Action items

Principals and building clerks: Prepare for early admission to kindergarten
The deadline for parents to apply for Early Admission Screening is April 14. Screenings led by licensed teachers will be scheduled beginning April 20 (for applications received prior to the deadline date) and held at the Office of Early Learning.

Families will be contacted by the Office of Early Learning. Classroom observations will take place in designated schools on May 4 and 5. The Office of Early Learning will contact schools at the end of February to schedule observation dates and times.

Review the following documents:

Applications will be available at the Student Placement Center. If you have questions about the Early Admission to kindergarten or first grade process, please call the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760.

Building clerks: Reminder on entering Campus enrollment
Student Placement Center staff will continue to add Campus enrollments for students new and returning to the district (typically the start date is the next day). Schools are asked to adjust the start date in the school enrollment to match the student’s actual start date.

For transfer students, schools should enter enrollments for students who have transferred from one SPPS site to another.

When a student arrives at your school, you can verify that the student has been assigned by the Student Placement Center by viewing School View at . Contact Shela Her at 651-632-3706 or for help with your username and password.

All staff: Volunteers needed for new recycling program
SPPS is expanding its recycling program in cafeterias and classrooms throughout the district. To help students understand the new system, the Facilities Department is asking for volunteers during the first week each school implements the new program.

You can volunteer at your school or any school in the district. Numerous volunteer opportunities will be available now through late May. Typical volunteer hours range from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., but vary depending upon the school. If you are interested sign up or contact Racquel Maronde at 651-744-7324 or

Teachers and paraprofessionals: iPad professional development courses available
Teachers and paraprofessionals are invited to take advantage of the multiple after-school and weekend iPad courses now available through PDExpress. The courses show teachers and paraprofessionals more ways to use iPads in the classroom and cover iOS 8, Apps and iTunes U. Participants receive clock hours and stipends for completed courses.

All staff: Donate hats for Sven to help Project REACH
SPPS employees may donate hats for Sven Sundgaard to wear on air at KARE 11 during the morning show in the month of February. At the end of the month, all the hats collected will be donated to Project REACH -- a program that helps homeless youth in Saint Paul. For more information, check out this story on

Fourth grade teachers: Register students for letter writing contest
Registration is underway for the Twin Cities Postal Consumer Advisory Council’s (TCPCAC) annual Fourth Grade Letter Writing Contest. The topic for this year’s letter writing contest is “What Respect Means to Me, and Why.” The letters must be one page long, handwritten, properly formatted and addressed to Ted Kueppers.

Each class will have first, second and third place winners. The Postmaster and a TCPCAC member will visit classes to award prizes. All letters will be returned to teachers.

The deadline is Feb. 28 to return the registration to Lisa Sunderland at Download the registration form, and read the RESPECT flier. After registration is received, TCPCAC will send the envelopes for students to use.

Educational assistants: Review iPad startup guide
Educational assistants who have questions about using iPads in the classroom can find many resources on the SPPS website. This Startup Guide includes helpful links to iPad setup, use and basic features. Educational assistants will receive iPad training on April 17. Please contact site tech TOSAS for additional assistance.

School staff: 2015-16 school transfer information for staff now available
Teachers, counselors, social workers and school nurses who wish to transfer to another site for the 2015-16 school year can now apply for posted vacancies on the SPPS Careers website. Teachers should check this site regularly for newly posted positions or sign up to be automatically notified of new postings via email. See the Teacher Transfer Processes document for eligibility and more information on the Placement and Interview and Selection Process.

Teachers: Review sabbatical leave information
Application for a 2015-2016 sabbatical leave must be received in the Human Resources Department by April 1, 2015.

The following priority areas for 2015-16 sabbatical leaves have been identified by the Professional Development Advisory Committee, in collaboration with the SPPS Human Resources Department:

  • Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Hmong and French language fluency at the elementary level
  • French language fluency at the secondary level
  • Special education
  • Math and science
  • Montessori certification (Work toward certification with a 50 percent sabbatical leave while teaching 25 percent)

Information on sabbatical leaves is available under Article 11 in the teacher’s bargaining agreement. Contact Peggy O'Neill at 651-767-8202 or with questions. Additional information, along with the application form, is available on the Human Resources website.

Teachers: Apply for grants now
Click the links below to learn more about grant opportunities. Before you apply, visit the SPPS teacher grants web page to find basic grants how-to, a School Grant Pre-Approval Form and a helpful School Grant Checklist. You may also schedule an individual or group consultation with Senior Development Specialist Lisa van der Steur. Email or call 651-767-8108.

In most cases, you must send grant applications to the Office of Communications, Marketing and Development (CMD) before submitting them to the funder. If you wait until the grant is awarded, it could take up to four weeks or more to receive the funds. CMD wants you to (1) get the funding you need, and (2) use it as soon as it arrives.