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Information about 2016-17 Family Engagement Plan and compacts
Here are a few reminders regarding the Family Engagement Plan (FEP) and Compacts for next year.

  • The FEP template is the same as last year, but make sure you update the dates. You should be able to make updates without having to type the whole plan again. The same is true for the compact.
  • The PDF version of the FEP template is attached here with the date updates highlighted, as well as the Microsoft Word version.
  • All schools need to have an FEP. The FEP and Compact are due June 6 and should both be uploaded to the school’s Title I compliance folder (Title I Schools Only). Remember that you'll likely need to do some updates when you return in the fall, so please update it with the best information you have at this time.
  • Families should be part of all your updates, so don't forget to keep sign-in sheets, meeting agendas and notes for all your work.
  • You can find information on how to create the brochure style compact on the Title I website, "Dust Off Your Old School Parent Compact," and how that compact is aligned to the purpose of engaging families, teachers and students in designing a school-parent blueprint for action tied to your School Improvement Plan.

Heather Kilgore will have her FEP work session on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room A at 360 Colborne. You are welcome to bring a team and take as much time as you need to work.

Contact Heather if you have any questions or concerns at or 651-744-4223.

Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
The April 25 issue of the Office of Multilingual Learning newsletter is now available.

Gender Inclusion in Schools Series
Saint Paul Public Schools is partnering with Minneapolis Public Schools for a four-part series on Gender Inclusion in Schools. Deepen your understanding of how gender impacts all learners and how the Gender Inclusion Policy promotes safer learning environments for transgender and gender-variant students.

The events in this series feature documentaries, speakers and special guests including Jessica Herthel, the author of I Am Jazz.

For more information, contact Mary Hoelscher, 651-603-4972.

SPPS employees may register for up to 10 clock hours for participating in as many of these sessions as meet their learning goals on PDExpress. Families and community members are invited to participate in these free events.

Series Events and Locations:

  • The Mask You Live In: Film Screening and Discussion
    Thursday, May 5, 6-9 p.m., at Minneapolis South High School, 3131 S. 19th Ave., Minneapolis
  • I Am Jazz: Book Reading with Author and Discussion about LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum
    Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Davis Education Center, 1250 West Broadway, Minneapolis
  • Toilet Training: Focus on Facilities
    Monday, May 9, 5 - 7 p.m. at AGAPE School, 1037 University Ave. W.
  • Making the Game: Sports and Athletics
    Tuesday, May 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at SPPS District Administration building, 360 S. Colborne St.

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

Next week is SPPS Wellness Week
It is the 2nd Annual SPPS Wellness Week. This district-wide initiative focuses on student and staff health and wellness.

Do you have a financial plan?
Whether you are just starting your career or getting close to retirement, it is important to have a financial plan. Developing a financial plan may seem daunting, but SPPS has an opportunity to help you get started.

A Financial Planning Basics presentation will be offered Thursday, May 5 from 4:30-6 p.m. in conference rooms E and F at the District Administrative Building, 360 Colborne St. The presentation will cover the basics of Financial Planning so you can start thinking about your own financial plan.

The presentation will be provided by SPPS partner Capital Street Financial, which offers 403(b) programs.

If you are interested in attending this presentation, register here.