Lighthouse School Newsletter
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OCTOBER 26, 2022 - NEWSLETTER
Dear Lighthouse families,
I hope everyone had a good fall break and had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather. Thank you to all who were able to make it our fall curricular event prior to the break! We had so much fun sharing our approach to Innovative and Personalized Learning and seeing your participation in the activities. During fall break, we appreciated the continued conversations with you about student growth and progress. Our partnership with all of you is a valued piece of your child’s education.
We’re now in the second half of our first trimester. I am excited to see the progress students are making on their inquiry projects, linking it to competencies and how they share their learning at the end of the trimester.
Reminders and Updates:
- New Instructional Paraprofessional: Kristi Peltier started as our new instructional paraprofessional at Lighthouse this week! She has three children that attend Lighthouse and has been volunteering when possible. We are so excited to have her a part of our team!
- Destination Imagination: This year, students in grades 2-8 have the opportunity to participate and compete in Destination Imagination. We have one wonderful parent volunteer ready to coach a team starting this Friday. We are looking for another parent to help out. Please let me or your child’s facilitator know if you are interested.
- Student Breaks: Each day students take two device-free breaks. This will continue throughout the winter. According to our school handbook:
- All students go outside each school day for break time unless the weather does not cooperate. Students will need a written note from a physician to be excused from recess. Students are expected to dress for the season, including wearing boots, snow pants and coats during the winter months.
- We cancel outdoor recess when the outside temperature is 0° and/or the wind-chill factor is -10 °F, if the conditions are extremely icy or sloppy, or if it is raining and/or lightning.
- Lighthouse PTO Meeting: Our next PTO meeting is tomorrow, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. Join us at Lighthouse or virtually with this link.
- Fall Play: The high school fall play opens this Friday – Peter and the Starcatcher. Check out more information in the newsletter today. It sounds like a great production for all ages and our high school theater crew is talented!
Enjoy this last full week of October!
Final reminder: Review and sign Student attendance and behavior agreement
If you haven't done so already, please take a few minutes to complete your review of student behavior and attendance expectations with your student(s).
1. Log in to Campus Parent Portal with your district username and password.
2. Select your student in the upper right corner.
3. On the main menu click on DOCUMENT.
4. Locate the Parent Documents section.
5. Click on the 2022-2023 Behavior and Attendance Agreement.
6. Review the document with your student.
7. Sign and submit.
8. Repeat these steps if you have more than one student in the district.
See this video for directions on how to find and sign the agreement. If you have any questions, please reach out to your school's front office.
Lifesaving, real-world skills in action
When Rochelle Lavalle, junior at Spring Lake Park High School, noticed a young family member choking on his food, she sprang into action using knowledge from her First Aid/CPR class.
Rochelle describes eating dinner with her family recently when her cousin, who is a toddler, started choking on his food. “I sat there for only a second, debating if I needed to help,” says Rochelle. “Then it was getting worse, so I realized I needed to step in and do something.”
First Aid/CPR teacher, Jennifer Neiss, has been working in the Spring Lake Park Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) program for nine years. “We as staff members and adults know from experience that there is such immense value in our OEC classes,” says Jennifer. “For students, sometimes it’s not until they are faced with a real situation outside of school that they realize how important and useful these skills really are. They can be life-changing and lifesaving.”
Industry Roundtable: Strengthening partnerships for students
More than 30 small and large business, non-profit, government and education leaders came together at Spring Lake Park High School on October 13. The conversation focused on how we can continue to strengthen partnerships and provide opportunities that benefit all students, the workforce and our community.
Community and industry partners contribute to all three career pathways offered at Spring Lake Park High School – Business and Entrepreneurship, Health and Human Services and Technology, Engineering and Design. Each pathway represents a need for future jobs. At the high school, students can pick and choose courses across pathways or go deep in one area. Several courses offer college credit opportunities.
Community and industry partners serve as guest instructors, mentors, tour hosts at their workplaces and more. They connect learning to the real world and help students gain applicable skills for their future.
Autumn Curriculum Event and Putt Putt Golf Projects
It was so much fun to see the extravagant putt putt projects that students shared during the Autumn Curriculum Event. We hope families enjoyed testing their golf skills on the putt putt course.
Our next meeting is tomorrow, Thursday, October 27 at 6:30pm. Bring your questions, comments and wishes about Lighthouse as there will be time for parent feedback. We'd love to see you there!
Catch the opening weekend of "Peter and the Starcatcher"
It's almost showtime for "Peter and the Starcatcher!" This fall play is the prequel to the story of Peter Pan, a family-friendly show that's suitable for all ages. We hope you'll come to support and enjoy award-winning Spring Lake Park High School Theater! Performances are October 28-29 and November 4-5 and tickets are available online.
Watch the cast members rehearse the musical number "Swim On."
Adult Pickleball Open Gym
Calling Pickleball lovers! With the weather changing, it's time to continue your Pickleball season indoors. Pickleball open gym at Spring Lake Park High School is a great opportunity for adults to drop in and play with a variety of partners as they rotate in and out to mix with others of similar skill level. All levels are welcome!
Pickleball open gym takes place most Saturdays this fall, October 29-December 17 and this winter, January 29-March 19. Sign up today.
Saturday Movie Classics - Frankenstein - Saturday, October 29, 11 a.m.
Join us at the Spring Lake Park High School Fine Arts Center on Saturday, October 29 to watch a free viewing of Frankenstein (1931) on the big screen. Let us know you are coming!
Pancakes and Panther Store Sale!
All are welcome to the Sunday, October 30 Panther Pop-Up Store Sale and SLP Lions all-you-can-eat breakfast, 8 a.m. - noon at Spring Lake Park High School cafeteria. Bring the family and enjoy pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee and milk. More than 1,200 new items have arrived at the Panther Store. Check out the new gear and start your holiday shopping with a special 15% discount at the breakfast.
October 27 - Lighthouse PTO Meeting- 6:30 p.m.
- October 28, 29 and November 4, 5 - SLPHS Fall Play - "Peter and the Starcatcher"
- November 11- Lighthouse School ELD (Extended Learning Day)
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