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PreK-4 (Lower Campus) Distance Learning Family Update Week of June 1-5, 2020

Principal Message from Mr. B. 

Dear Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4 family,

 

I am writing to address the killing of Mr. George Floyd by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day, and the community unrest in the Twin Cities and across the country.

 

As a school community, we have been navigating the unexpected challenges of distance learning during a pandemic.  We understand the burden of additional responsibilities and juggling interruptions in work schedules for your family.  I expect that we have all been experiencing feelings of frustration, isolation, loneliness, and maybe even sadness, from time to time.

 

Now, we wrestle with the painful reality of the death of another African American man, George Floyd, at the hands of police. It is difficult to find the words to explain this to students, especially when we don’t have daily personal connections where we can create spaces to have these important conversations.

 

Underneath all the anger of what happened to Mr. Floyd is sadness and pain. There are no words that will make things right or better. George Floyd’s life matters. The legacy of his life and name matters. And we need to give our students unequivocal support, show them love and remind them every day that they matter. Social emotional connections are vital, especially at times like this.

 

For that reason, we are providing some guidance for you on how to help support your students as they maneuver the feelings they have right now. Students are also able to connect with their teachers and support staff through Google Meets.  If your student needs to talk, please encourage them to reach out to, WE are here to support your child and family. Please let us know if you would like the school social worker (Lao Lee) or school counselor (Abby Whalen) to reach out to you individually. To get in touch with Mr. Lee, please email him at lao.lee@spps.org. To get in touch with Ms. Whalen, please email her at abigail.whalen@spps.org or fill out this form: bit.ly/whalen20

 

I am including the story, Something Happened in Our Town as a resource you can use with your family. 

 

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

 

Sincerely,

John Bjoraker, Principal

 

Farnsworth PreK-4 Meal Service

Delivery Dates

We will continue weekly home meal delivery to SPPS families who are in need of food for their children.  Please use the following link for more information for meal resources. 

 

https://www.spps.org/Page/38722

 

Student iPads

I want to remind all of our families that ALL students will keep their iPads throughout the summer.  Superintendent Gothard would like ALL students to have the opportunity to access resources online throughout the summer.  We will not be collecting any devices until we return to school.  

 

End of the School Year

The current school year will end as planned on Tuesday, June 9th. 

 

Yearbook Sale

If you are interested in purchasing a 2019-2020 Farnsworth yearbook, attached is a link to use to purchase the yearbook.  You will receive confirmation on pickup dates/times once you purchase the yearbook.  Yearbooks are for sale for $10.00. 

 

2019/2020 Yearbook sale

 

Need help OR assistance from Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4?

If you need to get in contact with a school staff member there are two ways to do so:

  • Call our main number, 651-293-8675 and leave a message. We have staff members checking the voicemail regularly to pass messages along or
  • Fill out the following  HELP FORM for families.  Please be as complete and detailed as possible. One of our staff members will respond to support you.  HELP FORM