September 19, 2019
An academic bilingual community fostering global citizenship
Dear Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School Community,

I hope you have had a great week! I really enjoyed seeing so many families and connecting with many of you at our "Welcome Night" event. We would like your feedback to help us determine what was helpful and how to make it even better next year. Please take a few minutes to fill out  this survey. Thank you for your collaboration.

As you may know, this year has been one of the wettest on record, and it has not helped the construction of our playground! The plan has been to dry out the area; nature, as well as some structural modifications have helped to do that. Next week, the playground vendor is coming back to hopefully finish the project (weather dependent). Our students and staff members have done a great job improvising and playing on the blacktop and green space in the interim. We are hopeful that our students will be using the new playground in the next few weeks.

On Tuesday, our fifth graders had their first of two days at Camp Ihduhapi. They were all smiles when they came back, after participating in team building activities.

Have a great week, and keep reading!

Sincerely,

Corey
School News
2019-2020: Hope Speaks Project
Parents and families of all races, and their children in grades 3-5, are invited to explore HONEST, OPEN, PERSONAL AND ENGAGED (HOPE) conversations about race and racism. Click HERE to learn more.
Grades 3-5 Student Leadership Team
Applications and Commitment Contract Deadline October 1st
Information about Student Leadership Team opportunities have been shared with students in grades 3-5. Interested students may obtain an application, and sign the commitment contract at school if they wish to participate. Your child can share more information with you.
The Sheridan Story: Options for Weekend Meals for Students
Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School has partnered again this year with The Sheridan Story  program to provide options for weekend meals for students.

Upon parent or guardian request, students will discreetly be given a bag of non-perishable food every Friday (or day before a break) to take home for the weekend. 

Please let your teacher or our School Social Worker, Jennifer Gregor ( gregor.jennifer@slpschools.org ) know if you are interested. 

Written information will be coming home with students as well. If you were signed up last year, the program will continue for your family. You can opt out at any time by letting your child's teacher or Jennifer Gregor know. 
2019-2020: School Picture Day is next Wednesday
You can order ahead of time. Please click HERE for more information.
Kiss & Ride (Parent drop-off and pick-up)
Click HERE to visit our homepage to view/download a map of the Kiss & Ride (student drop-off and pick-up), as well as a procedural video.
2019-2020: PSI Student Handbook
Please click HERE to review the online PSI 2019-20 Student Handbook.
PTO News
From PTO... Spirit Wear Orders DUE TOMORROW
Spirit Wear orders are due TOMORROW, Friday 9/20. Fresh new designs with everyone’s favorite SLP and PSI apparel items are there, so don’t delay! Be sure to check out this year’s limited edition PSI Inaugural Year Tee. It’s a great way to show off school spirit and support the PSI community at the same time.
Click HERE to view details and order
From PTO... Box Tops for Education - changes!
Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops Mobile App scans your store receipt, finds participating products and instantly adds Box Tops to PSIs earnings online.
Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. Please continue to clip and send them to school.
Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Top label. If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt .
Every valid Box Tops clip or digital scan is worth 10¢ for PSI.
To do:
1. Download the Mobile App now to your phone.
2. Be sure to tell friends and family collecting Box Tops about the change.
3. Continue to collect traditional Box Tops and drop off at school
Fall deadline is November 1st, which will come before we know it! Start clipping and scanning now!
From PTO... Get to Know our Amity Interns!
The eight PSI Amity Interns are settling into their class assignments this week. The PSI Amity Interns join us from Spanish speaking countries and assist our teachers in the K-5 classrooms. These interns are either pursuing or have recently completed a college degree with an education focus. They are invaluable additions to our PSI classrooms and are funded by the PSI Parent Teacher Organization through the Fall Leer-a-tón and the Spring Carnival fundraising events.

Today we are highlighting two of our three Amities from El Salvador, Alba (Celina) Flores Soriano and Gerardo Alexis López Ascencio - Read about Celina and Alex HERE
School District #283 News
VIDEO: Ubuntu (I Am Because We Are)
We are celebrating St. Louis Park as we begin the 2019-20 school year!

Click HERE to view the video, which premiered at the SLP staff back-to-school event!

“Ubuntu is very difficult to render into a Western language. It speaks of the very essence of being human.... you are generous, you are hospitable, you are friendly and caring and compassionate. You share what you have. It is to say, 'My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours.' We belong in a bundle of life.”  -Desmond Tutu

District Forms Out-of-School Time Taskforce
The District has formed an Out-of-School Time Taskforce and held its first meeting on Monday, Sept. 16.
 
Taskforce Charge Statement
 
The purpose of the 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.
 
Extensive research, best practices, and input from stakeholders will inform the work. The taskforce will be mindful of the school district and community education budgets and the economic impact to families. The group will seek consensus to make one or more recommendation(s) to the administration by December 2019. Team members are expected to talk about the work during their daily routines, and encourage the engagement, input and feedback of all stakeholders.
 
Taskforce Team Members
 
Students: Marco Munoz
 
Parents: Aimee Munson, Alex Schmid, Alicia Kropelnicki, Allison DeCamillis, Amanda Munoz, Amelia Zumwalde, Anne Halverson, Anthonia Oghagbon, Christine Johnson, Claire Warren, John Hayes, Julie Van Guilder, Kelly Ley, Murad Mohammad, Nate Hanson, and Tom Westlund
 
Teachers & Staff: Cate McDonald
 
Kids Place Staff: Lisa Proulx and Vicky Dotterer
 
Youth Enrichment Staff: Darrell Young and Kelleen O'Brion
 
Principals: Shelley Nielson, Corey Maslowski, Kari Schwietering, and Clarence Pollock
 
District Staff: Lisa Greene, Patrick Duffy and Anne Madigan
 
Community Stakeholders: Jason West, Kori Shingles, Erin Nordrum, CeCe Doyle, and Debbie Wells
 
Facilitators: Astein Osei and Irina Fursman
 
Administrative Support: Flower Krutina and Megan Jacobson
 
Taskforce Timeline
 
August 2019 | Recruit & Seek Applications
Early September | Select Taskforce Members
September 16 | Meeting #1
September | General Input
October 7 | Meeting #2
November 4 | Meeting #3
November | Feedback on Proposed Recommendation to Administration
December 2 | Meeting #4 and Recommendation to the Administration
Peachjar (Backpack Flyers)
Peachjar is the electronic vehicle the SLP School District uses to communicate approved informational flyers for distribution to families.

You will find a link to PSI specific Peachjar flyers on the PSI homepage (scroll down, right side of homepage), at www.slpschools.org/psi.
District-wide Peachjar flyers are on their homepage at www.slpschools.org.
Community News
Learn about Cub Scouts
Click HERE to learn about Cub Scouts. There is a meeting tonight.





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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School Office Hours: 7:45 am - 4:00 pm

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