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Dear Families,

Tuesday, September 8th is the first day of school and your students should join their zooms. 

We are excited to welcome you and your students to the 20-21 school year! 

To sign on to ZOOM 

  1. Open your chromebook and make sure you’re connected to wifi.

  2. Enter your username and/or password.

  3. You should see a teal screen. Enter your username and password. 

    • If you don’t see the teal screen, hold the power button down for about 10 seconds. The computer will ask you what you want to do - you should sign out. Then return to Step #2.

  4. Push “Get Started”.

  5. Click on the SeeSaw icon.

  6. Click on the Zoom link.

Get more details on all of this here: Chromebook Instructions

We want to acknowledge what unprecedented times these are. We know our students are coming to us with varying levels of trauma and anxiety based on their experiences these last six months. In addition, we are all learning new school systems and routines in this virtual environment. Our teachers will be working with you and your students in these first couple weeks to build community, learn the technology, and navigate the schedules. We will be reaching out individually to families who need support, and encourage you to raise your questions as we all find the balance with Zoom meetings, SeeSaw platforms, off-screen time, wifi connectivity, and student groupings.

Here are some details that might be helpful:

Attendance: Attendance will be taken daily. It will be based on participation in live Zoom meetings, completion of assigned work, and/or communication with a teacher. If you know your student will be absent/unable to participate in online learning on a particular day, please record that by going to  https://www.madison.k12.wi.us/attendance or calling the attendance line at 608-204-6704- Midvale, 608-204-4900- Lincoln. If your child is marked in attendance, you will receive a robocall from the district prompting you to connect with us. Please note that if you are participating in an asynchronous or two-way communication format - there might be a day delay in marking you present. 

Technology Support: You should reach out to your student’s homeroom teacher or Ms. Taillon at Midvale  akfix@madison.k12.wi.us- or Mr. Iglielski at Lincoln jigielski@madison.k12.wi.us


 

Free Breakfasts and Lunches Available: MMSD will be offering curbside meal service at 40 school sites starting the week of September 8, 2020, for all children enrolled in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Each site will have pickup one day per week for family convenience. Students will receive a market food box with all of the components for 5 balanced breakfast and lunch meals. Meals will be provided free of charge to all students regardless of free, reduced or paid status eligibility.

  • Students or parents will need to provide the student name and student ID number at the time of pickup.

  • You can use our pre-order form so we can plan ahead and be ready for you. It is encouraged, but not required.

  • You can pick up meals from any school that is convenient for you. You can find the schedule here

Playgrounds: Beginning September 8th, Midvale & Lincoln will be used as childcare sites. Our grounds, including our playgrounds, should only be used for our childcare program from 7:15 am - 5:00 pm.

Materials: We are creating a materials distribution plan for September 16th at Lincoln parking lot for all Midvale-Lincoln students. It will be a pick-up system and we will be able to make deliveries to families who need them. We are waiting on some supplies to be delivered and want to make sure teachers have a good sense of what students need. 

Volunteer opportunity to pack up supplies for MMSD students: supply volunteer sign up here.

We are excited to move forward into this new brave space, together! Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns, and we look forward to connecting with your students and your families in the coming year!

Warmly,
Becky rjgalvan@madison.k12.wi.us

Deb dahoffman@madison.k12.wi.us