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All staff: Attend Board Listening Sessions
The SPPS Board of Education wants to hear from you! Families, students, staff and community members are invited to speak directly with Board members about any question, comment or concern. The Board is excited for this opportunity to have an informal conversation with the community.

There is no need to make an appointment to speak with the Board during a Listening Session. We look forward to hearing from you! Learn more at

  • Thursday, April 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    West 7th Community Center (room 112) 265 Oneida Street, St. Paul
  • Thursday, April 17, 7-9 p.m.
    North Dale Playground Center, 1414 St. Albans Street North, St. Paul
  • Thursday, May 8, 7-9 p.m.
    Conway Community Recreation Center, 2090 Conway Street, St. Paul

School staff: Hang summer flyers around your school
The Summer Term (S-Term) deadline has passed but registrations are still being accepted. Updated flyers have been printed and should be delivered to your school sometime this week through inter-office mail. Please hang them where students will see them.

The flyers are meant to increase the visibility of S-Term to all students, and we will not deny students who wish to participate in S-Term. However, please focus recruitment efforts on the students who will benefit most from additional academic support.

Elementary schools will also receive a flyer promoting the importance of summer reading. Help students avoid summer learning loss by reminding them to read when they are not in school.

Special education staff: Create BIPs in new IEPs
The Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) will be part of the IEP process in EasyIEP starting April 7, 2014 for any new, amended, or updated annual IEPs. Coaches have been training special education staff in their buildings.

The main menu of EasyIEP includes a handout and training video that you can access if you need help with BIPs. The training video is also available on the Office of Specialized Services website.

If you have questions, please call the EasyIEP Helpline at 651-767-8188, or

Teachers: Technology Grants of up to $3,000 due this Friday
Education Minnesota Classroom Technology Grants offer Education Minnesota members who work directly with students grants of up to $3,000 to buy mobile devices and related resources to use with students. Grants are awarded after June 1, and funds must be spent by the end of June 2015. Your application must contain a signed Data Sheet, Narrative and budget in table format. You may email a signed and scanned application in PDF format to by 4:00 p.m. this Friday, April 11, 2014. Education Minnesota prefers projects that will put the technology in students' hands, increase students' use and understanding of technology, and have measurable or observable outcomes. The Foundation's Board of Trustees, all of whom are active Education Minnesota members, reviews the applications.

Note: Education Minnesota grantees receive award checks made out to them and Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, and SPFT serves as the fiscal agent for the award. Grantees advance the funds to purchase project materials and submit receipts to SPFT for reimbursement.

Teachers: Grant deadlines in April and May
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). Let her know before you begin your application so she can advise you on timing and other factors to consider.

  • 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.

The application window for Ecolab Visions for Learning grants will open later this month. Watch The Bridge for details and links to the application form and guidelines. The deadline will be early June.

Clerks: Update student addresses for Project REACH
Please remember to update Project REACH student addresses in Campus if they have moved. After you update the address, please contact the person in your school who coordinates services for homeless students.

Updating student addresses ensures that the district does not send transportation services to locations without SPPS students.

Project REACH is a Saint Paul Public Schools shelter- and street-based program that promotes school stability and academic success of homeless children and youth. Our  program staff serve pre-K and school age children who are in temporary housing situations.

Please contact Anne McInerney at 651-744-2565 or with questions.

Principals and assistant principals: Attend Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training
Youth MHFA training introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. This training builds an understanding of early intervention and teaches participants how to help youth in crisis.

Youth MHFA training is designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.

Mental Health First Aid Certification must be renewed every three years. Through the program participants will learn:

  • The common mental health challenges for youth, along with a review of typical adolescent development
  • The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders
  • The prevalence of mental disorders in children and youth, and the need for reduced stigma
  • A 5-step action plan for how to help young people in crisis and non-crisis situations.

The Youth MHFA training will be offered twice. Register early on PD Express -- space is limited.

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (OTLL102-14Summer.A)
    • Date: June 16, 2014
    • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Location: 345 Plato Blvd E, Suite 625, Saint Paul – Training Room
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (OTLL102-14Summer.B)
    • Date: June 17, 2014
    • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Location: 345 Plato Blvd E, Suite 625, Saint Paul – Training Room

Please contact Emily Herman at if you have any questions about the training or registration.