Welcome 6th, 7th & 8th Graders!

February 11, 2021

Principal Kelly

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School Day

As a reminder, our school day hours have been adjusted!


Our school day will now be from 8:55 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Students may begin to arrive at school when the school doors open at 8:40 a.m.


Teachers will hold daily office hours from 8:15-8:40 a.m.


Crossing Guard at Naber Ave and 47th Street

Morning: 8:20 a.m. - 8:35 a.m.

Afternoon: 2:55 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.



This change ensures the safety of students being transported to school following current guidelines. This change also provides the opportunity for Middle School East, West and High School students to be transported with building peers only.

REMINDER: NO SCHOOL - FEBRUARY 12TH AND 15TH!

Attendance

Student's attendance for In Person learners will be taken during their SEL and first hour class.


Students enrolled in Distance Learning are expected to attend their full schedule of live classes each day. Starting on February 1st (5th Grade) and February 16th (6th-8th Grade), students will no longer be required to answer the daily attendance question. Instead, attendance will be tracked based on the student's participation in their live classes. If your child is sick or unable to attend live classes for the day, please contact the MSE attendance office, (meattendance@mystma.org; 763-497-2655) as you would if your child was attending in person.




If you have any questions about Distance Learning attendance monitoring, please contact Assistant Principal David Holler (davidh@mystma.org).

Schedules

Please take time to have your child review/print their schedule on SchoolVue prior to Tuesday, February 16th. Upon arrival to school, students will report to their SEL classroom. For many students this is the same classroom as their first hour class. For students who have an ALB class for their first hour, they will report to their SEL/ALB teacher from first trimester. This is where students daily attendance will be taken, announcements given and where students will have their Social Emotional Learning support (SEL time). Please see the grade level daily schedule included below.


Students will remain in a learning cohort throughout the school day. Movement throughout the school will be limited to begin with and reviewed after the first few weeks of students' return to school. Students will transition during the day to their Active Learning Block Classes, Lunch time and Recesses.


All students and staff will continue to follow the expectation of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Classrooms will be sanitized whenever students transition. We are thrilled that students will have more opportunity to move throughout the day, see friends and have outside recess time. If you need support, please contact our School Counselors:

Last names A-L have Mrs. Knudson juliek@mystma.org

Last names M-Z have Mrs. Mesna jessicame@mystma.org

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Band and Choir Programs

Our band and choir teachers will be working with students, teachers and families to schedule lessons for their students to continue to learn and grow in their love of music.

Black History Month Celebrations

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 3:45-7:45pm

This is an online event.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are right around the corner. In light of the restrictions with the COVID pandemic, conferences will be held virtually. Conferences will be held on Monday, February 8th and Thursday, February 18th from 3:45-7:45 p.m. Please utilize this document to communicate with your child's teachers what questions or concerns you have regarding their education. Email tends to be an effective means of communication when there is a straightforward question/answer to be provided, whereas a personal conversation is more appropriate when discussion and collaboration are needed. Within each evening of conferences, time will be allotted for you to ask for either email or phone communication, while the remaining time will be utilized by staff to reach out to families that they are feeling a need to communicate and connect with. Thank you for your continued engagement with your child’s education through productive conversations with your child and their teachers. They will certainly support a positive conclusion to Trimester 2 on March 11th.

Knights' Honor

Knights' Honor is a set of core values that we at MSE share. When students demonstrate Safety, Respect, Honesty, or Citizenship, staff submit their names for Knights’ Honor which enters the student in the Knights Honor weekly drawing. These students get a note home and a coupon for a free scoop of custard at Culvers. Congratulations to this week's Knights' Honor Winners!
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In Person Lunches

Students will see this information during SEL on Tuesday. If it would be helpful to check out ahead of time, watch this video explanation of how lunch and recess will work when they return to in person learning.
6th 8th Grade Lunch and Recess Expectations

5th Grade In Person

5th grade had two great weeks of in person schooling. Take a look at a few highlights from the lunchroom with the video below.
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Activities

For 7th and 8th grade students, Girls Basketball ended last week, Wrestling, and Boys Basketball are currently in session, and Volleyball will be starting in March. Extracurricular Bands, Choirs, and Student Council have moved back to morning schedules to reduce conflicts with after school sports. MATHCOUNTS had its competition last week, and we are awaiting results. We are looking forward to a full spring season of sports and activities!

Youth Matters

Youth Matters is now in person. Students attend sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30 with a MSE teacher to improve their academic skills, work on homework and increase independence.


If you would like your child to attend Youth Matters, please reach out to Mr. Holler at davidh@mystma.org or open the link to the Youth Matters Registration Packet for a schedule and more information.

Technology Tools ~ Chromebooks & Hotspots

Check out the STMA Digital Learning Page. Here you will find frequently asked questions and quick tips to help navigate the commonly used resources by STMA students.


Check out these technology resources to help students who may get distracted by online learning.


Chromebooks and hotspots will be collected at a later date. Students do not need to return them at this time, but should bring them to school with them. Students who are able to bring personal headphones with them to school are encouraged to do so.


Check in with Dean of Students, Molly Schleicher, for questions/concerns about devices. mollys@mystma.org or (763) 497-2655

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Counseling Corner

Need a break? Not sure how to quiet your mind? Check out STMA's Virtual Calming Room. Between journaling, coloring, mindfulness and mind games, you can find an activity to calm your mind and body. Use these tools to manage your emotions and find new ways to cope with the stress and anxiety of everyday life.


Please know that your school counselors are here to support you!

Last names A-L please contact Mrs. Knudson juliek@mystma.org

Last names M-Z please contact Mrs. Mesna jessicame@mystma.org

Setting Boundaries!

Parents and children are spending a significant amount of time together during this pandemic. With our changing learning models, many families have felt frustrated while trying to help their child academically, socially, and emotionally. The more time we spend together, the more chances there are for conflict. If you are looking for ways to get out of a negative rut, check out this blog on setting boundaries from Spark and Stitch Institute. There is also a class you can enroll in if you want additional resources and ideas!