Family and Community E-news February 2016    

School Choice Cards are Due by March 5, 2016
The School  Fair Showcase on Saturday was a great success  It is always fun to meet and talk with prospective parents as they get ready to send their young children off to school.  Choice cards are due by Saturday March 5, 2016.   Here is information to help you navigate the enrollment process and options in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) from pre-kindergarten to high school.
  • Student Placement Website link  
  • Who needs to request a school link 
  • Request Cards link 
  • Special Education Services provided at all schools link 
  • Early Childhood Education & School Readiness link 
  • Expanded School Options Program link 
  • Frequently asked questions link  
Contact us with questions.
English: 612.668.1840 young-girl-studying.jpg
Hmoob: 612.668.1836
Español: 612.668.3700
Soomaali: 612.668.3700
Oromo: 612.668.3700
Multilingual Enrollment Information Line: 612.668.1842
Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish, 3 for Hmong, 4 for Somali   

Learning About Each Other

Facts About Child and
Family Homelessness

During the 2014-15 school year:
6,444 children and youth experienced homelessness in Minneapolis (includes preschool children and students from other districts)
3,820 were enrolled in MPS schools
9.2% of MPS enrolled students experienced homelessness during the year
1,755 were birth to five-years-old

Site Councils
MPS values family and community members as active partners in reviewing funding, policies, practices and programs at our schools. 

To learn more about the site council at your school  talk  to your principal.
No experience is required. 

 How is the site council working at your school?

We'd like to hear from you. 

more information about site councils

Weekend food for kids: We need your help!

Learn more here 

Area C Meetings are becoming Board of Education Districts  (BOE) 4 & 6 Parent Advisory Council Meetings
The Office of Student, Family and Community Engagement has been working to restructure the Area meetings.  Our work must align with our Strategic Plan:  Acceleration 2020, so that everything we do supports academic and social emotional success for all students.  To be sure we are including all families the boundaries for the meetings have changed and now follow the Board of Education Districts (BOE districts). The first meetings are set to launch this month. 
What:  Board of Education Districts 4&6 Family & Community Meeting
When:  February 25, 2016
Where:  Lyndale Community School, 312 West 34th St.
Time:  6:00-7:30pm - Media Center
Format:  Roundtable discussion about changes, objectives, the new structure and putting together a steering committee  to guide the work.
Map of BOE district 4 link, district 6 link
Who:  Everyone is welcome no matter where you live or where your children attend school. Community members are always welcome.
Childcare will be available for ages 3 & Up, Spanish and
Somali interpreters will be available.  Light refreshments will be served.
Questions or comments:  Gael Ellis 612-382-0546
Family Friendly Schools
Increasing student academic and social emotional success requires family involvement and voice in our homes, schools, and district.

  How Family Friendly Is Your School?
  • Friendly signs inside and out in all languages spoken at the school, welcome families and visitors.
  •  Front office staff are friendly, recognize visitors right away, provide information easily, and answer the phone in a way that makes people glad they have called.
  •  Current student work is displayed throughout the building.
  •  All programs and activities for families focus on student achievement. They help families understand what their children are learning and promote high standards.
-Beyond the Bake Sale-The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships (2006) by Anne T. Henderson, Karen L. Mapp, Vivian R. Johnson, and Don Davies.

Parent Feedback Opportunity - Literacy
Calling all Parents,
I am seeking parent input in regards to myON, a literacy resource being piloted in K-8 MPS classrooms this year.
 myON is an online library/literacy resource which provides students with anywhere, anytime access to thousands of books, matched to their reading level and interests. Please ask your student if they are using this resource in the classroom or at home. Please let me know if you would like support accessing and exploring myOn. I would be happy to set up a time to do so at your convenience.
Thank you very much for your consideration!
District Program Facilitator
Department of Extended Learning
MPS Board of Education
  • Learn more about the MPS Board of Education. link
  • Board Subcommittees link
  • Board Governance and Meeting information link 

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a federal grant that provides a fresh fruit or vegetable snack to all students in qualifying K-8 schools. It's a great way to get students excited about eating healthy and trying new fruits & vegetables.  link

Parent Portal
Parent involvement is crucial to student academic success. The Parent Portal is a tool for you to stay informed and engaged in your child's education. The Parent Portal gives parents and guardians access to:
  • View your child's grades and transcript
  • See your child's schedule
  • Monitor your child's attendance
  • Communicate with your child's teachers
  • Stay current on homework, projects and deadlines
  • View contact information

Parent Portal Quick Reference:  English  Spanish  Hmong

To learn more and to sign up click on this link 

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