Action items

Staff: Share SPPS Budget Breakdown Community Sessions information with families
Families and community members are invited to attend one of three remaining SPPS Budget Breakdown community information sessions. During these information sessions, participants will learn about where school dollars come from and how funds are distributed throughout the district.

The sessions are today, Nov. 16, and Dec. 2-3.

See businessoffice.spps.org for more information. Share this flyer with families through Thursday, Dec. 3.

Teachers: Free admission to Mill City Museum for Title I schools
Mill City Museum offers a wide range of educational opportunities for Minnesota's K-12 students. The McKnight Foundation, with support from the Cowles Fund, will offer free admission to Mill City Museum and partially subsidized busing for students from qualified public schools.

To qualify, schools must:

  • Be from the Twin Cities metro area
  • Have 50 percent or more of students enrolled in the federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program
  • Visit the museum in January, February or March

For more information visit: http://millcitymuseum.org/mill-city-mcknight-foundation-scholarship. For details or to register, call 612-341-7556 or e-mail: mcmschedulingoffice@mnhs.org. Book online at www.millcitymuseum.org. Mention the scholarship when booking.

Teachers: Apply for Dodge Nature Center transportation field trip grant
Dodge Nature Center is inviting classroom teachers to take advantage of a transportation grant that covers school bus costs for students who would be financially unable to attend classes at the Center. Dodge Nature Center offers a variety of late fall and winter classes for grades K-12, and is scheduling visits through Feb. 28.

Classes and funding are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost for the programs is $5.50 per student per class. Scholarship funds for rate reduction and bus costs are available and will be awarded based on financial need. A group scholarship form is available at: www.dodgenaturecenter.org/Activities/Scholarships/.
       
To schedule classes contact Julie Allen at 651-789-5215 or jallen@dodgenaturecenter.org. It is your responsibility, when arranging for buses, to indicate that this is a Dodge Nature Center Yellow Bus field trip so that the billing goes to Dodge Nature Center rather than your school.

Staff: Increase your cultural understanding of Muslims in Minnesota
The East Metro Integration District (EMID) is sponsoring a three-part series to increase cultural understanding of Muslims in Minnesota. The first session is 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19 in the EMID offices at Crosswinds School, 600 Weir Drive in Woodbury.

The first session will focus on understanding interactions with Muslim parents and youth in school and work environments. The session will focus on two questions: What should we generally know about Islam? And what accommodations are required by law in schools and in the workplace? The second session will focus on understanding Somali culture and easing the transition for newcomers. The third session will focus on how Muslim men and women are portrayed in media, and how this influences our biases in schools and in our communities.

Staff: Attend ‘Paper Tigers’ documentary today, Nov. 16
Staff is invited to attend a screening of the documentary “Paper Tigers,” which follows four teens from Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Wash. The high school was the first in the country to integrate trauma-informed and resilience-building practices.

The school experienced an 85 percent decline in suspensions and a 40 percent decline in expulsions after implementing the practices the first year. After four years, suspensions dropped 90 percent, expulsions dropped to zero and graduation rates increased five-fold.

Participants may attend the screening as a requirement for Key Warning Signs for Early Onset Mental Illness for Children & Adolescents, (U). Certificates of attendance will be available for those who sign out at the end of the event.

Doors open for the screening at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at Open World Learning Auditorium, 640 Humboldt Ave.