Park Terrace Elementary

January 13, 2021 Newsletter

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Hello Park Terrace families!

I hope 2021 is off to a great start for everyone thus far! There is a great energy in our building right now as we anxiously await the return of students to these halls and classrooms. Today, we spent time as staff and teams preparing for this transition with emphasis on the learning, health and safety that must be in place for a successful and safe return to school. Thank you all for your support of this planning time to make sure this is a smooth transition.


As a reminder there will be no school on Monday, January 18 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Additionally, there will be no school on Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday January 20 as we prepare for the transition ahead.


Throughout the week, we have been working on the requests from families for students to change learning models. To set our students up for success, we need to fully understand how these changes will impact students, teachers and classrooms both at school and online. It has been outstanding to see the collaboration between teachers both in school and online in determining how to best meet the needs of each student changing models. This is a true example of how when we know each student by name, strength, interest, and need, we can better prepare to help them learn no matter what learning model that student is in.


As we all continue to live through this pandemic that impacts all parts of our lives, the events at the U.S. Capitol last week have also shaken us. As a result of what happened I want our entire community to know that:


  • Our school is a place where we treat each other with respect and kindness.
  • Our school is a place where each student is valued and belongs.
  • We are focused on helping prepare our children to live in a diverse society - where we can disagree without disrespecting or hurting each other.


Each staff member here is working hard to make this next chapter of our school year begin well. Thank you for your support of our Park Terrace staff and your student during this time!


Mona Perkins

Principal

For Extended Flex Learning Families: Transitions

Greetings!


Our K-4 Extended Flexible Learning teachers are working closely with their colleagues at Northpoint, Centerview and Park Terrace to prepare for the transition of students who will be switching learning models beginning January 21. We appreciate your support and flexibility over the next several days as we work through the staffing and classroom implications of the transition and requests some families have made to shift their student’s learning model choice.


We are continuing to operate our Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning) model for families who chose it for their child. I will continue to provide updates through these school newsletters on the distance learning experience.


As a reminder, there will be no school on Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as well as no school – for all K-4 students – on Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday, January 20. These days will be used to prepare for the learning model transition for many K-6 students on Thursday, January 21.


Stay healthy…


Kimberly Fehringer

Principal on Assignment

K-4 Extended Flexible Learning

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Challenge #1 - Collection 'Pennies for Packs' & Community Food Drive

Now that you've marked your calendar for the Panther for a Purpose - Virtual Giving Event to Benefit the Panther Pantryon February 27, 2021, it's time to get involved and participate in Panther Challenges! Panther Challenges are designed to bring the community together leading up to the event.


Panther Challenge #1 has begun with the 'Pennies for Packs' and Community Food Drive challenge. Gather some food and spare change and be ready for the collection days on January 26 and January 27. Collection sites include the front office at each school and the District Services Center (DSC).


We want to see photos and videos of your collection efforts. Please submit photos and/or videos to pantherfoundation@district16.org. Photos submitted will be entered for a prize drawing including Panther Branded gear and a $25 gift card to the Panther Store!

Learn more about event and future challenges on the Panthers for a Purpose event page.

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Arabic Parent Group

You are invited to virtual meetings with parents who speak Arabic to develop community and share support during this school year.


  • We'll help each other answer questions, exchange ideas, and have a good time!
  • Come when you'd like; meetings take place every Tuesday from 6-7pm.
  • Download the application WebEx for free on your phone or use your child's iPad, which already has it installed, and enter the meeting number 120 032 0129.
  • For more information or different ways to connect, contact Leena Mansour 763-600-5600.
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Visit the website to view full details and sign up or call Community Education at 763-600-5050.

National Flag Football MN Begins This Spring

The National Flag Football MN program is set up in collaboration with SLP's Community Ed. Registration is open now on their website. Click the image to enlarge details.

Youth Virtual Magic Tricks Class

Amaze your family and friends with magic tricks! Students will use common household items (deck of cards, paper clips, pencils, etc.) to learn and perform magic tricks. Register for YEL Magic 1.0 Class

Join Girl Scouts for Free

All girls in grades K-12 are invited to join the Girl Scouts of River Valleys for free if they sign up by February 28, 2021. By joining Girl Scouts, your student will participate in meetings and activities and be a part of a group that provides a sense of belonging to girls who are missing school and friends. Learn more here.

2021 Baseball & T-Ball Registration

The Blaine Area Little League is inviting boys and girls to sign up for the 2021 Baseball and T-Ball season. Registration is now open. Click here to learn about the different age groups, important dates and more.

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


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