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Upcoming Events


  • Tomorrow, JANUARY 16 - Mill City Museum, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., for students signed up. 
  • Friday, JANUARY 18 - Extended Learning Day, NO SCHOOL. Concurrent students are expected to attend their regularly scheduled high school class. 
  • Monday, JANUARY 21- NO SCHOOL - Students/Staff, Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • JANUARY 23- Children's Theater Production - 'Mr. Popper's Penguins', Grades 1-6 for those that signed up. 
  • JANUARY 25 - MN Student Survey, 12 - 1pm, Grades 5, 8, 9, and 11 only
  • JANUARY 31- PTO Movie Night, 6 - 8 p.m.
  • FEBRUARY 1 - Extended Learning Day, NO SCHOOL. Concurrent students are expected to attend their regularly scheduled high school class.
  • FEBRUARY 8 - Art Adventures trip to Mpls. Institute of Arts; details coming 

Antigone (an-TIG-oh-nee)!

Students in grades 7 - 12 are invited to Park Square Theater in St. Paul to see a performance of Antigone. Students will also participate in a post-show discussion with cast and/or crew of Park Square Theater.

  • Grades: 7-12
  • Date: Wednesday, February 27
  • Time: Leave Lighthouse at 9:15 a.m. and return about 1:45 p.m.
  • Lunch: Students will need to bring money to eat lunch at Cossetta’s in St. Paul. Lunch is approximately $10 - $15.
  • Cost: $15 – Please make your non-refundable check to District 16.

Click here to view the Antigone Permission Slip

Cyrano de Bergerac

Students in grades 7 -12 are invited to The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis to see a performance of Cyrano de Bergerac.Students will also participate in a post-show discussion with cast and/or crew of The Guthrie.

Grades: 7-12

Date: Wednesday, March 27th

Time: Leave Lighthouse at 9:30 a.m. and return 1:30 p.m.

Lunch: Students will bring a bag lunch to eat on the bus after the performance or back at school.

Cost: $15 – Please make your non-refundable check to District 16

Click here to view the Cyrano de Bergerac Permission Slip 

PTO Minute

Next PTO Meeting

Please Join Us - the next PTO Meeting is scheduled for TuesdayFebruary 125:30 p.m. We look forward to everyone joining us to discuss upcoming events, opportunities to volunteer, and all things school related! See you there!

Family Directory

Parents who wish to update or new families who wish to add to the most recent Lighthouse School Family Directory may do so here. PTO is working to update the school year to 2018-2019. Thank you for taking the time to enter and update the information.


Mr. B's Corner - January 15, 2019

Our next Extended Learning Day (ELD) is this Friday, January 18. Please remember to arrange for some quality inquiry learning opportunities. It is always great fun to hear about interviews with experts, trips to museums, in-depth library dives and a myriad of other experiences.

Last Friday, I hosted a discussion on Impostor Syndrome with interested students. The discussion was rich and deep. Many students shared their own struggles with Impostor Syndrome and were able to relate to the five types Rose Clance lays out in her groundbreaking research:

  • “Perfectionists” set extremely high expectations for themselves, and even if they meet 99% of their goals, they’re going to feel like failures. Any small mistake will make them question their own competence.
  • “Experts” feel the need to know every piece of information before they start a project and constantly look for new certifications or trainings to improve their skills. They won’t apply for a job if they don’t meet all the criteria in the posting, and they might be hesitant to ask a question in class or speak up in a meeting at work because they’re afraid of looking stupid if they don’t already know the answer. “I must KNOW before I LEARN . . .” Click here to read the article on "The Best Way to Act in a Work Meeting."
  • “Natural geniuses” believe if they have to struggle or work hard to accomplish something, this means they aren’t good enough. They are used to skills coming easily, and when they have to put in effort, their brain tells them that’s proof they’re an impostor.
  • “Soloists” feel they have to accomplish tasks on their own, and if they need to ask for help, they think that means they are a failure or a fraud.
  • “Supermen” or “superwomen” push themselves to work harder than those around them to prove that they’re not impostors. They feel the need to succeed in all aspects of life—at work, as parents, as partners—and may feel stressed when they are not accomplishing something.

They were, however, a bit relieved to learn that they were not alone nor were those who suffered with Impostor Syndrome doomed to be failures as is evident by these quotes:

  • Maya Angelou expressed, “Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, the challenge is so great. I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find me out now. I’ve run a game on everybody and they’re going to find me out.”
  • John Steinbeck expressed, “I’m not a writer. I have been fooling myself and others.”
  • Sonia Sotomayor expressed, “I have spent my years since Princeton, while at law school and in my various professional jobs, not feeling completely a part of the worlds I inhabit. I am always looking over my shoulder wondering if I measure up.”

I think it is quite fair to say these folks have done alright for themselves, right?

In the end I shared with students ideas to help deal with these feelings when/if they arise:

  • Be aware of impostor syndrome: Acknowledge it
  • 93% Rule: Prioritize your efforts.
  • Celebrate victories
  • Double-down on productive times
  • Find someone you trust to share
  • Give yourself space
  • Question: “Does this thought help or hinder me?”
  • Accept “Impostor Moments,” NOT “Impostor Lives!”

Please continue to engage your children in these big discussions.

As always, thanks for entrusting your child(ren) to Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners,


This Week at Lighthouse School, January 15, 2019


Impress your opponents and increase your IQ while having fun playing chess. Compete for different prizes and end of the year trophies. Grades K-8 and all chess levels are welcome. This class won't happen without you!

We are still looking for a few more students to sign up. A minimum of seven students are needed. Please consider signing up ASAP!


  • Chess Club After School Class: Now registering for Winter
  • Challenge yourself! Play Chess! Exercise Your Brain!

DatesWinter Session – Starts January 22, 29 and February 5, 12, 19, 26

Time2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Fee: $48 (six classes)

Click here to view the Chess Club Registration Form

Annual 5th & 6th Grade Student Fun Lock In

Lighthouse School students in grades 5-6 are invited to attend the Annual Student 'Fun' Lock-In this FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019 from 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m. This is for grade 5-6 district students only.

Cost of Admission: $8 in advance (see form); $10 at the door Friday evening.

Cash or checks payable to: Westwood PTO

See Ms. Pearson for a form or download the attached. Email with questions.

Click here to learn more and to view the Advance Tickets Form

Community Education - January 16, 2018

Featured Class: Great Minnesota Hot Dishes

The Minnesota hot dish (elsewhere called a casserole) is one-dish supper (or side dish) baked in your oven using a single piece of cookware. We will: use fresh ingredients (no canned soups) and do easy preparation for a family meal or make impressive elegant company fare for friends or crowd-pleasing recipes for pot luck. Many of these hot dishes can be made ahead, chilled then baked, and there is minimal dish-washing! You Betcha!

Register today for Great Minnesota Hot Dishes

Find other adult and youth community education classes here 

District Information - January 16, 2018

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 

Student Meal Balance Notifications Starting Wednesday, January 16

This fall, Nutrition Services transitioned meal payment processing to Campus Parent Portal Food Service. Starting this Wednesday, January 16, families will again begin to receive student account balance messages.

On Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m., families whose student’s meal account balance is negative $5 and below will receive an email and text message including the balance and a reminder to add funds for each student. These messages will be sent every Wednesday for each student whose account is negative $5 and below.

Learn more about student meal balance notifications here

Happy New Year!

The middle of the school year is nigh. Many students have settled into a very productive working routine while some are still finding out how to balance their newly found social life with their workload. Others still are struggling with self-doubt which is commonly described as impostor syndrome. Each year we face this at Lighthouse as we are steeped in high ability and high achievement. Sometimes, however, there is a mis-match between perceived ability and actual output. Many of our students come to us having been the biggest fish in a little pond but now they see themselves as a little fish in a big pond. In actuality, we work with our kids to help them understand that every student at Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners is a big fish in a little pond. Enough with the fishy language, right?

Simran Bhargava, in her article, “The Impostor Syndrome: Feeling Like a Fraud,” explains "‘imposter syndrome’ strikes people everywhere, especially high achievers. It makes them discount their success attributing it to luck, not real ability. Along with it comes the fear that anytime they could be found out. The more successful you get, the greater the inner stress. Now people have expectations of you that you may not be able to meet. Now each decision you make should be perfect because there’s much to lose.” At Lighthouse this manifests itself when students start comparing themselves to their age and ability peers. Students sometimes wonder, “Do I belong here? Did the teachers make a mistake admitting me? Other students can keep up, why am I struggling?” This is especially true when a gifted student meets their first struggle or failure and sees those around them seeming to have immediate success. Learning what it means to be gifted is very important for everyone who deals with gifted people; teachers, students, and parents all need to understand the double-edged sword that is giftedness. It is especially important to help the community understand that being gifted does not mean being “perfect,” nor does it mean better, nor should it mean that students are not allowed to be kids. It simply means that one has the ability, sometimes but not always shown in achievement, to learn more quickly, with more depth, and with more intensity.

I have had many discussions as our second term revs up about impostor syndrome with students. One student discusses past works coming so easily, but having to work so hard now to get the same result; “has the muse moved on?” Or struggles when their physical coordination to produce a product does not meet the vision they have in their head. Yet another student laments that their writing never lives up to the ideas in their head.

With such thoughts, discussions, and struggles, one danger with impostor syndrome is similar to the challenge previously discussed about perfectionism; some decide to shutdown believing that the effort is not worth the results nor is the pain of failure worth the heartache. Other students would rather work at home where the risk of “showcasing” their failures to their classmates is less likely. While others still, play the part of the “lazy,” “uninterested,” or “goofball” student to minimize the risk of showing their struggles.

Please have discussions with your child about impostor syndrome and help them understand that this feeling is normal, but one must continue to learn how to cope with this feeling in order to reach one’s goals. It is my intention to continuously have these discussions with Lighthouse students so that when, maybe if, they meet this challenge they understand that it is normal and it can be overcome.


Most kids at Lighthouse should be able to get their work done while at school if they are utilizing their time wisely and efficiently. One way families can continue to encourage good behavior at school is enforce that home is a place for family time, discussions about their Lighthouse work, and time to play with neighborhood friends. Although it is counter-intuitive, we do not give homework at Lighthouse nor do we expect kids to do homework.

There are, of course, times when a student falls behind for all sorts of reasons out of their control and they may need to catch up. One huge reason is taking courses concurrently at both LH and SLPHS. This is understandable. If family, however, enforces work time at home, this can serve to reinforce that the self-directed environment at Lighthouse is for kids to socialize with their friends. In essence, “why would I work at school rather than socializing with my friends if I know my parents are going to force me to work at home without friends?”

As always, thanks for entrusting your child to Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners,