December 6, 2013
Ready or not, it’s definitely Winter!! A quick reminder about an important change to our policy regarding school closures this year: When considering snow days, MSSPA follows the Hopkins School District’s lead. Because MSSPA students are transported by the Hopkins School District, MSSPA will only be closed if Hopkins closes. If Hopkins announces no school or a late start or early release due to weather, MSSPA will make the same announcement. I will be posting MSSPA closures on the major TV and radio stations and on the website. We will do everything we can to have the information posted before 6:00 a.m., but it is possible that Hopkins will post before we do (since we have to wait to hear from Hopkins before posting). If you see an announcement that Hopkins schools are closing due to weather, you may be assured that MSSPA is closing as well.
Important news about school busses and early releases. Similarly, because MSSPA contracts for busing with the Hopkins District, and Hopkins does not have early release days this year, On MSSPA early release days, buses will continue to run at the regular times. This means that students released at 11:45 a.m. must either find a different way home or wait until 2:30 to ride their regular bus home. The school building will be closed at 11:45, but students choosing to wait until 2:30 have access to the Hopkins library, various restaurants, the bowling alley, the movie theatre, and the park, all within walking distance.
Early release days this year are:
October 31 (finals) March 26 (finals)
November 1 (finals) March 27 (finals)
December 12 (conferences) May 8 (conferences)
January 22 (finals) June 4 (conferences)
January 23 (finals) June 5 (conferences, last day of school)
February 27 (conferences)
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES ARE COMING DECEMBER 12!! It is Midterm already!! Be sure to check the MSSPA Infinite Campus Parent Portal to see how your child is doing academically. Then sign up for conferences on December 12th. Conferences run from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 12th. Therefore,
December 12th is an early release day. School will end at 11:45, though buses will not arrive until 2:30 (see message above). There is no school on December 13th.
To sign up for parent teacher conferences, go to the following links:
Humanities and Foreign Language:
Math and Science:
Senior Cap and Gown orders are also due next Thursday, December 12th. Students who wish to participate in the MSSPA Graduation Ceremony are required at a minimum to purchase Package A: Cap, Rental Gown, and Memory Tassel. Package A is currently priced at $28.00 plus tax (prices will increase as graduation approaches).
Please go to the following link for more information:
If you need any assistance in placing an order, or need to set up a payment plan, please contact Jon, our Herff Jones representative at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at(763)536-8588.
Main Street School of Performing Arts (MSSPA)
MSSPA Dance Company & National Honor Society for Dance Arts are holding their 2nd Annual Winter Blood Drive on December 20th from 10:30 am – 4 pm. Students & parents are encouraged to donate to save lives. Students who are 16 years of age or younger need to see Ms. Ciganko for a parent consent form.
Enrollment can be done on line by going to:
Enter the sponsor code (3732) number to reach our drive. You’ll then need to create your own user ID & password or students can see Ms. Ciganko directly to sign up. The goal is 31 donations and if met, involved seniors are eligible to share college scholarship money up to $100+ earned per drive. Total win/win.
First Quarter Honor Roll rosters are attached. Honor rolls students were treated to a Belgian Waffle Breakfast on November 13th in the Saint Gabriel’s Social Hall – Congratulations are in order!!!
A + Tutoring Club: The A + Club is a student-run peer tutoring program sponsored by NHS students, who will voluntarily tutor any student
Monday through Thursday, 5th block. The A+ Tutoring Club meets in Mrs. Schauwitzer’s room, 252, and is open to any and every single MSSPA student, no sign-up or form-filling required.
Students may contact A+ member Taylor Flak if they have questions. No more excuses!! Help is on the way!!
PERFORMANCES: The MSSPA Dance concert was held on November 22 and 23 at the Southern Theatre was an enormous success. Auditions for the Drowsy Chaperone, the MSSPA musical, are underway, and on December 3rd, MSSPA students attended the Children’s Theatre production of Cinderella. If you’ve missed a performance, don’t despair, but don’t miss the combined choir and instrumental winter music performance at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. It will be outstanding; I’ve had the pleasure of hearing these groups rehearse, and it’s fascinating to hear all the pieces coming together. Come and bring friends and family; I will see you there!
Toys For Tots! Toys For Tots delivers toys to children in need during the holiday season and you can help them out! Just send a new toy, still in its packaging, and put it in the donation bin right outside the front office. There is no limit on donations so bring in as many items as you can! The Toys for Tots drive starts now and runs until December 12th.
Remember to check www.msspahs.org for details on all of our upcoming events, and thank you for all that you do!!