Lighthouse School Newsletter
May 26, 2021
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Mr. B's Corner
Thank you all for the tremendous outpouring of well-wishes and support as I prepare to leave Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners at the end of the school year. Many families have expressed the sentiment that it is hard to imagine Lighthouse School without Mr. B, which I truly appreciate. I will share, too, that it is hard to imagine myself without Lighthouse School. This school is a big part of my life and informs and reinforces so many of my beliefs about education. I am hopeful that future endeavors will allow me to share the principles I have learned at Lighthouse with more learners.
Having acknowledged all of that, it is important to understand the approximate timeline of Lighthouse School. It has weathered many, many changes since its inception and continues to reinvent itself with each iteration. We have had 3 school coordinators, 12+ facilitators, 7+ PE Teachers, 10+ district administrative liaisons, became a 1:1 iPad school, and moved spaces 6+ times.
- 2003-2004 - Dr. Keilty founded Lighthouse with only 1 facilitator and 8 students in SLPHS room between the Auto Shop and the Wood Shop
- 2004 - A new facilitator replaced the founding facilitator
- 2005-2006 - 21 students, 2 facilitators and Ms. Dougherty joined the team and moved to Shop Room
- 2008-2009 - Moved to Kenneth Hall Library
- 2009-2010 - Moved to Lower Level C Building
- 2012-2013 - Mr. B joins Lighthouse facilitator team
- 2013-2014 - Dr. Keilty retires and Ms. Poulos takes over as the School Coordinator
- 2014 - Lighthouse School Moves upstairs C Building
- 2015-2016 - Ms. Paulos Retires. Mr. B continues to facilitate learning AND becomes School Coordinator
- 2016 - Lighthouse School Renovation Redesign Begins
- 2018-2019 - Lighthouse moves downstairs from C building into Newly Renovated Lighthouse Space and Mr. B becomes full-time School Coordinator
- 2019-2020 - Starts off like most years and becomes the Year of The Pandemic (necessitates in-person, hybrid, and distance learning models)
- 2020-2021 - the year of Pandemic continues
Some of the exact timeline is fuzzy, so please forgive me. During each of these transitions, there have been moments of worry, nostalgia and hope. Lean into the hope and support your Lighthouse team as they navigate yet another transition.
As always, thanks for entrusting your child(ren) to Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners,
Yearbooks Have Arrived
We are excited to be able to offer the 2020-2021 Lighthouse Yearbook. Mr. Endrizzi has worked hard to include everyone at our school whether they are in-person, hybrid, or learning from home full-time. Mr. E deserves a huge debt of gratitude for his efforts!
If your child ordered a yearbook, it will be handed out in the coming weeks. We ordered a limited quantity of extra yearbooks, too. To purchase a Lighthouse Yearbook, please send a $25 check, made out to Lighthouse School. Students can exchange their check for a yearbook from Ms. Dougherty.
Please plan to drop-off Lighthouse items during drop-off (7:45-8:10 a.m.) and/or pick-up (2:30-3 p.m.) times during the week of (6/1-6/4). We will have tables located in the vestibule where students can drop-off labeled items.
- Lit Club Books
- Library Books
- PE Bags
- Miscellaneous Items
If your family is unable to make these item drop-off times work, please connect with Ms. Dougherty, email@example.com, to arrange a time.
Lost and Found
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Mark your calendars for TCO's free sport physical event registration date
This summer, Twin Cities Orthopedics is once again offering FREE high school sports physicals at eight different locations. As a partner school, we’re able to give our parents and athletes advanced notice, so you’ll be ready to sign up when registration opens on June 21.
Remember, high school sports physicals are required, and athletes in 7th – 12th grade need one every three years. Learn more: TCOmn.com/SportsPhysicals.
Health and Safety Reminder
We will continue with our health and safety efforts here at school through the end of the school year.
- Masks - We will continue to wear face masks following clarifications from the CDC and Minnesota Departments of Education and Health. (Primary reasons given by CDC are the recency of 12+ vaccines being available and vaccines not yet being available for younger students).
- 6 Ft of Social Distance
- Handwashing at transitions
- Wiping surfaces throughout day
We are expecting updated guidance from the CDC in the next few weeks for next year. We are excited and looking forward to the day when we can see more smiling faces – not just eyes – and return to normalcy at school.
Daily Health Screening Reminder
Lighthouse Music Showcase
When: June 3, 7 p.m.
This year we have a real treat for you. In lieu of an in-person concert, the guitar and songwriting students have prepared some music for your enjoyment.
They've worked really hard this year and overcome many obstacles to get where they are. Each student worked on the skills they were most interested in developing and have chosen songs that represent their musical strengths.
Students then took time to record their song or make a music video. The plan is to hold a watch party online to see their work, congratulate them on their effort, and get inspired for our own creative work.
We'd love to see families, friends, and the wider community show up to cheer on these amazing students. Make a special night of it...get a dessert or a bowl of popcorn and hunker down for the evening.
We can't all be together as we'd like, but we can still support each other. Come celebrate with us. Hope to see you there!
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 email@example.com with any questions.
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