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All Staff - Submit Recommendations for the Legislative Agenda for 2014 Session 
Do you have suggestions for ways in which our state legislators can help improve our schools?  We are currently developing the school district's legislative agenda for the 2014 session. This is a non-budget session of the legislature, so the focus is education policy as well as the Governor’s request to repeal unnecessary laws. The SPPS Board of Education will consider the legislative agenda for the 2014 session at its October 1 Committee of the Board (COB) meeting. They will approve the final agenda on October 15. Please send any legislation recommendations to Mary Gilbert at mary.gilbert@spps.org or Jackie Statum Allen at jacqueline.allen@spps.org by September 15. 

Teachers - Join the Culturally Responsive Teaching Cohort
This year SPPS and the Office of Racial Equity have partnered with the Minnesota Humanities Center to offer a culturally responsive teaching cohort. This cohort will meet seven times during the school year; every six weeks on Thursdays for three hours, and occasionally on Saturday mornings. There is an option to receive a stipend, clock hours or in-service credit.

School grade level teams, interdisciplinary teams and content areas at schools of 2-7 teachers are invited to take part. 

Join us for an information session on September 9 at the Multicultural Resource Center (map). Download the memo for complete details. Contact michelle.bierman@spps.org with questions.

Teachers - Apply for the Inspired Educator Grant
The SPPS Foundation is pleased to announce the 2013 Inspired Educator Grant cycle, which will award up to $3,000 to licensed educators working for SPPS (pre-K-12). To learn more, view the guidelines and fill out the application.

Teachers - Upcoming Grant Deadlines
September 30

Watch The Bridge every week for reminders and additional grant opportunities, and visit the CMD website for a list of grant deadlines throughout the year.

Teachers - Apply for Funds to Support 2013-14 Enrichment Programs
The Community Education Enrichment Fund was established to support enrichment programming for Saint Paul youth and increase access to hands-on learning opportunities during the school day, after school and in the summer. 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 up to $1,000 in funding support are available for instructors. This funding cycle will support school year enrichment programs that occur between October 2013 and May 2014. The application deadline is September 18, 2013.

Please review the Invite for Enrichment Fund Proposals and complete a Community Education Enrichment Fund Youth Class Proposal Form. If you read the documents and still have questions, please contact shaun.walsh@spps.org or kathryn.mommaerts@spps.org.

Principals - Designate a Contact for In-Building Professional Development
Schools are required to record all in-building professional development sessions in PD Express (including all Professional Learning Communities). This will ensure that teachers receive proper clock hours for all professional development completed as well as provide an accurate report of all professional development provided to staff. Each site should designate a contact person (or two) who will be trained in entering their school's workshops into PDExpress. Please send your contact name to Laurie at laurie.brazman@spps.org by September 27.

Clerks, Principals, Interested Staff - Register for Title I Clerks Meeting
On Monday, September 23 there will be a Title I meeting that is mandatory for clerks who handle Title I orders. Principals and interested staff are welcome to attend. There will be two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please register for one of the sessions in PD Express by September 19. 

  • Date: September 23
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.
  • Location: 360 Colborne, room A
  • Action: Please sign up in PD Express for a morning or afternoon session.

Non-Title I clerks are encouraged to attend the first half-hour of either session for a short presentation on processes relating to homeless students and students in foster care.

Principals/clerks - Provide Building Contacts to the Office of Title I Funded Programs
All schools should provide the Office of Funded Programs with a list of designated school staff to serve as contacts for:

  1. Homeless
  2. Fostering Connections
  3. Parent Involvement
  4. Neglected/Delinquent
  5. Title I

Using Google Chrome or Firefox, fill out the form on the Title I Funded Programs website. If prompted, enter your computer login in the pop-up box. Complete all requested contact names and phone numbers, and submit the completed form to the Title I office by Friday, September 20. 

Contact Diane Brings at 651-632-3790 with questions. 

Wellness Champions - Attend the Kick Off Wednesday, September 25
Join us for an update on the District Wellness Policy (533.00), learn some new ways to incorporate movement into the school or work day, and network with community resources that can help you achieve your wellness goals! Each school and administrative site should have a Wellness Committee to implement the District Wellness Policy. Non-student sites are invited to identify a Wellness Champion for the first time this year. Administrators from sites like 1930 Como, 345 Plato, 1780 W. 7th Street, 2102 University Ave. W. and 360 Colborne should designate a Wellness Champion to attend the training.

The training will be offered in the morning and afternoon of Wednesday, September 25, so register for the time frame that best fits your schedule.

  • What: A fast-paced, 90-minute school year kickoff for School and Building Wellness Champions
  • When: Wednesday, September 25
    • Session 1 – 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. (Check in and registration at 7:15 a.m.)
    • Session 2 – 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (Check in and registration at 3:15 p.m.)
  • Where: 360 Colborne, Room B
  • How: Register online by September 23 for Wellness Champions, Session 1 (13Fall.am) or Session 2 (13Fall.pm), on PD Express.

Questions? Contact Carol Grady at carol.grady@spps.org.