MES Communication

November 20 - December 2

Hello BEAR Nation!

As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, I would like to begin by thanking our families for sharing your children with us. Each day, I am blown away by the kindness of our Bears. Whether they are helping classmates, keeping our building clean, or simply giving fist bumps and high fives, I cannot begin to praise our students enough. Wishing you a wonderful holiday and break.

Lunch Menu (Nov. 21–Dec. 2)

FREE Breakfast and Lunch is available daily.

Students may decline a meal at any time.

Available Everyday: Yogurt Meal, Hummus, or Sunbutter & Jelly

Specials Rotation (Nov. 21–Dec. 2)

Moncure is operating on a six-day rotation this year. Please look for specific Specials information from your child’s teacher!

SCPS 2022-23 Calendar

To help you to prepare for the year ahead, I encourage families to access the SCPS 2022-23 School Calendar. Please print or keep this link handy, as it will help you to prepare for holidays or periodic days off.

SMILE Virginia – Mobile Dentist is coming to Moncure

Smile Mobile is coming to Moncure between December 12-14. If you would like to register or learn more online, you can access SMILE Virginia by clicking below. Permission forms are due by November 21st.

SMILE Virginia Registration

Notice of School Lockdown Drill – Monday, November 21st

Anne E. Moncure Elementary School will conduct a “Full Lockdown” procedures drill on Monday, November 21st. Our drill will be conducted under the supervision of Moncure’s Crisis Team to prepare for the occurrence of a potential crisis. Moncure’s staff, Stafford County Public Schools, and our Sheriff’s Department are committed to providing all of our students with safe education settings.

What does a “Full Lockdown” look like? Upon encountering dangerous individuals or receiving information from the Sheriff’s Department, all staff and students are directed to follow “Full Lockdown” procedures; as established by our Stafford County Sheriff’s Department and Stafford County Public Schools Emergency Procedures Plan. All doors remain locked, children are secured, instruction is halted, and no one is allowed to enter or exit our building until an “all clear” comes from the Sheriff’s Department and / or school Administration.

Concerning our exercise, Moncure’s staff and students will conduct a “Full Lockdown” drill as directed by our county. If we were to be involved in an actual emergency, constant communication would also be maintained between our school, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Department, and our Superintendent. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.

As a community, we all play an important part in the training for and implementation of lockdown procedures. These procedures are reviewed by administration, safety and security, and staff at the beginning of each school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Thanks again for your cooperation and support.

November PTO Meeting

Please join our PTO for their November meeting on Monday, November 21st. Our PTO will meeting at 5:30 in the MES Library. We will also have a virtual option and interpreter available.

PTO Meeting

Monday, November 21st at 5:30 (Moncure Library)

Join virtually through Google Meet:

School Calendar of Events

November 21: SMILE Virginia – Mobile Dentist Registrations are Due

November 21: School Lockdown Drill

November 21: November PTO Meeting 5:30PM

November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break – No School

December 1: Fall Picture Retakes / Makeups

December 6: McDonald’s Spirit Night 5-8PM (Garrisonville Location)

December 7: Dare Graduation

December 8: Winter Concert

REMINDER: National School Lunch Program Application (School and Family Benefits)

As a Title 1 school, Federal funds are allocated to Moncure to support our students. These funds can be used to hire staff, purchase supplies, pay for professional development, as well as provide funds to support our families and community. One way funding is determined for Stafford County and Moncure Elementary School is through the National School Lunch Program. With Moncure currently offering free meals for all students, it is easy for our families not to apply for this support. However, if your family has received financial meal support in the past, or if you believe you would need this support to provide school meals to your children, we ask that you use the link below to complete a National School Lunch Program Application. Applications for the National School Lunch Program must be completed annually. Should you have any questions, please contact our school or Stafford County’s Nutrition Department. Free School Lunch Application Link

A Note to School - Communication

Plans change and communication makes everything easier. Should you need to report an absence or adjust your BEAR’S dismissal plan, please contact our school. One way to communicate is by completing our “A Note to School” form and sending it through email to our office and your student’s teacher or by simply sending the form or a note to school. To access digital forms of this note, you can go to the parent portion of our webpage or simply use the link below. Thanks for keeping us informed. The earlier the better.

How to communicate with Moncure: -or- "A Note To School"

Please include in all emails:

Student's Name, Teacher's Name, and your name

Office Dismissal Hours (“No Student Office Dismissals” after 2:30PM)

It is not uncommon for our office and elementary schools across our county to receive multiple emails each day with dismissal changes from parents. The notifications require our office to contact teachers to prevent students from being dismissed incorrectly. Student office dismissals after 2:30PM only add to this confusion. Please understand that our “No Student Office Dismissal” restriction after 2:30PM is based on student safety. Thanks for your understanding!

“Pawsitive” and “Caught Ya” Citations

“Pawsitive” and “Caught Ya” Citations are great ways to recognize students and staff for being awesome! Staff members are responsible for submitting “Pawsitive” Citations for students and students and parents are welcome to submit “Caught Ya” Citations for staff. Check your email for these citations! They are a highlight of our day to send and often a highlight for students and families to receive. They also provide students with an opportunity to earn House points. Everyone wants to be a member of the “House of the Year!” If you would like to recognize one or more of our staff members, simply use this link. “Caught Ya”–Staff Citation Link Thank you so much!

Have a Great Week #BEARNATION!
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