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12-17-21 Family Friday Newsletter

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Reminder: Student Winter Break is Dec. 23 to Jan. 3

MPS students will enjoy time off from Thursday, December 23 through Monday, January 3, 2022. Schools will be closed during this time. School staff will enjoy their break from December 24 through January 3. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 4. Meals will not be served during the break.

All MPS locations, including Central Services, will be closed on the following dates:

Friday, December 24

Monday, December 27

Thursday, December 30

Friday, December 31

The Family Friday Newsletter will be on holiday break December 24 and 31, and will return on January 7, 2022.

Have a safe and relaxing winter break!


MPS Weekly Spotlight

MPS Foundation Supports Students - Make Your Gift!

The MPS Foundation does important work raising funds to support learning, including arts programs, playground renovations, field trips, and more. During school closures, the Foundation raised more than $1 million to provide technology so children could continue learning.

You can be a partner in education! Help our schools and our students by making an end-of-year gift. Select a school, a program, scholarships, or general education needs. Visit the MPS Foundation and make your gift today!


News and Updates

Student COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive: Apply by January 31, 2022

To encourage vaccination, Milwaukee Public Schools is offering an incentive to students ages 5 to 11 years old who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 14, 2022. The incentive will be provided as a $100 reward card that can be used as cash. To receive the reward card, parents/guardians must complete an application and provide proof of full vaccination no later than January 31, 2022.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine currently approved for children. Two doses are required at least three weeks apart. To receive both vaccines by January 14, 2022, children must receive their first dose no later than December 23, 2021.

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

Apply for the incentive at

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5 to 11

Children as young as 5 can receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine! Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing COVID-19. A pediatrician or health care provider is the best source for answers to questions about the vaccine.

To view a list of 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 Children's Wisconsin website.

Technology for Students

Does your child need a Chromebook and/or hotspot for homework? Students who qualify can receive a new Chromebook and/or hotspot from MPS to keep at home through 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 through Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

Help Keep Students Warm -- Donate to Our Mitten Tree!

Milwaukee has enjoyed a mild December, but we know colder weather is on the way. Help our students keep warm at bus stops and walking to school! Donate to our mitten tree through January 21, 2022. Bring new mittens, caps, gloves, scarves, and other warm items to the north or south entrances of MPS Central Services and our friendly security team will gladly accept your donations. We love handmade items, too!

MPS Central Services

5225 W. Vliet St.

Milwaukee, WI, 53208

Please note that all MPS locations will be closed Dec. 24-27 and Dec. 30 - Jan. 2.

Carver Academy Honors Joyce A. Hall for Nearly 60 Years of Service

After teaching for 36 years and volunteering for another 24, George Washington Carver Academy has renamed its library in honor of Joyce A. Hall. To inspire future generations, Carver staff chose to dedicate the space to their beloved educator. Read more about this honor recognizing a lifetime of service to students.

Beat the Winter Blues -- Try a New Activity!

Milwaukee Recreation offers indoor and outdoor activities to stay active and beat winter boredom. Many offerings are free or low cost. Browse the Milwaukee Recreation Activity Guide for options such as yoga, basketball, dance, and more. To learn more and to register, visit Milwaukee Recreation.

Weather Closing Information

With the arrival of winter, please be alert for school closings due to weather. The decision to close school will be posted on the MPS website, MPS Twitter and Facebook pages, and on all major television and news stations.

New Ticketing for Athletic Events

MPS Athletics will soon transition to an online ticketing system for all sports events. Digital tickets can be ordered by smartphone and then used for admission. Download a flyer and watch for ore information coming soon.

Khris Middleton and UnitedHealthcare Donate Coats to Maple Tree

Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Khris Middleton and UnitedHealthcare delivered hundreds of coats to Maple Tree School to ensure students are safe and warm this winter as they walk to school and wait at bus stops. Excited students got to meet Khris and pick out coats, caps, and mittens. Thank you, Khris Middleton and UnitedHealthcare!

Dr. Janet Butler Receives Inspiring Teacher Award

Dr. Janet Butler, School Support Teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School, has received the Inspiring Teacher award from WTMJ's Positively Milwaukee. Dr. Butler was nominated by long-time friend and community volunteer Tyrone Dumas. Watch the Positively Milwaukee Awards Ceremony with Carole Meekins, Dr. Butler, and others on TMJ4.

MPS Needs Substitute Teachers

Help children succeed! MPS is hiring substitute teachers at a rate of up to $200 per day. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree. A teaching license OR successfully passing the training is also required. Other training pathways are possible. Visit the MPS Substitute Teaching web page for more information and to apply.


Tips for Staying Safe & Healthy

Latest Updates 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.

Important Note: Vaccine locations will be closed November 25-28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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: Supports for Families

COVID-19 continues to change our world in unexpected ways. Community Advocates has a directory of topics including energy assistance, children's programming, housing, and more for families who need support or have been impacted by COVID-19.

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.


In case you missed it . . .

MPS Receives WHPE Advocacy Award

Wisconsin Health and Physical Education, Inc. (WHPE), which is the state’s professional association for health and physical educators, has announced that Milwaukee Public Schools is the recipient of the 2021 Advocacy Award. Each year, WHPE presents a number of awards for teachers of the year, outstanding service, career achievement, and more.

The Advocacy Award is given in recognition of significant contributions made to the advancement of the profession through the fields of health, physical education, or related fields. Read more about this honor!

MPS Hosts Day of Code

Ahead of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 6-10), students from three MPS schools hosted a virtual Day of Code to showcase skills and share their excitement for computer science. On November 30, 2021, students from Washington High School, Golda Meir School, and Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language showed off their coding skills and brought the process to life through a virtual Day of Code. The sessions were recorded and are now available to the public! Watch our talented students in action.

K-5 Session:

Grades 6-8 Session:

High School Session:


Stay Connected!

MPS offers tools to help families find the information and support they need. Log in to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, download the MPS App for updates, and follow us on social media. The Parent Coordinator at your child's school can also assist.

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 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


Get all the latest news and updates! Download the MPS App and follow us on social media. Fast access to news, updates, and the entire MPS website is available on the MPS App (for Apple and Android smartphone platforms). To download, use the links below.

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Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Upcoming Meetings: January

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. Jan. 4, 2022, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation: Thurs. Jan. 6, 2022, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Tues. Jan. 18, 2022 5:30 P.M.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Jan. 27, 2022 5:30 P.M.

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