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School staff: Use hiring guidelines for on-call interpreters
In order to ensure high quality communication in every language, individuals who interpret for SPPS must go through a hiring process that includes an oral language proficiency test and interview.

The list of on-call language interpreters available for schools to contact can be found on the Human Resources Department website. The password to access the site is sppsinterpreter. Interpreters on this list have gone through the new hiring process and are approved to interpret for SPPS.

Schools should not use interpreters who are not on this list, which is updated monthly. Schools are encouraged to check this website periodically for an updated list. Please contact Kelly Motz at kelly.motz@spps.org with any questions.

All staff: Use new SPPS fonts for marketing materials
You've seen the fonts for the "One Thing I Love" campaign. Now you can use them for any school marketing and communications. The "Saint Paul Love" fonts should now be available on every SPPS computer. Please see the brand guidelines on page 18 of the SPPS Style Guide.

Also, check out the customizable Word templates that use the Saint Paul fonts at spps.org/toolkit.

Font names:

  • Saint Paul Love Thin
  • Saint Paul Love Fill
  • Saint Paul Love Outline

Note: Office 2008 on Macintosh computers may not display the font in the drop down. Macintosh users will need to type in the font name in order to use it in Office 2008. If a Word document has the font it will display correctly in the document.

Principals and clerks: Notify families of MMR Status by Nov. 1
Title I Schools with a designation of Priority, Focus or Continuous Improvement must notify families of that status. The message must be delivered directly to families and distributed more broadly.

How to send the letters:

  1. Put the template you received last week from the Office of Title 1/Funded Programs on school letterhead. Translations are available. If you need a new template call Megan Cole at 651-744-3535.
  2. Replace the yellow highlighted area in the letter with your information and remove the yellow highlight.
  3. Print the document and have the principal sign the letter.
  4. Send the letters directly to families by email or by U.S. mail. Keep documentation that you have met this requirement and place it in your Title I Compliance folder (Blue File D10).
  5. Send the letters more broadly by sending it in students’ backpacks or posting it online. Document your methods and place it in your Title I Compliance folder (Blue File D10).

You must complete all five steps before November 1, 2013. Contact the Office of Title 1/Funded Programs with any questions.

Math teachers in grades pre-k through 12: Grant proposals due Nov. 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: 
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: http://www.fundforteachers.org/

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, kathy.weyandt@spps.org, 7-8373. The Saint Paul Fund For Teachers is sponsored by the SPPS Foundation.

All Staff: Give to the Max Day is less than three weeks away
Your school already has a fundraising page on www.GiveMN.org. Be sure to take a few minutes NOW to customize it with photos, video and messaging that will really speak to your community. Get 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 brandi.cavalletti@spps.org, 651-767-8181. At GiveMN.org you will find easy-to-use how-to information and customizable templates you can send home, post on your Facebook page, etc.

Not sure where to start? Watch a recorded webinar that was presented just for SPPS schools last month. Also, feel free to contact Lisa van der Steur, 651-767-8108, or Alsa Bruno or Leona Thao at schools@givemn.org or 651-325-4281.