Fun After Finals

You did it, Falcons!

The first semester is officially in the books tomorrow (Jan. 26), and we think you should go explore the Twin Cities and enjoy the unseasonably warm weather after studying hard for finals all week!

So here’s a list of some events going on around St. Paul and Minneapolis you should definitely check out!

St. Paul Winter Carnival | Downtown St. Paul

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Ice carving, automated snowplow competitions, ice skating, food, snow sculptures, and… ICE CASTLE! St. Paul’s Winter Carnival promises to be bigger and better than ever in its 132nd year, and there are nonstop events from Thursday (Jan. 25) evening and for the next 17 days! Most events are free.

Art Shanty Projects | Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

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Take a ride on The Thwing, snag some free coffee, and visit the Tomb of the Unknown Minnow. Confused? That’s because the Art Shanty Projects are something you have to see to believe! Head on over to south Minneapolis from 10am-4pm on weekends through February 11. Free.

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships | Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis

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If you’re more sporty than artsy, then you’ll want to head to a different lake in south Minneapolis and take in the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. Teams from around the world make their way to Lake Nokomis to battle for the Golden Shovel this weekend. Free.

City of Lakes Loppet | Bde Maka Ska, Minneapolis

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If you haven’t noticed a theme here yet, basically if there’s a frozen lake, you’ll find Minnesotans on it. Taking place all weekend (and next) is the City of Lakes Loppet Festival, a celebration of all things cross country skiing, on Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun).  Be sure to check the website for the list of events. Most stuff is free.

Championship Cat Show | Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul

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Come see some #floofs, shop for cat things, and view some cat royalty in all their splendor at the Saintly City Club’s Annual Championship Cat Show in at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. Tickets are $4, and the event runs from 9-5 on Saturday, January 27. More of a dog person? Good news! The Doggie Depot runs from 10am-1pm at Union Depot in St. Paul. You can chat with doggie experts, buy doggie trinkets, and see the Canine Royal Court. You can see the doggos for free.

Want to know more going on this weekend? Citypages.com is a great resource for everything happening in Minneapolis and St. Paul!

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Congrats Semester 1 Grads!

Before students left for Winter Break, we took a moment to recognize five students who are wrapping up their time at St. Paul Prep and earning their diplomas at the end of the semester.

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From L to R: Minh, Hayla, Tony, Julie, and Quang

Though the end of the semester is not officially over until January 26, two of our students, Hayla and Tony, have completed final projects and tests before the break, so they won’t be back.

Students graduating is always a bittersweet time, and this fine group of scholars makes the goodbyes even tougher. But we wish them all the best in the future, and we thank them for all they have done while attending SPP. #ForeverFalcons

Traveling? Know Your Forms!

With holidays and Winter Break right around the corner, now is a good time to refresh everyone’s memory on all of the paperwork we require to ensure our international students have a safe trip!

Any international student planning to travel with or without their host family must follow the SPP Travel Procedures. International students may only travel independently by air, and must be accompanied by a relative or adult who is at least 25 years old.

If a student is planning to travel outside the U.S., they should first talk to the Admissions Office regarding any visa forms that need to be signed in order to re-enter the U.S. Students must abide by visa restrictions of the country they plan to visit.

Forms are due 2-4 weeks before the start of a trip.

Here is a summary of the forms needed for various types of travel:

FORMS REQUIRED MUST BE SUBMITTED TWO WEEKS BEFORE TRAVEL DATE Travel Proposal Form Host Family Permission Form (on proposal form) Natural Parent Release Independent Party Receiving Form I-20 must be signed for re-entry to the  U.S.
Travel with a Host Parent yes
Overnight travel with an adult other than the Host Parent yes yes yes yes
Independent travel to meet a third party (relative) yes yes yes yes
Travel outside the U.S. with a Host Parent/Family. yes yes yes
Travel outside the U.S. with a

non-Host Parent adult.

yes yes yes yes yes
Holiday travel to home country yes yes yes yes
Overnight travel in U.S. with Natural Parents yes yes yes
Traveling with Natural Parents outside of U.S. yes yes yes yes

Find these forms and more on the St. Paul Prep website.

Host Family Photos

Since we’re a high school full of international students, that means most of our student body lives with host families while attending St. Paul Prep. These homestays help our students better understand the culture and language of the U.S., which in turn helps them succeed in the classroom.

Below are some of the best photos we’ve received from St. Paul Prep host families. Do you have pictures you’d like to share? Please send them to skoob@nacelopendoor.org!

SPP Night Out: Science Museum of Minnesota

While we’ve already hosted a SPP Night In this school year, we’ve yet to have a SPP Night Out! That all changes this Friday, when students can explore the recently famous Science Museum of Minnesota for just $6!

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From exhibits on the human body and Mississippi River to one of only four real, complete Triceratops fossils on display in the world (and the largest, to boot!), there is plenty to explore and learn.

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Please see Ms. Leko for a permission slip. Students meet at SPP at 4:30 on Friday, November 3, to check in. Then we’ll walk through the Skyway over to the museum, and return to SPP around 8:45pm.

Remember: All the cool kids are doing it…..

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Spirit Week: Pajama Day!

Dress up days are a common American high school experience, and SPP is no different! We have a different theme for each day, and on Monday (Oct. 23), we asked students to come dressed in their comfiest pajamas! Here are some highlights:

And the winners for best dressed….

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Service Learning at St. Paul Prep

While freshman, sophomores, and juniors were taking the PSAT and Aspire tests on October 13, 68 seniors and six staff members spent a few hours packing meals at Feed My Starving Children. FMSC has been creating and distributing meals to kids in underserved areas since 1987, and has packed nearly two billion meals in that time.

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SPP has been involved with FMSC for the last few years as part of our Service Learning days, when students have a chance to have a positive impact on their community and the world by volunteering their time.

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This time around, the SPP crew packed 202 boxes of meals, which is enough to feed 120 kids for a year. The 43,632 meals will be distributed to starving kids around the world.

Great job seniors!!

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