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  • 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,

Kevin

This Week at Lighthouse School, January 15, 2019

Chess Club - STUDENTS NEEDED!!

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!

LIGHTHOUSE – TUESDAYS

  • 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 apears@district16.org 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

Community Education - January 9, 2018

Featured Class: Line Dancing 

Let the inner dance come out in this two-week session. We will cover the classics of Slappin' Leather, Tush Push, Electric Slide, Hustle, Bus Stop and more! No partner needed for a night of fun!

Register today for Line Dancing

Find other adult and youth community education classes here

All new After School Adventure classes begin in January for K-4 students! 

Register here by January 14 to take advantage of the early-bird rates and the view class times! Some of the classes being offered include Basketball, Beautiful Drawings II, Science Explorers' Wizard School and more! 

District Information - January 9, 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

SLPHS Student Council to Host Free Winter Carnival

The Spring Lake Park High School Student Council is hosting a free Winter Carnival for district elementary students on Friday, January 11 from 6-8 p.m. at SLPHS in the Kenneth Hall gym.

Attend the Winter Carnival for a night of games, crafts, music, prizes and fun!

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 to be Sent Starting Week of January 14

This fall, Nutrition Services transitioned meal payment processing to Campus Parent Portal Food Service. Starting the week of January 14, 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

Community Education - December 19, 2018

Featured Class: "2-left feet" Ballroom Dance

Convinced that you have 2-left feet and that dancing is not meant for you? Learn fun moves and simple tips from a pro to ease your mind when the dancing occasion arises. This workshop takes your old “Swing and Sway” and spices it up with simple, easy moves. You’ll be spinning, turning and twirling before you know it. By the end of the session, you won’t want to let go. Couples only please.

Register today for "2-left feet: Ballroom Dance 

All new After School Adventure classes begin in January for K-4 students! 

Register here by January 14 to take advantage of the early-bird rates and the view class times! Some of the classes being offered include Basketball, Beautiful Drawings II, Science Explorers' Wizard School and more! 

District Information - December 19, 2018

Winter Break Office Hours in Spring Lake Park Schools 

During winter break, the District Services Center (DSC) and other buildings in Spring Lake Park Schools will have different hours.

The DSC will be open the following days from 8 a.m. – noon:

  • Wednesday, December 26
  • Thursday, December 27
  • Friday, December 28

The DSC is closed on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1. Centerview Elementary is open Wednesday, December 26-Friday, December 28 for Learning Ventures Child Care, open from 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Discovery Days, open 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Child care is closed on December 24-25, 31 and January 1. All other schools will be closed Monday, December 24-January 1. =

If you have questions, please contact the DSC at 763-600-5000.

Community Education - December 12, 2018

Featured Class: Blizzard Ski + Snowboard School

Get your kids out off of the couch and onto the slopes. The Blizzard Ski + Snowboard School registration is open for their 60th season. Programs available for beginners to experts, ages K-12. Register for Blizzard Ski + Snowboard School today

All new After School Adventure classes begin in January for K-4 students! 

Register here by January 14 to take advantage of the early-bird rates and the view class times! Some of the classes being offered include Basketball, Beautiful Drawings II, Science Explorers' Wizard School and more!