Transition Plus November 25th
Let our hearts be full of both thanks and giving
Trouble Viewing your Memo?
If you are having trouble with a link - make sure you are using your MPS Google Account
This year, the follow participating federations represent nearly 500 individual non-profits: • Achieve Minneapolis • Community Health Charities Minnesota • Community Shares of Minnesota • Greater Twin Cities United Way • Minnesota Environmental Fund • Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless • Phillips Eye Institute Foundation • People Serving People • United Negro College Fund
To make your contribution please visit https://www.ipledgeonline.org/_mps.
You can also get paper pledge forms from Melissa
For Student Parents:
· 6th annual Winter Warmth event hosted by Hawthorne Neighborhood Council & partners
· Farview Park Recreation Center- 621 N. 29th Avenue Minneapolis 55411
· December 7th at 3pm (no end time listed)- first come, first served
· Children must be present
· Coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens available
· More info here: http://www.hawthorneneighborhoodcouncil.org/2019/10/winter-warmth-3/
Staff incident reports can be reported two ways. You can send an email with the following info; student name, staff support, detailed description of incident, time, contact with family? Add anything else that you think would be beneficial for us to know or print this form and place in Bryan’s mailbox or give to him directly.
Learn more about services for young people with autism
On December 2nd, there’s an informational meeting about DHS services for people with autism 21 or younger. You can attend in person, by phone, or online. I thought this might be something that we or parents or students might be interested in, especially considering how labyrinthine the county system can be. -Ben Storlie
The 5E Survey is now open!
The 5E survey is a comprehensive diagnostic tool based on more than 20 years of research. The 5E assesses school’s strengths and weaknesses in 5 key areas: effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environment, and ambitious instruction. Schools use this information for planning, reflection, and continuous improvement, and MPS uses this information for accountability purposes and principal evaluation. The survey is electronically administered to students in grades 5-12 , and all school staff on teacher contracts must complete this assessment.
Below is the link for the students to submit their feedback.
Students will need to enter their student ID and birth date to take the survey. The survey window is open from November 20th-December 20th.
Link to survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/minneapolis/survey/student/
As we move into Second Semester, we are looking at the schedule and making a few changes based on student need and equitable workloads for our teachers. If any changes are being considered for any of your classes, the scheduling team will connect with you within the next two weeks. We hope to have the schedule finalized by Friday, December 6th, so that you have enough time to prepare not only for your own classes, but for planful scheduling of your students as well. If you have any scheduling requests or considerations, please speak with Rachel Prince before December 6th.
The Instructional Leadership Team is continuing their conversation and learning around Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. We discussed the science of the brain and how it reacts to trust as well trauma. We discussed the importance of building strong relationships and being mindful of how we "show-up" for students. We also discussed the importance of linking new content to the student's background knowledge. We used the 4 C's strategy to make our learning visible.
ILT is starting to make decisions related to the 2nd semester schedule. If you have thoughts related to courses and scheduling, please talk to Rachel P. or Greg. An ILT member may be reaching out to individuals regarding proposed schedule changes.
Check out the agenda for more information.
Pennies for patients
Hey everyone, Devon from Leadership class here. We are happy to kick off our Pennies for Patients fundraiser. No cash on you? No problem, donate online!
How to donate online for Pennies for Patients
Step 1: Go to www.penniesforpatients.org
Step 2: Click on - Find School- and search for Transition Plus (Minneapolis,MN)
Step 3: Click on school
Step 4: Make your donation and thank you for your support!
The crew of our Pennies for Patients program would like to thank everyone who has donated to the fundraiser. As of 11/15/19 a total of $89.58 has been raised. These donations have come from cash donations in our collection boxes and from our online component. Again, a big thanks to all that have donated and this fundraiser will continue for several more weeks.
What Does Thanksgiving Mean to Native Americans? https://blog.nativehope.org/what-does-thanksgiving-mean-to-native-americans
For many Native Americans, the topic of Thanksgiving is a controversial one. Here’s a look at some of the reasons why Thanksgiving is a complex holiday, and one that all Americans should approach with greater sensitivity.
Work Based Learning
Hi Transition Plus! We have openings in the Scan Lab on Mondays/Wednesdays, 2nd and 5th hour. If you have a student who needs work experience, this is a great opportunity to get it in school. In Scan Lab, students digitize documents, photos, slides, and other media, as well as learn file management and do some minor adjustments to photos.
If you have students who would be interested in this opportunity, please contact Ben Rodriguez at Benjamin.Rodriguez@mpls.k12.mn.us.
Teachers, when entering an absence on AESOP, be sure to change the start time. For 1.0 onsite teachers, your time is 8:30-4:30. We do not want reserves arriving at 8:00.
Lost prep reporting, only when covering for a teacher whose AESOP request was not filled, has changed. For now, you will no longer need to enter on ESS. This could change back at a later notice. For now, Traci will be entering your lost prep on a spreadsheet that she will to submit to payroll.
PAYROLL REMINDER! ESP Staff MUST have their time entries complete and correct in by noon on TUESDAY. Traci will start approving time and noon. There will not be enough time to contact people who either haven't entered it or needs correcting. None of us work Weds - Friday. Please ensure it is correct and entered so you get paid timely.
For next week's time entry (which isn't due until Tuesday after December 6th pay day), your time card should be entered this way:
(This is if you worked the full 6 hours on Monday and Tuesday)
11/25 - Regular Hours - 6
11/26 - Regular Hours - 6
11/27 - Vacation Hours - 6 or 0 - You may not use sick or personal time
11/28 - Holiday - 6
11/29 - Holiday - 6
The third floor bathrooms have been changed. The unisex bathrooms are only for staff.
If students need a non-gender bathroom they will need to access on floor 1 or 2.
Thank you for supporting us in keeping all students safe.
CBI Important Reminders:
- When entering names please put first and last names
- Be sure to highlight the names of the students that are in attendance in your module.
- Provide the leader of the module with any medical plans for students on your caseload prior to leaving the building
- Any questions regarding student participation in a module can be discussed between Case Manager and Module Facilitator Thanks!
- Send any school bus requests and lesson plans to Colleen ASAP.
Coming Up at TPlus
Tuesday--------------- Staff Development 8:30-9:30
Wednesday---------- No School
Thursday-------------- No School
Friday------------------- No School
Third Friday of the Month-------Newsletter Submissions for Families