Frost Lake Monthly Newsletter
September 1, 2020
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year!
All of us at Frost Lake Elementary School look forward to seeing grades 1-5 on Tuesday, Sept. 8 and Pre-K and kindergarten students on Thursday, Sept. 10. We are excited to connect and reconnect with our students and families and look forward to our partnership in the coming year whether over a virtual platform or face to face as soon as it is safe to do so.
Saint Paul Public Schools has been developing plans for most of the summer in anticipation of your return. Typically, this message is one that discusses schedule pick-up dates, school supply lists, immunizations, etc. This year I realize that right now instead of those items, you need as much information as possible about what school will look like as we will start in distance learning.
You can find more detailed information and updates about the new school year at the following websites:
I will be sending more details about our plans in the coming weeks. I will also be posting updates on spps.org/frost. Our staff is ready to work with your family and look forward to seeing you virtually to start the school year, and hopefully in person later this year if the pandemic is in better control.
The first day of school can be overwhelming for students, and there is no doubt this year will bring some new and additional challenges. Here are a few things to know so you and your child can prepare.
New Family Information
New families should be sure to complete the online iUpdate. iPads for new students are available for pick up Sept. 1-3 on the Idaho side of the building. All PreK and Kindergarten students will need to turn in updated immunization records. This is a requirement for onsite learning when that time comes.
Student and Family Distance Learning Checklist
Please view and use this technology checklist as a guide to make sure you are ready for the first day of school. This checklist is available at spps.org/fallchecklist.
If your iPad is damaged or needs to be replaced please report the issue by emailing or calling Saint Paul Public Schools Technology Services:
- Email: email@example.com
- Call: 651-603-4348 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Please leave a detailed voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
If you are having problems with your iPad, you may also contact your student’s teacher or our school. After a report is made, a member of the SPPS technology support team will contact you about replacement options to continue distance learning in Saint Paul.
If you are having issues logging into Seesaw, Schoology or other district-approved apps, please see the information on spps.org/ipadhelp.
School Contact Information
Relationships and timely communication is more important than ever in a distance learning environment. If you have questions, or need to contact someone at school, please call 651-293-8930 and leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more immediate response. It is important to know that if you have requested the school to call you, the return call may come from an unknown or out of state area code. Please answer to avoid phone tag.
Please check our school website regularly, spps.org/frost, for information and updates. This will be the primary point of communication from Frost Lake to families.
SPPS uses Blackboard Connect to alert families about important school news and information, events, weather cancellations, emergencies and more through email, phone and text. Update your phone number, email and other contact information by calling 651-293-8930, emailing email@example.com or through Campus Portal.
- All families will be asked to complete the annual fall iUpdate forms. For more details, and to update your information, visit spps.org/onestop.
- You may contact Frost Lake for assistance with this or the district at 651-744-5145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also download the MySPPS app from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Once you “Follow” Frost Lake, you’ll have instant access to school news and updates. Just search “MySPPS” in the app stores. Learn more at spps.org/MySPPS.
Frost Lake will host a virtual open house to welcome students and families to a new school year on Sept. 3 at 9:30-10:30am and 3:30-4:30pm. Links to Teacher Google Meets will be published on our website at spps.org/frost. Teachers will also be scheduling individual meetings with students and parents the week of Sept. 8th.
We are following our school’s regular start and end times from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., regardless of whether students are distance learning or in hybrid or in-person learning scenarios. Instructional availability for learning occurs during this time.
Elementary only: SPPS Community Education will offer two childcare options for families this fall while students are in distance learning. Both programs are open to enrolled elementary age students.
- Essential Kids Care will operate at three sites this fall for children of Tier 1 essential workers. Care is free during normal school hours, and transportation is available. For more information: spps.org/ekidscare
- Discovery Club will be available at four sites this fall for PreK-5th graders. The fee-based program does not include transportation. For more information: spps.org/discoveryclub
Both options will be staffed by non-licensed childcare staff. Children will remain with the same small group each day. Masks will be required for all students and staff, and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for childcare programs will be strictly enforced.
A portion of the day will be set aside for students to work on their independent learning, and the remainder of the time will include enrichment and physical activity. Breakfast and lunch are also provided. For questions, please contact Discovery Club at email@example.com or call 651-632-3793.
Nutrition Services will continue to provide weekly meal boxes through home meal delivery and curbside pickup while SPPS is in distance learning. All students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will receive meals at no cost.
Every SPPS family should complete an application for Education Benefits/Free or Reduced Price Meals -- regardless of family income. Not only does this help us identify families in need of assistance, it also allows SPPS to receive federal dollars for classroom programming. Applications are available online on SchoolCafe, and paper applications were mailed to homes in August.
This school year, there will be “same time” learning scheduled for classrooms. This will include a class meeting time scheduled sometime during the school day each day. Teachers may also schedule instructional small groups that will meet a weekly scheduled time. Most of the instruction assigned will be “anytime” learning that students will complete individually on their own schedule. Details on class schedules, including when “same time” learning will occur, are still being finalized. More information will be shared with you before the start of school during Open House and the first week of school.
Distance Learning 2.0
- All PreK-12 students will be issued an iPad
- Distance Learning 2.0 will be a balance between any time (asynchronous) and same-time (synchronous) learning
- Students will receive daily same-time (synchronous) instruction from their teachers
- There will be daily student-to-student interaction
- Students will have access to enhanced WiFi options
More details about Distance Learning 2.0 will be shared and updated on spps.org as it is made available. To view information about Distance Learning 2.0, visit spps.org/distancelearning.
If you have questions that you cannot find answers to on our website, please call Frost Lake. You may also call the Parent Help Line at 651-767-8347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Virtual Learning School
The SPPS Virtual Learning School is an option for PreK-12 students who prefer to remain in 100% distance learning for the entire 2020-21 school year. Students who enroll in the Virtual Learning School will begin the school year with their currently assigned class at Frost Lake.
Virtual Learning School students will stay in their currently enrolled home schools and classrooms until a transition is made to a hybrid model. As the district moves through the various levels of hybrid learning, students enrolled in the Virtual Learning School will transition to their Virtual Learning School classrooms.
- Learn more at spps.org/virtuallearning
The Frost Lake calendar is posted online at spps.org/frost. Please note that dates may change as the year progresses, and updates may be posted from time to time. For the full district calendar, visit spps.org/calendar.
Health And Wellness
Even though SPPS students will start the year in distance learning, it’s important to make sure your child’s immunizations are current and provide records to your child’s school. Learn more at spps.org/studentwellness.
COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines
Saint Paul Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff and their families. To ensure this commitment is met, we have developed and will continue to revise the COVID-19 Guidance for Students and Families in response to the everchanging Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
COVID Testing Resources
Visit the Minnesota Department of Health website to find a location providing free COVID-19 testing. Reminder: Check with your insurance provider before making an appointment to make sure the office visit fee will be covered.
Student Mental Health
We recognize that school closure, distance learning, and COVID-19 may cause extra stress to many in our school community, including families, students and staff. Reach out to our school counselor Vanessa Amaya or social workers Katie Nick and Mark Cavanaugh for support for your child’s mental health and to be connected with community resources, where appropriate. There is a link called Support for Families on spps.org/frost. Please complete the form and one of the three will connect with you.
Face Coverings in SPPS
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has directed that masks or face coverings must be worn throughout Minnesota in all indoor public spaces - including school buildings. This new executive order applies to all visitors, staff and students (kindergarten and older). SPPS staff and visitors have been expected to wear face coverings since April. Pre-K students are not required to wear face coverings under this order.
- Read more about Face Coverings at spps.org.
I am looking forward to welcoming you and your child to a new school year Tuesday, September 8, for grades 1-12, and Thursday, Sept. 10, for Pre-K and kindergarten. I’m so proud to be part of this wonderful school community.
Melissa Kalinowski, Principal