Lighthouse School Newsletter

December 16, 2020

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Governor Walz Announces Learning Model Changes

Lighthouse School will continue our Extended Flexible Learning Model for all students when we return after Winter Break on January 4. Today’s message from Governor Walz shared that there will be new statewide guidelines for reopening preK-6 schools beginning as early as January 19. See the district message that went out earlier. We will also have another update for families during the first week after break including the evolving and possible transition plans as we have an opportunity to understand more of the details for students in grades 7-12.

Mr. B's Corner

Lighthouse Families,

Please schedule a time with Ms. Dougherty,, to pick-up and drop-off items.


  • Lit Club Books (Lit clubs will begin our first week back after Winter Break)
    • Farewell to Manzanar
    • 57 Bus
    • Freakling
    • Out of My Mind
    • Stranger
  • Physical Education Bags (PE will begin our first week back after Winter Break)
    • Students in grades 1-8 have PE Bags filled with supplies to make at-home PE more fun and more effective
  • Excel Energy Think! Kit
    • Students in grades 5-6 have kits filled with Energy Saving items


  • Lit Club Books from previous term
  • Library Books from previous term

Despite the strange times we are living through, we hope your family is able to enjoy Winter Break and reflect upon the year.

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


Teachers open up about Extended Flexible Learning

We asked some of our teachers to share their experiences and observations of Extended Flexible Learning. "This year is different. . . and that's okay . . . We're in this together. We're all learning." Listen to their honest, real and vulnerable perspectives as they discuss the challenges and successes of this year.

Teachers open up about Extended Flexible Learning
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Meals services update for the upcoming holiday break

Due to the upcoming holiday break, families will receive five-days' worth of meals next Tuesday, December 22. There will be no meal pick-up on Thursday, December 24, Tuesday, December 29 or Thursday, December 31. Meal services pick-up will resume on Tuesday, January 5.

As a reminder, there are 10 community distribution locations to pick up meals from. Check out the locations and find an interactive map here.

Lighthouse Grades

Trimester 1 final grades will be available beginning Wednesday, December 16 and can be accessed through Campus Parent Portal. Watch a video tutorial on how to access your student’s report card.

1st-8th grade may receive (NY, OnG, P, A):

  • NY: This means “NOT YET.” Student has not met their negotiated work plan goals for the term nor have they finished a course.
  • Ongoing: This means that the student has not completed the course, and a plan is in place to meet the course goals. (This occurs in Rosetta Stone and ALEKS most often when students are working to earn High School credit. This work often takes more than a term to complete).
  • P: This means “PASS.” Students have met their daily work goals and shown growth.
  • A: On occasion, a younger student may meet the “Essential Learning Outcomes” for High School Credit. This happens quite often in Rosetta Stone and ALEKS Math and rarely in Art, Literature, Writing Plan, and Inquiry. (The Lighthouse does not award high school credits to our younger learners (1st-8th grade) unless they receive an A as we do not want to hurt their High School GPA before they are mature enough to risk the consequences. Once they take a concurrent class at the high school, however, they are under the high school rules.)

9th and 10th Grade

Our 9th and 10th graders will be awarded marks based upon a traditional grading system (A, B, C, D, and F). Students will be awarded credit for A, B, C, and D quality work. An F will not earn credit and will require a student to repeat the learning. Going forward, this change will help our students better align with expectations from the MN Department of Education and College Admissions Departments.

11th-12th Grade learners may receive (NY, OnG, B, A): These students will continue to work from our old grading policy so as not to change expectations during their matriculation.

  • NY: This means “NOT YET.” The student has not met their goals for the term.
  • Ongoing: This means that the student has not completed the course, and a plan is in place to meet the course goals. (This occurs in Rosetta Stone and ALEKS most often when students are working to earn High School credit. This work often takes more than a term to complete).
  • B: This is the lowest grade offered for credit at the Lighthouse for 11th-12th grade students only. This means students have met the “Essential Learning Outcomes,” but have not gone above the base requirements and sought depth and complexity in their work.
  • A: This is the highest grade offered for credit at the Lighthouse. This means that students have met the “Essential Learning Outcomes,” and have achieved above the base requirements through depth and complexity.
  • 11th-12th Grade students may choose to earn A, B, C, D, and F grades to ensure they are awarded credit even if they receive a C or a D.
  • IMPORTANT Reminder - 9th-12th Grade Students do not receive a P (PASS).
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Continue to report COVID-19 symptoms, positive cases during distance learning

Although our learning model has shifted to distance learning for the time being, it is vital that you continue to call the attendance line at 763-600-5209 and press 1 to report any positive cases of COVID-19, close contact exposures to any positive cases of COVID-19, and signs or symptoms of illness that you may have in your household.

This information allows us to prioritize safety when we transition back into the hybrid learning environment by adhering to Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for quarantine and isolation, thereby limiting the spread of the virus.

As a reminder, Minnesota also has testing availability. Here is some additional information about available testing:

1. At-home COVID-19 saliva testing - Minnesota offers free, at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for people who believe they need to be tested, with or without symptoms. Right now, families can order up to five test kits per household. Families will be asked if they have insurance, but the state will cover the costs for any uninsured or underinsured families. You should not receive a bill using this testing option. Order your at-home test here.

2. COVID-19 community testing sites - All COVID-19 testing is free at Minnesota Department of Health community testing events. We are always planning more community testing events across the state, working together with communities to make sure everyone can get tested. Tests are free for everyone, and no identification or insurance is required.

Reach out to our school nurse if you have questions, 763-600-5104.

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Important Dates

  • December 23-January 1 – No school, winter break
  • January 4, 2021 – School resumes


A hallmark of a Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners education is our commitment to enrichment in our students’ lives. Although there are less options this year, we have already shared a few broadcasted plays from Childrens’ Theatre and History Theatre; Last Stop on Market Street, and The Things They Carried respectively. Now we are happy to share Guthrie Theatre’s free offering of Dicken’s Christmas Carol. If you hear of other offerings, please do not hesitate to share them with our team as we love to engage in enrichment of all sorts. We, especially, would love to hear of opportunities that are near and dear to your familiy’s traditions.

Guthrie Theatre shares:

Each year, more than 10,000 students visit our home in Minneapolis to participate in student matinees of A Christmas Carol and immerse themselves in Charles Dickens' enduring tale. In a year like no other, we’re thrilled to continue serving educators and schools, while expanding our reach globally. Whether you're streaming the show in Roseville, Minnesota or Busan, South Korea, we thank you for playing a part in our reimagined tradition.

Without further ado, we present to you Dickens’ Holiday Classic!

Password: scrooge2020

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Ms. Hunt's Advisory Challenges

Just for fun, last trimester Ms. Hunt’s advisory attempted a recipe challenge. The students helped come up with the categories, which were:

  • Most ingredients used in a recipe that is still edible
  • Least ingredients used
  • Best use of eggs in a recipe
  • Best dessert recipe
  • Best snack recipe
  • Healthiest recipe
  • Best use of vegetables in a recipe
  • Best vegetarian recipe
  • Best allergy-free recipe
  • Least healthy recipe
  • Best use of sprinkles in a recipe
  • Most colorful recipe
  • Best "Grandma food" recipe
  • Best mix of sugar and salt in a recipe
  • Best use of bacon in a recipe
  • Best international recipe

We only had a few submissions, so everyone would have been able to get multiple awards, but we didn't actually give out the awards. 🙂

The submissions were:

  • William - Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
  • Jennie - Banana Oat Cookies
  • Stella - Fairy Bread
  • McKenna - Piggy Cake
  • Neshama - Mini Bagel Pizzas

This trimester, Ms. Hunt’s advisory is trying their hands at a Lego Challenge. So far the categories are:

  • Best museum
  • best zoo
  • best underwater scene
  • best restaurant
  • best house
  • best animal(s)
  • best self-portrait
  • best theater
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Visit the website to view full details and sign up or call Community Education at 763-600-5050.

Youth Virtual Chess Class

Chess benefits student's focus, sportsmanship, problem solving, mental fortitude, and more.

Adult Cooking Classes

Check out these two virtual classes offered in January to get you to master cooking with your Instant Pot at home!

National Flag Football MN

The National Flag Football MN program is set up in collaboration with SLP's Community Ed. Registration is open now on their website with early bird registration open through December 31. Athletes that sign up in 2020 receive $10 off their registration fee and a $20 coupon towards any NFL Flag Fan Shop purchase.

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