March 3, 2021 Newsletter
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Hello Northpoint Community,
Last week, I was able to roll up my sleeve and get my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine! Since my last message, nearly all of our staff have had their first dose. This is great news for the health and well-being of our staff as we offer more and more in-person services and also great news for helping ensure more consistent in-person learning experiences for students and families. I am so appreciative of the health care workers who oversee this process, and who, for the last year, have served on the front lines in the vast efforts to contain and prevent the impacts of COVID-19.
For any family that requested a learning model change for trimester 3 last week, we are working through those requests now. We will be in touch with each family who made a request prior to spring break with information regarding the change in their child’s placement.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the activities that were a part of the Panthers for a Purpose event over these last few months. The finale was the virtual giving event on Saturday which raised more than $100,000 for the Panther Pantry and Weekend Food Pack Program. The support of the Panther Foundation over the past 17 years is so appreciated. We are blessed to have such a caring group be focused on the needs of our schools and community.
Have a wonderful week, and enjoy these milder temperatures. Whether you are lamenting the passing of winter or looking forward to spring, I hope you can get outside and enjoy our lovely Minnesota March weather!
Updates for Extended Flex Learning families
The availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for many Spring Lake Park Schools staff this week along with the beautiful weather forecast has given me some extra energy. Spring is in the air and I am looking forward to a fun, engaging and healthy third trimester.
The distance learning teachers and I would like to give a big shout out to all of you who have returned the first set of Wit & Wisdom resources. The next resource pick-up is being offered at different times for different grade levels based on when the new resources are needed. You will receive detailed information from your child’s teacher as the next scheduled pick-up draws near. Thank you!
If your family requested a change from Extended Flexible Learning to learning at school full-time, we are working to honor all requests and information will be shared with you before we begin the new trimester.
The Panthers for a Purpose virtual giving event on February 27 was a success! Thank you for participating and for your support of our SLP community.
Principal on Assignment
K-4 Extended Flexible Learning
MDH encourages regular testing for youth and their families
As our students return to school, youth sports and/or extracurricular activities, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends that students and their families get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures we already have in place, such as masking and social distancing.
Testing has never been easier – you can visit a community testing site, order an at-home test kit, or get tested through your health care provider. Learn more about the different types of COVID-19 tests. All options are quick and free to you.
By wearing a mask, social distancing and getting tested regularly, we can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools and sports open.
For 4th grade families: Follow up regarding transitioning to 5th grade at Westwood
We enjoyed meeting many of you at the Introduction to Westwood virtual sessions last week. It’s important to all of us that you and your child experience a smooth transition into 5th grade at Westwood.
If you weren’t able to attend the sessions, we have recorded a narrated presentation that covers grade 5-8 programming.
We look forward to welcoming your student to Westwood next fall. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at Westwood at 763-600-5300.
For 4th grade families: Westwood Student Placement Input forms available now
Panthers for a Purpose raises more than $100k
The Panther Foundation’s virtual giving event was a huge success raising more than $100,000 for the Panther Pantry and Weekend Food Pack Program.
“We knew this effort really connected with people’s passions, but we had no idea what to expect,” says Colleen Pederson, Panther Foundation Executive Director. “The results are far surpassing any expectations we had. We are incredibly grateful for everyone who participated, including a record number of sponsors. It shows us once again how special this community is.”
In case you missed important information from last week's newsletter, check out the topics below and click to learn more.
- Library Book Checkout for Extended Flexible Learning Students - Scroll to the bottom of the page to find this information
- Funds for food through Pandemic EBT
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