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From the Superintendent: Expressing Gratitude to Our Schools, Teachers, Students and Beyond

November is a month we focus on gratitude -- although some of the happiest people I know find things to be grateful for every day.

Video: Como Park Senior High School hosts 40 businesses during Career Day

More than 200 Como Park Academy of Finance students recently met with leading Minnesota businesses to discuss their career options after high school and college.

Action items
  • Apply for Dodge Nature Center transportation field trip grant
  • Attend ‘Paper Tigers’ documentary for mental illness requirement
  • Increase your cultural understanding of Muslims in Minnesota
  • Volunteer tutors needed at four schools in SPPS
  • Participate in Race, Culture, and Conversations event on ‘We Are Hmong Minnesota’ exhibit at Minnesota History Center
  • Remind families how to access Nutrition Services menus
  • Review employee reimbursement update
  • SAT team member must attend Referral Process meeting
Kudos
  • Harding Activities Director Inducted into MSHSL Hall of Fame
  • Como Park Boys Soccer Team Heads Back to State Tournament
  • Saint Paul Firefighters Outfit 650 SPPS Students with Winter Coats for Operation Warm
  • Board of Education recognizes outstanding work by SPPS employees
  • SPPS staff, student featured last week in 'I Am SPPS'
Teacher grants
  • Upcoming grant deadlines
  • Education Minnesota Classroom Grants due Dec.11
  • Information session about Fund for Teachers, grants for teacher PD via travel, on Nov. 18th at 360 Colborne
  • Awesome Foundation
  • Grants Facebook group offers advice, grant opportunities
  • Teachers: Apply for scholarships from Saint Paul Retired Teachers, Inc.
Department news
  • Information about TD&E summative evaluations of teachers
  • Community Giving Campaign begins Nov. 16
  • SPPS App Store under review, new app approval temporarily suspended
  • Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
  • Participate in free wellness opportunities in November
  • Monthly Health Observance: Avoid tobacco and secondhand smoke
  • 2016 Online Open Enrollment system available through Friday
  • New Vision Plan offered through EyeMed for SPPS staff