News & Notes from Ms. Kapuchuck

September 12, 2021

Dear Families,

I hope all of you are enjoying this beautiful weekend! We have had another great week of school at MES! I am so proud of how our students have settled into routines. Please read below for important updates and information!


Grades 3-5 Growth Assessments

This fall, students in grades 3-8 will be the first to take new growth assessments to determine baselines for measuring individual academic progress in reading and mathematics during the school year.

RCPS Students in grades 3-5 will take VDOE Growth Assessments at 1:00 PM on the following dates:

9/22- Reading

9/23- Math

9/24 and 9/27- Growth Assessment Make-Up Days

Please click below to read a letter from RCPS regarding Growth Assessments!

Yearbook Sales are now ONLINE!

Picture day is right around the corner! This year, we will have online yearbook sales. If you would like to order a yearbook, please click on the link below!

Yearbooks are $20 until April 1st! After April 1st, the price increases to $25.

Fall Picture Day!

Fall pictures will be taken on October 5th. Picture retakes are scheduled for December 3rd.

Business Sponsors Needed!

Many thanks to REMAX, James River Advisors, Myers Ford, Hammer Insurance, the Hoskins family, and Ms. Gigliotti for their donations toward our Book Machine! To date, we have received $2,400.00 in donations! The total cost of the book machine is $5165.00 so we have just over $2,700.00 more to raise!

If your business or employer is interested in this partnership, we will add your company logo to the book machine as well as provide your business with tax write-off documentation for donations.

Please reach out to Leslie Kapuchuck ( or 540-289-3004 if you are able to help us achieve this goal for our students!

Central Shenandoah Health District Tobacco Cessation Program

Tobacco Cessation Program Parent Letter

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. As a community, we can start to address this public health crisis by educating parents about addiction and giving them the tools they need to help their children end their dependence on nicotine products.

The Central Shenandoah Health District is excited to offer a three session Tobacco Cessation Education Program. This program will take place in the evening and will be offered virtually.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please complete the survey linked here:

This program is open to anyone interested in learning about tobacco products and tools to quit. If you have any questions, please reach out to Katherine Smith, Health Educator, at

Breakfast and Lunch is FREE for all students! Menus are below!

School Quality Profile

School quality profiles are now posted on the VDOE website. Please click here to search for the school quality profile for MES.

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.

RCPS COVID-19 & Health Plan Information

You can find the RCPS reopening information by clicking here. You can find the RCPS health plan here.

We continue to follow the same health and safety procedures as last year when it comes to COVID-19. Thank you for understanding that all of our schools in RCPS are following this plan in order to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff. We appreciate your patience, flexibility and understanding as we navigate this "new normal".


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!