Lighthouse School Newsletter

November 3, 2021

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Hello, Lighthouse Families,

Welcome to November! I can feel the air changing as cooler temperatures are coming in. Please be sure students are dressed for the colder temperatures. Students will continue to go outside for Phy. Ed. and two breaks each day.

Last week we had our first informal PTO meeting and we are excited to begin planning fundraisers and events for our students. In order to officially begin, we are looking for volunteers to join the PTO Executive Board. Jessica Wallerstedt, a 7-year Lighthouse parent has committed to being on the board. See her note below in the PTO section of this newsletter and please consider joining us. Reach out to Jessica or I with questions or to express interest.

A few reminders:

  • Our next Extended Learning Day is coming up on November 12. These days are designed for students to do work related to their inquiry project which cannot easily be done in the classroom such as library research, talking with an expert, conducting experiments, or a field trip.
  • When picking up your child(ren) after school, please make sure that you are coming into the parking lot. For safety reasons, students should not be getting into cars on Able Street.

Remember this weekend is the end of daylight savings time and we turn our clocks back by one hour.

Hope your November is starting well. Have a great week!

With Gratitude,

Lisa Cisewski

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Help paying for Internet service for families who qualify

There is a temporary program available to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

Families who qualify for Free and Reduced Price Meals and Education Benefits can enroll through a participating broadband provider or using an online or mail in application. You can learn more about the benefit at, or by calling 833-511-0311.

It is not too late to complete an application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals and Education Benefits. You can complete the application online or on paper. Find more information on our website or stop into your school's office or the District Services Center for assistance.

Graduation Cap and Gown Information 2022

It’s that time to order cap and gowns for graduation. Order DEADLINE is January 15, 2022. Prices will increase after that date. To order use this link.

Cap and gown ONLY: $26.00 Students keep the cap and gown.

8th and 9th grade parents: D.C. trip opportunity

Students at the Lighthouse have the opportunity to team up with Westwood Middle School students to participate in a WorldStrides program to Washington, D.C. This experience is usually for 8th graders only. Due to the pandemic, we are opening it up to our 9th grade students who did not have the opportunity last year. This is an incredible trip for the students and jam-packed with exploring all that D.C. has to offer.

If we have students from the Lighthouse that choose to participate in this trip, one of the facilitators from the Lighthouse will be along as a chaperone to ensure there is a familiar adult face. For more information, see the trip information on WorldStrides.

If you have any questions about the trip, feel free to email Mary Barnette at or Beth Visser at

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School Board Election Results

Four Spring Lake Park School Board seats were on the Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Election ballot.

Seats currently held by Marilynn Forsberg, Michael Kreun, Amy Wheaten and Jim Stroebel were on the general election ballot on November 2, 2021. Forsberg and Kreun filed for re-election. Melody Skelly, Allie Schmidt and Sam Villella also filed affidavits of candidacy.

The two incumbents running, Marilynn Forsberg and Michael Kreun, have been reelected to the school board. Melody Skelly and Sam Villella join the board as its newest members. They will each serve 4-year terms beginning January 2022, as reported on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website:

  1. Marilynn Forsberg, 791 votes

  2. Michael Kreun, 1,125 votes

  3. Allie Schmidt, 734 votes

  4. Melody Skelly, 1,184 votes

  5. Sam Villella, 847 votes

Voting results are unofficial until canvassed by the School Board at its next regular meeting on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

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Purchase tickets for “The Alibis” grades 7-8 theater production

Theater season is in full swing! Come support our grades 7-8 theater students in their upcoming fall play production "The Alibis" on November 11-12 at the SLPHS Fine Arts Center. Purchase your tickets online or at the Fine Arts Center for a dollar more on the day of the production.

Performance description:
Comedy in crime in this rouge's gallery of ten-minute plays wrapped in a classic whodunnit. When eccentric billionaire J. Leslie Arlington is murdered, a clueless detective finds the suspects are all reluctant to admit their alibis...because they were all committing other ridiculous crimes at the time. You never know what's coming next when your suspects include disgruntled chefs, teen detectives, and vengeful divas, but one thing's for certain: Every alibi is absolutely absurd.

Performance dates:

  • Thursday, November 11, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, November 12, 7 p.m.

Don't miss out on the final weekend of "Shakespeare in Hollywood"

The final shows of the SLPHS fall performance "Shakespeare in Hollywood" will take place this Friday, November 5 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 6 at 2 p.m. You don't want to miss out on this fast-paced, comedy theater production. Check out this great article written by ABC Newspapers about the show and make sure to purchase your tickets today.

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Message from PTO - Please join us!

Hi LH Families,

My name is Jessica Wallerstedt and I'm a seventh-year Lighthouse parent and former (and future!) member of the Lighthouse PTO. The PTO helps support the students and staff with educational enrichment opportunities above and beyond what the school can provide and has been of great help to this school that holds a special place in our hearts for so many of us.

The long and short of it is that WE NEED YOU! Being on the PTO Executive Team is minimal commitment - less than an hour a week at most with a handful of extra hours needed in preparation for our one and only fundraiser and possible enrichment activities of our own choosing. I'm coming back on the team to help get it back up and running post-COVID and would LOVE to have you join me!

A minimum of three people are needed for the Executive Team and we are still in need of ONE member to complete the trio (though more are welcome, too!). If you have any questions or interest and would like more information, please email me at

Thank you!

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November 12, 2021: Extended Learning Day

November 15, 2021: Lifetouch Picture Day

  • To order pictures online go to and use:
  • Picture Day ID: EVT9ZF2TR

November 24-28: Thanksgiving Break

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Imaginitive! Creative! Amazing!

Lighthouse School students have been working hard on a "still life" art project with Mr. Endrizzi.

Mr. Endrizzi provided the flower bouquet and student imagination and creation followed. Students used some awesome techniques with this project. Amazing work!

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