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All staff: Do not disturb radon detectors
This winter you may see a small detector (pictured) in your school building. They are used to conduct routine radon testing. If you find one, please do not move, touch, or handle it. If you find one that has fallen down or was removed, please contact the Facilities Department. They must stay in place and undisturbed for at least 90 days or the test will become invalid.

Anyone may request test results once the results have been gathered and analyzed. Please contact the Facilities Environmental Services Group at ESG@spps.org or 651-744-1800 with questions.

All staff: Submit safety concerns to the District Safety Committee
Saint Paul Public Schools is committed to promoting a safe working environment for all employees.  The District Safety Committee is a joint management-labor safety group that evaluates safety and health issues brought up by employees in the workplace.  If you have a safety issue or concern that you would like to have addressed, please submit it to our committee. The submission form can also be found on following the Safety Committee link on the left side of the staff.spps.org homepage.

If you have any other questions about the Safety Committee or how to submit a safety concern, please contact any of our members.

All staff: Update directories with new health office phone numbers
Each SPPS Health Office has received a new, permanently assigned phone number that follows the format 651-888-76##. Our hope is that this will allow easier transitions as Health Office staff relocate to other buildings or retire from the district.

Please download the directory and update your school’s website, directories, family newsletters, etc. with the new phone numbers. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Mary Yackley, Student Health and Wellness Supervisor, at 621-767-8380 or at mary.yackley@spps.org.

All staff: Fourth annual blanket drive runs now through January 17
Project REACH is launched 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: 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: Register events for National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID)
It's time to prepare for National African American Parent Involvement Day on Monday, February 10.

The Office of Communications, Marketing & Development will publicize SPPS activities for both National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) and Black History Month. 

Please provide a schedule of your school's events by submitting this form before January 27.

Questions? Contact brandi.cavalletti@spps.org.

Elementary principals and teachers: Register for Science Museum and Saint Paul Winter Carnival field trip
The Winter Carnival and the Science Museum of Minnesota are partnering once again to offer a free educational event to all third and fourth grade students. Students will be bused to the Science Museum to learn about weather patterns and phenomena as the Science Museum presents “Storms on Stage.” Then students will learn about the history of the Winter Carnival, from the Winter Carnival Senior Royalty.

  • What: Science Museum and Winter Carnival field trip for third and fourth grade students
  • Dates: January 27-29, 2014
  • Times: 9:50-11:30 a.m. or 10:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Register: Online by Wednesday, January 15

Contact Roxie Laugeson at roxie.laugeson@spps.org with questions.

Principals, assistant principals and school staff: Discipline reporting clean-up
The spreadsheets that list discipline reporting problems for the 2013-14 school year-to-date have been posted on the Data Center website. By January 17:

  • Any errors or red flags from the first quarter discipline data should be corrected
  • Any incidents that occurred during the second quarter must be entered

Making these corrections by January 17 is essential for providing accurate internal discipline analysis as well as the required report to the Minnesota Department of Education.

Each school's report has been placed in the password-protected part of the SPPS Data Center website. The report includes everything entered in Campus as of November 4. Instructions are available to view the report and the new information for this year.

If you have questions, please contact Cindy Porter at 651-767-8371 or cindy.porter@spps.org.

Principals and teachers: Administer MAP tests January 7-24, 2014 (optional)
Based on feedback from building staff, the winter 2014 MAP test will be optional. The winter 2014 MAP testing window is January 7-24, 2014. Schools may not target specific grades; tests must be given to all specified grades school-wide, or not at all.

Specified grades are:

  • Math: Grades 2 and 9
  • Reading: Grades 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Math and Reading: Grade 10 students who are performing at or below 8th grade academic levels.

School administrators must indicate whether they will administer the test by contacting Robin Lane at robin.lane@spps.org by Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

Teachers: Register for Service Learning Teacher and Community Partner Gathering
On Tuesday, January 21, the Service Learning Program will host the Service Learning Teacher Community Partner Gathering (SL01) from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. This exciting opportunity is for teachers who are currently conducting or planning service learning projects to:

  • Learn about community partner organizations
  • Share their service learning experiences with colleagues
  • Network with SPPS teachers and community partners

Register now using PD Express, by searching by the topic “Service Learning".

 

For more information call the Service Learning Program at 651-487-7383 or email service-learning@spps.org.

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 at kathy.weyandt@spps.org or 651-767-8373. The Saint Paul Fund For Teachers is sponsored by the SPPS Foundation.

NEW! To learn about this grant opportunity and get grant writing advice from a panel of experts, join us on Wednesday, January 8, 2014:

  • 4 - 5 p.m.: Information session
  • 5 - 7 p.m.: Application workshop
  • Location: Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation 101 East 5th St., Saint Paul

RSVP by January 6 online or call 651-325-4295. Free parking and light dinner provided. Download the flyer for the event.