Our Principal

Principal Karen Duke
  • Contact Principal Karen Duke at:

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

    January 8, 2018

    Dear St. Anthony Park Families:

    Happy New Year!  I hope that 2018 is off to a good start for all of you. It was great to welcome everyone back to school last week.  So many smiles and joyful greetings reminded me what a special place St. Anthony Park Elementary is!  I don’t know about you, but I sure am enjoying having the temperature above zero this week!

    The month of January brings some exciting events:  Read-a-Thon (look for materials soon), Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Heart of the Beast residency for fourth grade, outdoor fun day for third grade, second grade reading celebration, and many other things.  Be sure to stay tuned to your regular newsletters from teachers.  And I’ll be starting up my Twitter feed again, so be sure to follow us to get photos and updates:  @stanthony_spps

    Kraus-Anderson, our construction company, and SPPS Facilities Department have been planning for the next phase of our building project.  It looks like we will be moving into new spaces, including the library and second-floor classrooms, sometime this spring.  Watch for more specific communication about the changes.  It will be exciting to see that gorgeous atrium over the library bringing in sunshine and light!

    In my last letter, I asked you to drop off students in the Gordon Ave drop-off area and not at the corner on Scudder.  Please also know that students should not be dropped off in the bus area on Knapp, on either side of the street.  We have had numerous “near misses” with students running across the street between buses, parents doing U-turns in front of buses, and kids crossing the street in dangerous places.  Buses, cars and children are a dangerous mix, especially when you throw in ice and snow.  It is critical that we all take care to keep everyone safe.  I know that it is inconvenient this year and kids have to walk farther to the door, but we need to model safe behavior and teach it to our kids.  Remember, vehicle drop-off is on Gordon Ave in the curb cut area.

    I am really excited to participate in our yearly Martin Luther King, Jr., student assembly on Friday. Hearing our students talk and sing about Dr. King always brings tears to my eyes and gives me hope for the future.  Thinking about the work and the dream of Dr. King reenergizes me every year to look for ways to improve racial equity in our schools.  I haven’t gotten to know many of you well yet, but I’m curious about your perspectives: are we fulfilling the dream of Dr. King and serving all of our students?  What have been your experiences?  I hope to create opportunities in the future for us to dialogue about race, culture, diversity and our students.  These are hot topics in our society right now, and they certainly affect the way our students show up and the way we do business at school.  If you have thoughts, don’t hesitate to share them with me.  There is so much I don’t know yet about how each of you experiences our school, and everyone’s voice is important!

    Thanks, as always, for all you do to support our students and our school.  Keep in touch!

    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