Transition Plus Newsletter

August/September 2020 Back to School Edition

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Transition Plus Community,

Although distance learning is not how we wish to interact with our students, and we look forward to getting back together, we would like to thank everyone; family members, staff, students, and teachers who are taking so much time and effort to make it possible to stay connected.



Mission Statement


The mission of Transition Plus is to provide services to students with educational disabilities and transition needs in post-secondary education and training, employment,

and independent living to promote a successful transition from high school to adult life.


Our Vision

To provide experience and learning that will assist students to have meaningful, satisfying work and home lives as family members, employees and citizens.


We provide students:

  • Access to an environment of achievement to assist students in gaining skills and confidence.
  • A positive school climate characterized by safety, compassion and the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.
  • A structure of support and partnerships with our community, students, and families
  • A professional and highly qualified group of caring individuals who have a passion for learning and sharing.


We offer:

  • Continued support after high school for 18-21 year olds
  • Many hands-on opportunities
  • Extensive learning & training in the community
  • Additional resources available for individual needs
  • Support for growth and maturity of each student

In The Newsletter This Month:


  • Calendar
  • Upcoming/weekly Events
  • Family Resources

CALENDAR

August/September Calendar

Thursday, August 27, 3- 6pm: Transition Plus "open house" See below for more information


September 8: First day of school - distance learning

UPCOMING EVENTS

Distance Learning Device Survey

Please complete this survey link if you are in need of a device and/or hotspot. If you have questions please call Daphne B. at 612-668-4100 or send an email to daphne.robinson@mpls.k12.mn.us


This survey must be completed by Thursday, August 20th.

Back to School!

We will be having a drive thru/outdoor Back to School Event on August 27 from 3-6 for new and returning students. Students will have the opportunity to pick up or return devices/hotspots, schedules and registration forms. Visitors may remain in their vehicles or sit at outdoor tables to fill out necessary forms. The school building will not be open.

See Everyone on Video Meetings!

In order to see everyone on your screen at one time, download this google meet extension BEFORE logging into your google meeting. You have to be on a computer that uses chrome. I am not sure if phones are compatible with the extension.


Once you have downloaded the extension, and logged into the google meeting, click on the grid with a diagonal line through it located in the upper right area of the page.

The BikeMN Classic Starts NOW!

This year's free, statewide, and virtual event of the summer starts TODAY! Bike where you want, when you want, and however far you want, snap a picture related to the weekly challenge, and submit it each week to win fantastic prizes! $1,000, $500, and $250 in gift certificates to the bike shop of your choice in Minnesota, an assortment of $100 prizes, and, at the end, a grand prize of a $2,000 gift certificate to Erik’s Bike Shop! It really is simple to enter: simply complete a ride, anywhere of any length that follows the weekly themes, take one or more photos, and upload them to the registration page for that week! Celebrate the simple joy of biking with us starting Monday, August 17th through Sunday, September 13th!

We want everyone to ride, wherever they may be, however far they want to go, and as often as they like - all for the joy of riding. We've provided some great route options available for download to help you explore too, which you can find on the BikeMN Classic Homepage below.

We’re thrilled to host the first-ever BikeMN Classic, and we hope you are too. Enter week one beginning TODAY! If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at info@bikemn.org.


BikeMN Classic Homepage: http://www.bikemn.org/events/bikemn-classic


ENTER TO WIN PRIZES EACH WEEK!

Just click the icons below and complete the photo challenges for that week


WEEK ONE

OPEN NOW!

(8/17 - 8/23)
ABC Quick Check & Water

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO!




Bike Fun Links:

training videos : brush up on your skills by watching these training videos

mileage tracker : See how many miles you and your family ride together this month–5? 10? 50?

Scavenger Hunt : Go for a walk and try to find all the things on the scavenger hunt

bike bingo card : can you cover the whole card?

crossword : great for those rainy/snowy days when you’d rather be outside

word search : Can you find all the words?

MPS Back to School Supply Drive

MPS and FAIR are looking for school supply donations to start off the school year! Donate new school supplies at the following dates and times below.

8/12, 2pm - 6pm - MPS Davis Center

8/18, 10am - 3pm - Minneapolis Federation of Teachers

8/19, 10am - 3pm - Green Central School

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FAMILY RESOURCES

MPS Back to School Information

Welcome back to school with distance learning! You can find the resource guide in 4 different languages by visiting https://b2s.mpls.k12.mn.us/News?itemId=1053

Expect to find information about:

  • Student supports
  • MPS 5 phases to safe learning
  • School FAQ's
  • How you can help your child stay healthy and safe
  • Enrollment information and important dates/phone numbers

Update Your School Messenger Preferences

All MPS schools use SchoolMessenger to share important infomration about weather closures, building safety, school events, transportation and more.


  • Make sure you receive text messages by texting "Y" to 67587.
  • Families can manage their contact preferences by creating a SchoolMessenger account
  • To learn more visit: mpls.k12.mn.us/school_messenger

COVID 19 Testing Sites

Minnesota is providing increased access for COVID-19 testing. The hyperlink will take you to a map of all testing sites in Minnesota. The list is just a few sites here in the cities. Testing locations Covid-19 All MN


Boynton Health

University of Minnesota

410 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-625-7900

  • By appointment
  • Hours : Mon - Wed, Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm.; Thurs: 9:00am - 4:30pm
  • Accepting any symptomatic patient


NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

Hennepin County Primary Care

1313 Penn Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

612-543-2500

  • By appointment
  • Hours : 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Accepting any symptomatic patient


Whittier Clinic

Hennepin Healthcare System

2810 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

612-873-6963

  • By appointment
  • Hours : 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hennepin County Library Multilingual Services

The Hennepin County Library system has Spanish, Somali, and Hmong phone lines. People can call to ask questions about anything (how to access forms, where to get hygiene supplies like diapers, resources for K-12 learning at home, where to get meals, etc.). Families who call in can be referred to other people for specialized services. A couple locations in our area have been referring families with computer-related questions to us since their children are beginning online learning at home.

Hennepin County Covid-19 Resources

Families can get a case worker assigned to them to get needs met in ONE call.

New Hennepin County Covid -19 Help line 612-348-3000

Hennepin County office of multicultural services 612-348-2193

FOOD RESOURCES during school closures

MPS Food Pick-Up Sites

The student food pick-up sites are listed here on this website (Tplus students included): https://cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/covid19


List of Restaurants offering free food to students during school closures:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/1iq1H-dlkdzfJPs7E641tMHmPvWXPQfxf4DvcREOOzyA/htmlview

FREE INTERNET during school closures

COMCAST

Comcast is committed to helping our community amid the COVID-19 outbreak. General program information can be found at www.internetessentials.com.

  • 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service for new customers, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
  • Increased Internet speeds for the Internet Essentials service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all new and existing customers.


SPECTRUM

  • If students don't have access to the internet, they can call 1-844-488-8398 during school closures for free internet from Spectrum

Here Comes the Bus

Here Comes the Bus (HCTB) allows parents to view the location of their child's school bus on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Go to https://herecomesthebus.com/ to sign up.


Although we are not meeting in person at this time, it is ok to familiarize yourself with this app in the meantime.

Transition Plus Services

Transition Plus provides services to students with educational disabilities and transition needs.