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08-05-22 Family Friday Newsletter

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Almost Time for Back to School!

The first day of school will be here soon! Schools on the early start calendar begin Monday, August 15, 2022. Schools on the traditional calendar begin Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.

We're getting excited for an amazing school year!


News and Updates

MPS Revises Mask Policy for Fall

As the new school year approaches, Milwaukee Public Schools has revised its policy for wearing masks in schools. The district will continue to require masks to be worn at all schools, sites, and activities when the community level in Milwaukee County is rated in the High category as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If COVID-19 levels drop into the Low or Medium category as determined by the CDC, MPS will transition to optional mask wearing. The district will send communications to families, staff, and the community any time the mask policy changes. MPS will make determinations every Thursday, with mask requirements being updated for the following school day and subsequent week.

For more information, read about the revised MPS mask policy.

Get Ready! Run Back to School August 27, 2022

The tradition continues! Join us for the 15th annual Run Back to School. This year's event will feature t-shirts, prizes, and more. Registration is open now. For more information, visit Milwaukee Recreation.

Register for Fall Sports

Sign up now for high school fall sports! Student-athletes must be registered by a parent/guardian. Find details, required forms, and the registration link at

If you need help registering, contact the athletic director at your school or the MPS Athletics office at (414) 475-8219. To locate your school's athletic director, contact information for each school is attached.

Register Now for Head Start!

If your child is 3 or 4 years old, it’s time for their learning journey to begin! Children who attend preschool, Head Start, or an early learning program are more prepared for kindergarten and are more successful in school. Help your child succeed—register for MPS Head Start now!

MPS offers half-day and full-day Head Start programs at 35 sites. Some schools offer a bilingual (English/Spanish) program. Before- and after-school care and transportation are available.

Learn more about Head Start!

Summer Meal Program

MPS offers meals for children age 18 and under at more than 50 sites during the summer. Free breakfast, lunch, and dinner are offered and vary by location. Stop by for a well-balanced breakfast including whole grains, fruit, and local milk. Lunches and dinners include an entrée, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and local milk.

Parents or students can find the nearest meal location and check dates, schedules, and offerings on the MPS Nutrition Services page.

We look forward to serving children in our cafeterias this summer!

Tips to Reduce Summer Slide and Keep Kids Reading

Help students retain knowledge over the summer months so they start strong in fall! Try these helpful tips to keep kids reading.

  1. Let your child select books that interest them. If they don’t like a book, allow them to quit reading and try a different book.
  2. Look for books at thrift stores, yard sales, and Little Free Libraries. Consider donating unwanted books, or swap with friends.
  3. Attend local events and read before you go. When children read and know what to expect, they absorb more from an event or activity.
  4. When watching television, turn on captions so children can read along with the program.

More Tips to Keep Children Reading All Summer

  1. Read to your child or encourage independent reading every day for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Make reading a family event! Take turns reading or ask older children to read to younger siblings.
  3. Visit the library every week or two so children know when books are due and when they can select new titles.
  4. Talk to your child about their interests and look for books on those topics—try fiction and nonfiction.
  5. Watch free online reading videos.

Look for more tips in this newsletter in the coming weeks!

Download a list of free Milwaukee events with reading suggestions.


In case you missed it . . .

Donate School Supplies

School supplies are filling store shelves, and back-to-school ads will be appearing soon. This is the perfect time to organize a school supply drive! Milwaukee businesses, community groups, and faith-based communities are invited to collect school supplies so MPS students have the tools for a successful school year.

Small donations will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee, WI, 53208. Security staff will accept donations at the north or south main entrances.

For large donations, please make arrangements with the MPS Department of Strategic Partnerships and Customer Service.

Learn more about making donations.

MPS Twilight Centers Summer Hours

Twilight Centers offer programming at select schools so young people have a safe place to go during the evenings. This summer, five high school Twilight Centers (ages 12-18) and two middle school Twilight Centers (ages 10-15) are open for young people to safely participate in activities, board games, sports, open gym shootaround, and more! Learn more about Twilight Center summer programs.

College and Career Centers Summer Hours

MPS College and Career Centers are available all summer to assist students in grades 6 through 12 (and beyond) with FREE college and career support. Four sites are open this summer Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information on summer programs and virtual office hours, please visit

MPS Is Hiring! Join Our Team!

MPS is seeking motivated teachers, paraprofessionals to support teachers, building operations and maintenance staff, and kitchen and cafeteria staff. MPS will host hiring events throughout the summer and attend local fairs and festivals including Summerfest, Bastille Days, Wisconsin State Fair, and Mexican Fiesta. Stop by to ask questions about the hiring process, learn about pay and benefits, and find out how to become a teacher.

Read more about summer hiring events!

Childhood Immunization Clinics

Is your child up to date on vaccines? The City of Milwaukee Health Department offers free vaccines for children who qualify. Protect your child from measles, mumps, whooping cough, hepatitis A and B, and more!

Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Rd.
Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St.

  • Fridays: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Vaccines are given on a walk-in basis. For a list of vaccines and how to qualify, visit Milwaukee Health Department Immunization Clinic Services.

For questions, please call (414) 286-8034.


COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Locations

COVID-19 vaccine is available FREE for all Wisconsin residents age 5 and older. Health insurance is NOT needed. Call the hotline at (414) 286-6800 for questions, to schedule an appointment or home visit, or to speak with a nurse.

Milwaukee Health Department Clinics

Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Rd.
Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St.

Vaccines Available:
Fridays: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Testing Available:
Mondays & Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Noon - 6:00 p.m.

Menomonee Valley Site, 2401 W. St. Paul Ave.

Testing and Vaccines:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Vaccines are also available throughout the city at many pharmacies including CVS and Walgreens. Visit the Milwaukee Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine page (available in English, Spanish, and Hmong) for more information about COVID-19 vaccine locations.


Stay Connected!

MPS offers tools to help families find the information and support they need. Log in to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, download the MPS App for updates, and follow us on social media. The Parent Coordinator at your child's school can also assist.

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


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Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Upcoming Meetings: August

If you'd like to follow the meetings of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, visit the Milwaukee Board of School Directors 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 Student Achievement and School Innovation: Thurs. Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m.
  • Committee on Parent and Community Engagement: Tues. Aug. 16, 5:30 p.m.
  • Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Thurs. Aug 18, 5:30 p.m.
  • Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Aug. 25, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

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