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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: 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: Instructors wanted for Summer 2014 enrichment programs
If you are excited to work with youth and have passion for a subject, talent or hobby, this is your chance to work with students who share your interests and want to learn from you.

Mini-grants for up to $1,000 are available for instructors. This funding cycle will support summer enrichment programs that occur between June 1, 2014 and September 1, 2014. Application deadline is January 17, 2014.

The Community Education Enrichment Fund was established to support enrichment programming for St. Paul youth and increase access to hands-on learning opportunities during the school day, after school and in the summer.

Please review the information in the Invite for Enrichment Fund Proposals document and complete a Community Education Enrichment Fund Youth Class Proposal Form. Following review of both documents, if you have additional questions or have trouble with a document, please contact shaun.walsh@spps.org or kathryn.mommaerts@spps.org.

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.