November 7, 2019
An academic bilingual community fostering global citizenship
Dear Park Spanish Immersion School Community,

It's been a busy week at school! Our second-fifth graders had the opportunity to participate in Kids Voting. We are grateful for the volunteers who offer this civic minded program to our students. 

Congratulations to our newly elected School Board members including C. Colin Cox, Laura McClendon, Ken Morrison and Heather Wilsey.

Please join us next Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00 for Math Night in the PSI Gymnasium. It is a self-guided night activity designed for families to have fun together with math.  

As a reminder, please label your child(ren)'s boots, snowpants, jackets, etc. As we know, items tend to get left around our building, and we want to ensure that we can return things to our students.

Have a great week, and keep reading!

Sincerely,

Corey Maslowski
Proud Principal
School News
Students Participate in Kids Voting Program
More than 300 ballots were cast by PSI students in grades 2-5 on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, as part of the Kids Voting program. 

Kids Voting is dedicated to educating Minnesota youth about the rights, responsibilities, and mechanics of participating in American democracy. Students voted for the same candidates and issues as adults.

According to research, communities that participate in Kids Voting projects have increased overall voter turnout by 3 to 5 percent.

Results from the PSI vote were as follows:

Mayor
Jake Spano 188
Yvette Baudelaire 107

Council Member at Large A
Larry Kraft 118
Deb Brinkman 93
Steve Hallfin 75

Council Member at Large B
Nadia Mohamed 190
Joseph Israel 101

School Board
Jessica Janoski 200
Heather Wilsey 172
C. Colin Cox 146
Ken Morrison 146
Laura McClendon 106
Jim Leuthner 78
Kari Ross 69
Jim Beneke 43
A Message Regarding Building Temperature
There have been questions and concerns about heating in our new facility, and I wanted to share some information that I learned with you. As you know, there have been (and still are) contractors in the building continuing to make adjustments to get the system working optimally.
 
The system that is installed in our building is a "Trane Building Automation System." It is designed to meet ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers) standards of 10 air changes per hour and room temperatures between 68-76. In St. Louis Park, we are trying to standardize the building around 69-73 degrees. Currently, there are a few rooms in our building operating outside of these parameters.
 
From time to time, tweaks will need to be made. Issues could arise in these mechanical systems that require adjustments. 
 
As with other changes during the last few months, I want to thank you for your patience as we work together to have the best possible safe and nurturing learning (and teaching) environments.
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Math and Science Connections
Click HERE to learn strategies for having fun with math and science at home!
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). 
From Our Native American Liaison, Shanita Young
Click HERE to learn about important information regarding programming for our Native American students and families.
PTO News
From PTO... Leer-A-Ton 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... Math Night is Tuesday, November 12th!

Attention PSI students and parents, please join us for PSI’s annual Math Night, on Tuesday, November 12 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the PSI gymnasium. Mathnasium is back again and will bring its carnival of math stations where students can play math games and solve fun math challenges. This event is a crowd-pleaser and fun for the entire family, so please plan stop by!
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
Four Elected to School Board
Four candidates were elected to the School Board of St. Louis Park Public Schools on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Ken Morrison was reelected, while C. Colin Cox, Laura McClendon and Heather Wilsey were elected for the first time.

Morrison, Cox, McClendon and Wilsey will all serve four-year terms that will run from January of 2020 through December of 2023.

Current Board Members Jim Beneke, Nancy Gores and Joe Tatalovich will all leave the Board at the end of 2019. Gores and Tatalovich did not run for reelection.

The results of the election were as follows:
 
*Heather Wilsey - 3,506
*Laura McClendon - 3,212
*C. Colin Cox - 2,756
*Ken Morrison - 2,395
Jim Beneke - 2,228
Kari Ross - 1,759
Jim Leuthner - 1,744
Jessica Janoski - 1,428

*Elected to four-year term
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
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St. Louis Park, MN 55426 
 
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