January 10, 2019
An academic bilingual community fostering global citizenship
Welcome back from winter break! With the coming of the New Year, we are pleased to debut a NEW, more mobile-friendly ¡La Prensa! format. Because we continually strive to improve communications with our families, watch for more information in the next few months.
Dear Park Spanish Immersion School Community,
 
Happy New Year! I hope that your family was able to spend some extra time together during the last few weeks. I loved seeing so many excited students on Monday morning. Working with our staff members, they have refocused on routines, and I have seen a lot of student engagement this week.
 
We want your input!  During the next few months, there are many opportunities for you to provide input on the future of our school, as well as the district. We are adding two additional PTO meetings on Thursday, January 24th and Tuesday, February 19th . Both meetings will be at PSI from 6:30-8:00, and child care will be provided. Below are the proposed topics for the January 24th meeting.

  • Superintendent Osei will give an update on the work of the District Start/End Time Committee and will provide an opportunity for input
  • There will be a presentation on the Westwood Housing Project immediately north of our new site. There will be an opportunity for public input
  • We will have some updates on the new building
  • There will be updates on proposed changes to this year's carnival and silent auction, and how you can learn about ways to help

Please join us! Additionally, please see below under Community News, about how to give input on the playground at our new site on January 30th.
 
The photos below are from earlier this week. They have started construction on the addition and our new main entrance. It's going to be a wonderful learning space for our community!
 
I hope to see many of you at our Imagination and Inventors' Fair next Tuesday evening, January 15th. It's not too late to sign up, registration has been extended through tomorrow, January 11th. Click HERE to register electronically.
 
Have a great week, and keep reading!
 
Your partner,
Corey Maslowski, Proud Principal
Classroom renovation
Main entrance and office area addition
Future hallway and health office
School News
PTO Imagination & Inventors' Fair -
REGISTRATION EXTENDED until TOMORROW (Jan. 11th)
We want to see your imagination in action, inventions and science projects! Sign-up today for the 18th PSI Imagination and Inventor’s Fair NEXT WEEK on Tuesday, January 15th, 6:30-8:00pm. Set-up begins at 6:00 pm in the PSI gymnasium.
 
To register and learn more, visit, click HERE .
Cafeteria Volunteers Needed
We need your help in the cafeteria! Ideally, 3 volunteers daily help the cafeteria run smoothly.
 
Click  HERE   to sign-up electronically. If you can't stay the whole time, no problem... come for as long as you can. Drop in help is always welcome as well.
 
¡Muchísimas Gracias!  
For 5th grade families:
Middle School Registration and Information Meeting
January 23, 2019, 7:00 pm
Attention Parents and Guardians of 5th Graders. As we plan for the upcoming school year, we look forward to having your family be a part of the St. Louis Park Middle School learning community.

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is about to begin and it is time for you and your child to discuss and carefully plan for the educational opportunities available at St. Louis Park Middle School. An informational meeting for parents/guardians will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Middle School. 

If you have any questions about the registration process, please call the Middle School Student Services office at 952-928-6310 or 952-928-6301.

Click HERE for more information.
Home & School Connection
When you think of helping with your child's education, does volunteering in classroom come to mind? That's one way to help, however, research shows that supporting your child's education at home is also very important.
 
Click HERE to link to this week's Home & School Connection!
School District News
Public Input Opportunities for
School Start-End Times Study
As Park Spanish Immersion School moves to the Cedar Manor School Site in the Fall of 2019 and research continues to show the connection between student academic achievement and sleep, St. Louis Park Public Schools is currently studying start times across the district.
 
WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR INPUT IN JANUARY: “What should the team consider as they develop the school start-end time recommendations?” Share your thoughts…
 
General Meeting with Facebook Live
Thursday, January 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | High School Room C350
 
School Board Listening Session
Saturday, January 19 | 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | District Office , 6311 Wayzata Blvd., SLP
 
Twitter Town Hall – An Online Discussion
Tuesday, January 29 | 7-8:30 p.m.
 
Provide input and ask questions about the School Start-End Times Study from the comfort of your living room. Send a tweet to @SLPublicschools using the hashtag #SLPstarttimes and a representative from the District will respond.
 
Participate in a Thought exchange – A NEW Community Engagement Opportunity January 14-25 – The exchange is open for input on the School Start-End Times Study
 
Thought exchange allows stakeholders to share thoughts, feedback, and ideas in an open-ended, confidential, and easy-to-use digital environment. Links will be sent to parents and staff inviting participation and will also be available on the District website.
 
The District launched the 2019 School Start-End Times Study in November with a Project Team that includes students, parents, teachers, staff, principals, administrators and transportation consultants. The group is charged with determining the optimal schedule to meet the overall health, academic and social/developmental needs of all K-12 students. This work will include recommendations for bus routes and pick-up/drop-off times for all students and will consider the school day as well as before-school and after-school activities and childcare.
 
Extensive research, best practices, input from stakeholders, and the parameters of the school district budget will inform the work. Through individual study, small and large group explorations, and discussions, the team will seek consensus and make one or more recommendations to the administration and School Board by March 2019.
 
For more information about the School Start-End Times Study, go online to  www.bit.ly/SLPStartTimes .
Another Opportunity To Share Your Input!
Please plan to attend a PTO meeting on January 24th at PSI from 6:30-8:00; child care will be provided.

  • Superintendent Osei will give an update on the work of the District Start/End Time Committee and will provide an opportunity for input
  • There will be a follow up feedback meeting on February 19th

To learn more about the process and current information, click HERE .
Facilities Update:
Construction at Cedar Manor site has begun!
Construction projects are already in process in preparation for Park Spanish Immersion School’s move to the site in August of 2019. Some of the projects that will occur over the next nine months include:
  • New Secure Entry
  • Classroom Upgrades
  • Technology Upgrades
  • Building-wide Renovations
  • Kitchen/Cafeteria Renovations
  • Playground Renovations
  • Parking Lot Reconfiguration 

You can follow the progress of the construction at the new PSI site and all other construction projects online at  www.slpschools.org/facilities .
School Lunch Accounts:
Donations Gratefully Accepted

Many public school districts are accepting donations to help families who have negative lunch account balances. Donations can be sent to the St. Louis Park Public Schools Nutrition Office, 6425 West 33rd Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55426. Click HERE for more information. 
 
If you have any questions you may contact Jodie Woelffer in the Nutrition Office at 952-928-6146 or by email to: woelffer.jodie@slpschools.org .





Save the Date - Monday, May 20th
PSI at Central -
A Farewell Open House

Beginning Fall of 2019, PSI will be located at 9400 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Park; the former site of Cedar Manor School.

On Monday, May 20 , 2019, PSI will host a Farewell Open House at its current location from 5:30-7 p.m., with a special presentation at 6 p.m.

Former students and families are invited to tour the school, reunite with former classmates, families, teachers and staff, and celebrate the last 23 years of Park Spanish Immersion School at the Central Community Center site.

More details to come.
Community News
NEW PSI & Community Playground Meeting
Mark your calendar for the Park Playground at the Cedar Manor site meeting, on Wednesday, January 30th at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the SLP Middle School.cafeteria, and will start promptly at 6:15 pm.

You will be joining city staff to review designs for a new playground for PSI at the Cedar Manor site. This is your chance to comment on the design and vote for the playground you like best. Bring the whole family, everyone is welcome to vote! The new playground will be installed in late July 2019.





Dr. Corey Maslowski, Principal
Follow me on Twitter @PSIPrincipal

Park Spanish Immersion School
6300 Walker Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55416 
 
School Hours: 8:25 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.
School Office Hours: 7:45 am - 4:00 pm

PSI Main Office: 952-928-6759  
24Hr-Attendance: 952-928-6750
Health Office: 952-928-6757  
PSI Fax: 952-928-6753
School Nutrition: 952-928-6789
Bus Company: 952-591-1538 
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