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Elections! Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Education, Tuesday 11/2

On November 2nd, voters in Saint Paul will fill four of the seven seats on the Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Education. The school board is responsible for the care, management, and control of the school district. The League of Women Voters of Saint Paul is hosting a forum on Wednesday evening where you can learn more about the candidates and their plans and priorities. The forum will begin at 7pm and can be seen live on Channel 19 or via livestream on YouTube at this link: https://youtu.be/I5Rr_6cZjsU.


Please also note: Tuesday 11/2 is a Digital Learning Day!

Bulb Sale: Only Ten More Days!

Fall Bulb Sale, Order by October 15th


We have raised $1,641 so far! We have a little over two weeks to hit our target of $5,000. Please share this link widely with your friends and family. Bulbs will ship directly to customers anywhere in the US! Click here.


Fundraisers like our bulb sale help fund materials for classrooms, field trips, teacher stipends, and numerous other enrichment opportunities for our students.

School Directories

Thank you to everyone who has already filled out their forms! We now have 310 out of around 500 responses. We will be sending out paper forms for anyone who needs to fill out their form that way, but digitally makes things much easier! Please fill out one form per child:

The St. Anthony Park Elementary School Directory (aka "the Buzzbook") is the main resource for student and teacher contact information. It includes class and staff lists, as well as SAPSA, Advisory Council and district contact information.


Every family will receive a copy. You are not required to submit your contact information for the directory, but we encourage you to do so! You may include as much or as little information as you choose. It’s a great way for the kids to connect with classmates and friends and for families to reach out to each other.


Your information will never be shared with or sold to 3rd parties. It will be included in the directory and used for occasional SAPSA communications.


What's For Lunch?

What's For Breakfast?

Calendar Notes

Please join us for our monthly meetings next week. We will share agendas next week.


Both meetings will be available via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/7641657735

  • Advisory Council Monthly Meeting / Tuesday, October 12, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

  • SAPSA Monthly Meeting / Tuesday, October 12, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

No School Days Thursday, 10/21 Friday, 10/22 Friday, 10/29 Friday, 11/19 Thursday, 11/25 Friday, 11/26 Digital Learning Day Tuesday, 11/2 Election Day Tuesday, 11/2 Conferences Wednesday, 11/17 (3-6PM) Thursday, 11/18 (3-6PM) Friday, 11/19 (All day) Thanksgiving Break Thursday, 11/25 Friday, 11/26




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School Directories, Due October 1st

Please make sure to fill out this form to be included in the annual school directory. Please fill out one form per child:

The St. Anthony Park Elementary School Directory (aka "the Buzzbook") is the main resource for student and teacher contact information. It includes class and staff lists, as well as SAPSA, Advisory Council and district contact information.


Every family will receive a copy. You are not required to submit your contact information for the directory, but we encourage you to do so! You may include as much or as little information as you choose. It’s a great way for the kids to connect with classmates and friends and for families to reach out to each other.


Your information will never be shared with or sold to 3rd parties. It will be included in the directory and used for occasional SAPSA communications.


Fall Bulb Sale, Order by October 15th


We have raised $1,264 so far! We have a little over two weeks to hit our target of $5,000. Please share this link widely with your friends and family. Bulbs will ship directly to customers anywhere in the US! Click here.



Thank You!

This Saturday, many volunteers came out to help with our annual school clean-up. We trimmed trees, planted bulbs, watered, mulched and hauled several loads of yard waste away! We were happy to make new friends and very proud of how much hard work the kids put in to making their school yard spiffy. They were especially great at filling and pushing heavy loads of mulch in wheel barrows to the correct spots in the yard! Lots of teamwork and encouragement was on display. And you will never guess it, but every single donut was gobbled up!


Particular thanks to Dina Kountoupes who taught us which plants were keepers and which were weeds and for guiding us on the more intricate gardening work that needed to be done! We are grateful for all the work she does during the year.



Staff Spotlight

Which teacher loves sushi and white Siberian tigers? This staff member also loves learning and teaching about plants and has some of the most colorful hair at SAP! She's an avid hiker, knitter, and is looking forward to the beautiful fall foliage. Any guesses? It's Ms. Walsh, St. Anthony Park's Active Inquiry teacher! She was recently interviewed by two of her students and you can learn more about Ms. Walsh by reading their interview here.


Would your student like to interview a SAP staff member? Please fill out this form to get started!


Outdoor Lunch Survey

We are thankful for your participation in last week's survey. We received 165 responses of which 136 supported outdoor lunches and 29 did not. We were able to recruit 45 volunteers to work lunch shifts through November. Principal Duke has decided that even with this additional people-power in place, outdoor lunch poses too many logistical hurdles in regards to student and staff safety and routine to be feasible this fall. Thank you to those who advocated for outdoor lunches and to the volunteers who put their hats in to help. Thank you, in particular, to Hans Thomsen who quickly mobilized volunteers last week in the event that this concept could launch.


What's For Lunch?


What's For Breakfast?


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Adeline: What is your favorite thing about a new school year?

Ms. Walsh: I love getting to see how much people have changed over the summer. Like getting to look at the first graders that were kindergarteners last year and my second graders who were first graders last year and how much you've changed in just a few months.

Sera: What is your favorite Science topic?

Ms. Walsh: I absolutely love teaching about plants. I think it's a lot of fun because I think plants are really interesting and sometimes they get called the boring subject, but I think they're fascinating.

Adeline: What inspired you to let your students decide your hair color.

Ms. Walsh: I had a lot of people in my life tell me that I couldn't color my hair or anything that wasn't a normal hair color and I was like, nah I'm over that and so I like having fun hair and I thought it would be fun to let you guys pick. And you guys picked really fun combos.

Sera: Do you have any pets? Like if you do have any pets maybe you should bring them and maybe we could see them.

Ms. Walsh: Well, I'm not gonna bring Jada the cat into the classroom, because she is not a huge fan of people that are not her people.

Sera: Probably because um, if I touched her then I have to wash my hands before I went home because my dad's allergic to cats.

Ms. Walsh: Yeah. Jada was a rescue cat. So, she likes to be with her people and no one else.

Adeline: What's your favorite animal?

Ms. Walsh: I love tigers. I think they're really cool, um white Siberian tigers I think are the prettiest, but all tigers are cool.

Sera: What are we most likely to find you doing on Saturday morning?

Ms. Walsh: Sleeping in much later than I meant to and then knitting.

Adeline: ooOOo

Adeline: What is your favorite book?

Ms. Walsh: Ooo, when I read this was one of your questions, it was a really hard question for me because I have so many favorite books.But one of my favorite books, especially when I was your age, were the American Girl books. I really loved those. They were a lot of fun.

Sera: I love American Girl doll books too!

Ms. Walsh: I begged my parents for American Girl dolls, they wouldn't let me have one.

Sera: What is your favorite time of year?

Ms. Walsh: Fall actually, I love it when the leaves start changing and I love it when it's a little cool.

Adeline: Me too.

Sera: I love spring, because spring is when it starts getting warmer and there are a lot of fun things like Easter, my birthday, and we do some things for the groundhog.

Adeline: I like summer and fall, too.

Ms. Walsh: Yeah.

Adeline: Do you have a favorite outdoor activity?

Ms. Walsh: I do! I love hiking. I'm a huge hiking fan. In fact, I actually just completed a virtual race and I just got my ribbon from that and I'm actually going to bring it into school, so you'll get to see it soon.

Adeline: Ooo!

Sera: Wow! That's great!.

Sera: This is the last question. Last but not least! What do you love to eat?

Ms. Walsh: My favorite food is sushi. It has always been my favorite. Well, not always, but it's been my favorite since I started eating it.

Sera: I love sushi. When I tried it I loved it so much, even though avocado is in sushi, which I hate avocados, but I still loved it.

Ms; Walsh: But it tastes good in sushi!

Sera: Yeah! I know!

Ms. Walsh: All right, we know her favorite food. What's your favorite food?

Adeline: I like... Caprese salad and beans.

Ms. Walsh: Oh, good choice.


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