Transition Plus Newsletter

May 2020 Special Edition

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Transition Plus Community,

Although distance learning is not how we wish to interact with our students, and we look forward to getting back together, we would like to thank everyone; family members, staff, students, and teachers who are taking so much time and effort to make it possible to stay connected. Many students are keeping up on their assignment by using google classroom, meeting virtually with their teachers and by use of email. Many students are also connecting with classmates virtually by using google meet and by participating in the Dance Party and BINGO.

In The Newsletter This Month:


  • Calendar
  • Upcoming/weekly Events
  • Family Resources
  • Student Editorials

CALENDAR

May Calendar

Wednesday, May 20: Last day to submit Talent Show videos


Monday, May 18: Tplus cap & gown pick up and graduation pictures. GRADUATES ONLY (more info below)


Monday, May 25: No School - Memorial Day


May 25 - May 29: Spirit Week! - see themes below


Wednesday, May 27: Transition Plus Talent Show 1:30


Friday, May 29: Virtual Graduation Ceremony @ 12:00 (info below)


June 4: Graduate's Device return, Diploma pick up, non-graduates pick up locker items. Note: non-graduates keep devices until next school year. (info below):

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Tplus Graduation

Transition Plus Virtual Graduation will be live streamed on May 29, 2020 @ 12:00(noon).


Invitation Links:

Our Transition Plus students created our own graduation invite which you can see above. MPS also created invitations, which you can view on the following links:



On MONDAY, MAY 18, GRADUATES MUST COME TO TRANSITION PLUS TO TAKE A PICTURE IN THEIR CAP AND GOWN* The pictures taken in their cap and gown will be broadcast in the graduation ceremony. Due to social distancing measures, only graduates are allowed onto school grounds on this day during their scheduled time (below).


Diploma pick up on June 4: Graduates pick up your diploma and grad treats! We will be cheering for you!! (schedule below)

JUNE 4th ACTIVITIES

Lockers have been cleaned out by Transition Plus staff. All items have been bagged and labeled with the student's names. Bags will be returned to students on June 4.


Device Return: Graduates return their computers and hotspot devices on June 4. Non-graduates keep their devices until next school year.


Diploma pick up Graduates pick up your diploma and grad treats! We will be cheering for you!!


  • 10:00am - 11:30am: students from Team 1 (teachers: Molly, Jeremiah, Jason Z, Jake, Brett, Collin, Kathy)


  • 11:30am - 2:00pm: students from Team 2, Project Search, MCTC (teachers: Adam, Frederick, Jeremiah, Patricia, Tom, Jason W, Shekinah, Tia


  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm: students from Team 3 (teachers: Brad, Greg, Banisky, Liz, Jewell, Luke)


Check with your advisor if you have any questions.

Virtual Talent Show -Final Call!!

Welcome to Talent Show Day!


We invite you to join us in our virtual talent show presentation today at 1:30pm. Your friends and peers have come together to share their talents, and we would be thrilled to have you there as we view them live together!


  • How this works: you can open two windows on your chromebook/computer. You can also use your phone/device, just know that you will have to go back and forth between the screens.


  • THE SHOW STARTS AT 1:30pm. You can check the youtube link at anytime, but the google meet will not start until 1:30pm.


  • If you need help connecting, please contact your case manager or SEA. Every single staff at Tplus has these same exact links and can help you troubleshoot any issues.





SPIRIT WEEK!

Spirit Week!

We've got spirit, yes we do! We've Spirit, how about you?

Help us celebrate our graduates with a virtual spirit week! This is a fun but optional way to join our meet and greets, advisories, dance party, talent show, bingo game, and graduation ceremony in spirit gear! You should not be expected to purchase anything special for participating! Have fun, be creative, and remember we are on camera, so appropriate dress codes still apply!


  • Monday May 25 - Memorial Day, no school
  • Tuesday May 26 - Career Day/Professional Day - "When I grow up, I want to be..."
  • Wednesday May 27 - Hero/Character Day - Costumes, book characters, historical figures, and heroes!
  • Thursday May 28 - True Colors Day - favorite colors Day (this could also be your favorite sports team colors/gear)
  • Fancy Friday May 29 - Do it up in your Dress up, fanciest clothes. Movie Star Make-up and dress to impress for Graduation Day.

DANCE PARTY Fridays @ 1:30

Join the dance party to see your friends and show off your dance moves every Friday at 1:30!! Students can join via google meet. Links are accessible through their advisor's google classroom page. The links should be the same each week.


Join Google Meet video conference: meet.google.com/ici-chsx-xdq

Join by phone: ‪+1 929-279-4930 (PIN: ‪506 798 568 #)

BINGO Fridays @ 3:00

Join our Tplus Bingo game to see your friends and win prizes every Friday at 3:00!! Students can join via google meet. Links are accessible through their advisor's google classroom page. The links should be the same each week.


Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/uww-mmnf-ihe

Join by phone +1 727-873-0110 (PIN: 633 217 166 #)

See Everyone on Video Meetings!

In order to see everyone on your screen at one time, download this google meet extension BEFORE logging into your google meeting. You have to be on a computer that uses chrome. I am not sure if phones are compatible with the extension.


Once you have downloaded the extension, and logged into the google meeting, click on the grid with a diagonal line through it located in the upper right area of the page.

Bike/Walk to ANYWHERE

Bike to ANYWHERE Month!

While we won’t be able to get together in person for large-scale events like ‘Bike to School Day’ this spring, we hope individual students and families will get outside on a walk or bike ride when possible. To that end, we are rolling out an alternative to national ‘Bike to School Day’ this spring… Bike to Anywhere Day!


That’s right, this year we want you to choose your own adventure to celebrate biking and fill in that blank! We encourage you to participate in as many elements of this promotional activity as you are able, and share your results with us by posting on our Facebook page using the hashtag #MNBikeDay or send us a note at saferoutes.dot@state.mn.us.

Bike Ride


For Bike to Anywhere Day, choose a destination and bike there solo or with members of your household. Right now there are (likely) fewer cars on the road, so it could be a great time to find a route to a destination you visit frequently (like school) and practice riding there. Sometimes you have to try different routes to find the most comfortable and safe ride, so pick a new destination each week and when those businesses or places open up you will know exactly how to bike there. Be sure to maintain six feet of distance from people who are outside your household and practice other basic safety precautions like stopping at stop signs, signaling turns and wearing a helmet. If you are willing to share a photo, email it to us or post it on our Facebook page using the hashtag #MNBikeDay.


Bike Fun Links:

training videos : brush up on your skills by watching these training videos

mileage tracker : See how many miles you and your family ride together this month–5? 10? 50?

Scavenger Hunt : Go for a walk and try to find all the things on the scavenger hunt

bike bingo card : can you cover the whole card?

crossword : great for those rainy/snowy days when you’d rather be outside

word search : Can you find all the words?

FAMILY RESOURCES

COVID 19 Testing Sites

Minnesota is providing increased access for COVID-19 testing. The hyperlink will take you to a map of all testing sites in Minnesota. The list is just a few sites here in the cities. Testing locations Covid-19 All MN


Boynton Health

University of Minnesota

410 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-625-7900

  • By appointment
  • Hours : Mon - Wed, Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm.; Thurs: 9:00am - 4:30pm
  • Accepting any symptomatic patient


NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

Hennepin County Primary Care

1313 Penn Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

612-543-2500

  • By appointment
  • Hours : 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Accepting any symptomatic patient


Whittier Clinic

Hennepin Healthcare System

2810 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

612-873-6963

  • By appointment
  • Hours : 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hennepin County Library Multilingual Services

The Hennepin County Library system has Spanish, Somali, and Hmong phone lines. People can call to ask questions about anything (how to access forms, where to get hygiene supplies like diapers, resources for K-12 learning at home, where to get meals, etc.). Families who call in can be referred to other people for specialized services. A couple locations in our area have been referring families with computer-related questions to us since their children are beginning online learning at home.

Hennepin County Covid-19 Resources

Families can get a case worker assigned to them to get needs met in ONE call.

New Hennepin County Covid -19 Help line 612-348-3000

Hennepin County office of multicultural services 612-348-2193

FOOD RESOURCES during school closures

MPS Food Pick-Up Sites

The student food pick-up sites are listed here on this website (Tplus students included): https://cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/covid19


List of Restaurants offering free food to students during school closures:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/1iq1H-dlkdzfJPs7E641tMHmPvWXPQfxf4DvcREOOzyA/htmlview

FREE INTERNET during school closures

COMCAST

Comcast is committed to helping our community amid the COVID-19 outbreak. General program information can be found at www.internetessentials.com.

  • 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service for new customers, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
  • Increased Internet speeds for the Internet Essentials service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all new and existing customers.


SPECTRUM

  • If students don't have access to the internet, they can call 1-844-488-8398 during school closures for free internet from Spectrum

Comprehensive District Design


In the coming months, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will be making many important decisions about the Comprehensive District Design (CDD). You can learn more about the CDD, and the current models they are considering, as well as give your feedback in the form below and/or in the survey below.

Update Your School Messenger Preferences

As we head into the winter weather season, stay on top of school closures by making sure your school has your correct contact information. Once you've verified your school knows how best to reach you, create an account in School Messenger to manage your communications preferences. Families can now opt-in to receive text messages as well.

https://mpls.k12.mn.us/school_messenger

MPS High School Graduation Schedule 2020

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Editorials

Transition Plus highlighted in SouthWest Journal

Some of our Transition Plus students and staff were highlighted in this article called "Remote Learning is Difficult for Students with Disabilities" in the SouthWest Journal.

Click on this link to read the article.

Question: How did your life change since Covid 19?

It has made my life more depressing and sad. All I do is really stay in my room watching Netflix or listening to music. Since Covid 19 happened, I don't feel as happy like I should. It really changed my feelings. I feel stressed, depressed and all I want to do is cry. It’s not fair that everyone has family but I have to wait until the summer to see them. It makes me sad because I want to hug my mom and hug and hold my nieces and nephew. Its not fair at all. I hate my life, to be honest, because I feel like I have no one and all I do is cry myself to sleep. I've been so emotional that I barely want to do anything but stay in my room. The only time I get excited is if I have money or talking to friends and family. So it has changed my life.

- Janavia C-B.


Well nothing stays the same forever - once it changes it never goes back the way it used to be. Everyone and everything changed. It has impacted the world today and a lot of people are getting sick and a lot of people are taking more care of their health now and are changing how they eat. I just think that a lot of people can consume more plant-based food into their lives and take better care of themselves. The world is changing very fast and it's going to affect us and the animals and the environment all around.

- Danielle D.


How my life has changed since all this craziness is that I like being home with my new puppy and helping my family to train him and to play with him. I don’t like being home all the time because it can get boring at times and all you think about sometimes is when will all this craziness end? How much longer? I wish we were all back at school already and everything was back to normal.

- Chris D.

Question: What are you looking forward to?

Celebrating Eid with my family, and work.

- Habon A.


I am looking forward to Eid.

- Mohamed N.


To be a police officer.

- Iqra H.

Question: What is your normal day like now?

Watching English movies, playing with my siblings.

- Mohamed N.

Question: Why is Ramadan important to you?

It is important because it's an important holiday for my religion and a time for forgiveness and a time to get to close to Allah (god).

- Iqra H.

Question: How do you practice a typical day of Ramadan?

From the first evening of Ramadan, fasting begins at dawn the next day. Muslims believe that fasting cleanses the body and reminds them of God's will. Abstaining from food and drink during daytime hours allows Muslims to practice their willpower. Despite the hardships of fasting the whole month, most Muslims (myself included) actually look forward to Ramdan and are a little sad when it’s over. There is just something really special about knowing that about 2 billion fellow Muslims around the world are experiencing hunger pangs, dry mouth and dizzy spells, and that we’re all in it together.


Muslims are also supposed to try to curb negative thoughts and emotions like jealousy and anger and even lesser things like swearing, complaining and gossiping during the month. Some people may also choose to give up or limit activity like listening to music and watching television often in the favor of listening to recitation of the Quran.


When the evening prayer call is finally made or when the alarm on your phone's Muslims Pray app goes off, we break our fasting day with a light meal, called iftar (literally breakfast) before performing the evening prayer. Many go to mosques for evening prayer, which is then followed by a large meal shared with your family and friends at one another’s home throughout the month . Then it’s off to the bed for a few hours of sleep before it’s time to wake up and start all over again.

- Hamda M.

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