April 11, 2019
An academic bilingual community fostering global citizenship
Dear Park Spanish Immersion School Community,
 
We hope this finds you well. It was wonderful to welcome our amazing children back to school on Monday!
 
I will not even mention the weather! Please note that the fourth and fifth grade orchestra concert for tonight is postponed, a new date yet to be determined. For grades 3-5, we will move the administration of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA's) in reading to tomorrow, and we will continue them on Monday, April 15. We will have students take the math MCA's on Tuesday and Wednesday. These state assessments measure student achievement (and growth--for fourth and fifth graders) related to the Minnesota State Standards. Again this year, we will have all students take the tests at the same time (approximately 8:45-10:30) on Chromebooks. Snacks for students are generously provided by our PTO.
 
Have a great week, and keep reading!
 
Sincerely, Corey Maslowski
Sc hool News
2nd Annual PSI Spring Art Fair -
Entries due between April 29 - May 3
Does your child like to do art? We invite all children to be in the Spring Art Fair.

Everyone is invited to participate. You can use your imagination! Please note, 2 dimensional (flat) art creations only. Please click HERE for entry guidelines. Art submissions are due between April 29 - May 3 and will be on display around PSI.

Created and supported by Los Representantes de PSI.
Vocal Music Performances
Please mark your calendar(s) now for upcoming vocal music performances:

  • Grades 2-3 Vocal Concert - Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm - PSI gymnasium
  • Grades 4-5 Vocal Concert - Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm - HIGH SCHOOL auditorium

Click HERE for more information. Contact Srta. Lamb with questions by calling her (952-848-5536) or by email ( lamb.deborah@slpschools.org).
Home & School Connection
Volunteering at your child's school and school activities is one way to support your child's education. Research shows that supporting your child’s education at home is also important.
 
Click HERE to link to this week’s Home & School Connection!
From SLP Health Services... Head Lice (Pediculosis) - What You Need To Know
Because anyone can get Head Lice, and infestations occur year round, all families are encouraged to check their children's heads throughout the year, and more frequently if you are noticing symptoms (i.e. itching of the head and neck, crawling lice in the hair, nits glued to the hair shaft, and scratch marks on the head or back of the neck at the hairline).

In St. Louis Park, we take an active approach to tackle the nuisance of head lice swiftly and efficiently. When we become aware of head lice cases in our school, working closely with our school nurses, staff are reminded to be vigilant in watching for symptoms, as well as reminding students not to pile up coats in gym, during recess, and on field trips, etc.
 
If you find live lice and/or viable nits, we ask that your child return to school after they have been treated and nits have been removed . You may wish to contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice about treatment. The school nurse or health aide can assist with checking your child for live lice and/or viable nits when they return to school following treatment. To avoid re-infestation, it is very important to continue to check your child's head, especially 7-10 days following treatment. Click  HERE  for more Head Lice information.  
 
More information regarding St. Louis Park Public Schools guidelines regarding Head Lice as well as 
other common childhood health concerns, may be found on the Health Services information sheet called,  Is My Child Well Enough To Go To School Today?
 
If you have questions, please contact your doctor or clinic, or PSI Health Services at 952-928-6757 during school hours.
Grade 3 Students Hear 'Border CrosSing' Vocal Ensemble on March 27
3 rd grade students enjoyed hearing the vocal ensemble “Border CrosSing” on Wednesday afternoon. The artists tour schools for a full year in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio. They sang music from a variety of time periods and from numerous Latin Countries including Peru and Argentina!
 
The musicians surprised the students with their playing of many indigenous instruments including bombo, zamponia, cajon, rattles like maracas, and goat toenails!
 
Students had many opportunities to ask questions and many even had a chance to tap the bombo. Click HERE for photos from the performance.
Celebrating and Understanding Differences and Our Unique Abilities!
When we think about our Park Spanish Immersion School community, we have 514 wonderful children with unique abilities.  We are all different, and we choose to celebrate those differences.  Some of our students have differences that you can see right away, such as using a wheelchair to help them get around, or needing a hearing aid. Others have differences that you can't see right away, such as dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or mental health needs. Whether a child has these differences or not, we all belong and contribute positively to our PSI community. To help your child better understand and develop awareness of differences, please check out the resources below!  
 
Empty (Family Size) Cereal Boxes Still Needed:
Cartoneras Project
Please send your empty FAMILY SIZE cereal boxes to school for the upcoming Cartonera Project.

What is a cartonera? Translated quite literally, a cartonera is a cardboard book. Cartoneras got their start in Argentine in 2003 as a way of making reading and writing accessible to all. Why are WE doing cartoneras? Because every student is an author and this is a great cultural connection to our immersion philosophy. Click HERE for more information about the Cartonera Project.

Watch for more details about the PSI Cartonera Project in upcoming ¡La Prensa! editions.
School District News
School Board to Change School Start Times Beginning in the 2020-2021 School Year
(April 8, 2019) – The School Board for St. Louis Park Public Schools voted in three motions to change the school start and end times for students beginning in the 2020-21 school year.
MOTION #1: The School Board voted unanimously to move forward with the Triangle Option which calls for a three-tier system (Tier 1 – Elementary Schools; Tier 2 – High School; and Tier 3 – Middle School).
MOTION #2: The School Board voted 6-1 to implement the Triangle Option beginning in the 2020-21 school year. District Administration will assemble project teams to study childcare options and Middle School and 7-12 Athletics to prepare for the change.
The proposed schedule for the Triangle Option follows:

  • Tier 1 / 7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. / Aquila, Park Spanish Immersion, Peter Hobart, Susan Lindgren
  • Tier 2 / 8:25 a.m.-3:15 p.m. / High School
  • Tier 3 / 9:10 a.m.-3:52 p.m. / Middle School

MOTION #3: For the 2019-20 School Year, the School Board voted unanimously to invest an estimated $70,000-$80,000 for times to remain the same as this school year. Park Spanish Immersion School students will be transported on their own buses to accommodate the location change to the Cedar Manor School site. The Board rejected the administrative proposal that was cost-neutral and would have elementary students starting school 15 minutes later than current times.
The School Board expressed sincere appreciation and gratitude for the time and dedication of the School Start-End Times Project Team in researching, gathering input/feedback, and developing options to recommend to the School Board. 
Superintendent Osei pledged that District Administration will be efficient and responsive to families in implementing the changes to school start-end times. He said this is a tremendous opportunity for our youngest learners to have access to after school enrichment opportunities. Per Superintendent Osei, this action will help the school district continue to actualize its mission by providing a safe and nurturing environment that energizes and enhances the spirit.
District Administration will begin forming implementation teams soon and will regularly communicate progress to all stakeholders. The School Board also asked District Administration to develop an evaluation process for the school start-end times implementation (including attendance, academic performance, and behavior statistics).

Please click HERE to also find this information posted on the district website.
Happy Earth Day!
PSI has saved 27 trees and 226,085 sheets of paper!
Earth Day is right around the corner and we have exciting news to share! Since implementing Peachjar , Park Spanish Immersion School  has saved 27 trees and 226,085 sheets of paper.  What an amazing accomplishment! 

Together with all Peachjar school districts, we've saved a total of 411,872 trees and 3.4 billion sheets of paper. Thank you for your contribution to this incredible milestone. We couldn't have done it without you!

Click HERE to revisit the Peachjar site (on our homepage), where all non-school and school district flyer information is emailed to families, and posted online to revisit flyers at any time!
Community News
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City-School Community Calendar Photo Contest
Let us know what your favorite place is in St. Louis Park!

For the 2019-20 city-school community calendar, we are looking for photos that best reflect the theme "My favorite place in St. Louis Park." Selected photos from the contest will be featured on the top of calendar months with the photographer's name and photo title.

Calendars are mailed to every household in St. Louis Park and are given out at school district and city offices. They will also be available online.

Anyone who lives, works, or attends school in St. Louis Park is eligible to enter. There is no age limit.

Click HERE for more information.
Children First logo
Children First:
Your Kids, My Kids, Our Kids.
Mark your calendar(s) for the Children First 26th Annual Ice Cream Social on May 19th (2-5pm) at the SLP Rec Center ROC.

Mission: Children First engages adults in St. Louis Park to actively participate in the growth of all our youth.

Vision: Children First envisions a future where all children and teens in St. Louis Park have adult support to help them thrive.

Our Goal: By 2022, 4 out of 5 St. Louis Park households will know about Children First and the important role adults play in building strengths in our young people.

Click HERE to link to the Children First News Website!





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  
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Health Office: 952-928-6757  
PSI Fax: 952-928-6753
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Bus Company: 952-591-1538 
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