Northpoint Elementary

October 21, 2020 Newsletter

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Northpoint families:

I hope each of you had a fabulous Fall Break! As a staff we accomplished much early last week, including professional learning and design in the areas of equity, student support, and instructional strategies.


Teachers have also shared with me the wonderful conversations they had with parents last week. I know we all appreciate the partnerships we are developing with families and the valuable perspectives you share about each of your children. If you haven’t yet had a conference, your child’s teacher will continue to reach out to schedule this important conversation.


We are diligently monitoring COVID-19 case rates. Over the fall break, COVID-19 case rates in Anoka County continued to rise. We receive updates from Minnesota Department of Health weekly and continue to monitor the numbers and trends and align to the state’s learning plan guidance. Our goal is to keep our school buildings open for learning, and we ask that our entire community continue to follow public health guidance to help control the spread of the virus in our communities.


Please review these important dates coming up soon:


  • October 28: Applications for free and reduced-price meals are due. See more information in the newsletter below and please take time to submit an application, even if you do not believe you will qualify. Applications must be completed each year and these benefits help fund much more than meals.
  • November 3: Reminder - If your student would normally be coming to school on Tuesday, November 3, make plans for your student to learn from home. It is Election Day, and our school building is used as an election polling place. Given the potential for large crowds and other activity surrounding the election, we will all learn from home Nov. 3 and prioritize health and safety. If you have questions, please reach out.
  • November 26-27: Thanksgiving - No school.
  • December 4: End of Trimester 1.


Along with attention to our protocols and routines to help limit the spread of COVID-19, we now get to deal with snow! Drive carefully, dress warmly and stay safe. Do your best to find some opportunities to enjoy October snow and our upcoming Minnesota winter!


Judi Kahoun

Principal

For Extended Flex Learning Families: Conferences, Important Dates, Resources

Greetings!


I certainly hope you and your family had an enjoyable fall break, as it appears winter has arrived. Wow, the season change happened fast!


Teachers have been reporting positive and productive visits with families. If you have not yet scheduled a conference, your child’s teacher will continue to reach out and please also feel free to reach out to them. Our teachers are anxious to share student progress with you, and they also want to hear about your child as a learner from you. A conference can be scheduled with the teacher directly.


We have a few important dates to note:

  • November 11: Picture day for students in Extended Flexible Learning. We’ll have more information about the plan and protocols in the next few weeks. In the meantime, mark your calendar.
  • November 26-27: Thanksgiving (no school)
  • December 4: End of Trimester 1


These and other important dates are noted on the 2020-2021 School Calendar. During this unusual year, we know things are subject to change. We’ll keep you updated.


If you haven’t checked it out already, please also know the Tech Toolkit gathers helpful tech tips for students and families on topics you’ve told us are important. We continue to update this resource based on your feedback.


Stay safe, warm and healthy!


Kim Fehringer

Principal on Special Assignment

K-4 Extended Flexible Learning

The sights and sounds of Spring Lake Park Schools in 2020

In a normal year, families have opportunities to visit school. In a normal year, they can see firsthand what their student's day is like. Unfortunately, this isn't a normal year. That's why we've brought some of the sights and sounds from the first few weeks of this school year to you.

The sights and sounds of Spring Lake Park Schools in 2020
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Apply now: Free or reduced-price meal benefits provide much more than food

The deadline to apply for free and reduced-price meal benefits is approaching on October 28, 2020. Please take a few minutes to complete and submit the application - even if you don't think you will qualify. It's about much more than meals.


You could be eligible for:

  1. Reduced fares on Metro Transit through the Transit Assistance Program. Anyone in a household with a student receiving Free or Reduced Lunch is eligible to receive this reduced fare.
  2. Reduced fees for athletics and activities
  3. Reduced fees for in-home internet access


A new application must be completed each school year. Families who have not applied for these benefits should apply right away.


Questions? Contact the Nutrition Services Department at 763-600-5041.

Spirit Week Dress Up Days: October 26-30

  • October 26/27 - Spirit Week/Pattern Day: plaids, tie dye, stripes, camp, polka dots, flowers, etc. from head to toe!
  • October 28 - Spirit Week/Pajama Day
  • October 29/30 - Spirit Week/Panther Colors, Panther Apparel Day

Winter Weather Preparedness

With the recent change in the weather conditions, we would like to remind families that all students should come to school wearing winter weather attire (coats, snow pants, boots, hats, gloves). All students will be expected to go outside for recess unless the weather does not permit. Students will need a written note from a physician to be excused from recess. The following are our guidelines for canceling outdoor recess:

    • The outside temperature is 0° and/or the wind-chill factor is -10 °F

    • Extreme icy or sloppy conditions

    • Raining and/or lightning

Picture Day Ordering/Extended Flexible Learning Picture Day

Families that would still like to order their student's portraits can do so up to 48 hours after their student's picture day. Please visit Lifetouch to place your order.


Wednesday, November 11: Students in Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning). We will provide more information about the schedule for this day and health and safety precautions in the next few weeks.

Parent Pickup Reminders

Please practice the following during parent pickup:


  • Clearly display a sign with your student's name in the righthand side of your windshield
  • Pull as far forward as you are able before loading your car
  • Do not block intersections or driveways of neighboring businesses


Thank you for helping us create a safe and efficient process!

COVID-19 Community Testing Locations

There are several ways – including many that are free – to get tested for COVID-19. You may attend a Minnesota Department of Health community testing event, or use the MDH look-up tool (filter it by county and/or city) to find a testing location near you. For more information, please view our website.

Printed Newsletter Request

The Northpoint newsletter will only be distributed electronically this year. If you would like a printed copy sent home with your student, please contact Heidi Rogers at 763-600-5700 or hroger@district16.org.

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Kindergarten Edgewood visit

Kindergarteners from Northpoint Elementary visited their neighbors at Edgewood Blaine senior center by drawing special messages on their windows, spreading cheer and good spirits to their grandfriends #SLPPantherProud
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Northpoint PTO Virtual Bookfair

The Scholastic book fair is happening and this year it will be virtual! Visit Scholastic to start your shopping experience.The fair will be open October 12 through October 22. As always, each purchase raises money for Northpoint.

Northpoint PTO Virtual Meeting - November 2

The Northpoint PTO would like to welcome families to the 2020-2021 school year. Our November PTO Meeting will be Monday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held virtually via WebEx.


To join the meeting, please use the link below. You will not need to create an account. You will only need to enter your name and email address. If you have trouble connecting to the meeting, please email hroger@district16.org.


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Register Now for Upcoming Youth and Adult Community Education Classes

Community Education has a number of youth and adult programs available now for registration. Visit the website to view availability and details or call Community Education at 763-600-5050.

Take-Home Art Activities

For youth, take-home art activities are available for pick-up on Wednesdays and will keep your child's mind active and creative! Craft offerings include build a birdhouse kit, ceramic bird ornaments, confetti bowl kit, fall wind chimes, science at home, sun catcher, wooden treasure box and ceramic leaf bowls. Check the website often as more take-home activities will be added throughout the year.

Instant Pot Cook-Alongs

For adults, participate in a virtual cook-along class with a trained instructor to make delicious meals from your home! Menu offerings include BBQ sandwiches, chicken marsala and curry, copycat White Castle sliders and a holiday themed dish.

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  • October 26/27 - Spirit Week/Pattern Day: plaids, tie dye, stripes, camp, polka dots, flowers, etc. from head to toe!
  • October 28- Spirit Week/Pajama Day
  • October 29/30 - Spirit Week/Panther Colors, Panther Apparel Day
  • November 2 - NP PTO meeting (virtual)
  • November 3 - At Home Learning Day for Northpoint (Election Day)
  • November 11 - Northpoint Picture Day - EFL students
  • December 4 - End of trimester 1
  • December 7 - NO SCHOOL
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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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