Action items

Teachers: Free Winter Carnival field trip opportunity
Third and fourth grade students have the opportunity for a free Saint Paul Winter Carnival experience thanks to a partnership between SPPS Community Education and the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation. Classes will receive busing to the Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul to watch a Fire and Ice presentation, learn about Winter Carnival history and see the celebration firsthand.

Available dates are Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 3-5. Programs will last about an hour, starting at 10 a.m. Space is limited. Stay tuned for the Jan. 4 issue of The Bridge for more information on how to register. If you have questions, contact kathryn.mommaerts@spps.org.

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.

Teachers: Review talking points about the unrest in North Minneapolis
The events occurring in North Minneapolis have been the subject of countless conversations, social media posts and news stories. Rather than stopping students from discussing the death of Jamar Clark, protests, media coverage and other events, below is a list of recommendations and resources that you can use to facilitate those conversations.

School administrators: Ask families to submit meal applications
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 https://mealapp.spps.org/ 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 2016-17 school year.