Bridge on break: This is the last issue of the Bridge for the calendar year. Please check back on January 6 for the next issue. Have a safe and happy winter break!

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From the superintendent

If you have information you can share with families about where they can get needed food or shelter during this season, please do so. Your thoughtfulness and caring may be just the gift these families need.

Two days left! Giving Campaign ends 12/18

The giving season is upon us! Last year, SPPS employees contributed more than $150,000 to organizations that work for children and families in Saint Paul. This year we will need your gift to achieve our goal of $160,000. Learn more at giving.spps.org.

Action items

All staff: Review winter weather plan
All staff: Review changes to Special Education programming
All staff: Update directories with new health office phone numbers
All staff: Fourth annual blanket drive runs now through January 17
All staff: Donate to your PTA, place of worship, your child’s school or ANY charity through Community Giving
All staff: Instructors wanted for Summer 2014 enrichment programs
School staff: Register events for National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID)
School staff: Provide feedback to the Curriculum Advisory Council
Elementary school staff: Deadline THIS FRIDAY for Lillian Wright Author in the Schools funding
Principals, assistant principals and school staff: Discipline reporting clean-up
Principals and teachers: Administer MAP tests January 7-24, 2014 (optional)
Teachers: Fund for Teachers deadline is January 30, 2014

Department news and announcements

Mileage reimbursement rates for 2014
Department name changes
Bus safety class erases student suspensions
Additional Yoga Calm training added for late-dismissal schools
Campus and Destiny upgrades scheduled for December 23
SPPS apparel available for purchase
Pre-retirement planning

Employee wellness

Developed by HealthPartners, virtuwell is an online clinic that treats everyday illnesses so you -- or your kids -- can get better faster.

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Kudos

Galtier Community School's CuratorKids Project Debuts at Groundswell on December 16
SPPS to teach Common Core through the arts
Jill Wall Day celebrated on Wednesday, December 11
Saint Paul Public Schools students collect more than 6,400 pounds of food to support local hunger agencies