Hello, MMW families –
Greetings from MMW! It looks like winter has finally left us and spring is here.
The bottom of our driveway has always been a point of concern for me in terms of the safety of our kids. As many of you know, I meet regularly with Carver County, MNDot, and the City of Chanhassen for ideas to make everything and everyone safer. Starting today, you will notice some changes at the bottom of our driveway. Because of the difficulty in seeing cars, walkers, bikers, etc., we will have “crossing guards” to help kids get across the bottom of our drive. Please be watchful for them as they help our kids safely navigate to the other side. They will also remind students who use the crosswalk on Cty Rd 41 to activate the flashing light and to use one of the crossing flags. Our crossing guards cannot direct traffic on Cty Rd 41, only a sworn officer can take on that responsibility.
One of the things I hear from parents is the question as to whether or not their child is too busy, has too much going on, or is overscheduled. I found the link below that seems pretty logical and clear. I like lists and this article provides a good list of indicators. Use it, share it, remember it, or save it. We never know when we may wonder about the impact of all that we have going on in our lives and how it affects our children.
Have a great rest of your week!
Paula Hoff, EdD
Expectations for Appropriate School ClothingI
It is the expectation of the Minnetonka School District and Minnetonka Middle School West that students dress appropriately for school. With warm weather upon us, it is worthwhile to review a few topics. As we share with our students, getting dressed to come to school is not necessarily the same as getting dressed to hang out with friends. The most pressing fashion issues are addressed below. Our guidelines that we share at school and are published in our Student Handbook that apply in the warm weather are:
- Clothing should cover midriff, chest and undergarments.
- Clothing should not need to be adjusted to fit dress code guidelines.
If you have any questions, your counselors are terrific resources!
A glimpse into our MMW classrooms: https://www.smore.com/hdg3n-mmw-minnebytes
Please join us on Monday May 6th to hear from, Kim Oelhafen with Tonka CARES, regarding the adolescent Vape epidemic sweeping the nation. With over 1 in 20 middle school students reporting vape usage it is pertinent that parents become more educated and aware of this new trend. Learn about new city tobacco ordinances in our community (tobacco 21), learn about what “juuling” and dabbing actual are, how to start conversations with your children about vaping, and help resources within the district and community if your child/family is in need.
Coding for Parents
Computer programming is making a strong case as the newest important literacy for students. Are you feeling ill prepared when it comes to offering your child support in this area? Or are you just interested in growing your brain and looking for a challenge? MMW is providing an online Schoology course for parents to learn the basics of the Swift programming language. During this course you will complete the Learn to Code 1 Swift Playgrounds course, in addition you will learn what online learning can look like with Schoology. All participants will need access to an iPad with the Swift Playgrounds app. The course is designed to take about 7 hours and open to all parent life-long learners. Please contact Lisa Reed firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest, ask any questions and gain access to the course by June 1st.
From the MMW Counselors – Growing Through Grief
Dear MMW Community:
As a Growing Through Grief participant school, we want to make you aware of an upcoming cross-country bike ride that will directly support the program. Dr. Jeff Mandel is a retired Internal Medicine Physician at Park Nicollet and Methodist Hospital and champion of the Growing Through Grief program which offers support to students that have lost a family member or close friend. Starting April 28th, Dr. Mandel is going to ride his bike from California to Massachusetts in only 33 days to raise awareness of, and financial support for, the program. His motivation for riding and drive to support the program is stated in the following quote: “I am grateful for our excellent Growing Through Grief Program. As a teenager experiencing grief following my Uncle’s death, I would have relied on program staff to help me. As a physician, I valued the skills of our counselors to help my patients suffering with grief.”
If you would like to follow along Dr. Mendel’s journey and/or offer your financial or moral support, please
visit the blog https://rideforgrowingthroughgrief.com/ or giving page www.parknicollet.com/MandelRide.
MMW appreciates the support our grieving children currently receive and will receive in the future. Thank you and best wishes to Dr. Mendel!
My Stop – Bus GPS
My Stop is a web-based application available for all Minnetonka parents whose students ride the bus to access through a smartphone, tablet or computer to view the current location of the bus and the estimated time of arrival. It allows you to see if what time the bus will be at your child’s stop. It is powered by GPS transmission from the bus every one to two minutes. This means your screen will update every one to two minutes. Click HERE to learn how to access the app using your MyMinnetonka SSO login.
Parents of 8th Graders Attending MHS Next Year
Parents of students who are attending Minnetonka High School next fall will receive an email indicating their home is less than 2 miles from MHS and must pay a bus fee OR they will receive an email indicating their home is over two miles from MHS. All MHS students must request bus service. High School bus runs are completed the middle of July based on student bus registrations. Any student not registered for the bus by that time, will be added on a “space available” basis. Please contact the Transportation Office if there are questions 952-401-5023.
From the MMW Health Office for current 6th graders:
Minnesota law requires children enrolled in school to be immunized against certain diseases or file a legal medical or conscientious exemption. As your child moves from 6th grade to 7th grade, there are 2 additional immunizations required for school entry in the fall. Seventh grade students are required to have a current Tdap that has been administered on or after their 7th birthday (but are typically given near their 12th birthday). Additionally 7th graders are also required to be immunized against meningococcal.
If you have any questions regarding your child’s immunization status please call the Health Office at (952) 401-5318.
The MMW PTO has created a Facebook group specifically for parents of MMW students.
General guidelines –
– Please share and invite other MMW parents
– Our students are minors. Please be very thoughtful and cautious when posting about them. Do NOT name any child or post a picture that is in any way negative without that child’s parent(s) approval.
– All conversations should be as respectful and polite online as they would be in person
– Feel free to post questions, updates on activities, school news, etc.
– As a parent group, school administration will not be replying to posts
-Visit us at www.minnetonkawestpto.org for more calendars, updates, sign-ups, etc.
Here is the link to the Facebook group for parents to join:
Click HERE to check out the MMW PTO website.
MMW PTO is providing breakfast for our Staff Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Staff meetings take place once a month atMMW and one way we show them our appreciation is by serving breakfast. Several contributions are requested to make this happen. Can you help? Please sign up through the link posted HERE, THANK YOU!
Nutrition Services is Now Hiring!
Nutrition Services is looking for YOU to join our team in providing nutritious school meals to our students. We are still hiring for this year and next year! 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, evening hours, or SNOW days! 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!
VANTAGE Summer Camps
Passionate about inventing? Sustainability? Journalism? Enjoy making sense of numbers? We have a camp for you! We are very excited to offer Minnetonka middle school students (entering grades 7-9 in the fall) four unique summer camps from Minnetonka’s professional studies program, VANTAGE. Click on the camp below for more details and registration info:
Questions? Contact Julie Baeb, email@example.com.