Sports schedule for: Apr 17-22

Due to weather and other changes to the schedule please refer to: http://www.sports.spps.org for up to date information

Spring Sports: Baseball, Softball, Boys Golf, Girls  Golf, Adapted Bowling, Adapted Softball, Boys Tennis, Badminton, Track & Field

Activities the Week of Apr. 17-22

Mon. Apr. 17:

Varsity & JV Badminton @ Central 3:15pm

Varsity Boys Tennis @ Harding 3:15pm  JV @ HP 3:15pm

Varsity & C-Squad  Softball vs. Central @ HP 4pm

Adapted PI Softball vs. Rochester Raiders @ Humboldt 4:30pm

Tuesday Apr. 18:

Varsity & JV Badminton vs. Hmong Academy, Prairie Seeds Academy @ HP 4pm

Adapted PI Softball vs. Mpls. @ Humboldt 4:30pm

Girls Lacrosse vs. Columbia Hgts @ Central 5:30pm  Boys Lacrosse vs. Mahtomedi @ Central 7:30pm

Wednesday Apr. 19:

Boys Golf  9 Hole Duals @ Como GC 1pm

Girls 9 Hole Tournament @ Cedarholm GC 2pm

Boys Varsity Tennis @ Como Park 3:15pm  JV @ HP 3:15pm

Varsity Baseball @ Como Park 4:30pm JV  @ North Dale Rec. @ 4:30pm

Boys Varsity Lacrosse Scrimmage vs. Chisago Lakes @ Central 6pm

Thursday Apr. 20:

Co-Ed Track & Field Meet @ HP 4pm

Adapted PI Softball @ Rochester Century HS 4:30pm

Friday Apr. 21:

Varsity & JV Badminton @ Como Park 3:15pm

Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Minnehaha Academy @ HP 3:30pm  JV @ Minnehaha 3:30pm

Varsity & C-Squad Softball @ Washington Tech Magnet 4pm

Girls Lacrosse vs. Duluth East @ Central 5:30pm

Saturday Apr. 22:

Varsity Softball Tournament @ Richfield TBD

Girls Lacrosse @ Hastings HS 3pm

DIY Easter

Easter may have just happened, but that’s no reason why you can’t still be crafty. There are many treats, decorations, and baskets, you can make at home for your family, and friends.

Here is one easy treat you can do for Easter: “Easter Krackle Bars.”  The materials you’ll be needing are:

  • 2 cups dark chocolate pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup rice krispies
  • 3 tbls shortening, divided
  • pinch salt
  • food dye
  • pastel or Easter sprinkles
  • Silicone Easter bark mold

Here are the 8 steps to make this:

  1. Lay out the silicone Easter bark mold, and add a good amount of sprinkles. There would also be some sprinkles mixed in.
  2. Then, in a microwave safe container, add the white chocolate chips and 1 tbsp shortening.
  3. Put the heat on high for 30 seconds, and stir. Then, return to the microwave in 15 second, stirring until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  4. Reserve around 1/2 cup of the melted white chocolate, and spoon the rest into the mold and smooth into all the crevices.
  5. Then, add a few drops of dye, and drop the colored chocolate into the mold and carefully swirl it around with a fork or knife. Then, place the mold into the freezer for 10 minutes to let that layer harden.
  6. While the mold is in the freezer, melt the dark chocolate, with 2 tbls shortening, and salt into the microwave just like the white chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted smooth stir it into the rice krispies.
  7. Now, remove the mold from freezer, and quickly add the rice krispies layer on top and spread it evenly over the layer of the white chocolate.
  8. Now, put it back into the freezer for about 30 minutes to let all the chocolate cool. Once it’s chilled, twist the mold slightly to loosen the bar and turn over gently onto a cutting board. Use a knife to cut the bars. Then, store the bars back into the fridge to keep them from melting.
  9. Now, it’s all set!

One decoration you can do is, “Paper Straw Easter Bunnies.” It’s really simple and easy to do. The materials you’ll need are:

  • Double sided tape 
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper Straws
  • Bunny template
  • 2 Scissors (smaller one and bigger one)
  • Frame (that you’ll like)
  • CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk Paint (optional)
  • Hot Glue
  • Stenciled letters (optional)

Here are the 13 steps to make this:

  1. Print out a template of a bunny, and cut it out.
  2. Then, cover it with double-stick tape, and start sticking on the straws. The straws should go over the edges. Begin placing the straws in the middle section, covering the part in between the ears.
  3. It’ll be easier to stick, and just a few sections of straws at a time, which will be easier to cut. Now, use the big scissors to cut the straw along the curve at the top of the head and along the ears, as well as along the bottom curve.
  4. Then, keep adding straws along the sides, covering up most of the bunny. If there’s a little bit of the template of the bunny sticking out, use the scraps that you just trimmed off.
  5. If the straws starts to come off, along with the double sided tape, then just tape it back up with the painter’s tape.
  6. Once you have most of the bunny done, peel off the cardstock template, which you could also use again. Then, use the smaller scissors to clean up your cuts, mostly around the neck and ears.
  7. Then, continue making more with different colors.
  8. This is optional, if you want more “cheeks” or “hips” to the sides of the bunny, you can go ahead and do so.
  9. Now, get the frame that you chose to use, but make sure it fits all your bunnies. You can choose to use the CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk Paint and paint the frames, but it’s optional.
  10. Line up your bunnies and make them straight. Then, cover up the bunny with hot glue, covering all over the side but not with the painters tape. This layer will dry, and keep the straws together.
  11. Add another layer of the hot glue on the top of the first layer, and quickly flip it over and position it in place, and press down.
  12. Then, check if it sticks in a little bit, and add more glue if there are certain spots that’s still loose. Then, remove the tapes which should reveal your finished bunny. Repeat it to your other bunnies.
  13. For the sign, you can use the Stenciled letters, or do creative writing of your own, and say anything that you’d like onto a fabric. Then, put the fabric over a cardboard and hot glue the sign beneath the bunnies and you’re all set!

There are so many things you can do for Easter, and just have fun!

Additional information can be found at the following cites:

http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/easter-krackle-bars/

https://www.brit.co/homemade-easter-candy/ (More ideas for treats if interested)

http://www.diyncrafts.com/4897/homemade/80-fabulous-easter-decorations-can-make/2 

http://sillypearl.com/2013/03/craft-tutorial-paper-straw-easter.html

Have you seen me?

In January of 2017, Chanel Dickerson, D.C.’s new Metropolitan Police Commander, pledged to find the 22 missing girls from America’s capitol.

Even though the police department utilizes social media, such as Twitter, for broadcasting the profiles of the missing young women, uploading the profiles daily, members of the Congressional Black Caucus are insisting for a federal investigation on the cases.

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Image from Twitter @MrMonroe17

March 21, lawmakers from Washing D.C. issued a letter asking the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director James Comey to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly, or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.” The lawmakers added, “When children of color go missing, authorities often assume they are runaways rather than victims of abduction.”

Justice Department spokesperson, Sarah Isgur Flores confirmed that she briefed Sessions on the issue Friday, March 24.

“The Attorney General is aware of the reports and is looking into the issue,” says Flores.

The FBI has declined to comment on the matter.

According to CNN, the Metropolitan Police Department in D.C. has recorded 501 cases of missing children so far in 2017, and said that 22 cases were still open as of Wednesday, March 22.

“We have received a lot of media attention and a lot of concern from the public because of the number of releases,” Dickerson said at a news conference on Friday, March 24. “There have been concerns that young girls in the District of Columbia are victims of human trafficking or have been kidnapped.”

Police Commander Dickerson continued, saying, “And I say this without minimizing the number of missing persons in DC — because one missing person is one person too many — but there’s actually been a decrease,” she added. “There is always a concern of human trafficking, but we have no evidence for this.”

The case of the missing girls has gotten a lot of tread on social media once the hashtag, #find our missing girls began trending.   

Annual statistics project cases of missing children have remained relatively steady in Washington D.C. over the past several years — with 2,222 cases in 2014, 2,433 in 2015 and 2,242 in 2016.

D.C. Councilmember, Trayon White told HLN’s Michaela Pereira, “What the community is alarmed about — we had a 10-year-old girl missing the other day, but there was no amber alert,” White said. “We just feel like, you know, if this was a white person or from another neighborhood, there would be more alarm about it.”

“Any time you have a 10-year-old missing for any amount of hours and no one knows where he or she is, that is rules for immediate attention, that’s an alert that needs to be sent out,” White added, “because the more time that goes past, the less likely we are to find him or her.”

Putting numbers and Amber Alerts aside, the vice president at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Robert Lowery, said he is grateful an important conversation about missing young people is happening.

“I think the narrative is good,” Lowry said. “The more the public becomes aware of this issue of missing children, the more lives that can be protected and potentially even saved.”

“Our frustration is, we deal with a very desensitized public,” Lowery said to CNN. “The natural inclination (about a runaway) is the child’s behavioral problem is why they’ve left. We also see significant numbers of runaway children who are running away from a situation, whether it’s abuse or neglect or sexual abuse in the home. These children face unique risks when they’re gone so we applaud the conversation and we applaud the attention that this issue is being given.”

As of Thursday, April 13, 2017, the young womens’ whereabouts are still unknown.

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Image from Twitter @TheBrentShow