The AGAPE Times

a weekly newsletter for students and families - Vol IV (4)

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Week 4 and Happy Mother's Day (a little late!)

Welcome to week 4 of the AGAPE Times newsletter!! We've got a lot of good stuff in here this week so check it out and click the links! Keep up the great work and keep communicating with your teachers!


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 lois.vosika-weir@spps.org 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!

Distance Learning Survey

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

May 4th - May 8th AGAPE Student of the Week is.......

Hayla M!!!


Hayla has been working incredibly hard, and she is doing an amazing job juggling the demands of distance learning and parenting. She has completed Daily Connect every day this quarter, which means she has perfect attendance for 4th quarter so far! On top of that, she has been getting her work in on time, and she is reaching out to her teachers for support and clarification when she needs it. She is also showing empathy and kindness by reaching out and helping other classmates. We are so lucky to have you as part of the AGAPE community, Hayla! Congratulations!


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

Congratulations to Vangmee on the birth of her baby boy August T. Phang on April 29th! He was 6lbs, 11oz and 20.5 inches long!

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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.
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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!

Emergency Housing Resources

  • If you are a family experiencing homelessness and need additional supports:

  • Coordinated Access for Housing and Shelter:
    • To obtain a housing assessment, contact Coordinated Access for Housing and Shelter (651) 215-2262

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: Carla.mcpipe@180degrees.org or Akello.Alay@180degrees.org More info at www.180degrees.org
    • 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.

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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.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNgx7UmRdyRoDEbprNwwXEmhbKQXrEJBOfsQ8YOgzxemkcWg/viewform

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

https://youtu.be/lMA8KnoVF34



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!

amy.buck@spps.org

michelle.lessard@spps.org

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 mid-May!


Also, please connect with Maddi with issues you may be having with your iPad or borrowed Hotspot. Her email is maddi.mcdonell@stpaul.k12.mn.us

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