Greetings from the six teachers and 41 students attending summer school this year. Students are focused on writing skills, conversational speaking, preparing for their citizenship tests and building computer skills.
This is the second year Learning in Style School has offered summer school and we are pleased with the results. Last year we had 34 students enrolled, this year we have 41. Last year students were in school for a combined total of 356 hours. This year we expect students will take over 550 hours of instruction.
Friends and volunteers have also added their fair share of hours. We have two Blake School students volunteering in the classroom and Children’s Room, students from Loyola High School volunteered their time to weed the garden and wash the tables, our volunteer registrars were available to enroll students for the fall term and manage the front desk and students and teachers dropped by to say “hi”.
The last day of summer school is this Wednesday, July 3rd. We want to congratulate our students for their efforts and thank our staff and volunteers for their great work. Enjoy the rest of summer!
The timing was perfect! Our peonies were in full bloom for summer school thanks to our amazing volunteer gardener, Mary Shimshock. Mary keeps our grounds beautiful in all four seasons. The gardens she has designed and the flowers she has planted make a happy difference in the lives of our students and staff. Thank you Mary!
It is our final week of school (before summer school begins) and we are recognizing our students who have had the best school attendance for the year. Bad weather, child care, work schedules, family responsibilities, transportation and illness can impact the number of hours our students can attend Learning in Style School. We salute these students for their commitment and perseverance.
Every spring we recognize and reward students for good attendance at Learning in Style School. Students receive tickets for each week of perfect attendance. Towards the end of the school year they use these tickets to enter a lottery for prizes and gifts. Donations come from the Sponsor a Family Program as well as from friends of the school. Quilts and blankets, dishes, electronics, book bags, clothing, purses and other valued prizes are raffled off. The better attendance a student has the better the chance he or she has of winning a prize. It’s a fun and exciting time for our students.
Last week was teacher appreciation week at Learning in Style School. Our teachers are dedicated, smart, compassionate, creative and make such a difference in students’ lives. To say thank you, each teacher received a rose, a paper bouquet signed by his or her students and everyone enjoyed an ice cream sundae buffet.
A school year isn’t complete without a field trip or two. Learning in Style Students will be visiting the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Friday, May 10. Students are often times surprised and delighted that the Art Institute is free of charge. We hope this first trip results in many more visits to come.
Books for all ages! Dictionaries, children’s story books, chapter books, teen books, encyclopedias, and more.
Bring your family and friends to grab some free gently used books this Friday.
Learning in Style School partners with external organizations to help educate students about opportunities available to them. Isuroon has been a terrific partner – here are two programs they recently brought to our students’ attention.
Learning in Style School is honoring all our wonderful volunteers this week with a bulletin board posting, special treats and the coolest socks ever! Our volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of our students. Thank you!
LIS hosted local organizations for the first annual employment services fair last Thursday. Organizations included CAPI, Project for Pride in Living, Common Bond, and Metro Transit. Students had the chance to speak with representatives about employment opportunities, job training, and housing resources. A big thank you to the organizations that tabled for the fair and we hope to have them return in the near future.
Thanks to Cretin Derham Hall students, Learning in Style School had a sock give away this morning for our students.
Derham Cretin students hosted a sock drive and donated over two hundred pairs of socks to our school.
Thank you students!
Summer School begins June 10 and ends July 3. Four classes will be taught: Alphabet Practice, Writing Skills, Conversation with Books and Citizenship. Classes will be in the morning and there will be two sessions – 9:am to 10:30am and 10:30am to 12:pm. We look forward to seeing our students in the summer.
Michelle Rivero, director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA), spoke with students at LIS about this new office. The OIRA is a part of the Department of Neighborhood and Community Relations in Minneapolis and works to ensure that Minneapolis is a safe and welcoming place for all. The office is in the Department of Neighborhood & Community Relations, and supports the City’s goal to “eliminate disparities so that all Minneapolis can participate and prosper.”
Michelle focused on three topics 1) how the city can respond to the needs of refugees and immigrants 2) resources, mainly legal assistance and how our students can access those resources and 3) informing people who are not immigrants about the issues immigrants and refugees face. A total of 74 students attended the session. Both students and educators were grateful to hear Michelle speak and recognized the importance of this office. We look forward to collaborating further with Michelle and the OIRA.
Learning in Style School will host three events for our students this March. It is a part of our ongoing initiative to introduce students to community organizations that can provide them with help and support.
March 7: Michelle Rivero will inform students about the newly established Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and the services they provide.
March 21: Employment Services Fair (Career Fair) with Project for Pride in Living and CAPI. Other organizations may be joining as well.
And Coming April 26: Book Fair – our first one!
We were pleased to welcome Habitat for Humanity to our school today. Twenty students and a number of our staff attended an hour long session to learn about home ownership and the services Habitat for Humanity provides.
Students learned about the differences in renting vs. owning a home, how to qualify for a loan and steps to take to purchase a home through Habitat for Humanity.
The presenter was terrific. He made sure everyone could understand what he was saying through an interpreter that accompanied him.
Learning in Style School continues to reach out to community organizations that can help and support our students. Our thanks to all the members of the Habitat organization, especially today’s presenter and interpreter.