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All staff: Celebrate College Knowledge Month
October is College Knowledge Month. To help all SPPS students graduate from high school prepared for college or a career, the Office of College and Career Readiness (OCCR) is promoting the I Am College and Career Bound campaign. On October 1, schools will receive a package with resources pre-sorted by classroom. On October 4, all staff are encouraged to wear college clothing and talk to students about their experiences. For complete details, view the memo from OCCR or call Tracy Zanitsch at 651-744-1309.

School staff: Online fundraising webinar this Thursday, October 3
What can Give to the Max Day do for your school? Watch this short video about how Eastern Heights Elementary raised funds last year, and then make time for a webinar, presentedt by GiveMN.org just for SPPS, 8-9 a.m. this Thursday, October 3. Find out how to:

  • Make your school’s GiveMN page attractive and persuasive
  • Create fundraising projects and goals
  • Get information to prospective donors so they can give online
  • Prepare for Give to the Max Day, “The Great Minnesota GIVE Together,” on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

Register for the webinar here

School staff: Encourage students to apply for prudential spirit awards
Now through November 5, students in grades 5-12 may apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at http://spirit.prudential.comLearn more.

Teachers: One week left to submit inspired Educator Grant proposals for up to $3,000
The SPPS Foundation’s 2013 Inspired Educator Grant cycle 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. Last year the Foundation awarded 11 grants totaling $25,000. This year’s deadline is Monday, October 7, and you can submit your grant online, directly to the SPPS Foundation. For help with your proposal, contact Lisa van der Steur at 651-767-8108 or lisa.vandersteur@spps.org.

Teachers: Apply this month for grants in arts, aerospace and more
Click on the links below for information on the following grants due this month, and be sure to watch The Bridge and the CMD website for deadlines, how-to and more. Remember that nearly all proposals must be routed through CMD for district approval, so send your completed application at least seven working days in advance to lisa.vandersteur@spps.org.

Due in October:

10/1 - Toshiba America Foundation
10/1 - Pentair STEM and FIRST grants
10/7 - Inspired Educator Grants, SPPSF
10/15 - Lowe's Toolbox for Education
10/15 - Music is Revolution Mini-Grant
10/15 - NEA Student Achievement Grants
10/15 - NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grant
10/18 - Air Force Association: Aerospace Education
10/31 - CVS Caremark

3rd Grade Teachers: Schedule a free field trip to the Minnesota Zoo for your students
Again this year, Target and Travelers Corporations are sponsoring field trips to the Minnesota Zoo for every 3rd grade student in SPPS. Offered September through March, Monday through Friday, this program provides admission, transportation, lunch, a 45-minute Zoo naturalist-led Zoo Class, time to visit the animal exhibits for all students, and one chaperone for every five students.

The Zoo Class that your students will experience is Animal Heirs. It was specifically created by SPPS district science specialists and is aligned to state science standards.

To learn more and to register, please visit the Center website. Contact Jaime Dery at jaime.dery@spps.org or 651-744-7394 with questions.

Principals and teachers: Register for Mill City Museum scholarships
Mill City Museum offers free museum admission and partially subsidized busing for students from qualified public schools. For more information, view the flyer.

Principals, special education coaches and case managers: Register new special education paraprofessionals for training
The PARA: Special Education Para Orientation course will provide required special education training for new paraprofessionals including:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Positive behavioral practices
  • Lifting and transfers
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Third party billing

You may register

The course will be offered twice monthly in September and October and monthly throughout the remainder of the school year. Contact Janet Lowe at 651-767-8189 or janet.lowe@spps.org, or Larry Wren at 651-767-9342 or larry.wren@spps.org with questions.

Principals and supervisors: Identify Community Giving coordinators
On November 18, we kick off this year's Community Giving Campaign. The campaign is a way to support the many community organizations that provide services to students and are actively involved in our schools. These partners help us create strong schools and strong communities. We are looking for site coordinators to help make this the most successful campaign ever and show how Saint Paul Public Schools truly are committed to helping the whole child. Please forward the name of your site coordinator to Maureen Hartung at mhartung@communitysharesmn.org by Friday, October 11. View the memo for complete details.

Principals: Apply for transportation grants
Grant money is available for transportation to take students in grades 1-8 to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

Details are available on the Center website. Contact Arts Supervisor Jan Spencer de Gutiérrez jan.spencer@spps.org with questions.

Principals and staff development coordinators: Complete staff development report
We are required to report all professional development activities that occurred both at the district and building levels during the 2012–2013 school year. The reporting deadline is Friday, October 11, 2013. You will be asked to provide data on your student achievement goals, advisory committee membership, staffing, staff development activities, and the impact of these activities on teaching and? learning. For complete instructions, read the memo from Stacey Gray Akyea.

Principals and clerks: Send AHERA annual asbestos notices to parents
The annual AHERA asbestos notice required by law may not have been sent to all parents or guardians in school student/parent handbooks. This is a specific federal requirement. Please check your parent handbook or communications to see if these notices were included. If not, a separate memo will need to be sent to parents with the required language. 

A sample AHERA notification has been translated into SpanishKarenHmong and Somali for your use. It must be copied onto your letterhead and distributed to all families. 

We have very little asbestos-containing materials remaining in our buildings but some floor tile and other materials are still present. This notice informs parents that each school contains specific records about the location, condition and quantity of any asbestos-containing materials in the school. 

If you need further assistance or have any questions or concerns, please contact the Facilities One-Stop at 651-744-1800. 

iPhone and iPad users: follow instructions to upgrade to iOS 7
IT services and the Office of Personalized Learning have completed the assessment of iOS 7. iPhone and iPad users are encouraged to update their devices by following the instructions on the IT Services website