November 14, 2019
An academic bilingual community fostering global citizenship
Dear Park Spanish Immersion School Community,

Our PTO sponsored math night on Tuesday was a lot of fun! Click HERE to see a few photos. Our first graders enjoyed their trip to the MN History Center on Wednesday, and our third graders are at the Bell Museum today.

Next Thursday, November 21st, starting at 6:30, we will host our annual "Immersion Information Night" for prospective parents. Please encourage friends and neighbors who will have Kindergarten students next year to attend. Click HERE to see more about Kindergarten in SLP.

Daily, I am reminded of how wonderful our students are! They are curious, kind, and hard working. Thank you for sharing them with us!

Have a great week, and keep reading!

Sincerely,

Corey Maslowski
Proud Principal
School News
From Our Native American Liaison, Shanita Young
Click HERE to learn about important information regarding programming for our Native American students and families.

Click HERE to learn about upcoming events.
From Our School Social Worker, Jennifer Gregor

There's no denying winter is coming! For families in need of assistance with winter gear, please contact our School Social Worker, Jennifer Gregor, by email ( gregor.jennifer@slpschools.org ) or phone (952-928-6561). 
Home and School Connection
Click HERE to learn about connections that can be made between home and school!
PTO News
From PTO... Leer-A-Tón is completed!!
Don’t forget to turn in your Leer-A-Ton time sheets, pledges, and parent Bingo sheet by November 8th!! Thank you!!! From scavenger hunts to author nights, from Amity story hour to dining out with friends, and to just plain enjoying reading, what an exciting, fun few weeks that helps support our Amity Intern program. Thank you to every student, parent, family, friend, and staff member who participated in Leer-A-Ton. 
From PTO... Host an Amity Intern this Spring Semester!

Application to Host Now Open! Amity Intern - Spring of 2020.

Each year PSI welcomes eight Amity Interns from Spanish speaking countries who assist our teachers in the K-5 classrooms. These interns are either pursuing or have recently completed a college degree with an education focus, and are between the ages of 20-30 years old. Amity interns live with PSI host families one semester allowing both an opportunity for greater language learning and cultural exchange. Please consider hosting an Amity Intern for a semester. A unique and wonderful experience can benefit your entire family. Plus, it's a great way to give back to the students, staff and entire community. Want more info? Please email us at  psiamity@gmail.com .

Ready to sign up? Go to PSIparents.com, click Get Involved and select Amity Intern to find the Host Family application. Fill yours out today! Thanks for considering this amazing opportunity!
School District News
District Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Out-of-School Time Options
The District is currently seeking stakeholder feedback on program options generated by the Out-of-School Time (OST) Taskforce. Click here to view a one-page flyer that contains the preliminary program options. The District will once again be using ThoughtExchange to gather feedback. ThoughtExchange allows stakeholders to share thoughts, feedback, and ideas in an open-ended, confidential, and easy-to-use digital environment. 

Background
In alignment with the Strategic Plan, St. Louis Park Public Schools completed a School Start/End Times Study in March of 2019. The School Board voted to change the school start and end times for students beginning in the 2020-21 school year. 

OST Taskforce Purpose/Objectives
The purpose of the OST Taskforce is to create a more robust menu of out-of-school time options to meet the overall health, academic and social/developmental needs of all K-5 students and families. This work will include recommendations for academic programs, enrichment and recreation opportunities, and childcare options.

About the Recommendations
The OST Taskforce generated the categories and ideas for program options (see attachment below) at its Nov. 4, 2019 meeting. At its next meeting on Dec. 2, 2019, the taskforce will refine the recommendations based on stakeholder feedback before sending them to Superintendent Osei.

District administrators will use the final recommendations to create several out-of-school time options based on interest level and budget capacity.

Please use ThoughtExchange (link below) to provide feedback on which program options you prefer as well as any ideas that you think might be missing from the current list of recommendations. Please note that this is a preliminary list of recommendations.

The ThoughExchange will be open for feedback from November 14-26, 2019 at http://bit.ly/OSTinSLP.

Click here to learn more about the Out-of-School Time (OST) Taskforce.
Children First Seeks New Executive Director

Children First, the first community-wide initiative in the country with a mission to engage adults in the promotion of the 40 developmental assets, is currently conducting a national search for its next Executive Director.

Karen Atkinson, who served for 25 years as the organization’s first Executive Director, retired this past summer. The Executive Committee of Children First has established a target date of February of 2020 for the new Executive Director to begin his or her duties.

The Executive Director will serve as the community catalyst promoting the importance of the 40 developmental assets in the lives of young people in the St. Louis Park community. The Executive Director will understand the importance of leading from different vantage points and building social capital, and will balance the work of the initiative with the need to secure funding for its continued success.

Interested candidates for this position should download the  Search Prospectus , which describes additional information about the position along with the application process.
Parenting with a Purpose Series
St. Louis Park Family Services Collaborative and PrairieCare are proud to present a 2020 Speaker Series titled Parenting with a Purpose. Sessions will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. at Lenox Community Center.

Dates and session topics are as follows:

Thursday, January 9 | Childhood Brain Development | Rebecca Wong, Licensed Parent-Educator
Thursday, February 27 | Vaping | Kristen Ackert, The Association for Nonsmokers
Thursday, March 19 | Safe and Healthy Use of Technology | Matthew Meyers, MA, LMFT
Thursday, April 16 | Parenting a Child with ADHD | Dana Hoehn, PsyD, LP





Dr. Corey Maslowski, Principal
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Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School
9400 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN 55426 
 
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