Family Mustang Memo

Parent/Guardian Newsletter May 16-31

In This Issue....

  • Calendar of Upcoming Events
  • PACT Meeting
  • 8th Grade Celebration
  • Transportation Form Required for next year - June 1 is the Deadline
  • Media News
  • Teachers & Staff Wishlist
  • Volunteers Needed at MGMS
  • Free Virtual Parent Groups
  • Purchase School Supplies
  • The Closet
  • Upcoming Referendum Information
  • What to Do When Your Student is Absent or Has an Appointment
  • Schoology Information

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UPCOMING DATES

  • May 16 - PACT Meeting 6:30-8pm
  • May 17 - Choir Concerts 7th grade is 6:30pm, 8th grade is 7:45pm
  • May 18 - 8th Grade Orchestra Field Trip - 9:10-11:30
  • May 19 - 6th Grade Band Concert - 7pm
  • May 20 - 6th Grade Orchestra Concert 7pm
  • May 23 - Incoming 6th Grade Open House for Parents & Students 4:30-6:30
  • May 25 - 8th Grade Band Concert 7pm
  • May 30 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • May 31 - Girls Taking Action Field Trip



  • A LOOK AHEAD
  • June 8 - Chromebook Collection
  • June 9 - 8th Grade Celebration - 12:18-2:40
  • June 9 - Last Day of School

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PACT

Hello MGMS Mustangs and Families,


Our PACT meeting is Monday, May 16 and will be in person and virtual

Time: 6:30-8:00pm


The in person meeting will be held in the media center.


The Virtual Meeting will be hosted on the Zoom Platform. If you are on a mobile device, it works best if you first download the Zoom app to your phone. If from a desk top, there is no need to download an app. Log on to: www.zoom.us. Click “join a meeting”. Enter the meeting ID: 952 929 0098. We look forward to seeing you there!


If you questions on how you can participate and get involved, always feel free to reach out to Andrea Dorn, MGMS Volunteer coordinator, at: dorna@district279.org, or PACT President, Kamyn Nelson at karmynnelson@gmail.com.

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8th Grade Celebration

Our 8th grade students are going to have an end of the year celebration on June 9 from 12:18-2:40. We will have games, inflatables, food trucks, a dunk tank, and a photo booth. WE NEED HELP from our 8th grade parents. The link to sign up is below. Thank you.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0944ACAC2CA3FB6-8thgrade6

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Do You Want Transportation Next Year - This Form is Required

Osseo Area Schools is implementing a new transportation opt-in requirement for the 2022-23 school year. This process will not change bus riding eligibility for students, but will require parents/caregivers of transportation-eligible students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade to declare how their student(s) will get to and from school. Please click on the link below. The REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR EXISTING STUDENTS IS JUNE 1, 2022. If a form is not received, your student will NOT receive a bus assignment.

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Media News

MGMS Chromebook Collection will take place on Wednesday, June 8th. Please gather the Chromebook, two-piece charger, and bag with strap. After June 8th, returning items will take place at the Technology Support Center area of the ESC. We will be looking for volunteers to help with this process as well, so please be alert for a Sign-Up Genius coming soon. More details will follow as the date gets closer.


All MGMS Library Books are due on Friday, June 3rd. Overdue notices are being sent every Tuesday morning to emails we have on file. Please help us get the books returned for others to use during this summer and ready for next fall.

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Teacher & Staff Wishlist

A parent on our PACT committee put together a wish list of items based on teachers input. Next week, May 2-6 is teacher appreciation week. This is a perfect opportunity to support our teachers. Click on the words below, "Teacher/Staff Wish List" to gather some ideas. In addition, some teachers have included links to their Amazon wish lists. If you are interested in sending a gift card or any items to the teacher, please send it to their attention at the school address listed below.


Maple Grove Middle School

7000 Hemlock Lane

Maple Grove, MN 55369


The Amazon lists should already have the address pre-filled. If you know of any staff that didn't get a chance to add their information, they can email Andrea Dorn.


Thank you in advance for spreading some kindness.

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Volunteers Needed

ENGLISH APPLICATION:

https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/Nzg0OmVuLVVT


SPANISH APPLICATION:

https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/Nzg0OmVzLVVT


Please feel free to reach out to me at dorna@district279.org with any questions you may have regarding volunteering at Maple Grove Middle School.


Thank you,

Andrea Dorn

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Free Virtual Parenting Groups

Lee Carlson is one of the organizations that partners with Osseo Area Schools to provide school-based therapy. They are offering weekly virtual parenting groups at no charge to anyone who is interested! Each week will explore a new topic around parenting and you’ll learn new skills that you can apply right away to make things a little less chaotic at home. Each Thursday, we will offer three different sessions and everyone is welcome — you don’t need to have attended a previous session to join us.


Virtual Meeting Links Every Thursday

4:00pm to 5:00pm
5:00pm to 6:00pm
6:00pm to 7:00pm


Learn about the topics that will be covered: https://leecarlsoncenter.org/virtual-parenting-groups/

If you have any questions, give us a call at 763.780.3036.

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Reading is Fun 5K Walk/Run

The 12th Annual Reading is Fun 5K will be held on Saturday, August 6 at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove. Register by June 30 for early bird pricing and a guaranteed t-shirt. District 279 Foundation partners with Kidstop to coordinate this healthy opportunity to advocate that Reading is Fun! Celebrate reading by creating a virtual team of your friends and family.


Proceeds from this community event will be allocated to media centers to provide unique activities and resources for students in Osseo Area Schools.


Here are the details:

  • Saturday, August 6, 2022
  • 8 AM Check In, 9:00 AM 1K Run/Walk and Mascot Race, 9:30 AM 5K Run/Walk Starts
  • Elm Creek Park Reserve - Maple Grove, MN


Proceeds will be allocated to media centers in ISD 279 – Osseo Area Schools

Visit district279foundation.org to register and learn more.

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Order Your 2022-23 School Supplies

Order your 2022-23 school supplies with the click of a button. Schooltoolbox.com provides you with everything your student will need for the next school year. Click on the link below to order and the items will be shipped directly to your home. See the flyer below for more information.


https://schooltoolbox.com/

Big picture

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The Closet

MGMS is fortunate to have a "Closet" filled with clothing, hygiene needs, school supplies, shoes and more. If your student has a need please contact the grade level counselor, listed at the bottom of this document. Here is a video of our closet:

https://www.wevideo.com/view/1884892324


If you are able to donate, we are currently looking for the following donations:

  • Deodorant (boys and girls)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Chapstick
  • Full size hand lotion
  • Full size Liquid body wash
  • No show socks (boys and girls)
  • Sports bra (size small and large)
  • Shoes (women’s size 7-10 men’s size 7-10)
  • Boy/men joggers size medium
  • Backpacks


Thank you.

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Building a Better Future

Building a Better Future is a multi-year plan to service the Osseo Area Schools community as outlined in the new strategic plan. Phase I focuses on learning and technology needs and Phase II on facility needs.


This is the first time in nearly a decade that voters are being asked to reinvest in district schools to maintain services and address growing needs.


  • Question 1: focuses on the operating levy, which pays for day-to-day learning and instructional needs. If approved by voters, it would provide an additional $7 million annually to continue and expand:

    • Individualized learning,

    • Academic interventions,

    • Scholar mental health needs, and

    • Other critical classroom supports.



  • Question 2: focuses on the technology levy, which pays for classroom learning technology, infrastructure systems and needed support staff. If approved by voters, it would provide an additional $2.3 million to also prioritize:

    • School safety and security technology,

    • Tools and systems for all scholars, and

    • Digital learning spaces at schools.


  • Visit district279.org/BetterFuture for additional details on the ballot questions, upcoming community meetings (May 17) and voting information.

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What To Do...

ABSENCES

If your child is going to be late or absent from school, please call the school with the reason for the absence. The telephone call eliminates the need to send a note with your student when he/she returns to school. We would appreciate having the call between the hours of 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM. Excused absences consist of illness, medical appointments, and family emergency situations such as a funeral. Oversleeping, missing the bus, or skipping school are not excused and are considered truancy.


MGMS 24 Hour Attendance Line: 763-315-7603.



APPOINTMENTS/EARLY RELEASE - HERE IS WHAT YOU DO

1. Send a note with your student in the morning

2. When the student gets to school they go to Student Services to get a white pass

3. At the stated time on the pass, your student leaves class and comes to the office with the white pass and signs out in the main office

4. The person picking up can wait in the car (very helpful on cold winter days)


If you didn't send a note, you will need to come in with your driver's license and we will call your student down when you arrive.


This procedure is in place to ensure student safety.

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Schoology Information

Schoology is a tool for parents to see assignments, communicate with teachers, and see grade. Please see the link below to learn how to gain access to this powerful tool.

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WHO TO CONTACT

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

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


6th Grade

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

Megan Woods, Counselor 6th Grade.......Email: WoodsM@district279.org (Starts 3/7)


7th Grade

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

Kaia Paquin, Counselor 7th Grade.......Email: PaquinK@district279.org


8th Grade

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

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


Student Management Specialists Assist With All Grades

Nathanial Davies – Email: DaviesN@district279.org


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