March 7, 2019
An academic bilingual community fostering global citizenship
Dear Park Spanish Immersion School Community:
We hope that this finds you well; it has been a busy week of learning! Our third grade student representatives helped organize “ Piedras Positivas ” (kindness rocks) for all of our students. Each child decorated a rock in Spanish to share kindness with others in our larger community.
We had an assembly on Tuesday to celebrate  Carnaval /Spirit Week. See below for more information. Let’s share our Park Pride tomorrow (Friday) by wearing orange and black or PSI/SLP attire! To enhance our SLP spirit, our PTO has purchased wristbands with the slogan “We all Belong—SLP Strong” for all students and staff, and they will be distributed tomorrow. The wristbands were designed by a group of SLPHS students in a Business Innovation class. At the Carnival, we will proudly display a large banner for community members to sign with the “We all Belong—SLP Strong” slogan. Please sign it!
On Wednesday, tied to our counseling program, we had our Career-A-Palooza (Career Fair). It was a great day for students to think about potential careers; we are grateful to the volunteers for teaching us about their professions. Please click  here  for pictures.
I hope to see you this Saturday at  Carnaval . Have a great week, and keep reading!
Sincerely, Corey Maslowski
School News
From PTO... Please Turn in Your Donations TOMORROW, Friday, March 8th
Just a friendly reminder to please turn in your donation (ORANGE envelope sent home in backpacks) to your child's teacher or to the school office. Please know that ANY amount is greatly appreciated, and will contribute to funding PTO events, and the Amity Intern program at PSI.
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From PTO... Cafeteria Volunteers NEEDED!
With the harsh weather, it has been very difficult getting volunteers to come help in the cafeteria. We really need your help! Ideally, three volunteers DAILY help the cafeteria run smoothly. Please click HERE to sign-up electronically. If you can't stay the whole time, no problem... just come for as long as you can. Drop-in help is always very welcome!

¡Muchisimas gracias!
SLP & PSI Spirit Wear RECYCLE Program
Do you have any outgrown, no longer worn, SLP or PSI spirit wear at your house? If so, please consider donating your clean, gently used SLP or PSI t-shirts and sweatshirts to the PSI Spirit Wear Recycle cupboard! All sizes welcome!

ANY student or parent/guardian may ask for a t-shirt or sweatshirt for their child from the Spirit Wear Recycle cupboard by simply asking their teacher. Call Sra. Ponce-Khoury with questions at 952-848-5507.

Reminder... TOMORROW (March 8) is SLP and/or PSI Spirit Wear Day!
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From PTO... Carnival Volunteers Still Needed!
We still need volunteers for this Saturday’s revamped Carnival, Saturday, March 9th! Parents, grandparents, alumni and friends are all welcome to work a shift. It’s easy, fun and a great way to give back to PSI with your time!
Click HERE to sign up to help!
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From PTO... See You at the PTO Carnival this Saturday, March 9th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm!
Join us this Saturday, March 9th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for Carnival! This year, Carnival is a FREE family fun night for all PSI students and their families!
The fun will take place in the PSI gym and cafeteria with carnival games, inflatables, a dance and even a Mariachi band! There are no admission or game fees, but food trucks will be on-site to purchase food. Free will donations will also be gratefully accepted and appreciated!
Again, there are no wristband or ticket purchases either in advance or at the event.
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From PTO... Silent Auction Opens for Bidding on Saturday, March 9 at noon through March 23
GET READY! The Silent Auction bidding site opens this Saturday, March 9th. Watch for a SPECIAL EDITION ¡La Prensa! including the bidding site link on Saturday, March 9th at noon. New this year, we’re offering a variety of online raffle items for just $1. You could win front-row seating to your child's performances, SLP Aquatic Park passes, restaurant gift cards, or SLP apparel for just $1! The auction will end on Saturday March 23, in conjunction with Parents' Night Out . We hope to have some live, friendly bidding wars happening at the event!
There will be a long list of fantastic auction items including gift cards for 40+ restaurants and retail businesses, birthday party vouchers, summer camps, admission tickets, rides to school in a police car or fire truck, gym memberships, a huge variety of gift baskets and SLP swag, and so much more!
As in previous years, teachers, staff and Amity Interns are offering fun and exciting group buy-in events for children. We are also offering a variety of new buy-in events for adults and families such as fitness classes, brewery events, adult-only cosmic bowling, and fitness and dinner family events.
All silent auction proceeds directly benefit PSI students. The fundraising goal for the auction is $20,000 , to raise enough funds to cover half of the expenses in running the Amity Intern program for the next school year.
Please bid generously, have fun, share the auction site with family and friends, and remember that the money raised goes to a great cause!
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From PTO... Parents Night Out
Book your babysitters because Parents Night Out is happening on March 23rd from 6-11pm at Rojo Mexican Grill at the West End in St. Louis Park. Advance tickets are available now for $30 per person, with the option to add an additional donation that directly benefits PSI students and the Amity Intern Program. Advance purchase is required; no tickets will be sold at the event.
In addition to a delicious buffet, great friends and a fun raffle on-site, be prepared for a friendly bidding war or two as Parents Night Out will also feature the final day of the Silent Auction.
Click HERE to buy tickets!
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. Research shows that supporting your child’s education at home is also important.
Click HERE to link to this week’s Home & School Connection!
Piedras Positivas - THANK YOU!
Parents - Thank you for helping and donating to the Piedras Positivas project. YOU made it possible. The students enjoyed painting the rocks with a special word and adding designs. We wouldn't have been able to do it without your time and generosity. Students will bring their rock home on Friday, March 8th. We look forward to students sharing the rocks and making other people happy. Thank you again, from the 3rd Grade Student Leadership Team.

Click HERE for photos from the project!
School District News
School Start-End Times Team to Recommend Two Options
The 2018-19 School Start-End Times Project Team held its fourth and final meeting on Monday, March 4. The group reviewed stakeholder feedback for the four options they developed in February and selected their first and second choice options to recommend to the School Board. Their recommendation (see diagram) with specific times and projected costs:

The team will make its formal recommendation to the School Board at the Monday, March 11 Study Session. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the High School, Room C350. Please note: Open Forum is not on the agenda for this meeting.

Multiple opportunities exist in March to share your thoughts about the two options:
  • Wednesday, March 13: Public Meeting with Facebook LIVE: High School, Room C350, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

  • Monday, March 18: School Board Listening Session: Middle School, Media Center, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

  • Monday, March 25: School Board Meeting with Open Forum: High School, Room C350, 7:00 p.m.

  • March 11 through March 20: Thoughtexchange: Participate electronically by sharing your thoughts and rating thoughts shared by others. Link to be shared with stakeholders and available from school district website.

Additional information about the 2018-19 School Start-End Times Study is available on the school district website at .

Click HERE to view or download this article information.
Community News
FREE Parent Education Event: Smart Nutrition - March 18 - 7:00-8:00 pm
The PTO parent groups at the four elementary schools are excited to present a free parent education event called “Smart Nutrition: The Secret Gift You Give Your Child” from 7-8 p.m. on Monday, March 18 in the Susan Lindgren Elementary School Gymnasium. T he event is free and childcare will be provided at no cost.

Chef Marshall O’Brien will walk parents though the building blocks of establishing a nourishment plan that will allow their children to thrive and do their best in academics, sports, and extra-curricular activities, and throughout life. He will give parents strategies for how to implement these menus at home without causing family food fights or catering to a child’s taste preferences.

Click HERE for a brief video for more information about this event from Chef O'Brien !
Heart of the Matter - Community Discussions: Food Insecurity - March 21 at 6:30 - 8:30 pm
The Food Insecurity community Discussion was rescheduled (due to weather) to Thursday, March 21st at the Lenox Community Center in the cafeteria from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Food insecurity is defined as a lack of access to enough food for an active and healthy life. One in two Minnesotans experience food insecurity, and 13.8% of children in Minnesota are food insecure.

Please consider bringing a donation for STEP . Click HERE for more information about this event.

Dr. Corey Maslowski, Principal
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Park Spanish Immersion School
6300 Walker Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55416 
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