Woodcrest Spanish Immersion

April 21, 2021 Newsletter

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Del Escritorio del Sr. Franke

Juntos es Mejor - Better Together


Woodcrest families,


On Monday, I had the honor of spending a few hours in Srta. Tomsen's room, a Kindergarten classroom. During the morning check in, I asked if they had any questions for me. One brave student raised their hand and asked, “Sr. Franke, are you ready for this?” We all giggled a bit. Before I could answer, another student raised their hand and assured me that I had nothing to worry about and assured me, “we can show how."


I have smiled so many times recalling this interaction. Your children’s teachers are instilling strength, courage, and teamwork in each of them. This is one simple example, among many others, of the strong leadership and instruction Woodcrest staff offer our students.


With the culmination of the Derek Chauvin trial so soon after the death of Daunte Wright, the energy in our student community is palpable. I thank you for speaking with your children about these sensitive and important current events, we recognize that each student and family has a different experience and we take that very seriously.


As part of the Woodcrest staff, I am honored to work with a diverse group of people of different backgrounds, beliefs, and world views from around the world. As we welcomed each of your children back to their classrooms today, we did so with a commitment to meeting the needs of each student. There is no room for racism, harassment, hate or disrespect in our school. It is our job to make this a reality.


Please share with us anything that you believe your child may need in these upcoming days and the years ahead. To do this well, it will require a partnership between the school staff and families.


Juntos es Mejor, Better Together,


John Franke

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AAPPL Testing for students in Grade 4

Prior to the end of the school year, your child will be asked to participate in the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). The AAPPL assesses your student’s progress in acquiring Spanish reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. The AAPPL is one of the most reliable and valid instruments for identifying world language proficiency and is used in 8th grade and again in high school as well.


This test provides information to students and parents regarding language development. Students participating in our In-Person learning model will take the test on May 25 and May 27. Parents that decide to have their student opt out, please reach out to Yesica via email or via phone at 763-600-5802.


Students in the Extended Flexible Learning model will not take the test unless families opt in and plan to bring their child to school on May 26. Students that come in for testing will be provided with breakfast and lunch. If you would like for your student to take the AAPPL please reach out to Yesica at 763-600-5802 or via email.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Yesica at 763-600-5802 or via email. The deadline for the families to decide whether they want their student to test or to not test is April 30, 2021.

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Sign up for the Panther Foundation Golf Fundraiser to Support SLP Athletics and Activities

The Golf Event is back! Join us for the 8th Annual Panther Golf Fundraiser on Monday, June 28 at 11 a.m. at Victory Links Golf Course at the National Sports Center. The proceeds from this event support projects, activities, programs and facility improvements that continue to make our athletics and activities world-class. Grab your clubs and join us at the links for a great cause. Register for the Golf Fundraiser.

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Felicidades a Brody Anderson

This school year, Brody Anderson who is a third grade student in Srta. Midura's EFL class participated in the MN Zoo ZOOMs Engineering Challenge. Brody's project was selected by the MN Zoo to continue on to the final round of competition for their ZOOMs engineering challenge! Ultimately he did not win the competition, but to make it as far as he did in a statewide competition is awesome!


Brody's teacher Srta. Midura interviewed Brody on this project, and here is what he had to say:


Tell us a little bit about your project and how you came up with the idea.

My project is to help Min, the red panda, stay cool in the tropics exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo. My idea is to create a button with a hot or cold lever connected to a water sprinkler that will spray water on or near Min. You can adjust the temperature of the sprinkler to spray warmer or cooler water. You can also move the sprinkler so that it can spray in different directions or be placed in different locations. This will be good for keeping Min cool when she’s too hot to move from her favorite branch.


I think Melissa, Min’s favorite zookeeper, could train Min to control the sprinkler using Min’s favorite treats (grapes, bamboo, etc.) or toys.


I came up with the idea of a sprinkler because that’s how I like to stay cool in the summer. Like me, Min may not like it if the sprinkler is too cold or hot. I liked the idea of her controlling her environment too. She may not be able to tell her zookeepers when she wants the water on or off or where she wants the sprinkler. I think she and the other animals will like this enrichment as much as I do.


What are the two most interesting things you learned while doing this project?

I learned how to put together a project and present my ideas to other people. I didn’t know how to do this before this project.


I learned about red pandas - where they come from, what they like, what they need.


What are you most proud of about your project?

I am proud of my idea and how it can be used in real life because I spent a long time working on it.


Is there anything else you would like to tell people about your project, or about what you are are learning about engineering/STEM?

I learned that it takes a lot to come up with ideas, figuring out what’s good and bad about the idea and choosing the right idea. You have to fix the bad parts of the idea and keep changing it to make it better.


I hope this project will be used to keep Min cool and help her be happier. I would love to see her at the Zoo.
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New or Gently Used Book Drive

Woodcrest PTO is collecting new or gently used books for literacy initiatives at Woodcrest.


Depending on the number of donations we receive, this may include giving books to students who do not have access to books at home and/or a summer reading book giveaway event for all students.

Books can be dropped off in the collection bin at Woodcrest during school hours.


If you are part of the EFL Learning Model or have a large donation, send PTO a FB message or email the Woodcrest PTO to arrange porch pick-up from your home.

Board Nominations

We will be collecting nominations for next year's 2021-2022 WCSI PTO Board, which will be voted on during our May 10 meeting.


Board positions currently include:


  • President: Lead monthly Parent Teacher Meetings, Lead monthly Board Meetings, Lead monthly meeting with staff
  • Vice President: Coordinate child care and dine-to-donate nights
  • Secretary: Take minutes at meetings as able to attend, create newsletters
  • Treasurer: Keep track off all transactions, prepare monthly report for meetings, help with reimbursements/purchases
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Maintain Konstella database, create posts for volunteers as needs arise, communicate with committee chairs
  • Social Media Coordinator: Create posts on Facebook/Twitter for events/volunteer opportunities


For more information about the board and positions please email the Woodcrest PTO.

FREE Digital Games Available

Free Digital Family Game Night for all via Breakout EDU! New puzzles have been released for the month of April. Complete one to be entered into the monthly prize drawing. Sign up online with code OQXAW6

Scholastic Book Club

Woodcrest PTO is offering Scholastic Book Club. Please visit Scholastic online and enter class code NJ89V. All purchases will help earn FREE books which will be used to support children's literacy at Woodcrest.


Questions about Scholastic Book Club can be emailed to PTO.

PTO Contact Info

If you have ideas or questions at any time, contact us via email.

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  • May 10- PTO Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • MCA Reading Tests for students in grades 3 and 4: May 11 and 13 for In-Person students.
  • MCA Reading Tests for students in grades 3 and 4: May 12 for EFL students.
  • MCA Math Tests for students in grades 3 and 4: May 18 and 20 for In-Person students.
  • MCA Math Tests for students in grades 3 and 4: May 19 for EFL students.
  • AAPPL Testing for students in grade 4: May 25 and May 27 for In-Person students.
  • AAPPL Testing for students in grade 4: May 26 for EFL students.
  • May 21- Due Date for Parent Input Forms. Connect with Yesica if you would like a form.
  • May 31- No school for students
  • June 10- Last school day for students
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Purchase Tickets for upcoming theater event - "Spamalot"

Live theater is back in Spring Lake Park Schools. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Featuring cows, killer rabbits, and French people. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.” Opening weekend is this weekend, April 23-24. We are pleased to offer two matinee performances at a discounted ticket price, perfect for families! Tickets are limited to purchase at the Box Office Now.

2021 Summer Child Care Program spots filling quickly, sign-up today

Summer Child Care registration is open now and spots are filling quickly. The theme this summer celebrates the Tokyo Olympic Games! Kids are sure to have a great time with weekly themes on the Summer Olympics, the history, events, countries, traditions and more.

Register for Summer 2021 Camps and Clinics

Spring Lake Park Schools Community Education partners with our coaching and teaching staff to offer athletic and activity camps and clinics during the summer. A variety of engaging camps and clinics are offered for all ages and skill levels. Learn more about our Camp and Clinic opportunities.

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Club Spotlight of the Week: Panther Tennis and Boys’ Basketball Camp. Watch for next week’s highlighted camps.

Panther Cubs Tennis

For boys and girls 10 and under. This program changes the game making it easier for children to succeed and give this sport a try. The court dimensions are smaller, racquet shorter, nets are lower and special tennis balls are used. This program is great for the beginning tennis player. Sign up for Panther Cubs Tennis here.

Panther Boys' Basketball Skills Academy, Grades 1-3

For students entering grades 1-3 for the 2021-2022 school year. This intensive skills academy will provide expert instruction in the fundamentals of the game. Our emphasis will be on activity, learning, and fun with associated constructive help. The basic skills and fundamentals such as shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, pivoting, footwork, individual moves, and team offense and defense, will be taught by our expert coaching staff. Weekly contests and 5 on 5 competitions will take place as well. Sign up for Panther Boys' Basketball Skills Academy, Grades 1-3 here.

Panther Boys' Basketball Skills Academy, Grades 4-8

For students entering grades 4-8 for the 2021-2022 school year. Attendees will work on individual fundamentals of offensive and defensive basketball on most Mondays and Wednesdays with an emphasis on ball skills. The offensive ball skills that will be drilled include ball handling, dribbling, shooting form, shooting off the pass and the dribble, free throws, one on one moves, post moves, moving without the ball, reading screens, finishing drives and finishing on the fast break. We will be using the Shoot-away Gun and Dr. Dish shooting machines most days and will play 2 on 2 and/or 3 on 3 cutthroat daily. On Thursdays the emphasis will be on team offensive and defensive fundamentals. Weekly contests and 5 on 5 competition will also take place on Thursdays. Sign up for Panther Boys' Basketball Skills Academy, Grades 4-8 here.

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