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Today my kiddos wrote about their favorite part of the first day of school: “I’m so glad that we’re all back together again.”

My Kid Can Read! Now What?

For ideas beyond this short list of my students' favorites, be sure to check in with your child's own school library teacher, or any of the youth librarians at your local public library.
I want to be so bold as to suggest we lay down some guidelines for all of us for today...and the upcoming school year for that matter.  The onlyonlyonly way we are going to get through is with discernment, empathy, and civility.
broken heart

Teacher in Mourning

Let me give it to you straight, just like I do my students: I’m a teacher in mourning. I’ve experienced so much grief in the last few weeks and absolutely no closure.
I respected you before but now I really applaud you and appreciate all that you do. We couldn’t get through this without you!
Dear Teachers, you are heroes. You have always been heroes, but especially now...you are super heroes. You are what make our schools great.
Our MEGA list of online resources (fun, activities, educational!) will help Rochester MN families as help aid their children as they learn from home.
Invest the time to develop good language skills and employ the correct use of grammar in the languages you learn – it will serve you well. At the same time, recognize your privilege to be able to do so.
I have met and taught hundreds of elementary age students and parented two of them. I've had a few entertaining encounters as I came to a realization about a life skill I needed to explicitly teach my students (or offspring).
If you find yourself examining educational options for your child, consider how answers to the following questions might reveal the “excellence” that your family seeks in a prospective school.

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Free First Sunday

A Change to Free First Sunday at SPARK!

While still free, registration is now required at SPARK for Free First Sundays!

Rochester MN Guide to Free Fun