Contact Principal Karen Duke at:
651-293-8735 or email@example.com
April 9, 2018
Dear St. Anthony Park Families:
Well, even though it doesn’t look like spring outside, spring break is past and we are entering the final stretch of the year. As always, there is a lot going on here. The biggest news of the day today was that we have entered the next phase of construction, and things look a little different around here. The main office is now on the south side of the building. You can enter through the doors near the playground. Please remember to check in at the main office when you get here.
The library books have been delivered and the set-up has begun. If you have some time this week, we could use a few more volunteers to help organize and put the books on the shelves. You can come during the school day or on Wednesday evening (April 11). Please contact Becky Kallhoff to sign up – firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to repeat the announcement that the Site Council is hosting three opportunities this month for you to hear about the enrollment and budget for next year:
Tuesday, April 24, 7:00-8:00 pm (childcare available)
Thursday, April 26, 8:30-9:30 am
Friday, April 27, 12:00-1:00 pm
I haven’t received our budget information yet, but the St. Paul Public Schools is projecting a $17 million deficit this year. I will do my best to keep you all informed of how the deficit will impact St. Anthony Park, and to get as much input as I can from the school and community.
Next week, our students in third, fourth and fifth grade will start the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, or MCAs. This year, most of the students will use their iPad for the exam, which will minimize the amount of testing time in the building. As you are talking with your child about the test, if they are anxious about it, encourage them to not worry. Our students are talented and intelligent young people. If they don’t feel successful at testing, help them remember that the test is only one measure of success. Another thing to stress is that the MCA is mostly a chance for the staff to see what we have done well teaching the students, and what we need to do better in the future. Finally, we need to be sure that students hear the message that some of the happiest, most successful (however you define that), and most fulfilled adults in our world did not score well on whatever standardized tests they had to take. All that said, St. Anthony Park has historically scored very well on the MCA, and our students certainly have a lot to be proud of.
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
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