The AGAPE Times

a weekly newsletter for students and families - Vol III

Week 3

Wow, week 3 of the AGAPE Times newsletter! We hope it is useful to you. Shhhhh - AGAPE staff are working hard on a secret project. Stay tuned for more information!

We are gathering pictures for our 2019/2020 digital yearbook, specifically from our cultural events through the year! If you have any pictures or videos, please share it with us!! Email any content you would like to share to Ms. Lund at or to Angie at

Though we are now going to be apart for the remainder of the school year, we are still the same strong, caring AGAPE family; always there for each other! Please check out the links in this newsletter and reach out if you are in need - we care about you all! Mrs. Weir is available via phone @ 651-335-9145 or email at anytime. All staff are always on the AGAPE Student/Staff Schoology group and are available via email or even a face to face chat on Google Meet! Stay healthy and safe!

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Distance Learning Survey

Students/Families: Please complete this survey so that we can make AGAPE's Distance Learning the best it can be!

April 24th-April 30th AGAPE Student of the Week is.......

Horeb D!!

Horeb -we have been so impressed by your persistence to adapting to distance learning. We are proud that you have become engaged in your school work and are working to maintain good grades. You are on track to graduate soon! You have been supportive for your classmates who were also struggling. You are doing all of this while being a passionate, loving mother to sweet Melanie. Thank you for showing grace in this scary time. Your dreams and aspirations are in reach. We are so proud of you!

Congratulations to our student of the week, Horeb!!!

Our very own Pae Pae and her daughter Angelina (pictured below) were featured in Wednesday's 'SPPS Today' email!

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Babies and Distance Learning

Parenting and doing your school work during a pandemic is hard, especially if you don't have a lot of help at home or if baby is in a "mommy-only" phase. Here are a few ideas from our AGAPE Schoology Group that students and staff have submitted!

  • Take advantage of nap time.
  • Do a little at a time, at different times, every day.
  • EMAIL YOUR TEACHERS! We are all here to support each other. If you are having a hard time with your assignments, reach out and tell your teacher.
  • Read your schoolwork out loud to your baby.
  • Be patient with yourself and give yourself some GRACE - we are all doing the best we can.
Complete the 2020 Census

The Census is IMPORTANT - please click this link to enter your family's information!

Latest SPPS Meals Information

Click this link to sign up for meal delivery - yes, even if you live out of the SPPS district!

Strategy to help us during this challenging time:

Remember, reflecting on good things in your life, even for a couple of minutes a day, can make a big difference in how you think and feel. The key is to make it a habit. We challenge you to pick a time each day - maybe when you first wake up, before you go to sleep, or when you are feeling stressed out - to make a mental (or written) list of good things in your life. You'll be surprised at how far this goes in making you feel better and helping you form a more positive mindset. Remember, this practice can even boost your physical health.It just takes a few minutes a day!

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If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis, the following Crisis Text Services and hotlines are available 24/7:

    • Crisis Text Line: Text MN to 741 741

    • Call ** CRISIS from a cell phone to talk to professionals who can help

    • Calling from a landline? See the directory of local mental health crisis phone numbers.

    • Free help for people across Minnesota who are having a mental health crisis or are contemplating suicide. Video

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7, 365-day-a-year hotline for people experiencing suicidal crisis or emotional crisis.distress. Call 1-800-273-8255 or click here to chat.

    • SAFE, case management and support for African American women and their children experiencing domestic violence. Case managers assist clients access resources including housing, shelter, food, counseling. Case managers support women wherever they are on their journey. Led by an African American team, services are culturally-specific. Case managers work in the community, so clients can discreetly and easily access services. Contact: or More info at
    • Casa de Esperanza Confidential 24 Hour Bilingual Domestic Violence Crisis Line 651.772.1611
Confidential Assistance Survey

AGAPE staff are are here to help in all kinds of ways. Please complete this survey if you need help.

Nurses Corner

Attention AGAPE Students:

You have an opportunity to receive a Garden Kit delivered to you. It will include seeds, soil, and a handout on planting. Whether you have gardened before or not, this is for you. Any container can be used - even the bag the dirt comes in. Please let us know if you want a Garden Kit; here is a survey for you to sign up.

Here is a link to the reading of "Anywhere Farm" by Phyllis Root

Gordon Parks High School Health Start clinic (1212 University Ave. W.) is open to all students ages 11 and up for urgent:

  • in-person mental health care
  • medication management for depression and anxiety
  • sexual health concerns
  • check-ups and vaccines
  • non-respiratory illness
  • injuries
  • asthma follow-up

If you have respiratory symptoms, a fever or known exposure to coronavirus, we will refer you to affordable testing and care but will not see you at Gordon Parks.

Hours as of April 27, 2020: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Please call 651-793-2234 for an appointment or walk in for care.

New! Telehealth Line - Students ages 11-22 can get mental health counseling and essential medical assistance via phone by calling the telehealth scheduling line at 651-412-8445. The telehealth line will take calls from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students who have questions or need assistance from a school nurse can call the health office phone number - 651-888-7602. We are checking it each morning and each afternoon and we promise to answer voicemails promptly!

Front Desk News

Hey everybody - we need your help! We are going to have an online Spring AGAPE Family Meeting where we will talk about and get feedback for the 2020/2021 school year documents! All of these documents are included in the 2019/2020 AGAPE Family Handbook, but we have included links below to the documents on the AGAPE website!

More details to come in future AGAPE Times newsletters, but we are looking to have the meeting in early May!

Also, please connect with Maddi with issues you may be having with your iPad or borrowed Hotspot. Her email is

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Andra Day

Rise Up by Andra Day