From the superintendent


Dear Colleagues:

Thank you so much to those who who made Saturday’s School Choice Fair such a success. Whether you staffed a booth, printed the flyers, or were part of the planning team, you made the Fair better, more welcoming, and easier to navigate for everyone. Schools really stepped up this year to make booths engaging and fun for visitors. The School Choice Fair is just one more thing I love about Saint Paul Public Schools!

I hope that those of you working at the Fair found some time for you -- perhaps to snowshoe, ice skate or otherwise enjoy the winter now that it has warmed up a little. I know that every time I turn on the television, I’m reminded that this is the time for New Year’s resolutions -- especially about getting physically fit!

Many of us do set wellness goals for the new year, whether to exercise more, get more sleep, or eat better. At SPPS, we want to support you in reaching your wellness goals and are proud to offer employees covered by HealthPartners the following benefits, at no cost:

  • Learn what your wellness strengths and weaknesses are by taking a confidential health assessment.
  • Get involved in free programs related to physical fitness, stress reduction, nutrition and communication skills.
  • Information is a phone call away from registered dietitians, health educators and other professionals.
  • Finally join that gym using discounts on gym memberships when you work out at least 12 times per month. (I’m told it’s not that bad!)
  • Participate in fun (really!) wellness activities such as this month's recipe contest or November's cooking class.
  • And more!

Last year, 5,843 SPPS employees and spouses participated in these programs, and they saved up to $3,000 in healthcare costs per household. Their participation saved our school district an estimated $900,000!

When SPPS employees are healthy and happy, we can serve our students better as they learn and grow. Please don’t hesitate to take advantage of all the programs we offer to help you reach your wellness goals.

Your very proud superintendent,

Silva Signature


Valeria S. Silva