St. Anthony Park Elementary School News – February 2011


On January 8, SAP Elementary was one of more than 120 schools that participated in
the 2011 Parent Information Fair at Saint Paul RiverCentre’s Grand Ballroom. The event was the season opener for the time of year when families get busy visiting schools and preparing to turn in applications for the 2011-12 school year.

Applications are required for all elementary students who enroll in a Saint Paul Public
School. Applications are available at or call Student
Placement at (651) 632-3701. Please note that the elementary school application deadline is March 22.

The St. Paul public school district’s new three-year strategic plan, Strong Schools, Strong Communities 2011-2014, will affect St. Anthony Park Elementary School. It is now part of Area E, one of six busing areas in the city. Principal Johnson, SAPSA, and the site council have been hosting meetings with the school community to discuss the impact of these changes.

Other proposed changes to two St. Anthony Park schools include Murray Junior High,
currently a math and science magnet, becoming a community school serving grades 6-
8 in 2013-14. St. Anthony Park Elementary School will remain a community school but
will become a K-5 program in 2013-14.

The school board will vote on the plan March 15, after a series of community meetings to get input from the public. The meeting for Area E will be held at Como Senior High on February 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

If you are interested in sending your child to SAP Elementary next year, please contact
the school for a tour or plan on attending the evening open house. You will have an
opportunity to meet Principal Ann Johnson and to see classrooms in action.

There will be an opportunity to attend an open house on Thursday February 10, 6 to 7
p.m. Prospective families are invited to come and meet teachers, parents and to visit
classrooms. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the school.

SAP Elementary sixth-graders are also preparing to attend a new school – junior high next year. The parent teacher organization, SAPSA, hosted a meeting on January 18 with former sixth grade student Nelson Moroukian and Jayne Williams from the district student placement office. The middle/junior and senior high school application deadline is March 22.

February 14 is National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID). African
American parents are invited to spend the morning with their child and experience the
routines of a regular school day, through lunchtime.

The Artist-in-Residency program is one of the most exciting enrichment activities at the
school. During the month of January, students in fourth grade explored theater movement with Aimee Bryant. In February, second-graders will learn West African and Hip Hop dance steps with Kenna Sarge.

Important dates in February include:

4 Early Release Day, 1:45, teacher meetings

10 Coffee and Conversation with Parents & Principal, 9:15 a.m.

14 National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID), 9:30 to

Meetings: Site Council, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

15 SAPSA Meeting 5:00

11 Prospective Family Open House, 6 to 7 p.m.

21 NO SCHOOL, Presidents Day holiday

24 Coffee and Conversation with Parents & Principal, 9:15 a.m. ” Parking and traffic
issues at school”