Transition Plus November 25th

Let our hearts be full of both thanks and giving

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We Give

Did you know that as an employee of Minneapolis Public Schools, you can give back to your favorite charities through the 2020 We Give Campaign? From Nov 18 - Dec 6 you can make a charitable contribution through payroll deduction.

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

You can also get paper pledge forms from Melissa

Coat Drive!

Please bring new or gently used, clean coats in great condition

for our students in need.

Thank you!

For Student Parents:

Coat Giveaway

· 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:

ESP Staff:

The slide presentation and handouts that the speech department created for last Friday's "AAC Boot Camp" are now in the TPlus ESP Shared Google Drive. There are also copies of CORE boards in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali. The TPlus ESP Shared Drive can be found here. If you have questions or want more information, please don't hesitate to ask Cindy or Darlene. Thanks for the work you do for all students!

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.

Engagement Team

Thank you for communicating with the engagement desk when students are arriving late, leaving early, or are referred to use the engagement room. The notes, passes and calls have been extremely helpful! Thank you!

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

Here is the link to the page with all the details.

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:


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

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.

Here is a timely article that might be of interest to students and staff.

What Does Thanksgiving Mean to Native Americans?

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

Staff Reminders

  • 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.

    Thank you.

  • 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.

Food Service News

Breakfast sandwiches:

Wednesday mornings $2.50

Staff lunch meal deal:

Thursdays $5.50

Bakery Orders:

There’s still plenty of time to get your order in for a special treat! Bring cookies, pumpkin bars, a Bundt cake to that next football party of family event. Yum!

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

Rethinking Challenging Kids-Where There's a Skill There's a Way | J. Stuart Ablon | TEDxBeaconStreet