August 17, 2022 - Newsletter
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AUGUST 31, 2022 - NEWSLETTER
What an evening for everyone! Meet and Greet was a BLAST! It was great to see so many students and families this afternoon at Centerview Elementary. The smiles and enthusiasm throughout our time together was very telling of the excitement to come as we move into the 2022-23 school year, together! There is and will be much joy in our journey as we partner in supporting our students in feeling valued, inspired and having a sense of belonging.
The lead up to Meet and Greet began Monday morning when staff jumped back into learning and preparation mode. Our focus as we begin our journey is to create a learner-centered environment where staff know student by name, strength, interest and need.
As a staff, we know each of our students has a desire to learn and their engagement is directly influenced through the design of student work and learning experiences. We are looking forward to innovating and personalizing learning for each of our students as we get to know each other in the coming weeks.
This week, in the newsletter and via email, you will be asked to review our student behavior and attendance expectations. We’re asking families to acknowledge they have read and reviewed this information together with their student(s). Please take a few minutes to do this before school begins. We have high expectations for students and reviewing our expectations sets the tone for a great start to the year.
School attendance is critical to student growth and success at Centerview and beyond. Thank you, in advance, families, for helping with the most important job – getting your student(s) to school on time each day and ready to learn. Let’s start the year strong.
Here we are - just a few days away from our first day of school. As a Centerview staff, we can’t wait to get started with our students next Tuesday, September 6 at 9:20 a.m. when the school day begins. We’ll share out some first day pics in next week’s newsletter…I’m sure there will be endless smiles!
If you have questions or need clarity, please reach out. We’re happy to partner with you!
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!
CV Arrival and Dismissal Pick-up/Drop-off 2022-23
When monitoring students’ arrival to and dismissal from Centerview Elementary each day, there are lots of smiles on the faces of our little people when they know what to expect and feel safe each day.
As we jump back into the new year at Centerview, here are the expectations for dropping off and picking up your child(ren). Our #1 priority is to see that arrival and dismissal is done in an orderly fashion, so our students, staff and our families are safe.
With the number of students dropped off and picked up each day by parents and family members, you can expect long lines where patience is required. Our combined efforts in following the subsequent procedures will ensure that our students and our families are safe each day. We have experience with this process and know that it is efficient, and our students are safe if followed accordingly.
- All students, not riding the bus, can be dropped off curbside at the front of the school each day between 9:00 and 9:20 a.m. When dropping off, please have your student(s) ready to get out once you have pulled up to the yellow curb.
- Families are not allowed to walk their student to the front of the school from the parking lot. PLEASE do not drop children off in the parking lot and have them walk up to the school on their own or expect them to enter the parking lot without an adult. There will be no crossing guard.
- Students arriving between 9:00 and 9:10 a.m. will enter (door #14) to the gymnasium, wait patiently in their identified spot, until the 9:10 a.m. bell rings when they are dismissed to their classroom. Support and supervision will be present curb side and in the gymnasium.
- Students arriving between 9:10-9:20 a.m. will enter through the front entrance (door #1) of the school and immediately proceed to their classroom.
- In all drop-off situations, if a student receives a breakfast, 1st-4th grade, they may go directly to the Commons Café’ to receive their breakfast before heading to the classroom. All kindergarten students will receive and eat their breakfast in the classroom following the 9:20 a.m. bell.
- See the attached map for curbside drop off.
- All students, not riding the bus, can be picked up curbside at the front of the school each day between, 3:55 and 4:10 p.m.
- Students will be brought from their classroom to the gymnasium at 3:50 each day.
- Please have your school issued pick up number visible on your dashboard or visor. Each day a staff member will need your visible pick-up number to identify your place in line.
- When families arrive curbside to pick up, authorized family and friends will be matched by number, and the student(s) will be dismissed. Your student(s) will be standing at a colored cone and staff assist your student(s) in getting into your vehicle.
- If you have not received or need a car number, call the office for next steps – 763-600-5500
- As signs indicate, there will be no parking and leaving a car unattended on the yellow curb.
- Families are not allowed to walk up to the gymnasium to pick-up their student from the front of the school parking lot or from the yellow curb.
- If there is a change to your child’s pickup routine, you must call the office before 3:15 p.m. to make the change.
- Parents are not allowed to take a child off the bus to conclude the day. Please go directly to the office if you would like to have your child taken off the bus at dismissal. At this time, it might be too late.
- Be attentive to the single line bumper to bumper when cars line up south of field 48 and 49. South of field 50 and 51, cars will line up side by side, bumper to bumper for traffic flow.
- Signage has been added to communicate our end of the day procedure and partnership with the National Sports Center.
To ensure these procedures are followed at arrival and dismissal, Centerview staff will be available for questions, clarification, and reminders as needed in the morning and afternoon. Please follow the direction of your Centerview Staff. Your efforts and attentiveness are appreciated.
2022-23 Drop off-Pick up Map
Before school starts: Complete your review of student behavior and attendance expectations
Each year, we ask students and families to review student behavior and attendance expectations. After reviewing together, we ask families to acknowledge they have done so. This process helps set the tone for students as they begin the year and clarifies for students how we all expect them to conduct themselves each day at school.
Please take five minutes to log into Campus Parent Portal and review these expectations with your student.
- Log in to Campus with your district username and password.
- Select your student in the upper right corner.
- On the main menu click on DOCUMENT.
- Locate the Parent Documents section.
- Click on the 2022-2023 Behavior and Attendance Agreement.
- Review the document with your student.
- Sign and submit.
- Repeat these steps if you have more than one student in the district.
In the coming days, you can also expect to receive a message directly from Campus reminding you to review and sign this document. Please review at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions about these expectations, reach out to Principal Callahan.
From the very first day, attendance matters
Did you know missing 10 percent, or just two days of school per month, over the course of the school year, can affect a student’s academic success - and path to graduation? It's true at all ages. By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs a student may drop out of high school. By 9th grade, attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores. Regular attendance in school is essential for learning and student success.
Parents and guardians play the most important role in a student's education by making sure students arrive at school each day on time and ready to learn. As we begin a new school year, we have the opportunity to develop important routines and expectations at school and at home.
Here are some things parents and guardians can do to support school attendance:
- Talk about the importance of going to school every day.
- Help your student develop and maintain daily routines such as getting a good night's sleep, preparing any materials the night before, supporting your older student in finishing homework.
- Try not to schedule dental, medical or other appointments during the school day.
- Take action to stay healthy and if your children must stay home because they are sick, help them connect to the missed learning.
- Ask family, friends or school staff for help if you need support.
If your student must be absent, please call the attendance line (763) 600 - 5509. If a student is absent and we don't hear from a parent or guardian, we will be reaching out to check in.
Nutrition Services: School meal updates for a new year
As we enter a new school year, there are several important things to know about school meals:
- Meals are no longer free. School breakfast and lunches will no longer be free for all students due to the expiration of federal United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) waivers. This means, students will be charged full price for meals, unless their household has been approved for free or reduced meal benefits for the 2022-2023 school year.
- Free and Reduced-Price Meals and Education Benefits applications must be completed each year. Complete a Free and Reduced-Price Meals and Education Benefits Application online or via a paper copy from your school. If you qualify, both breakfast and lunch will be free. If you apply by Sept. 2, 2022, you may be eligible for additional funds through the P-EBT program. Applications are accepted throughout the school year.
- Add funds to your student's meal account online. You can add funds to a meal account through Campus Parent Portal, or by sending cash or check with your child or directly to your school.
- Meal changes are possible due to supply chain issues. Due to nationwide shortages of certain food items, menus may not accurately reflect what will be served that day. When possible, we will replace meals with similar choices and avoid any additional allergens.
- Meals policy includes what happens when an account has insufficient funds. See the full policy 534 Meals online. The policy includes payment of meals, charging of meals, negative balances and unpaid balances.
Schools will continue to offer nutritious meals to students each day. Learn more about school meals on the Nutrition Services webpage.
2022-2023 School Handbook
Find our Spring Lake Park Schools School Handbook for 2022-2023 at SpringLakeParkSchools.org/schoolhandbook. The handbook is a guide for families and students on the practical aspects of school – start and end times, procedures for absences, transportation, meals, policies and more. Please review the information and refer to it, as needed, throughout the year and contact your school as you have questions.
Important back-to-school notices
At the beginning of each year, we provide families with important notifications. Many of these notifications align to our school district policies and practices. Please take a few minutes to review the information and take any actions that align with your family’s preferences.
These notices cover:
- Media permission and directory information
- Technology responsible use policy
- Data privacy
- Supplemental student accident insurance
Review these notifications on the back-to-school hub under the heading Important back-to-school notices. Please direct any questions to the main office of your student's school.
Fall programs available for all!
Looking for fun and enriching programs for your child, your family or yourself this fall? Look no further! Browse and register for a variety of programs.
Program Highlights of the Week
- AKASPORT - Soccer (grades 1-4): This is a World Cup year (every 4 years) which means all eyes, and feet, will be on the ball. Our professional coaching staff will teach soccer fundamentals and provide a ton of games and scrimmages for all participants.
- Young Rembrandts - Anime Character Creation (grades 5-8): If you have Manga Mania, sign up for this class. Join Young Rembrandts for a five-day drawing workshop; we’ll be drawing and coloring all things ANIME!
- Retirement Planning Today: In this course you will learn how to: manage investment risks, use new tax laws to your advantage, make informed decisions about your company retirement plan and adjust your estate plan to function under the new laws.
- Ballroom Dance for Beginners: Practice steps and turns in popular ballroom dances, including swing, waltz, foxtrot, salsa, and more. Enjoy dancing to music frequently played at weddings and most social gatherings.
- Cupcake Decorating with Paige - Paige Goehner, the winner of Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship, wants you to join her as she will be decorating wonderful winter-themed cupcakes!
Tuesday, September 6
- First day of school for grades K-8 and Lighthouse students
- Orientation for grade 9 students and grades 10-12 students new to the high school
Tuesday, September 20
- PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
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