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04-30-21 Family Friday Newsletter

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3 - 7

This week, thank a teacher! MPS is proud of our teachers who have adapted to virtual learning, supported students, and designed new methods of teaching. Many families have learned that being a teacher is hard work!

Post on social media, send a card or a friendly note to your child's teacher, or design a creative way to say thank you.

MPS has created a teacher appreciation frame families and students can share on social media. Make sure to use the hashtags #MPSProud and #ThankATeacherMPS on social media so the district can share your messages. You can also share your messages with the Department of Communications & Marketing at comm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us.

We want all teachers to feel appreciated for their exhausting work during the pandemic.

Thank you, teachers!!

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

 

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In-Person Learning Is Back!

Milwaukee Public Schools is excited to welcome students back to our school buildings and into the classrooms! All students eligible to return to schools have now been back in class.

To help families transitioning to in-person learning, the district has compiled a list of answers to commonly asked questions.

Download Frequently Asked Questions in English.

Download Frequently Asked Questions in Spanish.

For more information, visit the Roadmap to Readiness website. This site can be translated into Arabic, Burmese, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

Family Engagement Sessions: To help students and families prepare to go back to school, MPS hosted information sessions about preparations and procedures in schools to keep everyone safe and healthy. Sessions were recorded and videos can be viewed on the Roadmap to Readiness website.

Pooled Testing: As a reminder, small groups of students and staff will be tested for COVID-19 using pooled testing. In a pooled test, as many as 25 people will be sampled and the test swabs will be sent as a group to a lab. This is a fast and efficient way to monitor classrooms. Families will need to sign a consent form--please ask your school for details.

 

News and Updates - April 30, 2021

Stay Safe and Healthy

MPS wants all students, families, and staff to stay safe and healthy. As guidelines continue to change, we want make sure everyone stays up to date. Please remember these important steps.

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • If someone in your home has come in contact with or has been diagnosed with COVID-19, contact your health care provider and get tested.
  • Watch our video about staying safe in school.
  • Please take a moment to read How to Protect Yourself & Others from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Congratulations, Green Ribbon Schools!

We are proud of Clement Avenue and Starms Early Childhood for being recognized as Green Ribbon Schools. Hear more about these exciting awards and how students are benefitting from playground renovations and environmentally friendly projects that enhance learning.

MPS celebrates 2 schools earning 2021 Green Ribbon School awards

Two MPS schools earn 'Green Ribbon' award

MPS schools earn Green Ribbons from U.S. Dept. of Ed.

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Family Drive-In Movie Day

Plan for some family fun! On Saturday, May 15, join us for a drive-in movie sponsored by Milwaukee Recreation. Three movies will be featured:

2:00 P.M. -- Despicable Me 3

4:00 P.M. -- The Secret Life of Pets 2

6:00 P.M. -- Big Hero 6

Movies will be shown at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee.

Cost for each movie is $20 per car. Registration is required and details are available at mkerec.net/movie

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MPS Job Fair--Teacher Aides, Food Service, Building Workers

MPS is hiring! Do you want to support Milwaukee students as a member of a school team? MPS is seeking motivated individuals to work with children as teaching assistants, food service assistants, and building service workers. Training is provided and many positions have summers off!

Attend our virtual hiring events on Thursday, May 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 P.M and Saturday, May 8 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Register and learn more at mpsmke.com/jobfair.

MPS Student Job Board

Are you an MPS student looking for a job? Check out the MPS Youth Job Board! Dozens of jobs are posted for part-time, full-time, and summer jobs. The job board includes some internships and apprenticeships that can lead to permanent careers. Jobs include manufacturing, food service, healthcare, warehouse, and more. Visit the MPS Youth Job Board!

Register Now for Summer Academy!

Summer Academy is for all students who want to strengthen skills and have fun learning! 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 1 and July 6-29 from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

Shake Shack Donation Days

Grab a delicious meal from Shake Shack and support scholarships for MPS students! Shake Shack will donate 25 percent of each meal purchase to the MPS Student Achievement Scholarship on special donation days. Customers who order at the register or on the Shake Shack website, app, or kiosk using the code “donation” will activate the scholarship gift.

May 3–5, 2021, 11:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Shake Shack is located in the Third Ward at 220 E. Buffalo St., Milwaukee, 53202.

Student Meal Preorders

Important changes are coming to meal distribution! The Stop, Grab, and Go meal program has been discontinued. New procedures are in place as of April 12, 2021.

All students who return to in-person learning will receive breakfast and lunch in school on school days. Preorders will now be required for students who remain learning virtually and for students who return to school but need meals on Wednesdays, when school is virtual.

Families will be required to fill out a form at least one week before meals are needed for children age 18 and under. Visit the Meal Preorder Form or download a flyer for more information.

Before- and After-School Care

Milwaukee Recreation is offering affordable childcare at more than 50 schools throughout the city. Child Care Camps, Community Learning Centers, and Safe Places provide academic support, recreation, activities, and more. All sites are maintaining safe practices including cleaning protocols, face coverings, and social distancing.

For a list of sites, updated hours, and more, visit the Milwaukee Recreation website.

 

Scholarships & Opportunities

MPS scholarship information is on Xello and contained in a MPS Scholarship Google Folder. The folder contains event flyers, scholarship application materials, presentations, and the 2020–21 Milwaukee Public Schools Scholarships & College and Career Opportunity List. All the materials can be viewed, downloaded, and printed. Students and parents can visit the MPS Scholarships web page for additional resources on college affordability and meet with their school counselor and/or College and Career Centers advisor for one-on-one help. 

The Earn & Learn Summer Youth Employment Program is still accepting applications for this summer! The program provides work experiences and career exposure to young adults ages 14–24 residing in Milwaukee County and the city of Milwaukee. Learn more at https://www.employmilwaukee.org/Employ-Milwaukee/Programs--Services/Job-Placement/Earn--Learn-Summer-Youth-Employment/Earn--Learn-Participants.htm

UWM Architecture Summer Camp: The UW–Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning offers an opportunity for students to experience architecture education through an architecture summer camp, which has been proudly offered for over two decades. This year, the camp will be fully virtual. Visit https://uwm.edu/sarup/future-students/architecture-summer-camp/ for more information; deadline is May 26.

Health Care Virtual Career Experience -- Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. The featured career is “Medical School—A How-To.” This opportunity is free for students and is being brought to you by Milwaukee Area Health Education Center, Northeast Wisconsin Area Health Education Center, and Inspire Sheboygan County. Register to participate at https://inspiresheboygancounty.formstack.com/forms/studentshadow. 

MPS Senior DNC MacBook Award: Through a generous donation from the Milwaukee Democratic National Convention Committee, MPS is thrilled to award 75 college-bound MPS seniors with a MacBook laptop. Seniors wanting to be considered should submit an online application that demonstrates financial need and acceptance to a college or university along with a short video sharing their college and career plans. The deadline is May 21, 2021. Apply at https://forms.gle/hxo3ShvzWqwD53Dv9

Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships – Due May 4: Applications for the 2021 Council of the Great City Schools - Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships are open. The scholarships are designed specifically for African American and Hispanic graduating seniors this spring who plan to pursue college studies in one of the STEM-related fields. Four scholarships for two males and two females --- $5,000 each --- will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of the former NASA astronaut, physician, and businessman, Dr. Bernard Harris. Deadline to apply is May 4, 2021. For more information download the attached BH Scholarship program flyer and the program guidelines. Students can apply by going to https://www.cgcs.org/Scholarships 

 

In case you missed it . . .

FoodShare for All MPS Families: Link Is Open

All Milwaukee Public Schools children are eligible for FoodShare benefits because the district offers free lunch to all students and has been virtual all school year. Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) funds are available to families of all Wisconsin children who have been learning from home and are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Parents of school-aged children who currently receive FoodShare benefits will have P-EBT benefits added to the existing QUEST card. Families who currently do not receive FoodShare or other state benefits will need to complete a simplified online P-EBT FoodShare application that is now open at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/forwardhealth-pebt.htm. Be sure to apply!

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All Milwaukee residents age 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit the Milwaukee Health Department website for information and details about scheduling a vaccine, or contact your health care provider.

 

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

 

Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Congratulations to New Board Members!

New board members were sworn in and officers were elected in April 2021. We express our sincere thanks to our outgoing board members for their service and we welcome our new board!

Congratulations to Robert Peterson, President, and Sequanna Taylor, Vice President!

Upcoming Meetings: May

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.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. May 27, 7:00 P.M.

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