Department news

Extended Day Learning begins Oct. 12
All principals should have already received their site Extended Day Learning (EDL) registration information. Principals and other administrators may direct questions regarding EDL to Fatima Lawson at 651-744-1366 or fatima.lawson@spps.org. Please view the AltEd website for additional information including EDL curriculum, dates and times.

A few reminders:

  • Send your site leader’s name and contact information to the TOSAs listed below by today (Tuesday, Sept. 8).
  • EDL positions are posted on the Human Resources website. Candidates are welcome to apply.
  • EDL site leader meeting/orientation is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 14 (elementary) and Thursday, Sept. 17 (secondary), respectively.

For additional support and questions, contact the following Department of Alternative Education staff:

Use the School Marketing Toolkit to promote your school
The School Marketing Toolkit is open to all SPPS staff to promote your school's academics, events and programs. Student photos and customizable flyers, newsletters, postcards and more are available.

Just choose a template, customize it, add your school logo and you're done. The School Marketing Toolkit is updated regularly throughout the school year.

If you have questions, contact pepe.barton@spps.org.

For second year, Nutrition Services highlights local food with 'Minnesota Thursdays'
The Nutrition Services program “Minnesota Thursdays” will return for a second year to highlight seasonal, Minnesota-grown ingredients. The program, which takes place the first Thursday of each month in our schools, is a partnership between Saint Paul Public Schools and Minneapolis Public Schools.

The first Minnesota Thursday menu will be offered on Sept. 10 and will feature ingredients sourced within a 200-mile radius of the Twin Cities.

The program highlights local farmers, ranchers and companies and teaches students about local food, nutrition and agriculture while supporting the local economy. The Minnesota Thursday initiative is part of our Farm to School program.

Find more information about Minnesota Thursdays and the Farm to School program on our website at ns.spps.org. View our interactive menus at spps.nutrislice.com.

PLC building contacts: quarterly meeting dates announced
Each building has a Professional Learning Community (PLC) contact person who will attend quarterly meetings. The PLC building contact will:

  • Be the main point of contact for questions and disseminate information to the school-based leadership team
  • Update school staff on PLC expectations and best practices
  • Collaborate with other Building PLC contacts and district leadership throughout the year at PLC building contact quarterly meetings

PLC building contact quarterly meeting dates are:

  • Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7:30-9 a.m or 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30-9 a.m or 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 7 at 7:30-9 a.m or 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 3 at 7:30-9 a.m or 3-4:30 p.m.

PLC building contacts should register on PDExpress for TDE: PLC Building Contact Quarterly Meetings (TDE302 - SY15-16).

New school bus discipline referral form
Transportation, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) and Campus staff have updated the School Bus Discipline Referral Form.

The simplified form is now aligned with Campus behavior fields and allows the Transportation Department to better track bus behavior issues. Please record all school bus discipline issues in Campus instead of the several other methods that have been used in the past.

New meal prices for 2015-16 school year
Meal price increases were approved in April 2015 by the SPPS Board of Education. The increase is required by the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. Each year, SPPS is required to review our paid lunches to ensure we meet the USDA guidelines.

SPPS continues to provide breakfast at no cost for all students. Lunch will be provided to all students at no cost in 39 schools under the Community Eligibility Program. For a list of schools, visit ns.spps.org.

Submit your summer programs activity tracker
If you participated in the Summer Scramble or the Gear Up and Go challenge, hopefully you were able to find some new ways to be active this summer. Now it’s time to submit your activity tracker so you are able to receive credit for completing a wellness program.

Please return the activity tracker to Brian Neppl using the following information:
Attn: District Wellness
Fax: 651-665-0269
Email: District.Wellness@SPPS.org
Mail: 360 Colborne St., Saint Paul, MN 55102

Return your completed activity tracker by Friday, Sept. 11. On your activity tracker, make sure to include your HealthPartners Member ID number from your insurance card.

To receive your Health Care Savings in 2016, you must complete your Health Assessment in addition to a Wellness Program. Your Health Assessment and Wellness Program must be completed by Friday, Oct. 23.

If your spouse is covered on your insurance, both you and your covered spouse must complete the Health Assessment and a Wellness Program.

September health observance: Eat more fruits and vegetables
The September Health Observance comes with a challenge: eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients, low in calories, and ideally should make up a large portion of everyone’s diet.

What did you do to Live Well this summer?
Each day you can make small decisions to live a healthier life. But these small decisions start to add up over time and can include things like:

  • Choosing to take the stairs over the elevator
  • Parking farther away
  • Drinking water instead of a high-calorie drink
  • Joining a gym

At SPPS, we know our staff makes the decision to Live Well every day. We want to hear what you did to Live Well this summer! Submit your testimonial and you’ll be entered in a drawing for prizes, including a FitBit, Co-op Market gift cards and a gift card to an athletic store.

  • Submit a testimonial and photo (if  of what you did to Live Well this summer: district.wellness@spps.org
  • If you have one available, include a photo of you Living Well.

If you have questions, contact Brian Neppl at 651-767-8154 or district.wellness@spps.org.