Our Principal

Principal Karen Duke
  • Contact Principal Karen Duke at:

    651-293-8735 or karen.duke@spps.org


    January 23, 2018

    Dear St. Anthony Park Families:

    Happy snow day! The school is very quiet today.  I hope all of you enjoyed the snow day – maybe out in the snow, maybe warm and cozy inside.  The snow was falling fast at dismissal time on Monday, and I’m grateful to all of you who helped out with pushing other cars, directing traffic, and helping students stay safe out there.  I love how the community comes together during a snowstorm.  While some were out here at school, though, some of you were waiting for your kids’ buses to come, and as a parent, I know how hard that would be.  On behalf of St. Paul Schools, I sincerely apologize.  The roads were terrible and the bus drivers were doing their very best.

    As always, there are a lot of exciting things happening here at St. Anthony Park. Yesterday at school we launched the annual read-a-thon with the theme “Build Your Imagination.”  We have a goal of reading 300,000 minutes and raising $11,000.  Please encourage your kids to read, and to ask friends, family and neighbors to make a donation to our school.  As tradition dictates, a challenge has been made:  if they read 300,000 minutes, I will become a carpenter and complete a construction challenge while they watch.  I guess I better go shopping for a toolbelt!

    SAPSA, our parent association, is also planning their 3rd annual “Parents’ Night Out” fundraiser on Friday, February 9. The goal is to raise $10,000.  Langford Recreation Center is providing a low-cost evening of fun for the kids, so you can drop them off and have some adult time.  RSVP and donate online here: https://goo.gl/forms/uwon00kMleTUgHR43

    For a fun family event, stop by the Langford Park Winter Classic – a 59-year tradition of hockey at Langford Rec Center.  This year I get the honor of dropping the first puck!  For me, a kid who grew up on Scudder St. and skated at Langford all the time, this is the Big Time!  For more information, see http://www.langfordparkhockey.com/winter-classic/

    This is our enrollment season, and, as usual, we have had a lot of interest from prospective families in St. Anthony Park.  The Site Council has been working with our district office to talk about enrollment for next year and the process of “growing” our school to fill our new classrooms.  For next year, we’d like to fill up our kindergarten, first and second-grade classrooms while staying within class size limits.  Tell your friends and neighbors:  we will have space, even for students who don’t live in this area and even for students in upper grades.  Application deadline is February 23.  For more information from our site council, check out the meeting notes at https://www.spps.org/cms/lib/MN01910242/Centricity/Domain/229/SiteCouncilMinutesJanuary2018.pdf

    Remember, my door is always open for your questions, concerns and feedback.  Thanks for all you do to support your children and St. Anthony Park Elementary!

    Karen Duke, Principal

    Past Principal Letters

    August 15, 2017

    October 9, 2017

    October 23, 2017

    November 14, 2017

    November 27, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    January 8, 2017

    January 23, 2017