Lighthouse School Newsletter

October 27, 2021

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Hello, Lighthouse Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful fall break! We enjoyed the time to continue conversations with you about student growth and progress. Our partnership with all of you is a valued piece of your child’s education.

It’s hard to believe we are already halfway through the first trimester. I am excited to see the progress students are making on their inquiry projects and how they share their learning at the end of the trimester.

A few reminders:

● Knowledge Bowl and Chess club begin next week! If you are interested, register using the links below. I was able to secure a bus just for Lighthouse students directly to Westwood on the days of their activity. The bus will leave school at 2:30 p.m. and arrive at Westwood at about 2:40 p.m. If you live in the SLP school boundaries, there is an activity bus that can take your child home after their session. Please reach out if you have any questions. The activities are:

Knowledge Bowl

Westwood Chess

● PTO meeting will be this Thursday, October 28. It will be a virtual meeting in my WebEx room using this link. Thank you to all that have reached out to be a part of the Parent Teacher Organization. I look forward to planning some community-building events with all of you.

8th and 9th grade parents: D.C. trip opportunity

Students at Lighthouse have the opportunity to team up with Westwood Middle School students to participate in a WorldStrides program to Washington, D.C. This experience is usually for 8th graders only. Due to the pandemic, we are opening it up to our 9th-grade students who did not have the opportunity last year. This is an incredible trip for the students and jammed packed with exploring all that D.C. has to offer.

If we have students from the Lighthouse that choose to participate in this trip, one of the facilitators from the Lighthouse will be along as a chaperone to ensure there is a familiar adult face. For more information, see the trip information on WorldStrides.

If you have any questions about the trip, feel free to email Mary Barnette at or Beth Visser at

Let's make the rest of the fall and trimester a great one!

With Gratitude,

Lisa Cisewski

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Watch for an email request: Information needed by the state of Minnesota

Families will be receiving individual requests in the next few days to complete information for their student/family based on new requirements from the state of Minnesota. The information requested covers ethnicity and race as well as student access to Internet and electronic devices at home. The information schools report to the state and federal government is confidential and not identifiable at the individual level.

Watch for an email from with the subject line "Update student information by Nov. 30" that will arrive in the next few days with instructions for completing the requested information in Campus Parent Portal. The process should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Optional, rapid COVID-19 now available in all schools

Each of our school health offices now has the ability to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests, Cue Test, during school hours each day. The tests provide reliable results in about 30 minutes. In-district rapid testing is one way we can limit school absences for those who are symptomatic or have had close contacts with a positive case in school or outside of school.

Rapid testing is available during the school day at each school health office. Testing is also available after school this week during limited hours at the District Service Center and can be coordinated through your school’s health office. School nurses will communicate directly with families to determine eligibility and secure consent before any testing is completed.

To inquire about the rapid testing for your student due to symptoms or potential exposures, contact your school’s health office.

We also continue to offer optional, free COVID-19 testing kits to take home. Students can pick up the saliva testing kits in the health office, complete the test at home and return their completed test the following school day. School nurses submit the tests for processing.

Cold weather is here!

Winter will be descending upon us soon, and the weather is getting colder. Please remember to send appropriate weather gear with your child(ren).

  • Jacket weather is here
  • Hats and Gloves are becoming necessary
  • Boots are required when snow is on the ground

Students go outside for breaks and Phy-ed. Please be sure they have appropriate outdoor wear!

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Join us for a special virtual screening of "Angst" on November 4

Mark your calendars for a free virtual viewing of the IndieFlix documentary "Angst" on November 4 to raise awareness of anxiety disorder in children and teens, hosted by Spring Lake Park Schools, as well as five other metro school districts and the Mental Wellness campaign. The goal of the screening is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. All students and families are welcome to tune in.

A panel discussion will follow the film with experts who will share resources and do a Q&A.

Viewing information

Save the date: There will also be a virtual screening and panel of the IndieFlix documentary "Like" on January 20, 2022 from 6-7:30 p.m. that will explore the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. Watch the "Like" trailer.

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Last chance - sign up for enriching after-school programs!

There are still spots available for upcoming after-school elementary programs. Sign your student up today for Multi-Sports with AKASPORT, Holiday Gift Making with Kidcreate, and Little Xplorers Robotics with STEM Builders.

The deadline to register is today, Wednesday, October 27. All classes will begin next week. Don’t miss out on these fun enrichment opportunities!

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October 28: PTO meeting

The virtual PTO meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Please use this WebEx link to join.

November 12: Extended Learning Day

November 24-28 Thanksgiving Break

Lifetouch Picture Day-Postponed

Picture day has been postponed by Lifetouch. We will let you know when the new picture date is scheduled.
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Are you ready for some football?

Lighthouse students had a great time playing flag football on the SLPHS field during Phy-ed class.
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