November 15, 2018

       An academic bilingual community fostering global citizenship

In This Issue
SLP Community Education - Supporting Lifelong Learning
Communication of School Closing,  
Late Start, and Early Dismissal            
Are You Prepared? 
Snow has arrived in Minnesota.  Are you prepared for a school closing, late start, or early dismissal due to bad weather?
Click HERE if you need to update the Early School Closing form you provided us at the beginning of this school year. 
St. Louis Park Public Schools will do their best to make a decision about a late start or school closing BY 5:30 a.m.
Early dismissal and decisions regarding after-school and evening athletics, events, and activities will be made BY 2:00 p.m.  
The District communicates a school closing, late start or early dismissal by:
  • Automated phone call to Staff and Families
  • Web posting at:
  • Information will be posted on the District's Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Communication to WCCO Radio (830), and local TV channels 4, 5, 9, and 11
  • Recorded message on School Closing Hotline (phone: 952.928.6055).
If school must close early, buses will take home regular riders.  Younger students who walk will be kept at school if there is any uncertainty about whether a parent or neighbor is home to care for them.
The school district is in contact with the National Weather Service, St. Louis Park Transportation, and leaders from other school districts to provide the best response to keep students and staff safe in severe weather conditions.   
The school district will NOT communicate when school is open as scheduled.  If a school closing, late start or early dismissal is not announced, staff and students should attend as usual.   
Click HERE to view this information in English, Spanish and Somali. 
From SLP Health Services...           
Head Lice (Pediculosis) - What You Need To Know   
In St. Louis Park, we take an active approach to tackle the nuisance of Head Lice swiftly and efficiently.
Because anyone can get Head Lice, and infestations occur year round, all families are encouraged to check your children's heads monthly throughout the year, and more frequently if you are noticing symptoms (i.e. itching of the head and neck, crawling lice in the hair, nits glued to the hair shaft, and scratch marks on the head or back of the neck at the hairline).
If you find live lice and/or viable nits, we ask that your child return to school after they have been treated and nits have been removed. You may wish to contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice about treatment. The school nurse or health aide can assist with checking your child for live lice and/or viable nits when they return to school following treatment. To avoid re-infestation, it is very important to continue to check your child's head, especially 7-10 days following treatment.  Click HERE for more Head Lice information.    
More information regarding St. Louis Park Public Schools guidelines regarding Head Lice as well as 
other common childhood health concerns, may be found on the Health Services information sheet called, Is My Child Well Enough To Go To School Today?
Please contact Amanda Hawkins RN LSN, or our Health Aide, Mae Lodermeier by phone at 952-928.6757 during school hours. 
Home & School Connection     
November Edition     

When you think of parent involvement, do you picture moms and dads volunteering in classrooms? That's one way to help-but research shows that supporting your child's education at home is even more important.
Click HERE for the November edition of Home & School Connection. 
Grade 5 Student Leadership Team          
STEP Food Drive - Ends TOMORROW, Nov. 16th 
The fifth grade Student Leadership Team is collecting Food Drive donations for STEP through November 19th (TOMORROW).   
Please click HERE to see a detailed list of requested items. Kindly, check expiration dates on non-perishable food items before sending in your donations.
STEP welcomes St. Louis Park residents in need of assistance with food, clothing, transportation, or connection to other services. Appointments can be set by calling 952-925-4899 during our open hours. Learn more about their services by going to their website at: 
 STEP has been empowering lives and restoring hope in St. Louis Park since 1975. Our work is a collaboration of staff, volunteers, board members, donors and community partners. 
Sheridan Story       
Free Bag of Food Discreetly  
Given to Your Child at School      
More than 200,000 children in Minnesota live with food insecurity. Without reliable access to food - such as meal programs at school - the risk of hunger is very real.  
The Sheridan Story's goal is to support our child and family with a consistent supply of nutritious food every weekend.  Your privacy is completely protected. 
The program is FREE, and there is NO qualifying criteria.  To enroll, click on, and complete the form below and return it to school, OR, call the school office (952-928-6759), or, connect with our school social worker, Jennifer Gregor at: 
Click HERE for more information and/or to enroll in ENGLISH
Click HERE for more information and/or to enroll in SPANISH
You may discontinue the program at any time by calling or sending a note to your child's teacher, calling the school office (952-928-6759), or contacting school social worker, Jennifer Gregor.  
Helping Children Cope With Tragedy      
From NAESP  
(National Association of Elementary School Principals) 

It is a sad fact that all children need to know how to deal with tragic events - and their parents and caregivers need to know how to help them cope. 
See below for tips on how to help children cope in the wake of a disaster or tragic event:
PTOCarnivalMeeting NEW PTO Logo 2016-17                 
Carnival Visioning Session: November 18th 
Does your family look forward to the PTO Carnival every year, but you feel like you don't have the time or energy to help make it happen? We understand. And that's why we want your input.
Please join us on November 18th to share your ideas on how to provide a fun, community-building event for all of our PSI families, while still honoring everyone's busy lives. Participating in this meeting does NOT imply that you are volunteering for the actual event...but of course, we won't say no if you do decide to do both!
When: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 4pm
Where: Caribou Coffee (5551 Lake Street West, SLP)
If you have any questions, please contact:
Sarah Seehusen ( ) or,
Karen McCarren ( m).  
If you can't make it to the 'visioning' meeting at Caribou, but you have some thoughts or ideas, please send them our way.
PTODirectory NEW PTO Logo 2016-17                 
PSI PTO Directory 
PTO sent home a yellow directory form in backpacks recently.  The printed information on this form shows the information they already have for your family.  The information on your (yellow) child specific form is what will be printed in the PTO directory, unless you indicate otherwise by making edits.  
IF you have edits, the form must be returned to teachers by Friday, November 16th (TOMORROW) to be included in the 2018-19 school directory. 
If no form is returned by November 16th, the directory will be printed with the information printed on the yellow form.
ALL PSI families will receive ONE complimentary directory. Additional directories may be purchased for $5.00. If you have any questions, please email Kirsten Endrud at:
*** Note: If you have more than one child at PSI, AND there are edits, please return a form for each child, OR, make a note on one form, listing all your children's names. Edits will be made for returned forms only. *** 
St. Louis Park Community Education
Your Lifelong Learning Starts Here!
The mission of St. Louis Park Community Education is to enhance the quality of life through lifelong learning and empowerment of people.

St. Louis Park Community Education is a department of St. Louis Park Public Schools. We support lifelong learning at every level, with programs for infants through senior citizens.

Programs offered include:  Birth-Five, Childcare, Youth, Adult, and Senior programming.

Click HERE for more information/how to register for SLP Community Education classes. 

Links and Videos
Did You Know...
The St. Louis Park High School Theatre Program will present  9 to 5, The Musical, Nov. 9-11 and Nov. 16-18, in the High School's Carl A. Holmstrom Auditorium.  
Click HERE for more information!