Telehealth Visits are Available for Students

Telehealth is available for our students!  Well Child is the district-approved vendor who normally offers well exams every year in schools.  Due to COVID-19, they have recently expanded their services to include in-home virtual visits.  Additionally, Well Child is now able to send electronic prescriptions when needed for treatment of minor and acute illnesses.  Well Child Telehealth may be used for:

  • Annual well exams
  • Minor/acute illness or medical care.

See the flyers below for more information.

Download the Well Child Telehealth Flyer.

Download the Well Child Telehealth Fact Sheet.

MNPS Parent Playbook for the First Week of School

What can I expect this first week of school? Your teacher will be contacting you to get to know you better. Whether it be whole class or 1:1 sessions, keep an eye out for communication from your homeroom teacher.

Additionally, schedules are posted in the Playbook for students to engage in optional, nonacademic activities during the first week of school. Students can participate if they are not otherwise engaged in a conflicting school-based activity at the same time. Schedules are in the ‘First Few Weeks of School’ section of the Parent Playbook here: https://www.mnps.org/first-weeks-of-school-elem

Show Your Panther Pride on August 4th!

Tiner and her brother Witt showed their Panther Pride when dropping off snacks for teachers!

Show your panther pride this Tuesday, August 4th on social media! Post a back to school picture of your student in their panther gear. You can tag Sylvan Park PTO on Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #sylvanparkbacktoschool2020.

We can’t wait to see all the familiar faces from our school community!

Home Room Parents Needed

Are you looking for a rewarding way to be involved at Sylvan Park? The PTO needs a Home Room Parent (HRP) for each classroom. HRPs are a tradition at Sylvan Park. 
A parent(s) serves as a liaison between teachers, parents, and the PTO board. This role typically involves organizing classroom parties (around 3-4 per year,) as well as creating an email group for your classroom parents in order to forward important information that needs distribution.

As you might guess, this year our HRPs’ responsibilities might look a little different. HRPs will serve to create a much needed sense of community between classroom families during this time when we all need it. As specific parent or teacher needs arise, the HRP will be able to facilitate communication so we may all find the answers and help we need.

Please email Natalie Goldsby, Head Home Room Parent, at ntgoldsby@gmail.com if interested.

Laptop, School Supply Kit, and Spirit Wear Deployment Plan

From Ms. Goetz:

Wednesday (July 29) from 12pm-4pm will be phase 1 of our technology deployment. If your household does not have a laptop or if you need a hotspot for wifi connectivity, this will be the time for you to pick one up. Just like in May, this will be curbside pick-up only. Staff will be outside- in the back parking lot- at the top of the car rider lane to greet you and bring your items out to you. Also being distributed Wednesday, July 29, from 12pm-4pm is school supply kits and spirit wear. If you purchased a school supply kit  and/or  ordered spirit wear prior to Thursday, July 23, come to the gym doors (also the back parking lot) at Sylvan Park and we will run them out to you. This will also be your last chance to pick up your child’s belongings from 2019-20 school year. If you did not get a chance to come for our May pick up, you have one more opportunity (ask the staff by the gym doors for your child’s bag). Any items not picked up will be donated.

Phase 2 of our technology deployment will include families with multiple children but not enough devices. Please do not come to pick up a laptop on Wednesday, July 29, if you have a laptop in your household. We want to ensure that those without a device are taken care of before distributing more devices to a household. Keep in mind, once the laptops purchased with the CARES Act funds arrive, everyone will receive a computer- but we will tackle that when the district receives those devices. In the meantime, we are distributing school computers, and they are limited. Phase 2 technology deployment will be Thursday, July 30, from 4pm-6pm (if you miss phase 1 and are in need of a device, you are welcome to come during phase 2 pick-up). Phase 2 will include families with multiple children but not enough laptops. Please come to the back parking lot Thursday, July 30, from 4pm-6pm. Thank you, in advance, for your patience as we work to distribute all of these needs during curbside pick-up. See you soon!

MNPS Survey on In-Person vs. Virtual

Please complete this district survey regarding your preference for in-person vs. virtual learning once city-wide health metrics allow a safe return to school facilities. Note: This is not your final decision and MNPS is no longer requiring a commitment for the entire semester at this time. The survey will gauge parent preferences and provide schools with preliminary results for planning purposes. 

https://www.research.net/r/MNPSpreferencesurvey

Tips & Tools from MNPS for Virtual Learning Preparation

For information on virtual school platforms/apps and acceptable devices: https://www.mnps.org/digitaltools
For information on preparing for virtual learning: https://www.mnps.org/blog/2020/7/24/preparing-for-virtual-learning
Upcoming District wide virtual meetings to help parents get ready for virtual school: https://www.mnps.org/district-calendar
Is all your contact information up to date with MNPS? Do you have access to the Family Portal where you can view you students grades and more? https://www.mnps.org/familyportal

MNPS Student-Parent Online 2020-2021 Handbook

IMPORTANT: The permissions from parents/guardians that are included with the handbook will now be collected online, making it easier for families and schools to indicate and track. The due date is September 4, 2020. With school starting virtually and devices and hotspots provided by the district, all families should have the resources to submit their permissions online.

Access the MNPS Student-Parent Online 2020-2021 Handbook here: https://www.mnps.org/handbook