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Ninja Anywhere, Friday May 20th: ACTION NEEDED

We have some exciting news for you. Ninja Anywhere is coming to us to host an unforgettable ninja event on 05/20/2022. We have included a link to their website so you can watch an awesome highlight video of their activities. Please take a couple minutes to watch it and then scroll down to complete their waiver. A waiver is REQUIRED to participate in the upcoming events. Please don't put us in the position of having to inform your child that they can not participate because they don't have a waiver completed. It would be way too sad! Thank you. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about our upcoming ninja event.


We need a signed waiver from every student at the school. Click and select "Adult and Minors" (blue button on bottom right) and "Private Event" for the event date:


https://app.cleverwaiver.com/render/templateByRefId/5e535d234123a1000d3bc4e7?groupId=e2iZGS2Y


It would be awesome to get everyone taken care of before the day of the event, so please do it straightaway! If you require translation or assistance signing the waiver, please reach out to president@sapsamn.org


Here's the backstory on this event. Back in early 2020, Ms. Paulsen pitched the idea of having a mobile Ninja course come visit the school for the day. From her proposal back in 2020, here is what Ms. Paulsen said:

I have been to a ninja gym in Roseville and talked with students at SAP that have taken their courses. These students are so proud of themselves! They show off their callouses as a badge of honor and are proud of the skills they attain. I think that the set up Ninja Anywhere brings to us provides for all skill levels and abilities . They have great reviews and have experience making the day the best for all involved. I think kids need to move more everyday and I think that team sports are only one way to accomplish this. Students need to have experience with all types of "physical education". This ninja warrior sport can be great for kids who learn more through individual sports and activities.

We loved the idea and agreed to fund it, but stinking Covid kept getting in the way of actually scheduling the event. But now it's nearly here! During the day May 20th, kids will get an hour by grade to have a blast. THANK YOU, MS. PAULSEN!!!! Did you sign the waiver yet (click here and select "Adult and Minors")


Notes from SAPSA Meeting on Monday, April 18th

Principal's Update:

Dr. Duke shared that we will be getting a Vice Principal next year! The school's 2022-2023 budget is expected at some point in the next few weeks. Advisory Council is saving the dates for May 3rd and May 10th for meetings to share and discuss that budget information with the school community.


We also discussed a plan to welcome families into for Family Fridays where families can accompany students in to the school in the morning then segue into coffee time in the cafeteria after classes begin. More information and details forthcoming.


Updates from board and committee members:

  • Thank you for stock up items for the staffroom. SAPSA provided lunch for teachers for the conferences. We will continue to periodically stock up and are planning a full week of appreciate on Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6.

  • SAPSA is looking ahead to 2022-2023. We will be sending out a questionnaire to touch base with all of you about volunteering for next year. We will send this home with the kids and ask you to take some time filling them out and return to us. Please expect in May.

  • SAPSA is $4,000 away from hitting our income budget. We have brought in $40,000 and our adjusted operating budget of $44,000. We will, however, be voting on our Q4 budget which will be loaded with funding for field trips, community events and end of the year celebrations; accordingly, we expect our actual budget spends to come in higher than anticipated.

  • Plant Sale (May 10-12) will be our last major fundraiser of the year. We have received $11,000 in presales! Volunteer opportunities will be out next week.

  • The school picnic will happen during lunch periods either May 11 or 12th.

  • Spring Carnival (May 13) will be free children under 12 and siblings of students. It will not be a fundraiser this year. More details below.

  • Ninja Anywhere: Did you sign the waiver yet?

  • The School Talent Show will take place Friday, May 20th at Murray Middle School. More details to come.

  • Funds recently approved: $4,000 for 5th Grade trip to Wilderness Inquiry, $350 to each 3rd grade teacher for a grade-wide trip to Mill City Museum, $225 for noise canceling headphones, $75 for May Baskets. We are looking forward to additional end of the year requests including 2nd grade trip to Saints game.

  • Yearbooks will be handled by a new vendor this year which will reduce overall cost and deliver before the end of the school year. We will again ask that yearbooks are handled by donations with the balance paid by SAPSA.


All About Spring Carnival

As noted above, the Spring Carnival will not be a fundraiser this year. After a few rough years due to Covid, SAPSA is dedicated to community building this year and next so we can connect with each other and for kids to have plain old unfettered fun. FUN and PLAY is a central component of childhood. So we are taking a break from mixing fundraising and community events for a little while.


In practice, this means that kids (siblings and all kids under 12) will not pay for dinner, races or games at the Spring Carnival; they will win tickets from playing games that they can then use to get treats or a chance to win prizes. It's that simple.


On the menu: frankfurters (Kosher/Halal available), chips, fruit and drinks. Everyone is welcome to partake! We will be sending out an rsvp to try to get a hot take on the right amount, so keep an eye out. Treats will be popsicles, popcorn and candy.


So what will cost money and what should attendees be prepared for?

  • Well, not every one is into frankfurters! You know what works for your family best. So, you are welcome to bring a picnic! You can also purchase dinner from food trucks. We'll have a full list as confirmations come in. Food trucks kick in a donation to us, so it's kind of like a Dine-Out Night!

  • Scholastic Book Fair! This will be happening inside the school while the carnival goes on outside. Please plan to carve out time to take a break from the loudness outside, to visit our very own pop-up bookstore inside the library. Proceeds will go to making books available to students at the read-a-thon and improving our school library. Cash/cards.

  • There will be a raffle for adults; all proceeds will go to off-set the cost of the festival. Cash/cards.

That's it in a nutshell. The carnival is open to friends and family; we ask that bigger kids, teens and adults consider volunteering and stay focused on yard games while we make space for the littler folk play the classic carnival games. We will be telling you all about the ways to lift a hand next week. Stay tuned!

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Calendar

May 10th SAPSA & AC Meetings

May 10th Board Elections

May 10-12th Plant Sale

May 10-12th School Picnic (lunchtime)

May 13th Spring Carnival (outside)

May 20th Ninja Anywhere (School day) Did you sign the waiver yet?

May 20th Talent Show (Evening, Murray Middle School)

May 30th Memorial Day (No School)

June 2 Field Day (June 3 rain date)

June 2 Fifth Grade Celebration

June 7th Fifth Grade Celebration (RAIN DATE)

June 10th Last Day of School

July 31st – End of 2021-2022 Fiscal Year and Current Board Positions

August 1st – Start of 2022-2023 Fiscal Year and New Board Assume Positions

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Monthly SAPSA Meeting Rescheduled To April 18th

Due to scheduling conflicts, we have rescheduled tonight's monthly SAPSA meeting to next Monday, April 18th at 7PM at St. Anthony Park Elementary School Library (In-Person). Please join us! All are welcome and it is an excellent way to get a sense of what is going on at the school, meet other members of the school community and learn of opportunities to get involved. Masks are required in SPPS buildings.


This month, we will be discussing field trips (in particular 5th grade field trips) as well as upcoming events (Plant Sale, Book Fair, Spring Carnival, Ninja Anywhere).


With the many upcoming events, we are going to need a ton of help. We are going to need as many hands on deck as possible and will have a variety of ways for you to lend a hand. Please look for the first of those sign-ups in next week's Wolf Pack Press.

PLANT SALE PRESALE --

Our Plant Sale Presale ends this Wednesday, April 13th. It is a great way to support our school and receive bulk rates on your plants! Orders will be available for pick-up Tuesday, May 10th. The tent sale will take place May 11-12.


You can order at https://sapsaplants.square.site/




Thank You!

Your generous contributions resulted in over 1,200 items being donated to the International Institute of Minnesota. The chart to your right breaks down what you donated. But in addition to those items, you also gave conditioner, shaving cream, floss, pads (pack of 20), body wash, face cleanser, Lotion – body, hand sanitizer, bath salts, Chapstick, face masks, hair styling product, mouth wash, sponge, hair bands, wipes, baby wipes, Kleenex, loofah, Q-tips, disinfecting wipes, baby oil, Covid test, thermometer. Well done, everyone!

What's For Lunch?

What's For Breakfast?

Calendar

April 15th Digital Learning Day

April 18th SAPSA Monthly Meeting in person at school library

May 1st Board Nominee Deadline

May 10th SAPSA & AC Meetings

May 10th Board Elections

May 10-12th Plant Sale

May 13th Spring Carnival (outside)

May 20th Ninja Anywhere

May 30th Memorial Day (No School)

June 2 Fifth Grade Celebration

June 7th Fifth Grade Celebration (RAIN DATE)

June 10th Last Day of School

July 31st – End of 2021-2022 Fiscal Year and Current Board Positions

August 1st – Start of 2022-2023 Fiscal Year and New Board Assume Positions

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Updated: Mar 30

Happy Spring Break!

A reminder that Spring Break is next week. There will be no school Monday April 4 to Friday April 8th. We hope those of you who travel, have a safe journey. To those of you who will be keeping it close to home, please have a restful week and enjoy the early stages of spring here in the Twin Cities. Two reminders:

  1. Tuesday, April 12th Advisory Council (5PM)and SAPSA (7PM) will have their monthly meetings. This is the Tuesday right when we return from break.

  2. Friday, April 15th is a Digital Learning Day.

 

Plant Sale Presale -- NOW LIVE!

Speaking of signs of spring, you can help support our school and dream of summer at the same time because the SAPSA Plant Sale Online Presale is now open for business! Preordering ensures you shop from the largest selection and with a bulk discount. Please visit sapsaplants.square.site to make your preorder selections. You will be able to pick up your order on Tuesday, May 10th.


Save the Date:

SAP Elementary Annual Plant Sale

Wednesday & Thursday, May 11th & 12th

Shop veggies, herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, baskets, seeds and more at Langford Park!

 

Amazing Job, Young Scientists!

Congratulations to all the young scientists who shared their work Monday night at the Science Fair. Special thanks to volunteers who provided feedback to students and helped with the event. Your time and attention is valued and we are grateful for you. Thank you, especially, to Mr. Schrankler & Ms. Walsh who dedicates countless hours to our students and helped guide them through their projects from conception to completion. Bravo to all!

 

Last Chance: Donations for International Institute


This is the final week to bring in donations for the International Institute of MN. Your donations will go directly to welcome new families to Minnesota! Please drop off donations in the collection box in the SAP school entry through Friday, April 1.


Full Size Toiletries Needed:

Package of toilet paper

Shampoo

Conditioner

Liquid hand soap (in pump dispenser)

Bar soap for bathing

Deodorant

Razors and shaving cream for men

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

*travel size toiletries are not preferred


The International Institute of MN, located just east of St. Anthony Park at 1694 Como Ave, has resettled more than 25,000 refugees to MN since the U.S. refugee resettlement program began in 1974. Questions? Reach out to larabollweg@yahoo.com or carabmelvin@gmail.com

 

We are now offering Every Meal (bags of food). If you are interested in having your child bring home a FREE bag of nonperishable food on the last day of every week. Would you like to sign up?

You may also let your child’s teacher know, or email our school counselor, Megan Rinn, at megan.rinn@spps.org

 

Thank You!

Many thanks to all the families who brought in snacks, beverages and treats to stock up the staff room last week during conferences. Your contributions were enthusiastically appreciated by teachers and staff! SAPSA also provided sandwiches from Nelson's and donuts from La Marguerite Boulangerie for teachers and staff on Friday.


Lost & Found

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What's For Lunch?

What's For Breakfast?



Calendar

April 1st School Spirit Day (Pajama Day)

April 4-8th Spring Break (No school)

April 12th SAPSA & AC Meetings

April 15th Digital Learning Day

May 1st Board Nominee Deadline

May 10th SAPSA & AC Meetings

May 10th Board Elections

May 10-12th Plant Sale

May 13th Spring Carnival (outside)

May 20th Ninja Anywhere

May 30th Memorial Day (No School)

June 2 Fifth Grade Celebration

June 7th Fifth Grade Celebration (RAIN DATE)

June 10th Last Day of School

July 31st – End of 2021-2022 Fiscal Year and Current Board Positions

August 1st – Start of 2022-2023 Fiscal Year and New Board Assume Positions

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