Department news

Summer food service program host sites needed
Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is looking for food service sites throughout Saint Paul to host the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). SFSP provides free meals to children 18 years old and younger during the summer months when school meals are not available. The program runs from June 15-Aug. 28 and is typically offered at churches, libraries, day camps, nonprofit organizations, and recreation and community centers.

In order to serve more children in Saint Paul, SPPS Nutrition Services hopes to expand the number of meal service locations this year. Sites must complete an online application and, if selected, are required to follow all program rules and regulations. Meals must be offered during supervised times at each site and to all children on a first-come, first-served basis.

If your organization is interested in feeding children who wouldn’t otherwise have access to meals over the summer, consider becoming a summer food service site. Please contact Sue Vandenheuvel at 651-603-4954 for more information. An online application form is available at ns.spps.org/summer.html.

Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
The April 20 issue of the Office of Multilingual Learning newsletter is now available.

African American Family Literacy event is May 6 at Four Seasons Elementary
Four Seasons Elementary School is hosting an African American Family Literacy event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 to celebrate literacy and African/African American culture. There will be a storyteller, dancers, drummers, free books for children, games and activities, resource tables, food and prizes. The event is co-sponsored by Parents of African American Students Advisory Committee, Office of Family Engagement and Community Partnerships and the Multicultural Resource Center.

Use Print Copy & Mail for school, department and personal projects
Did you know the SPPS Print, Copy & Mail Center can complete a wide variety of services for schools, departments and personal use? Using the Print, Copy & Mail Center’s services saves money and time and supports SPPS.

'Hearing student voices' is topic of Monday’s Tweet Chat
Discuss education topics on Twitter every Monday at 7 p.m. with the Office of Personalized Learning. Log on to Twitter and participate in the chat using the hashtag #sppschat. Contact Jessica McMahon with questions at jessica.mcmahon@spps.org or tweet her at @SPPS_McMahon.

Support SPPS teaching, learning at A Toast to Student Success benefit on April 30
You can support teaching and learning in SPPS by attending A Toast to Student Success, a benefit organized by the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation. A Toast to Student Success, planned for Thursday, April 30, will help support the Inspired Educator Grant program. The grants provide more than $25,000 annually to SPPS teachers for innovative projects in their classroom. Grant projects are designed to engage students in critical thinking, encourage problem-solving and inspire a joy of learning.

The event will be held at the Saint Paul Athletic Club, 340 Cedar St. in Saint Paul, and will include a student art show, a silent auction, Latin American music by The uTango Ensemble and more. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $40 at the door.