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March 29, 2023 - NEWSLETTER
Hello Northpoint Community!
We’re under way with the third trimester, and students and staff are working hard throughout the day to accomplish great learning! Our kindergartners are comparing life now and long ago, using the text When I Was Young in the Mountains to notice differences and ask questions to extend their learning.
Our multiage grades 1-2 students in the lower pod are studying penguins, focusing on measurement, and taking opportunities to share their learning with one another. Upstairs, grades 1-2 students are learning how to write "Exploded Moment Narratives." They take a moment of a story and infuse it with the character's thoughts and feelings, in addition to the regular story elements.
In our grade 3-4 classrooms, students are working on Ancient Civilizations of Greece, Rome, and Egypt. This reading unit integrates social studies for a very engaging learning experience!
The spring is always a busy time. Testing is coming up, so please be sure to read your child’s classroom newsletter for specific dates and time. Our all-school field trip is right around the corner on April 12, and students will be engaging in some “pre-learning” prior to this adventure. If you haven’t signed the permission slip, please be sure to do. In addition, across the district there are many fun events to check out. You won’t want to miss opportunities like seeing the high school musical, “Matilda.”
As we look ahead, please also remember there is no school Friday, April 7.
Have a good rest of your week,
Mark your calendar: Events for parents
Spring Lake Park Schools partners with Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being to provide services to our students and families. Through this partnership we are offering a couple of events for parents to help equip parents to support their children. We hope you can join us.
- Supporting Children with Anxiety and Stress — Wednesday, April 19, 6-7 p.m., the Den at Westwood Intermediate and Middle School.
- Talking to Children about Safety Topics — Wednesday, May 17, 6-7 p.m., the Den at Westwood Intermediate and Middle School. This session will cover physical safety, internet and social media topics.
If you have questions, contact Social Worker Abbey Pierce.
Northpoint yearbooks - last day to order is Friday, March 31
Employment opportunities through school connections
Seniors Griffin Gaspersich and Ryan Kollbaum got jobs at local transportation company Blaine Brothers after touring on a school visit. Through the many partnerships that connect high school students with businesses in the community, students are exploring future career paths and landing jobs. Read the full story to hear from Griffin and Ryan about their working experiences.
Live on 65: Gary Mauer, Broadway vocalist, performs on April 13
This Broadway vocal performance will be sure to "wow!" Everyone in the community is invited to join us at Spring Lake Park High School for this very special evening of Broadway songs performed by acclaimed singer Gary Mauer on Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased day-of at the box office as availability allows or snag your tickets in advance online.
Preschool classes - openings this Spring and Fall 2023
There are still openings in our current 4-year-old preschool classes. If you’d like to provide your child with a preschool experience before starting kindergarten, please call 763-600 5900 or email Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out what is still available and register online.
Join Early Childhood Family Education for your child's first birthday
Come celebrate your child’s first year of life with ECFE! This is for children who turned 1 in the last 6 months. You'll enjoy playtime with other families, treats to celebrate and learn more about ECFE classes and our school district.
- What: Free 1st Birthday Party
- Where: Centerview Elementary (10365 Davenport Street NE, Blaine, MN 55449)
- When: Thursday, March 30, 9-10 a.m.
- No registration required.
Sully, the rescue and therapy dog!
Mrs. McCarthy's kindergarten class had some very special visitors to their classroom last week. Sully and his owner, Christie, stopped in to share more about their story and to read a book that Christie wrote about Sully. Sully was rescued from Turkey through a program called RAGOM (Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest) and was adopted by Christie's family. Sully became a therapy dog. Some of the amazing things that Sully does is to listen and encourage students reading books and to also help calm fears of hospital patients so they can heal and rest. Sully is a wonderful dog that is loved by so many.
Northpoint PTO Meeting - April 3, 2023
The next Northpoint PTO meeting will be held on Monday, April 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Northpoint media center. We look forward to seeing you there!
Monday, April 3 - Northpoint PTO meeting - 6:30-7:30 p.m./Northpoint media center
Friday, April 7 - No school
Thursday, April 13 - Live on 65 performance series: Gary Mauer - FAC, 7 p.m.
- April 21-22 and 28-30 - SLPHS spring musical - "Matilda"
- Winter athletic and activities highlights
- Ignite the SPARK in your child this summer with Community Education summer programming
- Pantherette Dance Team Fundraiser: Eggstravangza
- Fourth graders take on the tapir
- Panthers for a Purpose raises $120k
- The Value of Each Individual by Sarah Gatlin
- Construction trades course receives $50k grant
- Westwood broadcast group bridges learning and community
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