MSAD's Family Newsletter

Transition To Hybrid Learning

Director's Corner

Hello Families & Students,

Welcome to October!

Our first few pods have been back on campus for three weeks now and everyone is settling into their routine. Students have been doing a great job of socially distancing and wearing their masks! There have been many adjustments as we transition to on campus learning and students are handling the changes in protocol with ease and excitement. Thank you for entrusting us to educate your child during this time.

As we reach the halfway mark of our semester, we are excited about our upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences next week. This is a great time to connect with teachers on how you and your child are managing Distance Learning, things we can be doing better as a school and goals to work on for the remainder of the semester. Feedback is welcome as we evaluate our new instructional platforms - Seesaw and Schoology.

Starting Monday, October 19th, we will have two additional pods with us on campus - Middle School and Living Skills/A+ 18-21. Included in this newsletter is information for all families and then specific information for those returning to campus on the 19th. Families, please note changes to our Distance Learning schedule, effective October 19th, for those pods.

The next entry point for students that are in Distance Learning while their assigned pod is on campus will be November 30th. After that, the next time to transition to hybrid learning will be at the end of the first semester.

More information will be shared shortly related to our winter sports season, drivers education and other student activities.

As always, we continue to look for ways we can encourage each other and our students to ACHIEVE, CARE and THRIVE!


Anne Grace Donatucci

Early Release/No School Next Thursday & Friday

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 12pm

615 Olof Hanson Drive

Faribault, MN

Friendly reminder that we will dismiss at noon on Wednesday, October 14th and there is no school Thursday or Friday next week, October 15th - 16th.

Attendance Reminder

For all students, families, please email Sandy Caron at, if your child is absent.

Red Ribbon Week October 19th-23rd

Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated at MSAD on October 19th-23rd with various activities (including spirit week!) aimed at educating our students about drug prevention.

Did You Know?

Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t; yet, only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

Red Ribbon Week®, the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the nation, is your opportunity to get the ongoing conversation started.

This year’s theme is Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free.™

Visit to learn more about Red Ribbon Week® and get tips for talking to your kids about drugs. The life you save may be that of your own child or a dear friend.

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Parent ASL Class

Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Weekly parent ASL classes are back!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 498 008 5029
Passcode: 836

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Our September Trojans of the Month!

We are Safe, Respectful and Responsible

As part of our school wide positive behavior initiative, we want to celebrate students who have shown significant growth in the areas of citizenship, academics, respect, and/or empathy. Each month teachers/staff identify students who have demonstrated such growth and those students are given certificates for their accomplishments.

Gallaudet Trivia Cup - Elementary Students

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MSAD's Partnership With The University of St Thomas

Playful Learning Lab from St. Thomas University is partnering with Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf to provide a virtual after school STEAM program through zoom! After school STEAM program will include various activities related to science, technology, engineering, art, and math! K-5th grade will be on every Tuesday from 4-5 pm until January 5th! The 6-12th grade will be on every Wednesday from 4-5 pm until January 5th!

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School Picture Day!

Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 8:30am

615 Olof Hanson Drive

Faribault, MN

Lifetouch will be on campus Wednesday, November 18th for school pictures. For students who remain in Distance Learning we looking at alternative options for your student to have their picture taken.

More information will be shared soon.

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Information For Pods Returning To Campus October 19th

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Changes To Our Distance Learning Schedule

As we plan for instructing students both in person and remotely, please review the changes to our schedule for the remainder of the semester for Middle School, Living Skills and our A+ 18-21 program.
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Dorm Packing List

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New This Year - MSAD's Trojan Corner

To start our in-person hybrid learning, MSAD will introduce a new concept to our year - MSAD's Trojan Corner. The purpose of this time is to foster relationships between staff and students through engaging activities outside of the classroom. The Trojan Corner will run 8-8:30 and will mostly be held outside, weather permitting.

We are looking forward to connecting with students both in and out of the classroom!

Trojan Health & Safety Measures

Our classrooms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. To start the school year, each educational building will be equipped with:

  • Plexiglass sheets for the front office areas
  • Health screening station in Quinn Hall and at parent drop off location. Equipped with thermometers, hand sanitizer, posters and health screening questions.
  • Social distancing rules and guidelines
  • Poster promoting health and safety practices
  • Mass communication messages in American Sign Language
  • Hand Sanitizers in each pod area.
  • Cleaning materials for each classroom. For example microfiber towels with disinfectant
  • Room/bathroom disinfectant sprayer schedule - 9:30, 1pm, 4:15pm, daily in educational buildings with students.

Symptoms To Watch For Before Sending Your Child To School

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Facial Coverings - Masks

Residential Students -

Facial coverings may be reusable cloth or disposable masks. Make sure that your student has a supply of at least 10 masks when on-campus services begin. Please make sure each mask is marked with your child’s name.

Day Students -

Please make sure your student has a daily supply of 2 masks when on-campus services begin. One for them to wear during travel to school and a backup in their backpack, if needed.

If you are having difficulty obtaining masks, please let me know.

Change to Parent/Bus Drop Off & Pick Up

A new addition to our morning bus/parent drop off will be a health screening of each child before entering the classroom. The screening will consist of a basal temperature check and health symptoms questions. Due to this addition, we are changing the location of our bus/parent drop off/pick up zone.

Parents, please review the designated location for you to drop off/pick up your child. Health screenings will be done at your vehicle after you have parked in front of Smith Hall. We ask that you stay in your vehicle until a staff member can complete the safety check. If your child fails the health screening, we will ask you to stay on campus as we do follow up temperature checks.

Staff will be on-site to help direct traffic as you drive around the circle.

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School Supplies

Please have your child bring school supplies on Monday, October 19th. If we transition back to Distance Learning, your child's supplies will be returned.

Please also make sure your child brings their school device and charger.

Packing Your School Lunch

If families wish to pack their own snacks and meals, please know, we will not have access to shared refrigerators to store student food. Food will need to be in cold cased containers, students will have access to microwaves, if needed.
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Superintendent's Vlog

MSA Superintendent Update - September 2020

- Other Resources -

Pathways To Life - Summer Transition Program

2021 Summer Transition Program for High School Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors (ESY) who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

More information found here!

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Deaf STEM Camp Online Program

Check out this series of virtual STEM classes!

MSAD Foundation Amazon Smile

Did you know that with the help of our community, the MSAD foundation raised over $600 from profits through Amazon Smile?!

This is a great way to donate to the MSAD Foundation is by using this Amazon Smile account when shopping.

Parent Teacher Staff Association - PTSA

For the 2020-2021 School Year, PTSA will not hold regular meetings like in previous years. If you are looking to stay connected and find resources shared by parents and staff -

Join our PTSA Facebook Group -

Faribault Deaf Club

Looking for opportunities to connect with other families and expand your ASL skills. Join the Faribault Deaf Club for information on events in and around Faribault and the Twin Cities.

For more information, join Faribault Deaf Club Facebook Page or checkout their website!

MSAD Apparel

Check out our clothing apparel site!

MSAD Trojans Offical Online Store

Spring 2020 Companion

This year, we have added an electronic format to our Companion publication.

Check it out!

Hard copies are available, for request - contact Donna Hanson in the front office of Quinn.

Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf

MSA empowers every student to achieve, care and thrive in an ever-changing world.

MSA provides a rigorous, student-centered educational program in a fully accessible, language-rich environment to maximize each student's full potential. Additionally, MSA provides statewide resources and professional expertise to parents, families, partners and educational programs in Minnesota.