Newsletter Archive

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.

District Information - December 4, 2019

Winter Break hours in Spring Lake Park Schools

During winter break, December 23-January 1, the District Services Center (DSC), other buildings in Spring Lake Park Schools and child care will have different hours.

The DSC is closed to guests on the following days:

  • Monday, December 23-Friday, December 27
  • Wednesday, January 1

The DSC is closed to staff on the following days:

  • Tuesday, December 24
  • Wednesday, December 25
  • Wednesday, January 1

All buildings will be alarmed and non-accessible to staff during these days. Regular staff key cards will work on the other days.

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

  • Monday, December 30
  • Tuesday, December 31

Centerview Elementary is open for Learning Ventures Child Care on the following days from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.:

  • Monday, December 23
  • Thursday, December 26
  • Friday, December 27
  • Monday, December 30

Child Care is closed December 24-25, 31 and January 1. Learn more about non-school day child care.about non-school-day-side-treks

All other schools will be closed Monday, December 23-January 1. If you have any questions, please contact the DSC at 763-600-5000.

Mathematics: An update on our journey

Where we’ve been, where we’re going as we help each student become a mathematician

Math is in the spotlight. Reports of test scores, opinion articles pitting those who wonder if calculus is still important against those who find it essential and headlines about essentials skills for the jobs of the future are in the news.

A team of Spring Lake Park Schools teachers tackled some of the very same questions that have become more prevalent in the public domain in our K-12 math study completed during the 2017-18 school year. Learn more about our work in mathematics and what’s happened since then and our continued efforts in the area of mathematics.

Community Education - December 11, 2019

Panther Store Winter Sale

Don't miss the Panther Store winter sale, going on until Wednesday, December 18. Deals include dollars off and a free gift.

Deals Include:

  • $20 off $100 in-store and online with code $20OFF$100, plus a free gift with purchase 
  • $10 off $50 in-store and online with code $10OFF$50, plus a free gift with purchase 

Special Store Hours before the Fine Art Center shows:

  • Thursday, December 5 – 3-6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 6 – 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, December 9 – 5-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 10 – 3:30-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 12 – 3:30-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 17 – 3-7 p.m.

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District Information - December 4, 2019

Native American Parent Advisory Committee Meeting 

  • When - Wednesday, December 4, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Where - Woodcrest Spanish Immersion

RSVP to Abbey Pierce at apierc@district16.org. Childcare will be available and provided by student volunteers from the SLP National Honors Society. If childcare is needed, please include the number of children with RSVP. A meal will be provided by Gatherings Cafe.

 

Community Education - December 4, 2019

Westwood Grades 5 and 6 Present- "And Justice for Pigs: Revenge of the Bad Guys"

It starts off as a typical day in court, but as the docket is revealed, it features no ordinary plaintiffs - the classic fairy tale bad guys, who are sick and tired of seeing their reputations dragged through the mud, have decided to fight back, suing all of the “goody two-shoes” for libel and defamation of character.  As the judge examines the cases, we learn that the Big Bad Wolf was, in fact, victimized by some bullying pigs. Rumplestiltskin was simply a guy with a knack for spinning who was exploited by a crafty young girl.  And we all know that Jack of “beanstalk” fame was a little thief!  Between those tales and several others, we learn an important lesson – that there are two sides to EVERY story!

Performances dates:

  • Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m
  • Friday, December 6, 7 p.m.

All performances will be held at the Spring Lake Park High School Fine Arts Center. Purchase tickets online at SpringLakeParkSchools.org/ticket-office.

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Holiday House

  • Hosted by Spring Lake Park Leo Club
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 5:30 –7:30 p.m.
  • Spring Lake Park High School cafeteria (enter door 33)

Kindergarten through grade 8 shoppers have the opportunity to purchase inexpensive gifts ranging from $1 - $5 for members of their family. Each child can purchase up to five gifts. Leo Club and SLP Lions Club will be on hand to help students purchase and wrap gifts so they can bring them home for the holiday season.

Children must be present to shop and be accompanied to the event by an adult.  Families will be able to enjoy other fun activities during this event along with holiday treats and music. Register for a Holiday House time slot.

From the principal, Mona Perkins, November 20, 2019

Hello Park Terrace Families! This is a busy time of year as we wrap up our first trimester. I can’t believe we are a third of the way through the school year already! We have a lot of fabulous things going on at school that are highlighted below. If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

STEM/Math Night – Our annual STEM/Math Night is tomorrow, Thursday, November 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It’s a free event for all Park Terrace families that includes an evening full of hands-on science activities and a light dinner. We would love to see everyone there!

PTA Hat Fundraiser – Our wonderful Park Terrace PTA will be selling SLP hats once again this year for a cost of $10. They will have some hats available for purchase at STEM night. If you aren’t able to purchase a hat at STEM night, no worries, a flyer with information about how to get one later will be coming home soon. Keep your eyes open for the flyer.

End of Trimester/Report Cards – Next week, November 26 marks the end of our first trimester. Report cards will go home with students in their backpacks on Friday, December 6. Please be on the lookout for the report card envelopes, sign them to indicate you received it and have your student return the envelope to his/her teacher. If you have any questions, please connect with your child’s teacher.

3rd Grade STEM Partnership with the MN Zoo – Third grade is participating in the ZOOMs Stem Research Project with the MN Zoo. They are creating an enrichment (something that enriches the zoo habitat) for the Hawaiian Monk Seals. The MN Zoo is the only place in the world besides Hawaii where these endangered seals exist, so this is an amazing learning opportunity for our students. They will research how the seals live in the wild, they will create the “enrichment” based on their findings and zoo staff members will come to judge their work in February. This is a great interdisciplinary project they will be involved in for a while, so be sure to ask them all about it!

1st Grade – Balloons Over Broadway – Our first graders will be learning about the origin of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade based on the book Balloons Over Broadway. After digging deep into the book and parade origin, they will use the engineer/design process to create their own parade floats, a parade map and advertisements for the parade. They will get the opportunity to show off their floats when they host their parade right here at Park Terrace on Tuesday, November 26 at 3:10 p.m. Parents are encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there.

The Need to Know- November 20, 2019

Other important reminders to please take note of:

Start Time:  Please remember, school begins at 9:20 a.m. That means students need to be in their classrooms at that time. If you are dropping your child off, please plan accordingly so they do not accumulate tardies. Excessive tardies, as well as absences, require us to make referrals to the county, so please do your best to get the kiddos to school on time.

Dressing for the Weather:  We go outside every day for recess unless the temperature is below 0 degrees or the wind chill is below -10 degrees. That makes it imperative that kids have all the necessary winter gear at school regularly. That includes a jacket, snow pants, hat, gloves and boots. If you need any assistance getting these items, please connect with our school social worker, Amber Buer: abuer@district16.org.

Label Winter Gear:  Please label your child’s coat, hat, gloves and boots with his/her name on it so we can properly return lost items to rightful owners. Most kids have black snow pants, so it is incredibly helpful when names are written inside.

Toys & Electronics:  Please have your child leave all toys and extra electronics at home.

School Supplies:  This is a great time of year to check in with your student and see if he/she needs any school supplies restocked (especially pencils).

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- November 20, 2019

2019 Calendar Events

Thursday, November 21 - Math/STEM Night, 5:30-7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 26 - End of Trimester 1

Wednesday, November 27 - No School

Thursday, November 28 - No School

Friday, November 29 - No School

Monday, December 2 - No School

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

Thursday, January 2 - Classes Resume 

Community Education - November 20, 2019

Westwood Grades 7 and 8 theater present “The Little Princess”

In this heartfelt, faithful adaptation of the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, one girl's goodwill and courage show what being a princess truly means. All performances will be held at the Spring Lake Park High School Fine Arts Center. Learn more and purchase tickets.

Performances dates:

  • Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, November 22, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 23, 2 p.m.

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Holiday House

  • Hosted by Spring Lake Park Leo Club
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 5:30 –7:30 p.m.
  • Spring Lake Park High School cafeteria (enter door 33)

Kindergarten through grade 8 shoppers have the opportunity to purchase inexpensive gifts ranging from $1 - $5 for members of their family. Each child can purchase up to five gifts. Leo Club and SLP Lions Club will be on hand to help students purchase and wrap gifts so they can bring them home for the holiday season.

Children must be present to shop and be accompanied to the event by an adult.  Families will be able to enjoy other fun activities during this event along with holiday treats and music. Register for a Holiday House time slot.

From the principal, Mona Perkins, November 13, 2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours daily to promote optimal health. They note that adequate sleep on a regular basis leads to improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep each night is associated with an increase in injuries, hypertension, obesity and depression. Additionally, it is recommended that all screens should be turned off 30 minutes before bedtime and TV, computers and other screens should not be allowed in children’s bedrooms. Learn more about the American Academy of Pediatrics Childhood Sleep Guidelines.

These guidelines and recommendations are important to remember and enforce, especially during the school year. It will definitely help kids be focused and more successful during the school day. If you need more information or would like some help in this area, please reach out to our social worker, Amber Buer (abuer@district16.org) or Ms. Perkins (mperki@district16.org).

STEM/Math Night

Our annual STEM/Math night is coming up next week on Thursday, November 21 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. We will have a variety of hands-on activities for our families to enjoy together. The event is free to families and includes a light dinner. We would love to see you all there! In order to plan accordingly for food, please RSVP by either calling the office (763-600-5600) or notifying your child's teacher.

Park Terrace honors Veterans

On Monday, November 11, the students and staff at Park Terrace celebrated Veterans Day in a BIG way! We hosted 34 veterans during our all-school assembly. Master Sergeant Bird made connections between the military and our SLP CARES values in a short presentation. The students prepared a video and artwork to show their appreciation to these brave women and men. The veterans also had the opportunity to share their name, branch and rank. Their Park Terrace student then presented them with a certificate of dedication and bravery.  

We had the Cub Scouts present the US flag, a guest drummer, playing the Infantry Cadence and nine Park Terrace students running the program.  

We want to thank each veteran that took the time to attend the assembly. And to all veterans, present and past, thank you from your Park Terrace community!

The Need to Know- November 13, 2019

Grading/Report Cards

As in past years, the following standards-referenced levels will continue to be used to report student achievement in mathematics based on end-of-year learning outcomes:

Exceeds Standards: Consistently performs above grade-level target. Exceeds standard considerations for mathematics include:

  1. Has the child met the grade level target by demonstrating both conceptual understanding and procedural knowledge?
  2. Have the learning opportunities been expanded beyond grade-level learning targets?
  3. Does the child consistently meet the standard on above grade-level learning targets by demonstrating both conceptual understanding and procedural knowledge?

At Standard: Consistently achieves grade-level target independently after instruction, including demonstration of both conceptual understanding and procedural knowledge of grade level targets.

Approaching Standard: Developing skills and concepts of grade-level targets with some help from teacher.

Minimal Progress Towards Standard: Needs continuous teacher support for work towards grade-level targets.

It is important to remember that report cards are just one method of communication that we use with families to share student progress. Please continue to be engaged in regular, ongoing communication with your child's teacher to follow their individual progress, including next learning goals and instructional responses by teachers.

 

Yearbooks

Please visit ybpay.lifetouch.com 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- November 13, 2019

November 2019 Calendar Events

Tuesday, November 19 - Park Terrace Night at Blaine Culver's

Thursday, November 21 - Math/STEM Night, 5:30-7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 27 - No School

Thursday, November 28 - No School

Friday, November 29 - No School

Monday, December 2 - No School