Park Terrace Elementary

February 24, 2021 Newsletter

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Greetings Park Terrace Families!

It is truly amazing how quickly time flies by! We are rapidly approaching the end of the trimester, spring break, picture retake day and the start of spring. Around our school students are taking the ACCESS tests, our staff is working hard on implementing the new reading curriculum, our Extended Flexible Learning teachers are gearing up for supply pick-ups. All of our staff and students continue to give their best during this school year.

Here are a few important updates this week:

  • Request changes to learning model by February 26: This is the week to make any requests to change learning models for trimester 3. If your family wants to request a change, please contact our school office by Friday, February 26. Please note that any change request will impact your student’s teacher and class roster.

  • Picture retakes and yearbooks: Picture retake day will be held on Tuesday, March 9 for students in Extended Flexible Learning and student learning at school from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additionally, our yearbook is for sale! For more information on picture retakes and the yearbook, please see the Need to Know section of the newsletter.

  • Families of fourth graders – Intro to Westwood tomorrow: Virtual information sessions are this Thursday, February 25. We don’t want you to miss this opportunity to learning more about the transition to 5th grade at Westwood.

  • Panthers for a Purpose: The virtual giving event is this Saturday, February 27. The online program starts at 7 p.m. and is free and everyone is invited to watch (you’ll see some familiar faces!). There is a silent auction that will be open until 8:30 p.m. that evening. Get a sneak peek in the video included in today’s newsletter. You are seriously not going to want to miss this free, fun event that is for a good cause!

Lastly, February is “I Love to Read Month” and our staff has been doing a variety of fun activities to help make this a special month. Ms. Sodunke’s class had the opportunity to listen to Natalie Herbert, the author of "Gram and Gretchen", read her book via WebEx. Additionally, many of our staff members have been participating in the Masked Reader which our students greatly enjoy. This month, as chilly has it has been, is a great time to read with your child and have him/her read to you as well!

Thank you for your continued partnership throughout this school year! I hope everyone has a great end to the week!

Mona Perkins


Updates for Extended Flex Learning Families


We are heading into the third trimester of this school year. How can that be? This has been a year of learning for so many of us, children and adults alike. Distance learning has been an opportunity for growth and skill building; in some ways expected and many ways unexpected. It has been extremely rewarding for the staff who are focused on Extended Flexible Learning and for me. We continue to appreciate hearing your stories.

There are a couple of items in this week’s newsletter – In Case You Missed It – to remember. Our students can now check out library materials. See the details for each school. And, if you have a fourth grader in your household, please note the opportunity to learn more about Westwood and 5th grade tomorrow, February 25.

Teachers will be reaching out to you when it is time to return Wit & Wisdom Module 1 resources and pick-up Module 2. The next pick-up is being offered at different times for different grade levels based on when the new resources are needed. Details will come from your child’s teacher as the next scheduled pick-up draws near.

If your family wants to request a change from Extended Flexible Learning to learning at school full-time, you can make the request by contacting your school’s office this week (February 22-26). We’ll be working to honor all requests as we begin the new trimester.

The Panthers for a Purpose virtual giving event on February 27 is a great way to celebrate the end of the month while supporting a great cause. Note the details for this event in this week’s newsletter. Please reach out if you have questions or thoughts to share.

Take care,

Kimberly Fehringer

Principal on Assignment

K-4 Extended Flexible Learning

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For 4th grade families: Introduction to Westwood sessions happening tomorrow, February 25

The Introduction to Westwood virtual sessions are happening tomorrow, Thursday, February 25. We hope you'll join us to learn more about the transition to 5th grade.

There will two sessions offered at each of the times - one session for Centerview, Northpoint and Park Terrace families and one session for Woodcrest Spanish Immersion families. The content of each presentation will be the same so families only need to attend one session.

Plan to attend a live virtual session during one of these three times tomorrow, Thursday, February 25. Click on the WebEx link below to join the session:

  • Coffee and Conversations - 9 a.m.

  • Lunch and Learn - Noon

  • Dessert and Discuss - 6:30 p.m.

If you're not able to make these live sessions, there will also be a recorded presentation available to families after these sessions with the same information.

Picture Retake Day

Picture retake day will be held on Tuesday, March 9 for in-person and EFL students that would like to have their photo taken for the first time or would like to have their photo retaken. Pictures will be taken from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Park Terrace Library. The early start is for families of EFL students who would like to bring their student in for pictures while there are fewer people in the building.

Families of EFL students please bring you student to the Park Terrace doors and a staff member will guide them to the media center to have their photo taken.

Below is the link to order pictures:

If you would prefer to take a photo and order pints from home, please see the link below for more information on Lifetouch's Picture Day Snaps@Home program:

Park Terrace Yearbooks for Sale

The Park Terrace Elementary yearbook is now for sale! Order your yearbooks here and enter code: 3711421. The deadline for ordering is March 19, 2021.

Families of EFL students that did not have their student's photo taken please feel free to email a headshot to Logan Cole ( to be included in the yearbook.

You may also take photos of your students engaging in activities and learning while at home and send them to Logan Cole as well. Please include your student's first and last name, grade and teacher when submitting photos.

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Watch a sneak peek of the Panthers for a Purpose Virtual Giving Event

Panthers for a Purpose Virtual Giving Event Trailer

Tune in for the Panthers for a Purpose Virtual Giving event this Saturday!

We are just days away from the Panthers for a Purpose Virtual Giving event happening this Saturday, February 27! We hope you'll join us as we celebrate our Panther spirit, unite our community for a purpose and fill the Panther Pantry. Don't miss this #SLPPantherProud moment in the making as we work together to keep children in our community fed, ready to learn and simply free to be kids.

It's time to get bidding! The silent auction featuring 300+ items is now open. Packages start as low as $25 with all proceeds going to the Panther Pantry and Weekend Pack Program.

Breakdown of Saturday's Virtual Event:

Program Link:

The program viewing link will be shared on the event hub at

6:45 p.m.: Countdown
Before the main event, tune in for a few special messages from some of our top event sponsors.

7 p.m.: Program Premiere
The Panthers for a Purpose event will be live at 7 p.m. Hear from the Panther Foundation's Chairperson Marla Sciara, Superintendent Jeff Ronneberg, members of our community and principal team as they share the importance of this event in our community. The 30-minute program will be entertaining for all members of our Spring Lake Park Schools community. Get ready to see people you know, laugh and get inspired by the special messages of the evening.

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Final Hour of Silent Auction
Get your bidding in on your favorite items. Last chance to make them yours!

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Students in Ms. Sodunke's class had the chance to meet author Natalie Herbert, author of the book "Gram and Gretchen" over Webex. She read the book to them and then students had the opportunity to ask her questions!
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In case you missed important information from last week's newsletter, check out the topics below and click to learn more.

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