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From Ryan Vernosh: How Can Communications Help You?

Our district’s stakeholders often call for “better communication” from us. As director of Communications, Marketing and Development (CMD) for SPPS, I want to highlight some of what our office does -- and invite you to tell us how we can do  better.

Video: SPPS students outfitted with new coats during this season of giving

Thanks to Saint Paul Firefighters Local 21 and Operation Warm, more than 1,000 new coats were recently donated to students at Riverview West Side School of Excellence and Paul & Sheila Wellstone Elementary. 

Action items
  • Teachers: Review talking points about the unrest in North Minneapolis
  • Staff: Volunteers needed for Dec. 5 bike distribution at Hazel Park
  • Staff: Donate to Project REACH Coat and Blanket Drive through Jan. 15
  • School administrators: Ask families to submit meal applications
  • Principals: What you need to know about Extended Day Learning
  • Staff: Invite families to Budget Breakdown Community Information Sessions
Kudos
  • Video: Battle Creek Middle School celebrates National Lights On Afterschool
  • SPPS teacher among winners of Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest
  • Heather Alden honored with Hamline University’s ‘Making the World a Better Place Award’
  • Battle Creek Middle School celebrates National Lights On Afterschool
  • $1.5 Million Grant Awarded to College Possible to help support SPPS students
  • SPPS students featured last week in ‘I Am SPPS’
Department news
  • Learn about updates to accessing YouTube, Lotus Notes on iOS 9
  • Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
  • Equity in the Classroom Series: Unlearning Whiteness with Ryan Williams-Virden
  • Participate in free, staff yoga classes in December, complete your 2016 Wellness Program
Teacher grants
  • Upcoming grant deadlines
  • Education Minnesota offers Classroom Grants of up to $3,000; applications due Friday, Dec. 11
  • Apply for Authors in the Schools grant for SPPS elementary schools
  • Fund for Teachers offers fellowships for PD, domestic or international travel
  • Awesome Foundation
  • Grants Facebook group offers advice, grant opportunities