Af-Soomaali ku daawo

December 18, 2023


Greetings Park Families!

As we approach the much-anticipated winter break, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey we've had together over the past few months at St Louis Park High School. It has been a time filled with academic achievements, musical brilliance, and outstanding sportsmanship.

Our students have continued to shine academically. From engaging classroom discussions to remarkable projects, it has been truly inspiring to watch brilliant minds at work in math, science, social studies, English and the arts. 

Recent performances from Jazz Band, 9th grade band, and wind ensemble showcased our talented student-musicians. You can’t help but feel happiness with the sounds of an 80's throwback or the upbeat tempo from a song called Joy. This week we hope you come to hear the harmonious sounds of our SLP choir.

Our athletes have demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and teamwork in both the fall and winter athletic seasons. We celebrate our student-athletes and their accomplishments whether on the court, in the rink, in the pool, or on the course.  

As we embark on winter break, we encourage all families to take a well-deserved rest and enjoy quality time together. This season is about rejuvenation and reflection. We hope our students return in the new year with renewed energy and enthusiasm for their studies and extracurricular activities.

May your break be filled with warmth, laughter, and cherished moments with loved ones.

Take care, be well, and GO PARK!

LaNisha Paddock





There will be no Orioles Nest the following days -

Dec. 21st, Jan. 1st, 2nd and 3rd 

The Nest will start up again on Jan. 9th

Der Nikolaus war da!

Intermediate and Advanced German students from SLP HS recently visited the 5th classes at Susan Lindgren. There, 5th graders learned from the High Schoolers about the German tradition of celebrating Nikolaus. 

High School students taught their younger peers a song in German honoring Nikolaus. Greg Holmbeck, LMC Director at SLP MS accompanied them on guitar, in an attempt to summon Nikolaus for one last visit this year. Their efforts were crowned with success! Nikolaus left each of the young scholars goodies in their shoes for their good behavior this year. 

German students from SLP HS have been celebrating this tradition with elementary students for over a decade.

Images and Videos:

Video High Schoolers sing “Lasst uns froh und munter sein”

Kids check their Shoes pic

Kids check their shoes pic 2

Kids sing with the group 

HS German Student Sy’Mora B. and German exchange student Annika K  teach their group the motions and the words to the song “Lasst uns froh und munter sein”. 

Shari “Frau” Fox 

German Teacher,



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Help Review What is Taught in Classrooms: Join the District Instructional Programs Advisory Council (DIPAC)!

Want to help review what is taught in St. Louis Park Public Schools classrooms? We invite families to apply to join the District Instructional Programs Advisory Council (DIPAC).

You do not need any educational background to join. The Committee will review the process of our curricular and instructional program offerings.

  • Apply by December 22, 2023
  • No background required (just your interest to participate!)
  • Seeking diverse perspectives
  • Attend approximately 4 meetings (1.5 hours each)

DIPAC will strive to reflect the racial, gender, language, and ability balance of the school district and will actively recruit participants from underrepresented groups.

Learn more about DIPAC and what we hope to do.


Our Parent Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) MIssion:

We partner to create a collaborative and inclusive learning environment for students, families and educators that fosters and embraces the brilliance of the St. Louis Park community.

Parents and Caregivers, as we head into the winter break, please enjoy time off with your family and take a moment to review our current list of volunteer opportunities. To learn more, please send a note at [email protected].

Ways to help:

  • Donate gift cards to the Sunshine Planning Squad The high school’s Sunshine Planning Squad plans fun activities that build wellness with staff. Please consider donating one of the needed 25 $5-$15 gift cards that will be shared with staff in upcoming activities. Please address your donation to the Sunshine Planning Squad or Dan Philippe and drop it off at the office.

  • Donate a service or skill. If you have a service or skill that you would like to donate (e.g., prepare taxes) and you think it would benefit staff or the school,  please send a note at [email protected]. We’ll get you connected!

  • Treats for staff needed for Jan. 9 and 23 Please continue to show our staff how much you care by signing up to donate treats for staff  - sign up here.
  • Mark your calendar and attend our PEAC meetings, which will provide you with  important updates from your Principal team and key department stakeholders. All meetings are from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m: 
  • January 8 - Zoom
  • April 16 - in person at the high school

  • Help ensure the senior party is a free event!

Please click the link below to sign up to sponsor:

By donating 2-3 hours of your time, you can help support a luncheon for Staff Appreciation Week in May. Contact the PEAC to learn more.


If you are interested in being part of the PEAC, we’d love to have you join the team. Please send us a note at [email protected].

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!!

PEAC - Parent Engagement Advisory Committee

Roni Falck, Julie Yakes - Co-Chairs

Ben Schein - Treasurer

Jen Beach - Communications


Have any questions?

Contact Emma Engebretson

[email protected]

6425 West 33rd St. | St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Phone: 952-928-6100 | Fax: 952-928-6113

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