Transition Plus January 21

The time is always right to do what is right

A friendly reminder: If you have information that needs to go out to the whole staff, and it can wait until Monday, submit it to be included in the MMM. We are trying to cut down on all staff emails.

Art class will be selling Valentines this year!

We will be making a small Valentine for everyone, but we will also offer students and staff members the opportunity to purchase paper flowers that will be delivered to their Valentine 6th hour Thursday, February 14. These paper flowers will cost $1 and may include a message of your choosing. Please be on the look out for posters advertising our Valentine's Day sale as well as order forms. Spread the word!

Textbook Replacement Funds

We have a limited amount of money to use for replacement books, literature, etc. Please think of books that are needed to reinforce your class library, curriculum room, etc.

Send your lists to Traci no later than January 22nd.


It’s that time again! Many Native American students in Minneapolis are doing great work in and out of the classroom. Students are involved in many extracurricular activities such as sports, cultural activities, performing arts and leadership in the community.

MPS Indian Education hosts an annual Native American Achievement Celebration for students High 5 through 12th grade to highlight their hard work and dedication to their education.

This year, we celebrate the achievements of our Native students on:

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 5:30-7:30pm at South High School

As district staff and community partners, you work with our students and see their brilliance every day. We invite you to nominate any Native American student you believe should be recognized for their success this year.

Nominations can be made online HERE

Nominations are currently open and will be accepted until Monday January 28th, 2019.

Once you submit a nomination, you will be sent a personal invitation for your student and their family to attend the celebration. We ask that you present the invitation to them yourself, so that you can continue to build your relationship to the student.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Wilson at or by phone at 612-668-0108.

Here is the school wide engagement plan for staff to share with students.

It will also be posted on each floor.

David from 457 Plan will be available to staff on Monday, January 28th.

The sign up sheet will be in the office copy area.

TPlus Library

Exciting news...TPlus will have a student library! This will not be a traditional library, although there will be traditional components to it. We have the option to add e-books, audio books, and maker space activities.

Suggestions for materials can be added here. Please survey your students and families and start adding titles people want to see in the library.

We will be having a meeting to talk about next steps. I have several people who have indicated interest being on the committee so far- Please sign up here.

February is African American Heritage Month which is a great time to reflect on the community we build with our friends, family and neighbors.

We can make this year's celebration meaningful with some preparation. As a building, we can do anything from inviting families for coffee to preparing students to reflect on and share their thoughts and journeys to inviting people from the community to help celebrate.

Tell Colleen your ideas for how to make it meaningful for our students and our community and how you are willing to participate in making that happen.

This memo was sent to all staff, on 1/14/18, as a reminder of the fast approaching deadline to apply for an unpaid personal leave of absence. If you wish to apply for a personal leave for the 2019-20 school year, your leave request must be submitted by the appropriate deadline.

· Deadline for licensed staff: February 1st

· Deadline for non-licensed staff: March 15th

These deadlines do not apply to maternity/paternity, medical or student teaching leaves of absence.

The leave request form can be found on the MPS intranet site under Human Resources > Forms and Documents > Leave of Absence Forms > Leave of Absence Request.

The dates to use on the request form are August 16, 2019 – June 15, 2020. Please be sure to receive your supervisor’s signature prior to submitting your form. Your form may be faxed to 668.0535 or emailed to

Please take note of these important dates so you can meet the required deadline.

Any questions should be directed to or 668.0510.

Please remember...

On each floor, ALL diapers should be thrown in the trash container

with lid inside of the changing room.

Therapeutic Recreation update

Having spoken to several people in the building, it seems that there is some interest to partner with Mpls Parks and Rec to involve our students in therapeutic recreation and help Mpls develop programs that will be meaningful to our students in a life-long capacity. The ideas we have gathered so far are:

Aquatics programming: Accessible to EVERYONE. Staff would have to agree to get in the water with the students. Students and staff would have to wear water gear. Parks would be able to supply some support as well. In cold weather seasons, students would have to get dried off before going outside.

Gym access with trampolines, climbing wall, wedges, and mats

Equipment to do a cycling class, weight lifting or resistance training

Some students were interested in getting teams together for regular and adaptive basketball and/or hockey

If you have further ideas or specifics, please talk to Colleen. Thank you to all the staff and students who have given their input so far - this is really going to happen!

It is time to start planning for 2nd Semester CBI Modules. Some module pairings from 1st semester can be repeated if needed/appropriate.

Each teacher shall facilitate 2 rounds per semester. If you didn't facilitate a module in round 3, you are a good candidate to facilitate in round 4.

February 1st will come upon us VERY quickly after the break so it would be a good idea to make a plan before break.

MPS Wellness - 2019

Whether you have a New Year's resolution or a personal health goal, MPS rewards you for engaging in health and well-being activities. Log into to learn more about our wellness offerings.

  • NEW in 2019: Earn the wellness rate on health insurance through our enhanced Vitality platform. Simply earn 2500 points between now and October 13, 2019 and you will qualify for the lowest level co-pays or deductibles in 2020.

  • An Apple a Day: Back by popular demand, MPS will once again be offering the pilot Apple Watch Program through Vitality. Pay an initial activation fee + taxes and finance the remaining costs through physical activity. The more you move, the less you pay! Learn more about this pilot program on the staff intranet. A limited number of watches will be available starting in January. If you miss the first wave, mark your calendar for February 17 and March 17 when additional watches become available. After March, the pilot program will close for the 2019 calendar year.

  • Challenge yourself: Throughout the month of January and February, we will be hosting an Active Rewards Challenge. Download the Vitality Today mobile app and activate your weekly physical activity targets. Each week, we'll pick one lucky winner that has met their weekly target for additional incentives and rewards! E-mail for help getting started.

Stay tuned for more news, reminders and challenges.

B-I-N-G-O Fever!

Thanks to everyone who has made our TPlus Bingo a success, it works because so many people come together to support this all school activity. If you would like to help in a new way, consider assisting with prizes/winners, donating a prize, or being a Bingo Buddy for our students who may need some extra help playing. Some classrooms struggle to cover all their students/cards, and would appreciate the help. See Peter or a teacher to request/offer help.

New item prizes are welcome, we had some very excited students just before break win Movie and Popcorn, Phase 10, Pokemon and other prizes. Do you have gifts you received over break that you would consider donating? Gift cards? DVD/Blu-rays? Our storage is limited, but let’s keep interesting and student friendly prizes coming, thanks for your help!

Just a reminder--

Staff leaving early - when possible, please fill out a time off request. This will help Traci to keep track of absences and reasons when approving time in ESS, or entering on AESOP. Always sign out on the sign out sheet in the office by the copy machine.

If you are leaving for a meeting, lunch or any other reason, and will be back, please sign out and connect with Traci or Melissa. This will help us to know of your whereabouts and when you will be returning in the event someone is looking for you.

Time entry on ESS for Monday, January 21st - This needs to be entered as HOLIDAY PAY.

Please make sure your time is entered for January 7-18 prior to our return on Tuesday, January 22.

SEA info for January 24th & 25th -

If you are attending required training (NCI, CPI) please let Traci know. If you are doing an 8 hour training (with 30 minute duty free lunch), the Special Education department will provide you with codes for E.A.
extended time for the additional 2 hours. The initial 6 hours are to be recorded as REGULAR HOURS.

If you are attending a 3 hour (CPR) or 4 hour (CPI refresher course), please let Traci know and we will look forward to you joining us at T-Plus, either before or after to start with or continue with site PD. Traci will provide codes for E.A. extended time, over 6 hours, based on time cards. You will need to punch in and out at T-Plus on this day.

PD at TPlus begins at 8:30 a.m. on January 24th.

Your initial 6 hours for this day are to be recorded on ESS as REGULAR HOURS.

Please note: If you choose ESP PD on the drop down on ESS, you will not be paid at your hourly rate, choosing this option only pays $15.00 per hour. This is why you should always enter REGULAR hours on Professional Development days, such as January 24th. Please consult the ESP calendar to find additional PD days for this school year.

Friday, January 25th is a non-duty day. You may choose to enter vacation if you have it accrued, or leave blank for no pay. Please do not enter regular hours for this day.

You are not allowed to enter bus time for either January 24th or January 25th, as there are no students those days.

Hey Transition Plus Community!

We as students in the Leadership Module have spent the past few weeks working diligently on developing a Food Drive we can operate here at T Plus! The following are details on how the drive will operate, including collection/storage methods, what kinds of donations we are looking for, and what the grand prize for the advisory that brings in the most food is!

Transition Plus Community Food Drive

  • Advisories will compete against one another to bring in the most non-perishable food between January 14th and January 31st.

  • The advisory that brings in the most donations, will win a pizza/movie party!

  • We are asking for non-perishable items, this includes canned meats/fish, peanut butter & jelly, soups, cereals, pastas and much more!

  • Students from the Leadership Module will deliver grocery bags to advisories for food storage, they can also collect full bags from classrooms and store them in a safe location until the end of the month if advisories would prefer that!

The donations will be delivered to local food shelves that contribute to keeping our Minneapolis community fed.

We thank you in advance for your spirited participation and generosity in supporting your students and our broader Transition Plus Community!

Upcoming at TPlus

Monday --------Martin Luther King's Birthday---- No School

Tuesday -------

Wednesday----SEA meeting 10-10:25 & 10:30-10:55

-----------------------Engagement room T312

Thursday--------All staff PD day - All staff are expected to be here this day

-----------------------instead of January 25th- (exceptions for those who are required to go to CPI or -----------------------CPR- ideally I would like you to try to schedule this on a different day)

Friday ------------Record keeping day for T Plus