Action items

Teachers: Review talking points about the unrest in North Minneapolis
In the past week the events occurring in North Minneapolis have been the subject of countless conversations, all over social media and have dominated the headlines. Rather than stopping students from discussing the death of Jamar Clark, rallies, media coverage and other events, below is a list of recommendations and resources that you can use to facilitate those conversations.

Staff: Volunteers needed for Dec. 5 bike distribution at Hazel Park
The SPPS Wellness team is looking for five to eight volunteers for the upcoming Allina Bike Distribution event at Hazel Park Preparatory Academy.

Volunteers are needed for the following time:

  • 2-3 volunteers needed 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, to help unload and set up bikes
  • 4-6 volunteers needed for two-hour shift during event on Saturday, Dec. 5. Duties include registering bike recipients, overseeing healthy snacks and bike/helment education stations and accompanying students with their families as they receive bikes. The shifts run from 8-10 a.m., 10 a.m. to noon, and noon to 2 p.m.

SPPS staff and their families also can volunteer, but volunteers need to be at least 14 years old. Those interested in volunteering should contact Carol Grady at carol.grady@spps.org or 651-744-7834.

Staff: Donate to Project REACH Coat and Blanket Drive through Jan. 15
Project REACH is hosting its sixth annual Coat and Blanket Drive now through Jan. 15. Donate new coats of any size, blankets or linens to your school office or the SPPS Office of Title I Federal Programs, 1021 Marion St. Project REACH is an SPPS program that serves families in our school district who are experiencing homelessness.

School administrators: Ask families to submit meal applications
SPPS Nutrition Services has processed more than 2,000 meal applications since the 30-day temporary eligibility statuses expired last month; however, more than 9,200 SPPS students still do not have a meal application on file, according to the list of applications on Nov. 13.

Regardless of your school’s status as a Community Eligibility Provision program school, it is critical that families complete the meal application to ensure that your school receives the  maximum amount of compensatory revenue, and that students who qualify for free and reduced meal benefits receive those benefits.

Ask families to complete the online meal application at https://mealapp.spps.org/ or they can submit a paper application. You can request more paper application copies through your school’s Nutrition Services Cafeteria Supervisor. All students who have a completed application, or are directly certified by Dec. 16, will be entered in a drawing for a bicycle and helmet or a portable basketball hoop.

Students who complete applications through early December will be included in the final Minnesota Automated Reporting Student System (MARSS) report in December, which is submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education to calculate Compensatory Revenue amounts for your school for the 2016-17 school year.

Principals: What you need to know about Extended Day Learning
Extended Day Learning (EDL) provides focused, alternative learning opportunities that support student achievement. EDL programs in SPPS are funded through the state of Minnesota and require us to follow specific guidelines to ensure we are properly serving our students.

Please read this memo, which includes more information about EDL guidelines, program design and participant student qualifications. If you have further questions, contact Fatima Lawson, Principal on Special Assignment with the Department of Alternative Education, directly at 651-744-1366 or fatima.lawson@spps.org.

Staff: Invite families to Budget Breakdown Community Information Sessions
SPPS staff, families and community members are invited to attend the two 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 remaining sessions are Dec. 2-3.

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