Cougar Weekly Update

March 15, 2019

Principal's Message

This time of year is always exciting as we are gearing up to welcome students for the 2019-20 school year. We begin kindergarten registration in early May. Kindergarten registration will open on May 7th at 10:00 and run until 2:00. It then continues from 10:00 - 2:00 each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until June 27th. During the month of July we register by appointment by calling (703) 392-1317. We pick-up with registration Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 - 2:00 on August 6th.

Please see the MPCS web site

on details of what is needed to register.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Gwynn

Sign-Up to Participate in Fine Arts Night, March 28th!

Fine Arts Night Is Coming!

Hello Parents and Students!

Cougar Elementary is very excited about the upcoming Fine Arts Night! The month of March is designated as a month long celebration of music and arts in our schools. In celebration, Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade students will share what they have been working on in music, art, and STEM class. This event will be on Thursday, March 28th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. The art gallery and presentation will take place between 6pm – 7pm. Students will have artwork on display in the gallery or be represented in pictures throughout the presentation. The music performances will be by grade level and will be from 7pm-7:30pm.

If your child is interested in participating in the music performance part of the evening, please sign and return the bottom of this slip to school.

Thank you!

Mrs. Smith & Ms. Girvin

Cougar Elementary Music & Art Teachers

_____ My child would like to participate in the music performance on March 28th. They can

arrive to Cougar Elementary by 6:45 pm for a start time of 7 pm.

Student’s name:____________________________________________________

Student’s homeroom teacher:_________________________________________

Parent/Guardian signature:___________________________________________

Noche de bellas artes!

!Estimados padres de familia y estudiantes!

La escuela Cougar está muy emocionada por la noche de bellas artes que se está acercando. Todo el mes de marzo ha sido designado para celebrar la música y el arte en nuestras escuelas. Como parte de la celebración los estudiantes de kindergarten, primero, y segundo grado compartirán lo que ellos han trabajado en sus clases de música, arte y STEM. Este evento será el jueves 28 de marzo de 6pm-7pm. La galería de arte y presentación tomara lugar de 6pm-7pm. Los estudiantes expondrán sus trabajos de arte en la galería o serán representados con fotos en la exposición. Las presentaciones musicales serán por grado de 7 a 7:30pm

Si, su niño/a interesado/a en participar en la presentación musical en la noche. Por favor firmé y envié la parte de debajo de regreso a la escuela.


La señora Smith y señorita. Girvin

Maestras de Música y art de la escuela Cougar.

_____ Mi niño/a le gustaría participar en la presentación musical el jueves 28 de marzo. Por favor, llegar a la escuela Cougar a las 6:45pm para comenzar a las 7pm.

Nombre del estudiante: ____________________________________________________

Maestro/a de salón del estudiante: _________________________________________

Firma del padre de familia/tutor: ___________________________________________

Internet Safety

Manassas Park City Schools strives to always provide a safe learning environment for our students. This includes teaching Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety as well as using filtering and monitoring software on MPCS devices. We encourage parents to talk to their child about safe use of the Internet no matter what device they are using. A recent topic in the news is centered around a scary character being featured in children video. Although we have not seen such videos at school, the following resources may be helpful in talking to your child about appropriate Internet use.

Momo online Safety Guide for Parents

Parent’s Ultimate Guide to Fortnite

7 Conversations to have with Your Child about Internet Safety

Project U.P. Field Trip Permission Slips and Payments due March 28!

We are excited to announce that Project U.P, MPCS’s newest career-based elementary initiative, will be returning this spring! Project U.P. will be “taking-off” on April 10, 11, and 12! In addition to exciting new flights, career exploration opportunities, and engaging assemblies, Project U.P. will be offering field trips! Permission slips are due back by Thursday, March 28,2019. Payments can be made online through, by cash, by check, or by money order made out to Cougar Elementary School.

**Medication expiration dates**: if your child requires emergency medications (epipens, inhalers, etc.) please make sure they are valid and up to date prior to going on the field trip. Students will not be able to attend the field trip if their necessary emergency medications are expired.

Any questions? Explore the Project U.P. website or reach out to the CES building coordinators, Ms. Kristen Fink ( & Mrs. Malia Hayes ( We can’t wait to see what this spring’s program will bring!

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Crayola Colorcycling Program

In honor of Earth Day coming up, our school is teaming up with Crayola for their ColorCycling program to encourage reducing, reusing, and recycling to help keep our planet clean! We are asking them to collect old Crayola markers and bring them to school in order to send to Crayola to be recycled into new markers.

A Note from your Nurse…

Quite a few of our inhalers and Epi-pens have expired, or are due to expire in April.

These emergency medications must accompany your child during a field trip.

Please check with nursing to see if your child’s medication needs renewal.

Thank You,

Nurse Braun/Nurse Kathy

Cougar Literacy Run May 4th!

Please join us on Saturday, May 4th, at Cougar Elementary for the 5k and One Mile Kids’ Fun Run. Age group awards for the 5k, raffle prizes, silent auction baskets, and several vendors and booths will all be a part of the day! Print out the attached registration form or register online at . Don’t wait too long as early registration ends April 5th! Thank you for supporting our youngest cougars and their literacy development!

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Kindergarten Registration for 2019-2010

Kindergarten registration will open on May 7th at 10:00 and run until 2:00. It then continues from 10:00 - 2:00 each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until June 27th. During the month of July we register by appointment by calling (703) 392-1317. We pick-up with registration Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 - 2:00 on August 6th.

We look forward to meeting our new kindergarteners!

STEM Room Donations

Ms. Fink is looking for the following items for the STEM room:


Scraps of wood (sanded down no nails)

Plastic containers with lids

Shredded papers

Fruit cup/pudding containers



Boxes from food products

Donations can be sent in with your child or dropped off in the main office.

It's Time for 18-19 Yearbook Sales!

Price is $20.00

Order forms are in Friday Folders this week or you can order online at use yearbook ID code 9200019

A big Thank You! to Ms. Schmidt for putting the yearbook together this year!

Upcoming Events


19 Tornado Drill 9:30 AM and Literacy Run Spirit Night 4 - 8 PM

21 Family Market

22 PTO Betty and Marie's Spirit Night

28 Fine Arts Night (Date Change!) and End of Third Quarter

29 Parent Teacher Conferences - No School


1 Book Fair 8:30-4:00

2 Book Fair 8:30-4:00 and Bedtime Read 6:30-8:00

3 Book Fair 8:30-4:00

4 Book Fair 8:30-5:00

5 Book Fair 8:30 - noon

9 Literacy Run Fundraiser - 1 - 9 PM Sweet Frog Hastings Market Place

10-13 Project Up

10 - Kindergarten Field Trip and PTO Spirit Night at Chic-Fil-A

11 - 1st and 2nd Grade Field Trip

15-22 Spring Break

24 - PTO Preston's Pub Spirit Night

30 - LIteracy Run Fundraiser 4 - 8pm 9511 Liberia Ave.


4 - Literacy Run

7 - Kindergarten Registration Opens for 2019-2020

8 - Spring Pictures and PTO Spirit Night at Chic-Fil-A

10 - Interim Reports Home

12 - PTO Meeting 6:30 in Cougar City Square

24 - PTO Spirit Night at Betty and Marie's

27 - Memorial Day - No School

31 - PTO Spirit Night Chuck E. Cheese

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Free and Reduced meals are available to qualifying families based on household income. Families must reapply every year in order to take advantage of this benefit.

The application is open and available for all families to see if they qualify. The paperwork needs to be completed in the first 30 days of school. After this time, if the paperwork is not completed, all meals charged to start the school year will be billed as full price. I encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

More information can be found here:

Stay Connected

So many exciting things happen during the school year! You can follow Cougar and Manassas Park City School on many different platforms:

You can stay connected by:

  • Checking your child's Friday Folder each week
  • Reading the CES weekly online newsletters emailed out each Friday afternoon
  • Following CES on Twitter @CESMiniCougars
  • Following MPCS on Twitter @MPCSchools
  • Liking and following the Manassas Park City Schools Facebook page
  • Checking the MPCS website frequently at
  • Following the MPC PTO on Facebook at