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Friday, January 22, 2021

Message from Principal Hodges


I hope you all are doing well! We have a few updates this week!

  • Teacher assignments are almost complete. We are currently finishing rostering for any enrollment changes that occurred after 1/11. Teacher assignments will be live in Campus Parent via on Wednesday, January 27. We hope to be able to let families know prior to this by having the new teacher contact families early next week.
  • All students will start with their new classrooms on February 1 in all 1st-5th grades.
  • Grades 1-2 will return in person February 1
  • Grades 3-5 will continue virtually, and return in person on February 16
  • No School for Middle School Students February 1-3.

This week our other updates are:

  • Middle School In-Person Support Updates and Middle School Schedule Updates
  • Tips for transitioning back to school
  • Elementary Supplies

Feel free to contact me with any questions at or 612-398-9579.

Middle School In-Person Support

SPPS recently communicated that we will begin in-person academic and social-emotional support for middle school students soon. I want to thank the teachers who are working with us to create a program that meets students needs, puts health and safety first, and is dedicated to thinking outside the box. There are many questions regarding what this will entail, below are some answers to frequently asked questions:

  • Once we transition to the in-person support program, our Monday-Thursday synchronous schedule will change from courses occurring between 9:30-2:20 to 1:30-4:00. Details regarding this schedule will be coming soon.
  • In-person academic support will have students coming to school 1 day per week in 4 cohort groups. This means we will have a smaller number of students per classroom.
  • Students will work with a teacher to review what they need to work on, which subjects they need assistance with, and schedule time with a teacher from that subject for support.

If you do not want your child to attend the in-person support you will need to fill out the form here, which does have you enroll your child in VLS. I know this is potentially confusing. If we do come back in a hybrid or full in-person model during the 2021-22 school year you will be able to change your child back from VLS to in-person at a later date.

Please submit your questions about the In-Person Support here. We will be sending out more information in the coming days prior to the January 29th deadline to opt-out.

Tips for transitioning back to school

  • Ask your child how they're feeling about the transition and validate all feelings. Avoid telling them how they should feel.

  • Ask your child what they know about what school will be like. Correct any misconceptions, if known (e.g., possibility of desks far apart from each other, teachers maintaining physical distance, staying with your class all day, possibility of staying in the classroom for lunch).

  • Practice wearing a mask for longer periods of time - start small around 30 min and have your child work their way up to 2-3 hours at a time.

  • Start back-to-school routines a week or so early. Wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed at the same times that your child will to catch the bus.

The following links may provide more detailed suggestions if you are interested:

Preparing for Return to School from NYTimes

Back to School Planning Guidelines from the CDC

Helping Your Child Adapt to Wearing a Mask

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Elementary Supplies (In-Person)

The SPPS Office of Teaching and Learning has provided the following supplies that we will distrubte to in-person students beginning on Feb. 1 to 1st and 2nd graders, and Feb. 16 to 3rd-5th graders.

Supplies will include:

    1st Grade and 2nd Grade

    • 2 – 2 pocket folders
    • 2 – 70 sheet wide ruled notebooks
    • 1 – set of snapcubes
    • 12 pencils
    • 2 – gluesticks
    • 1 – set of 10 washable markers
    • 24 pack of Crayola crayons
    • 1 small dry erase board and 2 dry erase markers
    • Headphones (over ear)
    • Crayon style stylus for iPad

    3rd Grade – 5th Grade
    • 4 – 2 pocket folders
    • 4 – 70 sheet wide ruled notebooks
    • 1 – set of 12 pencils
    • 1 pencil sharpener
    • 1 – eraser
    • 2 – sets of 100 notecards
    • 1 – 12 inch ruler
    • 1 – set of 10 washable markers
    • 1 – set of 12 colored pencils
    • 3 – packs of sticky notes
    • 1 – TI-30xa Texas Instruments Calculator
    • 1 – Set of headphones (earbuds)
    • 1 – pen style stylus for iPad
    • Personal Dry erase board and marker