MVES Newsletter

January 14, 2022

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Parenting Corner

Family Connections: Some great parenting reminders during these cold winter days!

The secret to getting into your child’s world?

Let them know THEY MATTER!

You may be thinking, “Of course they know.” or “They should ALREADY know that.”

What if they don’t? What if you believe they know that, but they don’t see it that way? Then get intentional and MAKE SURE they know it.

This is where the rubber hits the road! Don’t TELL them they matter, show them.

-Have dinner with them as often as you can. (Check out the Parent Blast from September 21st if you need some ideas).

-Put away all electronics (both yours and theirs) for an hour and just talk/play games/take a walk/throw a ball around. You get the idea.

-Talk to them while driving down the road. They may respond better to this than sitting down face-to-face because it doesn’t feel confrontational. This is a Miller Family favorite (please don’t tell my sons)!!

-Hold them accountable for their grades. Give them consequences for grades you don’t approve of.

-Help them with their homework and don’t be afraid to tell them if you don’t understand it. Maybe you can figure it out together. This is also a Miller Family favorite (math is taught differently than when I was in elementary school)!!

-Give them chores to do around the house and SHOW them how to do them correctly. Let them know what a help it is to you.

-Get to know their friends and their friends’ parents. Get to know ANYONE who will be spending time with your child. You are NOT interfering! You are loving and protecting your child. Nothing feels better than to know someone important in your life is looking out for you.

-Set boundaries around friends/bedtime/electronics. They NEED these boundaries. They will fight, but by being consistent and firm, you are telling them they are worth your energy.

Dig in deep if you need to, but know that it will pay off over time as you watch your child transform into a caring, responsible, functional part of your family.

The secret to getting into your child’s world is to be part of it!

RCPS Suggested 2022-23 Calendar

Rockingham County School Division's calendar committee is beginning work on the calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. I have attached a "first draft" of the proposed school calendar for next year. You are welcome to review it and send any suggestions, concerns, or questions about it to Phil Judd at Turner Ashby (just kidding). Please send them to Drew Miller. I will gladly forward your inquiries to the calendar committee for its review.

22-23_RCPS STARTING POINT Calendar_175 days.xlsx - Sheet1 (2).pdf

Menu Change

Please make note of the menu change for January 19, there is no chef salad available due to schools being closed on that Monday and Tuesday and produce is unable to be delivered. They will serve corn dog nuggets instead.

School Bus Drivers Needed

Interested in hauling our nation’s most precious cargo? Our next School Bus Class will be on January 15th, 22nd, and 29th. For more information, interested people can call Chris Sours or Jeremy Mason at 540-433-2458.

Help Wanted: Cafeteria Monitor Needed

Interested in teaching young children table manners and how to open a milk carton? Have we got the job for you! We are in need of one more cafeteria monitor from 10:30am-1pm each day. Interested folks can complete an online application on the RCPS website or contact Ms. McCrea for more information 540-438-1965.

From the School Nurse...

As COVID numbers in our area are rising we need to come together as a team to keep our children healthy and safe.


  • They have to take any medications to make them feel better or reduce fever

  • Have had a fever of 100.4 or higher in the last 24 hours

  • they have a bad cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, a runny nose that will soil more than 2 masks per day

  • Someone in your household is sick and being tested for COVID

If you think that you have been exposed to COVID DO NOT send the child to school without consulting the school first.

If you are unsure of household contact or have any questions if your child should attend school please call the office at 540-438-1965 and ask to speak with Nurse Angie or you may email her at

Please refer to the following Daily Home Screening tool before sending your child.

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Face coverings are required to be worn indoors at all times, in accordance with the state public health order date August 12, 2021, other than mask breaks and designated eating times. Face coverings are to be worn regardless of social distancing. Teachers will help/train students, as needed, to wear face coverings according to these guidelines. Parents are responsible for providing students with face masks.

Students that do not comply with wearing a face covering will be sent to the office. If the issue cannot be resolved, the student will be placed in an area distanced from others to wait until a parent picks them up.


If your child is going to be absent from school, please call the office at 433-1965, email, or send a written note to the school following the absence. If you are planning to take a vacation or your child will be out of school for an extended period of time, please contact the office. Thank you!

Parent Portal

The parent portal is an online portal accessible anywhere on the web that parents can log in to and see all of their children in one place, their grades, assignments, scores, attendance, schedules, and teacher comments for each school your children attend.

Parents need to contact the school to get access information to create an account in PowerSchool.

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Free and Reduced Meal Applications are now available for the 21-22 school year. Although all children are currently eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch meals during the school day, completing a meal application is still recommended if you believe you qualify. The qualification letter that is sent back to the household can be used for proof of eligibility for other program benefits and discounts, such as the Emergency Broadband Benefit. To apply, please complete the online meal application at, or fill out the attached application and return to your child's school or mail to: Food and Nutrition Services, 1210 N. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA, 22802.