Transition Plus Newsletter

January 2020 Edition

Getting Connected!

This is our first year 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.

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January Calendar

No School December 23 - January 3 - Winter break

No School January 17 - teacher record keeping day

No School January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. day

January 10: 1:30 - 3:30 Hmong Family Celebration - All School and Family Event

January 16: Site Council 4:30 - 6:00 - Upstream Arts will present the work they are doing with our students in their Art of Relationships class during the Community Based Instruction Modules. If you would like more ideas on how to present info to your child about relationships, come hear how we are working with them on this topic.


Hmong Family Event

Friday, Jan. 10th 2020 at 1:30-3:30pm

2015 East Lake Street

Minneapolis, MN

All families come help us celebrate our Hmong community members with food, music, art and more!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.



New Music Class Offered

New class offering 2nd semester: Garage Band (SEL through Music) Students who are looking for a project-based learning experience in music performance careers, group music-making, and developing one's music expressive skills would be perfect candidates for this class! This is not just a “get the band together for rehearsal class”! This class will focus on using music to share a message, music used for self-expression, and explore the necessary steps one must do and consider for live music jobs in our Minneapolis community. Local musicians from our community will be invited to play with the band and share their story.

New Accuplacer Prep Class

Students interested in MCTC or another community college in Minneapolis may benefit from the new Accuplacer Math Prep class offered 2nd semester. The class will help student prepare for college entry and exam practice. Students should check with their advisory teacher if the class would be a good fit for them.

Message from Tplus Student Firomssa

Hi, my name is Firomssa. I am a Project Search Intern working at Children's Hospital to stock medical supplies in the Emergency Department. I stock hundreds of items daily. That is not a typo!

Message from Tplus Student Matthew

Hi, my name is Matthew. I am also a Project Search Intern working at Children's Hospital. I stock all the cough stations for the whole campus. I like learning new tasks.

Southside Services at Transition Plus!

Southside Services works with individuals with disabilities to support them in becoming more active, engaged members of the community. Tuesday Soccer Club and Thursday Yoga are off to a strong enthusiastic start! If your student is interested, you can get more information from the school social workers or by contacting Stephanie or Adam at Southside Services. 612-721-1696 or visit our website



Winter Break Resources

Click on the link below for a list of resources that may be useful this winter break.

Holiday Food and Toy Resources

Do you or someone you know need to stretch your holiday budget? Check out these links for helpful resources.

Toys for Tots & Gifts for Teens

Fare For All Express


Parents and Guardians, if you know your student will be late to school, leaving early or absent for the day, please remember to call the main office number at 612-668-4100. This will help in accurate attendance reporting.

Lunch Forms

Be sure that your student has a lunch form on file to ensure lunch prices are appropriate for your family. Call Transition Plus 612-668-4100 or visit the office to inquire.

Update Your School Messenger Preferences

As we head into the winter weather season, stay on top of school closures by making sure your school has your correct contact information. Once you've verified your school knows how best to reach you, create an account in School Messenger to manage your communications preferences. Families can now opt-in to receive text messages as well.

We're hiring!

Minneapolis Public Schools is hiring licensed school bus drivers as well as people new to the industry. Earn $15/hour while you train to become a fully licensed driver! You'll become an MPS bus driver upon completion of training - with an automatic pay increase.

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.



Winter Coat Drive

Please donate new or gently used adult size winter coats in great condition to keep our students warm and safe. Donations can be brought to the Transition Plus main office.

Thank you!

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


Student Opinion Editorials

Hawaii Presentation

Hi, my name is Natasha. I made a presentation about Hawaii in one of my classes that I would like to share with you. Think warm thoughts and enjoy!

20 Years Since the North American Dreamcast Launch

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast’s

North American launch. Games that were released for the North

American Dreamcast 20 years ago include Sonic Adventure, The

House of the Dead 2, Soul Calibur, and many more.

By Christopher Heers

What is your Favorite Car in the World?

Cars are the best thing to the human race because without them people wouldn't go anywhere in the winter time.

What would the world be like if we had no cars at all? Would we ever be the same? It would be like Donald Trump's toupee falling off!

Ford is the most Fantastic car maker in the world.

By Austin Poley



Cub Foods on Lake and Minnehaha

We would like to celebrate Cub Foods on Lake St. and Minnehaha Ave. S as our Employer of the Month. Tony Halek has been such a supportive manager and employer for many of our students coming from Transition Plus. He welcomes our student groups into the store to provide behind-the-scenes tours, and he has been open to interviewing almost all of our students who apply for jobs there.

On the job, students cashier, unpack merchandise, work in the deli, greet customers, help customers with their purchase orders, retrieve carts, and keep things tidy. They also learn about healthy foods along the way. Tony makes a concerted effort to give everyone a chance at working in this busy environment, and goes out of his way to encourage everyone to thrive and grow to their potential.

It’s wonderful to have such a positive business partner right here in our neighborhood!

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.

Transition Plus Services

Transition Plus provides services to students with educational disabilities and transition needs.