Department news and announcements

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Marketing Toolkit updates
To help make your job easier, the Communications Department has provided a marketing toolkit to help promote your school to families and the community. New this month: a customizable tri-fold and bi-fold brochure.

Start looking for updates for school choice marketing materials. A password is no longer needed.
Questions or suggestions? Contact Pepe Barton at pepe.barton@spps.org.

Special Education family meetings begin in October
SPPS is continuing its support of Special Education Families through monthly family groups. Families that have children in Special Education, birth through age 21, are invited to attend any or all groups that offer information and resources. Families will share a meal together, share experiences, build community and gain new resources to support their students. Meetings are held at 360 Colborne. For more information, contact Jackie Kelly, Special Education Family Liaison at 651-767-3437.

Students ages 12-18 can read to pay off library fine
Saint Paul Public Libraries (SPPL) is offering teens ages 12 to 18 the opportunity to read away their fines and fees at the public library in October.When students have accrued over $10 in money owed to the library, they are unable to check items out. SPPL aims to remove obstacles to using the library without removing responsibility for materials they’ve borrowed in the past. Learn more on the SPPL website, or download the flyer.

Tenured K-12 Classroom Teachers: Peer Assistance and Review
Do you have a professional goal that you would like support in reaching? Have you switched schools and need assistance adjusting? Are you teaching a new grade level and/or content area? Do you want to reflect about instructional practices in the classroom? Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Consulting Teachers are able to coach, consult and/or collaborate. Peer Assistance and Review is a program developed through collaboration between Saint Paul Public Schools and Saint Paul Federation of Teachers to support teachers in developing and refining instructional practices. This is a reflective and intensive support model based on your individual needs. Requests will be filled upon availability of PAR Consulting Teachers. Register on PD Express with the title PAR: Tenure Teacher Coaching/Collaboration and then contact Amy Steele at amy.steele@spps.org or 651-744-1330 to set up an initial appointment with a PAR Consulting Teacher. 

Translations of technology forms coming in October
The Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement for students and the Technology Opt-Out form for families are currently being translated into Spanish, Hmong, Karen and Somali. They will be distributed to schools in early October.

SPPS Foundation to host Investing in Academic Excellence Breakfast on October 10
Come and hear stories of great schools at the 2013 Investing in Academic Excellence Breakfast. At the breakfast, you’ll learn how the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation invests in great schools and great communities. For more information and to register, visit the Foundation website.

Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) to hold focus group
As part of the process of exploring the future cable communications needs of Saint Paul, SPNN is hosting a focus group on October 2, 2013, at The Hubbs Center for Adult Education. The focus group is a chance for interested community members to provide their opinions regarding future services that could be available through the cable system serving Saint Paul. K-12 teachers, staff and students are welcome to participate. For more information and to RSVP, visit the SPNN website.