follow these instructions.

For all other students, please follow these steps to prepare your iPad for the new school year. Following these steps will provide the best experience and performance for your student’s iPad.

  1. Back up documents and pictures using iCloud (optional)

  2. Wipe the iPad

  3. Set up the iPad

  4. Update the iPad to the latest iPadOS

Kindergarteners, we've got you covered. You'll receive your school-issued iPad in the first days of school.

If you have any questions, contact Technology Services at techsupport@district16.org or 763-600-5555.

Watch for Bus Route Information and download MyStop App

Families who indicated they needed district transportation for this fall will receive bus route information in the mail the Week of August 23. For general information and bus routing, contact Spring Lake Park Schools transportation services at 763-600-5590 or visit the Transportation page.

This is a great time for parents and students to download the MyStop app. The app provides access to live bus GPS information so you can track the location of your student's bus.

Update Your Contact Information in Campus Parent Portal

Campus Parent Portal provides online access to secure and timely information about class schedules, attendance, report cards, nutrition services payments and transcripts. Please take a few minutes to review and update the following in Campus Parent Portal before the school year begins:

  1. Primary phone number

  2. Emergency contact and phone number

  3. Email addresses

  4. Parent and guardian changes and updates

  5. Adding/removing household members

  6. Primary address changes

Download instructions on how to update contact information in Campus Parent Portal.

Why update your contact information? We'll be keeping in contact with you throughout the school year with:

  1. Messages from your child's teacher(s)

  2. Updates on your child's program, report cards

  3. Your school’s weekly newsletter - emailed home on most Wednesday evenings throughout the school year, with need to know and nice to know information and glimpses of your student's school experience

  4. District news and announcements

  5. Any concerns about attendance, illness, etc.

  6. Automated phone calls, texts and email messages for emergency and/or weather-related school closings (snow days, water main breaks, etc.)

Make sure your child's immunization records are up-to-date

All students in Spring Lake Park Schools must comply with Minnesota Immunization Laws. All immunizations need to be up-to-date by the start of the school year. Minnesota School Immunization Laws require ALL students enrolled in school to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, hepatitis B, ​meningitis and varicella.

The only exceptions are:

  1. A student has had the chickenpox virus

  2. Medical exemption ​with paperwork from your provider

  3. Conscientious exemption ​with notarized exemption form

If you believe your child's records need to be updated with proof of immunizations, please bring or send these to your school nurse or call for verification. Learn more about immunizations at SLP and find a downloadable immunization form.

You can also find a variety of other health services resources and forms on the Health Services page.

Review Current COVID-19 Health and Safety Practices

The COVID-19 hub continues to be the place to go to find the latest information about the health and safety practices we are following in our schools. It also includes frequently asked questions and an archive of COVID-19 related updates and announcements.

In these weeks before the 2021-2022 school year, the situation with COVID-19 in our communities continues to evolve. We are monitoring virus activity in our community each day and will adjust our practices as needed. Any updates will be posted on this COVID-19 hub and communicated directly to families.

Download the newly refreshed SLP Mobile App

Our free and translatable mobile app is a go-to spot for the most accessed school information - news, school breakfast and lunch menus, calendar of events and activities, notifications - breaking news, school closures and other important updates, directory of staff, school newsletters, and more.

  1. Download the app from the Google Play Store or iTunes Store by searching for Spring Lake Park Schools.

  2. Select My Family Login and enter your district username and password - the same you use to login to Schoology and Campus Parent Portal to access student-level information

  3. Customize by selecting the school and program information you want to see.

If you are one of the 15,000 who has already downloaded the app, check out the refreshed look and feel. Learn more on the SLP Mobile App page.

Learn how to translate our major communication tools

Many families in Spring Lake Park Schools speak and read more than one language. Many of our district communication platforms provide the ability to translate information into multiple languages.

School newsletters - To translate school newsletter information into another language, click on the newsletter in your email to open it in a web browser and at the top of the page, select the language from the dropdown menu.

Website - to translate our website into another language, click on the "Translate Website" button in the upper right corner of the webpage and select the language from the dropdown menu.

Mobile App - to translate our mobile app into another language, click on the settings icon and click “Select Language.” From here, you can select the language you want the app to translate content to.

Register students in grades 7-12 for fall athletics

Right now, registration for Minnesota State High School League athletics is open for the fall. Visit the registration page to register today. Registration will remain open for the first few weeks of the season.

Here's what is available:

  1. Cross Country - Co-Ed, grades 7-12

  2. Fall Dance Team - Co-Ed, grades 7-12

  3. Football, grades 9-12

  4. Girls Soccer, grades 9-12

  5. Boys Soccer, grades 9-12

  6. Girls Swim and Dive, grades 7-12

  7. Girls Tennis, grades 7-12

  8. Volleyball, grades 9-12

  9. Adapted Soccer (co-op with Centennial), grades 7-12

All fall athletics will start on Monday, August 16, with the exception of Adapted Soccer which will start on Monday, August 30.

To learn more fall athletics, including physicals and insurance, grades 7-8 play-up guidelines and reduced athletic fees, please refer to the email that went to families of students in grades 7-12.

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Translate This Message / Traducir Este Mensaje

To translate this information to another language, please click anywhere on the message to open it in a web browser and at the top of the page, select your language from the dropdown menu.

Para traducir la información a otro idioma, por favor presionen en cualquier lugar del mensaje para abrirlo en un navegador web y en la parte superior de la página seleccione su idioma del menú.

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