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08-21-20 Family Friday Newsletter

Student Meal Distribution

MPS will continue meal distribution to students and expand locations and hours with the start of the new school year to ensure that all students have access to weekday breakfast and lunch.

  • Beginning Monday, August 24, sites will be open from 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.
  • Beginning Tuesday, September 1, 26 new sites will be open for meal distribution; a complete list is available on the MPS website.

Due to federal guidelines for school breakfast and lunch programs, only MPS students are eligible to receive meals. To pick up a meal from a Stop, Grab, & Go location, students and families will need to provide the following information:

  • Student’s first and last name or student ID number
  • Student’s school name
  • Student’s grade level

Read more about the expanded Stop, Gab & Go meal locations.

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

 

News and Updates - August 21, 2020

Back to School Support

MPS Early Start schools started class on August 17, 2020. Traditional Calendar schools will begin September 1. MPS has support available to make sure students have Chromebooks, Internet access, and technical help to be ready for learning. Visit the MPS School Reopening website to find everything students need for successful virtual learning. Videos are included to help families get started and find the help they need.

Families and students should watch for communications from their schools to be sure they are ready for and can keep up with virtual learning. Your child's school is your first point of contact for questions and troubleshooting.

Checklist for a Successful Start

  • Pick up a Chromebook and instructional materials from your school
  • Charge your Chromebook and test your Internet connection
  • Pick up basic school supplies: pens, pencils, notebooks, paper
  • Find a quiet, comfortable place to work
  • Look for schedules provided by your school; be ready to log in for online learning

Virtual Family Engagement Sessions

Parents and Guardians: Get tools and tips to help your child take part in virtual learning. Attend a Zoom meeting to learn about using Chromebooks and Google Classroom to help students have a successful school year.

Support for all students: Wed. September 2, 5:30-7:00 P.M.

Register to attend--login information will be sent after registration.

Download a flyer for more information.

Enroll Now for Fall 2020

If you have not enrolled your student for Fall 2020, enroll now to make sure your child is on our records and receives a Chromebook before school starts. Visit mpsmke.com/enroll or call our Enrollment Hotline at (414) 267-5100 from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.

IMPORTANT!! Opt in to Receive District Text Messages

MPS is now using SchoolMessenger to send text messages to families with the latest updates, safety alerts, school closings, and more. Families should send a text message to 67587 to connect to the new system. In the message, send Y or YES to ensure that you continue to receive important texts from your school and the district.

In case you missed it . . .

#Connect Milwaukee

The MPS Foundation, together with a number of local philanthropy partners, has launched #ConnectMilwaukee to raise funds so students have the technology they need to access online learning this fall. Watch this story on WISN 12 about how internet access is now a basic need for learning. Visit the MPS Foundation website to learn more and make a gift to a child's future!

MPS Reads

Every month, MPS offers recommended reading on the MPS Reads web page. Books are selected for all grade levels, and lists are available in a printable format that can be taken to the library or bookstore. Many books are accessible through Overdrive for free. Set a weekly reading goal and enjoy some great books!

 

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: Enroll now for fall 2020! 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. 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.

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

Virtual Field Trips

This summer, take a vacation online! Enjoy virtual tours of museums, parks and zoos around the world!

More Helpful Links for Students and Families

 

Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Upcoming Meetings: August and September

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. Aug. 27, 6:30 P.M.

Committee on Parent and Community Engagement: Tues. Sept. 8, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation: Thurs. Sept.10, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Tues. Sept. 22, 5:30 P.M.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Sept. 24, 6:30 P.M.

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