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Winter Break Date Changes

Winter Break will now begin Friday, December 17th. Students will return to school on Monday, January 3, 2022. There will be no school for all SPPS students on Monday, December 20, and Tuesday, December 21.


That means, we have just two and a half weeks before Winter Break, Wolf Pack! That's soon!


This change is being made in an effort to acknowledge the stress and challenges students, families and staff are facing due to the pandemic. The district wants to give students, school staff and their families a longer break. We also encourage everyone to use this time to get vaccinated or get your booster shot if you are eligible.


Discovery Club will be offered on Monday, December 20, for currently enrolled families but will not operate on Tuesday, December 21. Athletics and other previously scheduled extracurricular activities will continue on both days.


In order to allow for this change to our school year calendar, April 15, which had been scheduled as a professional development day for school staff, will now be a digital learning day.


Thank You!

A big thanks to all the folks who contributed snacks for staff and teachers on conference days November 17-18th. The photo to the left is just a fraction of the bounty you shared with teachers and staff. Beverages, ice cream, chips, crackers, dips, cheese, cookies and all sorts of other yummy things were on display, and we stocked the cupboards with leftovers. It was really nice of you all!


SAPSA worked with Nelson's Cheese & Deli to provide sandwiches and other bites on Friday the 19th for teachers and staff.


Give to the Max Day Results!

With your generous contributions, SAPSA raised $5,205 during November! This is up 55% over last year's Give to the Max when we raised $3,369; it tracks down just 17% from 2019 when we raised $6,317 pre-pandemic.


As a reminder all funds go directly to supporting our students and staff. This includes everything from field trips, special programs, consumable materials for art and science, emergency support for families, teacher appreciation, Artists-in-Residence. Donation days like Give to the Max Day make an enormous impact on our overall annual fundraising and we are so thankful for the support you offer our students and school community. And you don't have to wait for a special day to give. You can always visit https://www.givemn.org/organization/Sapsa to make a donation. Thank you.

Spirit Wear

Thank you for making your Spirit Wear purchases this year! We have raised $1,003 so far. Orders placed before November 18th are slated to arrive by December 8th well in time for winter break. You can place an order any time you would like, though. If you place an order now, estimated (but not guaranteed) delivery is December 22nd: https://www.bonfire.com/checkout/saint-anthony-park-elementary-spirit-wear/


VACCINE INFORMATION

Covid-19 vaccines are now available for students 5-11 years old.


Upcoming School Sites Offering Vaccines:

  • 12/9: Chelsea Heights Elementary (1557 Huron St.) from 3-6 p.m.

  • 12/13: Benjamin E. Mays IB World School (560 Concordia Ave.) from 3-7 p.m.

  • 12/15: EXPO Elementary (540 Warwick St. S.) from 3-6 p.m.

Appointments are required. Register at ramseycounty.us/COVIDvaccine. Booster shots are available at these clinics for those who are eligible.


Pop-Up Clinic, On-Site Registration:

The Consulate of Mexico at 797 East 7th Street in Saint Paul (55106) will have pop-up clinics Wednesday afternoons on December 1, 8, 15, 22 from 2-6PM. No appointment necessary; on-site registration.


Other useful sites for vaccine availability (based on providers we know are already offering appointments or will be doing so imminently). All sites below offer free vaccinations and most locations are accessible by public transportation.


Staff Spotlight: Ms. Shomion, Art Specialist

By Edie Garramone


Edie: Question – Why do you do art?

Ms. Shomion: I do art because I love expressing myself and I love creating things with my hands. 👐


Edie: What’s your favorite color?

Ms. Shomion: My favorite color is turquoise.


Edie: What’s your favorite food?

Ms. Shomion: My favorite food is any sort of Thai food.


Edie: Why do you teach art?

Ms. Shomion: I teach art because I love art so much and I want to make sure all my students also learn to love art. 🧑‍🎨


Edie: What’s your favorite animal?

Ms. Shomion: My favorite animal is an elk; I love their antlers. 🦌


Edie: When is your birthday?

Ms. Shomion: My birthday is in October – the end of October.


Edie: Why do we make nature in art?

Ms. Shomion: We make nature in art because I think nature is so important. It’s important for us to love nature and understand nature and really look and value nature, and so I like to bring that into my art room, so that my students also love nature too. 🌿


Thank you, Ms. Shomion, and HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! 🥳


Envision SPPS

The School Board vote on Envision SPPS was slated for November 16th, but has been postponed to tomorrow, December 1st. The final Public Hearing will take place this evening beginning at 5:30PM with a Special Meeting tomorrow night at 6:05PM for the vote.


Monday night, November 29th, the School Board proposed a Modified Envision Proposal removing LEAP, Highwood Hills, and Wellstone (along with subsequent merges including Riverview, Cherokee Heights, J.J. Hill and Obama schools) from the proposal. This would leave L’etoile du Nord upper and lower campuses, Phalen, Jackson, Maxfield, Parkway, John A Johnson, Bruce Vento, Hamline, Galtier and Capitol Hill on the proposal.


It was a pretty interesting meeting with plenty of confusion added to a complex situation at the eleventh hour. District administrative staff will prepare an analysis of this modified proposal to present at the Wednesday meeting. You can read the full modified proposal here. Video of the meeting (as well as past meetings) is available here.


It is not too late to share your opinions about the Envision SPPS proposal with School Board members so they understand where their constituents stand on this major change to our school district. You can contact them here.

  • Board of Education - Public Hearing on Nov. 30 begins at 5:30 p.m. Sign-up upon arrival; time-limited comments; interpreters on site Location: 360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55102

  • Board of Education - Regular Meeting on Dec. 1 - Expected VOTE -- public comment from 5:30-6 p.m., meeting starts at 6:05 p.m. Open to the public and also live streamed; see here for information on how to sign up for public comment Location: 360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55102

If you would like to watch either of these meetings live, please tune in here at the times listed above.


What's For Lunch?

What's For Breakfast?



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By Edie Garramone

Edie: Question – Why do you do art?

Ms. Shomion: I do art because I love expressing myself and I love creating things with my hands. 👐


Edie: What’s your favorite color?

Ms. Shomion: My favorite color is turquoise.


Edie: What’s your favorite food?

Ms. Shomion: My favorite food is any sort of Thai food.


Edie: Why do you teach art?

Ms. Shomion: I teach art because I love art so much and I want to make sure all my students also learn to love art. 🧑‍🎨


Edie: What’s your favorite animal?

Ms. Shomion: My favorite animal is an elk; I love their antlers. 🦌


Edie: When is your birthday?

Ms. Shomion: My birthday is in October – the end of October.


Edie: Why do we make nature in art?

Ms. Shomion: We make nature in art because I think nature is so important. It’s important for us to love nature and understand nature and really look and value nature, and so I like to bring that into my art room, so that my students also love nature too. 🌿


Thank you, Ms. Shomion, and HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! 🥳




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Give to the Max Day: November 18th!

Next Thursday is the big day. Starting at 12:01AM Minnesotans start the donation extravaganza, Give To the Max Day! We hope those of you who are able to make charitable donations will include SAPSA in your giving plan. All giving for the day goes through GiveMN's website. Our dedicated URL is https://www.givemn.org/organization/Sapsa


Each gift you make during Give to the Max enters you to win money for the causes you support! $500 Golden Tickets will be awarded each day during Early Giving (now through the 17th), and prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes during Give to the Max Day on November 18!


Our direct giving goal for 2021-2022 is $11,600. We expect a large portion of that to come from Give to the Max Day.


PLEASE NOTE: If you work for a large organization or corporation, your employer may have a corporate matching program. SAPSA (St. Anthony Park School Association, ID 411409751) is registered with Benevity. Benevity is the interface most corporations use for matching. You can check with your HR department or employee interface to inquire about matching at your workplace. If your employer does match funds, then we would kindly ask you give through that interface to maximize your donor potential rather than giving through GiveMN. Thanks!


Covid-19 Vaccines Now Available for Children Ages 5-11

Vaccines are now available for elementary school children from ages 5 to 11. Minnesota has set up a website dedicated to getting your child vaccinated clear and accessible. You can visit that website here: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/vaxforkids/


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Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Vaccine Clinics for Ages 5-11:

SPPS is partnering with St Paul-Ramsey County Public Health to offer vaccine clinics to students ages 5-11 at Como Park Elementary (780 Wheelock Pkwy. W.) and Battle Creek Elementary (60 Ruth St. S.).

  • Como Park Elementary will hold a first-dose clinic on November 29 from 3-6 p.m. (November 15 & 22 are full already). Register here.

  • Battle Creek Elementary will hold first-dose clinics on November 23 and 30 from 3-6 p.m. (November 16th is full already). Register here.

  • Patients will receive a date for a second-dose vaccination during their first-dose appointment.

Pop-Up Clinic, On-Site Registration:

The Consulate of Mexico at 797 East 7th Street in Saint Paul (55106) will have pop-up clinics Wednesday afternoons on November 17, 24 and December 1, 8, 15, 22 from 2-6PM. No appointment necessary; on-site registration.


Other useful sites for vaccine availability (based on providers we know are already offering appointments or will be doing so imminently). All sites below offer free vaccinations and most locations are accessible by public transportation.









This year's Spirit Wear features the return of our iconic wolf in celebration of SAPSA's 40th anniversary! For several of our items, you can customize your shirt color and size. Our current campaign closes on November 17th; if you order before the 17th, delivery is estimated by December 8th. Items ship directly to customers. While we may extend our campaign, this is your sure shot way to get these great vintage looks in time for the holidays. The store is here.


Envision SPPS

The School Board vote on Envision SPPS was slated for November 16th, but has been postponed to December 1st. Additional meetings will be happening in the lead up to the vote. This gives us all extra time to share our opinions with School Board members so they understand where their constituents stand on this major change to our school district. You can contact them here to tell them what you think about Envision.


Though SAP is not directly impacted by Envision SPPS, we have been avidly listening to the public sessions. During these sessions, teachers, families and students from impacted schools have been sharing their thoughts and feelings about the proposal. It has been moving and informative. If you would like to listen to recorded sessions, please visit this webpage. November 11th was the most recent public meeting with comments from fellow residents. Upcoming meetings are listed below.

  • Board of Education - Special Meeting on Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Open to the public and also live streamed; no public comment Location: 360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55102

  • Board of Education - Regular Meeting on Nov. 16; public comment from 5:30-6 p.m., meeting starts at 6:05 p.m. Open to the public and also live streamed; see here for information on how to sign up for public comment Location: 360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55102 Board of Education - Public Hearing on Nov. 30 begins at 5:30 p.m. Sign-up upon arrival; time-limited comments; interpreters on site Location: 360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55102 Board of Education - Regular Meeting on Dec. 1 - Expected VOTE -- public comment from 5:30-6 p.m., meeting starts at 6:05 p.m. Open to the public and also live streamed; see here for information on how to sign up for public comment Location: 360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55102


Saint Paul Public Schools Sustainability Engagement Survey

Saint Paul Public Schools recognizes the need for action on conserving resources and protecting our environment. SPPS is currently taking great steps towards increasing energy conservation and efficiency. Energy use and many sustainability issues are tied closely to climate change, and we recognize this is important to our community. Sustainability requires collaboration and collective action. It is crucial to involve students, parents, staff, and community in the process of planning and implementing solutions to address climate change. It should take fewer than 10 minutes to complete this survey. Your responses will be used to help define what sustainability topics are important to the SPPS community and who is essential to be involved. Click here to begin. SAPSA & Advisory Council Meeting Notes & Minutes

We had a pair of spirited meetings this Tuesday night. Thanks to everyone who joined us.


Advisory Council (click for minutes)

Summary of Principal's Update:

  • SAP enrollment is currently at 479 students.

  • BinaxNOW rapid Covid tests are now available; simply ask for one from the school's health office! Testing will not happen on site; families may pick them up and test at home.

  • 3M has donated HEPA filters for every class! This relieves SAPSA of purchasing filters for our first floor classrooms.

  • We had 5 cases of Covid in school in October and 1 so far in November

  • Conferences -- 397 signed up so far (survey was 50/50 as far as preference went for in person v online). Still need to sign-up? Please do so here.

During the meeting we brainstormed ideas for the School Choice Fair on Saturday, January 22 9AM-2PM and discussed the impact of School Board Elections, ARP (American Rescue Plan) Advisory Committee, Envision SPPS and the sustainability survey.


Oh! And we need students to interview teachers for the Wolf Pack Press! Sign 'em up! They can interview a current or former teacher, beloved staff member or even Dr. Duke! https://forms.gle/kmKMHyrjsChWaiM3A


SAPSA General Meeting (click for minutes)

We are recruiting for board leadership for the 2022-2023 school year. Open positions will be: Vice President, Secretary, Communications, Advisory Council Chair, Volunteer Coordinator, Treasurer. If you are interested running for a position, please contact Amy Raddatz at vicepresident@sapsamn.org


Fundraising update:

  • Our bulb sale raised $2,600!

  • Sponsorships for the directory exceeded $700; our printing for the directory was $667 which means that for the second year in a row, we were able to use sponsors to completely cover the cost of the directory.

  • Give to the Max Day is Thursday the 18th.

  • Read-a-Thon Dates, January 10-21

  • Spirit Wear, active through November 18th for delivery by Dec 8 / flyer out with directories

We have had several windfalls this month! Though we approved $8,000 for HEPA filters for first floor classrooms in September, we will not need to make this purchase. 3M has stepped in to provide them. Isn't that fantastic? Also, we were considering a proposal for $4,300 for additional First Grade guided readers. But fortunately, Dr. Duke was able to contact the district and get them to give our students the last remaining set in the warehouse! How great is that?


The BinaxNow rapid kits are also a big win. SAPSA had been providing a modest number for the health office, but now they are widely available due SPPS receiving an allotment from the state.


Our big wonderful conversation of the evening was touch base about what we expect life to look like now that elementary school students can be vaccinated. General consensus is that we are comfortable congregating outside, but that only time will tell how the virus will influence district-level decisions about access to the building for non-students and staff. And so we focused on brainstorming some fun events for the new year including an outdoor Winter Festival which was great fun to imagine together. We will share more information including dates and volunteer opportunities as soon as they are solidified.


What's For Lunch?

What's For Breakfast?

Conferences:

Have you signed up? Please do! Click here.

Wednesday, 11/17 (3-6PM)

Thursday, 11/18 (3-6PM)

Friday, 11/19 (All day) -- NO SCHOOL THIS DAY


Thanksgiving Break:

Thursday, 11/25 -- NO SCHOOL THIS DAY

Friday, 11/26 -- NO SCHOOL THIS DAY








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