• 2019-2020 Family Engagement Plan


    Frost Lake Mission: Maximizing educational achievement through racial equity and personalized learning for all.


    Frost Lake Vision:

    • We celebrate all people by creating school environments that are safe, nurturing, welcoming; where staff use culturally relevant teaching that honors and respects the cultures, races, and languages of all students, families, and staff members.
    • We individualize learning through student choice, co-teaching, and educational resources for students to meet or exceed standards.
    • We work with students, families, and the community to acknowledge and interrupt systemic racism in our school and community.


    The Family Engagement Plan (FEP) is organized into four impact areas. We will be working together this year to build positive and goal-oriented relationships in each area. Families and staff at school developed this plan together.


    Welcoming Environment


    Our school has staff member(s) available for families to discuss this plan and ask questions

    ·       Principal: Melissa Kalinowski

    ·       Assistant Principal: Kristen Longway


    Our school communicates with families in many ways.

    ·       Classrooms have daily folders that go home each day with important information.

    ·       Classroom teachers send home weekly or monthly newsletters.

    ·       A school-wide monthly newsletter is sent home.

    ·       Important information can be found on our schools’ website spps.org/frost

    ·       When families call, email or send a note, we do our best to respond within 24 hours.

    The achievement gap, or rather the “opportunity gap,” between students of color and white students in Saint Paul Public Schools is unacceptable. Our school is working to change practices and systems by identifying the barriers that make it harder for students of color to succeed and for their families to support their learning.

    ·       For more about our work on racial equity, contact:

    ·       Principal: Melissa Kalinowski

    ·       Assistant Principal: Kristen Longway


    Transitions between schools can be challenging, and we work to help families as their children start and leave our school.


    For new students and families, we support the transition by:

    ·       Offering an informal meet and greet and school tour the week before school starts.

    ·       Holding an evening open house the first month of school

    ·       Offering tours to new families

    ·       Scheduling intake meetings for students with specific needs


    ·       For Kindergarten students, we partner with the Department of Early Learning


    For students and families moving to the next school in their pathway, we support the transition by:

    ·       Scheduling student visits at potential middle schools.

    ·       Scheduling a parent meeting in January to inform about middle school options.

    ·       Inviting the middle school principals in to meet with families in January.



    Family Partnerships


    Our school-parent compact establishes the shared responsibility for student success between the school, families, and students. Families and teachers work together to develop the compact.

    ·       Copies of the compact are available:

    ·       Copies are provided to each student and his/her family at November Conferences.

    ·       Copies are available in the Frost Lake main office.


    ·       The compact will be updated: Spring 2020

    There are many opportunities for families to build connections to the school and to each other.

    ·       Title I Annual Meeting where we will share information about school programs: September 19, 2019

    ·       Fall Open House: September 19, 2019

    ·       World Café Evenings: October 24, 2019 and February 20, 2020

    ·       Family Fitness Fun Night: March 5, 2020

    ·       Multicultural Night: May 21, 2020

    ·       Coffee with the Principal – Monthly at the start and end of the school day

    ·       National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) will be on February 10, 2020

    ·       Classroom celebrations – Each classroom will have a minimum of two celebrations of learning each year.

    ·       Home Visits – Scheduled by participating teachers.


    We work to make these meetings and events available for every family in the school.

    ·       All important school documents are translated into Hmong, Karen and Spanish.

    ·       Interpreters are provided in home languages for conferences.

    ·       A light supper and childcare will be provided for Frost Lake World Café evenings.

    ·       Transportation provided for conferences upon request


    Our school supports families as advocates and provides opportunities for parent leadership

    ·       Teachers are available to discuss concerns with parents outside of scheduled conference times. 

    ·       A committee of teachers called Student Assistance Team is available to support teachers in meeting student academic and behavior concerns.

    ·       Families are invited in the spring to provide input and ideas into the School Continuous Improvement Plan, Family Engagement Plan and Compact.

    ·       Families are invited to share perspectives and feedback on school during World Café evenings.



    Teaching and Learning


    Our school shares information about student achievement with families in multiple ways.

    ·       Open House - September 19, 2019 – Teachers will share important communication pieces and an overview of grade level standards

    ·       Parent-Teacher conferences - November 14, 15, and 19, 2019 and March 19, 20, and 24, 2020. – Teachers will conference with parents about individual student progress.

    ·       Report cards and progress reports will be distributed during Individual Conferences in November and March.  Final report cards will be mailed home during the summer.

    ·       Classroom Celebrations as scheduled by teachers will celebrate achievement in learning.


    ·       Reading can be improved by all students by reading each and every night with a family member.


    Our school will engage in personalized learning as a key strategy to accelerate student achievement. Parents can get more information using many tools.

    ·       Parent log-in information can be accessed at spps.org/onestop or by asking the school clerk

    ·       iPads – all students preK-5 will have an iPad available to use throughout the school day, provided that parents have signed the permission form for students to have one and that students are abiding by the acceptable use policy.  Students in grades 4 and 5 may bring their iPads home after additional agreements between school and parents.

    ·       Schoology – Students in grades 3-5 will use Schoology as the online learning platform.  Parents are encouraged to set up their parent account to view student learning activities and grades

    ·       Seesaw – Students in grades PreK -2 will use Seesaw as their online learning platform.  Parents are encouraged to set up their parent account to view student learning activities.  Please contact your student’s teacher for information on how to do this.


    Many before- and after-school enrichment and support opportunities are available for students

    ·       Extended Day Learning (EDL) is available to a limited number of students in grade 3-5.



    Community Partnerships


    Our school develops community partnerships to provide additional support for students and their families

    ·       Family Innovations – an organization that provides mental and emotional support to students.

    ·       Children’s Dental Clinic – provides free dental care to students upon parent request

    ·       Eye Clinic – Completes vision screening for all K, 1, 3 and 5 students.

    ·       Flu Shot Clinic – Free flu shots for Frost Lake families

    ·       St. Paul Public Library Bookmobile – Provides all students with a St. Paul Public Library card and opportunities for students to check books out every other week


    This plan is available as part of our school’s SCIP, or School Comprehensive Improvement Plan at spps.org/scip, is on our school website at frost.spps.org and printed copies are available in the office.