Action items

School administrators: Ask families to submit meal applications
SPPS Nutrition Services has processed more than 2,000 meal applications since the 30-day temporary eligibility statuses expired last month; however, more than 9,200 SPPS students still do not have a meal application on file, according to the list of applications on Nov. 13.

Regardless of your school’s status as a Community Eligibility Provision program school, it is critical that families complete the meal application to ensure that your school receives the  maximum amount of compensatory revenue, and that students who qualify for free and reduced meal benefits receive those benefits.

Ask families to complete the online meal application at or they can submit a paper application. You can request more paper application copies through your school’s Nutrition Services Cafeteria Supervisor. All students who have a completed application, or are directly certified by Dec. 16, will be entered in a drawing for a bicycle and helmet or a portable basketball hoop.

Students who complete applications through early December will be included in the final Minnesota Automated Reporting Student System (MARSS) report in December, which is submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education to calculate Compensatory Revenue amounts for your school for the 2016-2017 school year.

Principals: What you need to know about Extended Day Learning
Extended Day Learning (EDL) provides focused, alternative learning opportunities that support student achievement. EDL programs in SPPS are funded through the State of Minnesota and require us to follow specific guidelines to ensure we are properly serving our students.

Please read this memo, which includes more information about EDL guidelines, program design and participant student qualifications. If you have further questions, contact Fatima Lawson, Principal on Special Assignment with the Department of Alternative Education, directly at 651-744-1366 or

Staff: Donate to Project REACH Coat and Blanket Drive through Jan. 15
Project REACH is hosting its sixth annual Coat and Blanket Drive now through Jan. 15. Donate new coats of any size, blankets or linens to your school office or the SPPS Office of Title I Federal Programs, 1021 Marion St. Project REACH is an SPPS program that serves families in our school district who are experiencing homelessness.

Staff: Share SPPS Budget Breakdown Community Sessions information with families
Families and community members are invited to attend one of three remaining SPPS Budget Breakdown community information sessions. During these information sessions, participants will learn about where school dollars come from and how funds are distributed throughout the district.

The sessions are today, Nov. 16, and Dec. 2-3.

See for more information. Share this flyer with families through Thursday, Dec. 3.

Teachers: Free admission to Mill City Museum for Title I schools
Mill City Museum offers a wide range of educational opportunities for Minnesota's K-12 students. The McKnight Foundation, with support from the Cowles Fund, will offer free admission to Mill City Museum and partially subsidized busing for students from qualified public schools.

To qualify, schools must:

  • Be from the Twin Cities metro area
  • Have 50 percent or more of students enrolled in the federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program
  • Visit the museum in January, February or March

For more information visit: For details or to register, call 612-341-7556 or e-mail: Book online at Mention the scholarship when booking.