Newsletter Archive

Greeting from Kim Fehringer, January 16, 2019

Join us for our annual Park Terrace Literacy night on Thursday, January 31. We will be serving pizza along with a variety of exciting literacy sessions. The sessions will include literacy apps for you to use at home, a “reading bag” to take home, Book Bingo with the PTA and read aloud's from your favorite Park Terrace teachers. There are three sessions to rotate among. 

  • Session 1 - 5:30-6 p.m.
  • Session 2 - 6-6:30 p.m.
  • Session 3 - 6:30-7 p.m.

RSVP with your classroom teacher the number of people planning on attending this event so food can be order accordingly.  We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events, January 16, 2019

Calendar

01/21- NO SCHOOL, MLK, Jr. 

01/24 - Kdgn Information Night

01/31 - Literacy Night, Book Bingo

02/14 - NO SCHOOL, Staff In-Service

02/15 - NO SCHOOL, Daytime Conferences

02/18 - NO SCHOOL, Presidents Day

02/19 - Evening Conferences

02/21 - Evening Conferences

Soar Music Programs for Third and Fourth Grade Students

SOAR is a place to empower people to reach their fullest potential in the creative arts and is a training ground to help people grow, discover and fulfill their unique creative purpose. Their mission is to guide and develop the gifts of students through skilled training and one-to-one encouragement with highly trained professionals with either a bachelor’s degree or years of experience in their field.

DRUM ENSEMBLE:

In this exciting ensemble, students will experience playing multiple different percussion instruments. This class can take on different forms, from organized jam sessions to learning to lock in a groove and learning to play by ear.

SINGERS WORKSHOP:

In this class, students will learn rhythms, harmonies, how to blend with other singers, proper vocal technique, vowel formation, proper breath application and resonance.

CLASS DATES:

Singers Workshop 

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at Park Terrace
  • January 29-March 1, 4-5 p.m. No class on February 14, March 12 or March 14

Drum Ensemble 

  • Wednesdays at Park Terrace
  • January 30-March 27, 4-5 p.m. No class March 13

Questions? Contact SLP Community Education at 763-600-5050.

Registration, fees and transportation - These programs are free. Click here to register for the SOAR Music Program

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

Greetings from Kim Fehringer, January 9, 2019

The following three paragraphs are taken from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. I thought this information was very formative and wanted to share it with our families as a way of further developing understanding around our new math curriculum. 

Your child’s mathematics classroom may look quite different from what you remember from your own student days. Instead of straight rows of desks, you may see desks that are pushed together into groups. Instead of the teacher demonstrating a problem on the board and students silently copying the work, you may see students working together to investigate a problem while the teacher acts as a facilitator. Instead of students reciting memorized rules and procedures, you may see students discussing and questioning solutions to problems.

Mathematics is much more than computation problems, equations, and word problems. Mathematics is a way of thinking and exploring. Mathematics is a language that helps us communicate about our world. Most important, mathematics is a tool that we all use in our daily lives to solve practical and abstract problems.

Over the past few decades, educators have greatly improved their understanding of how students learn mathematics. In high-quality elementary, middle, and high school classrooms, students are actively involved in making sense of the mathematics they are learning. Learning is not a passive activity but rather, an active process of building new knowledge from experience and prior knowledge. Think about your own learning experiences. Chances are that you remember those experiences in which you had the opportunity to be an active participant much more than those in which you were passively listening or observing.

At Park Terrace, we want to create a better understanding of the learning activities that support both conceptual and procedural competencies. Please be sure to let us know of any questions you may have.

The Need to Know - January 9, 2019

Box Top Contest

We are currently running a Box Top Contest from January 2-February 28. The classroom that brings in the most labels will win a PIZZA PARTY!    

Yellow forms went home to attached box tops to, but you are welcome to send them in other ways.

Lunch time adjustments

We have made some small changes to grade level lunch times. Please note the times below:

  • 11:05-11:35 a.m. - Grade 3
  • 11:25-11:55 a.m. - Kindergarten
  • 11:55 a.m.-12:25 p.m. - Grade 2
  • 12:30-1 p.m. - Grade1
  • 1-1:30 - Grade 4

KS95 Teacher of the Week!

Park Terrace second grade teacher Melissa Haggar-Olson was recently named the KS95 Teacher of the Week. She was nominated by a parent for her commitment and passion for teaching and was interviewed on the station in early December.  DJ Tiffany Norton (Bangs) came to our school and presented her award.

“It is definitely a rewarding job, it has its challenges, but every day there is something new you get to experience with the kids and so it makes it all worth it in the end,” Haggar-Olson said in her interview.

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

Greetings from Kim Fehringer, December 19, 2018

Have you downloaded the MyStop app yet? 

MyStop is a web-based application available to parents and students that allows them access to live bus GPS information. Using a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, parents and students can view the current location of buses on routes and the estimated time of arrival at their neighborhood bus stops. 

This simple and informative tool provides the ability to know approximately where a school bus is on its route. MyStop displays the school bus’s approximate location on a map, as well as the estimated time of arrival (ETA) to a specific student’s bus stop. The location of a school bus is automatically updated every few minutes, and the ETA is recalculated to accommodate any delays due to traffic while the bus is en route. 

 Follow this link to see details on downloading the MyStop app. 

The Need to Know, December 19, 2018

AmazonSmile

Spring Lake Park Schools are a part of AmazonSmiles. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Spring Lake Park Schools.

Shop at AmazonSmile today

Calling in student attendance

We would like to remind parents to call the attendance line when your child will be absent -763-600-5609. Please do not email or text a staff member, as they too may be absent for the day.

Shari Kish-Neal is no longer our health care nurse at Park Terrace. Our new nurse is Isabel DeVon who will beginning after the New Year. If in the past you have emailed Ms. Kish-Neal your student’s attendance, please discontinue and call the attendance phone number. 

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.