Department news

Recognize National School Nurse Day on Wednesday, May 6
National School Nurse Day is an opportunity to say thank you to healthcare workers in our schools and to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

School Grounds Coffee Cart opens at 360 Colborne
The Focus Beyond Transition Services program recently opened a student-run coffee cart called School Grounds in the district headquarter lobby at 360 Colborne. The students are learning skills including inventory keeping, customer service, cashiering with an iPad, cash handling and making change.

Students are selling coffee (regular and decaf), tea and hot cocoa on Monday through Friday from 8 to 9:45 a.m. A 16 ounce coffee, tea or cocoa is $2 (add $.50 for a flavor shot) and is brewed fresh daily from a local West Seventh coffee shop. Ask about promotions and specials.

If you would like to use School Grounds for an event or a meeting at 360 Colborne outside of business hours, contact Justin Lamphere at or Shannon Schubert at and they will try to accommodate your request.

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

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.

Those interested in hosting can contact Sue Vandenheuvel at 651-603-4954 for more information. An online application is at

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