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08-28-20 Family Friday Newsletter

School Starts Tuesday, September 1

Traditional Calendar Schools Begin Classes

Students attending schools on the traditional calendar begin class on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Be ready for Day One! Families and students should check for communications from their schools to be sure they are ready for the first day of virtual learning.

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
  • Attend Back-to-School Connection Day to test your access (read more below)

The district has prepared a number of video tutorials to assist families with online learning. Visit the MPS School Reopening website and click on Family Tutorials to learn about ways to get started and foster successful learning.

View all school calendars on the Student Days Off web page.

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

 

News and Updates - August 28, 2020

Back-to-School Connection Day

On Monday, August 31, 2020, all students should test their laptops and Chromebooks to be sure equipment is working properly. Log in to your virtual classroom using codes provided by your school, and be ready for learning! Learn more about Connection Day. A flyer is available in Spanish.

Virtual Job Fair

MPS will host a virtual job fair on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Browse open positions for teachers and paraprofessionals. Fill out our online form to receive a phone call about the hiring process. Get your MPS career started and make a difference in our community. Attend the job fair and learn more!

Student Meal Distribution

MPS will continue meal distribution to students. Locations and hours are being expanded for the new school year.

  • Beginning Monday, August 24, sites are 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.
  • Students with special dietary needs and religious restrictions can now request specialty meals at http://mpsmke.com/stopgrabgo. Requests must be submitted a minimum of two days prior to meal pick-up at a Stop, Grab, and Go location.

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, Grab, & Go meal locations.

Virtual Family Engagement Sessions

All parents/guardians are invited to our Virtual Family Engagement sessions.

Virtual Learning: Tools + Tips for Parents and Guardians

Wednesday, September 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M

This session will give families an understanding of the technology and resources that will be used to educate students during Phase One of the MPS Reopening Plan. Tools and tips will be shared to support students using Chromebooks at home during virtual learning. Families will learn about best practices, ask questions, and get ready for a successful school year.

Download the Tools + Tips flyer for more information. Registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/MPSFamilyEngagement.

View a replay of the August 19 session! Hear questions and answers, get valuable information, and read session notes on the Q & A Virtual Learning page.

Virtual Learning: Understanding Academic Expectations

Wednesday, September 9, from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M

This session will help families understand expectations for students in AP/IB, Early

Childhood, Bilingual, Montessori, and Special Education programs during Phase One of the MPS Reopening Plan.

Download the Academic Expectations flyer for more information. Registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/acadtownhall

Fall Athletics--Suspended Until Further Notice

To maintain the health and safety of athletes, teams, coaches, and spectators, MPS is suspending all fall sports. This decision will be reviewed regularly as pandemic conditions evolve. Students, families, and staff will receive updates as new decisions are made.

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 . . .

#ConnectMilwaukee

Technology is no longer a luxury — it's an essential tool so children can learn safely at home. 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!

Summer Meals

MPS will continue to distribute packaged breakfasts and lunches throughout the summer. A list of locations can be found on our COVID-19 Updates page under Stop, Grab, and Go sites.

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 summer 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 during school closures: (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: 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 listen or watch live meetings. Instructions for public testimony are also offered on this page.

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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