Parent Handbook

  •                  Les enfants, notre raison; l’éducation, notre passion!




    Systemic Racial Equity Transformation:

    Moving from Theory to Practice.

                   L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion School…

     A Rationale…A Responsibility…A Reality!


    • A Saint Paul Public School with a global perspective,
    • An exciting/rigorous curriculum,
    • Strong math and science programs,
    • Gifted/talented/enrichment opportunities,
    • An active Site Council/parent group,
    • Committed teachers and administration.
    • The right place to be!


    Table of Contents

    French Immersion Preamble

    Our School ~ What is special about us

    Our Purpose

    Our Enrollment

    Our Administration

    Board of Education

    District Administration

    Whole School Expectation.

    Pledge of Allegiance


    School Office Hours

    Emergency Phone Numbers



    Parent Phone Calls

    Calls to Students

    Calls to the Teachers

    Student Use of School Telephone

    Distribution of Materials

    Student Records

    Release of Students during School

    Classroom Assignments for Students

    Visits to LNFI during School

    Classroom “Observations”

    LNFI Student Directory

    Library/Media Center

    Student Drop-off and Pick-up

    Drop Off

    Pick Up


    Busing To and From School

    Bus Stop/Riding Procedures

    Safety Procedure/Policy

    Bicycle Policy

    Scooters and skateboards

    Lost and Found

    Electronics: Walkmans, CD Players,  Game boys, Pagers, Cell Phones, MP3 Players, Toy Guns, Game Cards, laser pointers, Recording Devices, etc.

    Breakfast-to-Go (BTG) and Lunch

    Wellness Policy – Snacks, Treats & Celebrations


    Parent Information Night



    Lunchroom Conduct/Etiquette

    Trespass Notice

    LNFI Dress Code


    School Closing






    Social Studies

    Enrichment Opportunities

    Gifted and Talented Services (Teachers will implement it in the classroom)

    Science Fair

    Destination ImagiNation (formally known as Odyssey of the Mind)

    Debate Team

    Tutoring/Extended Day Program

    Instrumental Music Program


    Student Recognition


    Special Education & Support Services

    Health Services and Medication


    Medication Policy

    Head Lice


    Emergency Contact

    LNFI Advisory Team ~ Site Council

    Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO)

    LNFI Monthly Newsletter – Quoi de neuf?

    Grant Writing/Community Partnership Committee

    Staff Directory

    2013/2014 School Calendar

    Ways to Enrich French Learning at Home


    Books and Magazines

    Music, Videos, and Computer Software


    For Parents/Teachers

    Web Sites

    Board of Education



     As a learning community, we affirm the following:

    • That learning is a celebration of life.
    • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills enable students to contribute effectively as responsible, productive members of a global society.
    • Learning experiences increase awareness of and appreciation for the diverse society in which we live.
    • That all students thrive in a strong school community.
    • <span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:" courier="" new";="" mso-fareast-font-family:"courier="" new";mso-bidi-font-family:"courier="" mso-ansi-language:fr"="" lang="FR">Fierté, ouverture d’esprit, responsabilité, compassion, et respect are our essential core values.
    • Diversity in our school community enriches learning.
    • Each member of our school community shares in the responsibility for maintaining a safe, secure environment in which every individual is respected by all.
    • Students, staff, families, community and business partners contribute to and share responsibility for the success of our learners.

    French Immersion Preamble
    Our School ~ What is special about us…

    Thank you for joining our learning community. L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion School (LNFI) is part of the Saint Paul Public Schools, which provides the curriculum, bus transportation system, and many of the educational opportunities that our students have, as well as the general policies used in the school.

     LNFI is an exciting educational choice for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.  It began in 1996 as a program within a school, and later developed into a full-fledged school in 2002 thanks to a group of committed parents, teachers and administrators.  Its curriculum is the same as the Saint Paul Public Schools curriculum, but, vive la différence! all core subjects are taught in French!!  At L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion School, children hear French throughout the day while studying reading, writing, mathematics, science, etc.  English reading and language arts, writers and readers workshop classes are added at the beginning of second grade.

     This program attracts many students and teachers from around the world, and in fact, recruits international Interns and teacher trainees to work in the classrooms, resulting in a mixture of nationalities and cultures.  Most children enter with little or no experience speaking French.  They learn most of their regular school subjects through the second language and most develop near-native fluency in the language by the time they complete the program.

    Our Purpose…


    • To prepare life-long learners for success in a multi-lingual, global community.


    • To provide a nurturing, learning environment where French language immersion enhances and infuses the curriculum.


    • To enhance critical thinking skills.
    • To achieve competency in the French Language.
    • To gain a greater understanding and appreciation for other cultures.
    • To master the Saint Paul Public Schools Curriculum.
    • To enhance the development of English language arts skills.

    Our Enrollment… 

    LNFI School is designed to meet the needs of all learners, especially those whose first language is not French.  The school serves over 650 students in grades K-5 this year.   Students enter primarily in kindergarten but occasionally may enter in other grades as well.  To enter in other grades other than kindergarten or first grade, students must participate in an intake assessment, and show competency in French commensurate with the grade level that they plan to join.  In some rare occasions however, a student may be admitted with condition, depending on the individual student’s situation.

    Because LNFI is a magnet school, it attracts students from all over the Twin-city Metro Area.  As a result, the school usually has more students than it can admit especially in the primary grades (Kindergarten – 2nd grades), so students are placed on a waiting list, and those on the list are called as space becomes available.

    Tours of the school are available on a regular basis.  To schedule a tour, parents should contact the school secretary at 651-221-1480 to schedule a time to visit the school.

    Our Administration…

    The Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Education, consisting of seven elected officials, is the policy making body for the district.  The Superintendent of Schools is appointed by the Board of Education and administers board policies.  The Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education upholds the policies and procedures at the regional (area) level, and the principal articulates the policies and facilitates their implementation at the building level.

    Whole School Expectation

    • Respect self, others, and the environment
    • Listen politely
    • Follow directions such as:
    • Completing all assignments,
    • *No gum chewing in school,
    • *No hat/scarf wearing in school
    • No running in the hallways
    • Greet the adults that you come across and respond when greeted
    • Walk quietly, especially in the hallways
    • Strive to do more than the bare minimum
    • Make every attempt to communicate in French
    • Come to school on time and prepared to learn
    • Write only in the appropriate places

     * Except with special permission


    Together, we will strive for continued excellence!

    Pledge of Allegiance

    Pledge of Allegiance now required in schools

    A new law passed by the Minnesota Legislature requires all public schools across the state to have their students say the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week.  Taking part is voluntary for individual students and staff.  The specifics of how students or staff members opt out of reciting the pledge will be handled by the school on a case-by-case basis.

     The laws state that:

    1. The Pledge of Allegiance be recited at least once a week.
    2. The Pledge of Allegiance be led by individual classroom teachers (or designee) or be recited over a school’s intercom system.
    3. Any student or teacher may decline to participate in reciting the pledge.


    Anyone who does not wish to participate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for any reason may choose not to do so, and staff/students must respect another person’s right to that choice.

    Our school’s pledge procedures will meet the requirements of the law as outlined above.





    Lower Campus

    Upper Campus

    9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

    9:40 AM – 4:10 PM



    1305 Prosperity Ave.

    Saint Paul, MN 55106

    1760 Ames Place

    Saint Paul, MN 55106

     Phone Numbers

    Office Phone:  651-221-1480

    Fax:  651-221-1487

    Fax:  651-744-6971      

    Web Site:           

    School Colors:             Blue, Green, and Yellow (gold)

     School Mascot:           Loup - Wolf

     School Song:              Une école chaleureuse

     School Motto:             Les enfants, notre raison…l’éducation, notre passion!

     School Core Values:  Fierté, Ouverture d’esprit, Responsabilité, Compassion, Et respect !  C’est notre FORCE !!!

    School Office Hours

    The offices (both Lower and Upper) are open from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The office is usually very busy when school starts and just before classes are dismissed.  (8:45 – 9:30, and 3:30 – 4:30)  If possible, please try to time your inquiries outside of these busy times.

    Emergency Phone Numbers…

    Please contact the office first by pressing “0” when you hear the Parent Link messaging system.  If an office staff member is unavailable to answer your call, you may contact the principal, assistant principal, or the secretaries by calling the following numbers and leaving a number for them to call you back.

     Lower Campus           

    Mme Fatima Lemtouni---------          651-221-1480 Ext. 45725

    Mme Kristine Blomgren------            651-221-1480 Ext. 41070


    Upper Campus

    Mr John Osorio-----------------            651-221-1480 Ext. 46368

    Mme Annie Tellier-------------             651-221-1480 Ext. 47019


    Students are expected to attend school every day except when excused according to Minnesota State Compulsory Attendance Laws.  The school is required to report excessive absences/tardies to the appropriate agencies.  Please make every attempt to schedule medical and other appointments outside of the school day.

    Acceptable Reasons for Being Absent

    • Sickness (Doctor’s verification may be requested after two days)
    • Doctor/dental appointments
    • Extreme family emergencies
    • Religious holidays
    • Certain types of travel that have pre-approval from school

    Unacceptable / Unlawful Reasons for Being Absent

    • Staying home to baby-sit
    • Overslept/Truancy
    • Missed bus/Lack of transportation
    • Inclement weather (too cold or too hot)
    • Needed at home
    • Work in a business, except under a school-sponsored work-study program
    • Vacation/Travel that does not have prior approval from the school
    • Lack of required immunization

    Please call 651-744-1053 at Lower Campus and 744-6973 at Upper Campus to report an absence.  The office is staffed from8:45 AM to 4:45pm, but a message can be left at any time.  Note that e-mails are not effective, and will not be a valid means of reporting a student’s absence. If we do not receive a phone call by 10:00 AM, we will assume that your child is well and in school.  Beginning at 10:30 AM, we will call the homes of any absent child who has not been accounted for by way of a note or a phone call.

    District policy states that all children absent from school for illness more than two consecutive days, or for other reasons, must present a written excuse from a parent/guardian and a doctor before being readmitted to class.



    Truancy laws outline acceptable and unlawful excuses for student absences and allow schools to develop policies to determine whether an absence is counted as excused or unexcused.  While recognizing that travel can provide many educational opportunities for students, certain criteria must be met for student travels to be counted as excused.  Whenever possible, travel should be completed during vacation times to limit the number of instructional days that students miss.

    If students will miss school due to travel, please notify the classroom teacher at least 2 weeks in advance and ask for aStudent Travel Form.   This form must be signed by the classroom teacher and submitted to the office prior to travel for the absence to be acknowledged and possibly counted as an excused absence.  Students’ academic progress must usually be at an acceptable level for travel to be approved.

    Parent Phone Calls

    Calls to Students …

    Please try not to make any calls to the classroom during the school day.  When emergency information needs to be given to your child, contact the school office.   If it is an emergency message that needs to be delivered, please state that fact to the office personnel.  They will then know how to handle the information in a timely manner.

    Calls to the Teachers

    Please refrain from making calls to the teachers, except during their prep time, before or after school.  You may either contact the individual teachers for their prep times, or call the office.  You may email the teachers at any time! Please allow the teacher at least 5 business days to respond to your e-mail.  The students are our top priority during the teaching day.

    Calls to the School…

    It is not unusual for parents to come during the school day and pick students up for doctor’s appointment, travels, etc.  In the event that you have to do so, please do not call the office in advance to send your child down and wait for you.  The office will make every attempt to call the classroom and get your child as soon as possible when you arrive.  It is much better that way, rather than have your child waiting in the office sometimes for more than half an hour while that child would have been doing something more productive in the classroom. It will also help to send a note to the teacher in the morning, so that the teacher is aware that you will be picking your child up sometime during the school day. We will appreciate your cooperation in this matter. 

    Student Use of School Telephone

     Students need their teachers or office staff’s permission to use the phone.  There are phones in every classroom and there is a phone available in the school office for student use in case of emergency.  Students should not use the telephone in the cafeteria unless given permission by an adult supervisor.  Students should also not use cell phones during the school time or on the bus.  All emergency notification should go through the school.


    Distribution of Materials

    Any materials such as flyers, newsletters, brochures, memos, etc. that are meant for circulation to staff, students, and the LNFI community via the school must first be cleared with the principal or designee.  Please be advised that no materials should be put directly into staff’s mailboxes without prior approval.

    Student Records

    Student records are maintained for each student attending school for the purpose of keeping accurate account of the student’s educational history and progress.  The folder is generally called the cumulative (CUM) folder.  These files are kept in the school office, and are open to be viewed by parents at anytime during the school year, and in the presence of the principal or designee upon request.  In order to ensure that someone is present during the reading of the CUM folder, it is advisable to call the office and schedule a time to inspect the document.  Parents may also request a copy or copies of their child’s documents any time during the school year.  Please note that the school may charge a fee of about 25 cents for any additional copies that are sent after the first copy.  When such a request is made, please allow the office about 10 business days in order to prepare the documents to be sent.

    Release of Students during School

    Parents/guardians wishing to pick up their children during school hours (for doctor’s appointment, etc.) must sign out in the main office.  

    Students should bring a note from home and present it to the office first thing in the morning.  The office will contact the classroom teacher when the parent/guardian comes to pick up the student.  A “Student Sign out” form must be completed before the student leaves, and a reason for leaving must be entered.

    Please be sure to sign students back in when they return during school hours.

    Classroom Assignments for Students

    The teachers, working in conjunction with the administration, do assign returning students to classrooms for the school year at the end of the previous year.  Before the assignment procedure begins, parents/guardians are invited to advise the principal in writing of any concerns they may have regarding the academic, social, emotional and physical needs of their child(ren).  These concerns are important, and are taken into consideration whenever necessary.  Please note that your written notification should be sent to the principal on or before the last day of school.  However, requests for specific teachers are not acceptable.  Also, please be advised that teachers are not in the position to recommend any particular colleague of theirs for your child.


    Visits to LNFI during School

    The school welcomes parents visiting their child(ren) during the school day.  In as much as you can visit at any time, it is advisable to plan your visits around lunch times (specific schedules available from teachers and office) when the student is not engaged in classroom-structured activities. More importantly, students seem to enjoy getting visitors in a more relaxed atmosphere. Sharing a meal with their parents and friends makes them feel even more special!  However, if you must visit during class, prior notice to the teacher is not only courteous, but will help make the visit more effective.  Further, in order to maintain the flow of the classroom, please limit your stay to no longer than 15-20 minutes if possible. 


    All visitors must report first to the LNFI office and receive a Visitor’s Sticker to wear while they are in the building.   If you are a regular visitor/volunteer to LNFI, the school will make your own personal badge, and will be kept in the office.  Please note that you do not need to sign in or out for major all school events such as completion ceremonies, open houses, conferences, etc.  For Grandparents’ Day, there would be a special sign-in procedure and nametags for all guests.

    Classroom “Observations”

    It is not uncommon for parents to ask to observe or visit a class for a specific purpose.  If you think that such a visit is necessary, please advise the principal in writing at least one week before the intended visit.  Please provide your name, the child’s name and teacher, and the reason for the observation.  The school will make every attempt to accommodate your request while not compromising the ability of the teacher to teach or the students to learn during your observation.

     In the case of other outside agents such as graduate students, student teachers, etc., please ensure that the school receives a letter explaining the nature of the visit and the student’s course of study.  An abstract of the study will be greatly appreciated in addition to a support letter from the student’s college advisor/faculty member.  The letter should also be on the college’s letterhead. The school will also abide by any human subject research requirements/procedures.


    LNFI Student Directory

    (Compliments of the Parent/Teacher Organization-PTO)


    This directory will give names and phone numbers, and sometimes e-mail addresses of the LNFI School Community who choose to participate. Permission forms will be available in the first student packet.  This information will not be given to the general public.  In addition to class lists and student/parent names and addresses, it will contain Site Council members and committees as well as the PTO officers’ names and other necessary information.  The directory is usually made available in October of the school year. Please note that the directory is prepared for use only by LNFI families and staff.  LNFI cannot be held liable for any unauthorized use of the directory by any parties, organizations, or agencies.

    Library/Media Center

    Use Before School Hours


    The library / media center will be open until 3:30pm at Lower Campus and 3:45pm at Upper Campus on most days. LNFI students may use the Upper Campus media center before school hours (9:00-9:20 AM) for study purposes or computer use to complete class assignments.  We are fortunate to have a full time Instructional Media and Technology Assistant this year. Students willing to use the library before school starts must first check with the Library Assistant.  Students using the library during these times are expected to be on their best behavior and cooperate with the staff on duty at the time of visit.  Please note that pre-approval with a media center staff is necessary before checking out books.


    Student Drop-off and Pick-up

    ***NOTE: ***

    PLEASE DROP YOUR CHILD OFF NO EARLIER THAN 9:05am at Lower Campus and 9:15am at Upper Campus (if the student is eating breakfast).  PICK YOUR CHILD UP NO LATER THAN 4:05 PM (lower campus) or at 4:15 (Upper Campus) AFTER SCHOOL!  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT PARENTS ADHERE TO THESE RULES!!

     Before and After School Care

     LNFI is fortunate to have a Discovery Club Center on site.  This center is in the Lower Campus in Rooms 1307 and 1309respectively.  It is a fee-based program, and provides a before and after school care for families willing to sign up. For more information, please contact the coordinator of the center at 651-744-6979.  We hope that you will seize this unique and convenient opportunity to sign up your child for this program if needed! Student safety is our top priority and this service is one of the ways to help ensure the safety of your child before and after school.


    Drop Off


    Drop off is on Birmingham Street only at Lower Campus (North East side of the building) and on Ames place (North side) at Upper Campus.  Parents who do not wish to escort their child into the building must remain in their car.   Please note that there is also NO PARKING from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on the school’s side of Ivy at Lower Campus and on Case Avenue at Upper Campus!  Parents are asked to use the parking lot on Birmingham Street at Lower Campus and Ames place at Upper Campus if they wish to escort their child to the school door or classroom.  Ivy Avenue at Lower Campus and Case Avenue at Upper Campus are the BUS DROP OFF AND LOADING ZONE ONLY!

    Please note that if you must park on the street, the following must be adhered to in order to avoid getting a ticket:


    Do not park 20ft from any intersection

    Do not park 30ft from a stop sign

    Do not park 10 ft from a fire hydrant

    Do not park 5ft from a driveway.


    PARKING ON THE SIDE OF THE NEIGHBORS’ HOUSES IS NOT ADVISED AT ALL TIMES!! You may park on the lower lot during bus pickup times.  The buses are parked further so that you are not blocked!


    Pick Up

     Pick up will be in the gym at both campuses.  Students will be waiting in the gym. Please do not park in any designated parking spots! The same rules apply as for drop off.  Parents are strongly advised to follow these simple rules for the safety of all children. School staff supervising dismissals will take extra care to ensure that students are waiting in the designated areas only.  Courtesy to other parents and staff is important, so be advised to not park for more than 15 minutes.  That way, others will get the opportunity to use the limited parking spots that we have.  A reminder that all children must be picked up by 4:00 P.M. (Lower Campus) and 4:10 PM (Upper Campus) when there is staff pick up and/or supervision.

     The supervisor(s) will leave the gymnasium at 4:05 PM (Lower), 4:15 PM (Upper).  After that time, students will be sent to the office to wait for their parents/guardians. 


    Students who wish to walk and are not designated, as walkers must bring a note from their parents giving them permission to walk.

     NOTE: Any changes regarding transportation at the end of the day MUST be done in writing and sent to school in the morning of the change.  If you want to send an e-mail, please give your child’s teacher up 24 hours notice.  In case of an emergency please be sure to call the school BEFORE 2:00 PM so that we are sure that the teacher will get the message before the end of the day.



     School bus transportation is provided for students who reside over one mile from the school, and for students who must cross “hazardous” streets within the attendance area of the school.  Students are not allowed to ride a bus other than their assigned route and must board and exit at their assigned stop. 

     Questions regarding bus routes should be directed to the office.  Please provide changes of address in a timely manner because it takes approximately 3-5 days to establish a new bus stop.

     LNFI office staff and the district’s transportation department work together to establish, change, and monitor LNFI’s bus routes. Questions and concerns regarding bus routes and/or discipline should be directed to the office, not to the driver or the Transportation Department. Parents may however contact the Transportation office at 651-696-9600 after school hours to inquire about late buses and other concerns.


    Busing To and From School

     Each transported student has the right to a safe and enjoyable ride to and from school free from intimidation, threat, or harassment.  Good conduct of all students while waiting for the school bus and while traveling to and from school is primary to a safe and enjoyable ride for all students.  The bus driver will write up students who display unacceptable behavior, and the administrator will follow the district guidelines in imposing consequences. 

     Riding the school bus is a privilege and not a rightStudents who are involved in serious or repeated incidents of unacceptable behavior will have their riding privileges suspended or revoked.  The district will not provide alternative transportation and it becomes the parent/guardian’s responsibility to transport his/her child to and from school. Suspension of riding privileges not only applies to transportation to and from school, but also fieldtrips as well as any other activities that involve school transportation.

     Parents/guardians cannot neither under any circumstance get in the bus nor talk or reprimand any other students. If they have a problem or a concern, they should contact the school immediately.

     State Law forbids carrying hazardous items or live organisms on a school bus (i.e. skis, hockey, sticks, skates, fireworks, lighters, laser lights, live pets/animals, etc.).  If students need these items for special projects or presentation, they must provide their own transportation.  The district will provide bus safety training for ALL students in the fall, whether or not they ride the bus on a regular basis.  Look for the “Student Responsibilities” handout in your child’s Backpack Packet for a complete listing of unacceptable behaviors and required consequences.  These are policies set by the district.

    Bus Stop/Riding Procedures

    Students must arrive at their assigned stop no later than five minutes before the scheduled arrival of the bus.  They must be visible to the driver. If the child waits in the car, the driver is not obligated to stop. They need to wait for the bus in a safe and courteous manner.  Safety means staying out of the street and not playing near traffic.  Courtesy means being respectful of private property near the bus stop and not pushing and shoving in line.  Parents/guardians are responsible for their child’s behavior and safety to and from the bus stop, prior to entering and immediately after exiting the bus.  Bus transportation is a privilege extended by the Board of Education.  It is not a right.  All students are required to obey the bus conduct rules that are in place to protect the safety and well-being of all students.  Failure to observe the rules may result in the loss of bus privileges.  Teachers will review bus rules and regulations with their class during the first weeks of school.  District and school personnel will provide bus training to all students.

     An established bus stop may be stopped if a student does not ride the bus after 5 consecutive days. The bus driver does not have to go to that stop.  After 10 consecutive days however, the bus driver will notify the transportation department and that stop will be removed completely from the list.  In the event that a child would like to resume riding the bus to and from a cancelled stop, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school secretary at least two days before the day that the child would resume riding the bus, so that transportation privileges will be restored, and the stop re-established.


    Safety Procedure/Policy

    LNFI is working cooperatively with the Office of Security and Emergency Management of Saint Paul Public Schools.  It is the school’s responsibility to plan, carry out, implement, and evaluate the School Emergency Plan yearly to address safety concerns.  By working closely with the Office of Security and Emergency Management of Saint Paul Public Schools, we have addressed and put in place multiple safety procedures to keep students, parents and staff safe.  Here are some of the safety procedures put in place:

    o   School alarms are installed and in use during the school day and after school.

    o   Staff is assigned to certain areas to monitor student and parent access to the building.

    o   All doors to access the building are kept closed, during the day, after students access the building.

    o   Parents and visitors can access the building through the front door and after visiting the main office from 8:45 AM to 4:45 PM.

    o   For after school events, parents can access the building through the doors on Birmingham Street (parking lot) and Ivy Street for the Lower Campus and E Ames Place for the Upper Campus.

    o   All staff is required to wear school district ID’s.

    o   Parents and other people in the building need to report to the office to get an ID

    o   Fire, tornado, and intruder protocols and drills are in place.

    o   Emergency response team is ready and trained.

    o   Emergency evacuation map exits are posted.

    o   First Aid staff is being trained to service students and adults.

    o   There is ongoing communication with the Office of Security and Emergency Management of Saint Paul Public Schools.


    Winter Weather Plan

    The safety and well-being of students and staff is our top priority and the decision to close school is no simple matter.

    Before deciding to close school due to extreme winter weather conditions, Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva consults with a variety of experts both inside and outside of the district. Our commitment is to keep families, staff and the community informed of weather-related school closings and cancellations.

    Please note that we continually monitor the forecast from the National Weather Service in order to make the best decision for students, staff and families. Additionally, delayed start times are not logistically possible in Saint Paul Public Schools.



    Closing due to temperature or wind chill


    Closing due to snow or hazardous driving conditions

    ·       School will be canceled if the forecast* for 6 a.m. the following morning shows:

    • Wind Chill is below -40 degrees Fahrenheit OR
    • Air Temperature is below -25 degrees Fahrenheit **
    • Decision will be made by 6:30 p.m. the night before a cancellation.
    • Notification will be sent directly to families by phone, text and email, and posted on school websites and
    • Notification will be sent to media outlets (T.V., newspaper, radio.)


    Cancellations include:

    • Classes and programs at all PreK-12 schools
    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • After-school programs and extra-curricular activities
    • Extended Day for Learning (EDL)
    • Flipside
    • Field trips
    • School events
    • Evening High School
    • Youth Community Education classes
    • Family Engagement activities (Parent Academy, open house, conferences, etc.)
    • Athletics cancellations are decided upon on an individual basis. Schedule changes are posted on
    • Discovery Club will remain open at limited sites. Families enrolled in Discovery Club will be contacted with information about the site available to them.
    • Adult classes and programs will remain open: · Community Education

    · Hubbs Center
    · East Side Hub@Harding
    · Early Childhood Family Education

    • Permits held by outside organizations (YMCA, Girl Scouts, tutoring, etc.) for meetings and activities in a school building will continue unless that organization cancels. Contact the organizer with questions.
    • School will be canceled if heavy snow and/or icy conditions make it extremely hazardous or impossible for school buses to travel their routes and for employees to get to work safely.
    • Decision will be made by 5 a.m. the morning of a cancellation.
    • Notification will be sent directly to families by phone, text and email, and posted on school websites and
    • Notification will be sent to media outlets (T.V., newspaper, radio.)
    • If school is in session and the weather is forecasted to worsen during the day, please see “Same Day Weather Cancellation” chart on page 3 for details.


    Cancellations include:

    • Classes and programs at all PreK-12 schools
    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • After-school programs and extra-curricular activities
    • Extended Day for Learning (EDL)
    • Flipside
    • Field trips
    • School events
    • Evening High School
    • Area Learning Centers
    • Early Childhood Family Education
    • Youth Community Education classes
    • Family Engagement activities (Parent Academy, open house, conferences, etc.)
    • Athletics cancellations are decided upon on an individual basis. Schedule changes are posted on
    • Discovery Club is closed.
    • Adult classes and programs are cancelled, including at the

    Hubbs Center and East Side Hub@Harding.

    • Permits held by outside organizations (YMCA, Girl Scouts, tutoring, etc.) for meetings and activities in a school building are canceled. Contact the organizer with questions.

    Forecast is determined using information from the National Weather Service | ** Diesel-fueled buses may not start or remain running when air temperature is below -250 F



    Canceling after-school activities due to weather conditions that are expected to worsen throughout the school day. School is in session as normal

      · Decisions to cancel will be made by 10 a.m. the day of cancellation.


    Cancellations include:


      · After-school programs and extra-curricular activities · Afternoon PreK
      · Afternoon Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) · Extended Day for Learning (EDL)

      · Flipside
      · Field trips
      · School events
      · Evening High School
      · Area Learning Centers
      · Early Childhood Family Education
      · Youth and Adult Community Education (including classes at the Hubbs Center and East Side   
      · Family Engagement activities (Parent Academy, open house, conferences, etc.)
      · Athletics cancellations are decided upon on an individual basis. Schedule changes are  
        posted on

      · Discovery Club will remain open at all sites until all students have been picked up.


    Other Information Worth Noting about Weather

    • Delayed times are not logistically feasible in Saint Paul Public Schools.
    • The Superintendent may decide to close schools for extreme wind chill conditions.  The same steps as listed above will be followed.
    • Outside recess activities are cancelled at zero degrees temperature and/or wind chill.
    • Check the district’s website at http:/// for the most up-to-the minute updates.  Remember it is critical to check the district website during winter weather situations that may span beyond one day.
    • Check individual school websites for current updates.
    • Please dress your children appropriately for winter weather conditions.
    • If your children need warm winter clothing, check with school administrators for assistance. Call the Community Assistance Agency “United Way 2-1-1” at 1-800-543-7709
    • If you have questions, contact your school administrators or Saint Paul Public Schools at 651-767-8100

    Bicycle Policy

    Students are allowed to bike or walk to school. The school is still working out details with the MN Bike & Pedestrian Alliance (in cooperation with the Safe Routes program) to install bike racks in our school. However, please be advised that the French Immersion School is NOT responsible for any stolen or damaged bicycles.  For safety issues, bikes cannot be parked, stored, or kept inside the building.

    Scooters and skateboards

    Students may not ride scooters or skateboards to school.  Scooters and skateboards are prohibited on school grounds at anytime before or after school.

    Lost and Found

    The lost and found property box is located at LC in the office and at UC on the south east side of the building by the office. Smaller items, such as keys and glasses, are kept in a basket in the main office.  Largely due to health and safety reasons, Lost and Found items box will be cleaned out every month, and items will be donated to Goodwill.  This will be done again at the end of the school year.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the students, parents/guardians to check the box periodically for lost items.  It is advisable to label or mark your child’s clothing, lunch box, or other belongings for easier identification.  Although we will do everything possible to ensure a safe and healthy environment, the school is not responsible for any stolen or lost item. If you find an item that your child has lost, please check with the office for clearance before removing it from the building.


    Electronics: iPods,  Game Boys, Pagers, Cell Phones, MP3 Players, Toy Guns, Game Cards, Laser Pointers, Recording Devices, etc.

     The use of the above items during the school day is not permitted.  Using any recording devices, including videotaping anyone without permission or their knowledge is prohibited.  It is in fact illegal to do so, and anyone caught will face serious consequences.  This also applies to using these devices on school the bus. The “school day” includes the ride to and from school in the bus and school sponsored trips. Students who violate this policy will have the item confiscated and returned to their parents/guardians at any time, otherwise, the item will be given back to the student at the end of the school year.  If a student brings any of these items to school and they are stolen, the school is not responsible for replacing or recovering the item.  It is also the responsibility of the student to come and retrieve the seized item(s) at the end of the school year; otherwise, the item will be included with lost and found items sent to charities at the end of the year.


    Breakfast-to-Go (BTG) and Lunch

     Breakfast and lunches prepared by the St. Paul Public Schools’ Nutrition Services are available for purchase every day.   For your convenience, a monthly menu is sent home with your child.  The school will continue implementing the Breakfast-to-Go Program.  Students will be served breakfast starting at 9:15 AM (lower) and 9:20 AM (upper).  They will pick their breakfast from a menu of nutritious choices, and proceed to their classrooms to eat and start the day.  Breakfast is also FREE for all students!


    Food Costs: (update)

    Elementary Prices               Prepayment Plan


    Weeks                                         1            2           3           4


    Milk (1%, Choc. Skim)  $0.50    2.50      5.00      7.50      10.00


    Full Price Lunch            $2.15   10.75    21.50    32.25     43.00


    Reduced Price Lunch     NO COST


     Breakfast.  No cost…..No cost….No cost!


    Adult Lunch cost                                    $ 3.75

    Adult Milk cost                                        $ 0.50

    Adult Breakfast cost                                $ 2.10


    (Prices are subject to change.  Please check with the cafeteria supervisor for additional cost for extra breakfast or lunch)


    Families are encouraged to pay for meals at least one week in advance; you may pay further in advance if you wish.  Money should be put into an envelope with the child’s name in the upper right-hand corner, followed by the teacher’s name, room number, and PIN #.  Checks should be made payable to St. Paul Public Schools and should include the student’s name, classroom teacher, and PIN number.

    Each student is given a 4 or 5 digit PIN number for meal purchases.  A notice is provided to those students who are nearly out of credit.  Parents can get information regarding a child’s account balance by calling the school and requesting assistance from the Nutrition Service Supervisor.  Account balances from last school year may be carried over to begin the new school year.


    If there is a need for free or reduced-price meals, please contact the school office or Food Service Supervisor.  The application forms must be filled in completely to ensure a speedy processing.  All families are now being asked to complete the form even if they may not qualify.  Schools are given appropriate credit for students on free/-reduced lunch.


    If a child’s account balance reaches zero, students in grades K-6 are allowed to charge up to 5 meals.  If they reach the charge limit, they are then provided with a cheese sandwich and milk.  Students in grades 6 who reach a zero balance may be provided with a cheese sandwich and milk also.


    Breakfast is served from 9:10AM – 9:30AM (Lower), and 9:20 AM to 9:40 AM (Upper).  When buses are late, students will be served upon arrival. Students who are walking or are being dropped off should arrive between 9:10 AM and 9:20AM (Lower) and to allow time for breakfast.  Please DO NOT DROP OFF your child before 9:10 AM. The school does not have supervision before 9:10AM.  We really crave your understanding in this!


    Lunch is served between 11:30 and 2:00 p.m.  A schedule that lists the time each class eats lunch is available.


    Lactose Free Milk is available upon request when the students go through the lunch line.  The price for this type of milk is $0.75.


    Wellness Policy – Snacks, Treats &          Celebrations

    Saint Paul Public Schools Wellness Policy is designed to foster healthy eating habits for students.  The board policy discourages celebrations.  If students must celebrate their birthdays in school, we encourage parents/guardians to consider non-food treats like bookmarks, pencils, stickers, etc.  If a food treat is provided, it MUST be commercially prepared and wrapped and small in size.  Some individual classroom practices may differ depending on the special circumstance.

     Snacks: Many teachers permit students to bring a morning or afternoon snacks to school.  They may be eaten during designated break times, usually lasting about ten minutes.  Each classroom teacher will notify parents about his/her procedure. Please encourage your child to bring something nutritious for snack.  We ask that you do not send pop to school unless it is for a special occasion.




    Student success comes from parents/guardians and teachers working together. LNFI follows the district’s Elementary Conference schedule for all students in grades K – 5.  Student conferences are scheduled twice a year, November and March, and include 2 evenings and 1 day of conference times.  These are merely the district scheduled conference times. If you feel that you need additional conference time, please call your child’s teacher to arrange it.

    This is a change from past practices and one that will hopefully assist families with students in both the elementary and secondary school programs, who may want to attend conferences at other schools.  Again, parents and guardians should arrange conference times with the teachers.


    Parent Information Night

    During the first Thursday of staff opening week, LNFI staff will hold a Parent Information Night to help parents/guardians understand their child’s school day and staff expectations.  These evenings are designed for parents/guardians. They are an opportunity for staff and parents/guardians to discuss the activities in which their children do participate, such as homework requirements, upcoming projects, events, course curriculum, etc.

     Parent Information Nights usually begin around 5:30 p.m. and last for approximately one hour, with a Popsicle Social at 5:30 at the Lower Campus before class visits in the two campuses.




     Board Policy # 506.00 re: Discipline:

     “It shall be the responsibility of each principal and staff to encourage and maintain an atmosphere of discipline and mutual respect…  Staff members shall observe the procedural requirements of the district’s elementary and secondary student behavior handbooks and the state and federal law when serving disruptive students.  The current Student Behavior Handbook: Rights and Responsibilities shall govern student behavior and discipline in the elementary and secondary schools of the district.”

    The Board of Education Policies and the Rights and Responsibilities handbook will be the guideposts for dealing with disciplinary issues at LNFI.  The philosophy is to create a positive learning environment through positive reinforcement of appropriate behavior.  We therefore concentrate on teaching students to take responsibility for their learning and behavior in ways that are acceptable and supportive of other learners.  We believe that all students are capable of meeting the school’s expectations.  Teaching students how to solve problems and make wise behavioral choices are our major goals in promoting self-discipline.  We will adopt a proactive approach to imposing consequences whenever necessary.


    Although, we do not anticipate a large number of discipline problems at LNFI, there are issues that may arise from time to time. Problems are addressed initially by the classroom teacher and/or support staff, and administration becomes involved only if the behavior is severe, or if it becomes chronic, and cannot be solved effectively with the staff or classroom teacher of the student(s). 



    As stated, LNFI follows the Saint Paul Public School District Conduct Guide when a dismissal or suspension is necessary.  A dismissal is removal from school for up to one day, and a suspension is removal from school for two or more days.  Please note that decision to dismiss or suspend a student is made by the school’s licensed administrator or designee.  When it becomes imperative to dismiss or suspend a student, the administrator does not have to seek permission from the student’s parent/guardian before taking such an action.  However, every attempt would be made to notify the parent/guardian of the student who is being dismissed/suspended.  Further, after a suspension, a parent/guardian conference with administration may be required before the child will be allowed to return to school in some cases.  There is a zero tolerance for any type of illicit substance, gun or weapon possession, and we take any form of harassment (verbal or physical), hitting, kicking, poking, terroristic threats, or gang activity very seriously.

     Conflict Resolution will be available and used when appropriate as a way of helping students to handle their differences before they result in a disciplinary action.



     It is not uncommon for students to engage in conflict situations that may involve parents.  Please when such situations arise, DO NOT approach or reprimand another student.  It is prohibited.  Start by bringing the concern to the classroom teacher who will use every resource available to solve the problem.  If the dispute is about something that happens outside of school, it is hoped that parents of the students concerned will find a cordial and respectful way to solve the problem outside of school.



    LNFI School principal or designee has the authority to conduct a search of a student or his/her property if there is knowledge or reason to believe that the student has an object that is illegal/prohibited or obtained through illegal means.  The scope of the search may include a student’s person and areas over which the student has control, including but not limited to the locker that is assigned to that student by the school.  The searcher must have a reasonable suspicion to believe that under the circumstances, the student has concealed evidence of misconduct in areas under his/her control.



    Any student who brings a weapon to school may face immediate suspension and possible expulsion.  This includes pocketknives!  Play weapons are also not allowed.  Please make your child aware that under no circumstances should weapons be brought on the bus or school.



    Fighting is a mutual physical conflict in which both parties contribute to the situation by a verbal and/or physical action. This includes “play fighting,” which frequently leads to real fighting.  We all teach students that violence is not an acceptable way of dealing with anger and frustration. It is not okay to use physical violence when someone disagrees with us, teases us, takes something that belongs to us, or hits us first.  If those things happen, students are encouraged to follow the conflict resolution steps.

    Consequences for fighting include a dismissal or suspension, and all participants face the same consequences regardless of who instigated/started the fight!



    One area of student conduct that the school would be particularly strict about is assault.  Assault is defined as “an act that intentionally inflicts or attempts to inflict bodily harm upon another.”  Students who physically assault another person may be suspended for up to 10 days, and in extreme cases, may be expelled or administratively transferred.  The police will be involved in all assault cases.


    Lunchroom Conduct/Etiquette

    • Be Responsible

    o   Walk at all times

    o   Talk quietly. Use voice level 1 or 2

    o   Keep your hands and feet to yourself

    o   Remain seated at your table.

    • Be Respectful

    o   Treat adults and other students respectfully

    o   Listen and follow directions

    o   Use voice level 0 when an adult is requesting silence

    • Be Safe

    o   Clean after yourself

    o   Keep trays and silverware on the table.

    o   Keep your food on the tray at all times. Food sharing may be dangerous and creates conflicts.

    o   Clean or ask for help when accidents with food occur


    Cafeteria Positive Reinforcement


    Blue Cards. 

    o   After 3 blue cards, the student gets to be first in line for lunch for 3 days.

    o   After 10 cards earned in one month, the student earns 15 minutes of recess after lunch redeemed when a table is going out for recess.

    When a student is seen doing something nice for someone, i.e: picking up someone else's tray etc.

    Table winners.

    The table that has 8 total paws will get 15 minutes of recess after lunch.

    Staff selects a table daily who they deemed to have been the calmest & best behaved.

    Pig Barrels

    Volunteers will be chosen for the pig barrels. If they do it correctly for one week, the student will be given 2 blue cards.






    Red Card Monthly Program

    Designee will notify parent of behavior

    1 red card

    The student will be moved to a different area for the remainder of lunch that day.

    2 red cards

    1 week assigned seating with good behavior daily (If behavior is unacceptable at assigned seat, the student would stay longer at the assigned seat).

    3 red cards

    Parents contacted and continued assigned seat.

    4 red cards

    Parents contacted, one week eating alone or in the office.



             Cafeteria Expectation


    Follow Cafeteria Rules and listen to cafeteria staff: custodian, food prep & TAs

    Be Responsible:

    o   Walk at all times

    o   Talk quietly. Use voice level 1 or 2.

    o   Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

    o   Remain seated at your table.


    Be Respectful:

    o   Treat adults and other students respectfully.

    o   Listen and follow directions.

    o   Use voice level 0 when an adult is requesting silence.


    Be Safe:

    o   Clean up after yourself.
    Keep trays and silverware on the table.

    o   Keep your food on the tray at all times. Food sharing may be dangerous and creates conflicts.

    o   Clean or ask for help when accidents with food occur.

    After 2 warnings, a red card will be issued. The student will be moved to a different area for the remainder of lunch that day.

    Blatant disrespect

    Red card will be issued or sent to the office.

    Physical aggression towards another student

    Red card will be issued or sent to the office.


    Trespass Notice

    Please note that the SPPS and its officers reserve the right to deny any person access to district buildings or property for just cause.  Just cause may include but is not limited to threatening or disruptive behavior, improper or illegal behavior, or any activity by a person that materially and substantially interferes with district programs, classes, activities or other events.  Upon determination by school district authorities that a person’s behavior represents such, a trespass notice can be served on that person limiting access to district buildings and grounds for a specified period of time.  If the person served the trespass notice fails to leave and stay away, police will be called, and trespass charges will be filed.


    LNFI Dress Code

     Positive attitudes and behavior are directly related to appropriate dress and good grooming.  Appearance and dress are to be in good taste at all times.  For health and safety reasons as well as community standards, proper school dress will be enforced. Please keep in mind the following guidelines:

     Hats and other head coverings may not be worn in the building except for specific purposes.

     Jackets, shirts or jewelry depicting sexual sayings and figures, or shirts advertising any illegal substances are not allowed.

     Shoes must be worn and secured at all times (for safety reasons).

     Clothing reflecting gang affiliation is not tolerated.

     No outerwear (jackets, windbreakers, etc,) may be worn in class. 

    Clothing should be appropriate for a school setting: tops must cover midriff; short shorts and short skirts must be at least mid thigh in length. Shirts/tops with “spaghetti straps” or halter necks are prohibited.  Other habits of grooming that may cause distraction, such as wearing of lipsticks; nail polish, perfumes, etc. are discouraged.  Please note that there are students with some medical conditions that may be triggered by some types of perfumes, and equally, there are students with medical conditions that may require them to wear perfumes.  The school will do its best to accommodate such needs as may be necessary.



     The Saint Paul Public School is working to prepare students and staff for emergencies.  As we all are aware, there are many different situations involving safety, health or security, which may occur in our schools.  Our goal is to prepare our staff and students to properly react to the various types of problems that may occur.

    For instance, we are required to do 5 Fire Drills, five lockdown drills, and at least one Tornado Drill during the school year.  It is necessary to have these drills in order to prepare the school community in case of a fire, severe weather hazard or in case there is an intruder inside or outside the building.

    You will hear more about our preparation during the school year as your child brings home information or comments on some of the discussions that will be held at school.

     In case of weather-related emergencies, the district will contact local television and radio stations to provide information to the general public.  You will need to provide emergency information on the form that is sent home.  Please complete them as accurately as possible and update the information as necessary.  Our evacuation sites are Our Saviors Lutheran Church on 674 Johnson Parkway, and Harding Senior High School on 154 E 6th Street.  Either one of these locations will be where children will be in case of fire, utility emergency, or other evacuation causes. Since it is an emergency, please be advised that we may not have enough time to notify parents/guardians before the evacuation.


    School Closing

     In the event of severe weather or mechanical breakdown, the starting time may be delayed or the entire school system may be closed.  Official announcements will be made over radio station WCCO (8:30 AM), and most other local television and radio stations, between 6:00 AM and 7:30 AM.  If there is no report, school is in session. 



     Though taught in French, the curriculum is the same as for all other schools in the district.  The curriculum for the Saint Paul Public Schools incorporates recommendations from the National Curriculum Organizations; Best Practice New Standards for Teaching and Learning in America’s Schools; Instructional research, and the State of Minnesota’s Department of Education.  In addition, LNFI joined the district’s latest best practice initiative called the Project for Academic Excellence.  This method is based on nine principles of Learning (Academic rigor, Accountable Talk, Clear Expectations, socializing Intelligence, Organizing for effort, Recognition of Accomplishment, Learning as Apprentice, Self Management of Learning, and Fair and Credible Evaluation) and instruction focuses on students constructing their own learning by way of Readers and Writers workshops. To support this framework, LNFI uses the MONDO Bookshop resource/assessment for reading.


    The district’s approved mathematics program is the Everyday Math 3rd Edition.  The math program teaches students not only to find correct answers but also to understand a variety of ways to think about mathematics and to determine answers. Mathematics include exploring, investigating, reasoning logically, and communicating effectively.  In addition, topics at each grade level include problem solving, estimation, patterns, number sense, geometry, statistics, probability, measurement and computation, using a variety of mathematical methods to solve problems with confidence.


    The elementary science program FOSS (Full Options Science System) emphasizes scientific thinking skills, the concept of scientific investigations and methods.  Life, earth, and physical science concepts are also studied at each grade level using engaging and hands-on materials.


    The reading program (Readers workshop) reflects a balanced approach to literacy instruction, which teaches a variety of word recognition and comprehension strategies.  LNFI implements the Project for Academic Excellence (PAE), and the principles of learning through a rigorous writing and language arts program.  To find out more about this initiative, please ask your child’s teacher.  Note that not all teachers will participate in this project during the first few years of implementation.


    Through the Writers Workshop, students are taught to use the writing process (pre-writing, writing, revising, editing, and publishing) to develop their ideas and communicate clearly for a variety of purposes.  Using both creative and expository methods, writing is also used across the curriculum to explore ideas, share information, record and analyze scientific observations, respond to literature, and think imaginatively.

    Social Studies

    The social studies curriculum is taught from a multi cultural perspective, and include, but not limited to the following areas of focus:


    Kindergarten – Students are introduced to the four social studies discipline of citizenship and government, economics, geography and history. America's civic identity. How cultures differ from one another. Students use simple geographical tools and historical stories to explore various places and times. More…


    1st grade – Students learn basic concepts and skills related to the four social studies disciplines of citizenship and government, economics, geography and history.  They expand their understanding of America's civic identity, determine characteristics of effective rules and demonstrate ways for citizens to participate in civic life.  Their exploration of the federal government begins with the elected office of president. More …


    2nd grade - Students in grade two continue to build their foundational understanding in the social studies disciplines of citizenship and government, economics, geography and history. They learn the purpose and services provided by government, the principle of shared and separated powers, the importance of constitutions and the need for fair voting processes. They study indigenous people and the influence of a variety of cultures on our society, gaining an understanding of the United States’ common heritage and diverse roots. More …


    3rd grade - In grade three, students expand and deepen their knowledge in the four social studies disciplines of citizenship and government, economics, geography and history. By applying basic concepts in each discipline to complex communities and environments near and far, students begin to understand the social, economic, geographic and political aspects of life in the world beyond our state and nation. They create and interpret simple maps, using them to understand the physical and human characteristics of places around the world, from one’s neighborhood to vast regions of the earth.  

    More …


    4th grade – In grade four, the lead discipline is geography, focusing on political geography and the cultural landscape of North America.  Students master the understandings that lay the geographical foundation for the interdisciplinary Minnesota, Unites States, and Global Studies courses to follow in the middle grades.  They create and use various kinds of maps to identify the physical and human characteristics of places, examine regions in different locations and time periods, and analyze patterns and trends in the United States, Mexico and Canada. 



    5th grade - In grade five, the lead discipline is history, with a strong secondary emphasis on citizenship and government. Students explore the history of North America in the period before 1800. They learn about complex societies that existed on the continent before 1500, and subsequent interactions between Indigenous peoples, Europeans and Africans during the period of colonization and settlement. They examine regional economies and learn that profit motivates entrepreneurs (such as early American fur traders).

    More …


    In addition to the above, the school also offers an art, health, and physical education curricula.


    Enrichment Opportunities 

    LNFI provides many opportunities for students, such as instrumental music, arts adventure, Destination ImagiNation, etc. Band and instrumental music lessons are taught to students in grades K – 5 who choose to take them.  Classroom teachers provide extensions/differentiated approach to the curriculum in each of the subject areas.  Our media center has a variety of materials at different levels, and in both French and English languages. 

     Science Fair:

    Participation in Science Fair is highly encouraged for students in grades 3 through 5. LNFI students will work with their teachers and the science specialist to provide opportunity to display their scientific research in French/English and possibly work with a parent volunteer to participate in regional and national competitions.

    Destination ImagiNation (formally known as Odyssey of the Mind):

     Students will work with staff and parent leaders from January through March, to creatively solve a complex problem and present their solution in a regional competition that is held in March.  If you would like to help coach and prepare our students for this competition, please contact our Enrichment/Gifted Services coordinator as soon as possible.


    Tutoring/Extended Day Program

     The school is working on a before or after school tutoring session in French.  There is also an after school Extended Day Program in both French and English for students who need additional help.  Transportation is provided for the after school program.  If you feel that your child needs assistance, please contact his/her classroom teacher to find out what is available.


    The music program at LNFI

     LNFI offers music as a prep class for all students. It also offers instrumental classes before and after school. For any further information regarding the music program, please feel free to contact either Mme Lemtouni or Mr. Osorio.


    Homework is a necessary and integral part of the learning process in the Saint Paul Public Schools, therefore, it is expected that every student in LNFI will receive and complete regular homework assignments.  Individual teams/teachers will include their specific homework policy in the First Day Packet that goes home.

     For your information however, the following is the Board of Education’s suggested time allocations for homework assignments:


    Kindergarten                        15 minutes per day

    Grades 1 – 3                        30 minutes per day

    Grades 4 – 5                        45 minutes per day


    Policy # 612 – Minnesota Statute 1990K section 126.666 sub.div 1

    Teachers are responsible for implementing the homework policy in their respective classrooms.  Homework, usually in English, may be assigned as preparation, practice, extension, etc. of the lesson and/or learning process.  Although the frequency and amount of homework should also reflect the learning level and individual needs of the student, it is advisable to follow the suggested time allocations.


    Student Recognition

     The school’s “Débrouillard Principal Award” is built upon the core values of the school by celebrating students who demonstrate the values of fierté (pride), ouverture d’esprit (open-mindedness), responsabilité (responsibility), compassion (compassion) et (and) respect (FORCE). Through participation in a variety of school events, students are given the opportunity to develop and increase their skills in being a positive member of the LNFI community as well as the larger society.

    The school also recognizes and rewards good work and effort by students throughout the year.  There is however an all school recognition ceremony that is held at the end of the school year to recognize students who have participated in outside and school-wide events/competitions, school patrol, science fair, etc. Students who have attended school at least 99% of the time during the school year are also publicly recognized.



    It is not uncommon for teachers to show movies, videos, etc. to students on a variety     of related topics, as part of the educational activity and/or for the enrichment/extension of the curriculum. Please note that permission is not needed from parents before a movie/video that is rated “G” or general is shown to students.  Additional permission is also not needed when showing a class movie/video rated “PG” or Parental Guidance, because the teacher is acting as the adult guide in this case. However, additional written permission from parent/guardian is required before a student will be allowed to see a movie/video that is rated “PG 13” for any student that is thirteen or under.  It is however, advisable to seek parental permission before showing any “G” or “PG” movie/video with religious undertones, or some form of nudity. Needless to say, showing movies/videos that are rated “R” or restricted are prohibited in school.  It is equally advisable to advise your child’s teacher in writing if there are any types or genre of movies that you would absolutely not like your child to watch.  Following these simple steps would help the school and parents to provide the best possible educational and enrichment experiences for students.


    Special Education & Support Services

    Special education programs and support services such as counseling are available to students who qualify in the areas of learning disabilities, speech and language, adaptive physical education, occupational therapy, and emotional/behavioral disorders.

    State law provides specific guidelines for the administration of these programs, as well as specific eligibility criteria, which a student must meet.  Evaluation of a student for admission into any of these programs is a very complex process requiring professional study and testing.  Students are usually referred for assessment by their classroom teacher, once it is determined that the student has significant difficulties with some aspects of the educational/social processes.  However, parents may request this testing for their child.  To gain access to special education programs and support services, children must first be evaluated by a Child Study Team.   Prior to requesting permission for assessment, appropriate interventions within the mainstream classroom must take place.


    Health Services and Medication

    LNFI has very limited nursing service, so adherence to the following policy regarding illness is very important.


    If your child has signs of illness at the beginning of the school day, check his/her temperature. Please keep your child home if it is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater.  If s/he comes to school with a temperature greater than 100 degrees, if the child is vomiting, has diarrhea, or has live head lice, we will send him/her home.  The child should not return to school until the temperature is below 100 degrees for 24 hours.  If a child has diarrhea or vomiting, s/he should not return to school until 24 hours after it has stopped.  Sending sick children to school is difficult for them and can expose others to contagious illnesses. When a child has a communicable disease, the school nurse must be notified so that the parents of classmates can be informed.  When a child is on an antibiotic, s/he must remain at home for a full 24 hours before s/he is considered non-contagious.

    Medication Policy

    The Saint Paul Public School District policy is that all medication taken by a student at school must be under direct adult supervision.  Before the school nurse or designee may administer medication of any kind to a student, a permission form signed by a physician is required and the parent/guardian must also provide written consent.  All medications must be brought in a bottle currently labeled by a physician or pharmacy.


    Consent forms are available from the health office and must be renewed each school year or each time a medication changes during the school year.  A parent/guardian may come to school and administer medication to his/her child without a consent form.

    Over the counter medication  (including Tylenol and aspirin to be given for two weeks or less) sent in the original container, must be accompanied by a note from the parent and a doctor’s prescription.

    Head Lice

    During the school year, cases of head lice may be discovered.  The best prevention is for parents/guardians to check their child’s head for nits, which are small, creamy-tan colored eggs attached firmly to individual’s hair.  Nits are found particularly behind ears and at the back of the head.  Please notify the health office if you discover head lice on your child.  If a case of head lice is discovered in the classroom, parents of ALL students in the classroom are notified.


    State law requires that each student be completely immunized against eight diseases in order to be enrolled in a Minnesota school.  The following are immunization requirements.  Students who do not meet the requirements may be excluded from school by the Board of Education.


    Students under seven years of age:

    o   Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine given after age of one year.

    o   Five doses of DPT vaccine, unless the fourth dose was given after the child’s fourth birthday, then four doses are minimum.

    o   Four doses of Polio vaccine, unless the third dose was given after the child’s fourth birthday, then three doses are minimum.

    o   Hepatitis B shots, (a series of three shots).


    Students seven years or older:

    o   Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine given after 12 months.

    o   Three doses of both Td (DPT/DT) and polio vaccine.


    Students going to junior high/middle school:

    o   A booster Td and second dose of MMR is required by law.


    Emergency Contact

    If a child needs to go home during the school day due to illness or injury, the school would need to reach parents.  To facilitate this process, it is imperative that adequate phone numbers are provided when the emergency form is completed.  If a parent cannot be reached for any reason, the contact listed on the file will be contacted.  Please make sure that the person that you are listing could be given your child’s health and/or conduct information.  It is very important to keep the emergency information current.  Please notify the school of any changes. 

    Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO)

    All parents/guardians, teachers and staff are members of this organization.  The purpose of the Association is to support the members of the LNFI community through organization, volunteer work and fund-raising.   Scheduled meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, unless otherwise notified.  Committee meetings will be posted on the Web Site.  Officers and Committees will be listed in the LNFI Directory.

    LNFI Monthly Newsletter

    This is LNFI’s monthly newsletter issponsored by the PTO and is prepared by parent volunteers working together with school staff.  Check your monthly edition of the Quoi de Neuf for the Principal’s Corner, announcements, upcoming events, a summary of students’ activities, etc. Watch out for the deadline for submitting materials to be published!

    Grant Writing/Community Partnership Committee

    This is a subcommittee of the PTO, with the goal of finding additional funds to supplement the school’s very meager budget, and more importantly, to help support programs that are already in place, as well as creating more innovative and enrichment opportunities for students.  It also seeks to expand opportunities for partnership with surrounding communities and businesses. Staff, parent and community volunteers are welcome!



    Ways to Enrich French Learning at Home


    o   Check out books and tapes at your local library.

    o   Designate a time for daily family reading and/or silent reading

    o   Invite a classmate/schoolmate over to have a special “French

    o   Evening” or French Nigh Over”

    o   Let your child call a friend from school and discuss in French

    o   Try French restaurant and have your child order in French

    o   Talk about reasons why you want your child to learn another language

    o   Encourage your child to write letters, stories, make books and label pictures s/he draws in French

    o   Host an intern or be a “host alternate parent”

    o   Invest in French picture dictionary.  A great place to practice French spelling and pronunciation too!

    o   Attend the various French related activities that are organized by the Alliance Française and other organizations.

    o   Purchase children’s videos and music in French

    o   Read and discuss news articles that relate to French-Speaking countries

    o   Routinely ask your child questions like: Who did you speak in French with today?  What did you learn in French today?

    o   Cross the border!  Visit a French-speaking country, and let your child be the official translator after first grade!!!

    o   Recognize, praise, and encourage any effort your child makes in speaking French.



    Books and Magazines


    The Wild Rumpus, 2720 W., 43rd St, Minneapolis 612-920-5005

    Children’s bookstore in Linden Hills. Good selection of fiction, non-fiction and dictionaries, some books on tape.


    The Red Balloon, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul 651-224-8320

    Children’s bookstore in Crocus Hill. Foreign language books & tapes in basement. Will take special orders.


    Bayard Press Jeune, Marie-Caroline Russell, 9709 Sotweed Drive, Potomac, MD 20854    301-299-5920  Fax  301-983-8917

    Magazine subscriptions such as Babar and Les Belles histories (illustrated stories) ages 7-10; J’aime lire ( I like to Read) and Astrapi (science, nature, health, history) ages 8-12; Les débrouillards ( science, technology, nature) ages 9-14.


    Ciel Info, National Museum of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 9724, Ottawa, ON,  K1G   5A3, Canada  800-267-3999; Fax 613-900-3635,

    Astronomy magazines, ages 11 and up.


    Les Éditions Héritage, Inc., 25, Blvd Taschereau, bureau  201, Greenfield Park, QC, J4V  3P1,  Canada  514-875-4444;  Fax 514-923-0864

    Science and nature magazines Coulicou  (ages 8-14)


    Mary Sonowski,  800-437-7161

    Publishers’ representative for Canadian and French companies provides catalogs of non-fiction and fiction books; will recommend books appropriate to age and reading ability.


    Music, Videos, and Computer Software


    Service Franco-Video,  P.O. Box  56313,  Miami,  FL  33256-5313   800-8325-3869

    Catalog of videos and software available on request.


    Version Française,  4822  St. Elmo  Ave.,  Bethesda, MD  20814  800-835-7537,

    Music for children; video sales and rental.




    Alliance Française,  113  N.  1st St., Minneapolis  612-322-0436

    One-week summer day camps for ages 4-12; information usually available in March.


    Concordia College Language Villages,  901 S. St., Moorhead, MN 56562 800-247-1044,

    One and two week summer camp sessions in French locations in northern Minnesota for ages 7-18; financial aid available.


    TV5:  La  télévision internationale,  888-902-5322;

    Television and radio programming from French-speaking countries around the world; available 24 hours a day with satellite dish.


    For Parents/Teachers


    Learning Resources Distributing Center, Production Division, Barrhead, Alberta,  T7N  1PA  Canada  403-427-5775; Fax  403-433-9750

    Yes, you can help! Information and Inspiration for French Immersion Parents, a publication written by French Immersion parents in Canada


    American Council on Immersion Education, UTEC.  Suite  11,  1313  Fifth St.  S.E.,  Minneapolis 55414  612-627-1870

    For Teachers, Administrators, and parents. Annual membership with newsletter is $25.


    National Network for Early Language Learning,

    Representative: Kathy Olson-Studler,  1450 Fairmount, St. Paul  651-698-0262;  Fax 651-228-1112

    Web Sites


    American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)/ Discover French Culture on the World Wide Web:

    Eclectic list of links to French sites on the web.


    Canadian Parents for French:

    Links to sites of kids and adults ; books to order.


    Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL):

    Topic era on immersion education; link to CARLA.


    Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)

    Information, Links, and Resources from the National Library of Education.


    French : The Most Practical Foreign Language:

    Statement of support for learning French.


    Immersion Language Teaching Bibliography:


    Excellent resource for educators and parents.


    Journal des enfants:


    Linguistic Resources on the Internet:


    Premiers pas sur l’internet or , L’Internet pour enfants ( The Internet for Children):


    U.S. Department of Education:



    Language Immersion in the Americas Discussion List service:

    Subscribe by sending email message containing [your first name] [your last name] to


    Ensemble, tout le monde réussit mieux !


    Board of Education

    Mary Doran, Chair                        Keith Hardy, Vice Chair

    Jean O’Connell, Director               Louise Seeba, Director

    Chue Vue, Director    Anne Carroll, Treasurer

    John Brodrick, Clerk