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10-02-20 Family Friday Newsletter

October is "Keeping Kids Safe Online" Month

With students spending many hours online for virtual learning, keeping them safe is more important than ever. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor has proclaimed October as "Keeping Kids Safe Online" Month in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Department of Justice are providing resources that focus on cyberbullying, mental health, appropriate social media use, and family supports for students.

Visit the DPI Internet and Online Safety page and the Parents/Guardians page to access resources. Families who have concerns about student Internet use can always feel free to talk to their child's teacher or parent coordinator.

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News and Updates - October 2, 2020

Middle and High School Early Admissions is Open Now

It's time to select an MPS high school or middle school for the 2020-21 school year! Early Admissions in MPS is open through Sunday, November 1, 2020. Enroll now for your best chances of getting your first choice school.

MPS Select Criteria schools fill up quickly and have entrance requirements--read more on our Select Criteria web page.

Most MPS high schools and middle schools are scheduling virtual open house events! This is your chance to learn about schools and programs that fit your student's education goals. Visit our Virtual Early Admissions web pages for all the information you need to select a school and complete your application.

Free Fresh Produce for Families in October

MPS will offer bags of fresh fruits and vegetables to families each Thursday in October through the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Each bag will contain nutrition facts and recipes so families can enjoy new healthy food options. Each week will celebrate a different world culture to offer new experiences.

Families can pick up a produce bag at Stop, Grab, and Go locations during regular meal distribution hours of 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. On October 8, recipes will celebrate Hispanic culture. Read more about free produce for families!

Virtual Job Fair--Facilities and Maintenance Professionals

Become part of the MPS team that provides clean, safe schools! Students are learning from home, but our buildings are continuously maintained and kept ready for school reopening. The maintenance team has many opportunities for advancement and training. Positions include building operations, boiler attendants, school engineers, and more.

MPS will host a Virtual Job Fair on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Interested applicants can browse open positions, learn more about MPS, take part in a Zoom session, and fill out an interest form to receive a phone call about the hiring process. Read more about our job fair!

Parent Interest Survey--We Want to Hear from You!

Milwaukee Public Schools wants to understand how we can best support student learning and family needs. We also want families to know about opportunities to offer input to schools and the district. Your opinions are important to us! Please complete our Family Interest Survey to help us understand your needs. The survey takes about 10 minutes and will remain open until October 31, 2020.

Access the survey at Family Interest Survey 2020.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook Available Online

All MPS families are encouraged to read the Parent/Student Handbook on Rights, Responsibilities and Discipline. This annual publication details many MPS programs, student and family rights, and the MPS Code of Conduct.

Copies of the book were mailed to MPS families in August. The book is available on the MPS website and all school websites. Rights and Responsibilities can be accessed online any time in Arabic, Burmese, English, Hmong, Karen, Rohingya, Somali, and Spanish. Read more about this handbook at mpsmke.com/rights.

District Advisory Council--Join Now!

The District Advisory Council (DAC) is made up of MPS family members and community members representing schools from across the district. The DAC meets monthly to discuss important issues and decisions facing Milwaukee Public Schools. Each MPS school has two representatives. Talk to the parent coordinator at your child's school if you'd like to be a member.

For more information, email Cacy Masters at masterc@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Helping Student Athletes Stay Fit

With fall sports postponed, Milwaukee Recreation wants to help student athletes be ready for competition! Instead of sitting on the virtual sidelines, students can join in educational/athletic/training webinars, grade-specific informational sessions, mental health resources, character development, and physical fitness strategies.

Learn more about the #StayReadyMPS campaign and join in the fun!

In case you missed it . . .

MPS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Plans are underway in Milwaukee Public Schools to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15. Watch in the coming weeks for photos and activities of students as they learn about the history, culture, and achievements of Hispanic Americans. We look forward to honoring the diverse backgrounds of MPS students, staff, and the community!

Caring for Your Chromebook

Your student's Chromebook is their most important learning tool. Help students care for their Chromebooks to keep them working properly. Read these important Chromebook tips and share with your students so learning can continue without interruption.

Register Now for Head Start--Seats Are Filling Quickly!

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. Seats will fill fast when school reopens, so enroll now!

Contactless registration is available September 23 to October 9, 2020, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Grant Gordon Learning Center. Enter Door 5 from 10th Street.

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 mpsmke.com/headstart

MPS Has Enrollment 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 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.

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 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 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

Explore and Learn: Virtual Field Trips

Each week, we feature four new virtual field trips to add variety to learning. Enjoy virtual tours of museums, parks, and zoos around the world!

America's Black Holocaust Museum: Watch videos and explore exhibits of this Milwaukee museum.

HMS Surprise: A guided tour of the tall ship used in the movie Master and Commander.

13 Artists Who Take Painting to a New Level: Get inspired by these fascinating techniques.

Drumline Battle: Watch U.S. Marines drummers battle the Swiss Army drumline.

Helpful Links for Students and Families

 

Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Upcoming Meetings: 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 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.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Tues. Oct. 20, 5:30 P.M.

Special Board Meeting: Tues. Oct. 27, 6:30 P.M.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Oct. 29, 6:30 P.M.

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