Family Mustang Memo

Parent/Guardian Newsletter August 15-31 for MGMS

In This Issue....

  • Calendar of Upcoming Events
  • Welcome Back
  • Orientation for Incoming 6th Graders
  • Orientation for 7th & 8th Grade Students that have NEVER Attended MGMS
  • Learning Conferences for Parents & ALL Students
  • Schedules, Bus Information, and Lockers
  • School Meals & Free/Reduced Lunch Applications
  • School Supplies
  • Back to School Forms
  • Parent Portals
  • 7th Grade Vaccination Information

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UPCOMING DATES

  • A LOOK AHEAD
  • August 17 - Web Leader Training 12-3:00
  • August 23 - 6th Grade Orientation Last Names A-K from 9-12
  • August 24 - 6th Grade Orientation Last Names L-Z from 9-12
  • August 25 - 7th & 8th Grade Orientation (New Families Only) 9-10:30
  • August 31 - Learning Conferences 4-7 PM for Parents & ALL Students
  • September 8 - School Starts <--------------------------------------------------

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WELCOME TO THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR!

We are excited to welcome students back on Wednesday, September 8. The Mustang Memo is a bimonthly newsletter that is sent to families of Maple Grove Middle School. It is one of the ways we communicate with families important information of upcoming events and activities. Another way to keep up to date is to look at our website: https://mgms.district279.org/. We also communicate with families through email. If you change your email, please update it through ParentVue or call the school office.


Thank you for taking time to read this newsletter and we look forward to seeing your student soon.

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6th GRADE ORIENTATION for STUDENTS & PARENTS

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7th & 8th GRADE ORIENTATION FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS WHO HAVE NEVER ATTENDED MGMS

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LEARNING CONFERENCES FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS

On Tuesday, August 31 from 4-7 PM is our Learning Conferences. This open house format allows you and your student to meet the teachers, learn what will be covered in the class, and practice walking through the schedule. This is an optional conference for all parents and students of Maple Grove Middle School.


You will receive an email when schedules are posted to ParentVue, or StudentVue. PLEASE BRING YOUR CHILD'S SCHEDULE TO THIS EVENT.


Please do not bring school supplies. Lockers will be assigned the first day of school. We look forward to seeing you.

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SCHEDULES, BUS INFORMATION & LOCKERS

Schedules

If your student is in 6th grade or is a 7th/8th grader that has NEVER ATTENDED MGMS, you will receive your schedule at orientation. For returning students, parents will receive an email once the schedules have been posted to ParentVue and StudentVue.


Returning Students

You and your parents/guardians are invited to walk through your schedule on August 31 from 4-7 PM at our Learning Conferences. You MUST BRING YOUR SCHEDULE.


Bus Information

Transportation will be publishing bus stops and times to ParentVue on August 26. Families will also receive a postcard in the mail with this information.


Lockers

Lockers will be assigned the first day of school. Please bring a lock and your supplies on the first day.

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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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SCHOOL SUPPLIES

School is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about school supplies. 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

You can now update your address, phone number, emergency contacts and more through your ParentVue account. Please complete this as soon as possible. Just log onto your ParentVue account and click the button that says "Begin Registration" to begin the back-to-school form process.

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PARENT PORTALS

District 279 has different parent portals to keep you updated on your students progress, pay for activities, fees, or to add money to a lunch account. They are ParentVue, SmartSchoolK12, and Schoology. ParentVue allows you to see your student's report card, check attendance, view state test scores and more. SmartSchoolK12 allows you to add money to their lunch account, and pay for sports and activities. Schoology lets you see assignments, communicate with teachers, and get our school announcements.


For those that do not have a ParentVue account, the district emailed your activation code to you on August 3. Please check your email for this code to set up your account. Please call the school office if you need assistance. The Schoology log-on information is obtained from one of your child's core teachers.


If you have any question, 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