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09-11-20 Family Friday Newsletter

MPS Head Start Is Open!

Enroll now! School has started but Head Start has space available for children ages 3 and 4. Like all MPS programs and schools, Head Start is currently offered online. Children who register and begin the program now will receive a Chromebook for at-home learning and will transition to in-school classes when schools can safely reopen.

Contactless walk-up registration is available until September 18! Visit the Grant Gordon Learning Center parking lot from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.

Attend our special Saturday Registration Event on September 12 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the Grant Gordon Learning Center, rain or shine!

For questions or to schedule an appointment to register, contact a school or call the MPS Head Start Office located in the Grant Gordon Learning Center.

921 W. Meinecke Ave. (Enter on 10th and Meinecke)

Milwaukee, WI 53206

(414) 252-0350

Hours: 8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

For more information and to view schools offering Head Start, visit

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

News and Updates - September 11, 2020

Be Counted Spirit Week

Celebrate Third Friday Count Day through Be Counted Spirit Week, September 14 to 18! MPS students, families, teachers, fans, and community members are encouraged to have fun and show MPS spirit on social media. Post your photos and videos using the hashtags #MPSspiritweek and #MPSProud, tag MPS in your social media posts, or email your photos and videos to Be sure to include your name and the name of your school.

Third Friday is one of the most important days of the school year! On the third Friday of September, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction counts all students. These numbers are used for calculating state funds that are provided to public schools. Be counted! Make sure your child attends school on Friday, September 18.

Spirit Week Daily Themes

Mask Up Monday–Share a photo wearing your favorite mask or face covering.

Quaranteam Tuesday–Who do you rely on to get through the pandemic? Share photos, videos, and stories of your quaranteam!

Why Wednesday?–Share a video telling us why being in class every day is important.

Virtual Ready Thursday–Show us photos/videos of student and staff home workspaces.

Fresh Photo Friday–Log in to your classes using a favorite or customized image as your profile picture. Don’t have one? Visit to download an image. Teachers: Send a photo of your class showing all the profile pictures.

Download a Be Counted Spirit Week flyer.

Stop, Grab, and Go Meal Distribution

MPS continues distribution of weekday breakfasts and lunches. Locations and hours have been expanded for the new school year.

  • Sites are open from 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.
  • New sites opened for meal distribution with the start of the school year; a complete list is available on the MPS website OR download a flyer.
  • Students with special dietary needs and religious restrictions can now request specialty meals at 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 children are eligible to receive meals. To pick up a meal from a Stop, Grab, & Go location, MPS 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

Children enrolled outside of MPS can receive meals by indicating that they are under age 18 and providing the name of the school where they are enrolled.

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

Support for Online Learning

The new virtual school year has begun, and MPS has support for students and families who are embarking on online learning. Find the help you need for a successful school year! Answers to many questions can be found on the MPS website or the MPS School Reopening website.

For questions about your child’s progress and grades, log in to Infinite Campus or contact your child’s teacher. Questions about the school year, policies, and procedures can be addressed to your child’s principal or school leader.

The Parent Coordinator at your child’s school is available for guidance about many types of family resources, student needs, and community supports.

Video tutorials are available to help families get started with Chromebooks, access online classrooms and Clever, and find step-by-step help.

IMPORTANT!! 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.

  • The district will send a text message from SchoolMessenger to all family cell phone numbers on file on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. If you do not receive this message, it could mean that we do not have a cell phone number for you on file or that your cell phone provider or plan does not support SMS text messages.
  • If you receive the text message and do not want text messages to your cell phone, you can opt out by replying “STOP” to the text message.

In case you missed it . . .

Immediate Enrollment Is Available

MPS has seats available! If you need a school for your child or have not enrolled your student for Fall 2020, enroll now so your child can receive a Chromebook and start school. Visit or call our Enrollment Hotline at (414) 267-5100 from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.

Take a Journey through Virtual Field Trips

Need a vacation? Try a virtual field trip! Each week in the Family Friday Newsletter (see below), links to four new trips are provided to help families explore museums, zoos, parks, and historic sites around the world. Read more and view the complete list of field trips featured so far, and explore the world!

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.

Enjoy Free Books through 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, 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 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.

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 

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 and October

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. Sept. 22, 5:30 P.M.

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

Committee on Parent and Community Engagement: Tues. Oct. 13, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation: Thurs. Oct.15, 5:30 P.M.

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