Transition Plus Newsletter

September 2019 Edition

Getting Connected!

This is our first edition of the Transition Plus Newsletter! It is delivered via email to all of our families that have submitted their email address. We are excited to share some of the great things that happened this month, things to look forward to next month, and needs that you can help us with. If there are others in your family that would like to receive the newsletter, call Transition Plus to update or add an email address.



October Calendar

  • Friday, Oct 11: Latino Studies Family Event 1:30 - 3:30
  • Tuesday, Oct 15: International Potluck Family Event 5:30 - 7:00
  • Tuesday, Oct 15: Family Conferences 5:00 - 7:00
  • Wednesday, Oct 16: Family Conferences 9:00am - 12:00
  • Wednesday, Oct 16: Flu Clinic 11:30 - 2:30
  • No School Oct 16, 17, 18 for MEA




  • Four Transition Plus students have been hired at Target Field this month

  • Eleven students have interviewed and been selected to participate in the internship hiring process for TreeTrust. While participating in the Tree Trust/YouthBuild program, young people gain hands-on career training, complete high school and earn a paycheck in the process. Students learn employment and leadership skills while helping their community through home construction or tree care.

Congratulations to these students! We look forward to many more in the coming future. We also have many students starting at our 10 job sites where they are gaining a variety of work skills that may lead to gainful employment in the future.



Here Comes The Bus App

Wondering when the school bus will arrive at your house? Download the free "Here Comes the Bus" app on your phone's app store and follow the set up instructions in the following links to get a notification when the bus enters your neighborhood.



Feed The Need

The Social Justice Community Based Instruction student group at Transition Plus is asking for donations for our Feed The Need clothing closet and food shelf. Feed The Need is run by our students (check out their picture!) and serves our student community. Donations can be made throughout the year. Feed The Need will start operating on October 11th. If you need to access Feed The Need, contact your student's school social worker to make arrangements.

Donation Needs:

  • Shelf-stable foods
  • CLEAN New or gently used clothing
  • Soft, stretchy material pants for men and women
  • new undergarments for men and women SIZE: small - 4XL
  • clean stylish or plain hoodies
  • clean jackets in great condition



Waite House

Waite House, a long-standing pillar of the vibrant Phillips Community in South Minneapolis, has been selected as the Employer of the Month. Waite House has two great vocational training options for our students to participate. Students can build their resumes and gain valuable experience while serving the community by working in the Waite House food shelf or the Waite House cafeteria. Thank you Waite House for providing these valuable opportunities for Transition Plus students.

If you know of any employers who would be interested hiring students or groups of students, Transition Plus is always looking for partnerships to expand vocational opportunities.



Latino Studies Family Event

Friday, Oct. 11th, 1:30pm

2015 East Lake Street

Minneapolis, MN

Transition Plus Students and staff are excited to invite all our Tplus families to celebrate Latino cultures. Come to Transition Plus from 1:30 - 3:30 for rotations of food, music, history, art, and more!

Latino families, contact us if you would like to display/explain artifacts, help prepare food, or be a part of the planning. 612-668-4103,

This is a monthly event to highlight and celebrate many of the cultures represented at Tplus. We need families to help plan, prepare, present, bring interesting artifacts, and/or prepare foods for every 2nd Friday of the month.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

International Family Potluck

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 5:30pm

2015 East Lake Street

Minneapolis, MN

This family friendly event is your time to bring your family-favorite dish to share with the Transition Plus community! Enjoy connecting with other Transition Plus families over a meal. RSVP to or 612-668-4103

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Join Indian Education for the Welcome Back Powwow

Join Indian Education for the Welcome Back Powwow Friday, Sept. 27. Experience the culture of our community’s Indigenous population—the original inhabitants of this land—and celebrate the beginning of a new school year at this FREE family event. Everyone is welcome.

The powwow will take place across the street from Transition Plus at South High School, 3131 S. 19th Ave, and be preceded by a meal served at 4:30 p.m. The Grand Entry (beginning of the dance session) will kick-off the powwow at 5:30 p.m. The event will continue until around 8:30 p.m.; guests are invited to come any time and leave when they like. Informational and arts/craft vendors will also be present.

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Intelligent Lives Film Screening and Discussion

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. The open-captioned film screening will be followed by a moderated discussion.

* Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Pkwy

October 2, 6-8 p.m.

Rondo Library, 461 Dale St N

Oct 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Arlington Hills Library, 1200 Payne Ave

Oct 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

George Latimer Central Library 90 W 4th St

Oct 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

*Registration required. Upstream Arts post-show - ASL-interpreted discussion

Call 651-695-3700 to register

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