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11-05-21 Family Friday Newsletter

MPS Hosts Vaccine Clinics at 12 Schools

COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Children Ages 5 to 11

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have approved the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. A pediatrician or health care provider is the best source for answers to questions about the vaccine.

MPS will host COVID-19 vaccine clinics to help families access the vaccine. Appointments are not needed. See the complete schedule by downloading a flyer.

A signed consent form is needed for children to receive the vaccine.

Download the vaccine consent form in English.

Download the vaccine consent form in Spanish.

To view a list of all school vaccine clinics across the city, visit the Milwaukee Health Department COVID-19 webpage.

For more information about vaccines, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

News and Updates

MPS Job Fair - November 6, 2021

MPS is hiring! Do you want to support Milwaukee students as a member of a school team? MPS is seeking motivated individuals to work with children as teachers, paraprofessionals, food service workers, and building operations workers. Training is provided and many positions have summers off!

Attend our job fair on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

North Division High School

1011 W. Center St., Milwaukee, WI 53206

Register and learn more at mpsmke.com/careers.

Native American Heritage Month

In November and throughout the year, celebrate Native Americans! This is an excellent time to learn about the rich traditions and cultures of indigenous nations. The U.S. has 574 federally recognized tribes, many of which have their own language and distinct customs. Visit Native American Heritage Month to read more and watch videos. The MPS Department of First Nations Studies supports Native American students and families and provides resources to teachers to aid in infusing Native American studies throughout the school year.

Student COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive: Apply by Nov. 15

To encourage vaccination, Milwaukee Public Schools is offering an incentive to students age 12 years and older who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021. The incentive will be provided as a $100 rewards card that can be used as cash. To receive the rewards card, parents/guardians must complete an application and provide proof of full vaccination no later than November 15, 2021.

The Student COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive webpage provides information about eligibility, receiving the vaccine, and applying for the incentive.

Youth Apprentice Information Session

MPS youth apprentices are getting on-the-job training while still in high school! Students in the program attend school half the day and spend the rest of their day in a paid job. Training prepares them for high-paying, in-demand jobs in growing fields. Some students in the program continue their employment full time after high school.

High school juniors and seniors can participate; sophomores and juniors should attend an information session to learn more.

Virtual Session -- Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 5:00-7:00 P.M.

Please register by Nov. 16 at https://forms.gle/e5o92BXTcU2mvpdA7 so a link can be emailed to you. Download a flyer for more information.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Speech, and Writing Contests

Save the date! Milwaukee's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration will be held virtually on January 17, 2022. Students who wish to enter the art, speech, and writing contests should read rules now and prepare to submit their work. This year's theme is "We Must Speak."

Chromebooks for Students

Students who qualify can receive a Chromebook and/or hotspot from MPS for use at home to complete homework, fill out college applications, and more. Chromebooks are for students to keep and do not need to be returned. This equipment is available thanks to a grant from the federal Emergency Connectivity Fund. Devices will be available during the second semester. Families can fill out an online form for each student in the household at https://mpsmke.com/techecf through Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

 

MPS Weekly Spotlight

Susan Richardson Honored at White House Ceremony

MPS is proud to share that Susan Richardson, who teaches third grade at Milwaukee German Immersion School, was among honorees recognized by President and First Lady Joe and Jill Biden at the White House. Richardson was one of two MPS teachers who were selected as Wisconsin Teacher of the Year and were invited to visit Washington, D.C., on October 18. Read more about this impressive honor!

 

Tips for Staying Safe & Healthy

Straight Talk About COVID-19

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe? How did it become available so quickly? Should my family get vaccinated? Find answers to these questions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine page. Also learn about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens and the importance of vaccines in stopping the spread of COVID.

COVID-19 Vaccine Locations

COVID-19 vaccine is available FREE for all Wisconsin residents age 12 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 Dept. Mobile Clinics

Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Rd.

Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St.

Mondays & Fridays: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12 - 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

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

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12 - 6 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 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.

COVID-19: Find Help for Family Needs

Information is available to help families with health care, mental health, and many types of assistance. The Children's Defense Fund offers resources for families who are immigrants, in a W2 or welfare program, or seeking information during the pandemic. Visit the Children's Defense Fund for information to assist vulnerable children and families.

Have you been exposed to COVID-19 (or tested positive) and wonder how to tell your contacts? This helpful flyer from the City of Milwaukee Health Department offers guidelines for sharing information with friends, family, and co-workers.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has prepared several flyers to clarify isolation and quarantine procedures. Most publications listed below are available in multiple languages.

How long should I quarantine?

COVID-19 and School: Information for Parents and Guardians

COVID-19: Isolation and Quarantine

COVID-19: Quarantine Release Times - I live with someone diagnosed with COVID

Access these guides to stay up to date and help keep your family safe.

Safe Practices Help Avoid Illness

As cold and flu season approaches and COVID-19 remains, following healthy practices to avoid becoming sick.

  • Wear a face mask in public, even if you are vaccinated.
  • Maintain 3 feet of physical distance.
  • Wash hands frequently, especially when returning home.
  • Get the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine if you are eligible.

Stay Home When Sick

Check your child every morning for signs of illness. Keep them home if symptoms are present, and contact a health care provider to ask about testing.

ONE of the following symptoms

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell

TWO or more symptoms

  • Fever of 100.4° F or above
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New onset of headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting

Download helpful guidelines for sick children.

Are Your Child's Vaccines Up to Date?

Families are reminded to review and update children's vaccines like measles, mumps, and polio. A number of vaccines are required for school attendance. Contact your health care provider or the Milwaukee Health Department.

For a list of required childhood vaccines, visit the MPS Immunizations page.

 

In case you missed it . . .

New School Yards!

We are excited this month to unveil newly renovated school yards at five MPS schools: Academy of Accelerated Learning, Allen-Field, Bay View Montessori, La Escuela Fratney, and North Division High School. Thanks to dedicated partners including the City of Milwaukee, each location received new green spaces that promote outdoor learning, mental wellness, recreation, stormwater management, and environmentally friendly neighborhoods.

Watch videos of these projects from our news partners:

We Energies Seeks Interns and Youth Apprentices

High school juniors can start training for a career now! We Energies is looking for students to train as a line mechanic or gas technician intern, or as a design engineer youth apprentice. Get paid while still in high school! Applications are open now.

Final application deadline is Nov. 12, 2021, but apply SOON to be invited to We Energies open house events. For more information, download a flyer.

Mentors Wanted

The MPS Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement wants you! Mentors are needed to work with students during monthly lunch events. Men of color are invited to share success stories and life lessons. Download a flyer for more information!

Students Wanted: Youth Sports Jobs

Milwaukee Recreation is hiring high school students (ages 15 and up) for part-time Youth Sports jobs this winter! Positions include youth sports monitor, youth sports scorekeeper, and elementary school basketball official. Milwaukee Recreation's Youth Sports leagues operate on Saturday mornings and afternoons. Pay rates vary by position. Learn more and apply today at mkerec.net/YSjobs

Saturday Music Lessons

MPS will offer a variety of lessons for students who want to learn piano, ukulele, woodwinds, brass, and more! Classes will run Jan. 29 to April 30, 2022, and are taught at Hamilton High School and Milwaukee Marshall High School. Download a flyer to learn more. Register by Dec. 10, 2021.

MPS Reads

Each month, MPS provides a list of recommended books for preschool through grade 12 that allows students to see themselves, explore other cultures, and discover more about the world in which they live.

Help ignite a passion for reading! Access book lists on the MPS Reads page.

Parent Guides to Standards-Based Report Cards

Updated parent guides to assist in understanding standards-based report cards are now available for the 2021-22 school year. Two versions are available for Elementary/K-8 Report Cards and Middle School/High School Report Cards. These guides are especially helpful for families who are new to Milwaukee Public Schools. Spanish versions will be available soon. To access, visit the MPS webpage for Standards-Based Report Cards.

Parents/guardians: You can print report cards right from Infinite Campus/Parent Portal accounts! After logging in, go to Index > Documents to see all items available to view and print.

For assistance setting up a new Infinite Campus/Parent Portal account: Parents/guardians should contact the parent coordinator at their child’s school, call (414) 475-8159 (Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.) or email parentportal@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Student Meals Available for Pick-up

Families with children enrolled in an MPS virtual program can pick up meals on school days. Each child will receive breakfast and lunch, while supplies last. Pre-orders are NOT required.

School days from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

  • Andrew Douglas Middle School - 3620 N. 18th St., Milwaukee, 53206
  • North Division High School - 1011 W. Center St., Milwaukee, 53206
  • South Division High School - 1515 W. Lapham Blvd., Milwaukee, 53204
  • Vincent High School - 7501 N. Granville Rd., Milwaukee, 53224
  • Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language - 2430 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, 53233
  • Milwaukee Parkside - 2969 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee, 53207
 

Stay Connected!

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 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

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Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Upcoming Meetings: November

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 Parent and Community Engagement: Tues. Nov. 9, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation: Thurs. Nov. 11, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Tues. Nov. 16, 5:30 P.M.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Nov. 18, 5:30 P.M.

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