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02-12-21 Family Friday Newsletter

No Classes Feb. 15-16

Be on time for class Feb. 17!

What is the secret to success in school? Excellent attendance! Imagine watching a movie and having the screen go dark every few minutes -- this is how children feel when they miss class. Students who skip classtime lose out on important lessons and instructions. Make sure your children attend every class on time so they get the full benefit of their lessons!

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News and Updates - February 12, 2021

MPS Celebrates Black History Month

Students at Fernwood Montessori and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School are celebrating Black History Month with special projects. Read about their profiles of Black leaders and events around the Black Film Festival!

Kindergarten Enrollment Fair

Sat. Feb. 20, 2021

Enrollment is open until March 21, 2021

Will your child turn 3, 4, or 5 years old by September 1, 2021? It's time to enroll for Head Start and kindergarten! Learn about MPS schools and how to enroll at a virtual Kindergarten Enrollment Fair on February 20 from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Registration is recommended but drop-in attendees are welcome at more about the fair and enrollment.

Cash for College Parent Session

Nearly every student needs financial aid or scholarships to pay for college. Get information and helpful tips at a parent session on Wednesday, February 17, from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Register at

8th Graders: Apply Now for PEOPLE!

The PEOPLE program provides support throughout high school so students are on a pathway to a University of Wisconsin college. Participation includes scholarship opportunities. Applications are due March 5, 2021. Learn more about the PEOPLE program!

Register Now -- Student Job Fair

The annual MPS Student Job Fair will be virtual this year. Students age 16 and older can visit with employers, learn about careers, and find out how to apply for summer or part-time employment. Drop in from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Sign up for the MPS Student Job Fair!

Summer Academy Registration Is Open

Get ready for Summer Academy! Visit 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.

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 special workshops on Feb. 17 and 23 to help you fill out your application. Help is available to students through MPS College and Career Centers or download a flyer for more information.

UWM College for Kids & Teens

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers spring and summer courses in science, math, language, social sciences, arts, and more for students in K5 through high school. Prices vary and a limited number of scholarships are available! Visit for course descriptions and schedules. Registration is open now. For spring programming, visit the spring programming page or call (414) 227-3360 to ask about scholarships available.


In case you missed it . . .

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. 25 at Stop, Grab, and Go locations during regular meal distribution hours of 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.


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.


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!

Tuskegee Airmen: Click on the video to hear the amazing story of these Black WWII pilots.

Kids Play Crazy Train on Xylophone: Watch middle schoolers nail this classic rock song.

Millefiori Paperweights: See how these glass art objects are created.

Roller Coaster Engineering: Learn how roller coasters are built for speed and safety.


No Meal Distribution February 15-16

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


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.


If you need immediate enrollment, contact a school directly, visit, 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 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 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


Helpful Links for Students and Families

Roadmap to Readiness 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 & March

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 Legislation, Rules, and Policies: Thurs. Feb. 18, 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.

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

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

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