Distance Learning logoGreetings, Palmer Lake Families,

The staff at Palmer Lake Elementary have been thinking about your children and miss their smiling faces!  The staff has been working hard to figure out what distance learning looks like and how we can best meet your child(ren)’s needs.   Below are the expectations for you and your child(ren).

Patience while figuring out distance learning

  • We are all new to distance learning and figuring it out can be challenging and frustrating.  
  • Be patient with yourself and others.  We will get this, it just might not be today, and that’s OK.
  • Be in contact with your child’s teacher if you’re feeling frustrated.

Bag of Materials

  • The black or white bag of school materials contains items from your child’s locker and desk as well as learning materials such as math workbooks, reading notebooks, writing journals, and possibly a school-issued iPad (with directions on how to set it up) or Chromebook.  


  • Teachers will be tracking student activity. Please make sure your child(ren) check in with their teacher every day.
  • Checking-in may be commenting on an assignment, posting a video/work, connecting with a teacher virtually through Google Meet, etc.
  • If your child is unable to complete school work because they are sick, call the school at (763) 561-1930 to report your child absent.

School Work/Assignments

  • Students should do at least 60 minutes of work each day.  Students who receive special education, EL, or Title 1 services may have more than 60 minutes of work each day.
  • Flex Boards have been provided. Flex Boards have different learning activities that don’t require an electronic device.  Students should choose 2-3 activities to do each day.
  • Teachers may assign work that is specific to their class or students.

Office Hours/Google Meet

  • Students can check in, see their teacher, and ask questions during their office hours. Teacher office hours were communicated by teachers and are also posted online.
  • Google Meet links and contact information is available from your child’s teacher. Students will be able to see their teacher live (in real time).


  • Assignments will be posted in Seesaw (grades K-3) or Schoology (grades 4-5).

Sharing Devices

  • Each family should have at least one district-issued device.  District-issued devices will need to be shared among family members to ensure all children in the family are able to engage in their learning.


The following are tutorials to help with Google Meets:

Mental Health

  • If your child needs support during this stressful time, individualized therapy is available through our partner, Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well being. Johanna Rose, who now serves Palmer Lake, is able to provide telehealth mental health services if you have a child in need of treatment. Your child or family could receive therapy sessions through a video connection. Sheila Mayer, Behavior Intervention Teacher at Palmer Lake, can answer your questions and get a referral started.  Email Sheila at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a time to get more information or start a referral. 


Sarah Schmidt, Principal

School Info

Palmer Lake Elementary
7300 West Palmer Lake Drive
Brooklyn Park MN 55429

School Hours
8:50 am - 3:20 pm
Office Hours
7:30 am - 4:00 pm


Phone & Fax

School Office
763-561-1930, ext 1
General Fax 


School Leadership

Sarah Schmidt

Assistant Principal
Jamie Boyle