October 7, 2020 Newsletter
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We’re headed into fall break at the end of the week. Please plan accordingly, as there is no school for students next week, Oct. 12-16. I hope each of our families finds time to enjoy one another’s company, perhaps at an apple orchard, pumpkin patch or corn maze! I’m planning on a little get away up north for some relaxation and a few cabin chores. We look forward to our students returning to their learning on Monday, October 19.
Here are few updates this week:
- Conferences: In lieu of traditional conferences this fall, we will be holding conversations virtually with families during the month of October. Look for communication from your child’s homeroom teacher with information on how to schedule a WebEx meeting, phone call or update over email. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with care givers, and these collaborative conversations will focus on Learner Profiles (describing your child as a learner) and Learner Maps (their learning plan). As a result, we will have a common understanding of where each child is at in their learning, how they learn best and next steps in their social, emotional and academic growth.
- Monitoring COVID-19 in our community: We continue to monitor Anoka County 14-day COVID-19 case rates. Last week, in data the district receives weekly from the Minnesota Department of Health, Anoka County was reporting 20.78 cases per 10,000. This places our learning model firmly in the state’s guidance for Modified Campus (hybrid) at all grade levels (20-30 cases per 10,000). We will continue to look to the future, closely monitoring case data and following guidance in the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan. We ask that our entire community continue to follow public health guidance to help support our schools in remaining open.
- Plan to learn at home on November 3: If your student is attending in Modified Campus (hybrid) schedule on B days (Tuesdays and Fridays), please mark your calendars for Election Day, Nov. 3. We will be having a school-wide learning at home day that day as our school building is used as an election polling place. Given the potential for large crowds and other activity surrounding the election, we will learn from home and prioritize health and safety. If you have questions, please reach out.
Have a restful fall break, and thank you for your partnership during these first four weeks of the school year.
For Extended Flex Learning Families: Conferences, Library Books and School Pictures
Greetings Extended Flexible Learning Families,
School has been in session for one month - unbelievable! The partnership, flexibility and patience of each of our families has contributed to our success this fall. Thank you!
Here are a few updates for you this week:
- Conferences: Your child’s teachers will be reaching out to you with an invitation to meet to discuss how things are going with distance learning, to share current student progress, to discuss next steps in learning, and to gain insights from you about your student(s). Each teacher will be managing their own conference schedule, so please watch upcoming classroom newsletters or teacher updates in SeeSaw or Schoology for details.
- Library Books: Should you happen to find overdue library books at your home, they can be returned to your child’s home school or the District Services Center, whichever is most convenient for you. Thank you!
- School Pictures: School pictures for Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning) students will be on November 11 at your child’s home school. Details will be shared as we finalize plans for that day. Stay tuned...
I hope each of you has an informational and rewarding visit with your child’s teacher in the coming days. Please also enjoy the fall break and the pleasant weather that is being predicted, and remember there is no school next week (Oct. 12-16).
Our Extended Flexible Learning teachers and I are here to lend support. Let us know how we can help.
Principal on Special Assignment
K-4 Extended Flexible Learning
Mark your calendar: Picture days are coming
We will have multiple days for school pictures to accommodate students in our Modified Campus (hybrid) and Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning) models. Mark your calendars for student pictures to be taken at school:
- Monday, October 19 – Students in Group A (Modified Campus – hybrid)
- Tuesday, October 20 – Students in Group B (Modified Campus – hybrid)
- Wednesday, November 11 – Students in Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning). We will provide more information about the schedule for this day and health and safety precautions in the next few weeks.
Northpoint Picture Schedule
- K - Cole
- K - Roth
- K - Barry
- 1 - Alto
- 1 - Brodt
- 1 - Davis
- 2 - 4 - All modified campus students on A schedule
- Center Based - Sager/Canaday
- K - Phillippo
- K - McCarthy
- K - West
- 1 - Frank
- 1 - Marcella
- 2-4 - All modified campus students on B schedule
Meals available during fall break through a one-day curbside pickup event
Meal services will continue at Spring Lake Park Schools during fall break, October 12-16, through a one-day curbside pickup event where families will receive five days' worth a meals for the week.
Here are the details:
- Date - Monday, October 12
- Location - Spring Lake Park High School, door #32
- Times - 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
- Menu Details - Families will be given five days' worth of meals, both breakfast and lunch. The package will include cereal, fruits, vegetables, milk and frozen entrees with a cooking instruction insert. Entrees are cheese pizza, cheese bread, corn dog (chicken), cheese and bean burrito and cheese calzone.
Printed Newsletter Request
The Northpoint newsletter will only be distributed electronically this year. If you would like a printed copy sent home with your student, please contact Heidi Rogers at 763-600-5700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gingerbread Man
Northpoint PTO Virtual Bookfair
The Scholastic book fair is happening and this year it will be virtual! More information will be coming via email and Schoology with a link to access your virtual shopping experience in the new few days. The fair will be open October 12 through October 22. As always, each purchase raises money for Northpoint.
- October 12-16: Fall break/NO SCHOOL
- October 19-20: Northpoint picture days - Modified campus students
- November 2 - NP PTO meeting (virtual)
- November 11 - Northpoint Picture Day - EFL students
- December 4 - End of trimester 1
- December 7 - NO SCHOOL
In case you missed important information from last week's newsletter, check out the topics below and click to learn more.
- Media permission and directory information
- Help keep classrooms safe: Avoid peanut/nut products in snacks and lunches
- Apply Now: the Free or Reduced-Price Meal Benefits Deadline is Approaching
- Procedures for Close Contact, Illness and Notification COVID-19 fact sheet
- Fall Community Ed Programs Available for Registration
- Registration is open for Early Childhood Family Education Classes
- 2020-2021 School Calendar
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