Lighthouse School Newsletter

November 18, 2020

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Mr. B's Corner

Lighthouse Families,

Next week, starting Monday, we transition fully to Extended Flexible Learning (EFL) for all Lighthouse students. On 11/13, Dr. Ronneberg shared that “families should expect to remain in distance learning through winter break and until case numbers decrease to a safer level and we receive clearance from the regional support team to safely transition back.”

As we transition all Lighthouse learners to an Extended Flexible Learning model, effective on Monday, it is important for many students to create a daily work schedule that accounts for their negotiated work plan, synchronous meetings, 1:1 meetings, SLPHS concurrent classes, brain breaks, social time, and time to be physically active. Please have a conversation, as a family, about creating a plan to take care of academics, social-emotional needs, mental health needs, and physical needs.

If you are looking for more resources to help engage with learning while in the Extended Flexible Learning model, check out this site created and compiled by a 17 year old student in Toronto.

As always, thanks for entrusting your child(ren) to Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners,


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Transition to Extended Flexible Learning Model

As you have already received notice from Dr. Ronneberg sharing the difficult decision to transition Spring Lake Park Schools to Extended Flexible Learning, I wanted to share the specific timeline for Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners.

  • This week, November 16-20
    • Students will remain in their current learning model
  • Starting November 23rd
    • ALL Lighthouse students will transition directly to Extended Flexible Learning
      • Lighthouse Facilitators have chosen to keep working with students while the other schools transition to maintain continuity and ensure that scheduled student presentations are able to proceed.
      • Lighthouse students should plan to:
        • Meet 1:1 with their advisor
        • Attend Synchronous Sessions
        • Share scheduled presentations
        • Continue to work on negotiated work plans
      • Concurrent LH/SLPHS Students
        • Attend concurrent SLPHS classes
  • November 26-27 Thanksgiving Break

Thanks much for your continued flexibility and support.

Meal distribution moving to Tuesdays and Thursdays, community sites coming next week

As all students grades K-12 transition to Extended Flexible Learning (distance), Spring Lake Park Schools will continue to support students’ nutritional needs at no cost.

Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, November 19, meal distribution will now occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays, families will receive two-days' worth of meals. On Thursdays, families will receive three-days' worth of meals.

Because there is no school on Thursday, November 26, families will receive five-days' worth of meals on Tuesday, November 24.

Meals can be picked up at Spring Lake Park High School from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 1100 81st Avenue Northeast; Door #32. Beginning Tuesday, November 24, we also will be adding community distribution sites. Locations are being finalized. More information about community distribution will be available before Tuesday.

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

Free COVID-19 Saliva Testing Site

There is free COVID-19 saliva testing available to our community offered by the state of Minnesota. See below for more information for this specific site:

  1. Location: Anoka Armory, 408 East Main St., Anoka, MN 55303
  2. Dates: November 16-20, 23-24, December 1-4, 8-11, 15-19, 21-22, 28-30
  3. Time: 12-6 p.m.
  4. Pre-Register: Schedule Appointment with Vault Health
  5. Video: What to expect visiting a testing site

Tips for Successful Learning at Home

Here's our SLP Top Tips for Successful Learning at Home:

  1. Establish a routine to be ready to learn.
  2. Designate a quiet learning space for students where they can be productive, preferably not where they sleep.
  3. Make WebEx, Seesaw, Schoology and other tech resources easy to access. Write down codes and passwords for the work area.
  4. Take a break. Build exercise or refueling into the break.
  5. Use a bucket or a box to store daily learning supplies.
  6. Limit distractions by turning off cell phone and notifications.
  7. Keep iPads charged.
  8. Move items containing personal info or things you wouldn’t want others to see out of the camera range.
  9. Complete school work during the week; not on weekends.
  10. Check in with the student, academically and emotionally.
  11. Communicate with teachers. Connect on any questions.
  12. Join an online study group for students to work together.
  13. Remind student that schedules might occasionally change, same as how we remain flexible when at school.

Technology Support

The SLP Tech Department is here to support students and families.

If you need technology support, please email Make sure to include your name, contact information and a brief description of your request. If you are unable to email, call 763-600-5555.

Remember to also utilize our Technology Tools, Resources and Log Ins page, a one-stop-shop for all SLP technology tools. Whether you are paying fees or learning on your school-issued iPad, find technology information you need here.

Continue to report COVID-19 positive cases to school

Please continue to call your school’s health line, 763-600-5209, to report COVID-19 positive cases. The district will continue to report on district health as students are in Extended Flexible Learning (distance).

Ordering Lifetouch School Pictures (November 18 Picture Day)

Lifetouch pictures can be ordered up to 48 hours after picture day on the Lifetouch website.

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Preparing students for career and college despite a pandemic

In an unusual year, students are exploring college and careers options in new ways as they find their right fit path for life after high school. SLPHS students Sanober, Tossy and Eleanor share their stories, advice and plans for the future. Read the full story:

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Inquiry Presentations Have Begun!

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November 26-27 – No School, Thanksgiving Break

December 4 – School Day and End of Trimester 1
- This is the end of the trimester. We adjusted the academic calendar at the beginning of the year to move two additional days up to the front of the year for planning. This means Dec. 4 – which was originally a day off school – is now a school day. See the updated 2020-2021 academic calendar.
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Translate This Newsletter / Traducir Este Boletín

To translate this newsletter information to another language, please click anywhere on the newsletter to open it in a web browser and at the top of the page, select your language from the dropdown menu.

Para traducir este boletín de noticias a otro idioma, por favor presionen en cualquier lugar del boletín para abrirlo en un navegador web y en la parte superior de la página seleccione su idioma del menú.

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