From the Office of Nutrition Services: Making Nutritious Meals Accessible for All Students

The Bridge is featuring columns from leaders across Saint Paul Public Schools. This week, Stacy Koppen, Director of Nutrition Services, explains how good nutrition can make a lasting impact on students' lives and affect their ability to learn, communicate and socialize.

Video: Fall Feast and Powwow celebrated at American Indian Magnet School

The SPPS American Indian Education Program’s annual celebration included a community dinner, drum blessing, powwow and an academic award ceremony for students.

Action Items
  • Staff: Do not upgrade SPPS iPads, iPhones to iOS 9.1
  • Staff: Register your building by Oct. 5 for Walk/Bike to School Day
  • Staff: Professional Development opportunities available to learn about children's mental health issues
  • Staff: Participate in Minnesota Children's Museum's statewide 'Day of Play' on Oct. 7
  • Staff: Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on Oct. 12
  • Staff: Give to the Max Day is Thursday, Nov. 12
  • High school staff: Recruit students for Youth Advisory Team
  • Principals and staff development coordinators: Complete MDE Staff Development Report by Oct. 12
  • Teachers: Register to participate in 'We Act'
  • Teachers: Schedule a free science field trip for students
  • Third grade teachers: Request free dictionaries for your students by Oct. 5
  • 'I Am SPPS' campaign continues on social media, SPPS website
  • Board of Education recognizes outstanding work by SPPS employees
  • 26 SPPS students take 'Girls Inspiration Flight' to Seattle
Department News
  • Annual Open Enrollment dates announced
  • PDExpress Building Contact Trainings announced
  • Racial equity training opportunity for instructional staff
  • New deadline for Pcard statements
  • Applications being accepted for Extended Day Learning Instrumental Music Program
  • Federal report highlights White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • Take advantage of 2016 health care savings
  • Free on-site yoga courses at Battle Creek Elementary and Washington Technology Magnet
Teacher Grants
  • Transportation grants to Minneapolis Institute of Art available
  • Apply for October/November grants now
  • Deadline Oct. 12 for Inspired Educator Grant
  • Get help with fall grant applications this week
  • Join the SPPS Grants Facebook group
  • Scholarship from Saint Paul Retired Teachers, Inc. available