Northpoint Elementary

December 9, 2020 Newsletter

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Hello to our Northpoint families:

Yesterday, we kicked off the first day of the second trimester. We are looking forward to a continued opportunity to support our Northpoint students and families in their educational experience.

As we are all in a remote learning environment, our partnership continues to be key in meeting the unique needs of each student. You can expect to hear from your children’s teachers, with updates on their progress, next steps, and engagement.

We want to be sure each child is attending live classes with their teachers and demonstrating understanding of the learning targets being taught. We are committed to providing students with feedback to help them know where they are at in their learning and will work with them to take the next steps toward mastery of current and long-term goals.

We promise to reach out. Please do the same if you have any questions, concerns, or good news to share!


For K-6 students, attendance is taken and recorded at the end of each day based on student attendance in the "live" sessions for the day. We will be following up with any student experiencing frequent absences and/or incomplete work to identify and resolve access concerns or other barriers to participating in instruction. Parents are asked to continue to call the attendance line, 763-600-5709, to report a student absence, whether that is participation in "live" sessions and/or completing the daily work expectations.

Report Cards

Your child’s report card will be available in Campus on December 10. Report cards are just one of many ways that we report on student learning throughout the year. Report card grades reflect student learning, and teachers look at evidence of learning, over time, to determine where students are at in their learning at the time of report cards. Learn how to access report cards in the Need to Know section.

  • All grades received reflect student learning that occurred during Trimester 1. Grades for K-5 include:
    • MS: Minimal progress toward standard
    • AS: Approaching the standard
    • S: Met the standard
    • ES: Exceeds the standard
    • You may see two other marks on the report card:
      • An NA indicates that students did not have opportunities to learn this outcome throughout Trimester 1. Any learning outcomes marked as NA for Trimester 1 will be addressed throughout the rest of the year.
      • An NE (No Evidence) grade indicates that students had opportunities to learn this outcome during Trimester 1, but did not submit any evidence of their learning. As a result, there is no evidence to determine where they are at toward meeting the learning outcome. Any learning outcomes marked as NE for Trimester 1 will be addressed throughout the rest of the year.

We continue to track COVID-19 cases in our community and work with our regional public health experts to be good partners to all in our community. As we get closer to winter break – which begins on December 23 - we will update families on current and evolving plans for how we will begin the new year. Thanks for your partnership and patience.

Judi Kahoun


Extended Flex Learning Families: Report cards, attendance and starting a new trimester


This week is the start of the second trimester. Wow…where did the first trimester go? We have a good two weeks of learning before our winter break. From my observations, both students and teachers are ready to do this.

Since we are starting a new trimester you will soon be receiving the first report card of this school year. Your student’s report card will come from your home school. Please see details in the building principal’s message including how to interpret the grading on the report card.

This is also a great time to remind everyone of how we are taking attendance in EFL.

Attendance is taken and recorded at the end of each day based on student attendance in the "live" sessions for the day. We are following up with any student experiencing frequent absences to partner with families to identify concerns and/or challenges that might be getting in the way of student participation and learning.

Today was a material pickup day. If you missed it, please call the school office to arrange for an alternate to pick up student resources.

I hope everyone has a happy, healthy and safe week!

Kim Fehringer

Principal on Assignment

K-4 Extended Flexible Learning

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Accessing Report Cards

On Thursday, December 10, grades will be available for families to access in the Campus Parent Portal. Report cards will only be shared electronically. Instructions on how to access report cards are below. If you would like to request a paper copy or have any questions, please call our Northpoint office at 763-600-5700. Click on the images below to enlarge.
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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 Health Office at 763-600-5704 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.
  3. Find nasal swab community testing events
  4. Find saliva community testing sites

Reach out to our school nurse if you have questions, 763-600-5704.

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Students in Mrs. Lee's 4th grade class used what they learned about adjectives to make a detailed paragraph about the GROSSEST SANDWICH EVER! Click on the images below to enlarge.

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Community Education Youth Take-Home Kits

Take-home art and science activities are available for pick-up on Wednesdays and will keep your child's mind active and creative! Visit the website to view full details and sign up or call Community Education at 763-600-5050. This week's highlight of new take-home activities include:

  1. Science Explorers - Science of Slime and Crazy Catapults
  2. Arts & Crafts - Skateboarding Reindeer

Register for the spring 2021 lacrosse season

The Spring Lake Park Youth Lacrosse Association invites families to register their students for the upcoming spring 2021 lacrosse season. By joining the team, students will learn how to pass, catch, cradle and have a blast playing lacrosse! Online registration opens on January 4. For more details, check out this flyer.

Sign up for Spring Lake Park - Parks & Recreation Winter 2021 Youth Programs

Looking for fun and enriching activities for your child to be involved in this winter? From a 1v1 Solo Duos Fortnite Tournament and Snapology: Ninja Mania workshop to QC Dance Studio Classes and Parent & Child Robotics workshops, there are a variety of great programs for your child this winter offered by the Spring Lake Park - Parks & Recreation Department. Read this flyer for program descriptions and registration information.
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December 23-January 1 - Winter Break

January 4 - NP PTO Meeting (Virtual)

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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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