Thank You Volunteers!

Thanks to this year’s parents, there are currently no urgent volunteer openings! But we would always love more help. If you are interested in joining a team or pitching in to help at an event, please email psivolunteers@gmail.com and let us know!

We will announce volunteer needs for Staff Appreciation Week and Carnival in the upcoming weeks.

Do you know about the PSI Pizza Siren?

Last school year, Parkway Pizza donated over $900 to PSI PTO as part of its Dine Out for Schools program to give back to the community.  Parkway donates 5% of sales on the first Wednesdays of the month to PSI. Dine-out, delivery, or carry-out. It all counts! No code needed.

Want to participate but need a reminder? Whenever you hear the MN Tornado Siren Test at 1pm on the first Wednesday of each month, know that all orders that day earn money for PSI PTO!

Park Pride! Sr Davis

David Davis is first Minnesota teacher to be semifinalist for Grammy Music Educator Award.

Read the full article here!

Spiritwear is here!

If you selected “school delivery” for your Spiritwear order, pickup dates available are:
Thursday 12/1, 5:45-6:45, at the St. Louis Park REC Center, inside between the East and West rinks
– OR – 
Monday 12/5, 2:15-4:00, at PSI school inside the main entrance doors

If you selected home delivery, your order will be shipped to you directly.

SCHOOL CLOSING: 11/29/2022

Per the St Louis Park School District social media page

Due to severe winter weather, St. Louis Park Public Schools will be adjusting dismissal times by 20 minutes today, Nov. 29, 2022 for elementary schools, the high school and early learning students who receive transportation.

Early Release Times
Aquila, Susan Lindgren, Peter Hobart, Park Spanish Immersion: Release at 1:55 p.m. (20-minutes early)
High School: Release at 2:55 p.m. (20-minutes early)
Early Learning students who receive transportation: Release at 2:40 p.m. (20-minutes release)
*Note that St. Louis Park Middle School will release at its normal time.

Track your Student’s Bus:
Families can download the Traversa 360 App to view real-time mapping for school bus arrival for pick-up and afternoon drop-off.

After School Activities and Athletics
There will be no after school activities at the elementary, middle or high school. The boys hockey games will be postponed. The girls basketball game with Minnetonka at the high school will continue as scheduled.

KidsPlace
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to pick up children from KidsPlace elementary sites and Kids Place Preschool at Central as soon as possible after the early release times. KidsPlace will close as soon as the last child is picked up from each program. We are giving this advanced notice so that families can plan to leave work early or arrange for their child/children to be picked up.

Community Education
Community Education evening and aquatic programs will continue as scheduled.
Unless notified otherwise, staff and students will be expected to attend school in person on the next scheduled learning day. Stay tuned to slpschools.org for the latest information. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility with this information.

Student Directory Update

The online student directory has been updated for the 2022-2023 school year.   More information can be found here.  A link is also available on the parent resources menu on the right side (when accessing this site from a PC), or on the bottom (when accessing this site via a mobile device.)

Spring Amity Intern Host Family Still Needed!

Hosting is a unique experience that can benefit your entire family, plus it’s a great way to give back to the students, teachers, and staff of PSI and beyond. If you are interested in learning more, check out a list of commonly asked questions in the Host Family FAQs.

Email psiamity@gmail.com to connect with one of our PSI Amity Coordinators, Kyle Wermerskirchen, Megan Patterson, Paige Young or Susan Croom for more information.

And The Leer-a-tón Winners Are…

Congratulations to Srta. Bernal’s and Sra. Ziegle’s classes for highest participation in this year’s ¡Leer-a-tón! They earned a donut party!

A big round of applause for the top individual readers:

Charlotte M. (Kinder), Dagmawi B. (Gr. 2), Emmalyn T. (Gr. 2), Walter L. (Gr. 4), and Will S. (Gr. 3)!

Students who read more than 1,000 minutes will soon have their names on the Leer-a-tón Wall of Fame. Bravo readers!

The PSI Directory Is Here!

The PSI online directory has been updated. It can be found here. For first time users, be sure to register using the email you have on file with the school district. For detailed instructions on how to access the directory and edit your info, please click HERE.

Give to the Max donations exceed $1,500!

Thanks for all of your GTMD donations today for the PTO! So far we have raised over $1,500.  That amount is enough to cover an amities stipend for 5 months!

Donations will continue to be accepted at GiveMN.Org

Leer-a-tón Goal Met!

has raised more than $22,700 for the Amity Intern Program, crushing our goal of $20,000! Congratulations students, and THANK YOU families for your incredible generosity!
Students, get ready to celebrate and cheer during the students-versus-teachers basketball game during the next assembly! Individual winners will be announced before the Thanksgiving break.

Meet Pilar Hinojosa

Hi, my name is Pilar I am 21, and I have studied education.

I did a major in special needs and I would like to do something related to psychology someday.

I have always been working with children, being a babysitter or giving particular classes to reforce school learnings.

I have a little family with only one sister that is everything to me. We like to spend many time together sharing sports moments or visiting new places. I have done horse riding, dance, pádel, tennis, volleyball,….

We are from Sevilla spain, but we used to live in Osuna that is a little village of Seville.

I love reading, listening to music, running or walking, cooking, or proving new things.

I am a happy girl, with too many things to learn that has just opened a door that I believe will be the beginning to many good things and the way to grow up strongly and more confident in herself.

I like to be with people but I also enjoy time being alone and thinking.

Meet Daniel Ferrero

My name is Daniel and I was born in Spain, in the city of Valladolid in 1997. I live there with my parents  Isidro and Claudia.  My parents are from a little village named Medina del Campo, which is a town that historically has been the capital of the world because the empire’s merchandise was gathered in the main square.  When I was a child I studied in Medina and after high school I went to the university to study a degree in philosophy and specialize in doing a master’s degree that qualifies me as a teacher. I really like philosophy and soccer, that’s why I am also a soccer coach.  I love all the sports. When I was a child I played soccer, swimming, karate, basketball, tennis… but recently I try american football and baseball.  Also, I like the reggueaton music, read books of philosophy, ride my bike with my family, go to my village to see my family, hanging out with my friends to do many plans with theirs and travel.

I am very excited with my future experience in Minnesota because I want to learn about the culture here, and the native culture. I also want to show my culture since this program offers a unique exchange of knowledge and is an opportunity to grow in all aspects, both as a teacher and as a person.

Meet Lisbeth Villalobos Melendez

My name is Lisbeth Villalobos Melendez. I was born on September 15th, 2000 in El Salvador. I am 21 years old. I am a student at Gerardo Barrios University. I am studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in English. This year I had the opportunity to participate in a virtual internship, teaching physical science at Collinsville High School located in Illinois for 4 months, it was a fantastic experience that has motivated me to learn the different techniques and methodologies that education has in the United States. and I also want to know about USA culture and traditions.

My family includes five members counting me; my mother, my father, and my two brothers, I am the oldest one. I am an outgoing person, I have an adventurous soul, I really appreciate places surrounded by nature, I enjoy listening to music, singing, watching movies, reading, I am creative, I stand out a lot for handicrafts

I am more than excited about my future experiences in Minnesota, because I know that it will help me as a future teacher since it has been my dream since I was a child, I want to make my beautiful country known, and I want to connect with my future students creating an environment reliable and effective, Additionally, I will improve my English and share special moments with you.

Meet Joaquín Vilas

My name is Joaquín and I was born in A Coruña, a city located in the northwest of Spain in 2000. I´m a sportive person, I like to practice different kind of sports like ski, tennis, football… but my favorite is fencing, which I play since I was 8. My family is made up of my mother, who works in a bank, my father who works in the famous brand Pfizer and my two siblings, one older sister who is living in Germany and my little brother who is 13 years old.

Since we were really young, our parents introduced us into the joy of traveling and living experiences abroad. This is not my first experience living abroad, I spent one year living in Ireland when I was 16 and a few months in Denmark last year. That is the reason why I am taking advantage of this opportunity of learning from a new country, this time as a teacher.  This is my first experience as a teacher after finishing my teaching degree this year, that is the reason why I feel really motivated to apply all the things that I have learned across these years.

I´m looking forward to starting this new experience in PSI, meeting new teachers, students and friends. Moreover, I feel excited about sharing costumes and the culture from my home country at the same time I learn about the life in the USA and fight the cold winter in Minnesota.

Meet Chris Martínez Méndez

My name is Chris, I was born in Bogotá, Colombia, but I grew up in Bucaramanga, also known as “the city of parks”. I live with my mom, my siblings and my granny. I studied Foreign languages teaching with emphasis in English at the Industrial University of Santander, and I just graduated this year. I have a strong love for teaching, languages, and teaching languages! I am fluent in Spanish and English, and also proficient in French. I have worked as a teacher at language institutes and as a tutor. I like spending time with my family, friends, and my significant other, going to the Eucharist, reading about the saints, cooking, travelling, and listening to music. Some of my favorite genres of music include indie, classic rock, and disco music. I am looking forward to my experience in Minnesota so I can share my cultural perspective with new friends and acquaintances; I want to share information about Colombian cuisine, music, and our traditional dances. I want to learn about what life is like in the US, especially life in the classroom.

Meet Franklin Diaz

Hello everyone, my name is Franklin Diaz, I am from El Salvador. I was born in San Miguel city in 1997, I have lived in El Salvador all my life, with my parents: Esmeralda Diaz and Tomas Paniagua, my grandmother: Silvia Diaz and my younger brother: Osvaldo Diaz. Before coming to Minnesota I was studying and working at the same time, actually, I was finishing my Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages (English & French)  at Universidad de El Salvador (State university of my country) and doing an internship as a Translator. My parents are business people, we have a small business store where we provide all kind of spices to the communities around ours. My brother Osvaldo is studying to be a math teacher, he is currently in his last year at college, he loves numbers. As for me, besides learning and teaching languages, I love biking, running, playing soccer and ping-pong. I am super excited to go to Minnesota because it is my first time traveling abroad and I like the idea of meeting new people, new places, in a different culture. On top of that, I will be able to learn from the US education system and share the beautiful culture of my country, El Salvador.

Meet María Carazo

My name is María Carazo, I am 22 years old, and I am from Valladolid, Spain. I have recently finished a bachelor´s degree in primary education at the University of Valladolid.

I have completed an internship during my bachelor, I have taught in the second, fourth and fifth grades of elementary education. During the school year I have given private lessons to children between 9 and 15 years old.

My hobbies include listening to music, reading, watching series and movies and sports. I love all kinds of sports, especially soccer and basketball. I played basketball until I was 16 years old in the school league by categories in the city of Valladolid.

In my family we are 4 people. My father, Alberto, my mother, Mercedes, my older brother, Raúl, and me. We live in the city of Valladolid. We like to spend our summers on the beaches of northern Spain and travel abroad.

I am looking forward to learning a new culture and its different ways of teaching in a different country.

Meet Adrián Simonetti

My name is Adrián and I’m 23 years old. I was born in Valladolid, Spain, and I have always lived here. I live with my mother Biljana, and my little sister Marina. My mother is from Croatia, a very beautiful Mediterranean country. I have been in Croatia many times, visiting my mother’s family. I can also speak Croatian since I was a child. I studied a degree in philosophy and then a master’s degree in teaching and education. I have a few months of experience teaching in a High School here in Valladolid, but I am willing to work with Elementary School students at PSI, and to know the lifestyle of your community. I am sure we will get along really well and have a lot of great experiences. I can’t wait to share everything I know about my culture with all of you. Apart from my interest in philosophy and education I am also a musician and a sportsman. I play guitar and enjoy all kinds of music, classical and modern. I have also done sport for years. I like working out at the gym, canoeing and ice skating. Finally, I really enjoy reading and watching movies. I am very excited to meet you all and have a great time!

La Prensa of Oct 27

Our school reported that La Prensa of Oct 27, 2022 landed in Spam folders.  They are working out the issue. Here’s a link if you missed it.

Included in La Prensa were Lunchroom Volunteer SignUp, Drama Club info, School Nutrition Survey, Leer-a-tón links and more!

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