News and Views
An e-newsletter from Mounds View Public Schools
February 4, 2022
Minnesota Teacher of the Year candidates
Congratulations to Courtney Hess (Mounds View High School) and Ariana Lynch (Pinewood Elementary), who were named candidates for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. The award is the oldest and most prestigious award honoring excellence in education in the state. After semifinals and final rounds in the coming months, the statewide Teacher of the Year will be named May 1.
Upcoming vaccine clinic
The District is partnering with Primary Health and SpeciaLysts to host a vaccine clinic at Pike Lake Education Center on Saturday, February 12. All District families are invited to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine or booster appointment for themselves or their child. Appointments will be available from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Click here to schedule an appointment. The vaccine is optional and offered at no cost for all families.
Pfizer adult and child vaccines, as well as Pfizer boosters, will be offered at this clinic.
Appointments for the second dose, if applicable, will take place Saturday, March 5, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Pike Lake. You will make an appointment for your second dose when you register for your first dose.
A limited number of walk-in appointments will be available based on the amount of confirmed appointments and staffing at the site. We strongly recommend making an appointment at the link above.
There will be Hmong, Spanish and Somali interpreters onsite to assist those in need.
Winter weather reminders
It’s been a while since we’ve experienced a weather-related school cancellation. Here are five things to remember this year about snow days.
New benefit may help families buy food
A new federal benefit is helping eligible families purchase food if their children are out of school due to COVID-19. Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) offers qualifying families a per-child benefit of $7.10 for each missed day when COVID-19 keeps their children home from school. Learn more about the P-EBT program here.
Eligible families must be receiving Educational Benefits. If you think you might qualify for this program, learn more and apply here. Contact Nutrition Services with questions at email@example.com or 651-621-6022.
Report student absences electronically
In addition to leaving voicemail messages, parents and guardians can electronically record student absences, including future and/or planned absences. Log into ParentVUE and select “Record absence” next to your child’s name to begin the process. School staff will review new entries daily. Detailed instructions are available here.
Webinar: Navigating screen time with your child
Join Mounds View Public Schools and the Shoreview/Arden Hills Lions Club on February 10 for an informal virtual discussion about managing your child’s screen time and creating healthy boundaries with technology. Learn more here.
Watch the previous webinar on parenting dilemmas here.
- Walk-in or schedule an appointment at one of the state's COVID-19 community testing sites.
- Order your free at-home rapid tests from the federal government (four per household).
- Order a free at-home test kit through a partnership with the State of Minnesota and Vault Health.
- Ask your child's school for an at-home rapid test.
Early childhood screening
All children aged 3-5 in Minnesota are required to complete early childhood screening. The screening includes a hearing and vision check, a speech and developmental screening and a health and immunization screening. Schedule your appointment today.