Transition Plus Oct 22

You don't go through life... you grow through life

A friendly reminder: If you have information that needs to go out to the whole staff, and it can wait until Monday, submit it to be included in the MMM. We are trying to cut down on all staff emails.

Moving News /Reminders

The following is a reminder that all classroom items need to be packed prior to October 31st.
  • The movers will be at TPlus Wednesday October 31st in the morning.
  • If your office was moved in the new building, you will be getting the office furniture that was originally planned for that office
  • Every classroom will have a locked cabinet with storage and a place to hang coats, instead of built in cabinets.
  • All furniture should be installed this week in the building.
  • MPS is scheduled to have full ownership of the building by Friday afternoon.

The expectation is that we will have all staff going to the trip with students. There will be work that needs to be done if you are not in a classroom and are not planning on going with the program.

  • If you are going to the Riverview, you will be bussed back to Wilder after the students are picked up.
  • If you are a bus aide you will go home with students on the bus and still put in for a full day.
  • If you come back to Wilder, you can elect to move your personal things into the new building or leave early to complete paperwork at home.
  • If you have not completed your mandatory online trainings, you can do so in the computer lab.

As soon as I have keys to the building I will let you know so we can have time for you to bring over your personal items.

If your classroom is not set up by the afternoon November 1 and you are taking a paper day offsite, you need to provide a list of what needs to be done in your room by 4:00 so we know how many ESP staff to help on Friday November 2.

If you are an ESP staff member willing to work on Friday, November 2 please give your name to Daphne so we can plan appropriately.

Any licensed staff who is interested in coming in on Saturday November 3, please let me know as I will find out if I can open the building for a couple of hours that day.

Staffing News

We have had some recent changes to staff at TPlus. Please be sure to help our new staff as they join the T Plus family.

  • Bo Whitesman is in Brett's room
  • Thompson Seeley is in Collin's Room
  • Kristi Ternes is in Jeremiah's room

  • Umi Hassan's last day was 10/16
  • Andrea Herschler is retiring 10/22

Obsolete book pickup

The next district-wide obsolete pickup will be the week of Oct. 29th.

Obsoletes can include non-core textbooks, weeded library materials, and professional development titles. Should you have Core curriculum materials that are not needed, please contact Jeff Carlson at

If you have questions about which materials are core, a list of district approved core curriculum can be found on:

If you have obsoletes to be picked up please email Melissa. She will be the main point of contact for our site.

Wake Up Fitness 4 Life With Drums Alive! | project by Ms. Brantner

Help me give my students the necessary equipment recommended by the Drums Alive! curriculum to be successful. My students are learning about choosing Fitness 4 Life. They will be learning about engaging and fun recreational leisure choices through Drums Alive! program this year. The school is providing the curriculum and the teacher training, but our students need the materials in order to participate!

Sub Folders

Each teacher should have a sub folder in the office to provide a substitute teacher with a generic lesson plan and student information.

I know many teachers provide their subs with a specialized lesson plan that may change, but these sub folders are helpful in case of an unexpected absence. Thanks!

Calling all basketball fans!

The Final Four Fan Jam Truck is visiting Transition Plus on Friday, Oct 26 from 1:30 - 3:30 thanks to Officer Phil!!! A waiver must be signed to participate. Students who are their own guardian can sign their own. Otherwise, waivers can be printed from the attachment or picked up from Colleen's office to be sent home for signing. It will "pop up" in the small parking lot outside of the cafeteria. If the weather is not favorable it will move into the cafeteria.

Resources for new families

Here is a link for teachers and families to access info in regards to questions for new immigrants and multi-lingual families. There may be teachers with students whose questions may be addressed by accessing this resource.

October 31st Half day

As we are planning out transportation for our October 31st Half-day, it would be so helpful to have an estimation of how many students will be attending, paying closer attention to students who are on an altered schedule, students in wheelchairs, and our more fragile students.

Please use this week to personally check in with your students/families about their plans for that day. Click on this link to enter your proposed student attendance (I know it won't be 100% accurate but we can get a good enough number to plan for transportation and medical/hygiene needs)

As a reminder, we will be out of the building the whole morning without access to the medical/hygiene equipment that we are used to. Obviously, we will make accommodations as necessary to keep our students safe, but please assume low access.

Professional Instructional Center (PIC)

Staff that have items to be delivered to PIC need to box up the items, label the boxes for PIC and bring them to the office - next to the wall by Traci's desk.

Please have these items ready to go by Friday, October 26th. Darryl has to do a work order for the boxes to be picked up. It would be ideal for him to do just one work order.

SEL News

Hopefully teachers and students have enjoyed the activities in the SELF AWARENESS portion of the SEL Activities curriculum. You should be wrapping that up and moving on to the SELF MANAGEMENT section.

If you have any feedback, either positive or constructive, feel free to pass that along to Jewell, Tia, or Mary.

RISE Presentation

Tuesday, October 23rd Amy Nienaber from RISE will be presenting at 8:30 in Patricia’s room.

RISE employment specialist are available to assist students who have not yet had a competitive job in the community. Students can be signed up with VRS and RISE. RISE will complete a customized Vocational Profile, identify work opportunities, assist with job applications, resume and cover letters. Please come to find out more.

403 (B) Individual Retirement Meetings

Eric Gross from Valic will be at Transitions Plus next week Tuesday October 23rd to answer questions regarding the MPS 403b retirement plan.

Remember, the 403b is a different benefit than PERA or TRA.

Please sign up to see Eric if you would like to:

  • Learn more about the MPS 403b retirement plan
  • Enroll in the plan
  • Find out how to take advantage of the MPS District match!
  • Increase your contribution
  • Review your account
  • If you have retirement or other financial planning questions
  • Find out if you are “on track” to retire
  • If you are a new employee to the MPS district.

A sign-up sheet is posted in the main office. Please try and take advantage of this meeting opportunity.


Please use the following codes when entering bus aide time - Delete the rows that you have with the previous codes on it. Traci cannot approve time with incorrect codes. Thank you.

Cost Center - 2380

Rec Order - 190000017

Rec Fund - 1001

Receiving Func. Area - 760.723.100

Note the last 3 digits were .000, they now need to be .100

Big picture

YouthMOVE kick off concert

Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health is hosting a kick off concert to celebrate the beginning of our YouthMOVE program, a youth group that will empower teens of color to advocate for their mental health. There will be up to 8 tables of organizations sharing information about their resources at the concert for the youth, so there will be awesome resources available to attendees.

Check out the Facebook event link for more information:

Big picture

Teacher Appreciation ticket opportunity

My name is Dalton Stevens and I am reaching out with exciting news! We are currently on-sale with our Teacher Appreciation Day Gopher Football tickets! We are excited to take the opportunity to host you down at TCF Bank Stadium and thank you for all that you do.

With Football Season underway, we want to personally invite you, as we begin promoting this special day! We wanted to share the information with you right away. Tickets start at $30!

Everyone who purchases through the link, which is embedded in the photo below, will receive a "University of Minnesota" branded travel coffee mug. Also, the first 100 purchasers will have the opportunity to get VIP access in the Gopher Home Team Tunnel! We hope you, along with family members and friends, can come out and be apart of this special day with us! We encourage you to share this link with anyone that may be interested in attending! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

We look forward to seeing you this Fall!

Go Gophers!

Big picture

On Tuesday, November 20, students will have the opportunity to have lunch from the MPS Food Truck and staff can order food too.

Please complete the form if you are interested in ordering.

Upcoming at TPlus

Monday --------

Tuesday -------- Rise Presentation----Patricia's Room------8:30

Wednesday---- Team 3 Meeting

---------------------- New SEA Meeting----------------------------- 10:05 ------- C205

Thursday--------Team 1 Meeting ------------------------------ 8:30

Friday ------------ ILT Meeting -------------------------------------- 8:30

October 31---- Riverview/ Moving Day

November 1-- PD -- new building------------------------------ 8:30

Save the Date--

The next Family Resource Event will occur on December 20, 2018.

This will be an opportunity for families to tour the new building.