Montgomery Virtual Academy K-5 News

Week of 1/23/23

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A Note from the Dean's Desk

Greetings Montgomery Virtual Academy Voyagers!

All elementary families are reminded of materials distribution this week! We will also have one more opportunity for school photos which will be included in the first ever MVA Yearbook! Please see below for the links to sign-up for materials pick up, a photo time slot, and order pictures if interested.

Also, Happy Lunar New Year to all of our MVA families who celebrate! Whether welcoming in the year of the rabbit, or the year of the cat as is done for Vietnamese New Year this year, I wish everyone much joy, happiness and peace this upcoming year.

I want to thank all of you all for your support & partnership! We are so happy to have you on our voyage!

Mrs. Cassandra Heifetz



  • Sunday, January 22- Lunar New Year
  • Tuesday, January 24 - Makerspace Lunch Bunch with Ms. Jeffcott and Ms. Rahr - 11:45-12:15
  • Wednesday, January 25- Semester 2 K-5 Materials Distribution from 1-6 PM (sign-up below)
  • Thursday, January 26- Semester 2 K-5 Materials Distribution from 1-6 PM (sign-up below)
  • Thursday, January 26- Last Day of Marking Period 2
  • Friday, January 27- No School for Students; Professional Day for Teachers
  • Friday, January 27- Semester 2 K-5 Materials Distribution from 9-5 PM (sign-up below)
  • Friday, January 27- Picture Day! See details below
  • Monday, January 30 - Marking Period 3 (Semester 2) begins
  • Friday, Feb. 3 - Report cards available to view on ParentVUE


K-5 Semester 2 Materials Distribution: Jan. 25-27, 2023

All K-5 students will need a new set of curriculum materials for Semester 2. Please see the flyer linked here or from the image below to access the sign-up and other details.

Sign Up Now for Yearbook Picture Day on January 27!

We are very excited to announce that there will be Montgomery Virtual Academy Yearbook for Grades K-12 this year! There will be one more picture day with Barksdale Photography on Friday, January 27 at our offices.

The link to pre-pay for pictures is coming soon. In the meantime, you may use this calendar link to sign-up for a timeslot to have your child's picture taken if you did not have one taken in August or September.

Book an Appointment

Purchase a Package

MVA Application for 2023-2024

On Thursday, January 5, 2023, MCPS released the Montgomery Virtual Academy application for the 2023-2024 school year.

  • Families who previously completed the Notice of Intent form and indicated a request to remain in the Virtual Academy next school year do not need to apply again.
  • Families who did not complete the form, or who had indicated a desired to return to the home school, but now wish to remain in the Virtual Academy, must apply on ParentVUE using the new application.

The open application period will begin on January 5, 2023 and run through February 2, 2023. You can read the full announcement from MCPS on our website at this link:
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WIDA ACCESS Testing for ELL Learns

The WIDA ACCESS test window is January 9 - February 17. All ELD students are required to take the test in-person at their home school. Please check your email and remind your child to check their email for communication from your home school. Home schools will begin contacting families after December 16th with information regarding test dates and times. The test usually takes two half days. Student’s attendance will be recorded at the home school and reconciled at the MVA to be marked present.

More information will be shared when we return after Winter Break. If you have any questions please contact the MVA ESOL Resource Teacher- Jill Schuck at

Weekly Meal Kits for MVA Students- Reserve Now for Pick-up on *Friday Jan. 27, 2023*

MCPS and the Division of Food & Nutrition Services will be providing bulk meal kits to MCPS students enrolled in MCPS Virtual Academy. The boxes will be distributed at the designated locations listed below. The location selected will be your assigned location to pick up your pre-ordered meal kit.

Please utilize this form to place an order for our Bulk Meal Kits.

Meal Kits will provide 5 Breakfasts and 5 Lunches.

***Distribution & Distribution Sites***

Meal kits will be distributed at each site listed below every Friday (unless otherwise noted) from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.

  • Seneca Valley High School
  • A. Mario Loiederman Middle School
  • Richard Montgomery High School
  • Department of Food & Nutrition Services (DNFS) at Turkey Thicket


All orders for meal kits should be placed a week in advance for distribution the following week.

Meal kit orders must be placed using the google link each week.

The ordering link closes every Friday at noon and reopens Friday at 3:00 pm for the following distribution.

Parents must provide the first and last name & I.D. number of each student if they are requesting a meal kit.

Link to Meal Request form:

***Questions & More Information***

Questions regarding meal kits can be sent to the meals dropbox: (The email dropbox is having technical challenges. Please email with meal questions to pass along to food services until the dropbox is repaired.)

Weekly Meal Kit Request Form

Use this same link each week. The ordering link closes every Friday at noon and reopens Friday at 3:00 pm for the following distribution.

Technology Challenges

We are aware that some of our students have been experiencing challenges with accessing instruction in the recent weeks. We have been in close contact with our partners in the technology office to try to identify what might be causing some of the specific issues. To support this work, we have been gathering data from our staff to try to identify any patterns. As we work to find a more comprehensive solution, we shared some tips at the MVAPTC meeting this past week. The tips that were shared address obstacles that we typically see, as well as the current issues with the password resets and Zoom functionality issues. These tips have helped some of our students, but not all. In most cases, the issue is not with the device itself and does not require a device swap. Please continue to reach out to our main office at 240-740-6060 and email the Community Help Desk mailbox at . We thank you for your continued patience and willingness to help problem-solve.

Extracurricular Clubs and Activities

In an effort to create more social opportunities for students this year, we are working to expand our after-school clubs. Two clubs that will be starting in October are the Rainbow Club and the Kids for Equity Club. Both clubs will be run by MCPS central office staff and high school students in partnership with MVA staff. Other clubs are also in development and will be shared as information becomes available.

Please click here or on the picture to view the flyer for Rainbow Club (in English & Spanish).

Please click here or on the picture below to view the flyer for the Kids for Equity Club! (in English & Spanish)

Students in the MVA are also permitted to participate in extracurriculars at their home school. Parents interested in an after-school activity at their child's school should contact the school for information and details.

Counselor's Corner

During the month of December, all K-5 Virtual Academy students received a lesson on the topic of Internet Safety. We use the website for many of our lesson materials and resources. This website was created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. It has sites for parents and children to view. If you have time, take a look!

Please view the provided Parent tips on Internet Safety linked below.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

K-2 grades: Nicole Bamberger -

3-5 grades: Corinne Whited -

We have also provided parent tips on internet safety linked here.

Protecting your Kids Online:

English Protecting Your Kids Online 2.0.pdf

español Protecting Your Kids Online 2.0 ES.pdf

Cyberbullying unplugged:

English Cyberbullying_Unplugged.pdf

español Cyberbullying_Unplugged_ES.pdf

Being a Trusted Adult:

English being-a-trusted-adult.pdf

español being-a-trusted-adult-es.pdf

Gaming Online:

English gaming-safely.pdf

español gaming-safely-es.pdf

Cellphone Safety:

English Parents' Guide to Smartphone Safety.pdf

español Parents' Guide to Smartphone Safety ES.pdf

Report an Absence Form

Please use this form to report a student absence for any Montgomery Virtual Academy student in Grades Kindergarten - Grade 12.


Technology Support for Virtual Academy Families

If you are having technology issues, please submit an e-ticket by emailing your question or issue to or submit a ticket via the Community Tech Support portal This account is monitored daily and you will receive email notifications throughout the process.

For helpful support guides and screencasts in English and Spanish:

Community Tech Support Portal Support Guide:

To request tech support or submit a Chromebook Repair Request

Zoom Log in information & Troubleshooting

Zoom for Students /Zoom para estudiantes

myMCPS Classroom/Canvas Information & Troubleshooting

Having trouble logging in? Please review the support guide

MCPS Parent Academy

Families and students can stay engaged throughout the school year with Parent Academy TO GO, a series of webinars for families to watch at home. The webinars are available on the Parent Academy website. Registration is available here.


The following MVA Parent Council Announcements are being shared as a public information courtesy. The MVAPTC is the MVA parent-teacher organization with non-profit status and insurance.

MVAPTC (Montgomery Virtual Academy Parent Teacher Council) Announcements:

Seeking donations & volunteers for the MVAPTC Spring Auction to be held in March. Please contact Jessica, MVAPTC President, at to express your interest.

Request: Shirt Donations for Staff Appreciation: Thank you to all who donated!

Shirts, Necklaces, and Earrings are available for purchase at the MVA office.

Next MVAPTC Meeting: Thursday, February 9th at 6:30 PM.

Special Presentation on Restorative Justice in the MVA

Meeting slides, meeting minutes and other documents are available for review on the MVAPTC website located at
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 830 0426 4203 & Passcode: mvaptc

Next MVAPTC Special Education Committee Meeting: Thursday, February 16th at 6:30 PM.

Special Presentation on general services & how to access them for your student.

Please contact Andrea Levy, Chair at for additional information.

Meeting notes are available for review on the MVAPTC website located at

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 826 2881 5806 & Passcode: 570626

Amazon Smile: Go to: (web browser and activate in the Amazon Shopping app) - Set your Charity to MVAPTC (Montgomery Virtual Academy Parent Teacher Council, Inc), Rockville, MD, Parent-Teacher Group)

Helpful Links:


Facebook page: Montgomery Virtual Academy Parent Teacher Council

Facebook Discussion Group: MVAPTC Discussion Group - Montgomery Virtual Academy Families & Staff(MD)

Facebook Special Needs Discussion Group: MVAPTC - Children with SN - Montgomery VIrtual Academy (MD)

Shirts, Dues & Donations:

Please contact Jessica, MVAPTC President, at to volunteer, or with any questions or concerns.


FREE Online Adult Computer Classes for Winter 2023!

The Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center is offering free online basic computing classes for adults. Classes are taught using the Zoom platform. There is very limited space. It is first come, first served. So, please do not delay!

To apply, click here!

Note - The form must be completed only by the person taking the class.

Must have access to a computer. Cell phones cannot be used to take the class.
Classes are open to ages 18 years and older.
For Montgomery County Residents only.

Space is LIMITED - Availability is on a first come, first served basis, until classes have been filled.

Questions: Call: 240-777-4940 or Email:

Montgomery Virtual Academy Website

Check out our website to access the staff directory and other resources!