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Updated: Dec 8, 2021


Looking for a fun activity to keep your kids busy over the winter break and help another student? The Tie Blanket Project is back again this year! The blankets will go to homeless youth in the St. Paul Public School's shelter program, Project Reach. NEW THIS YEAR: we have a limited number of fleece material kits, so you have everything you need to get tying. They are available for purchase for $17 here at https://project-reach-blanket-drive.square.site Pre-purchased kits can be picked up at your convenience at SAP on Thursday, 12/16 or Friday 12/17 from 3-6pm each day (if those times don't work, we welcome you to acquire your own fabric). We also have a few kits available at no-cost for families who need it - click purchase the link above and choose the "sponsored" option. Your family is also welcome to go to a craft store, buy fleece materials and follow the instructions posted here. Donations of new TWIN size blankets are also appreciated.


All blankets should be returned to SAP January 3-11th in boxes in the main entrance.


Please watch for a sign-up for kit distribution volunteers coming soon! Any questions, please contact Larabollweg@yahoo.com.


Donations Needed & Thank You

A hearty Thank You to everyone who has already made donations or plans to bring in items!


As you can imagine of an elementary school, lots of things can happen to clothing in the course of a day for our students! Our Health Office has put together a list of items that are needed on hand to make sure our students are never left uncomfortable during their school day. We need an assortment of clothing, from sweatpants and long sleeved shirts to shoes and can accept gently used or new items. As you are preparing your student's items for Monday, perhaps you will find some items to donate?


Here is our list with the specific items that are needed. Please use the sign-up so we do not inundate the Health Office with unnecessary items: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084da4ac2da0fa7-clothing

Items can be left with Rosaleigh Minder in the Health Office. If students bring donations with them to school in the morning, they can bring items to the Health Office. Donations brought to school after 2:15 may be left in the isolation room or at the front desk with Michele Brinkhaus.

If your student is in need of warm winter clothing, please reach out to Rosaleigh Minder at the Health Office at rosaleigh.minder@spps.org


Staff Spotlight: Ms Davies

By Maeve Gudmastad


Maeve: What’s your favorite color?

Ms. Davies: Oh my, that’s tough. But, my favorite color is green.


Maeve: Okay, what’s your favorite animal?

Ms. Davies: My favorite animal…I love dogs.


Maeve: Okay, do you have any pets?

Ms. Davies: Yes, I have a pet dog named Earl.


Maeve: Okay, what’s your lucky number?

Ms. Davies: Hmmm that’s a good one. It’s 23 because it was the day I was born and the day my dad was born, in different months.


Maeve: What are your favorite things to do?

Ms. Davies: I like to walk with my friends in the neighborhood. I love to cook, and I love to play my flute in a trio.


Maeve: What is your favorite food?

Ms. Davies: Ooooh, that’s a tough one. I love soups of all kind, and with lots of garlic.


Maeve: What do you like about your job?

Ms. Davies: Hmmm, just about everything. I love coming into the classrooms and teaching lessons. I like helping students find out that they are really good problem solvers. I like watching students grow up because I usually get to see you from kindergarten through fifth grade and see what great people you’ve become!


Maeve: What is your favorite book?

Ms. Davies: Oh, I have so many! Let’s see…I’m just trying to think. I think I do love To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s one of my favorites.


Maeve: Who is in your family?

Ms. Davies: In my family that lives in my house is my husband. My boys don’t live with me anymore but I have two boys. One is 22, his name is Henry. And Owen is 25. And my husband Mark is older than dirt. He’s in his fifties. But you know, I’m over 100! Those are very good questions! Thank you, Maeve!


Maeve: Bye!

Envision SPPS

On December 1, 2021, the Board of Education voted to approve Envision SPPS with some changes to the original recommendations; the votes were 5 yes votes and 2 no votes.

At the end of school year 2021-22:

  • Cherokee Heights Montessori program relocates and merges at J.J. Hill Montessori and Cherokee Heights reopens as a community school.

  • J.J. Hill Montessori relocates to the Obama site once remodeling is complete either fall 2024 or fall 2025

  • Galtier Elementary School closes and merges at Hamline.

  • John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary closes and merges at Bruce Vento.

  • Jackson Preparatory Elementary School community program closes and merges at Maxfield.

  • Jackson Preparatory Elementary School Hmong Language merges at Phalen Lake.

  • L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion (LNFI) lower closes and merges at the LNFI upper campus.

  • Parkway Montessori and Community Middle School closes and reopens as the Hmong Language Immersion and Culture Program upper campus (to Phalen Lake’s lower campus).

  • Riverview West Side School of Excellence community program closes and merges at Cherokee.

At the end of school year 2022-23:

  • Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary will close.

At the start of school year 2025-26:

  • Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented’s enrollment pathway will be expanded from Highland Park High School to other high schools so that students can attend their community high schools.

Please note the approved plan includes the following changes to the original recommendations:

  • Highwood Hills Elementary will not close and will remain open due to the neighborhood’s geographic isolation.

  • Wellstone Spanish Dual Immersion and BioSmart programs will remain open due to that site currently having a sustainable student enrollment size.

  • LEAP High School will not close to assess how to make this unique program more sustainable and financially aligned to its small student enrollment.

Vaccine Availability

Mall of America: https://my.primary.health/r/vaxmn

Wednesday, December 15th at New Brighton Community Center, 3-6PM. Make an appointment.

Monday, December 20th at Como Park Elementary, 3 - 6 p.m. Make an appointment.

Tuesday, December 21st at Battle Creek Elementary, 3-6PM. Make an appointment.



What's For Lunch?

What's For Breakfast?

Upcoming Dates

  • Advisory Council, Tuesday, December 14th at 5PM via Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/7641657735

  • SAPSA General Meeting, Tuesday, December 14th at 7PM via Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/7641657735

  • Friday, December 17th is Schools Spirit Day. The theme is Mismatched/Wacky/Backwards Day!

  • Winter break starts at the end of the school day on Friday, December 17th. Students have no classes December 20-31 and return to school on Monday, January 3rd.

  • Monday, January 10th -- Read-a-Thon begins

  • Monday, January 17th -- MLK JR Day, No School

  • Friday, January 20th -- Read-a-Thon ends

  • Thursday, January 27th is School Spirit Day. The theme is Beach Day!

  • Friday, January 28th -- Professional Development Day, No School

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By Maeve Gudmastad



Maeve: What’s your favorite color?


Ms. Davies: Oh my, that’s tough. But, my favorite color is green.


Maeve: Okay, what’s your favorite animal?


Ms. Davies: My favorite animal…I love dogs.


Maeve: Okay, do you have any pets?


Ms. Davies: Yes, I have a pet dog named Earl.


Maeve: Okay, what’s your lucky number?


Ms. Davies: Hmmm that’s a good one. It’s 23 because it was the day I was born and the day my dad was born, in different months.


Maeve: What are your favorite things to do?


Ms. Davies: I like to walk with my friends in the neighborhood. I love to cook, and I love to play my flute in a trio.


Maeve: What is your favorite food?


Ms. Davies: Ooooh, that’s a tough one. I love soups of all kind, and with lots of garlic.


Maeve: What do you like about your job?


Ms. Davies: Hmmm, just about everything. I love coming into the classrooms and teaching lessons. I like helping students find out that they are really good problem solvers. I like watching students grow up because I usually get to see you from kindergarten through fifth grade and see what great people you’ve become!


Maeve: What is your favorite book?


Ms. Davies: Oh, I have so many! Let’s see…I’m just trying to think. I think I do love To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s one of my favorites.


Maeve: Who is in your family?


Ms. Davies: In my family that lives in my house is my husband. My boys don’t live with me anymore but I have two boys. One is 22, his name is Henry. And Owen is 25. And my husband Mark is older than dirt. He’s in his fifties. But you know, I’m over 100! Those are very good questions! Thank you, Maeve!


Maeve: Bye!


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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.


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