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Meals during February Connect Times

The Spring teacher-parent Connect Times are around the corner. Providing meals for our amazing staff at PSI is a great way to show them how much we appreciate all they do for our kids.

Connect Times are scheduled for Thursday, February 16th and Friday, February 17th. We are doing a hybrid cater/pot-luck style. Thursday will be a Taco/Burrito Bar and Friday, a brunch with bagel sandwiches and salads. Both will be buffet-style so that staff can pop in to serve themselves during a break in conferences. Please consider signing up below to either supplement a meal, volunteer your time, or contribute money towards a catering order.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY! The staff is always so grateful to parents for this special treat!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0B4AAAA62FABFF2-spring

Math Night Update

Sign up HERE to help!

The PSI PTO is excited to host Math Night for families on THURSDAY, February 9th from 6-7:30PM in the gym. Stop by for a night of fun math games and activities such as Quick Chess, Mancala, Towers of Hanoi, Code Breaker, Chances Are, Money Bingo and more! This event is an opportunity to build student enthusiasm for math and is sponsored by Mathnasium of St Louis Park.

Many math stations will be led by our awesome Amity interns, but more volunteers are needed to make this event a success!

THANK YOU to PSI Amity Host Families! 

Please help us extend a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful host families who graciously opened their homes to our 8 PSI Amity Interns this past Fall Semester.   Thank you to the following families:

Kevin and Sarah Russell
Lisa and Jesse Valley
Naomi Richman
Rachel and Brian Jacobsen
Lisa Stein
Laurie Swabey and Andrew Keith
Kelly and Andrew Marinello
Aaron and Cassie Williams-Boll

Our children benefit each day from the assistance of these interns in our PSI classrooms which is not possible without the help of these families.   If you are interested in becoming a host family this coming Fall 2023, please email psiamity@gmail.com.

Website Outage

Our apologies for the site outage that started the morning of January 18th and ran through the morning of January 19th.  Our service provider had an unexpected outage that took them some time to fix.

Order your PSI Yearbook Today!

The 2022-23 edition of the PSI Yearbook is on sale now! Order online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ (yearbook ID code is 3271923).

Cost is $15/book.

Order deadline is March 31, with yearbooks delivered towards the end of the school year. Do it now before you forget!

Math Night is Back!

The PSI PTO is excited to host Math Night for families on Thursday, February 9th from 6-7:30 pm in the gym. Stop by for a night of fun math games and activities such as Quick Chess, Mancala, Towers of Hanoi, Code Breaker, Chances Are, Money Bingo and more! This event is an opportunity to build student enthusiasm for math and offer caregivers a few ideas of how they can support math skills at home.

Math Night is sponsored by Mathnasium of St Louis Park. Volunteers may be needed to run activity stations and help with set-up and tear down of the event. If you are interested in volunteering, look for more information next week.

Late Start Wednesday Jan 11, 2023

Due to severe winter weather, we are announcing a two-hour delayed start for Wednesday, January 11, 2023. All school bus pick-up times will be two hours later than normally scheduled. There will be no Early Learning morning Pre-School. Please know that KidsPlace will be available at all school sites for students enrolled in morning child care beginning at 7 a.m., as normal. All day KidsPlace Pre-School will also open at 7 am.

School Start Times (two-hour delay) – Wednesday, Jan, 11

•Aquila, Susan Lindgren, Peter Hobart, Park Spanish Immersion: Start at 9:45 a.m.
•High School: Start at 10:25 a.m.
•Middle School: Start at 11:05 a.m.
•No Early Learning morning Pre-School; All day KidsPlace Pre-School will open at 7 am.

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. We understand there have been some issues with the application. We are working to have these issues resolved.

Stay tuned to slpschools.org for the latest information. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility with this information. Please stay safe.

Science & Imagination Fair is next week!

FAQ

Lunchroom Volunteer Opportunities are Back!

We would love to have you come help our students in the cafeteria this year.  Tasks will include things such as, helping to open tricky food packages, handing out extra napkins or utensils, and wiping down tables.

A maximum of two volunteers are requested for each time slot; there are two time slots per day, 11-noon and noon-1pm.

Feel free to sign up for one or both hours. Volunteers need to be parents or legal guardians. This is a fun way to get into the school and help out!

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0945afab2aa4f49-psilunchroom#/

A permanent link is also available on the left menu

Lost & Found Clear Out!

Our Lost & Found is overflowing. Please take a moment to look through and claim items that belong to your child(ren). You’ll find the Lost & Found in the hallway between the media center and the gym (by door #2). Any remaining items will be donated at the end of January.

And as a reminder, please be sure to label everything so that items left behind can find their way home again!

Girls on the Run – Coaches Needed

We are looking for 1-2 volunteer coaches for Girls on the Run (GOTR) this spring in order to have a GOTR team for our 3rd-5th grade girls. Please contact Jacey Cassem at jaceycassem@gmail.com by January 15 for more info.

Skip making dinner Wednesday!

The PSI Pizza Siren will sound to remind you to put in an order and raise a few bucks for PSI.
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!

School Closed Wednesday, Jan 4

Due to the current dangerous weather conditions, we are making changes to our previous announcement and all St. Louis Park Public Schools buildings will be closed today. The roads are icy due to freezing rain, and additional snow is forecasted throughout the day.

This closure includes all schools, KidsPlace, Transition Plus, all after school activities and Community Education programming and aquatics.

Stay tuned to slpschools.org for the latest information. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility with this information. Please stay safe.

Early Release! Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023

Due to severe winter weather, St. Louis Park Public Schools will have staggered early release times to allow more time for afternoon transportation on Tuesday, Jan 3, 2023.

Early Release Times – Tuesday, Jan
• Aquila, Susan Lindgren, Peter Hobart, Park Spanish Immersion: Release at 1:15 p.m. (1 hour early)
• High School: Release at 2:30 p.m. (45-minutes early)
• Transition Plus: Release at 2:30 p.m. (45-minutes early)
• Middle School: Release at 3:22 p.m. (30-minutes early)
• There will be no Early Learning afternoon Pre-School

Even with the early release times, buses may still be delayed.

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. We understand there have been some issues with the application. We are working to have these issues resolved.

KidsPlace

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to pick up children from KidsPlace elementary sites and KidsPlace 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 on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Cancellations – Tuesday, Jan 3

After School Activities and Athletics
There will be no after school activities, practices, or competitions at the elementary, middle or high school.

WHAT TO DO WITH THE KIDS DURING THE SNOW STORM AND WINTER BREAK?

The 2023 PSI Science and Imagination Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2023 from 6:00-7:30 pm in the PSI gym.

The goal of the Science and Imagination Fair is to encourage all families to participate and nurture our children’s love of science and imagination! Keep in mind that projects do not have to be a science project either.

 

Past projects have included catapults, test plants and sculptures, to name a few. Winter break is a great time for your child to begin working on their project. Each child will have half a table to display their project.

 

The gym will be open as early as 4:00 pm the day of the fair for participants to begin setting up. For those wishing to register their child, please use the link located at:

 

We look forward to seeing you all on January 17 and what your children create for the fair.

KidsPlace Close December 22nd

KidsPlace, and all other district offices are closed December 22nd due to inclement weather.

Early Release! Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022

Due to severe winter weather, St. Louis Park Public Schools will have staggered early release times to allow more time for afternoon transportation on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022.

Early Release Times – Wednesday, Dec 21
• Aquila, Susan Lindgren, Peter Hobart, Park Spanish Immersion: Release at 1:15 p.m. (1 hour early)
• High School: Release at 2:30 p.m. (45-minutes early)
• Transition Plus: Release at 2:30 p.m. (45-minutes early)
• Middle School: Release at 3:22 p.m. (30-minutes early)
• There will be no Early Learning afternoon Pre-School
• There will be no Transition Plus

Even with the early release times, buses may still be delayed.

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. We understand there have been some issues with the application. We are working to have these issues resolved.

KidsPlace

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to pick up children from KidsPlace elementary sites and KidsPlace 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 on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Cancellations – Wednesday, Dec 21

After School Activities and Athletics
There will be no after school activities, practices, or competitions at the elementary, middle or high school.

Community Education
Community Education evening and aquatic programs will be canceled.

Stay tuned to slpschools.org for the latest information. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility with this information. Decisions about any cancellation for activities and athletics happening on Thursday, Dec. 22 will be shared tomorrow. Please stay safe.

Lost & Found Clear Out!

Our Lost & Found is overflowing. Please take a moment to look through and claim items that belong to your child(ren). You’ll find the Lost & Found in the hallway between the media center and the gym. Any remaining items will be donated at the end of January.
As a reminder, please be sure to label everything so that items left behind can find their way home again!

Silent Auction Planning Kick-off Meeting

Hard to believe, but it is already time to start planning for our spring silent auction. Every March we hold an online silent auction to raise money for Amity and other PTO programs. It takes lots of volunteers to make it successful. We are having our first meeting on Tuesday, December 20th at 6pm.

Please reach out to psivolunteers@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the Silent Auction Team.

We can give you more details on our meeting and what to expect moving forward. If you cannot make this first meeting, we’d still love to have your help. This is a great opportunity to meet and collaborate with other PSI parents. As always, new parents and new ideas are very welcome.

 

Community Volunteers Requested

Do you know someone interested in supporting our teachers, students and staff? Are they a community member that has a special skill or talent that they would like to share with our learners? Ask them to consider volunteering with St. Louis Park Schools! From homework help to reading, math or helping on the playground, find more information on our website, https://slpcommunityed.com/volunteer/, fill out a volunteer application, or connect with Denise Tennen!

PSI currently has volunteer positions for volunteers in classrooms and the media center

Denise Tennen, Volunteer Engagement VISTA
tennen.denise@slpschools.org or 952-928-6445

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