Greetings, SAP community! In this challenging week of earlier mornings and more snow, we've all made it to mid-week! We're looking toward spring, and, in the meantime, good things continue to happen at school.
Bright African Adinkra-inspired prints done by first and second graders adorn the halls. This printing technique is traditionally done on fabric by people in Ghana and Cote D'Ivoire, using shapes that symbolize elements of traditional wisdom or the environment.
Thanks to the new art drying rack provided by SAPSA, Ms. Shomion can now dry art projects made by many classes all at once!
- TONIGHT! Wednesday, March 15 - Advisory Council Meeting, 5:00-6:00 pm in the SAP Library - Tony Walker, director of Community Education will attend the March AC meeting. Tony will discuss and answer questions about “Nature Discovery,” the new preschool program at SAP, coming this Fall.
To join the meeting on Zoom, use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4792236521?pwd=L041WEU2a0N1d2JZaHhGc09qQWJWZz09
Meeting ID: 479 223 6521 Passcode: 534435
- Thursday, March 16 - Evening Conferences
- Thursday, March 16 - Carnival Game Set Up Night - 6:00-8:00pm in the SAP cafeteria - More info below!
- Friday, March 17 - Family Friday - 7:30am in the cafeteria - Walk your students to class, then join other families for coffee and conversation.
- Wednesday, March 22 - Picture Day
- Wednesday, March 22 - Evening Conferences
- Friday, March 24 - No School, Daytime Conferences
- Monday, March 27 - SAP Science Fair - See below for ways to get involved.
- Friday, March 31 - Spirit Day - Hat Day - Wear a fun hat to school!
- Week of April 3-7 - No School - Spring Break
Plant Presale Starts Saturday
But you can start browsing and dreaming of spring today HERE!
Our fun spring event continues to take shape! Do you have a special skill, local business, make art, or have something else that you would be willing to donate as a silent auction item? Hooray! Please contact Amy Raddatz at firstname.lastname@example.org
How else can you help?
Volunteer to contact businesses to ask for silent auction items! This is a flexible way to support the event: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044aacaa28abfa7-2023#/
TOMORROW - Thursday, March 16 from 6-8pm - Come dig out and set up the old carnival games that have been stored on the stage for years. Curious about what's there? We are too! This will be a fun night of discovery, with pizza and drinks. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044aacaa28abfa7-spring#/
Donate an item to be a prize for the kids' raffle here: https://a.co/gsHqgGX Also, as always, we're looking to conserve resources when possible by using what we already have. If you have any new toys or other items that you think could make a good raffle prize (similar to items on the raffle prize link above), please reach out to email@example.com
Please join us for this month's Family Friday on March 17th. That's this Friday! On Family Fridays, grown-ups are invited to walk children to their classes, say hi to teachers and then meet in the cafeteria for coffee, tea and conversation. We do always need help making the morning a delicious success. If you are able to lend a hand, please sign-up HERE.
Spirit Wear - Hijabs
We're excited to share that SAP Wolf Pack hijabs are now available in a two sizes and a variety of colors! Look for them whenever Spirit Wear is sold at school events, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase.
Lost & Found
It's overflowing again! Don't forget to check the Lost & Found when you come in for conferences.
SAP Library TA Suzanne Gural would greatly appreciate help with reshelving books for an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-noon. Re-acquaint yourself with the Dewey decimal system. Please pick a time slot if you can help keep the books organized for our kiddos. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044AACAA28ABFA7-library1
From Mr. Schrankler:
Dear SAP Families and Friends,
The St. Anthony Park Elementary Science Fair will take place on Monday, March 27th. Our 3rd-5th Grade students will be presenting their Science projects. I am reaching out to ask if you would be interested in helping at the SAP Science Fair. We could use at least 25 people to help with giving students feedback on their projects. No special scientific talents are needed, just the ability to communicate with the presenters (students) and give them some friendly feedback. We could also use some help in taking down tables and cleaning up after the evening session. Please pass this along to any other friends and family who you think would be interested. Here are the two opportunities:
7:45AM-11:05 AM Evaluators Giving Feedback (at least 25 volunteers needed)
6:45 PM-7:30 PM Science Fair Clean-up
LINK to sign-up as a volunteer.
Your support is greatly appreciated!
Staff Interview: Ms. Hass
This is Ms. Hass, the assistant principal at St. Anthony Park, and I am sitting here with our scholar Hassen Hassen, who is going to ask me some questions today.
Hassen: What is your favorite part of your job?
Ms. Hass: My favorite part of my job is to see students grow. I watch students grow in how tall they are, but I also watch them grow in the things that they know and learn and understand, and that is my absolute favorite part of my job.
Hassen: What do you like to do when you are not at school?
Ms. Hass: When I’m not at school, I love to spend time with my daughters. I have two daughters, and they are ages 21 and 12. And I love hanging out with them. At our house, we play a lot of board games and we watch movies together. I also like to go on long runs when it’s nice out. And I also love playing with my pets. I have two cats and a frog.
Hassen: What do you do in the summer?
Ms. Hass: In the summer, well, some of the time is spent working, getting ready for the next school year, and another part I spend doing not much of anything. I do spend a couple of weeks up at a cabin with my family, where I go boating and fishing. I love to fish. And I also love to go to the State Fair at the end of summer.
Hassen: Why did you decide to be an assistant principal?
Ms. Hass: So, I started out as a teacher, and I absolutely loved being in the classroom, being with kids and knowing families and again, watching them grow in lots of different ways. I loved working with kids and I thought, “Where can I have a bigger impact?” So then I went into administration, and now I get to have interactions and have an impact with our whole school, which is way bigger than a classroom. There are lots of classrooms, and I love leadership, and I love building other leaders in my job. That’s what my job is: to build other leaders, in kids, in other teachers, things like that, fostering leadership.
Hassen: What would you change about St. Anthony Park in the future?
Ms. Hass: What would I change about St. Anthony Park? Oh, goodness. Well, one thing I noticed when I came here is that they didn’t have a Pre-K, but now we’re going to be adding one in next year. So that’s something that’s going to change, that we are working on. And I really think that one thing that I want to work on to change at St. Anthony Park is really building in more opportunity for students to have a voice and student leadership, because that’s why we’re here, so I want to include students more in decision-making, and things like that.
Hassen: Thank you.
Ms. Hass: Thanks, Hassen.
The SPPS COVID Policy is available HERE. Please don't forget to report any illness with COVID to SPPS.
School Spirit Wear can be purchased HERE. For School Spirit hijabs, email email@example.com
Every Meal is a free weekend food program, with food distributed to students at school ahead of the weekend. Please contact Mr. Edwards if you have questions about the program: firstname.lastname@example.org Otherwise, you can learn more and sign up online. Information is available in English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Karen, Arabic, Amharic, and Pashto. Use the links below to find out more or to enroll. MORE INFO HERE ENROLL HERE
FunLab is a free STEM-based activity for elementary age kids hosted by the public library. It's on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30pm, and you can find info HERE.
Saint Paul Parks and Rec Youth Sports - Did you know registration for kids age 9 and up is free? Registration dates vary by sport. More info HERE.
What's for lunch in March?
We like breakfast too!
Have a great week, Wolf Pack!
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