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The students at St. Anthony Park Elementary received a very special message of encouragement this morning from the friendly, neighborhood, library-loving, vivacious, vocabulary-powered superhero, WORDGIRL!!!!!! WOW! We had no idea our enthusiastic reading during the 15th Annual Read-A-Thon was generating so much energy we are detectible from outer space!!!!


There are just two more days to read, read, read, read, read! Log sheets and cash/check pledges are due back at school on Friday. Is your child out of school? Simply email with your child's total minutes and any questions to shep0186@umn.edu. By far the easiest way to collect pledges this year is online at https://www.givemn.org/story/Read2022 Our young readers have already received $2,995 in pledges and read over 100,000 minutes!!!! Only $5,105 remains to hit our target of $8,100.

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Funk

Duncan Peterson sat down with his pal, Mr. Funk, to ask him ten questions. Here is their exchange!


Duncan: I have ten questions for you.

Mr. Funk: Alright! I’m pretty tired but I’ll try to get through all ten of them!

Duncan: What’s your favorite color and why?

Mr. Funk: Okay, my favorite color is green. I think when I was little-er, my favorite color was green because I liked Notre Dame football which I don’t like now. In fact I don’t like it very much at all. But green has stayed my favorite color and so now I just like the color. Like the grass is green and the palm trees are green and I don’t like winter so I think that is why green is my favorite color, still.

Duncan: I disagree, but okay.

Mr. Funk: What’s your favorite color?

Duncan: Purple, for the Vikings.

Mr. Funk: Purple is good. I like purple. It’s not my favorite. I’m just trying to be honest with you!

Duncan: What’s your favorite sports team?

Mr. Funk: (Tugging on the sleeve of Duncan’s Twins shirt) Minnesota Twins! That’s my favorite sports team! You already knew that one, right? How about you? The Vikings, still?

Duncan: The Timberwolves.

Mr. Funk: Timberwolves? Are you still playing basketball a lot?

Duncan: Yeah.

Mr. Funk: Good! But for sure the Twins are my favorite.


Duncan: Who’s your favorite baseball player?

Mr. Funk: Is it ever, or like now?

Duncan: Ever!

Mr. Funk: Kirby Puckett is my favorite ever because he was really good, really fun, and he won not one, [but] two world championships for my favorite team. That’s pretty good. Unfortunately I think that’s the best it’s [ever] going to get!


Duncan: What’s your favorite song?

Mr. Funk: Oh boy, I don’t know. Let’s see…boy that’s a tough one. I like so much music I can’t think of a favorite one today. I like Bob Dylan a lot as a singer/songwriter so I’ll say that instead of a song. But I like all sorts of songs, you know that. Sorry I can’t do better than that. You stumped me!


Duncan: Sweet or salty?

Mr. Funk: Okay, I do like sweet but salty.


Duncan: Why do you have a tortoise?

Mr. Funk: I have a tortoise because kids like pets and I got him for my wife and daughter and he doesn’t shed, he doesn’t bark, he doesn’t bite, and kids love him. So that’s why I kept him all these years because he’s awesome. I used to have gerbils and hamsters and they were much more problematic than a tortoise, more issues. Does that make sense?

Duncan: Yes.


Duncan: What’s your favorite winter activity?

Mr. Funk: Counting down the days until summer is my favorite winter activity. And then…the snow is pretty. I don’t know, maybe Christmas because of my family? When I was your age, I played hockey, I played basketball, it’s just taken the best of me, this winter stuff. I used to ski and I ride my bike in the winter still, but it’s not fun, and I just really look forward to spring. Sorry, that’s kind of a non-answer. It’s kind of a negative response.


Duncan: What’s your favorite thing about being a teacher?

Mr. Funk: I think the kids are by far my favorite thing. Working with kids and getting to know them. And sometimes you get to know their families and sisters and brothers. So for sure that’s my favorite thing is getting to know people. And in my job they’re 8 or 9, but they’re still people. That’s my favorite part.


Duncan: What do you do in your free time?

Mr. Funk: Well, I like to read. I play guitar, like you. I have been doing that a lot lately, actually. And then I usually ride my bike. That’s been harder lately. I am going to ride it inside tonight. So, read, play guitar, and then before Covid I used to travel a lot. And I am starting to travel again, a little bit. I used to go out more with my friends and stuff but I don’t do that as much anymore. I miss doing that.


Duncan: Last question. Jackie Robinson or Kirby Puckett?

Mr. Funk: Okay, Jackie Robinson is more important, but Kirby was my favorite player. Does that make sense? Can I pick both of them?...I’ll go with Kirby, because he’s my favorite, but Jackie did things that Kirby couldn’t do because Jackie went through so much. Some people would say that without Jackie, maybe Kirby would never have got his shot…So, Jackie was super important and was a really good baseball player, but Kirby is my favorite player, so I’ll answer it that way.


Mr. Funk: Alright, thanks for the interview! Cool!


Vaccine Clinics:

County, state and community partners are hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics at SPPS schools for kids ages 5 and older and those ages 12 and older who qualify for booster shots (must be 6 months after your second COVID-19 vaccine). Students who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact and do not have any symptoms.

  • Every Friday: Gordon Parks High School (1212 W. University Ave.) from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Vaccines are available for students ages 12 and older. Booster shots are available.

  • 1/20: SPPS Administration Building (360 Colborne St.) from 3-6 p.m. Register here.

  • 2/2: Mississippi Creative Arts (1575 L' Orient St.) from 5-7:30 p.m. No appointment needed.

St Paul-Ramsey County Public Health also has vaccine clinics at the following locations:

  • Arlington Hills Community Center (1200 Payne Ave.)

  • Consulate of Mexico (797 E. Seventh St.)

  • Oxford Community Center (270 Lexington Pkwy. N.)

  • New Brighton Community Center (400 10th St. N.W., New Brighton)

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

What's For Lunch?

What's For Breakfast?

Key Dates

January 21st Read-a-Thon logs due to classroom teachers

January 22nd School Choice Fair CANCELED

January 27th School Spirit Day (Beach Day) and Read-a-Thon Assembly

January 28th Professional Development Day (No School)

February 8th SAPSA & AC Meetings

February 21st– Presidents’ Day (No School)

February 25th School Spirit Day (Hat Day)

February 26th St. Anthony Park Winter Festival

March 4th Conference Prep Day (No School)

March 8th SAPSA & AC Meetings

March 23-24 Conferences 3-6PM

March 25th Conferences AM & PM (No School)

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 11-13th Plant Sale

May 13th Spring Carnival (outside)

May 20th Ninja Anywhere

May 30th Memorial Day (No School)

TBD Fifth grade celebration

June 10th Last Day of School

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St. Anthony Park's 15th Annual Read-a-Thon, January 10-20

We had a great launch to this year's Read-a-Thon this Monday! In case your child missed it, or you'd like to watch, here is the Read-a-Thon kick-off video from Monday. Our goal is 195,000 minutes and word on the street is that students are reading up a storm at home and school. If you need a back up version of materials, please check out our website at ww.sapsamn.org/read-a-thon


Pledges are rolling in already! If you would like to encourage friends and family from near and far to sponsor your student, we will be accepting cash and checks. But the easiest way to support your student is online! Donate here: https://www.givemn.org/story/Read2022

We hope you will help support your student by snuggling up for a read-a-loud, borrowing books from the library or simply encouraging

them when they are reading and helping them logging their minutes. Our collective goal is to get lost in books that activate our hearts and minds so we can foster a love for reading this winter and have some while doing it together.


And when we hit our goal? Dr. Duke will transform into a Super Reader all day!


Follow Us On Social Media! Click the icon to follow!

Please follow SAPSA on social media! Yes, you are seeing it right -- we have two Instagram handles. Our main handle is www.instagram.com/saintanthonyparkelementary and we have another handle for Lost & Found www.instagram.com/lostandfoundsap


Our Slack channel is a great tool for communicating about school matters with other parents. You do need to download the app, but there is a desktop version available, if that is your preference. The invite is good for the next 30 days: https://join.slack.com/t/sapfamilies/shared_invite/zt-11qrk815t-sJVpJag_gPr8moWZR~r38w


Speaking of Lost & Found . . . Are These Yours?

Please reach out to secretary@sapsamn.org or DM instagram.com/lostandfoundsap to be reunited with your stuff. Many more items on the Instagram page!

Thank You For Your Generous Blanket Donations!

Thank you to all the families who donated to our Blanket Drive to benefit Project Reach. We are proud of the work our students did to contribute to this important cause and to their families for supporting the project.


Thank you also to parents, Cara Melvin and Lara Bollweg, for organizing our first service project of the year. We look forward to a few more opportunities to give back to our community this spring!



Get Vaccinated, Skip Quarantine

Fully vaccinated persons do not have to quarantine! You will still be notified if your vaccinated child was a close contact, but they will not have to stay home. Please have your child vaccinated against COVID-19!! Saint Paul Public Schools is offering free vaccine clinics on January 13, 20, 22, and February 2 at various district sites. You register, and find a list of other vaccine locations, at this website: https://www.spps.org/covidvaccine.


Ramsey County also has great vaccine resources: https://www.ramseycounty.us/covid-19-info/covid-19-vaccine


Need To Be Tested For Covid?

https://www.ramseycounty.us/covid-19-info/covid-19-testing


The Roy Wilkins Auditorium at 175 W Kellogg Blvd has expanded testing and offers testing by appointments or walk-in.

  • Saliva or rapid test.

  • Rapid test open to ages 2+.

  • OPEN: January 17.

  • CLOSED: January 28, 30, 31.

  • Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Schedule an appointment or walk in.

Meetings


What's For Lunch?

What's For Breakfast?

Upcoming Dates

January 3-11, Blanket Drive/Project Reach (Leave donations at box near front entrance)

January 10-20th Read-a-Thon 2022

January 17th MLK Jr Day (No School)

January 18th, Advisory Council Meeting at 5PM via Zoom

January 22nd School Choice Fair (Saturday, 9:30AM start at St. Paul River Center)

January 27th School Spirit Day (Beach Day) and Read-a-Thon Assembly

January 28th Professional Development Day (No School)

February 8th SAPSA & AC Meetings

February 21st– Presidents’ Day (No School)

February 25th School Spirit Day (Hat Day)

February 26th St. Anthony Park Winter Festival (Tentative)

March 4th Conference Prep Day (No School)

March 8th SAPSA & AC Meetings

March 23-24 Conferences 3-6PM

March 25th Conferences AM & PM (No School)

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 11-13th Plant Sale

May 13th Spring Carnival (outside)

May 20th Ninja Anywhere

May 30th Memorial Day (No School)

TBD Fifth grade celebration

June 10th Last Day of School


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Welcome to 2022! We hope your year will be filled with great learning opportunities, plenty of exciting adventures, good health and friendships old and new.


We'd like to start this week's Wolf Pack Press with a note of appreciation for our Nurse's Office staff who are working above and beyond the call to service this year. The below text was written by SAP parent and Library TA, Lauren Renner; the sentiment is from us all.


These days a call from the nurse’s office at school is the last thing anyone wants. Do you know the smiling and caring faces behind these calls? Our health office is staffed by Rosaleigh Minder and Kelly Nelson. They are working tirelessly at the moment to keep our school community and surrounding community safe and healthy. We want to extend sincere thanks to Rosaleigh and Kelly in the St. Anthony Park Elementary Health Office. Together they have spent countless hours contract tracing, contacting families and teachers, acknowledging disappointment, answering questions, and comforting kids. What is truly amazing, they are doing this on top of an already busy daily schedule of nosebleeds, lost teeth, and upset stomachs! They show up every day to our building ready to serve our kids, staff, and families with care and compassion. We are grateful they are part of our Wolf Pack. Thank you, Rosaleigh and Kelly for all you do. We appreciate you.


Do you have a note of appreciation you would like to share with the school community? Please send to president@sapsamn.org and we will include in the Wolf Pack Press!

Our Blanket Drive to benefit Project Reach is off to a great start! Over 30 families ordered blanket-making kits before winter break. In addition to the hand-made blankets students are making, we are accepting new twin sized blankets through January 11th (next Tuesday). You can send donations into the building in the morning or stop by with your donation when the building is open to drop it off in the box by the front office. Thank you for your generosity!


How cute are these pandas? A big thanks to Lara Bollweg and Cara Melvin for pulling the fleece tie-blanket kits together, distributing them and showing off some super cute examples of the donations our students are making. We are grateful for their work and delighted to see our students' creations.

Be A Reading Hero, SAP's 15th Annual Read-a-Thon!

We are very excited that our fifteenth annual Read-A-Thon will start next Monday, January 10th! This year's theme is "Be a Reading Hero!"


If this is your first Read-A-Thon, you may have some questions. A Read-A-Thon is an activity and friendly competition to encourage students to read and to raise money for the school. Your student will not be graded on anything related to the Read-A-Thon. It is just for fun!


A packet with all the details you need will be sent home with your child on Monday. We know that this month is going to be extra weird and challenging when it comes to Covid, so we've also posted all the materials online just in case you need them: www.sapsamn.org/read-a-thon.


Our school goal is to read 195,000 minutes this year. To achieve that goal, each student would need to read 40 minutes each day over the 10 days of the Read-A-Thon. Reading independently, being read to, or listening to audio books - it all counts towards our overall school goal!


Our fundraising goal is to raise $8,100 to support our school. If we reach our school goal of reading 195,000 minutes, Dr. Duke will transform into a superhero for the day! Reading minutes also makes kids eligible for raffle prizes. And whole classrooms will be eligible to win a pizza prize (one per grade) if they are reading heroes! We'd love to hear all about what the kids are reading over the ten days and let them send words of encouragement to each other! They can share their thoughts on this Padlet: https://padlet.com/president144/69t6fzgp6qfzjado

Wolfies, there is a situation brewing in the Lost & Found at school. With parents unable to really get in there and snoop around for gear, our Lost & Found has become super unwieldly. We are lighting up the Lostandfoundsap Instagram handle and will be posting photos of lost items. Please follow so you can help us reunite items with their owners and please nag your children to take a look in Lost & Found for items they may not even realize they lost. Please follow: www.instagram.com/Lostandfoundsap


Health & Wellness, Vaccines & Tests

It's shaping up to be a challenging month in regards to Covid, and we once more have to dig deep to take care of our kids and our community. We are so encouraged by the numbers of students in our school who have been vaccinated (at our last SAPSA meeting, we learned that over 60% of our students had received at least one shot!) We know this diligence goes a long way towards preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and health complications; it also helps protect our teachers and staff from the same. Thank you.


If you are now considering vaccinating your student or need to plan a second shot, these two links are very helpful: https://www.ramseycounty.us/covid-19-info/covid-19-vaccine#1 and https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/vaxforkids/index.jsp#find_vaccine_locations. You can also schedule a vaccine or booster for yourself. Teens are now also eligible for boosters.


Additionally, Saint Paul Public Schools is offering free vaccine clinics on January 6, 12, 13, 20, 22, and February 2 at various district sites. You register, and find a list of other vaccine locations, at this website: https://www.spps.org/covidvaccine


One key note we hope you noticed in Dr. Duke's Principal's Update: Fully vaccinated persons do not have to quarantine! You will still be notified if your vaccinated child was a close contact, but they will not have to stay home. That is 1-2 weeks of learning that they won't miss, which can make a huge difference in a child's social and academic growth.

What's For Lunch?

What's For Breakfast?

Upcoming Dates

January 3-11, Blanket Drive/Project Reach (Leave donations at box near front entrance)

January 10-20th Read-a-Thon 2022! Help your student read 40 minutes a day

January 11th Advisory Council, POSTPONED (Reschedule date to come)

January 11th SAPSA, POSTPONED (Reschedule date to come)

January 17th MLK Jr Day (No School)

January 22nd School Choice Fair (Saturday, 9:30AM start at St. Paul River Center)

January 27th School Spirit Day (Beach Day) and Read-a-Thon Assembly

January 28th Professional Development Day (No School)

February 8th SAPSA & AC Meetings

February 21st– Presidents’ Day (No School)

February 25th School Spirit Day (Hat Day)

February 26th St. Anthony Park Winter Festival

March 4th Conference Prep Day (No School)

March 8th SAPSA & AC Meetings

March 23-24 Conferences 3-6PM

March 25th Conferences AM & PM (No School)

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 11-13th Plant Sale

May 13th Spring Carnival (outside)

May 20th Ninja Anywhere

May 30th Memorial Day (No School)

TBD Fifth grade celebration

June 10th Last Day of School


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