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All staff: Learn more about the new strategic plan at information sessions
Families, staff and the community are invited to learn more about Strong Schools, Strong Communities 2.0 at the last information session of the school year on Saturday, March 8, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at Harding High School. Download the flyer for staff, the flyer for families, and the half-page invite to distribute to your families or colleagues. Contact Kathy at or at 651-767-8373 with questions.

All staff who work or visit 360 Colborne: Donate non-perishable food items to Neighborhood House
Neighborhood House operates two food shelves that serve immigrants, refugees and low-income individuals and families. With your support, the Neighborhood House food shelves give local families direct access to the foods they need.

During the month of March, it will be easy for you to donate to the Neighborhood House when you visit 360 Colborne. Bring your non-perishible food items to the Office of Communications, Marketing & Development in room 106.

Not sure what to bring? Check out their multicultural food wish list for some ideas. Questions? Call Syreeta at 651-744-5653.

School staff: Resume scheduling substitutes through AESOP
As of Monday, March 3, SPPS will no longer use Kelly Educational Services (KES) to meet unfilled or last-minute substitute teacher needs. Please resume arranging  all substitute coverage through the AESOP system.

KES has been unable to meet our district's substitute teaching needs. We are disappointed that this did not work out as promised, and we apologize for any disruption or inconvenience this has caused you and your school.

The Human Resources Department will continue to increase our existing pool and explore other ways to improve our substitute fill rate across the district.  

Should you have any questions, please contact Kenyatta at or 767-8196.

Principals: Pick up Elementary Progress Reports
Elementary Progress Reports will be available for pick-up on Monday, March 17, from 3-4:30 p.m. at 345 Plato in English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong and Karen. Please contact the Office of Teaching, Learning and Leading with any questions.

Principals: Complete library media center survey
Remember to complete the library media center survey. In our effort to establish a common baseline for media centers across the school district we need your perspective as a building leader. The survey results will help to inform the strategic vision for library media programs in

Teachers: Spring grant application deadlines
Contact Lisa van der Steur, 651-767-8108 or, to talk through your ideas, for assistance with your proposal, and for district approvals (as needed).

  • Due by March 15: Ezra Jack Keats Minigrants. Minigrants are awards of $500 to public schools and public libraries for projects that foster creative expression, working together and interaction with a diverse community.
  • Due by April 15: The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. NOTE: These grants are to individuals, not to a school or the district. Recipients may be liable for taxes on the award amount. Academic Enrichment Grants provide funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households. The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met. Teacher Development Grants support small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers. The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.
  • Due by April 25: Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Grants “offer funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage learners with skilled teaching artists and high quality artistic experiences.” This can be a complicated proposal with many moving parts. Interested applicants need to read the guidelines thoroughly before moving forward with a project; note that – new this year --  “the applicant must provide at least 10 percent of the total project’s cash expenses from other sources. The match requirement will apply regardless of the size of the applicant’s budget or request amount.”
  • Due by April 30: Target Early Childhood Reading Grants to schools, libraries and non-profit organizations that support programs like after-school reading events and weekend book clubs. Each Early Childhood Reading Grant is $2,000. Target Arts, Culture + Design in School for programs that enhance students' classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs and workshops in schools. Each Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grant is $2,000.
  • Due by April 30: ING Unsung Heroes could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.
  • Due by May 22: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants support schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations that work to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading.