279Online Boost

October 2021 Newsletter 279Online

Hello, 279Online families and caregivers! Thank you so much for what you do every day to assist your scholar with engaging in school. We are off to a great start and look forward to celebrating successes at our upcoming parent-teacher conferences. Please read the newsletter thoroughly each month, as we will provide updates about our school community, helpful resources, important dates to remember, events and much, much more.

Feel free to take a moment to learn about our admin and office team with our 279Online Office Family Album!

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences

Save the date!

Please mark your calendars for Fall Conferences. Conferences will be held virtually. Check ParentVUE on Tuesday, October 5th at 8AM to see your scholars’ teachers’ available times for both conference dates. The online booking through ParentVUE will close Friday, October 8th. If you will need interpreter services during the conferences, please let the teachers know.

Once scheduled, your teacher will send a message through ParentVUE to provide a google link to the conference by October 12th. If you do not receive this message, please contact us at online@district279.org or 763-391-8670.

For ParentVUE support, please check out this link.

Trimester 1 Conferences for Grades K-5 AM & PM

Tuesday, Oct 12th - 7:15-8:15am and 3:30-8:00pm

Tuesday, Oct 19th - 7:15-815am and 3:30-8:00pm

Trimester 1 Conferences for Grades 6-12 PM Only

Tuesday, Oct 12th - 3:30-8:00pm

Tuesday, Oct 19th - 3:30-8:00pm

October Days Off

There is no school for students on the following dates this month

  • Monday, October 4th
  • Thursday, October 21st
  • Friday, October, 22nd

Picture Day

The 279Online picture day information is being worked on and more information will be coming soon. Please stay tuned!

Please take a few minutes to tell us how we are doing!

While breakfasts and lunches are free for all scholars this year, it is nevertheless important to complete the free and reduced lunch application. In addition to this providing scholars and families with benefits like lower fees for lost items, exams, etc., this program also provides the school and the district with much-needed funding. Please complete this application today.

District and Community Resources

Rather than posting numerous resources each week, we are compiling them in a Google Doc that will be updated accordingly. Please click here for assistance regarding things like mental health, food and clothing support, and Internet access.

Schoology Guide for Families

For families who use Schoology, we created this handy reference guide to help you navigate what you’ll see in Schoology, how Schoology is different than ParentVue, and how to get support for accessing the parent side of Schoology. Click here for the reference guide.

Technology Assistance

Need help logging in to an account, checking in for an online meeting with a teacher, or setting up a device? Check out the technology resources in the Parent and Family Toolkit.

Need more technology assistance? The district tech support help desk is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on student days, and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on non-student days. Email help@district279.org or call 763-391-7180.

Attendance/Absence Reporting

Reminders about Attendance Practices for 279Online: With new enrollments in 279Online, it is important to remind scholars and families about how we take attendance.


Teachers take attendance twice a day through their classroom meetings.


  • Scholars are expected to self report attendance through a Schoology attendance quiz for each class by 6:00 pm in Schoology daily
  • Teachers verify and submit the official attendance record in Synergy the next day.
  • At 6:00 pm, School Messenger calls will go out to families for scholars with unexcused absences from the previous day
  • If a scholar is unable to attend, families need to report the absence to 279Online in order to excuse the absence (phone: 763-391-8670 or email: online@district279.org)
  • While attendance is taken through this quiz, scholars are still expected to attend synchronous meetings with their teachers and engage in their learning. We want them to be there and miss them when they don’t come!

Teachers will review this attendance process with scholars in advisory and their classes. If you have any questions regarding attendance please contact your scholars’ teachers or the main office (phone: 763-391-8670).

Device and Materials Distribution Reminder

District Issued Device

If your student has not received their district issued device, please email the HelpDesk (Help@district279.org) to set up an appointment to pick up your scholar’s device at the Educational Service Center (ESC).

Curricular Materials

279Online has two materials distribution hubs for the 2021-22 school year, Elm Creek Elementary and Oakview Elementary. If you were unable to pick up materials at the initial distribution, please call the main office at the location you would like to pick up these materials from.. Materials will be available at these locations beginning September 20th.

  • Elm Creek Elementary: 763-425-0577 - Please call ahead for an appointment.
    9830 Revere Ln N
    Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • Oakview Elementary: 763-425-1881 - Please call ahead for an appointment.
    6710 E Fish Lake Rd
    Maple Grove, MN 55369

Throughout the year, if your scholar requires any physical materials, their teacher will communicate that to you. Materials will be available at the distribution hubs listed above once you receive this communication.