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All staff: Fourth annual blanket drive starts December 2
On Monday, December 2, 2013 Project REACH is launching its fourth annual Blanket Drive for families experiencing homelessness. The blanket drive will end on January 17, 2014. Project REACH identified more than 2,000 students experiencing homelessness last year. New families ask for assistance each day. Learn how you can help below:

  • What: Fourth Annual Blanket Drive
  • When: December 2, 2013 - January 17, 2014
  • How to help: Project REACH encourages school staff to work together to collect new blankets and linens on behalf of students experiencing homelessness.

Please call the Title I Project REACH office at 651-632-3790 to have them pick up your donations, or drop them off at 1021 Marion (attached to Paul and Shelia Wellstone Elementary, south side of the building), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New items only please. For more information, please contact the Title I Project REACH office at 651-632-3790.

All staff: Update personal information with Human Resources
Visit the Human Resources website to update personal information such as your name, address and home phone number. This helps HR staff contact you with important information about your benefits -- or in an emergency (such as a snow day).

All staff: Donate to your PTA, place of worship, your child’s school or ANY charity through Community Giving
The Community Giving Campaign starts today. Each year, SPPS staff may elect to donate money from their paychecks to support the causes that mean the most to them. Some choose to give to the United Way, others give to their church, and others give back to the school they work for. Visit giving.spps.org to explore the eight charities directly involved in the campaign, and learn how to give to any 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Note that this is not the same as Give to the Max Day, which was November 14.

All staff: Prepare for Thanksgiving break
SPPS is closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. Please update your voicemail and the voicemail for the main line of your school or department to indicate that SPPS will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and will reopen on Monday, December 2.

Remember that all buildings are locked and alarmed all four days. To enter the building, follow proper disarming/rearming protocols. Please check with your building engineer or the Security and Emergency Management Office at 651-767-8378 before Wednesday, November 27 if you have questions on building access.

All staff: Prepare for winter snow
With the winter season fast approaching, please prepare yourself for the upcoming snow by reviewing the Facilities Department Winter Season and Snow Removal FAQs and the 2013-2014 Snow Removal Grounds Care Assignment Chart.

Please note that the Snow Removal Grounds Care Assignment Chart has been updated since last week’s Bridge.

School staff: Education Minnesota Classroom Grants due December 13
The Education Minnesota Foundation awards Classroom Grants (PreK-12 and higher education) for up to $3,000 to address particular needs for classroom innovations. Applicants must be active, dues-paying members of Education Minnesota. Funds may be used to purchase materials and services for use with students if those materials are part of a project you design now and implement in the 2014-15 school year. Licensed staff who work with students are eligible. Preference is given to projects that address the needs of diverse or at-risk students, involve partnerships and are replicable. The application consists of a one-page data sheet that must be signed by Mary Cathryn Ricker; a narrative of up to four pages; and a project budget. Your completed application is due online to Education Minnesota by 4 p.m. on Friday, December 13. Grants will be awarded by the end of February 2014 and funds must be spent by the end of June 2015.

Note: Classroom Grant winners will receive an award check made out to them and Saint Paul Federation of Teachers; SPFT serves as the fiscal agent for the award. Grantees will need to advance the funds to purchase project materials and submit receipts to SPFT for reimbursement.

Elementary school staff: Apply for Lillian Wright Author in the Schools funding
Once again elementary schools are invited to submit an application for a visit by a children’s author or illustrator of their choice through a grant from the Lillian Wright & C. Emil Berglund Foundation.

During the 2013-2014 school year, up to 12 elementary schools will receive grants of up to $1,000 to fund an author or illustrator visit. Grants will be awarded on the strength of the applicants’ plans for using the author/illustrators’ visits to support the school’s literacy program. All SPPS elementary schools are eligible to apply. Special consideration will be given to funding authors and illustrators from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and to applications from schools that have not received a grant in previous years.

The deadline for application is December 20, 2013 at 4 p.m. Grants will be announced by email the week of January 10, 2014. Apply today.

For questions, contact Sheila Arrington at sheila.arrington@spps.org or 651-744-2833.

Teachers: Fund for Teachers deadline is January 30, 2014
Fund for Teachers (FFT) provides educators who possess a broad vision of what it means to teach and learn with resources to pursue self-designed professional learning experiences. FFT grants can be used for a variety of projects, all designed to create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students and their school communities. We believe that supporting teachers' active participation in their own professional growth positively impacts student learning and achievement. To learn more about the Fund for Teachers, visit: http://www.fundforteachers.org/

To apply, teachers must:

  • Be employed by SPPS full-time as a PreK-12th grade teacher at the time the grant is used;
  • Spend 100% of their work week in direct instruction with students in a classroom or classroom-like setting;
  • Intend to continue teaching in the next school year; and
  • Have at least three years teaching experience as a PreK-12th grade teacher in SPPS.

Individuals may apply for up to $5,000; teams may apply for up to $7,500 (all team members must meet eligibility criteria). To confirm eligibility, please contact Kathy Weyandt, kathy.weyandt@spps.org, 651-767-8373. The Saint Paul Fund For Teachers is sponsored by the SPPS Foundation.

Clerks: Manage Campus enrollments
It is crucial for clerks to keep up with Campus enrollments. This work is essential for SPPS to comply with mandatory reporting to the Minnesota Department of Education. Student Placement Center staff will continue to enter Campus enrollments for new and returning students. However, clerks must:

  • Regularly review School View at  sms1314.placement.spps.org to learn of new students assigned to your school. You will receive an email in your Lotus Notes Enrollment Group alerting you of the change in School View.
  • Log into Campus to ensure the new student's start date is correct or mark the student as a no-show if appropriate.
  • Enter Campus enrollments for students transferring from one SPPS school to another.

Please contact Erin Moline 651-632-3740 or Jayné Williams 651-632-3722 with questions.