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02-19-21 Family Friday Newsletter

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 mpsmke.com/boothcentralRead more about the fair and enrollment.

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News and Updates - February 19, 2021

Lois Womack Receives Teaching Award

Congratulations to Lois Womack of Marvin Pratt Elementary School! Womack is one of five Wisconsin educators named by State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor for the 2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is considered the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for math and science teachers. Read the story of this prestigious award.

 

MPS Virtual Job Fair -- Now Hiring for Fall 2021

MPS is seeking teachers, school counselors, librarians, nurses, school social workers, and speech language pathologists for Fall 2021. Receive information at a curbside event at MPS Central Services on February 23 from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and attend a virtual job fair on February 25 from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Read more about these hiring events and get ready to apply! Teachers must have a valid Wisconsin teaching license by August 1, 2021.

 

ACT Testing for 11th Graders -- Take Our Survey

All Wisconsin students in 11th grade take the ACT test free each year. An ACT score is required as part of the admission process by many colleges and universities. The ACT must be taken in person.

MPS will be offering the ACT test in March and April. Parents/guardians, please watch your email for important information and complete our ACT survey to indicate your child's interest in taking the ACT.

If you have questions, please contact the MPS Department of Research, Assessment, and Data at assessments@milwaukee.k12.wi.us or 414-475-8258.

 

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!

 

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 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.

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.

 

In case you missed it . . .

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!

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

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 uwm.edu/sce/kids 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.

 

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!

Art of Soul: Experience this art show curated by The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Ohio.

How McDonald's French Fries Are Made: Watch the journey of a potato to your fast food bag.

River Crossing Riddle: Solve this puzzle and test your logic skills.

Thousand Hands Dance: Watch this beautiful optical illusion dance from Asia.

 

No Meal Distribution March 19

MPS does not distribute meals to students on scheduled days off. Breakfast, lunch, and supper will not be distributed on March 19, 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.

Enrollment

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

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

 

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 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.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Tues. March 16, 5:30 P.M.

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

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