This page will have:
– resources–including FSMN PIC support for families.
– the most recent information sent to FSMN families.
– key dates.
– past communication.
Note: this is not an exhaustive list of resources. We tried to gather a few key resources that may help.
There are resources listed below for:
- A FSMN Community Resource
- Health and Wellness
- Food and Finance
- Free Access to WiFi
A FSMN Community Resource – The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)
COVID-19, both the virus itself and the measures taken to prevent its spread, are affecting many members of our community, and they are in need of some extra resources and support. PIC has devised some ways that we can communicate our needs and offer support to one other.
If you have a need
- If you are comfortable naming yourself, you can ask for what you need directly by adding your information to this FSMN Community Care – Action sheet.
- If you would rather make a request anonymously, you can either complete this form or you can email Cari Gillen-O’Neel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in a position to provide support
- Please check the FSMN Community Care – Action sheet and identify what specific need(s) you can help with. Enter your information (or anonymously indicate that someone is taking care of it) so we know which needs have been addressed and which are still open. The spreadsheet will be updated as new needs arise, so please check back often.
- If you would like to donate cash to a general FSMN Community Care pool, you can do so by accessing this PayPal link. PIC will distribute funds collected this way as needs arise.
Here is list of activities families can do at home (see the tab labeled play and activity resources). It has suggestions for establishing routines, exercises, cooking, podcasts, parenting tips, etc.
Health and Wellness
Health Insurance – Don’t have health insurance? MNsure has opened a special enrollment period 3/23/2020 to 4/21/2020
MDH – Need the most updated information about COVID-19 from the Minnesota Department of Health? Check here.
CDC – Need the most updated information about COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)? Check here
Hennepin County Mental Health Support – If someone in your family is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Hennepin County Crisis teams:
- COPE Team works with ages 18+: 612-596-1223
- Child Crisis Team works with ages 17 and under: 612-348-2233
Hennepin County services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for anyone in crisis in Hennepin County.
Ramsey County Mental Health Support – If someone in your family is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Ramsey County crisis teams:
Crisis line: 651-266-7878
Crisis line: 651-266-7900
Food and Finance
Food – If you live in St. Paul, here is information about St. Paul’s meal program.
Food – If you live in or near Minneapolis, here is information about Minneapolis’ meal program.
Finance – Ramsey County Financial Assistance
Finance – Hennepin County Financial Assistance
Access to WiFi
Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone – Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in businesses and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
YMCA childcare – for children of essential employees and critical workers.
Childcare COVID-19 Resources
SPPS Essential Kids Care is free childcare provided by Saint Paul Community Education for children ages 5-12 of essential workers who live within Saint Paul School District.
The Most Recent Information Sent to FSMN Families
With great joy, effort and creativity, our team is proud to share this Distance Learning Handbook. In it you find the main framework of how Distance Learning will work beginning Tuesday, April 7.
Next Friday we will send out more detailed information from each teacher, and Monday April 6 Sara and I will host a community forum (via Zoom) for anyone wanting to hear more directly from us.
And that (recorded video message) is enough from me on a sunny Friday afternoon. As much as possible, enjoy a slow and safe spring break. Here again is our Resource List if you’re looking for some creative things to do. We look forward to welcoming you back on April 7.
Head of School
“We are isolated, but we are not alone.”Friends School Parent
- Friday, 3/27 – Families received the Distance Learning Handbook.
- Friday, 4/3 – Families will receive detailed information from teachers about how distance learning will work. They will also receive information about a Zoom “gathering” for parents.
- Monday, 4/6 – Zoom “gathering” for parents.
- Tuesday, 4/7 – Distance learning begins. Classes resume after spring break.
- Monday, 5/4 – Distance learning ends (Note: this date may change. This is the information we have as of Thursday, 3/26).
Note: We have also sent out leadership messages via video.
Friday, 3/27 to Families – An Overview of How Distance Learning Will Work (with link to the Distance Learning Handbook)
Wednesday, 3/25 to Families – Distance Learning Will Start Tuesday, April 7
Thursday, 3/19 to Families – Fill Out Survey to Help Us Support You
Sunday, 3/15 to Families – COVID 19 Update – Practice Social Distancing, Stay Home
Thursday, 3/12 to Families – COVID-19 Update – Monitoring Situation