Our Principal

Principal Karen Duke
  • Contact Principal Karen Duke at:

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

    October 13, 2017

    Dear St. Anthony Park Families:

    It is hard to believe that October is almost half over. It has been a wonderful beginning to the year! In an effort to communicate with you directly, I will be sending this “principal letter” to families approximately every two weeks. I’ll try to keep you informed about what I’ve been working on, what is happening around the school, and important issues facing our school community.

    Thank you to all who came to the Fall Festival last week. It was especially neat to see all of our former students returning; it shows what a special place SAP is that middle schoolers want to hang out here! And of course thanks to all the volunteers who made it possible. It’s a lot of work, but all of the money raised will help us continue our many excellent programs here.

    Our construction is continuing on schedule. We will be opening up four new classrooms in the beginning of November. They will house our temporary library, Mr. Ollmann, Ms. Austin and Ms. Hausman. After this move, the gym will be restored to full size! Thanks for all your understanding and patience for the inconveniences of parking and limited school access.

    SAP teachers continue their tradition of excellence with two exciting awards. Ms. Krider has received the “Personal Finance Educator Award” by the Minnesota Council on Economic Education for a lesson she wrote to teach students about personal finances. Mr. Schrankler was awarded an Ecolab “Visions for Learning” grant of nearly $2,700 to support our family science nights in grades one through three. Please join me in congratulating these two teachers!

    Throughout the year, there will be times when the teachers ask you to pay for a field trip, materials, or other class activity. I want you to know that nobody will be kept from participating if they cannot pay. We appreciate any contribution you are able to make, but we understand that finances are sometimes tight. If you are in a position to pay a little extra, that is always appreciated, and helps us maintain a policy of including all students no matter what.

    I am a little concerned about traffic safety this month. With all the construction, it is pretty crowded out in our streets. When you drive to school, please:

    • Park only in designated areas. Do not park in posted non-parking zones.
    • Do not do U-turns on Knapp at the bottom of the hill or near our parking lot.
    • Drop off students in the morning on the Scudder/Gordon side of the building. They can enter at the new south entrance.
    • When you pick up, park your car and walk to the front of the school to meet your student(s).
    • Be kind and courteous – let’s model positive, considerate behavior for our kids!

    Congratulations to all once again on being named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. I will be traveling to Washington, D.C., with former principal Ann Johnson and teacher Ruth Krider (chosen from a random drawing of interested teachers) to accept the award in early November. We will be planning a celebration for the school upon our return. It is really an honor to have achieved this designation, and the whole community has much to be proud of.

    Sincerely,

    Karen E. Duke, Principal

    Past Principal Letters

    August 15, 2017