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From the principal, October 9, 2019

Parent Teacher Conferences are next week

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for October 15, 16 and 24. This is one of the most important relationship building events in the school year, offering the great benefits of face to face communication. Conferences give parents or caregivers and teachers the chance to talk over the student’s achievements, interests, student habits, attitude toward different subjects, the potential for improvement and more. 

Conferences are the main occasion for exchanging specific information and perspectives about an individual student’s learning, achievement and plan of action to reach their full potential. It’s a time when home and school get to know each other better.

 You will need to go online to set up your conference.

Fall Conferences Schedule 

  • October 15: Evening conferences from 4:50-8 p.m.
  • October 16: Daytime conferences from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • October 24: Evening Conferences from 4:50-8 p.m.
PTA Movie Night and Book Fair

Join us for a showing of Toy Story 4 on Friday, October 25

All Park Terrace families are welcome. Children must have an adult accompany them throughout the showing.

  • Doors open at 6 p.m.
  • The movie begins at 6:30 p.m.

The cost of this showing is free. Families that bring in a canned food item for the Panther Pantry will be entered in a drawing for a copy of the movie.

Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Concessions available for purchase. Scholastic Book Fair will be open.

Upcoming Events, October 9, 2019

Wacky Fun Run

Our Wacky Fun Run is Friday, October 11. You may remember, this is the one big fundraiser our PTA does. We are hoping to have every student receive at least $25 in donations. All money goes back to our school community, and most of it goes to fund field trip costs. We would love to have you join us. You are able to make an online donation toward this fundraiser.  Due to the weather, this event will be moved indoors to the gym. You will need to sign in at the office. We thank you for your support.

  • 10 a.m. – Kindergarten
  • 10:45 a.m. – Grade 2 
  • 11:45 a.m. – Grade 3
  • 1:45 p.m. – Grade 4
  • 2:45 p.m. – Grade 1
District Information - October 9, 2019

Reports from 2019 MCA and ACCESS assessments

In the next few weeks, watch your email for your child’s Individual Student Report (ISR) of scores from when they took the 2019 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) and/or ACCESS for English Learner’s assessment. If you wish to change or update the email we have on file for you, please contact your school.

As a reminder, MCAs are administered to grades 3-8, 10, 11 and high school students who took biology and ACCESS for English Learners are administered to kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English Learners.

If you have questions, please contact Jenna Johnshoy-Aarestad at jjohns2@district16.org or Kris Skeate at kskeat@district16.org.

Levy Renewal Update

Did you know compared to other metro school districts, our funding from district residents is among the lowest? Find fast facts like this and other information about the two levy renewal questions on the ballot this fall on our website.

Did you get a chance to attend a community meeting? If not, mark your calendar for the final community meeting on Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Centerview Elementary School.

Apply now for free and reduced-price meals

Families who received free and reduced-price meals during the 2018-2019 school year must reapply before Monday, October 21 to continue benefits for the 2019-2020 school year. If you do not reapply by Monday, October 21, your student(s) will no longer receive free or reduced-price meals. Meals will be charged at full price, which is:

  • Breakfast: $1.30
  • Lunch: $2.60 (kindergarten-grade 4) and $2.80 (grades 5-12)

Learn more about free and reduced-priced meals and reapply today 

 

 

From the principal, Mona Perkins, October 2, 2019

Finishing Up Spirit Week

The last two days of spirit week include:

  • Thursday - Sports Day
  • Friday - SLP Pride Day – wear your Spring Lake Park Schools attire

Wacky Fun Run

Our Wacky Fun Run is coming up next week on October 11. You may remember, this is the one big fundraiser our PTA does. We are hoping to have every student receive at least $25 in donations. All money goes back to our school community, and most of it goes to fund field trip costs. We would love to have you join us.

  • 10 a.m. – Kindergarten
  • 10:45 a.m. – Grade 2 
  • 11:45 a.m. – Grade 3
  • 1:45 p.m. – Grade 4
  • 2:45 p.m. – Grade 1

Weather/Clothing

September has flown by and October is already here. With the change in months also comes a change in temperature. Please be sure to send students to school with appropriate outer wear (layers are often helpful). If your family is in need of help with obtaining fall/winter gear, please reach out to us and we can help.

Parent Drop Off

Our parent drop-off in the morning has improved quite a bit. Thank you to everyone for helping get the kiddos to school on time. It is so important for kids to start their day on time with their classmates. We appreciate all your efforts to get them here and in class by 9:20 a.m.  

SLP High School Volunteers

Park Terrace will once again be partnering with SLP High School to have high school students volunteering in our classes. The high school students are taking a University of Minnesota course that explores teaching as a career. The students are provided the opportunity to work with elementary school kids twice per week throughout their course.  We are excited to have them join us and thrilled to be able to continue this partnership.

Upcoming Events, October 2, 2019

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for October 15, 16 and 24. This is one of the most important relationship building events in the school year, offering the great benefits of face to face communication. Conferences give parents or caregivers and teachers the chance to talk over the student’s achievements, interests, student habits, attitude toward different subjects, the potential for improvement and more. 

Conferences are the main occasion for exchanging specific information and perspectives about an individual student’s learning, achievement and plan of action to reach their full potential. It’s a time when home and school get to know each other better.

Letters with Conference information will go home with students next week. You will need to go online to set up your conference.

Fall Conferences Schedule 

  • October 15: Evening conferences from 4:50-8 p.m.
  • October 16: Daytime conferences from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • October 24: Evening Conferences from 4:50-8 p.m.
The Need to Know, October 2, 2019

Important school information

  • The school day starts promptly at 9:20 a.m. Tardy slips will be handed out after that time. 
  • No student drop-off prior to 9 a.m., we will have no adult supervision prior to that time.  Breakfast students will be allowed in at 9 a.m.
  • Dismissal is at 3:55 p.m. 
  • Phone calls for end of the day transportation changes need to be in the office by 3:15 p.m.
  • Parent pick up and drop off is out in front of the building.  No parents will be allowed by the buses.
  • While dropping off in the morning, please do not park in front of the building, which will stop the flow of traffic and is a fire lane.
  • Pick up - You can park in the lot and wait in the lobby.  You can circle around the lot and a staff person will walkie into the building for your child.
  • Parents cannot escort their child to the classroom.  Please contact your child’s teacher either through email or voicemail if you need to meet with them.
  • When joining us for breakfast, lunch or dropping off/picking up from Learning Ventures, please proceed to the office from the lunchroom and not to your child’s classroom.  

Request from the Health Office

Our nurse Ashley is in need of gently used or new shoes and elastic waist pants for students. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

District Information - October 2, 2019

Apply now for free and reduced-price meals

Families who received free and reduced-price meals during the 2018-2019 school year must reapply before Monday, October 21 to continue benefits for the 2019-2020 school year. If you do not reapply by Monday, October 21, your student(s) will no longer receive free or reduced-price meals. Meals will be charged at full price, which is:

  • Breakfast: $1.30
  • Lunch: $2.60 (kindergarten-grade 4) and $2.80 (grades 5-12)

Learn more about free and reduced-priced meals and reapply today 

Important information regarding online nutrition services payments

The online Campus Parent Portal Nutrition Services recurring payment system has been disabled and is currently under construction. It is important to note, families are still able to make manual one-time payments online. We are working with our provider on finding a resolution to the recurring payment issue.

The district will send an update via email when this issue is resolved. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you need further assistance, contact Jane Sweney at 763-600-5041 or jswene@district16.org.

 

 

From the Principal, Mona Perkins, September 25, 2019

Dear families,

In the coming weeks, you will begin to see more information about the November 5 election. People who live in our school district will see two questions on their ballot. Both ask voters to consider renewing existing levies that fund programs and technologies for our schools.

Renewing these levies does not increase funding and does not increase taxes for taxpayers. By state law, each levy must be renewed to keep funding that is already in place.

I hope you will take a moment to learn more about the levies. Most importantly, please plan to vote on – or before – November 5. Find more levy information on the Spring Lake Park Schools website.

The Need to Know, September 25, 2019

Request from the Health Office

Our nurse Ashley is in need of gently used or new shoes and elastic waist pants for students. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for October 15, 16 and 24. This is one of the most important relationship building events in the school year, offering the great benefits of face to face communication. Conferences give parents or caregivers and teachers the chance to talk over the student’s achievements, interests, student habits, attitude toward different subjects, the potential for improvement and more. 

Conferences are the main occasion for exchanging specific information and perspectives about an individual student’s learning, achievement and plan of action to reach their full potential. It’s a time when home and school get to know each other better.

Letters with Conference information will go home with students next week. You will need to go online to set up your conference.

Fall Conferences Schedule 

  • October 15: Evening conferences from 4:50-8 p.m.
  • October 16: Daytime conferences from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • October 24: Evening Conferences from 4:50-8 p.m.
Upcoming Events, September 25, 2019

Wacky Run Fundraiser

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 11 for the PTA annual Wacky Run fundraiser. This is the PTA’s main fundraiser for the school year. Watch for a flyer with details and a pledge envelope to go home with your student. Wacky Run is held during the school day. You are welcome to come cheer the kids on or volunteer. Thanks for your support!

Times for grade level run:

  • 10 a.m. – Kindergarten
  • 10:45 a.m. – Grade 2
  • 11:45 a.m. – Grade 3
  • 1:45 p.m. – Grade 4
  • 2:45 p.m. – Grade 1

Upcoming Fall Conferences

  • October 15: Evening conferences from 4:50-8 p.m.
  • October 16: Daytime conferences from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • October 24: Evening Conferences from 4:50-8 p.m.

Sign-up for a conference time slot

Homecoming Spirit Days

  • Monday, September 30 – Hat Day
  • Tuesday, October 1 – Backwards Day
  • Wednesday, October 2 –Wacky Wednesday (wacky hair, silly socks, etc.)
  • Thursday, October 3 – Favorite Sport’s Team Day
  • Friday, October 4 – Panther Spirit Wear Day

 

List of spirit day activities
District Information - September 25, 2019

Nut Aware Classrooms

There are many students in the Spring Lake Park schools who have severe allergies to tree nuts, peanuts, peanut butter and/or products that contain nuts. Accidental ingestion or even touching a tiny trace of a nut may cause a potentially fatal reaction for some students. Spring Lake Park Schools is continuing to emphasize practices that make our schools safe for all students. This work includes partnering with parents in adopting peanut and nut aware practices. Visit the Health Services page and click on Nut Aware Classrooms to learn more.

 

Community Education - September 25, 2019

Panther Store Homecoming Sale

The Panther Store is having a Homecoming Sale on Saturday, September 28-Friday, October 4, 2019. This is a great time to stock up on your Spring Lake Park gear and show off your Panther Pride. There will be a 20 percent discount on everything in the store and online.

Visit the Panther Store located at Spring Lake Park High School between the Fine Arts Center and the Athletic Wing. There will be special store hours for Homecoming Week:

  • Saturday, September 28: 9-11 a.m. during the Panther Carnival
  • Monday, September 30: 3-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 1: 3-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 2: 3-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 3: 3-5 p.m.
  • Friday, October 4: 6 p.m.-half at the Panther Football game. Look for the pop-up shop in the Panther Stadium. Weather permitting.

Shop the Panther Store online. Use the online discount code: Homecoming2019

 

From the principal, Mona Perkins, September 18, 2019

The school year is off to a great start! Students are getting to know each other and their teachers, as well as settling in nicely to new routines. It has been wonderful to see all the smiling faces each morning and getting to know all the kids and families. I’m excited to see what this year will bring!

Curriculum Night

Please join us on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 for the Park Terrace Curriculum Night from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to rotate through various classrooms and grade levels every 10-15 minutes. Each classroom will have a different activity so families can learn about what types of things students are doing each day, as well as gain some strategies for ways to support your child’s learning at home. We will have childcare available if needed.

Morning Drop Off

Please keep in mind that students who are NOT eating breakfast should not be dropped off until 9:10 a.m. Only breakfast-eaters should be dropped off at 9 a.m. We want to ensure the safety of all of our students, so it is critical that students are not dropped off and waiting outside. 

School Start Time

Just a friendly reminder that school begins at 9:20 a.m. That means students should be in their classrooms ready to learn at that time. Students who arrive after 9:20 a.m. must check-in in the office and get a tardy slip.

PTA

Our PTA is looking for people who would like to join the group and/or volunteer at events. If you would like more information about PTA or would be willing to volunteer, please send an email to:  parkterracepta@gmail.com. The PTA helps with school fundraisers, community-building events (like the fall dance), conference nights and more. The fundraisers help with all kinds of things around the school, but most importantly, they cover the cost of transportation for our field trips (which is costly). PTA would LOVE to have more people join in on the fun.

The Need to Know, September 18, 2019

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Grace Period will Expire on October 21

Families who received free/reduced-priced meals during the 2018-19 school year MUST reapply by October 21 for the 2019-20 school meals program. This assistance does not automatically renew. Your student(s) will no longer receive free or reduced-priced meals after October 21 without renewal. Stop by or call the office at 763-600-5600 for an application or fill out the free and reduced-price meal application online.

Optional Student Accident Medical Insurance

Our school district does its best to ensure every student has a safe experience while attending our schools. Even with this environment and the precautions we take, accidents can happen while students are at school. The SLP school district does not provide insurance coverage for students during the time they spend on the school ground and it is up to the family's health insurance carrier to cover any related expenses. The district has made is relatively convenient for families to purchase Student Accident Insurance for the 2019-2020 school year. This program is completely voluntary.

Learn more about supplemental insurance coverage