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From the Superintendent: Preparing for the final stretch of the school year

Welcome back! I hope you all had a rejuvenating break and are ready for this final stretch of the school year. As we settle back in, please take a moment to re-teach expectations and rules in the classrooms, on the bus, and at passing time. It may be April, but we are not done teaching and reinforcing positive behavior. We all share in educating Saint Paul's students. 

Video: Partnership Keeps Students Healthy and In School

Recently, Health Start School-Based Clinics staff gathered with SPPS nurses, counselors and social workers to discuss ways to remove barriers to student health. For more than 40 years the Health Start and SPPS partnership has helped meet students' health needs right in the school they attend. From immunizations to mental health support, students who get help in their own school get back to their classrooms and learning fast.

Action items
  • Teachers: Summer classroom repair and maintenance survey now available
  • All staff: Nominate an SPPS Teacher for Saint Paul Rotary Club’s Teacher of the Year Award
  • Staff: SUTR application extended deadline and upcoming information sessions
  • Staff: Register your site for the Walk ’n’ Roll to School Day, Wednesday, May 4
  • Staff: Create a 1-minute ‘We Made a Difference’ Video and win funds for your community action projects
  • Staff: Attend the SPPS Honors Concert, Performance Showcase and Visual Art Exhibition
  • Elementary principals and teachers: Free field trip to plant flower beds at State Capitol
  • Principals: Read the Office of Specialized Services Newsletter
  • All staff: S-Term priority registration is Friday, April 15
  • All staff: S-Term staff applications now open
  • All staff: Spread the word about SPPS school nurse informational interviews
Kudos
  • Two SPPS teachers are finalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award
  • SPPS students featured in ‘I Am SPPS’
Department news
  • Three sites will be hosting Staff Yoga series this April
  • Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Youth and Children: A Forum for Education and Discussion is April 30
  • New sustainability website, projects and more available on SPPS.org
  • Final installment of ‘Telling Our Stories’ is April 18 at the MRC
  • Free tickets to Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concert available for fifth grade students
  • Equity in the Classroom series continues in April at the Multicultural Resource Center
  • Free Stress Management Series at 360 Colborne starts this week
  • Get your team together and join the Wellness Cup Team Challenge

 

Teacher grants
  • Upcoming grant deadlines