Newsletter Archive

From the principal, Mona Perkins, January 15, 2020

Greetings from the principal Ms. Perkins

I am really excited to report that our after school classes have filled up and we are ready to begin next week! We have over 100 kids staying after school each day to participate in a variety of classes. We will be providing a solid snack for each student and a fun experience. We are hoping to end the session with a few performances, so stay tuned for more information.

Our two basketball teams had their first games this past weekend. We packed the gyms with families and staff! It was so fun to see the kids get to showcase what they've been working so hard on during practice. Check out the picture.

The Need to Know- January 15, 2020

Early Pick-up

If you are picking your child up from school early, please remember to call the front office and NOT the classroom teacher. That will ensure the message is received, even if there is a substitute teacher that day.

Fourth grade families: Visit Westwood Intermediate and Middle School February 24

When students finish fourth grade at our Spring Lake Park elementary schools, they transition to 5th grade at Westwood Intermediate and Middle School. Families are invited to attend an Introduction to Westwood to learn more about the school, the transition to 5th grade and to meet the Westwood team. 

Plan to visit during one of three sessions:

  1. Monday, February 24. 5-6 p.m.-  For Centerview, Park Terrace, and Northpoint parents of students in grade 4
  2. Monday, February 24,  6-7 p.m.- For Centerview, Park Terrace, and Northpoint parents of students in grade 4
  3. Monday, February 24,  6-7 p.m.- For Woodcrest Spanish Immersion parents of students in grade 4

Not able to make it? Contact the Westwood office to find another time to visit, 763-600-5300. The Westwood team is looking forward to welcoming the class of 2028 next fall. 

PTA Hat Fundraiser

Our PTA is still selling SLP hats for $10. If you would like to purchase one for your child, have your child bring in the form (or a note) with $10 to their teacher or front office and we will make sure s/he gets the hat. The hats are fantastic!

A Message from the School Nurse

The health office is currently looking for gently used clothing items for both boys and girls. If you have items you are willing to donate, specifically pants, socks, and please drop them off in the main office. Thank you in advance! 

Yearbooks

Please visit the Lifetouch website to order your child's yearbook for this school year. The order deadline is March 27, 2020. Our yearbook ID code is: 3711420. Yearbooks must be pre-ordered to receive them at the end of the school year. 

Upcoming Events- January 15, 2020

2020 Calendar Events

Thursday, January 16 - Bring a Board Game to School Day

Monday, January 20 - No School

Tuesday, January 21 - After-School Classes begin

Thursday, January 30 - Kindergarten Kickoff for the Class of 2033 & Preschool Information Night, 5:30-7 p.m.

Thursday, February 6 - PTA Meeting

Monday, February 24 - Introduction to Westwood for 4th grade families, from 5-6 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.

District Information - January 15, 2020

Get your tickets for the 16th annual Panther Foundation Gala “Once Upon a Time”

Support Spring Lake Park Schools' students and purchase tickets to the annual Panther Foundation Gala, "Once Upon a Time." Individual tickets are available or coordinate a table with a group of friends or neighbors. This event will take place on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Mississippi Gardens.

Learn more and purchase tickets

Review winter weather information

Canceling school is a tremendously difficult and complicated decision for any school district to make, and it’s a decision that impacts thousands of families in very different ways. As we head into another unpredictable winter season, take a moment to review weather closing, alert and flexible learning days information.

It’s time to start planning for the 2020-2021 school year! 

Spring Lake Park Schools is hosting a number of events in January and February to help current and incoming families prepare for the next steps in their students’ education. Whether you are looking to enroll a student, preparing for a school transition or registering for classes, we hope students and families can join us to learn more. 

Check out important dates and information you and your family may need to know about

From the principal, Mona Perkins, January 8, 2020

Greetings from the principal Ms. Perkins

Happy New Year! I am super excited about the start of our after-school classes. We have over 100 kids staying after school to participate in various classes – this is great! Letters will be sent home with kids notifying you which class they got into. Please watch for these letters to come home in the next week. 

We still have available openings in some classes. If you missed the deadline to register and your child is interested in one of the classes below, please email Annie Goerdt at agoerd@district16.org.  

Monday/Wednesday                                                       

  • Coding (grades 3 & 4)                                              
  • Drumming (grades 3 & 4)
  • Song Writing (grades 3 & 4)
  • Zumba (grades 2, 3 & 4)
  • Sign Language (grades 1 & 2)

Tuesday/Thursday

  • Singers Workshop (grades 3 & 4)
The Need to Know- January 8, 2020

Fourth grade families: Visit Westwood Intermediate and Middle School February 24

When students finish fourth grade at our Spring Lake Park elementary schools, they transition to 5th grade at Westwood Intermediate and Middle School. Families are invited to attend an Introduction to Westwood to learn more about the school, the transition to 5th grade and to meet the Westwood team. 

Plan to visit during one of three sessions:

  1. Monday, February 24. 5-6 p.m.-  For Centerview, Park Terrace, and Northpoint parents of students in grade 4
  2. Monday, February 24,  6-7 p.m.- For Centerview, Park Terrace, and Northpoint parents of students in grade 4
  3. Monday, February 24,  6-7 p.m.- For Woodcrest Spanish Immersion parents of students in grade 4

Not able to make it? Contact the Westwood office to find another time to visit, 763-600-5300. The Westwood team is looking forward to welcoming the class of 2028 next fall. 

PTA Hat Fundraiser

Our PTA is still selling SLP hats for $10. If you would like to purchase one for your child, have your child bring in the form (or a note) with $10 to their teacher or front office and we will make sure s/he gets the hat. The hats are fantastic!

A Message from the School Nurse

The health office is currently looking for gently used clothing items for both boys and girls. If you have items you are willing to donate, specifically pants, socks, and please drop them off in the main office. Thank you in advance! 

Attendance Calls

When calling your child in for an absence, be sure to call 763-600-5609, do not call the health office or email your student’s teacher. Calling the attendance line is the best way of communication. Preschool families need to call 763-600-5909 for their student’s attendance. 

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 10 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!

January PTA Meeting Canceled

We will not have a PTA meeting in January. Our next one is planned for February 6 at 6 p.m. in the Park Terrace library. We would love to have more parents join us.

Yearbooks

Please visit the Lifetouch website to order your child's yearbook for this school year. The order deadline is March 27, 2020. Our yearbook ID code is: 3711420. Yearbooks must be pre-ordered to receive them at the end of the school year. 

Upcoming Events- January 8, 2020

2020 Calendar Events

Thursday, January 16 - Bring a Board Game to School Day

Monday, January 20 - No School

Tuesday, January 21 - After School Classes begin

Thursday, January 30 - Kindergarten Kickoff for the Class of 2033 & Preschool Information Night, 5:30-7 p.m.

Thursday, February 6 - PTA Meeting

Monday, February 24 - Introduction to Westwood for 4th grade families, from 5-6 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.

District Information - January 8, 2020

It’s time to start planning for the 2020-2021 school year! 

Spring Lake Park Schools is hosting a number of events in January and February to help current and incoming families prepare for the next steps in their students’ education. Whether you are looking to enroll a student, preparing for a school transition or registering for classes, we hope students and families can join us to learn more. 

Check out important dates and information you and your family may need to know about

Calendar approved for the 2020-2021 school year

The calendar for the 2020-2021 school year was approved at the December 17 regular school board meeting. See the full calendar.

Important dates include:

  • Tuesday, September 8 – First day of school for grades K-8 and Lighthouse students, orientation for grade 9 students and grades 10-12 students new to the high school
  • Wednesday, September 9 – First day of school for returning grades 10-12 students who are not new to the high school
  • October 12-16 – Fall break
  • November 26-27 – Thanksgiving break
  • December 23– January 1 – Winter break
  • March 12-22 – Spring Break
  • Thursday, June 10 – Last day of school
From the principal, Mona Perkins, December 18, 2019

 Greetings from the principal Ms. Perkins

This month teachers and students are focusing on empathy. Classes read two books about "filling someone's bucket" and have spent time brainstorming how they can be "bucket fillers." Now, as students walk to lunch, they can read reminders of how to make someone's day. Be sure to ask your student what s/he is doing each day to fill someone's bucket. 

After School Classes

I am excited to announce we will have a number of after school offerings that will be FREE OF CHARGE for Park Terrace students beginning mid-January. Transportation home will be available to students whose drop off location is within the Park Terrace boundaries. A list of the classes will be sent home with kids this week. I will also send families a link via text and email to the registration page. All registrations will need to be done online. If a family needs help with online registration, please call the office. We are here to help!

The Need to Know- December 18, 2019

Tardies

Please do your best to get kids here at 9:10 a.m. (or 9 a.m. if they are eating breakfast). We want kids in their classrooms ready to learn when school starts at 9:20 a.m. Please also keep in mind that every five tardies count as one full day absence.  

 

Winter Break and Winter Clothing

The last day of school before winter break is this Friday, December 20. Classes will resume Thursday, January 2. Please remind students to bring home all of their winter clothing on Friday so they have it over the break. If your child is still in need of winter clothing, please connect with our social worker, Amber Buer. She can help get your child the items needed.

 

January PTA Meeting Canceled

We will not have a PTA meeting in January. Our next one is planned for February 6 at 6 p.m. in the Park Terrace library. We would love to have more parents join us.

 

Basketball Teams

Our two basketball teams started practice this week. The picture included is of our fourth graders practicing with Coach Miller.

 

Yearbooks

Please visit the Lifetouch website to order your child's yearbook for this school year. The order deadline is March 27, 2020. Our yearbook ID code is: 3711420. Yearbooks must be pre-ordered to receive them at the end of the school year. 

Upcoming Events- December 18, 2019

2019-2020 Calendar Events

Friday, December 20 - Stuffed Animal Day

Monday, December 23 - Wednesday, January 1 - No School, Winter Break

Thursday, January 2 - Classes Resume 

Monday, January 20 - No School

Thursday, January 30 - Kindergarten Kickoff for the Class of 2033 & Preschool Information Night

Thursday, February 6 - PTA Meeting

District Information - December 18, 2019

Evolving our approach to students' social, emotional and behavioral health

We're in the third year of our work to strengthen how we develop students' social and emotional skills and get students'  the help they need when they need it

In Ashlee Sluzewicz’s third grade classroom at Centerview Elementary, and all elementary classrooms in the district, the day begins with a morning meeting. Sounds simple, but there’s more to it than planning group activities, giving confidence boosters and sharing a laugh over the joke of the day. In the morning meeting, Ashlee is working to put her students in the right social, emotional and behavioral mindset to start their day of learning off right.

Developing skills for social, emotional and behavioral health is more important than ever.  We’ve invested in evolving our approach. Over the past three years, we have been systematically working to improve how we develop social, emotional, and behavioral health and address student needs as we create a learning environment inviting to all students. Learn more about our approach to our students' social, emotional and behavioral wellbeing.

Preschool and Kindergarten enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year

Preschool Information Nights

Stop by any time during the times listed below to visit a classroom, meet a teacher and learn more! 

  • Centerview Elementary, Thursday, January 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Northpoint Elementary, Tuesday, January 28, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Park Terrace Elementary, Thursday, January 30, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • District Services Center, Thursday, January 30, 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, Tuesday, February 4, 5:30-7 p.m.

Kindergarten Kickoff for the Class of 2033 event

We are hosting four Kindergarten Kickoff for the Class of 2033 events for parents and students to attend together as we get to know each other in a meaningful way as your child’s kindergarten experience begins. All sessions run 5:30-7 p.m. 

  • Centerview Elementary, Thursday, January 23
  • Northpoint Elementary, Tuesday, January 28
  • Park Terrace Elementary, Thursday, January 30
  • Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, Tuesday, February 4

 

From the principal, Mona Perkins, December 11, 2019

Thursday, December 12 is Dress Like a Teacher Day

We will have two spirit days before winter break. The first one is Thursday, December 12 and kids can come to school dressed like a teacher. I can’t wait to see how creative students will be! The next spirit day will be Friday, December 20, at which time students will be able to bring their favorite stuffed animal to school.

Targeted Reading

As you know, each of our grade levels has a 30-minute “targeted reading” time built into their schedule. During this time, students who need extra support with reading meet in small groups and work on specific skills they need help with. Students who are on track spend their time working on enrichment activities during this time. In order to best meet students’ needs, we continually assess their progress and make adjustments to the groups as needed. That means the teacher your child works with during targeted reading time may change throughout the year. Please continue to ask your child who their targeted reading teacher is and what they are working on during that time. The more we are able to partner and have the skills reinforced at home, the more progress our students will make.

If you are unsure who your child’s targeted reading teacher is, feel free to contact your child’s homeroom teacher. They will be able to connect you with the appropriate staff member.

Grade 1 Parade

At the end of November, our first graders spent some time learning about the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. They then built their own floats and we had a parade for them at Park Terrace. All of our students watched as the first graders paraded their floats around the building, and a number of parents came to watch, too! It was absolutely adorable!

After School Classes

We will be offering after-school classes that are free of charge to families shortly after winter break. The classes will take place from 4-5 p.m. at Park Terrace, and transportation home will be available for those who live within Park Terrace boundaries. Students will bring home the registration forms early next week.  Please be on the lookout for the forms and return them as soon as possible. 

Upcoming Events- December 11, 2019

2019 Calendar Events

Monday, December 23 - Wednesday, January 1 - No School, Winter Break

Thursday, January 2 - Classes Resume 

PTA - December 11, 2019

SLP Hat Fundraiser

Our PTA is still selling SLP hats for $10. If you would like to purchase one for your child, have your child bring in the form (or a note) with $10 to their teacher or front office and we will make sure s/he gets the hat. The hats are fantastic!

Chipotle Fundraiser

Next week is our Chipotle night on Monday, December 16 from 4-5 p.m. at the Chipotle restaurant right by Park Terrace (599 Northtown Drive, Blaine). The PTA receives 33% of the sales if you mention Park Terrace. This is a great way to enjoy a family dinner and give back to the school all at the same time!  Thank you in advance from the Park Terrace PTA.