Puma Press

March 3, 2021

Dear Rosa Parks Families:

Coming soon is Spring Conferences. This event will again be held virtually. This is a great time to connect with your child's teacher to ask questions, to listen, to celebrate successes and look ahead to the last stretch of the school year. Information for sign-up will be coming your way Monday.

A few reminders:

  • Please remember your child's mask everyday.
  • Boots and winter gear may still be needed for a while as snow slowly melts and turns to soggy/muddy areas.
  • Spring assessments will be happening -please continue to stress healthy sleep habits and routines.
  • Thank you for continuing to follow the procedures for drop off and pick up


Wednesday, March 10................Distance Learning Wednesday (NO IN-PERSON SCHOOL)

Thursday, March 11....................PTO Meeting

Friday, March 19.........................K-5 - No School

Tuesday, March 23.....................Conferences (3:20-8:00)

Thursday, March 25...................Conferences (3:20-8:00)

Monday, March 29......................Conferences (3:20-8:00)

Wed., March 31 - April 2.............K-5 No School

Changing Learning Models

As we transition into the spring season and the final stretch of the school year, I want to communicate that the opportunity for students to move between the K-5 Safe Learning Plan (Hybrid/In-Person) and K-5 Distance Learning (MOA) models will have an end date.

Mankato Elementary Schools will be closing the window for students to transition from the Distance Learning model (MOA) back to the building Safe Learning PLan (Hybrid/In-Person) on March 25th, 2021.

This means any student planning to transition to In-Person Learning before the end of the 2020-2021 school year, must request to switch models prior to March 25th.

If you have any specific questions, please contact Rosa Parks Elementary, (507) 387-7672.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Family Academy

Please join us on March 15, 2021 for Mankato Area Public School's Family Academy. There are four breakout sessions to choose from providing families tips, tools and strategies to stay engaged with your student's education. All sessions will be held online. To register: Go to isd77.org and click on Connect and then on Family Academy or call 507-387-5501.
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In an effort to support reading at home, we will continue to offer students a chance to check out books from the Rosa Parks library. Please know that this is optional!

From home, each student will be allowed to check out two books from the library. Due to limited personnel, please know that there may be a delay after books are selected before they are sent home with your child.

Students will need to return books when finished and before checking out new books.

If you choose to check out a book from the library, follow the directions linked above!

If you have books currently checked out from last school year, you will only be allowed to check out new books once they are returned/paid for. If you're unsure, just call the office!
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Educational Benefits forms are typically known as the annual "Free and Reduced Lunch Forms". Did you know that by filling out this form, you help provide additional funding and resources that benefit students in other ways? These funds help provide our students access to counselors and social workers, as well as additional reading and math support. It can also offset the cost of student activities fees.

Many families have not completed the annual form as they typically would have. Unfortunately, this means that funding for other programs is affected.

We need your help! If you typically fill out the educational benefits form and have not yet done so this year, please do so. If you are not sure if you would qualify, please take a moment and fill out the form. If your family circumstances have recently changed due to loss of employment or other financial burden, you may also qualify.

  1. CLICK HERE for a link to the image above. All applications are confidential!

  2. CLICK HERE for a link to the Educational Benefits Form

  3. CLICK HERE for a letter explaining the educational benefits form.

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DAILY SCREENING - We Need To All Do Our Part To Help Keep Us In School!

~ Daily Home Screening Guidelines: Please remember to complete the student screening each morning and report your child’s information to the school nurse if they have any of the identified symptoms: MAPS COVID-19 Student Screening.

The 3 W's

- Watch your Distance

- Wear a Mask

- Wash your Hands

We continue to work together to keep everyone safe!

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Rosa Parks is a Schoolwide Title 1 School. In the past, Title 1 funds were available to

provide additional support to students who qualified based on their test scores. As a Schoolwide Title 1 school we are now able to utilize those resources more flexibly to support any students that would benefit. This fits wonderfully with our small group instruction blocks when students receive acceleration or enrichment based on their specific needs. Feel free to contact the school if you have questions.

As a parent, you have the right to request information about the qualifications of your child’s teacher(s). For further information, contact Dan Kamphoff, principal at Rosa Parks Elementary.

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