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01-29-21 Family Friday Newsletter

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

MPS will celebrate the national Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action with virtual activities. The public is invited to listen, learn, and take part February 1-5, 2021. Events are free and registration is required. View the list of events and get ready to take part in entertaining, thought-provoking activities designed to engage the community in positive change.

Stay connected with MPS by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

 

News and Updates - January 29, 2021

Joyce Peoples is Dr. King Teacher of the Year

Each year, the steering committee of Milwaukee’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration selects a Teacher of the Year. This year, Joyce Peoples of Hartford Avenue University School was honored for her work around Dr. King's legacy. Read more about her award and this important work!

Summer Academy Registration Opens February 1, 2021

Get ready for Summer Academy! Visit mpsmke.com/summeracademy for all the details.

Grades K5-8 can take part in a six-week camp with weekly themes in art, music, math, science, and literacy. Session runs June 22 to July 29 from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Middle and high school students can catch up on credits or get ahead. Two sessions are available: June 7-July 2 and July 6-29 from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

M3 Milwaukee Parent Institute

Would you like to join other parents to gain tips about helping your child succeed and prepare for college? The Milwaukee Parent Institute, sponsored by M-cubed, will begin the first week of February, 2021. Through virtual meetings over six weeks, parents will get support and answers to questions to help their children on the road to college and career success. Register using the links below. For questions, call (414) 475-8873.

Elementary Session begins Thursday February 4

Middle School Session begins Wednesday February 3

High School Session begins Wednesday February 3

District Advisory Council -- Thursday, February 4, 2021

The MPS District Advisory Council (DAC) allows parents to share ideas and impact planning in schools. All parents are welcome to listen to virtual meetings to stay informed. The next meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 6:00 P.M. Read more on the MPS District Advisory Council web page. For information, contact Cacy Masters at dac@milwaukee.k12.wi.us or (414) 475-8803.

Community Conversations on Classroom Conduct

We invite families and community members to participate in important discussions designed to improve school climate and culture.

  • Share experiences regarding behavior and communication
  • Discuss approaches, actions, and attitudes to build trust
  • Address concerns on discipline practices that deter learning
  • Provide ideas to enhance the learning climate/environment

Attend a virtual meeting to be part of the discussion! Join us on February 10, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Access the meeting at https://tinyurl.com/y6snd3tz

Can't attend? Share your comments at http://tinyurl.com/mpscommunityinput

Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available exclusively to MPS students. A complete list can be found on the MPS Foundation Scholarships page. Browse and apply now--deadlines are coming soon!

Educators Credit Union Scholarship: Must have 3.0 GPA or higher and submit an essay. Deadline is February 26, 2021.

Twilight Centers Are Open

Youth are invited to Milwaukee Recreation's FREE Twilight Centers to safely spend time with friends, participate in open gym and esports competitions, or enjoy a board game. Seven sites are open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. For locations and schedules, read more and watch a video on Twilight programming and safety protocols

on the Milwaukee Recreation website.

Register for Winter Youth Sports Clinics

With many sports cancelled, Milwaukee Recreation is offering instruction for students in indoor soccer, basketball, cheerleading, track, shot put, volleyball, and tennis!

Click to register and find more information on the available clinics. Group sizes will be limited, and masks/face coverings will be required for the safety of all participants, spectators, staff, and instructors.

MPS Reads

Each month, MPS provides a list of recommended books for preschool through grade 12 that allows students to see themselves, explore other cultures, and discover more about the world in which they live.

Help ignite a passion for reading! Access the February book list on the MPS Reads page.

Free Fresh Produce for Children Continues in February

MPS will continue to offer bags of fresh fruits and vegetables to children in February through the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Each bag will contain nutrition facts and recipes so families can cook together and enjoy new healthy food options. Learn more on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program web page.

Families can pick up a produce bag Feb. 4, 11, and 25 at Stop, Grab, and Go locations during regular meal distribution hours of 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.

 

In case you missed it . . .

Save the Date! Virtual Kindergarten Enrollment Fairs

Kindergarten enrollment for fall 2021 will begin February 6, 2021. MPS will host two virtual enrollment fairs to help families explore programs, choose schools, and enroll students. Mark your calendar to attend enrollment fairs on February 6 and 20, 2021, from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. Learn more at mpsmke.com/enroll.

Need Money for College? Fill out the FAFSA!

The first step in finding money for college is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is free and will reveal what loans and grants may be available to students. Read more about FAFSA and plan to fill out your application soon. Help is available to students through MPS College and Career Centers.

 

We're here to help!

For questions about your child or your school, please email your child's teacher or principal.

MPS Central Services Phone Line: (414) 475-8393

MPS Hotline: (414) 475-8900

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

For specific questions regarding a child with disabilities, call the Department of Specialized Services at (414) 438-3648.

Families who need support for English language learners can call (414) 777-7806.

Enrollment

If you need immediate enrollment, contact a school directly, visit mpsmke.com/enroll, or call (414) 267-5100.

Chromebook Support

If your student's Chromebook is not working properly, do not try to repair it yourself. Email the MPS Technology Support Center at tsc@milwaukee.k12.wi.us immediately or call (414) 438-3400 . Please include a phone number, school name, student name and ID number, and description of the problem in the email so we can contact you.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Technical Support

Live Parent Portal (Infinite Campus) support is available from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.

To recover a username/password: Parents/guardians should email parentportal@milwaukee.k12.wi.us. Include the parent/guardian name, child’s name, birth date, and a contact number. If you do not receive a phone call or email within 24 hours, please call (414) 475-8159 for further assistance. 

For assistance setting up a new Parent Portal account: Parents/guardians may call (414) 475-8159 or email parentportal@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

 

Explore and Learn: Virtual Field Trips

Each week, we feature four new virtual field trips to add variety to learning. Enjoy activities and tours of factories, parks, and zoos around the world!

Breakfasts Kids Can Cook: Simple recipes kids can make themselves.

Cedar Crest Ice Cream: Watch how ice cream is made in Wisconsin.

Safari in Tanzania: Escape Milwaukee's cold weather and enjoy a safari.

Underground Railroad: Learn how slaves escaped to freedom.

 

No Meal Distribution

February Dates

MPS does not distribute meals to students on scheduled days off. Breakfast and lunch will not be distributed on February 15-16, 2021.

 

Helpful Links for Students and Families

MPS School Reopening Website: These new pages will support students and parents as we transition to the new school year virtually this fall.

MPS website: Everything you need to know about the district.

MPS Stop, Grab, & Go: Information about meal distribution sites.

OverDrive/SORA: Help your child log in and access online library books for summer reading.

Enrichment Activities: Dance, yoga, crafts, and more to keep children engaged.

Family Resources: Get support with helping your child learn at home.

Local COVID-19 Testing Sites and Information

If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider or access information about testing sites in the Milwaukee area.

Community Resources: Find supports for food access, mental health, financial assistance, and more.

IMPACT 2-1-1: A network of local resources to assist families.

 

Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Upcoming Meetings: February

If you'd like to follow the meetings of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, visit the Electronic School Board page to find the meeting schedule, agendas, and links to watch or listen to live meetings. Instructions for public testimony are also offered on this page.

Committee on Parent and Community Engagement: Tues. Feb. 9, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation: Thurs. Feb. 11, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Tues. Feb. 23, 5:30 P.M.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Feb. 25, 6:30 P.M.

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