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School staff: Request winter clothing donations for students
Every year, the Marvelous Mitten Makers donate their time, skill and yarn to make sure SPPS students who can’t afford winter clothing have warm hats, mittens, scarves, and headbands.

Please fill out the request form by Friday, October 18, to let the volunteers know how many items to make for your school. Keep in mind that only students who cannot afford winter clothing will receive donations. Once you have completed the form, click on [Finish] at the bottom of the page and your information will be submitted. 

Items will be delivered to your school at the end of this month. 

If you have any questions about the Marvelous Mitten Makers, if you would like to donate yarn (they always need more), or if your students would like to send thank you notes to the many wonderful volunteers (they really appreciate it), please contact:

Judy Bonnevier
6301 Oakwood Road
Woodbury, MN 55125

School staff: Prepare for Give to the Max Day on November 14
Has your school customized its fundraising page on You already have a fundraising page on the site -- now is the time to personalize it with photos, video and messaging that will really speak to your community. It’s not too early to start getting the word out to staff  members, families and the local business community so they’re jazzed up and ready to give on Thursday, November 14 -- Give to the Max Day. 

To gain administrative access to your school’s page, contact, 651-767-8181. Be sure to visit for how-to information and customizable templates you can send home, post on your Facebook page, etc.

School staff: Distribute translations of technology forms
The Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement and the Technology Opt-Out Form are now available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Karen and Somali. If posting online, please link directly to the documents on the IT websiteDo not download and post these documents to your website. This ensures that you always have the most up-to-date version. 

As a reminder, the opt-out form should not be widely distributed, but rather available to parents upon request. Please direct any questions to the Service Desk at

School staff: Prepare for the School Choice Fair
The communications department is offering school marketing workshops and webinars. Topics include how SPPS is marketing School Choice, how schools can reach out to families, how to determine what makes your school unique and much more. Choose a day and time that work for you.

RSVP for the workshops to be held at 360 Colborne:

  • Tuesday, October 29
    • 8 - 9 a.m.
    • 1 - 2 p.m.

RSVP for the webinars

  • Thursday, November 7
    • 8 - 9 a.m.
    • 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 12
    • 4 - 5 p.m.

Once signed up for the webinar, you will receive more information by email on how to connect with your computer. You will also receive the phone conference number to call on the specified day.

If you have questions about school marketing contact

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 more.

Teachers: There’s still time to meet October grant deadlines and prepare for November opportunities
Follow 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 approval, so send your completed application at least seven working days in advance to

Due in October:

10/31 - CVS Caremark

Due in November:

11/8 – National Council of Teachers of Math (see below)
11/14 – Give to the Max Day

Math teachers in grades pre-k through 12: Grant proposals due November 8
The National Council of Teachers of Math (NCTM) is offering 12 varied funding opportunities, all with proposals due Friday, November 8. Applicants must be members (as of October 15, 2013) of the NCTM; read the guidelines (links below) for specific requirements.

Teachers: Fund for Teachers deadline is January 30, 2014
Fund for Teachers (FFT) provides educators who possess a broad vision of what it means to teach and learn with resources to pursue self-designed professional learning experiences. FFT grants can be used for a variety of projects, all designed to create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students and their school communities. We believe that supporting teachers' active participation in their own professional growth positively impacts student learning and achievement. To learn more about the Fund for Teachers, visit:

To apply, teachers must:

  • Be employed by SPPS full-time as a PreK-12th grade teacher at the time the grant is used;
  • Spend 100% of their work week in direct instruction with students in a classroom or classroom-like setting;
  • Intend to continue teaching in the consecutive school year; and
  • Have at least three years teaching experience as a PreK-12th grade teacher in SPPS.

Individuals may apply for up to $5,000; teams may apply for up to $7,500 (all team members must meet eligibility criteria). To confirm eligibility, please contact Kathy Weyandt,, 7-8373. The Saint Paul Fund For Teachers is sponsored by the SPPS Foundation.

Teachers: Apply for education scholarships
The purpose of the scholarship fund of the Saint Paul Retired Teachers, Inc. (SPRTI) is to support staff in efforts to provide quality education for the students of Saint Paul Public Schools. Scholarships are paid directly to the college of the recipient’s choice for graduate level coursework. Applications are available at and are due in January 2014. 

Teachers and paraprofessionals: Apply for Extended Day for Learning (EDL) and Out of School Time (OST) jobs
Applications are being accepted for the following EDL and OST positions:

  • EDL teachers for elementary and middle school academic subjects
  • EDL teachers for elementary and middle school applied academics (enrichment)
  • ELL teachers for grades 9-12
  • ACT test prep for grades 9-12
  • Paraprofessional assistant teachers for elementary applied academics (enrichment)
  • OST teachers for academic and applied academics (enrichment) at the Battle Creek and Riverview hubs

The job descriptions and online applications are available at the SPPS careers website. For additional information on locations and positions available call the Office of Alternative Education at 651-744-8020 or view the memo from Jon Peterson.

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 as soon as possible. View the memo for complete details.

Principals and clerks: Register for School Choice Fair before November 1
The School Choice Fair will be held Saturday, January 11, 2014. For more information read the welcome letter and complete the registration form. The deadline to register is Friday, November 1, 2013.

If you have questions about booth logistics contact