Greetings MMW families!
In this short week of school where we celebrate Thanksgiving, I am reminded of how much I appreciate our Minnetonka community of students, parents, staff, and the greater community. We live in exciting times and yet times where there is great value in pausing and thinking of all that we have to be grateful for in our lives.
This past week, the parent speaker series invited Dr. Michele Borba, author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, to speak to interested community members. Those that were fortunate enough to attend were intrigued by her message. In the day of technology, she makes relevant points on how the world has changed and ultimately how parenting has changed. After reading her book, I am personally reminded by the need we all have to use a lens of empathy and help our children develop that perspective. If you have six minutes, please watch this clip in which Dr. Michele Borba talks about some simple tips families can enact at home that will make a difference. I use similar expectations at school. For example, I ask our kids to keep their phones away while the six people they are sitting with at lunch are still eating. Do they make mistakes? Sometimes. Do they push boundaries? Of course, that is what adolescence is all about and we are here to help them navigate the phase of life.
As I have mentioned in previous newsletters, I have frequent conversations with our kids around technology use both for school and for personal use, social connection and entertainment. I also spend as much time as possible in the hallways, classrooms, and lunchroom of MMW. In our classrooms, our teachers use multiple available tools to help students manage their educational technology use and keep students focused on it in the zone of learning. There are some people who want to believe that it is more prevalent than it is. I would be the first to take action if I had any sense of that being a reality. It is not perfect but it is so much better than what I have seen in other districts. In the discussions I have with kids, we talk about their own use and the use that happens in their home. I am reminded of how we all need to be aware of our subconscious action of picking up our phone. It is through conversations with our kids that we can all help provide time and space for balance. I believe we can make it happen while at the same time using technology for all of the wonder, access, and opportunity that it provides.
I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends, take time to connect both with and without technology, and help our kids be aware of all of the places where empathy adds value to our lives.
Paula Hoff, EdD
Current Activities Open for Registration
– Basketball Club
– Bright Watch (Study Hall)
– Drama- 6th grade Fall Musical
– Hub Club
– Knowledge bowl
– MineCraft Club
– MMW Coders
– RAKtivists Club (Random Acts of Kindness)
– Speech Club
– Unplugged Game Club
– Yearbook Club
Click HERE for more information and to register.
Tech Tips for Parents
Click HERE to learn more about Schoology for parents.
Fall Colors Day – Sponsored by MMW Student Leadership
Wednesday, November 21
Wear fall colors like red, orange and yellow to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Junie B. Jones – The Musical
Friday, December 7th @7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 8th @2:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 8th @7:00 p.m.
Tickets will be available online or at the door.
Students and Seniors – $5, Adults – $10
MMW’s Coders Club
Check out MMW activities page for information about MMW’s Coders Club. The club will begin meeting on Tuesday Nov. 6th, however, feel free to join in at any time. This club is intended to be a space for students with a passion for coding to unite as they work on individual or collaborative projects of their choosing. Register on the activities page. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
After School Student Pick-Up at MMW
Please review so that our parking lot stays safe and efficient! If you are proceeding in the parking lot around the inner perimeter, please be sure to pull as far forward as possible. Please be respectful of others and remember that the school parking lot is the designated pick-up/drop off location for MMW. Please be aware that if you pick-up or drop-off in surrounding neighborhoods, you may be ticketed by Carver County Sheriff. No Parking signs also encompasses no stopping or standing (i.e. no pick-ups or drop-offs). We want to be courteous to our neighbors! Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.
Nutrition Services – Help Needed
Nutrition Services is looking for YOU to join our team in providing nutritious school meals to our students. You have the advantage of being home to see your children off to school and be back in time to welcome them home! Other benefits include: Competitive wages- $15.13/hr; Follow the school calendar – you’re home when your children are home; work in your community; fun and friendly managers and staff; uniform allowance; paid holidays; free lunch; and most importantly- NO weekends or evening hours! To apply please visit the District website at: www.minnetonkaschools.org and view the openings for Cook Helpers under Nutrition Services. We look forward to hearing from you!
MMW Yearbook – Order now to avoid the end-of-year scramble!
The 2018-19 MMW Yearbook is now available to pre-order. The cost is $30 and they will be delivered to MMW in late May. Click HERE to place your order. Make sure to retain your e-mail receipt!
Show your holiday spirit and support for MMW staff! We are collecting $10 gift cards, or cash donations, to give to all staff members to show how much we appreciate all they do. Cards can be from anywhere — restaurants, gas stations, craft stores, movie theaters, pet food chains, hardware stores, etc. Anywhere you shop, chances are someone on the staff likes that place too! Please do NOT specify which staff member your gift is for. Our goal for this year is 420 gift cards. There is a collection box in the Main Office. Please make sure to donate by December 14, 2018. Warm wishes for a joyful holiday,
PTO Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs
CAREER DAY – Parents, grandparents, friends are invited to sign up to share their job/career stories at MMW Career Day on Friday, 3/1/19. Sign up for a 1 hour time commitment (20 min presentation + Q&A given to two groups of students). Please share this link with anyone who you think might be interested. https://goo.gl/forms/Oal0x1P4f4nO0aC23
Click HERE to check out the MMW PTO website.