Woodcrest Spanish Immersion
May 26, 2021 Newsletter
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Del Escritorio del Sr. Franke
The end of the school year
Greetings Woodcrest Families,
What a week it has been. Minnesota weather has shown us its unpredictable personality yet again. Your children have been enjoying their time on the warm playground these last few days. Their games become more and more extensive and exciting. I have gotten word from some extended flexible learning families that your children also are enjoying backyards and local parks.
As we look at the next few weeks, the last weeks of this school year, there is a lot happening both here at the Woodcrest building and in our virtual classrooms. We have created an end-of-the-year countdown with an activity for homerooms to celebrate together.
While traditional end-of-year celebrations will look different than in years past, as a community, we have thought of new and equitable ways to celebrate with our students whether they are learning at school or at home. Homeroom teachers are arranging celebrations for their specific students. For those on-site, we continue to follow health and safety guidelines. For those online, we look forward to the creative ways homerooms will celebrate a successful year, too.
Like last summer, students can keep their school-issued iPads at home this summer and bring them back to school when they return in the fall. If you are moving or will not be enrolled for some reason next fall, please let us know so we can collect your student’s iPad before the end of the year. If plans change over the summer, please be in touch with our District Services Center. - 763-600-5000.
As a reminder, there is no school next Monday, May 31 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Enjoy the long weekend, and thank you for your continued partnership.
Plans for iPads this summer
This summer, Spring Lake Park Schools' families with students in grades K-11 will be able to keep their school-issued iPad at home and return with it for the 2021-2022 school year.
- Seniors and families who are leaving the Spring Lake Park Schools district after this school year need to turn in their school-issued iPad, case and charger.
- Seniors will return their iPad, case and official Apple charger to the high school on Thursday, June 10 during their rehearsal for graduation.
Students who will not be enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year can turn in their iPad, case and charger to their home school office or to the District Services Center at 1415 81st Ave NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432. If family plans change over the summer months, we ask families to call the District Services Center, 763-600-5000.
Need Tech Support? Contact the Technology Department at email@example.com or 763-600-5555.
Summer Learning: Reading and Mathematics
Summer provides opportunities for families to share in learning experiences together.
What might you do to share reading and writing?
- Look for books or articles that build on a family or child's interest or upcoming event.
- Set some time each day or week, find a special location, and read aloud with the whole family.
- Talk with your child about what is being wondered about and learned in the reading.
- Each family member might keep a journal or write letters to others to keep and share experiences.
Where might you find engaging books for all children?
- Visit a public library to check out books or magazines. This is an excellent option for literature or informational text, including electronic books you can download and read on an iPad.
- MackinVIa is Spring Lake Park School's digital library. Students can login to the app on their iPad and check out a variety of electronic books. More info is available in the digital toolkit.
There are many rich reading experiences for students available through our core resources, media centers and other electronic texts. Because of the variety of what is available, some purchased options, like those associated with Learning A-Z that some K-3 families may have accessed in the past, are being discontinued.
What about mathematics?
Our K-5 core resource, Bridges in Mathematics, has shared Math at Home to engage students in deep mathematical thinking that has some reading, writing and speaking also built right in. This resource is free and available to anyone.
Have fun learning together with friends and family this summer!
SLP School Online: K-8 info sessions June 3
We continue to develop our approach for SLP Schools Online for grades K-8 for the 2021-2022 school year. After connecting with several interested families and several K-8 teachers who have taught extensively online, we have a few updates to share with those who may be interested in this option. Even if you have not yet expressed interest, you are welcome to join a brief, virtual information session and learn more about the model and next steps:
- Thursday, June 3, noon-12:30 p.m.: WebEx event link, Password: SLP!
- Thursday, June 3, 6-6:30 p.m.: WebEx event link, Password: SLP!
To be added to the SLP School Online K-8 contact list, you can complete the interest form at SpringLakeParkSchools.org/online.
You may be eligible for up to $50 a month toward your Internet service
The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary benefit program from the Federal Government designed to help low-income households connect to the Internet and stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis. Qualified households can receive a temporary monthly credit of up to $50/month (up to $75/month for customers in Tribal Lands) toward their Internet service and leased Internet equipment until the program's funding runs out.
Qualifying criteria include a household member's qualification for the Lifeline program (such as Medicaid and SNAP), free and reduced-price school lunch program, Pell Grant, or if the household experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020.
If you're a Comcast Internet Essentials customer, you automatically qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit and simply need to enroll in the program.
To apply for the benefit, go to: GetEmergencyBroadband.org. If you are a Comcast Internet Essentials customer, you can skip this step and go to: https://www.xfinity.com/learn/internet-service/ebb.
EFL Material Drop-Off Dates
Students in the EFL Learning Model will be returning school materials in the Woodcrest Office during school hours on the following days based on grade levels.
- Grade 3 and 4 - Wednesday, June 2
- Grade 1 and 2 - Thursday, June 3
- Kindergarten - Friday, June 4
Please plan to return library materials, curriculum books and any other school materials. These are the materials that will be collected from families:
- Math Manipulatives
- With and Wisdom Reading Books
- Learning Lab Books
- Curriculum Books- Arriba/Fundations
Materials such as Bridges workbooks, handwriting books, anything that was written on, do NOT need to be returned- as they are considered consumables. If you have any questions, please connect with Yesica via email or by phone at 763-600-5802.
*For families with students in multiple grade levels, materials can be dropped off on any of the dates mentioned above.
Learning Lab Books
If you are not sure what books your students have checked out, please read the following instructions:
1. Find the App "Destiny Discover" on your student's iPad
2. Click on the app, once the app opens go to the top left hand side and select "Log in"
3. Use your student's schoology log in information (if you do not know it, please connect with me)
4. Go to the left hand side and select "Checkouts" from the main menu options.
5. An image of the books that are overdue will appear on the screen.
If you are not able to log in or need help please email Yesica or call 763-600-5802.
Lost and Found
As the school year comes to an end, our Lost and Found area is still filled with treasures. As a way to help parents see what is there, we will have some tables set up outside (near the main entrance) with all the Lost and Found items. Here are the dates and times that Lost and Found will be available for viewing.
- Wednesday, May 26 from 3-4 p.m.
- Thursday, May 27 from 3-4 p.m.
From the health office:
A new K-6 reading resource is helping develop wit, wisdom and enthusiasm
There is something exciting going on in K-6 classrooms across the district. There is a new engagement and energy for reading. Students are busy investigating essential questions like - "Why do people explore the sea?" As they read to learn, they are spilling over with scientific facts and even reading extra. . . for fun. Writing projects are taking on more detail and depth and creative projects and exhibits are appearing in hallways and over screens. There is a new core reading resource for grades K-6 at Spring Lake Park Schools called Wit and Wisdom. A combination of high interest reading, multiple disciplines and writing is engaging students in deeper learning and building enthusiasm along the way. Read the full story.
A peak into 1st grade EFL
There is still time to donate your gently used kids books to help PTO Literacy initiatives, including a summer reading giveaway for all students.
Scholastic Book Club
Please visit Scholastic online and enter class code NJ89V. All purchases will help earn FREE books which will be used to support children's literacy at Woodcrest. Questions about Scholastic Book Club can be emailed to PTO. We need about $150 more in orders to unlock this month's free bonus books from Scholastic.
FREE Digital Games Available
Free Digital Family Game Night for all via Breakout EDU! New puzzles have been released for the month of May. Complete one to be entered into the monthly prize drawing. Sign up online with code OQXAW6.
Blood Drive at Spring Lake Park City Hall
Are you looking for a way to help your community? One important way you can help is by donating blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, June 10 at the Spring Lake Park City Hall from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Type O blood donors are especially needed. Sign up now at rcblood.org/appt and use sponsor code: slpmn
Football registration now open with the SLP Youth Football Association
Is your student looking to play football this summer? Registration is now open for the 2021 season with the Spring Lake Park Panthers Youth Football Association! There are multiple football programs for students in grades K-8:
- Flag football, grades K-1
- Tackle football, grades 2-6
- Tackle football, grades 7-8
Registration is offered online on the SLP Football Association website from May 1-July 15, 2020. Please check out this flyer for more details and contact the Football Board at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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