December 11, 2020
Dear Rosa Parks Families:
At this point we do not have a definitive date in which we will return to the hybrid model but we are hopeful that it is sooner than later. On behalf of the entire Rosa Parks Staff, we are here for you! Please reach out if you need anything.
This newsletter has information and links to help connect you to supports for technology, meals, and student supports.
Take care of you! Stay Healthy - PUMA STRONG!!
A Message from our Student Support Team
Our Student Support Team is involved daily in supporting the social emotional wellness of our Rosa Parks Pumas, both in person and throughout our Distance Learning model. The supports they provide include classroom lessons, daily and weekly video messages, small group activities, individual student meetings and check ins, attendance support, and consultation when students experience barriers to learning success. In addition, this team is available to talk with and support parents and families who have questions. Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of these team members!
Marcy Koch, school counselor
Tiana Iverson, school social worker
Rachael Hudson, school psychologist
Student Support Team resource for the week:
DISTANCE LEARNING TECH SUPPORT
Many families were able to have access to a school issued device. If you experience a problem with your device, your first steps are to contact Tech Support as outlined below.
You need to shut down your school issued device, at least once a week (nightly is preferred), to allow for any updates to occur. Actually shut it down, don't just put it in sleep mode.
For device support/repair etc. please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Linked here is some information for families interested in purchasing their own devices.
If you have borrowed a school issued device, here are some district device care pointers.
For families sharing a school issued iPad, it is recommended to close (swipe and close) all apps between each user. Each user then must login to the portal and open apps on their own. This will help avoid complications.
MAPS EDUCATION BENEFITS
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.
In an effort to support our readers at home, we're offering a chance to check out books from the Rosa Parks library to our students while in the distance learning model. Please know that this is optional!
Beginning November 30th, each student will be allowed to check out two books from the library. Due to limited personnel, please allow 48 hours after selecting books before coming to pick them up.
Books will be available for pick up during school hours (7:30-3:30) in the Rosa Parks office. When you come in to pick up your new books, you'll hand in your returning books and our secretary will give you your 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!
PAUSE - Dial Back To Save Lives
Here is a summary of how the Governor's Emergency Executive Order impacts the Mankato Schools:
- No athletic banquets at any venue (church, restaurant, ballroom)
- Unnecessary travel is discouraged
- Travel Advisory: Those who travel between states and countries are strongly encouraged to quarantine 14 days before returning to the workplace or school
- Pools, gyms, weight rooms, fitness centers, concert halls, and auditoriums are ALL closed for at least 4 weeks
- All youth & adult sports are stopped for at least 4 weeks
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.
TITLE 1 SERVICES AT ROSA PARKS
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.