Lighthouse School Newsletter

October 28, 2020

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Mr. B's Corner

Lighthouse Community,

7.9 inches of snow was reported at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on October 20! Literally, and figuratively, this year continues to pile it on. That being said, this Lighthouse community continues to meet these challenges as we collaborate to support our learners.

On Friday, October 23, Dr. Ronneberg shared that, due to the rising Covid-19 Case Numbers in Anoka County, Spring Lake Park Schools are transitioning to a new learning model. This decision was made in consultation with Anoka County Public Health, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education, and other school districts in Anoka County. In this new learning model, Elementary (grades K-6) students will continue to learn in their current Modified Learning Model, while our Secondary (7-12) students will transition to Extended Flexible Learning.

For Lighthouse students, we will transition directly to this new model on Monday, 11/2.

  • LH students will be expected to attend any scheduled LH synchronous classes and/or 1:1 meetings.
  • SLPHS concurrent classes will restart on 11/5
    • SLPHS teachers will work, without students, on 11/2, 11/3, and 11/4 to transition their courses. SLPHS courses will NOT happen on 11/2, 11/3, or 11/4.

As we transition our Secondary students to an Extended Flexible Learning model, it is important for many students to create a daily work schedule that accounts for their negotiated work plan, scheduled synchronous meetings, scheduled 1:1 meetings, SLPHS concurrent classes, brain breaks, social time, and time to be physically active. Please have a conversation, as a family, about ensuring students have a plan to take care of academics, social-emotional needs, mental health needs, and physical needs.

At this time, there are no changes to our elementary (K-6) learning model. Those families who have chosen to learn from home will continue this path, while those who have chosen the Modified Learning Model (hybrid), will continue in that model. On the last 14 Day Covid-19 Data for Schools release, Anoka County reported 33.16 cases per 10,000 residents. We would consider a transition to Extended Flexible Learning for elementary learners, too, if our cases per 10,000 residents near 50. We very much hope to reopen all of our schools and are hopeful that we can, as a community, do our part to address the community spread in our county.

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


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Cold Weather Reminder

Please ensure that your child comes prepared for the Minnesota elements. If it is cold, students should plan to bring a coat, a hat, and mittens. If there is snow on the ground, students should plan to bring winter boots. If students plan to play in the snow, snowpants are a great idea.

  • Coats will be stored on the backs of chairs in their classroom
  • Boots will be stored in the front of lockers on carpet runners
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Mark your calendar: EFL Picture day is coming!

Mark your calendars for LifeTouch student pictures to be taken at school:

  • Wednesday, November 11 – Students in Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning), students that were absent during the October picture dates, and PSEO students.
  • Please call Donna Dougherty at 763-600-5200 or 763-600-5258 to schedule a photo time between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Only Lighthouse students having their photo taken will be allowed in the building.
  • Students must wear a face mask to enter the building. Face masks will not be worn during the photo session.
  • Students must use hand sanitizer upon entering school.
  • Students must maintain physical distancing (6 ft. +) while in school.
  • Students sick or exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 may not come to Picture Day.
    • New onset cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever of 100 degrees without fever reducing medication
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain or body aches
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste and smell
    • Diarrhea
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Headache
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Six students receive National Merit Letters of Commendation

Congratulations to SLPHS students Annabelle Coler, Katherine Karger (Lighthouse School student), Violet Mostek, Hayat Muse, Erin Olson and Logan York for being named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program! They are among about 34,000 students throughout the nation recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Read the full story about the academic accomplishment on the website.

For kids, by kids-Issue 2

Don’t let their clever tag line, “For kids, by kids” scare you away, as all are welcome and encouraged to read the student-created, student-led, and student-curated Lighthouse Digital Magazine. Lighthouse students Stella Paynter and Jennie Ramm have created this digital magazine as a way to share all sorts of media with Lighthouse students. Enjoy!

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Wear Your Panther Gear/School Colors This Friday for Spirit Day

It's time to show your school spirit! Whether in the Modified Campus Schedule (hybrid) or Extended Flexible (distance) learning models, students and staff are celebrating a district-wide spirit day this Friday, October 30. Be sure to tag us in your photos on social media using #SLPPantherProud, or email photos to

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Translate This Newsletter / Traducir Este Boletín

To translate this newsletter information to another language, please click anywhere on the newsletter to open it in a web browser and at the top of the page, select your language from the dropdown menu.

Para traducir este boletín de noticias a otro idioma, por favor presionen en cualquier lugar del boletín para abrirlo en un navegador web y en la parte superior de la página seleccione su idioma del menú.

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