Park Terrace Elementary

December 2, 2020 Newsletter

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Greetings Park Terrace families,

I hope you all had a restful and safe break and a smooth transition into Extended Flexible Learning (distance). This is the last week of first trimester. You may remember, we had originally planned December 4 to be a teacher workshop day, however, we changed that at the beginning of the year for planning. So, students DO have school on Friday, December 4. On Monday, December 7, there will be NO school. Teachers use this day for end of trimester grading and reporting.

Trimester 1 report cards will be mailed and made available December 11 through Campus Parent Portal. Watch a video tutorial on how to access your student’s report card through Campus Parent Portal.

Please share how your Extended Flexible Learning experience is going. This 1-page overview provides an outline of what you and your child can expect. And, this story - Experiences from distance learning – showcases how it is different from last spring. If you are not having this experience, we want to hear from you so we can work to deliver these expectations. We want to hear from you as we continue to engage and personalize learning for your child.

This week, all targeted at-school learning is paused. This includes center-based special education. We are assessing what can safely continue given the public health situation in our community and impacts to staffing in our schools. Our regional support team has advised that health care infrastructure is reaching a breaking point. We are working closely with them to determine what can happen in our schools. We hope to resume some targeted services as quickly as possible.

As we continue to be in Extended Flexible Learning (distance) through at least winter break, please know we value your partnership and continued flexibility. We recognize this is not an ideal situation and want to be with students in person as soon as possible.

We will continue to monitor the healthcare situation in our community and make the best decisions to keep our students, families and staff safe. Meanwhile, we will also continue to provide quality, personalized instruction for each student. Thank you for your continued support and patience.


Mona Perkins

Extended Flex Learning Families: Important dates, report cards

Welcome Back!

However you and your family chose to spend the recent break, I hope you found time to relax while enjoying the beautiful November weather. As we near the end of the first trimester there are some important details for you to be aware of.

Families that have been in Extended Flexible Learning throughout the fall continue to follow the district calendar and there are some important dates coming up:

  • School will be in session this Friday, December 4.
  • There is no school on Monday, December 7. This day is used by all teachers for grading, reporting and communicating with families.
  • Your student’s Trimester 1 report card will be shared with you by your home school. Please look for distribution details from your home school in this newsletter.

While other K-4 students and families are transitioning into Extended Flexible Learning this week, we have been at this for a while. I have shared with you some successes that our students and families are experiencing, yet we still want to hear how it’s going. Please note this 1-page overview which describes what you should be experiencing. If this is not your experience, please reach out. Your student's learning experience is our number one goal.

Take some time to read other important updates in this week's newsletter. There are many other topics which may be of interest to you.

Have a great week. Thank you for sharing your children with us. It is truly an honor. Stay safe...stay healthy...

Kim Fehringer

Principal on Assignment

K-4 Extended Flexible Learning

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Free meal pick-up and community distribution

Spring Lake Park Schools will continue to support students’ nutritional needs. We will provide a bagged breakfast and lunch option to all children ages 1-18 at no cost.

We will be distributing free meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 locations throughout the community. On Tuesdays, families will receive two-days’ worth of meals. On Thursdays, families will receive three-days’ worth of meals.

Students and families should visit the website for updated information and to find the interactive map of the 10 distribution locations.

December 11 Lifetouch Picture Retake Day Canceled

The Friday, December 11 Lifetouch school picture retake day has been canceled. We will work with Lifetouch in mid-January 2021 to schedule a new day for retakes when we know more about their availability.

Webex Meetings for Spanish-Speaking Families to Connect

As of last April, SLP has been hosting open WebEx meetings with families in Spanish. These take place every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. in Emily Byers-Ferrian's WebEx room. Any parent is welcome to participate; the purpose of these gatherings is to maintain a sense of community, exchange ideas and resources in support of students, and help one another stay informed.

Reuniones de Webex para que las familias hispanohablantes se conecten

¿Habla usted español? Le invitamos a juntas virtuales de apoyo con otros padres y personal de las escuelas que hablan español. Resolvemos dudas, intercambiamos ideas y nos lo pasamos bien. Ver más información aquí.

Technology, Resources and Log Ins page now includes translated video tutorials

The Technology, Resources and Log Ins page include important information and tutorials for families on all the technology tools used in the district. The page now includes translated video tutorials on key topics to help students and families navigate the technology tools we use in the district. The videos are translated in Arabic, Hmong, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese in the following topic areas:

  1. How to translate the SLP website
  2. How to translate the SLP mobile app
  3. How to translate school newsletters on a mobile device
  4. How to upload assignments to Seesaw
  5. How to submit assignments on Schoology

The "How To" translate the website, mobile app and school newsletter videos can be found under the School Operations System header. The Seesaw and Schoology videos can be found under the Digital Learning Systems: Schoology and Seesawheader.

Panther Store Online Black Friday Sale

Shop the Panther Store Black Friday Sale now through December 4 – Take $20 off $100 and $10 off $50. New arrivals and sale items available. Free SLP Decal with every purchase! Visit the Panther Store online for more details.

Trimester 1 Elementary Report Cards (Grades K-5) Reporting on student learning

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.

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.

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COVIDaware MN app is now available

Minnesota has a new COVID-19 mitigation tool called COVIDaware MN. The app can be downloaded to your device and will notify you if you have been exposed to COVID-19 to help you reduce the risk of infection for your friends, family, and neighbors, and help Minnesota slow the spread. Learn more on the COVIDaware MN website.
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Our Favorite Things About Online Learning

This week, as we begin online learning once again, we took time to interview elementary students to find out what their favorite part of online learning was. Here is what they had to say:

  • "I love getting to see my friends and the day is also not as busy because we have more breaks." -Caitlyn
  • "The day is much quieter so it is easy to get more work done." -Maci
  • "I get see my friends and play fun apps on my iPad." -Maeve
  • "My favorite thing is the Webex meetings because I still get to see everyone like my teacher and friends!" -Halle
  • "Getting to see my awesome teacher Ms. H!" -Sage

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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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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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