September 5, 2019
An academic bilingual community fostering global citizenship
Dear Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School Families:
 
Gratitude.  My heart is filled with gratitude for so many things. As the buses rolled away at the end of the day on Tuesday (my twentieth first day in SLP), I smiled inside knowing that our community rallied together on behalf of our children. With the move, there have been many changes for our families, students, and staff members, and during the last twenty months, we have remained focused on creating the best possible learning environment for our children.  
 
We are so grateful to our community for supporting the referendum to remodel our new school. For those who haven't had a chance to see our beautiful new building yet, we look forward to sharing it with you at upcoming events. We are thankful for the faith that our families put in us daily, as we focus on our District Mission and Core Values.
 
It was great fun to see the Kindergarten students join us this morning, and our staff members are doing an incredible job welcoming them to our school. Please join us for Welcome Night next Thursday, September 12th. See below for more information.
 
I look forward to our partnership this year on behalf of our most amazing children.
 
With kindest regards,
 
Corey Maslowski
School News
2019-2020: PSI Welcome Night
Mark your calendar(s)... the PSI Welcome Night is on Thursday, September 12th (note corrected date from a previous communication). Click HERE for detailed information.

Both classroom and specialist teachers will be presenting information from 6:00 - 7:45 pm. Click HERE to register for FREE child care provided by Kids Place staff. Registering for child care ensures there is adequate Kids Place staff for this event.

We are looking forward to getting to know you better!
School Connections Corner...
From Sra. Gregor (School Social Worker) and Sra. Moore (School Counselor)
Greetings! As we begin this new year in this amazing new building, we have noticed a mix of feelings from everyone including staff, students, and families. There is a lot of excitement, a lot of nerves, and a lot of change! As we support one another through this time of transition, we wanted to ask for your help in creating a positive and inclusive culture at PSI. Take a moment to talk to your student(s) about how they can show up and support one another at school.  Below are some ideas to talk to them about during the first weeks of school. 
 
  • Greet each other - Encourage your child to greet others and use each other’s names
  • Be Inclusive - Look for others at lunch or recess who may need a friendly invitation! Ask your child about others in their class might be feeling left out and brainstorm ideas to help include them
  • Support individuality - teach your child that everyone has different strengths and has something to offer!
  • Be a role model - encourage older students to model positive interactions and be an Upstander and helper to younger students
  • Monitor your child’s technology use and encourage them to use it in positive ways
 
We will also be promoting these ideas at school through classroom lessons, counseling lessons, and school-wide activities this year! 
 
Resources:
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: Student Information Packet
Every family should receive a 2019-2020 PSI Information Packet sent home in their child's backpack on their first day of school.

The 2019-20 PSI Information Packet is filled with both important information and forms. Kindly review, complete, sign and return the requested forms by 9-6-19. Additional forms available in the main office. ¡Gracias!
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... Baile Folklórico (Folk Dance) Registration
Baile Folklórico is an after school folk dance club sponsored by PTO for students in grades 2-5. Students are taught authentic dances from Spanish speaking countries by the Amity interns!

Register now for BOTH fall AND spring sessions. Please note extended REGISTRATION DEADLINE, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, BY 8:00 am. Please click HERE for more information. Click HERE to register online. Scholarships are available.
From PTO... Lunchroom Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers are needed daily to help the cafeteria run smoothly. Parent volunteers are an amazing part of the PSI community. Whether it's your first time volunteering, or you're a regular cafeteria volunteer, your help is deeply appreciated! Grandparents are also welcome!

We especially need help the first weeks of school to help students enter their NEW pin number. Click HERE to sign up online.

Can't sign up in advance... drop-in help is always appreciated! Can't stay the whole time... no problem! All help is welcome. All visitors (including our amazing volunteers) should enter the school at door #1, sign in and get a visitor name tag. THANK YOU!!
From PTO... Grades 1-5 First Day of School
Click HERE for grades 1-5 first day of school photos. Watch for additional event photos in future ¡La Prensa! editions. Thank you to PTO parent volunteer, Jaime Chismar, for sharing these wonderful photos!
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! A special thanks to 2015 graduate Malik Augustus (former PSI student!), who shared his voice to help us tell the story of how this community continues to put its Children First.

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

Eight Candidates File for School Board Seats
Eight candidates have filed to run for four at-large seats on the St. Louis Park Public Schools School Board. Incumbents Ken Morrison and Jim Beneke are running for re-election, while newcomers C. Colin Cox, Jim Leuthner, Laura McClendon, Jessica Janoski, Kari Ross, and Heather Wilsey are also running.

Current Board Members Nancy Gores and Joe Tatalovich will see their terms expire in December 2019 and are not running for re-election.

The four open seats each carry a four-year term that will run from January 2020 through December 2023. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5.

This information is accurate as of Friday, August 16.

ISD #283 - St. Louis Park Public Schools website: www.slpschools.org
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
STEP - St. Louis Park Emergency Program
STEP's mission is to identify, address and respond to the critical and emergency needs of residents in St. Louis Park.

They are the community food shelf and social service agency. They directly provide food and clothing to residents in need, as well as advocacy, referrals, and build a collaborative relationship. STEP's volunteers and professional staff have been empowering lives and restoring hope since 1975.
SLP Annual RUMMAGE SALE - September 8th
You're invited to the SLP Annual Rummage Sale at the ROC from 2-6:00 pm. Click HERE for more information.
City of St. Louis Park
Check out upcoming community events by visiting the City of SLP homepage at: www.stlouispark.org





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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