Newsletter Archives

Principal Points - February 6, 2019

I would like to thank our Centerview Elementary Families for your flexibility with the January weather and adjusting schedules accordingly with school closures. Brrr, it was cold! With that in mind, the learning continued with Centerview teachers providing flexible opportunities for students that turned out to be a success!

There was a lot of initiation and engagement shown on the part of students as they worked from home to continue their learning in fun and creative ways. It was a great opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom and maintain a learning routine for students. Many students shared their learning via SeeSaw and Schoology or brought their work from home and shared in person.

Conferences are next week! We are looking for 100% of our parents to participate at conferences so we can share your child’s unique individual accomplishments. Parent-teacher conference are one of the most important relationship building events in the school year, offering the great benefit of face-to-face communication about your child’s individual learning and achievement. We're looking forward to seeing everyone!

What a success Movie Night was this past Friday. Over 200 people wore comfy clothes, threw blankets and pillows down on the gym and commons floor, and enjoyed The Secret Life of Pets. Thanks to ALL who participated and thank you to our wonderful Parent Teacher Organization for coordinating the event.

Take care,
Mike Callahan

The Need to Know- February 6, 2019

Winter Conferences 

Conferences are quickly approaching and we are excited to share your child’s learning! The conference dates are as follows:       

  • Friday, February 15, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, February 19, 4:40 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
  • Thursday, February 21, 4:40 p.m.- 8 p.m. 

Please sign up for Winter Conferences with your child’s homeroom teacher here

Book Fair  

The Scholastic book fair is coming to Centerview. The book fair will be open during all conference times. Plan to stop by and shop before or after conferences for a great book for your student. Remember that purchasing a book for the classroom also makes a great teacher appreciation gift.

From the health office 

Accidents happen regardless of age that may require a change of clothes. Spilled food, nosebleeds and students unable to make it to the bathroom in time are just a few of the reasons our students need an extra outfit. 

We try to have a variety of sizes on hand to help get students back to class. Our clothing closet in the health office is always in need of gently used athletic pull-on pants and leggings. Elastic waist clothing is preferred as it fits a variety of sizes and is free of snaps/buttons/zippers, which can be difficult for some students. Donations are always welcome. Sizes 6T – big boys and girls. Send your donations to the main office. Thank you!

Yearbooks

If you wish to order a year book for the 2018-2019 school year, you can now do so by placing your order at: ybpay.lifetouch.com before March 29.

Valentine's Day at Centerview 

We have received questions about how we will handle student participation in Valentine’s Day at Centerview. Below are practices we will follow for Valentine’s Day as well as other similar days. 

First, parents want to know if students can pass out valentine cards at school. Students may hand out valentine cards, but it is not expected or required. If your child does choose to hand out valentines, our practice is the same as it is for birthday invitations. Please plan to have a valentine for every child in the class if they are going to be handed out at school. Class lists will be provided by classroom teachers upon request if you want your child to hand out valentines. 

If Valentine cards are handed out at school, we ask your assistance in ensuring the health and safety of all children by not attaching any food/candy/treats to the cards. We are a “Nut and Allergy Aware” school, committed to the health and safety of all students and we will not facilitate the distribution of any food, candy, or treats between students.

This practice has been in place for several years across Spring Lake Park Schools and we also recognize the importance of school celebrations such as Valentine’s Day. We look forward to classroom celebrations with games, valentine cards and many fun-filled activities. Thank you for your assistance in creating a memorable experience for all children at Centerview. 

Upcoming Events - February 6, 2019

Calendar

February 7 - 2019-2020 Kindergarten Information Night, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

February 13 - Winter parties 

February 15 - Daytime Parent/Teacher Conferences 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

February 19 - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:40 p.m.- 8 p.m.

February 21 - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:40 p.m.- 8 p.m.

March 5 – Family Engagement Night 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

 

District Information - February 6, 2019

Centerview, Westwood and SLPHS Enrollment Information Sessions 

Spring Lake Park Schools will be hosting information sessions for the 2019-2020 school year. Here is more information for each building:

It's time to enroll for the 2019-2020 school year! Check out our schools and programs at the following events.

  • Preschool Information Night
    • Centerview Elementary, Thursday, February 7, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Information and Enrollment Sessions
    • Centerview Elementary, Thursday, February 7
  • Westwood Intermediate and Middle School Information Nights
    • Tuesday, February 12, grades 4-5, 6-7 p.m.
    • Tuesday, February 12, grades 6-7 7-8 p.m.
  • Spring Lake Park High School Information Nights
    • Wednesday, February 6 - 8th Grade Registration Night and Opportunity Fair, for families and students currently enrolled at Westwood. 
    • Wednesday, February 20 - Explore SLPHS Information Nights for prospective students not currently enrolled at Westwood

15th Annual Panther Foundation Gala Tickets are still available 

Tickets are still available for the biggest celebration and fundraiser for Spring Lake Park Schools, the 15th Annual Panther Gala, held on February 23 at Mississippi Gardens.

On Monday, January 28, the Panther Foundation approved $24,000 to bring GaGa Ball Pits and a ninth grade Summer AP Program to SLP Schools. These projects are just two examples of the Panther Foundation’s impact, totaling over $1.7 million dollars since 2004. The event features games, silent and live auctions and music entertainment.  Buy your tickets today to be a part of the work and support our schools, our staff and our students.

Tickets will sell quickly, purchase your gala tickets today

Gala Sponsorship spots are still available, click here to learn more and sign-up

SLP Schools continues partnership with InClass Today to reduce absenteeism

This fall, Spring Lake Park Schools partnered with InClass Today, an organization that has proven success of reducing chronic absenteeism in other school districts across the country.

We have been working with InClass Today to develop a process to identify and communicate with families of students who are chronically absent from school. Feedback from parents also helped to refine the process.

The purpose of the absence reports is to help parents and guardians keep track of their student’s absences, and help their student stay motivated to reduce future absences. The reports also help to emphasize the importance of attending school on a regular basis. The use of these regular absence reports can significantly reduce student absenteeism. The report is designed to be easy to read by all families.

If you would like to check your child’s attendance at any time, you can do so by logging into Campus Parent Portal. If you have any questions about your child’s school attendance, feel free to contact your child’s principal.

Learn more about SLP's partnership with InClass Today

Community Education - February 6, 2019

Parent-Child Sweetheart Dance 

Back by popular demand, the Spring Lake Park Recreation Department, the SLP Lions Club and SLP Community Education are teaming up to offer this fun evening. Moms, dads, grandparents, sons and daughters are all invited to join us for some great family fun during our Parent/Grandparent + Child Sweetheart Dance. 

Enjoy quality time with your children in a fun environment. Children will receive a take home “swag” bag with goodies! Casual or formal dress wear welcome. Snack and refreshments will be included. 

Date, location and cost 

  • Friday, February 8, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Spring Lake Park High School Cafeteria
  • Fee: $7/pair (Adult + Child)
  • Additional fee of $3.50 for each additional participant 

Register today for the Parent-Child Sweetheart Dance 

If you have trouble registering online or have any questions please call 763-792-7201

Principal Points - January 23, 2019

In an inviting student learning environment, each student and staff member to feel valued, inspired and have a sense of belonging. To make this happen at Centerveiw, we are working toward implementing consistent student and staff expectations and practices that align with personalized learning and are culturally responsive. 

An inviting student learning environment is attainable at Centerview when we believe: 

  • All students and staff desire to have positive and personal relationships. 
  • Each student has a desire to learn, and their engagement is directly influenced through the design of student work and learning experiences. 
  • We value each student, and recognize that each student brings unique assets, experiences and voices to the school and classroom environment. 
  • We value each family and recognize that families are essential partners in our shared desire for each student to become positive, caring contributors to our schools and community. 
  • It is our collective and individual responsibility to provide clear, consistent and caring expectations, and teach the skills needed for each student to find success that leads to predictable and safe learning environments for both students and staff. 
  • Challenging behavior will occur and is a form of communication. 
  • Staff individually and collectively influence the behavior and culture of a classroom and school through their responses, and pattern of responses, to challenging behavior. Partnership among staff is necessary to support students and one another. 

Our hope is to create a culturally proficient learning community and develop the skills and dispositions for students to become self-directed, powerful learners. 

As we hit mid-year we think of this time as the “beginning of school” and re-teach the many routines and expectations to re-align behavior with our beliefs. Hopes and dreams that were established in September are revisited, time is set aside to reflect on progress and a new commitment to achieve goals is re-established. 

Stay warm this weekend and as always please feel free to stop in or give me a call if you have any questions. 

Take care, 
Mike Callahan 

Upcoming Events - January 23, 2019

Calendar

January 31 - 2019-2020 Kindergarten Information Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more about Kindergarten Information Night 

February 1 - PTO Family Movie Night

February 15 - Daytime Parent/Teacher Conferences 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

February 19 - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:40-8 p.m.

February 21 - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:40-8 p.m.

 

The Need to Know- January 23, 2019

Winter Conferences 

Conferences are quickly approaching and we are excited to share your child’s learning! The conference dates are as follows :       

  • Friday, February 15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, February 19,   4:40-8 p.m.  
  • Thursday, February 21, 4:40-8 p.m. 

Please sign up for Winter Conferences with your child’s homeroom teacher, here

  

PTO News - January 23, 2019

PTO News 

Family movie night is next week! Join us on Friday, February 1 for The Secret Life of Pets. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. and the movie starts at 6:40 p.m. Snacks will be available for purchase. Admission is free!  This is fun way for students to meet up with friends and enjoy Centerview after dark. Parent volunteers are needed to help with the evening –  a Schoology notice with a volunteer signup link is coming soon.

District Information - January 23, 2019

SLP Enrollment Information Sessions 

Spring Lake Park Schools will be hosting information sessions for the 2019-2020 school year. Here is more information for each building:

It's time to enroll for the 2019-2020 school year! Check out our schools and programs at the following events.

  • Preschool Information Night
    • Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, Tuesday, January 22, 5-7:30 p.m.
    • District Services Center, Thursday, January 24, 4:30-6 p.m.
    • Park Terrace Elementary, Thursday, January 24, 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Northpoint Elementary, Tuesday, January 29, 5:39-7 p.m.
    • Centerview Elementary, Thursday, January 31, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Information and Enrollment Sessions
    • Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, Tuesday, January 22
    • Park Terrace Elementary, Thursday, January 24
    • Northpoint Elementary, Tuesday, January 29
    • Centerview Elementary, Thursday, January 31
  • Westwood Intermediate and Middle School Information Nights
    • Tuesday, February 12, grades 4-5, 6-7 p.m.
    • Tuesday, February 12, grades 6-7 7-8 p.m.
  • Spring Lake Park High School Information Nights
    • Wednesday, January 30 - Explore SLPHS Information Nights for prospective students not currently enrolled at Westwood
    • Wednesday, February 6 - 8th Grade Registration Night and Opportunity Fair, for families and students currently enrolled at Westwood. 

15th Annual Panther Foundation Gala Tickets are now on sale

The Panther Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on making a difference for the students of Spring Lake Park Schools. The board is made up of district parents and community members and is entirely funded through contributions and special projects. Each year the Panther Foundation hosts a gala, which is their largest fundraiser of the year and features a silent auction, live auction, games and entertainment.

Tickets will sell quickly, purchase your gala tickets today

Gala Sponsorship spots are still available, click here to learn more and sign-up

Panther Playtime Preschool to be hosted by SLPHS students

Do you have a 3, 4- or 5-year old who likes to play games and participate in fun activities? If so, register them today for the free Panther Playtime Preschool, hosted by SLPHS students taking Early Childhood classes!

Panther Playtime Preschool will take place for eight days, beginning Tuesday, February 5 from 8:10-9:45 a.m. at SLPHS.

Click here to learn more and to register today 

Community Education - January 16, 2019

Parent-Child Sweetheart Dance 

Back by popular demand, the Spring Lake Park Recreation Department, the SLP Lions Club and SLP Community Education are teaming up to offer this fun evening. Moms, dads, grandparents, sons and daughters are all invited to join us for some great family fun during our Parent/Grandparent + Child Sweetheart Dance. 

Enjoy quality time with your children in a fun environment. Children will receive a take home “swag” bag with goodies! Casual or formal dress wear welcome. Snack and refreshments will be included. 

Date, location and cost 

  • Friday, February 8, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Spring Lake Park High School Cafeteria
  • Fee: $7/pair (Adult + Child)
  • Additional fee of $3.50 for each additional participant 

Register today for the Parent-Child Sweetheart Dance 

If you have trouble registering online or have any questions please call 763-792-7201

Principal Points - January 17, 2019

When watching 600 students arrive to and dismiss from Centerview each day you see lots of smiles and energy on the faces of our little people. These two times of day happen in right around 10 minutes each. There is a lot going on! Our number one priority is to see that this is done in an orderly fashion so our students are safe. With the cold weather winter months here, the pace seems to speed up to avoid the cold. Many students are dropped off and picked up each day by parents and family members, which results in longer lines and less up-front parking. Our combined efforts in following the subsequent procedures will ensure that our students and our families are safe each day. 

  • If you are dropping your child(ren) off or picking them up each day, I encourage you to park in the parking lot and walk your child to or from the front entrance of the school. 
  • If you have not done so already, please stop in the office to register for a number to identify with your child during pick-up at dismissal. This “new” process has been working well! 
  • While we do have a crossing guard both before school and after, PLEASE do not drop children off in the parking lot and have them walk up to the school on their own or expect them to enter the parking lot without an adult. 
  • You may also pull up to the yellow curb, help your child(ren) in or out of the vehicle on the curbside, and pull away safely. Please have them ready to get out once you have pulled up to the yellow curb. 
  • Students are allowed to enter the building at 9:10 a.m. each morning. Students arriving any earlier will be asked to wait outside or in the corridor area and wait responsibly until the first bell rings at 9:10 a.m. Parents are asked not to drop their child/ren off until the start of school for there will be no supervision until 9 a.m. each morning. Supervision will be present at the front entrance at 3:55 p.m. each day during dismissal. 
  • As signs indicate, there will be no parking or leaving a car unattended on the yellow curb. 
  • If you are picking up your child to conclude the day, please call before 3 p.m. and the office staff will have them ready in the office when you arrive. 
  • Parents are not allowed to take a child off the bus to conclude the day. Please go directly to the office if you would like to have your child taken off the bus at dismissal. 
  • Ask! If you have questions, please stop in the office and we would be glad to sit down and talk with you regarding the safety and security of your child/ren. To ensure these procedures are followed, supervisory staff at arrival and dismissal will be reminding parents and family members if necessary. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact me at your convenience. Your efforts and attentiveness are appreciated.

Thanks! 

Principal Callahan

The Need to Know- January 17, 2019

Winter Conferences 

Conferences are quickly approaching and we are excited to share your child’s learning! The conference dates are as follows :       

  • Friday, February 15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, February 19,   4:40-8 p.m.  
  • Thursday, February 21, 4:40-8 p.m. 

Please sign up for Winter Conferences with your child’s homeroom teacher, here

  

PTO News - January 17, 2019

PTO News 

The kids have voted and the movie for the 1st Annual Centerview Family Movie Night will be... The Secret Life of Pets! Please join us for movie night on Friday, February 1 at Centerview. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. and the movie will start at 6:40 p.m. This event is FREE for all Centerview families. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Hope to see you there!