Wildcat News

September 15, 2022

Principal's Message

Happy first full week of school!!!

Here are a few things so you stay in the know:


~ News from the Cafeteria: Reminder--milk costs $0.40 if your child takes a milk for their cold lunch regardless if free/reduced or paid. If you ever notice an incorrect charge or have any other questions please feel free to contact me at sflowe1@isd77.org, and I will take the proper actions! Students are doing a wonderful job with their manners and taking what they need for a reimbursable meal so far this year! Keep up the great work!


~ Pick Up/Drop Off: Please refrain from picking up and dropping students off in the parking lot by Door #3. This is reserved for our mobility vans. If you are dropping your child off for morning ACES or picking them up from ACES (after the dismissal is complete), you are welcome to park in the parking lot to retrieve your kiddo.


~ Early Release is coming!!! This is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21. If you have NOT yet filled out this form about your child's pick up plan for that afternoon, please do that ASAP!!!


~ PTO Updates: We had a GREAT first PTO meeting this week. Thank you to everyone who attended. As a reminder, the PTO collects Hy-Vee receipts, Box Tops for Education, Coke Rewards, and also participates in Amazon Smiles. All of these efforts help to raise funds for the Washington PTO. There's a collection cart located near the office for you, or your child, to drop off receipts and Coke Rewards.


~ Snack Cart: If you have not yet signed up and paid for the Snack Cart Program, please do so ASAP. The letter was included in your back-to-school RED folder, and here's a link to the letter if you'd like the information again. Online payment for the $60 snack cart might be easiest for most...here's that info: Payment can be made through the IC Parent Portal: Go to Payments - Student - Optional Items drop down, & then snack cart. To add a donation to cover a student in need of a scholarship choose 'adding another fee' to the cart or send a check to the school.


~ The 50th annual Mahkato Wacipi (Pow Wow) will be held on September 16-18 at Land of Memories Park. Friday the 16th is Education Day at the Pow Wow, which again will include all 6th grade students from Dakota Meadows Middle School and Prairie Winds Middle School. Please know that all tribes and non-native relatives are welcome at this event.


~ Start & End Times: Just a reminder that students may begin arriving to school no earlier than 7:35, which is when our morning supervision begins. Students who wish to eat breakfast should enter through door #1, eat breakfast, and then head outside to play until the 7:50 bell. The 1st bell will ring at 7:50am, which is when students will begin to line up and come into the school building. At 8:00, another bell will ring. This is our tardy bell. Once we get in a routine, students who are not present at 8:00 will be marked tardy. School dismisses at 2:30pm.


Thank you for sharing your kiddo with us. Happy almost Friday! Enjoy the weekend,

Ann


Ann Haggerty

Washington Principal

ahagge1@isd77.org

Important SeeSaw Information

As you have likely seen on the news, Seesaw, our learning management system for our PreK - 2nd Grade students, experienced a breach in security with their messages platform. The issue is system-wide through Seesaw, impacting not just our district, but others in Minnesota and outside the State.

Here are the steps Seesaw and Mankato Area Public Schools are taking:

  • Seesaw has turned off messaging while they investigate - further details are here: https://status.seesaw.me/incidents/jvgrx4g06qpw.
  • Seesaw, along with Bit.ly has blocked the shortened bit.ly link that leads to the inappropriate image.
  • Compromised Seesaw accounts have had their passwords reset by Seesaw.
  • Seesaw application will be updated and pushed out to student devices.
  • We are shutting down messages until Seesaw can articulate the details of the situation and confirm the implementation of improved security practices.
  • MAPS will not be turning Seesaw messages back on until we are confident about Seesaw Messages.
  • We are working closely with Seesaw to determine next steps.
  • As a district, we will continue to monitor the status of this issue.
  • Teachers and buildings will continue to utilize our primary communication tools through Infinite Campus.

We recommend families:

  • Update your Seesaw App to the most current version.
  • Do not open any links that you do not recognize that have been shared with you through Seesaw messages.

The circulation of inappropriate content and images in our school community is taken seriously, and we understand concerns from teachers and parents/guardians. We will continue to prioritize the integrity of school communication tools.

Important Attendance Reminders

Attendance is absolutely critical for students to be successful. COVID has made this challenging. With COVID hopefully in the rearview mirror, please be aware that our attendance protocols will be followed with fidelity. This includes:

  • Sending a letter at 7 tardies, another letter at 14 tardies, and a meeting with parents after 14 tardies;

  • Sending a letter at 7 excused absences, another at 14 excused absences, and a meeting with parents after 14 excused absences;

  • Sending a letter after 3 unexcused absences, another letter and a meeting at 5 unexcused absences, and filing Educational Neglect after 7 unexcused absences.


Other friendly reminders:

  • Please be sure to call the attendance line if your child will be absent (507-345-3059).

  • An automated voice message goes out to parents at 9:15 each day if we have not received a call from a parent/guardian about a student being absent.

  • The 1st bell rings at 7:50, and if students are not present by 8:00 they are marked tardy.


Your partnership in this process is critical, and home/school working together to have all our kiddos in school as much as possible is a shared goal. Thank you for your attention to these details!

Upcoming Mental Health Event

The emotional health and well-being of our students continues to be a top priority. Two events coming to our community soon address a very specific area of children's mental health. Check out the attached links to see if your family would be interested in attending.


Out of the Darkness Mankato Walk

Community Presentation following the walk

Internet Access a Problem?

Greetings,

We all know it's harder for students to succeed at school without reliable internet at home. Students need it to complete their homework and access resources critical to their development. Unfortunately, many families can't afford internet service. But there's good news—a new government benefit, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), provides eligible households with a discount on internet services and devices.

Help spread the word with families in your classroom and community:

  • Share www.GetMyInternet.org with families at your school. (Anyone who's eligible for free and reduced-price lunch qualifies.)


As one of the nation's leading organizations helping teachers, students, and families thrive in the digital age, Common Sense Education is committed to supporting the ACP so that every child and family has access to vital internet services at home.


The team at Common Sense Education

District News: Stay in the know!

Subscribe to receive emails at www.isd77.org; click on the “News”; click "Bell symbol"

MAPS Mission Statement

Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) is committed to working together equitably, with families and communities, so that each learner has the knowledge and skills to be a successful and contributing citizen in a diverse global society.