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Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Youth and Children: A Forum for Education and Discussion is April 30
Join Out for Equity for "Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Youth and Children: A Forum for Education and Discussion," an LGBTQ+ Family Conference on Saturday, April 30 at Central High School.

Sessions will range from vocabulary to advocacy, from transition to adulthood, and advocating for your child in classrooms. If you have questions contact Mary Hoelscher at or call 651-592-9956.

Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Youth and Children: A Forum for Education and Discussion

  • Where: Central High School
  • When: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, April 30
  • Cost: Free (suggested donation of $10 to $20)
  • Meal: Provided to advanced registrants
  • To register: Brown Paper Tickets

Childcare is available for potty-trained, independent children aged 2-8 years old.

Childcare registration must be made in advance to ensure appropriate ratios and care for your child. As soon as possible, email or call 651-592-9956. Children that were not registered for childcare will not be accepted after April 27.

A meal will be provided to those who register in advance, and will include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

This event is hosted by the Saint Paul Public School's GSDPAC. Saint Paul Public Schools, The Bridge for Youth and Minneapolis Public Schools are co-sponsoring the event.

New sustainability website, projects and more available on
The Environmental Services Group has constructed a new interactive web page to highlight past, current and future sustainability projects across the district. The web page highlights current projects such as waste and recycling or energy initiatives, and serves as a resource for staff and students to discover how SPPS cares for the environment.

How much waste is created at your school?
Ever wonder how much trash your school produces, or how your school’s recycling rate compares to other schools? The new sustainability web page features an interactive data tracking system that allows you to explore your school’s waste, recycling and carbon footprint. Greenhalo is a fun and interactive tool for students and staff to explore, research and report their school’s waste data.

Feature your sustainability project
Does your school have a great sustainability project? Is your school becoming greener and cleaner? If so, let us know and you can be the next Featured Project!

For more information, contact Racquel Maronde at

Final installment of ‘Telling Our Stories’ is April 18 at the MRC
The Multicultural Resource Center is hosting the last of its four-part series “Telling Our Stories” from 5-8 p.m., Monday, April 18, at the MRC.

The final session will highlight SPPS classes that have contributed to “Telling Our Stories” this year. Individual stories will also be recorded as part of a project to bring multiple voices to the MRC’s collection.

Light refreshments and staff clock hours will be provided.

Sign up on PDExpress under MRC: Storytelling. If you have questions, contact the MRC at or 651-744-2635.

Free tickets to Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concert available for fifth grade students
Saint Paul Public Schools fifth-graders are eligible for free tickets and transportation to the 2016-17 Young People’s Concert at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.

If you have questions, contact Jan Spencer de Gutiérrez at

Equity in the Classroom series continues in April at the Multicultural Resource Center
Are you looking for ways to integrate equity tools into your work with students? Join us for Compass 4 Kids, a three-part series that will engage, deepen and sustain conversations and learning around using the Compass with yourself, your students and your colleagues. School teams are encouraged to engage in this learning, but individuals are also welcome.

The Tuesday series will meet on April 12, April 19 and April 26.

All sessions will meet from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), located at Washington Technology Magnet School. Register on PDExpress under MRC. In-service credit available upon completion.

If you have questions about the series, contact Sherry Kempf at 651-744-2635 or

Three sites will be hosting Staff Yoga series this April
Take advantage of free staff yoga classes to reduce stress and develop health and sustainable self-care practices. If you attend all three classes in the series, it will count as a Wellness Program for the 2017 Health Care Savings. To register please use the following links:

April series at 1930 Como

  • Class 1: Thursday, April 14, 4-5 p.m.
  • Class 2: Thursday, April 21, 4-5 p.m.
  • Class 3: Thursday, April 28, 4-5 p.m.

April series at Highland Park Senior

  • Class 1: Tuesday, April 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Class 2: Tuesday, April 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Class 3: Tuesday, April 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

April series at John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary

  • Class 1: Monday, April 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Class 2: Monday, April 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Class 3: Monday, April 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Free Stress Management Series at 360 Colborne starts this week
Saint Paul Public Schools is partnering with the Sand Creek Group Employee Assistance Program to give staff members the tools to manage the stress of daily life.

The series will devote time to creating healthy habits, and developing effective communication strategies and mindfulness to help address life’s unexpected difficulties. People who are able to manage their stress lead happier lives and are less likely to develop depression and other chronic diseases.

Join us for this three part Stress Management Series from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 360 Colborne:

  • April 12: Resilience
  • April 19: Authentic Communication
  • April 26: Mindfulness

If interested please register. Attending all three sessions of the series will count as a 2016 Wellness Program for your 2017 Health Care Savings.

Get your team together and join the Wellness Cup Team Challenge
Ready for a friendly competition? Join the Wellness Cup Team Challenge. This point-based challenge will focus on a different area of wellness each week: Physical Activity, Nutrition, Health and Social/Emotional.

Get together your team of 3-10 staff members and select a team captain. The captain will collect and submit your team’s points each week. The Challenge starts Monday, April 25.