Marumsco Hills Eagle News

November 2021 Newsletter

MHES News and Updates

This newsletter will provide parents with updates and events at Marumsco Hills Elementary for the month of November.

School Calendar Dates: November

  • November 1-2: No School For Students; Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • November 1: Title I Parent Toolkit Event - Library - Please stop by during the day
  • November 4: School Closed
  • November 8: Nagleri Testing for 2nd Grade
  • November 10: Report Cards Available in ParentVue; 3rd Grade CogAt Testing
  • November 11: School Closed
  • November 12: 3rd Grade CogAt Testing
  • November 17: PTO Meeting @ 6:00
  • November 18: Tornado Drill
  • November 24-26: School Closed
  • November 30: Picture Re-Take Day

Parent Toolkit - November 1

The MHES Title I Team invites parents to attend our Annual Toolkit for Learning Workshop on November 1, 2021. Parents can come to the library before or after their parent/teacher conferences. We will share strategies that can be used to help your child at home with math and reading. Parents that attend the workshop will receive a take home bag of filled with supplies.

What: Toolkit for Learning Parent Workshop

Where: Library

When: Monday, November 1, 2021

Time: 8:30 AM-7:00 PM

Hot Spots

If your family does not have internet in the home, please contact the school. We can provide a hot spot to help your family secure internet in the home.

Parental Right to Information About Teachers

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, most recently reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act, states that parents in Title I schools have the right to request certain information about their child’s teachers. The information that you have a right to request about your child’s teacher is:

  1. Whether the teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subjects the teacher is teaching.
  2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing has been waived.
  3. The baccalaureate degree major of certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
  4. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

At Marumsco Hills Elementary, we are extremely proud of our teachers and paraprofessionals, and are happy to provide you with any of the information above pertaining to your child’s teacher(s). If you have such a request, please call the school at 703-494-3252 and ask for the information you are interested in.

Parental Notification of Assessment Opt Out Policies Under The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

According to the Virginia Department of Education, "All students in tested grade levels and courses are expected to participate in Virginia's assessment program, unless specifically exempted by state or federal law or by Board of Education regulations." On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) was signed into law. Section 1112(e)(2) of ESSA states that parents of students in Title I schools have a right to know about state or division policies regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by ESSA, including any policy, procedure, or parental right to opt students out of such assessments. The Commonwealth of Virginia does not currently have an Opt Out policy for SOL assessments. However, Section 22.1-253.13:3.C of the Code of Virginia states that, “The Board of Education shall not include in its calculation of the passage rate of a Standards of Learning assessment for the purposes of state accountability any student whose parent has decided to not have his child take such Standards of Learning assessment, unless such exclusions would result in the school's not meeting any required state or federal participation rate.” Prince William County Public Schools regulations state that, if a parent or guardian decides to not have a student take a state or local assessment, then the person making the request should be informed about the academic consequences that decision could have on the student.

If you would like to receive more information about this topic, please contact the Ms. Cuocci.

Important Safety Reminders

  • Masks are required for all students and adults when in the school building. Masks cannot have vents or exhalation valves. If using a neck gaiter, it must be worn in two layers.
  • Masks will be required at recess, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Parents will not be allowed to eat lunch with students due to safety and spacing constraints
  • Students will be assigned a number in the cafeteria and have an assigned seat throughout the year. This is being done to support any COVID case investigation that may need to be done.
  • Water fountains will not be used. Students need to bring a refillable water bottle to school.

Technology Corner

Each student has been issued a laptop computer. These devices may be brought back and forth to school each day so they are available in school and at home. We do encourage students to use Lexia at home!

If your child is bringing their laptop home, please remember to charge it overnight, and return the laptop in the black sleeve with cord back to school the next day.

Instructional Corner - Check Out What Our Students Are Learning This Month!


Language Arts

  • Re-telling stories with familiar books, personal stories, and details
  • Asking and answering questions to gather information and understanding


  • Geometry
  • Exploring Measurement

Social Studies

  • History
  • Community and changes over time
  • Citizenship
  • Patriotism
  • Thanksgiving


  • Weather/Seasons/Day & Night - patterns in nature

First Grade

Language Arts

  • Narrative Writing
  • Retelling Beginning, Middle, End


  • Comparing and ordering sets of numbers
  • Counting orally to 110 and backward from 20
  • Measuring length using nonstandard units

Social Studies

  • Economics: goods and services
  • Consumers and producers
  • Saving and spending
  • Diverse traditions

2nd Grade

Language Arts

  • Describe characters
  • Re-tell a story using beginning, middle, and end
  • Write a story about myself
  • Them, conflict, and resolution
  • Revise a story written


  • Rounding to nearest 10
  • Addition and subtraction to 20
  • Even and odd numbers
  • Place value to 3 digits
  • Count by 2, 5, and 10 to 120
  • Count backwards by 10 from 120
  • Money to value of $2.00
  • Time to nearest 5 minutes


  • Force and movement
  • Engineering practices

Social Studies

  • Famous Americans to include Christopher Columbus, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington Carver, Helen Keller, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Describe why we celebrate major holidays

3rd Grade

Language Arts

  • Exploring theme
  • Narrator
  • Context Clues
  • Synonyms and Antonyms


  • Model and represent multiplication and division
  • Create and solve practical problems for multiplication and division
  • Equivalent equations


  • Simple machines
  • Adaptations

Social Studies

  • Geography
  • Economics

4th Grade

Language Arts

  • Characterization

  • Conflict and Resolution

  • Theme; Narrative Writing


  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Geometry


  • Weather
  • Solar System

Social Studies

  • Jamestown

5th grade

Language Arts

  • Drawing conclusions
  • Identify theme
  • Explain resolution of conflict
  • Personal narrative writing activity


  • Measurement: practical problems involving perimeter, area and volume, elapsed time within a 24-hour period, equivalent measurements with metric units
  • Data Analysis: stem and leaf plots. mean, median, mode and range, summarize data
  • Fraction/Decimal Number Sense: equivalences in fractions, compare fractions, decimal place value, compare and order fractions/decimals


  • Energy: ability to do work, different forms of energy, transformations, conservations
  • Motion: kinetic energy, net force and mass, friction

Social Studies

  • The American Southeast to include political features, physical and climate characteristics, natural resources, economic activity, and population
  • The American Midwest to include political features and physical and climate characteristics


During the month of November, art will be transitioning from foundational design and drawing skills to advanced techniques. Students will begin using paint, watercolor, oil and chalk pastels. Students will continue to look at and discuss art history.


  • Kindergarten: Continue developing our underhand rolling and tossing skills and begin catching.
  • 1st Grade: Continue developing our underhand rolling and tossing skills and begin catching.
  • 2nd Grade: The skills we will be working on are overhand throwing and catching.
  • 3rd Grade: The skills we will be working on are overhand throwing and catching.
  • 4th Grade: Continue overhand throwing and catching in game situations and fitness activities.
  • 5th Grade: Continue overhand throwing and catching in game situations and fitness activities.


  • KG- Learn "Copo de Nieve"

  • 1st- Learn "Hannukah O Hannukah"

  • 2nd- Learn "Grandma's Chicken Soup"

  • 3rd- Learn "Snow Day"

  • 4th- Begin Ukuleles (Parts of the ukulele, C chord), Learn Holiday Sounds

  • 5th- Begin Ukuleles (Parts of the ukulele, C chord), Learn Bucket Stom