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From the principal, Mona Perkins, June 3, 2020

Greetings Park Terrace families!

It’s crazy to think this is our final newsletter of the year. This year has flown by and been filled with lots of learning (for both students and staff), emotions and a strong sense of community. As I reflect on my first year as principal at Park Terrace, I can’t help but feel incredibly proud to be part of such a supportive and loving school community. We have gotten through some tough times together because of each student, family, and staff member’s commitment to each other. I can’t wait to see the amazing work we will do together next year.

As we wrap up the year, I hope families have had a chance to connect with your child’s teacher for an end of year conversation. You have learned a lot about your child as a learner during extended flexible learning and we want to hear your input, as well as your child’s. Teachers will also let you know during those conversations whether or not your child has been referred for summer programming. It’s not too late to schedule time to connect!  

Summer programming is being offered in a variety of ways including a combination of face-to-face and online learning, as well as an online only option. Programming will run from June 22 through July 23. The face-to-face portion of the programming will take place from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with varying combinations of days of the week. Transportation is provided for the face-to-face portion, and breakfast and lunch will be served. If your child was referred to summer school by their teacher, you will receive a call from someone to get them registered.

For families wanting some enrichment options for their child this summer, we will be offering some online-only, fee-based enrichment opportunities beginning in July. More information on the options will be communicated with families the week of June 22nd.

Please remember we have a couple of events and important dates coming up:

  • Thursday, June 4 – material pick up and drop off.
  • Friday, June 5 – drive-thru parade. Please join us on Friday in the parking lot at Park Terrace for a drive-thru parade. We hope to see all the students and families as we wish you a great summer. See grade-level times below:
    • Pre-K: 3 – 3:30 p.m.
    • K:   3:30 – 4 p.m.
    • Grade 1:   4 – 4:30 p.m. 
    • Grade 2:   4:30 – 5 p.m.
    • Grade 3:   5 – 5:30 p.m.
    • Grade 4:   5:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 10 – Report cards for the end of the year will be available in the Campus Parent Portal. Please review the explanation of report card reporting and instructions for accessing report cards online can be found in the Need to Know section.

Please take a few minutes to read The Need to Know section for information and instructions for report cards, summer meals and more. 

We know there are many unknowns and questions about the 2020-2021 school year. Planning for a variety of possible scenarios has begun. We continue to plan for school to resume Tuesday, September 8. We will update families this summer with status on the situation and our planning. Watch for those updates the weeks of July 6 and August 3. 

In the meantime, we wish our families a fun-filled, restful and healthy summer. We look forward to seeing you all in the fall.

Warmly,

Mona Perkins
Principal

The Need to Know- June 3, 2020

Yearbooks

The delivery of yearbooks has been significantly delayed this year. We anticipate an arrival at the end of July, however, we will contact families once they are delivered and a plan for distribution has been established. Thanks for your understanding!

Summer Meal Services Start June 9

Spring Lake Park Schools are providing free meals to children ages 1-18 throughout the summer. The last day of the current meal services format will be Friday, June 5.  Beginning Tuesday, June 9 we will be starting the Summer Meal Program. Summer meals will be distributed at Spring Lake Park High School, door 32, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pickup will be curbside as it has been through the COVID-19 situation and will include a lunch and a breakfast.

Summer Camps and Clinics available for sign-up 

A variety of summer camps and clinics will be offered throughout the summer for students of all ages. The current camps and clinics offerings were approved with requirements that follow the latest Minnesota Department of Health safety guidelines. 

Visit the Camps and Clinics section on Eleyo to check out what is available now for camps and clinics. If you had already registered for a camp prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Community Education staff will be contacting families to issue a refund or reassign the registrant to a new camp session. Any questions? Call SLP Community Education 763-600-5050.

Outstanding School Fees: How to pay through Campus Parent Portal

As we wrap up the 2019-2020 school year, we encourage families to pay any outstanding fees they may have acquired throughout the school year. Fees could range from technology and iPad insurance to library books and music fees.

A few months ago, our district had to discontinue services with FeePay, our fee payment and athletic registration system. All historical information and outstanding fees have been transferred into Campus Parent Portal. To check for any outstanding fees and for instructions on how to make a payment, follow these instructions.

Over the summer, we will be working on installing a new athletic and activities system called Affinity. This will allow us to manage and register our families for school programs. More information to come.

Questions? Contact our technology team at techsupport@district16.org. Make sure to include your name, contact information and a brief description of your request. If you are unable to email, call 763-600-5555 and leave a message.

Trimester 3 Elementary Report Cards (Grades K-5)

Reporting on student learning during COVID-19 and extended flexible learning

Report cards are just one of many ways that we report on student learning throughout the year.  Report card grades reflect student learning, and teachers look at evidence of learning, over time, to determine where students are at in their learning at the time of report cards.

Because all of Trimester 3 occurred in a flexible learning environment, we wanted to provide a guide specific to Trimester 3 report cards for students in Grades K-5.

  • All grades received reflect student learning that occurred during Trimester 1, Trimester 2, and/or Trimester 3. Grades for K-5 include:
    • MS: Minimal progress toward standard
    • AS: Approaching the standard
    • S: Met the standard
    • ES: Exceeds the standard
    • You may see two other marks on the report card:
      • An NA indicates that students did not have opportunities to learn this outcome throughout the school year. Any learning outcomes marked as NA for 2019-20 will be addressed in Fall 2020.
      • An NE (No Evidence) grade indicates that students had opportunities to learn this outcome during Trimester 3, but did not submit any evidence of their learning. As a result, there is no evidence to determine where they are at toward meeting the learning outcome.
    • All life skills, for all grade levels, will be marked as NA (Not Reported) for Trimester 3.

Trimester 3 report cards will be available beginning Wednesday, June 10 and can be accessed through Campus Parent Portal. Note, this is the same way families accessed Trimester 2 report cards. Watch a video tutorial on how to access your student’s report card.

District Information -June 3, 2020

The Panther Foundation seeking applications for their Board of Directors

The Panther Foundation is seeking candidates for their Board of Directors who have a passion and commitment to the students and families in Spring Lake Park Schools. The Foundation is looking for individuals who are ready to share time, talents and resources with the Foundation to support and enhance the efforts that contribute to our success. 

Learn more about joining the Panther Foundation Board and apply today.

From the principal, Mona Perkins, May 27, 2020

Greetings Park Terrace families!

We are officially in the homestretch! I can’t stress enough how proud and thankful I am of the work we have done together these past few months. Our Park Terrace community is amazing, kind, thoughtful, collaborative, and filled with incredible people.

Last week’s newsletter was jam packed with information. So, this week, I’d like to reiterate some of it, so everyone knows what to expect in the next week or so.

  • Reminder: iPads can stay home this summer. You DO NOT need to return iPads unless you are moving or leaving the district. 
  • Sign up for end of year conversations, June 2-4: Take a moment to sign up for an end of year conversation with your child’s teacher. This conversation is optional, but we highly recommend it. These past few months, you have partnered with us in new ways and your insight into your child as a learner is very important to us. The end of year conversations will provide an opportunity for you and your child to communicate to the teacher what worked, what didn’t work, what s/he liked/didn’t like during extended flexible learning. This will allow us to learn more about your child as a learner.
  • Instruction: On Thursday, May 28, we will wrap up new instruction for most students. Students on IEPs may receive services through June 5.
  • Summer School:  Next week you will be notified if your student has been referred to summer school. Teachers are identifying students this week and referring them to summer programming that matches their needs based on where they are at the end of the year. Summer programming through the referral program is for students who have not yet met academic requirements for their grade level. It is offered at no cost to families, is tailored to student needs and will be offered with both live and/or extended flexible learning components. Fee-based summer programming also will be offered in a distance learning format only. More information about fee-based programming options will be available after the summer school referral process is complete. If you have questions about summer programming, be sure to talk to your child’s teacher during your end of year conversation.
  • End of year pick up and drop off, June 3 or 4: Come to school to drop off library materials, curriculum books, and to pick up any personal belongings. Teachers will communicate with families what (if any) library books need to be returned, along with what curriculum books and/or supplies. Be on the lookout for that communication to come from teachers. Please return materials in a bag, labeled with the student’s name and teacher
  • Drive-thru Parade, June 5:  We will have our final drive-thru parade from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, June 5. 

See the Need to Know section for additional details on all of this.

Thank you again for your continued partnership. Please reach out if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  

Warmly,

Mona Perkins
Principal

The Need to Know- May 27, 2020

Park Terrace Drive-Thru Parade!

We have missed you all so much! So, come to Park Terrace on Friday, June 5, to drive-thru the front loop of the school and wave to your teacher. In order to help with traffic flow, each grade level has a time slot. Please drive up during your time. If you have multiple children at PT, choose the time that works best for you! To help spot your teacher, we have assigned teachers a certain color shirt to wear.

Grade Colors

  • Pre-K: Orange
  • K: White
  • 1: Red
  • 2: Blue
  • 3: Gray
  • 4: Black
  • Specialists: Tie-Dye
  • Special Ed: Pink
  • Academic specialists and admin: Green

Grave Level Times

  • Pre-K: 3 – 3:30 p.m.
  • K: 3:30 – 4 p.m.
  • 1: 4 – 4:30 p.m. 
  • 2: 4:30 – 5 p.m.
  • 3: 5 – 5:30 p.m.
  • 4: 5:30 – 6 p.m.

End of year drop off and pick up of materials, June 3 or June 4

Wednesday, June 3

  • 8-11 a.m. - Last names letter J-Q
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Last names letter A-I
  • 1-4 p.m. - Last names letter R-Z

Thursday, June 4

  • 8-11 a.m. - Last names letter R-Z
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Last names letter J-Q
  • 1-4 p.m. - Last names letter A-I
  • 5-8 p.m. - Families who cannot make the previous listed days/times

While you are at Park Terrace:

  • Follow safety protocols. We are asking all families to be cognizant of social distancing. Staff will be practicing social distancing and following safety precautions such as wearing a mask and gloves at all times. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and exit. 
  • Follow designated traffic flow. There will be signage as you enter the Gym to direct traffic flow. We will enter through the west Gym door in the back of the building and exit through door number 9 of the Gym. Doors will be propped open. Parking will be available in the northwest lot off of Terrace Road.
  • Drop off materials in the designated area. Materials to drop off include things such as library books and curriculum materials. Please return materials in a bag, labeled with the student’s name and teacher.  

Check out the full list of pick-up/drop-off schedules for all students in grades K-12

EXPLORE Video

Mr. Horton has been missing working with all the students in EXPLORE, so he put together a video to celebrate all the work the kids put in this year. The students worked hard, made mistakes, learned from those mistakes, and made an enormous amount of progress -- all while having a blast!  We hope you all enjoy the video.

Turning in an iPad? What to know and do

Only students who are leaving the district, including our graduating seniors, need to turn in their school-issued iPad this spring. If you are a returning K-11 grade student, DO NOT turn in iPads or chargers. 

For students turning in an iPad and charger, please prep your device before dropping it off.

  • [Optional] Follow instructions for backing up the device.
  • [Required] Follow instructions for wiping and erasing the iPad.
  • [Required] After the wipe is complete, power off the iPad (Hold power key, and slide on-screen button to turn-off.)

During each school’s designated pick up and drop off times, students and families leaving the district will drop the prepped iPad in a "hands-off" turn-in process. Students will be directed to place charging bricks, charging cables, and iPads (with case installed) in designated boxes. Technical support will not be available to verify prep is complete or to assist onsite with things like backup or wipe questions. We will take devices as-is. Any questions about prepping iPads need to be addressed before drop off. Email techsupport@district16.org or call 763-600-555. Include name, contact information and a brief description of your topic.

Fourth Grade Families: Video Welcome to Westwood

This is the time of year when Westwood Intermediate and Middle School staff would normally welcome fourth graders and their families to the building for a welcome event. While we all wait for a time when Westwood can open its doors to you, the staff have put together a video to share some information about fifth grade. Take a little video tour and meet each of the staff members you with work with next year.

Fourth Grade Families: Intro to 5th Grade Band

Starting in fifth grade, students can choose to take band lessons. Fifth graders perform in two band concerts – one in late winter and one in the spring. Learn more about band in this 1-minute introduction video. If your student is interested in signing up, please complete this form.

District Information -May 27, 2020

The Panther Foundation seeking applications for their Board of Directors

The Panther Foundation is seeking candidates for their Board of Directors who have a passion and commitment to the students and families in Spring Lake Park Schools. The Foundation is looking for individuals who are ready to share time, talents and resources with the Foundation to support and enhance the efforts that contribute to our success. 

Learn more about joining the Panther Foundation Board and apply today.

From the principal, Mona Perkins, May 21, 2020

Greetings Park Terrace Families!

It is hard to believe the end of the school year is just around the corner. The last few months have been an incredible learning experience for all of us and we are so thankful for your continued partnership through it all. In order to wrap up the school year and continue to partner with families, we are making some adjustments to the final days of school.  

  • May 28: This will be the last day of student instruction for our Park Terrace students. Special education services may continue through June 5.
  • June 2-4: Teachers will meet with families via WebEx for individual conversations to wrap up the year. Families will receive information regarding signing up for end of year conversations on May 27. While these conversations are optional, we highly recommend them. It will give parents an opportunity to meet with the teacher and student to discuss the student as a learner – what worked well, and not as well, for your child during extended flexible learning – and hearing this from both parent and student perspectives.
  • June 3 & June 4: Families can pick up student materials from school and return school materials. Details regarding times are in the Need to Know portion of the newsletter. If you are able, please leave children at home. Please note, we are coordinating across the district and keeping in mind families with students at multiple schools. We will also be reminding you of the plan in the coming weeks.
  • June 5, 3-6 p.m.: Families can come to Park Terrace for an end of year Drive-Thru Parade. Staff will be stationed throughout our parking lot loop to wave "see you later" to all our kiddos! 

In addition to these key dates, here are a few additional updates:

  • Students can keep their iPads at home over the summer. You DO NOT need to return iPads unless you are moving or leaving the district.
  • Summer programming is in development. We are reviewing guidelines provided last week by the state for summer programming. We are working on a model to address the specific, individual needs of students after this spring trimester. More information to come.
  • Meals services adjusted for Memorial Day. In addition to no student instruction on Monday, there will not be meal delivery on Monday. For Friday's meal distribution, families who are taking part in the meal services will receive meals for Friday, Monday and Tuesday. Regular meal delivery service will resume next Wednesday.

I hope you all have a restful and joyful holiday weekend.  As always, please reach out if you have any questions.

Mona Perkins
Principal

The Need to Know- May 21, 2020

End of year drop off and pick up of materials, June 3 and June 4

Wednesday, June 3

  • 8-11 a.m. - Last names letter J-Q
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Last names letter A-I
  • 1-4 p.m. - Last names letter R-Z

Thursday, June 4

  • 8-11 a.m. - Last names letter R-Z
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Last names letter J-Q
  • 1-4 p.m. - Last names letter A-I
  • 5-8 p.m. - Families who cannot make the previous listed days/times

While you are at Park Terrace:

  • Follow safety protocols. We are asking all families to be cognizant of social distancing. Staff will be practicing social distancing and following safety precautions such as wearing a mask and gloves at all times. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and exit. 
  • Follow designated traffic flow. There will be signage as you enter the Gym to direct traffic flow. We will enter through the west Gym door in the back of the building and exit through door number 9 of the Gym. Doors will be propped open. Parking will be available in the northwest lot off of Terrace Road.
  • Drop off materials in the designated area. Materials to drop off include things such as library books and curriculum materials.

No meal services on Memorial Day - Monday, May 25

There will not be meal services on Memorial Day. For this Friday’s meal distribution, families who are taking part in meal services will receive meals for Friday, May 22, Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26. The regular meal service will resume next Wednesday, May 27.

Keep up with the latest Meal Service Announcements here.

Social and Emotional Health: Utilizing Social Work and Community Resource Liaisons 

Did you know that Spring Lake Park Schools Social Work and Community Resource Liaisons are available and ready to support your family throughout the summer? The Social Work and Community Resource Liaison can meet with you to discuss your family’s questions and connect you with community agencies or programs that will best serve you and your family’s needs.

What is a Social Work and Community Resource Liaison?

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with communication between families, teachers and schools to establish positive connections and support
  • Assist families in identifying and removing any barriers that may be interfering with your child's positive growth and development
  • Locate and connect families to community resources to address basic needs and support stability, health and wellness, and learning readiness
  • Provide a spectrum of services from a one-time consult to ongoing support for students and families
  • Provide education on topics such as: mental health, child development, stress reduction, discipline and safety and teacher/parent/student communication

How can I access support?

Social Work and Community Resource Liaisons can be accessed through your child’s teacher or can be contacted directly:

Please continue to check here for the latest COVID-19 information.

District Information -May 21, 2020

The Panther Foundation seeking applications for their Board of Directors

The Panther Foundation is seeking candidates for their Board of Directors who have a passion and commitment to the students and families in Spring Lake Park Schools. The Foundation is looking for individuals who are ready to share time, talents and resources with the Foundation to support and enhance the efforts that contribute to our success. 

Learn more about joining the Panther Foundation Board and apply today.

From the principal, Mona Perkins, May 13, 2020

Greetings Park Terrace Families,

Last week, I shared some of the feedback we received from families and how it is influencing adjustments we are making in these final weeks of the year. For example, each teacher now has a weekly overview that outlines when you can expect live sessions to occur for the entire week. We have also increased the number of small group live sessions we offer students.  

We hope these adjustments have been helpful for your student and thank you for your continued support and feedback. We are committed to meeting the needs of our students and families and are incredibly grateful for your partnership.

Reporting on student progress 

At the kindergarten through 4th grade level, we plan on reporting on student learning this spring as we normally do through report cards. Teachers will report on where they see students are at in meeting learning outcomes addressed during Trimester 3 with our typical categories of minimal progress, approaching, at or exceeds.  

Our goal during this time -- and all the time -- is to ensure students are learning, are able to demonstrate their learning and are prepared to move to the next levels of learning. If something in this extended flexible learning format is getting in the way of a student's ability to demonstrate their learning, we want to find ways to better support the student and family. 

Given the unique environment we are in, it is even more important to us to give students multiple ways, and extended time as needed, to demonstrate their learning. We are working with our teams to make sure this is happening now for our students . . . and may continue to happen as we move into summer.  

We will have more information for families on end-of-year teacher and family connections. These will include providing updates on your student's learning progress, and what we are continuing to learn about your child's strengths, interests and needs.

End of Year

We are continuing to work on plans for the end of the school year and exploring what is possible given current and evolving guidance from the state. Thank you for your patience as we work to develop plans to honor the end of the year and keep everyone as safe as possible.

Thanks again for your continued partnership. As always, please reach out if you have any questions or need any support. We are here for our students and families.

Warmly,

Mona Perkins
Principal

The Need to Know- May 13, 2020

SLP and Community Food Services continue to be available for families

We have prepared and delivered thousands of meals for children in our community and will continue to do so at 10 locations throughout the district. Starting May 20, on Wednesdays at the High School Distribution Center we are piloting a hot entrée option as part of our meal service to families. We are only able to offer the hot entrée at the high school location and may have limited quantities available.  Entrées may include pizza, chicken patty sandwiches and more. 

In addition to Spring Lake Park School meal services, there are local community food resources available to families to check out on our COVID-19 meal services page.

Attention: Families with Comcast Internet Essentials

Reminder, families who enrolled in the Comcast Internet Essentials program under a 2-month free trial are coming to the end of that period of free service. Families who are unable to continue service at the rate of $9.95 per month should call the District Services Center at 763-600-5000. Please be ready to share the name of the person the current contract is under and zip code. Please note, it is important to contact the district before the 2-month trial period ends. Internet service is essential for learning to continue for your student, and the district will help ensure your student has the internet access they need to continue their learning.

Social and Emotional Health: Reinforcing Social and Emotional Skills at Home

Strong social and emotional skills are important for children to become responsible decision makers both in school and in the outside world. Spring Lake Park Schools teachers and staff are continuing to provide social-emotional learning to students through our extended flexible learning environment and we want to share some tools with families to continue this important learning at home. When this learning is brought into the home, it allows your child the ability to learn from real-world situations as well as those practiced in the school setting. Families are our best partners and you can deepen your child’s experiences and learning. 

The good news! Reinforcing social and emotional skills in the home does not need to be a separate lesson or activity that you plan. This can happen naturally throughout your day and experiences. Below you will find ideas on how to incorporate social-emotional learning into the home environment.

  • Use your own family experiences to start conversations with your child.  When you are interacting with others, take note of how your child reacts to situations that come up. How do they respond when frustrated, when told “no,” or when they meet new friends? Try to remember a few examples of what your child has done well and what they could work on as well. Discuss these situations to help your student reflect on their interactions and growth they have made.
  • Listen when your child may be struggling with something. This is an easy way to validate your child’s feelings and it shows them that their feelings are important.
  • Anticipate new situations. If you know a new experience is coming up for your child, talk with them about how they are feeling and come up with a plan for how they will deal with the upcoming situation. 
  • Use creativity. If you have a child who enjoys drawing, give them paper to draw how they are feeling. This is a great opportunity to talk about their feelings and discuss other coping skills. You can also do the same activity with writing as well.
  • Read books. While reading books that you have at your home, ask your child questions like, “How do you think the character was feeling?” or “How would you handle the situation the character was in?” 

Please continue to check here for the latest COVID-19 information.

From the principal, Mona Perkins, May 6, 2020

Greetings Park Terrace families,

It's great to be back after having two days to plan and prepare for these last five weeks of the school year. We are grateful to have received that planning time, as well as your feedback which helped inform our planning. More than 700 families replied to the parent survey, which is incredible. Overall, the feedback we received from you was positive and included:

  • Requests to not make large scale changes because things are overall going well
  • A huge appreciation for teachers and their efforts (I agree! SLP does have the most amazing teachers around!)
  • Appreciation for communication with and availability of teachers
  • Amount of work seems right, but maybe increase the number of face-to-face learning opportunities
  • Appreciation for flexibility in pacing and timing of work and due dates
  • Weekly outlines for teachers would be helpful

We took your feedback and overall have kept major things the same. We also asked teachers to add more face-to-face (small group) learning opportunities, as appropriate, and post weekly outlines so families can plan their week ahead of time. As always, we are also continuing to look at ways to increase engagement even more and make sure kids are excited about school.  

As the end of the year approaches, please know we are working out the details of wrapping up the year (desk and locker cleanout, picking up personal items, yearbooks, etc.). We will have more information on how we will handle these items in the next few weeks. We also want to make sure families know the date of the last day of school has not changed. It is Friday, June 5.

We are also still planning for summer programming. We are waiting to hear from the Department of Education what our parameters will be for summer. We hope to have more clarity in the next few weeks and will share information with you as soon as we have it. 

I am excited to see the continued growth of our students and staff over the last five weeks of school. We have all learned so much through this process and, although challenging at times, it has shown us what a strong community we are and that we are committed to our collective well-being.  

Please know, our staff is here to support your student(s) and family as much as possible. If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here for you! Thank you for being amazing partners. We couldn't ask for a better school community.

See this week’s Park Terrace newsletter for expanded information regarding social and emotional health, community food resources and other topics critical during this time. 

Warm regards,
Mona Perkins
Principal

The Need to Know- May 6, 2020

Attention: Families with Comcast Internet Essentials

Families who enrolled in the Comcast Internet Essentials program under a 2-month free trial are coming to the end of that period of free service. Families who are unable to continue service at the rate of $9.95 per month should call the District Services Center at 763-600-5000. Please be ready to share the name of the person the current contract is under and zip code. Please note, it is important to contact the district before the 2-month trial period ends. Internet service is essential for learning to continue for your student, and the district will help ensure your student has the internet access they need to continue their learning. 

Additional Covid-19 Resources Added to Support Families 

SLP is committed to supporting our students and families health and wellbeing.  Additional resources have been added to the Response to Covid-19 page to direct families toward factual and relevant information on Covid-19. Additional resources cover topics including mental health supports, food shelf and other community meal services for families, mindfulness and movement resources, housing resources and more for families during this time of extended flexible learning and beyond. 

Social and Emotional Health: Establishing Structure and Routine to Support Mental and Physical Wellbeing and Student Learning 

We are more than halfway through our extended flexible learning portion of the school year and are heading into our last month of school. Some families have started to settle in - maybe trying a new hobby or enjoying time to get outside more. That is great! Others may be finding it difficult to cope with the huge disruption to their daily lives and are experiencing higher levels of stress or anxiety. That is okay, too! Be gentle with yourself and remind yourself that the wide range of emotions experienced are valid and normal. 

During this time of uncertainty, establishing structure and routine can help in many ways by providing a sense of normalcy, safety and predictability for children and families. Routine also helps stabilize our body clock, which controls our sleep, mood and physical health. Each family will have unique circumstances to consider when creating a routine - don't over-commit or schedule every moment. It's okay to start small and continue to build based on what is working for your family! 

Tips for Establishing Structure and Routine:

  • Create both daily and weekly routines - this will help to keep days from blending together. Weekly routines can include things such as certain types of exercise on specific days, a weekly phone call to a family member, Friday night movies or other family rituals and activities.  Daily routines could include things such as building in time for schoolwork and daily movement activities.
  • Set aside time daily or weekly to discuss the schedule and expectations with your child. Consider using a visual schedule for younger children. Prepare children for transitions throughout the day with reminders or alarms. 
  • Set aside a consistent space for schoolwork and class meetings. 
  • Schedule times for learning, movement and breaks. Scheduling more difficult work earlier in the day while children are most rested is beneficial. A good guideline for younger children is 20 minutes of learning followed by 10 minutes of movement. Older children may be able to go longer stretches of time focused on schoolwork.
  • Incorporate social interactions into your routine such as video chats, phone calls, virtual play dated and class meetings. This is especially important to maintain social connections and combat isolation during this time of social distancing!
  • Don't forget to build in time for fun and family! Creative play, hobbies, games, puzzles, etc.

Meal services during school closure

We have prepared and delivered thousands of meals for children in our community and will continue to do so at 10 locations throughout the district. We know families are counting on these meals and we take great pride in preparing this food for kids. View meal service locations and times.

Please continue to check here for the latest COVID-19 information.

Community Education - May 6, 2020

Virtual Zumba with Angela

The Spring Lake Park School Community Education Department is hosting virtual Zumba classes throughout the month of May for the community.

Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — to help improve cardiovascular fitness.

Virtual classes will take place May 11-29 on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 7-8 p.m. or May 10-31 on Sundays from 10-11 a.m.

Learn more and register today for Zumba with Angela

From the principal, Mona Perkins, April 29, 2020

Greetings Park Terrace Families,

Last week, Governor Walz announced that schools will be closed through the end of the school year. Even though we understand the reasoning for the decision, we are incredibly saddened by it because we want nothing more than to be at school with our students. We miss them all terribly! We want you to know we are committed to making the absolute best out of this situation and will continue to partner with you to provide the best extended flexible learning experience for your child(ren) possible.

In order to prepare for the remainder of the school year in an extended flexible learning format, teachers across the state will be using Friday, May 1 and Monday, May 4 as planning days. That means there is no school for students on these days. Your input and feedback from the parent survey sent earlier this week will help inform our planning. 

We have received many questions about picking up students' materials, seeing teachers and classmates one last time, and other end-of-year traditions and activities. Please know we are working to answer these questions and to create a meaningful end to our school year. More information to come soon.

Last, but not least, next week is staff appreciation week at Spring Lake Park Schools and National Teacher's Day. Please join us for SLP spirit day on Tuesday, May 5 (wear SLP gear or school colors) to show appreciation for being part of this extraordinary SLP learning community. 

Warm regards,
Mona Perkins
Principal