Family Mustang Memo

Parent/Guardian Newsletter September 1-15 for MGMS

In This Issue....

  • Calendar of Upcoming Events
  • Welcome Back from Principal Smith
  • Parent Drop Off & Pick Up Information
  • Chromebook Distribution
  • School Accounts for Parents
  • Picture Day
  • School Meals/Free & Reduced Applications
  • PACT Information
  • School Supplies
  • Back to School Forms
  • 7th Grade Vaccination Information
  • Attending Osseo Highschool Football Games

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UPCOMING DATES

  • A LOOK AHEAD
  • September 8 - School Starts <--------------------------------------------------
  • September 8-10 - Students receive Chromebooks
  • September 20 - PACT Meeting
  • September 23 - School Pictures
  • October 4 - Licensed Staff Workshop - No School for Students
  • October 5 - Goal Setting Conferences - 3:30-7:00 - IN PERSON
  • October 12 - Goal Setting Conferences - 3:30-7:00 - VIRTUAL

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WELCOME TO THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR!

I am so excited to start the 2021-22 school year, welcoming your child to Mustang Nation! It has been an amazing week with staff preparing for the first week of school and beyond. I want to let you know your child is in good hands while here at Maple Grove Middle School. The energy, passion, and excitement I witnessed over the past week with staff was just a glimpse of what your child will get to experience this year. I am committed to providing the most positive, challenging, and supportive learning environment for your child each and every day. I am looking forward to partnering with you to support your child’s life here at MGMS and can’t thank you enough for all you do as parents and for entrusting your child with us.


Patrick Smith

Principal, Maple Grove Middle School Mustangs

Dream Big!

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DROPPING OFF OR PICKING UP

Since many families drop off or pick up their child from MGMS, we want to let you know the procedure. Families that drive their child will pick up and drop off at door 2 by the community ed gym doors. Please see the map below. You are not able to turn left from N Eagle Lake Blvd into the lot as the line backs up all the way to Hemlock Lane, blocking the intersection. You are only able to turn right into the lot. When you arrive, if the line is already at the entrance of the lot, please line up on the shoulder of the Westbound lane on N Eagle Lake Blvd to avoid having to turn around.


Thank you.

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CHROMEBOOK DEPLOYMENT

Chromebooks are going to be deployed to students September 8, 9, and 10. We need your help. Listed below are the openings we have. Please use the QR code to sign up. Thank you in advance for your help!


Wednesday, September 8 - 6th Grade (6 volunteers are needed for each shift)

8:30-10:30

11:00-1:00

12:45-2:30



Thursday, September 9 - 7th Grade (6 volunteers are needed for each shift)

8:30-10:30

11:00-1:00

12:45-2:30



Friday, September 10 - 8th Grade (6 volunteers are needed for each shift)

8:30-10:30

11:00-1:00

12:45-2:30

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SCHOOL ACCOUNTS FOR PARENTS

We have three accounts for parents that are used to help with communication between home and school. Please see the link below to ensure you have information about these accounts.

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SCHOOL PICTURES

School picture day will be on Thursday, September 23. All students need to have their picture taken regardless if they purchase any pictures. Please order online at: http://mylifetouch.com and enter the picture ID: EVTNJBVF9.

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SCHOOL MEALS & FREE/REDUCED APPLICATIONS

School breakfast and lunch will be served FREE of charge to ALL students during the 2021-22 school year. There will be a charge for any a le cart items that students choose to purchase.


New this year, students will use there student ID card to scan at every breakfast and lunch time regardless if they are free or getting a le cart items. IDs will be handed out during the first week of school and we will start using them the second week of school. Please remind your child to keep their student IDs on them at all times while at school. We will be providing lanyards for them to hold their IDs.


FREE/Reduced Priced Lunch Applications STILL NEEDED: If you believe you would qualify for Free/Reduced Priced breakfast and lunch, PLEASE still fill out the application and turn it in. Even though breakfast and lunch will be free for all students this school year, these applications still need to be filled out in order for our school to receive funding. Please contact us if you have any questions or want assistance in filling out an application. Below is the link to fill it out online.

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

Please click the "Meal Assistance" tab, set up your SmartSchoolK12 account and then fill out the application.

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PACT

Hello MGMS Mustangs and Families,


Welcome to the new 2021/2022 school year, however that looks for your family. PACT’s mission is to strive to make a measurable difference in our community through innovation, curriculum excellence, and honest/transparent communication that builds trust and optimism with our students, faculty and parents.


This year’s meetings will be held in-person with a virtual option to join as well.


Our first PACT kick-off meeting for the year is: Monday, September 20th

Location: MGMS Media Center: enter through Main Office doors and up the stairs

Time: 6:30-8:00pm


Virtual Option: Virtual Meetings will be hosted on the Zoom Platform. If you are on a mobile device, it works best if you first download the Zoom app to your phone. If from a desk top, there is no need to download an app. Log on to: www.zoom.us. Click “join a meeting”. Enter the meeting ID: 952 929 0098. We look forward to seeing you there!


As our fourth year as an official PTO 501c3 group we are working really hard to support our community of families, teachers and staff at MGMS. If you are interested in donating to support our MGMS community there are many ways to do so:



Look for future emails as we connect with teachers and staff on needs and look for changes in the PACT section on the MGMS webpage. Other ways to stay connected:


If you questions on how you can participate and get involved, always feel free to reach out to Andrea Dorn, MGMS Volunteer coordinator, at: dorna@district279.org, or PACT President, Ron Sonnek, at rsonnek@sicora.com.

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES

School is just around the corner. Below is a link for the supplies for each grade. Additional supplies may be needed once school begins.

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BACK TO SCHOOL FORMS

2021-22 Back-to-school forms being completed online


All back-to-school forms will be filled out online this year. Forms that are a part of this process include emergency cards, family contact information updates, change of address, and more. Complete the necessary steps today by going to the ParentVUE system, which is accessible from the Family Access button on the top right of any district or school website. On-screen prompts will then walk you through the back-to-school forms process. Step-by-step instructions are available at district279.org/forms.


A username and password are required to use ParentVUE. The district sent activation codes to your email on September 2. If you did not receive this, please contact the school office at 763-315-7600.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INCOMING 7TH GRADE PARENTS

Dear 7th Grade Parents,


This is a reminder to have your student get their 7th grade shots. Per Minnesota Immunization Law, one dose of Tdap is required beginning at 7th grade. If a child received Tdap prior to 7th grade, another dose of Tdap is not needed. One meningococcal dose is also required at the beginning of 7th grade. The booster dose is usually given at 16 years.


Here is a helpful link for “Are Your Kids Ready?” information handout provided by the Minnesota Department of Health: https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/immunize/basics/readykidswhento.pdf

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WHO TO CONTACT

School Phone: 763-315-7600...............................Website: https://mgms.district279.org/

Attendance: 763-315-7603………………………………..Transportation: 763-391-7244


6th Grade

Patrick Smith, Principal………………….Email: SmithPatrick@district279.org

Caleb Willis, Counselor 6th Grade.......Email: WillisC@district279.org


7th Grade

Jennifer Hinker, Assistant Principal.....Email: HinkerJ@district279.org

Kaia Paquin, Counselor 7th Grade.......Email: PaquinK@district279.org


8th Grade

Cedric Fuller, Assistant Principal……..Email: FullerC@district279.org

Katie Gerdts, Counselor 8th Grade......Email: GerdtsK@district279.org


Student Management Specialists Assist With All Grades

Nathanial Davies – Email: DaviesN@district279.org


District Tip Line.........763-391-8660