From the superintendent

At least 71 SPPS employees reported that they have served our country in some branch of the armed forces. Many of our employees are proud parents of people serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines. Let’s not forget that a whole new generation of leaders is rising up right here within Saint Paul Public Schools - our Junior ROTC cadets. On Veterans Day and every day, please keep our veterans -- and our veterans-to-be -- in your hearts and minds.

Open enrollment ends this Friday, November 15

Employees have one more week to elect their benefits choices for 2014. Attend an open enrollment meeting, get computer help and more.

Assistance League provides free clothes for SPPS students

Volunteering at schools in both SPPS and Minneapolis Public Schools, the Assistance League will help clothe more than 3,300 students this fall. 200 Students at Riverview Elementary were treated to free school clothes with the added bonus of help from a personal shopper.

Action items

All staff: Prepare for Thanksgiving break
All staff: Prepare for winter snow
All staff: Give to the Max Day is THIS THURSDAY, November 14
School staff: Digital editors to support school websites
Teachers: Register for service-learning and We Act trainings
Teachers: Fund for Teachers deadline is January 30, 2014
2nd grade teachers: Schedule a free science field trip at the Minnesota Children's Museum
Clerks: Manage Campus enrollments

Department news and announcements

Community Giving Campaign begins November 18
Pre-retirement planning

Employee wellness

NEW! Healthy meal ideas from professional chefs
Holiday Weight Challenge: The average person gains one pound during the holiday season and won't lose it. Try these easy tips to stay fit.
Flu vaccination clinics at 360 Colborne


Thank you to the Marvelous Mitten Makers, who created12,352 winter clothing items for students.