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MGMS Parent/Guardian Newsletter February 1-15

In This Issue....

  • Upcoming Dates..........Updated
  • Chromebook Problems
  • Important to Note......New
  • Attendance Reminder
  • Free Dental Care......New
  • Help is Available..........New
  • 8th Grade Registration Information........New
  • Yearbook Photographers Needed
  • Distance Learning Academy Material Pickup
  • Time to Order a Yearbook
  • PACT Information...........Updated
  • Picture Retakes..............New
  • Media Center News
  • Connect With Your Counselor
  • Who to Contact

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Upcoming Dates

February 8 - Licensed Staff Workshop - NO SCHOOL

February 8 - PACT Meeting 6:30-8:00 PM

February 12 - NO SCHOOL - Teachers prepare to return to the building

February 15 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL

February 16 - NO SCHOOL - Teachers prepare to return to the building

February 17 - Students in Group A Return to School

February 18 - Students in Group B Return to School

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CHROMEBOOK PROBLEMS

If you are having trouble with your Chromebook, please contact Ms. Klotz at: klotzr@district279.org

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Important To Note

As we prepare to return to the Hybrid model, we have some days students DO NOT have school. On Friday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 16 staff will be preparing for students to return to the building and students (except for DLA) do not have school. Please see the list below to recap our February schedule:



  • Monday, February 8: No school for students (licensed staff workshop)
  • Friday, February 12: No school for students (teachers preparing to return to Hybrid) - DLA students have school
  • Monday, February 15: No school (President’s Day)
  • Tuesday, February 16: No School for students (teachers preparing to return to Hybrid) - DLA students have school
  • Wednesday, February 17: Students return to school in the Hybrid Model (Day A students)
  • Thursday, February 18: Students return to school in the Hybrid Model (Day B students)

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Attendance Reminder

If your child is going to be absent from class due to any reason (sick, out of town, doctor appointment, etc) please call the attendance line so your child can be marked accordingly. While in distance learning, attendance needs to be handled the same as if they were in person. Also, if your child or anyone in close contact with your child tests positive for COVID-19, please report that to the school even though we remain in distance learning.

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Free Dental Care

Because every child’s smile should be the picture of health, dentists and dental professionals volunteer in select clinics throughout the state to provide free care to low-income children in need. This special program, called Give Kids a Smile, is available on the first Friday and Saturday of February. Parents can find local participating clinics by visiting mndental.org or by calling United Way 2-1-1 or 1-800-543-7709. See the flyer for more information.

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Help is Available

The Family School Coordinator program is a service made possible by the Northwest Hennepin Family Service Collaborative in partnership with Prairie Care, a psychiatric group that provides mental health care for children, adolescents, and adults across Minnesota.


Family School Coordinators can offer the following to students in need:

1. Provide skills-based support for students struggling with (for example) anxiety, sadness,

lack of motivation, attendance, or work completion

2. Work closely with teachers and other school staff to support and improve functioning in

school

3. Team with the student, family members, and school staff to address mental health

needs

4. Assist families in navigating through the array of school and community support

services

5. Offer referrals to other, more intensive services if/when needed



Please reach out to your school social worker or counselor if you are interested in this service for your student. To determine if your student is a good fit for the program, you can also reach me at rordner@prairie-care.com.


Randi Ordner MA, LMFT

Lee Carlson Center

Maple Grove Middle School also has a partnership with Lee Carlson Center. They provide therapy for the entire family. We do have a therapist that comes to MGMS to see students. For more information, please see the document below.

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8th Grade Registration Information

8th grade students will be registering for high school the first part of February. Materials were mailed to the student’s home on January 22. If you did not receive the information, please refer to the links below.

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Yearbook Photographers are Needed

If your student likes taking pictures then please have them join the yearbook club. All the information you need to know is in the file below.

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Students Enrolled in the Distance Learning Academy

Maple Grove Middle School will be open for students in the Distance Learning Academy to pick up materials on Fridays from 10:30 AM-5:00 PM beginning January 15. Materials will be available at door #1, which is the front entrance of the school.

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PACT Information

The next meeting will be on February 8. Watch for an updated agenda. Below is the link for the meeting:


www.zoom.us. Meeting ID: 952 929 0098

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Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will be on March 10th and 11th. Pictures will be taken from 10 AM-5 PM to accommodate our DLA families. If you missed picture day in the fall or you would like your students picture retaken, please send the picture packet with your student the day of pictures.

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Media Center News

Every Wednesday, students have an opportunity to explore digital resources available through our district and state resources. Mrs. Perusse, our MGMS Media Specialist meets with 6th and 7th graders from 10:45-11:15 and 8th graders from 12:00-12:30 over a Google Meet. Please signup on the mailing list below to receive information on upcoming events.


https://mgmsmedia.wixsite.com/mgmsmedia/student-resources


Here's the link to the mailing list:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbYZGzkYbL5IEbBREaJeGdVvKkHDvxFlNJXexQaMQPbLEOgQ/viewform


Join: Meet.Google.com

Nickname: MGMSReads

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Two More Ways To Connect With Your Counselor

Virtual Hall Duty


Our fabulous counselors at MGMS have virtual hall duty every morning Monday-Friday from 7:50-8:10 AM. Click on the link below to stop and say "hi".


https://meet.google.com/npm-chkm-npc

Virtual Cafe

The MGMS "Virtual Cafe" has opened!


School Counselors are offering this as another time to connect with us and peers. (This, like the "Virtual Hall Duty" time M-F 7:50-8:10am, is optional.)


The MGMS "Virtual Cafe" is open Mondays + Thursdays.


Joining details, by grade, are below.



+The 6th grade "Virtual Cafe" is open Mondays + Thursdays from 10:40-11:00am and you can join us with this link: https://meet.google.com/sdv-wbky-wjc


+The 7th grade "Virtual Cafe" is open Mondays + Thursdays from 11:00-11:20am and you can join us with this link: https://meet.google.com/zst-abkf-ayr


+The 8th grade "Virtual Cafe"is open Mondays + Thursdays from 12:00-12:20pm and you can join us with this link: https://meet.google.com/gyb-vggh-fdp

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WHO TO CONTACT

School Phone: 763-315-7600...............................Website: http://mgms.district279.org

Attendance: 763-315-7603………………………………..Transportation: 763-391-7244


6th Grade

Kaia Paquin, Counselor 6th Grade .......Email: PaquinK@district279.org

Jennifer Hinker, Assistant Principal......Email: HinkerJ@district279.org


7th Grade

Katie Gerdts, Counselor 7th Grade.....Email: GerdtsK@district279.org

Cedric Fuller, Assistant Principal……..Email: FullerC@district279.org


8th Grade

Kaia Paquin, Counselor 8th Grade A-F.......Email: PaquinK@district279.org

Katie Gerdts, Counselor 8th Grade G-K......Email: GerdtsK@district279.org

Caleb Willis, Counselor 8th Grade L-Z & DLA C-K.......Email: WillisC@district279.org

Patrick Smith, Principal .....Email: SmithPatrick@district279.org


Student Management Specialists Assist With All Grades

Nathanial Davies – Email: DaviesN@district279.org

DeAndre Mills – Email: MillsD@district279.org


District Tip Line.........763-391-8660