MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

March 28, 2013

Early Education Roundtables

As part of a series of school visits across Minnesota, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius held roundtable discussions this week on early education and Governor Dayton’s budget. Today, the Commissioner met with Winona Superintendent Dr. Scott Hannon, teachers and administrators to talk about the current state of early education in Winona. In his budget, Governor Dayton proposed investing $84 million in early education. Read media advisory. Visit the Governor's website. See media advisory for March 25 early education roundtable in Marshall. See media advisory for March 27 early education roundtable in Moorhead.

April is the Month of the Military Child

April is Month of the Military Child (MOMC) and was first celebrated in April 1986 under former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. The MOMC recognizes military children and youth for the sacrifices they make so their parents can serve our nation. In addition, it reinforces the integral role military children and youth play in supporting their service member.

Ways to recognize youth during MOMC:

· Encourage your child to write a poem about being a military child! Senator Franken is hosting his 2nd Annual Poetry Contest in April. Youth can submit their entries by April 10th. Commissioner Cassellius will be one of the judges. View more information and enter the poetry contest on Senator Franken's website.
· Sign up for a letter from Governor Dayton! Youth Programs partnered with MDVA, American Legion, and the Governor's Office to create a site for parents to sign their child up to receive a personalized letter from the governor thanking those youth for their sacrifice. Go to the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs website to request a letter. (Information will be available April 1, 2013.)
· Wear purple on April 15th! Purple Up is another way the community and schools can show support during April. Communities and schools are encouraged to wear purple on April 15 to show their support.
· Have your child take the Governor's Proclamation to school to share in class. Governor Dayton and staff are committed to recognizing military-connected youth and drafted a proclamation for the Month of the Military Child. See Governor’s Proclamation on the Governor’s Office website.

ED Review – A U.S. Department of Education Newsletter

ED Review provides a bi-weekly update on U.S. Department of Education initiatives and activities. See the latest ED Review posting on the U.S. Department of Education website.