Hamline Family Newsletter
A Note From Principal Reilly
Hello Hamline Families,
Each week Superintendent Gothard and a district team, review the district readiness checklist to determine if we are ready to return to school in a hybrid model. A hybrid model means that students would return to school in the building two days per week, and continue distance learning three days per week. This past week the announcement was made that we were not ready to move to a hybrid model yet. On October 23rd the team will meet again to check our readiness. November 16th would be the earliest we could return, but again this will be based upon safety for students/families and staff. We will continue to stay in close contact with you to keep you informed.
If you would like to keep your child/children in distance learning, and not have them move to the hybrid model, (when it is safe to do so), please fill out this form. https://commedspps.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3duuSyVmZmnJjWl. This form is available in many languages. This will ensure that we have correct numbers around how many students will remain in virtual (distance) learning, and not return to the building, when or if we move to the hybrid model. Once we move to hybrid, if you are signed up to keep your children in virtual learning, they will be assigned to a "Virtual Learning" classroom and teacher for the remainder of the year. This will be a Hamline teacher, but it will most likely be a different teacher than the current teacher. I understand this is a hard decision to make. If you would like to talk through this with me, I would be happy to do so. You are able to move from Virtual Learning School back to hybrid at different points in the year.
I can't tell you how thrilled I have been to see full classrooms of children showing up and engaging in their class google meets. Thank you for supporting your children in getting up on time, and completing their work. I understand that the balancing act we are all doing, to try to make sure the children are learning and growing, is daunting. With stress levels high, please be kind to yourself and know that if you need support we are here for you. You may reach out to me through email at email@example.com, or calling my cell phone 612-812-1103. The Hamline Request for Support form is also a great way to get help on any matter. I would not be the technology "fix it" person:)), but I can help guide you in the right direction. Help form is on our website spps.org/hamline and link is also below in this newsletter. Be well and as always, thank you for sharing your children with us.
Principal Kristin Reilly
Assistant Principal Ewald's Contact Information
Google Voice: (612) 315-0791
Distance Learning Resources
The purpose of the SPPS Academic Support Center is to provide in-person academic and/or social-emotional learning support for Pre-K-12 grade students and their families during distance learning. The centers will provide academic support, not classroom instruction.
Please talk to your child's teacher if you would like more information.
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.*
Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
*Closed non-school days
Washington Technology Magnet
1495 Rice Street
Saint Paul, MN 55117
Free and Reduced Lunch Application
Also, families must complete an application and qualify for free or reduced price meals to qualify for other assistance programs such as Metro Transit’s $1 Ride program, Comcast’s Internet Essentials, and some scholarships for summer camps
The Midway Food & Empowerment Project
From the Nurse's Corner: Weekly tips for staying Healthy
Water!! It's free and a great way to keep your body heathy! Did you know that water makes up 50-70% of your body's weight?? EVERY SINGLE cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work.
*Drinking more water is one strategy to decrease obesity
*Drinking water can give you more energy
NOT drinking enough water can decrease your energy and make you tired!
So.. try replacing some of those sugary drinks with some cool refreshing free water this week and see how you feel!!
To Be Black in America will meet every Wednesday at 12:00 pm. The group is led by:
- Kaltun Abdikarani, school counselor
- Lynnette Medcalf, social worker
- Kalu Abosi, intervention specialist
The Google Meet code is: blackinamerica
If you have any questions about the group, please contact one of the group leaders.
- Kalu Abosi, Intervention Specialist
The counseling lessons posted to students last week covered areas about self-knowledge and awareness. Specifically, for our students in 3rd to 5th grade, their lessons covered having an understanding of cultural aspects that are important to them, knowing their values and beliefs, and the different aspects of their identity. I’m inviting you to further these discussions with your students and share with them the values, beliefs, identity and cultural aspects of your life that are important to you. How do these things help you live a life that you are proud of? How has knowing your values helped you make important life and career decisions? Being able to do this is important for our students motivation, social/emotional wellbeing and their ability to be empathetic to others and solve conflict.
- Kaltun Abdikarani, School Counselor
Parents: Is your child struggling with completing their homework? Do you find yourself frustrated with trying to help them with assignments? Are you trying to juggle work and other responsibilities and just don't have the capacity to help your child with their homework? If you answered yes to any of those questions, there is help available. Saint Paul Public Schools has opened a new Academic Support Center (ASC) at Washington Technology Magnet School. The purpose of the ASC is to provide in-person academic and/or social-emotional learning support for Pre-K - 12 grade students and their families during distance learning. Beginning Oct. 16th, families will be able to request a referral.
For more information, please visit https://www.spps.org/asc
Lynnette Medcalf, School Social Worker
Mental Health Practitioner / Therapist
What your child could benefit from participating in play therapy services:
How to respect themselves and others
Understanding that feelings are normal
How to identify and express their feelings responsibly
How to assume responsibility for their actions
How to be creative and resourceful in problem solving
To have self-control and self-direction
To learn how to accept and love themselves
To make healthy choices and to be responsible for their choices.
To create healthy relationships with others.
Mental Health Practitioner from Community School