The Lion's Den January 27, 2023

MES Family Newsletter

Student Drop-Off Reminders

During morning drop-off, students are dismissed from cars between the two stop signs. If a staff member on duty is holding up their stop sign, please remain stopped. Once the staff member closest to the school puts the sign down, the first car in line may pull away. Please remain in the car line and follow the car in front of you. This is for the safety of all of the children who are getting out of their cars in the morning, as well as our staff members on car duty. Thank you so much for helping us make sure all of our students get out of their cars and into the building safely!

YEARBOOK ORDERS- the deadline to order is February 28th!

It's time to order your 2022-2023 MES yearbook! We sold out of yearbooks last year, so if you know you would like a yearbook, now is the time to order as we do not order extras! Yearbooks are $25 until February 28th. February 28th will be the last possible day to order a yearbook. You can also order online using the link below!

Save the date! Forms will be coming home soon!

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PreK Screenings and Kindergarten Registration!

PreK Screenings

Children who will be four (4) years old on or before September 30, 2023

The following forms are required:

- Birth Certificate

- Proof of Residency

- Proof of Income for everyone working in the household

We will hold our first day of PreK screenings on Tuesday, March 7th, by appointment! If you would like to schedule an appointment for March 7th, please call the school at 540-289-3004, and make sure you have provided the school with each of the documents listed above prior to the day of the screening. If all appointments are filled on March 7th, we will schedule additional screening appointments at a later date. All of the above documents as well as the PreK screening are necessary to determine if a child qualifies for the program.

Kindergarten Registration

Children who will be five (5) years old on or before September 30, 2023

The following forms/documents are required:

- Birth Certificate

- Proof of Residency

Note: A copy of a current physical examination form (within 12 months prior to the first day of school) and a complete immunization record must be provided before a child begins school.

All families are encouraged to complete online registration using the link that will be provided on our website starting March 6th (Be sure to select 2023-24 school year). If you are unable to access the online registration, you may come to MES on Monday, March 6th from 9:00-2:00 or Tuesday, March 7th from 9:00-5:00 and we will be happy to assist you!

Please contact the school office if you have any questions!

VDH Immunization/Physical Examination Schedule

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Superintendent Search

Superintendent Search Survey

The School Board of Rockingham County Public Schools invites parents, staff, students and community members to complete a survey to assist with our current Superintendent Search. The survey, being conducted by the School Board's search firm, BWP and Associates, will remain open from January 30 to February 12, 2023. To participate, please click here.

School Board Announces Dates for Community Forums for Superintendent Search

The Rockingham County School Board invites all community members to participate in a meeting with the consultants from BWP & Associates to help identify characteristics sought in the new superintendent. The community is invited to attend one of the four following public open forums scheduled on:

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

East Rockingham High School – Library 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Spotswood High School - Library 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Broadway High School - Lecture Room 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Turner Ashby High School – Library 6:30 - 7:30 PM

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Help us stock the fridge for our amazing staff! Please click below to sign up!

Library Info from Ms. Breeden!

Hometown Heroes are Readers Too!!

We are looking for any law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs and/or military personnel (Veterans are welcome too!) who would be willing to come in and read to our students on Friday, March 3 from 9-11:30am. A snow date will be scheduled for Friday, March 31 from 9-11:30am. We do ask that uniforms be worn if possible! We will provide you with the books to read and lunch will also be provided to all of our readers!


Adopt-A-Book Time!!!!

It’s also Adopt-A-Book time!! Thanks to all who have signed up to donate a book! Please be sure all money is sent in by Friday, Feb. 3.

MES Adopt-A-Book

There are so many things happening in the library! Here is a list of some of the things going on in the library: school-wide crayon peeling/economics unit, learning about penguins and Groundhog’s Day, working on publishing books, learning about figurative language and the importance of finding media balance and staying safe online.

Please be sure to check out our MES Library Website! and Destiny Discover Tutorial video.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me!

Inspire Awards!

Inspire Awards are back in RCPS! All RCPS staff members are eligible to receive an Inspire Award! You can nominate any staff member for this award using this nomination form link.
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Congratulations Ms. Hope Warner!!

Ms. Hope Warner received an Inspire Award from one of her students at the last school board meeting!
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Information From School Nurses

How Sick is Stay-Home-From School Sick?

  • Students need to stay home for 24 hours when their temperature is 100 degrees or higher. Do not send your student to school following morning administration of Tylenol or Motrin. In order to return to school, students need to be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • Students that are vomiting or have diarrhea (3 or more loose stools) the night before school, they should stay home for 24 hours from the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Students with persistent yellow/green nasal drainage and have no known allergies or medical history of drainage need to stay home.
  • Students with a heavy, persistent cough with sputum present need to stay home until symptoms resolve.
  • Students with skin eruptions or undiagnosed skin rashes need to stay home.
  • Students that have redness of the eye lining or an irritation of the eyes accompanied by swelling and drainage need to stay home. Students diagnosed with pink eye must stay home until 24 hours of antibiotics have been administered.
  • Students prescribed antibiotics must stay home for 24 hours after the first dose is given.
  • Students need to stay home if they display any coronavirus symptoms like; fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, headache, runny/stuffy nose, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body/muscle aches, loss of taste or smell.

MES January Calendar

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MES February Calendar

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Important School Information & Upcoming Dates!

Looking Ahead!

February 1- Global Day of Play

February 2- Groundhog Day and TUTU (2/2) Day! Dress in your favorite tutu or groundhog day attire!

February 8- PTO Meeting on Zoom- 6:00pm

February 9- Super Bowl Spirit Day! Wear your favorite sports jersey!

February 10- Division Inservices- No School for Students

February 13-17- Kindness Week!

Feb. 13- Workout your problems with kindness- wear workout gear!

Feb. 14- Valentine's Day! Wear red, pink, white, and hearts!

Feb. 15- Crazy about kindness- Crazy Hair day

Feb. 16- Spread kindness like confetti! Dress colorful

Feb. 17- MES PTO GLOW RUN!! Wear neon or white for GLOW DAY!

Feb. 23- JMU Math Night at MES! 6pm

February 27-March 3- Read Across America Week!

The 2022-2023 RCPS calendar can be found here!


MES PAW Patrollers!

This year, we are excited to start a new program at MES: PAW Patrollers. This program will begin on Monday, September 26th! A parent/guardian can sign up to be a PAW Patroller once per month from 11 am-2:30 pm. PAW Patrollers serve in various volunteer capacities to support our students! The PAW Patrollers schedule is below:

11:00-1:00: Volunteer in the cafeteria for all lunch shifts (PAW Patrollers are encouraged to have lunch with their child/children during their lunchtimes!)

1:00-2:30: Follow your child's schedule as a classroom volunteer. This may include attending specials/recess with your child!

If you want to learn more about signing up as a PAW Patroller, please contact Ms. Mitchell, our school counselor.


If you need to contact the office regarding your child's attendance, please call the school at 540-289-3004 or email the school at before 8:30 am. Please include the following information in your email:

1. Student Name

2. Teacher Name

3. Reason for Absence

4. The name of the person submitting the email

You can also use this email address to send Dr. notes!

Transportation Changes- Important!

Any same-day transportation changes during the school year must occur before 1:30pm. Please make sure these are taken care of through the office, rather than contacting the teacher, so that we can ensure your child gets home safely! Often, teachers do not have time to check messages and email during the day, so it is important that these changes are communicated to the office. The office will take care of making sure teachers know of the transportation changes.