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12-11-20 Family Friday Newsletter

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Milwaukee Public Schools wants to hear from families about virtual learning this school year.

Your feedback is important to us! Please take our survey and offer input about your child’s virtual learning experience this semester, along with your thoughts about returning to face-to-face learning. The survey takes about 10 minutes and will remain open until Friday, January 8, 2021.

Access the survey at Roadmap to Readiness Survey.

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News and Updates - December 11, 2020

Become a Teacher -- Virtual Event

Do you have a bachelor’s degree and an interest in becoming a teacher? Milwaukee Public Schools will host a virtual event on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Learn how you can earn a teaching license and transform any bachelor’s degree into a new career in education.

MPS teachers are needed across the district for many grade levels, subjects, and specialties, including special education. Attend our job fair to learn more!

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.

Register at Alternative Certification Virtual Event

Visit the MPS website to learn more about benefits and career options at mpsmke.com/careers or call (414) 475-8224.

Advisory Committee for Textbooks

MPS is seeking family and community members to review science textbooks and online resources and make recommendations for selection. Members will receive access to online sample textbooks in December and take part in weekly meetings in February. Scheduling will be determined by participants.

Two committees will be formed to focus on K-8 textbooks and grade 9-12 textbooks. Sign up to join and offer important feedback about future science textbooks.

Watch the MPS Day of Code

Milwaukee Public Schools hosted its third annual Day of Code on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The virtual event featured students and staff talking about computer coding and how it plays a role in our lives. The Day of Code video is now available on the MPS YouTube channel. Watch our talented students and get inspired about computer science!

Low-Cost Internet

AT&T is offering Internet service for $10 per month to families who qualify as part of Microsoft’s Building Digital Equity Across America initiative. Learn about requirements and how to apply.

Download a flyer in English.

Download a flyer in Español.

Rosa Parks Scholarship

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will award three $1,000 scholarships in honor of Rosa Parks. High school seniors who live and attend school in Milwaukee County are eligible; an essay is required. Deadline is January 8, 2021. MCTS will announce the winner on February 4, Rosa Parks’s birthday. More information is available at RideMCTS.com/scholarship. If you have additional questions, contact Karolyn Taylor, MPS scholarship coordinator, at henderkt@milwaukee.k12.wi.us.

Play Math Games During Milwaukee Math Week

Rockwell Automation and MIND Research Institute have issued a challenge for Milwaukee families to play 100,000 minutes in math games over five days during Milwaukee Math Week, Dec. 14-18. Games are fun and are designed for kindergarten through 5th grade students. Log in to the game site on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Learn more, log your play time, and take part December 14-18. Visit https://www.mindresearch.org/milwaukee-math-week

Free Fresh Produce for Families in December

MPS will offer bags of fresh fruits and vegetables to families on three Thursdays in December through the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Each bag will contain nutrition facts and recipes so families can enjoy new healthy food options. This week's theme is 'Tis the Season for Change-How our Food Choices Affect the Environment.

Families can pick up a produce bag Dec. 17 at Stop, Grab, and Go locations during regular meal distribution hours of 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Read more about free produce for families! The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will resume in January.

Student Pathway to Teaching

Are you a high school student interested in becoming a teacher? Join the M3 College Connections Education Pathway! Take classes through UWM or MATC that count toward graduation AND earn college credit. High school juniors who are on track for graduation should apply now at M-Cubed Education Pathway. The deadline has been extended to December 11, 2020.

Read more about this opportunity at M-Cubed Early College Program.

Keep Clear of COVID-19

Many people are worn out by the pandemic and by continually taking measures to stay safe. Now, more than ever, it is critical to follow safety procedures. Please continue to take steps to stop the spread of coronavirus and stay healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly updates its guidelines regarding the pandemic. Find helpful tips and messages prepared by CDC experts.

Please stay safe by continuing these practices.

  • Wear a mask or covering on your mouth AND nose when you are out.
  • Avoid crowded places.
  • Wash your hands any time you come home from a public place.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others when you are out.
  • Check on friends and loved ones who may need help.

If you have symptoms or think you have been exposed, get tested! Visit the City of Milwaukee Health Department website for locations and information. A free shuttle bus is available to the Miller Park testing site.

 

In case you missed it . . .

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 the December book list on the MPS Reads page.

Piano Scholarships for Students

If your child is in grades 6-11 and plays piano, apply for a scholarship to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music! The Mary Horwitt Scholarship will provide $1,000 to students who show a level of skill in playing piano. The scholarship is intended for lessons beginning in Fall 2021.

Read more and begin your application now! Deadline is February 21, 2021.

Meal Distribution -- Evening Hours!

MPS continues to distribute packaged breakfasts and lunches to children age 18 and under at 50 Stop, Grab, & Go sites. All sites are open from 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. on school days.

Hours have been added at three schools, which are also offering meals from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M.

  • North Division High School, 1101 W. Center Street
  • Obama High School, 5025 N. Sherman Blvd.
  • South Division High School, 1515 W. Lapham Blvd.

Read more about updates to this important program that provides nutritious meals to children. Download a flyer for more information.

Need Money for College? Fill out the FAFSA!

The first step in finding money for college is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is free and will reveal what loans and grants may be available to students. Read more about FAFSA and plan to fill out your application soon. Help is available to students through MPS College and Career Centers.

Stay Connected!

Families--get answers to questions about your child's grades, attendance, assignments, and more on Infinite Campus. This tool gives instant access to your child's records and contains helpful information from your child's teacher and school. Log in at Infinite Campus. Contact your child's school if you need help logging in.

 

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

If you need immediate enrollment, 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 factories, parks, and zoos around the world!

Field Trip--Ice Skating: Learn everything you need to get started ice skating.

How Holiday Ornaments Are Made: Watch the process of making these fragile decorations.

Meet a Dancer: Hear from Guillaume Côté, principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada.

Orangutans Build Comfy Nests: See how orangutans get ready for bed each night.

 

No Meal Distribution

December Dates

MPS does not distribute meals to students on scheduled days off. Breakfast and lunch will not be distributed on the following dates.

December 23, 2020 to January 1, 2021

Meals will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.

 

Helpful Links for Students and Families

MPS School Reopening Website: These new pages will support students and parents as we transition to the new school year virtually this fall.

MPS website: Everything you need to know about the district.

MPS Stop, Grab, & Go: Information about meal distribution sites.

OverDrive/SORA: Help your child log in and access online library books for summer reading.

Enrichment Activities: Dance, yoga, crafts, and more to keep children engaged.

Family Resources: Get support with helping your child learn at home.

Local COVID-19 Testing Sites and Information

If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider or access information about testing sites in the Milwaukee area.

Community Resources: Find supports for food access, mental health, financial assistance, and more.

IMPACT 2-1-1: A network of local resources to assist families.

 

Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Upcoming Meetings: December & January

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. Dec. 17, 6:30 P.M.

Committee on Parent and Community Engagement: Tues. Jan. 12, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation: Tues. Jan. 14, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Thurs. Jan. 19, 5:30 P.M.

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