MPS Newsletter

Vol. 2 Newsletter 8- December 18, 2020

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Happy Holidays

Dear MPS families-

As we move closer to the winter break, I want to thank you for your continued support for our students during virtual learning. I am so honored to serve students, families and staff at MPS. I continue to be amazed by the teachers and staff and their ability to adapt to the needs of students in constantly changing times. Our staff is amazing and I am so proud to stand with them each and every day.

I hope you can take the time during the break to relax, rest, and rejuvenate. We will begin to share additional information regarding the hybrid model and necessary schedule changes when we return from the break.

Thank you to the many families that completed the Parent Intent Survey. If a survey was not submitted for your student, our secretaries have been and will continue to call families to record your preference in instructional model (hybrid or full virtual). If you receive a call from the school please call us back so we can collect this important information that will allow us to continue to plan for the best instructional model possible. Our main office phone number is 240-566-0200.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday. We always love to see your pictures of our students learning. You can share them on Twitter and tag @PrincipalMPS and include the hashtag #knightpride.


Sandy Fox


Front office hours next week

We know that some students may have made cards for Mrs. Dumars with plans to give them to her at the Winter Wonderland Drive Through event. Since this event has been canceled, please know that our office is open next week Monday 12/21, Tuesday 12/22, and Wednesday 12/23 between 9-11:30 and 1:00-3:00. You may drop off any items/cards on those days. If you still need to pick up materials you can also do so at these times.

Important Dates

December 21st- December 23rd- Holiday Spirit Week! (see details below).

December 24th - January 1st- Schools and offices closed for winter break; students return to instruction on Monday January 4th

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Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge

Beanstack Winter Contest!!

From January 1st to January 31st, MPS will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, “Book Like Us,” sponsored by Simon and Schuster (S&S). We challenge our patrons/students to read as much as they can during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site at the Media Homepage.

Prizes will include book collections and virtual author visits. Ten (10) winning schools or libraries will each get a collection of fifty (50) books from the “Books Like Us” collection. Last year MPS won, so let's keep the victory train rolling!!

Happy reading, MPS!

Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge

Click here to access the MPS Beanstack link.


This year MPS will continue to partner with Artsonia to create a secure online art gallery and portfolio for our student’s artwork here at MPS. The portfolio of your child’s artwork can follow them from kindergarten through grade 12! Artsonia also allows parents, grandparents and family to view artwork online and offers opportunities to purchase items featuring your child’s artwork! December 15th is the order by date for holiday gifts!!

This year we will likely hold a virtual art show in the spring. Any art work uploaded for your child can be included in our virtual art show. Therefore, we are asking in addition to schoology, please upload any artwork your child would like to have included in our virtual art show this spring!

  • Access links for your child’s account are located in their SCHOOLOGY art class

  • The access code for our school is: BZDN- MYMX

  • There is a folder containing directions and a link to their artsonia account

  • Please upload any artwork through the student account in schoology not the parent account

  • All uploaded artwork is reviewed before being published by the teacher

  • If you are new to artsonia, you will need to enter your email address to create a parent account. If you have participated in the past, you do not need to sign up again!

  • Feel free to email with any questions you may have.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs. Lucas and Mr. Hench

MPS Art Educators

PTA Member Hub

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