Welcome Back to School Letter from Principal Kristen Lynch

Principal Kristen Lynch
  • Welcome to the 2019-20 school year!

    My name is Kristen Lynch and I am thrilled to be part of the Creative Arts Community as your principal.

    My door is always open. I welcome your feedback on the future aspirations of the school, your ideas about how we can continue to grow and thrive and finally, how you can contribute to our goals. I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to build a stellar performing and visual arts school.

    Our school boasts strong academic offerings that will ensure all students are successful.

    School Hours
    School begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. for all students.

    All students receive a free breakfast at school, served daily from 8:15 am to 8:30 am through the Breakfast to Go (B2G) program. Your child can select a delicious and nutritious breakfast in the cafeteria and bring it to the classroom to eat. Students interested in eating breakfast should go to the cafeteria, pick up their breakfast and then go to their classroom. This will help ease hallway congestion and start school on time.

    School meals are made from scratch with a focus on local ingredients and a wide selection of fruits, vegetables and salads. Diverse menus include recipes from our own community, including beef fried rice and chicken suqaar.

    This year, families who complete the Free/Reduced-Price Meal Application will be entered into a district-wide drawing for two chances to win either a new bike or a basketball. Completing the Free/Reduced-Price Meal Application form ensures that our school receives benefits that directly impact students.

    Saint Paul Public Schools has expanded its Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program for this school year. That means every student enrolled at our school will receive a healthy lunch at no cost!

    After-School Programs
    Check out our school website for after-school options.

    School Bus Transportation
    Students in Grades 6-8 who qualify for transportation in Saint Paul Public Schools may take the yellow school bus. Please arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to pick up your child. Be sure to track the status of your child’s bus at spps.org/bus or through the new MySPPS smartphone app.

    If you believe your student is taking the bus but did not receive a postcard, please call our lead clerk at 651-744-8172 as soon as possible.

    Students in Grades 9-12 who qualify for transportation in Saint Paul Public Schools will use Metro Transit to get to and from school. Check with the front desk for any other details.

    School Drop-off and Pick-up
    Parents/guardians who need to drop-off and pick-up students should use Minnesota Street. (Kellogg is a busy four-lane street.Parents, please talk to your students about crossing Kellogg Street. It is a busy street with high traffic and student should pay attention to the crossing signals and cross at the crosswalks.

    School Calendar
    A copy of our calendar for the school year will be available during the Open House. This calendar will also be posted online. Please note that dates may change as the year progresses, and updates may be posted from time to time. For the full district calendar, visit spps.org/calendar.

    Contact Information
    Please check our school website regularly, creativearts.spps.org, for information and updates. If you have questions the website doesn’t answer, please call our lead clerk at 651-744-8172.

    I’m so proud to be part of this wonderful school community. I look forward to working with you and your child this school year.


    Kristen A. Lynch, Principal
    Creative Arts Secondary School