Marumsco Hills Eagle News

April 2022 Newsletter

MHES News and Updates

This newsletter will provide parents with updates and events at Marumsco Hills Elementary for the month of April.

School Calendar Dates: April

  • April 1: End of 3rd Quarter/Teacher Workday
  • April 6: Title SOL Information Night - Grades 3-5 (Virtual) at 6:00
  • April 8: Wear a Number to School
  • April 11-15: Spring Break - School Closed
  • April 18: Report Cards Available in ParentVue
  • April 18: Hats off to Inclusion! Wear your favorite hat
  • April 19: "Together Everyone Accomplishes More" because at Marumsco Hills we are a TEAM- Wear your favorite team's jersey
  • April 20: Be your individual self! Wacky Wednesday- wear clothes that don't match
  • April 21: Sensory Friendly Thursday! Students who are neurodivergent often feel more comfortable in clothing that is soft and comfy! Wear your favorite Pajamas to school!

  • April 21: Gifted Information Parent Night - Held at King Elementary @ 6:30
  • April 22: Wear a Shape or Pattern to School
  • April 27: PTO Meeting at 6:00
  • April 29: Seeing Doubles Day - Twin Day

Parent Information Night - SOL Testing Grades 3-5 - Virtual

Date: Wednesday, April 6

Time: 6:00

Location: Zoom

If you have a student in grades 3, 4, or 5 please plan to join us on Wednesday, April 6 at 6:00 for an informational meeting about our annual Standards of Learning (SOL) testing. The MHES Title I team will share helpful tips for parents during this information workshop.

The meeting will be held via Zoom and the link will be sent prior to the event.

April is Autism Awareness Month

Our Special Education team at Marumsco Hills is celebrating all things inclusion, acceptance, and awareness. Starting on Monday April 4th, we will be sharing cool stories, positive quotes, and information on ways we can be more inclusive in school and the community on the morning announcements. Once we return from Spring Break, there will be a Spirit Week to celebrate all the different members of our MHES family!

  • April 18th- Hats off to Inclusion! Wear your favorite hat.
  • April 19th- "Together Everyone Accomplishes More" because at Marumsco Hills we are a TEAM- Wear your favorite team's jersey.
  • April 20th- Be your individual self! Wacky Wednesday- wear clothes that don't match.
  • April 21st- Sensory Friendly Thursday! Students who are neurodivergent often feel more comfortable in clothing that is soft and comfy! Wear your favorite Pajamas to school!

April is Math Month

Monday, April 4:

Begin working on attached math activity sheet

  • Answer at least 20 of the questions.
  • Remember to write your name and your teacher’s name on the sheet.
  • Students who return a completed math activity sheet to school by April 29 will receive a whole page of Eagle Pride Tickets

Friday, April 8:

Wear A Number to School - Wear your favorite sports jersey or clothing item with a number

Friday, April 22:

Wear a Shape or Pattern to School - Wear clothing with shapes, stripes or other patterns

Friday, April 29:

Seeing Doubles - Twin with a friend by wearing the same outfit as a buddy

Return math activity sheet to school to receive a whole page of Eagle Pride Tickets

Change to School Calendar

The School Board recently voted this week to adjust the 2021-22 school calendar, moving the May 3 holiday to May 2. As you may recall, this year’s adopted school calendar incorporated additional holidays reflecting the diversity of the PWCS community. Eid al-Fitr is one of four additional holidays and PWCS planned to observe this holiday on Tuesday, May 3. However, to better support this holiday’s observance, the School Board voted to move the holiday to Monday, May 2

Spring SOL Testing

Each year, students at various grade levels are expected to participate in SOL testing or alternative assessments. The Spring 2022 SOL Non-Writing testing window will begin for students on May 4, 2022. Expedited retakes of SOL tests will be available for qualifying students beginning June 1, 2022.

For more information about the grade levels at which students participate and the windows in which testing will occur this spring, please visit the PWCS Testing webpage.

MHES will send our specific testing calendar out to parents so they are aware of what tests their children are taking on what day.

SOL Test History Now in ParentVUE

A student’s Standards of Learning (SOL) test history is now available in ParentVUE. Families can log into their ParentVUE account and see their student’s SOL test scores.

PLEASE NOTE: Some test scores from prior years may not appear in ParentVUE. Any score for an SOL test taken in Spring 2021 or later should be available. Spring 2022 SOL results will begin to post after the testing window for this year closes and continue posting through mid-summer.

PWCS will no longer mail home score reports to families over the summer.

Learn more about accessing test history in ParentVUE.

Kindergarten Registration is Open

Registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open for kindergarten and for any grade K-12 student who is new to PWCS. Visit the new student enrollment webpage for more information and instructions on how to register.

Save the Date: 5th Grade Promotion

We will continue the drive-thru 5th grade promotion fun that was started a few years ago. Our 5th grade promotion will take place on Thursday, June 9, beginning at 6:00. Additional details will be shared as we get closer to the date.

If needed, the rain date will be June 14.

MHES Wins Books

The RIF (Reading is Fundamental) organization recently sponsored the Rally To Read 100 Challenge. Several of our classrooms participated. RIF also had a 100 book giveaway sweepstakes. Our library was a winner of 100 books in the sweepstakes.

Lexia Usage and Awards

Our school was recognized for Lexia usage and reading growth by our students during the month of March. The certificates our school received from Lexia are pictured below. Our students worked hard and showed their determination and growth through the Lexia March Madness Competition.

65% of our students met their Lexia usage target and 26% of our students moved from reading below grade level to reading on or above grade level.

Stay tuned for other incentives related to Lexia usage for the remained of the year.

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Instructional Corner - Check Out What Our Students Are Learning This Month!


Language Arts

  • Poetry


  • Number Sense 4 numbers to 20


  • Natural Resources

Social Studies

  • Relative Location: maps and globes

First Grade

Language Arts

  • Poetry with Descriptive Writing
  • Expanding Vocabulary: Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives
  • Foundational Skills: Contractions, R-Controlled Vowels, Vowel Teams


  • Subtraction Strategies
    • related facts
    • fact families
  • Compare Story Problems
  • Read and Interpret a Calendar
  • Estimation and Magnitude
  • Numbers and Number Sense
    • tens and ones
    • representing and writing numbers to 110
    • count backwards from 30

Social Studies

  • Virginia's events and people
  • Contributions of Virginians

2nd Grade

Language Arts

  • Poetry


  • Data, probability, and calendar


  • Habitats

Social Studies

  • Innovations in communication and transportation

3rd Grade

Language Arts

  • Poetry
  • SOL Review for Fiction and Nonfiction passages


  • Finish and test Measurement April 8th
  • Geometry
  • SOL Review


Earth's Water

  • Importance of Water
  • Water Cycle

Social Studies

  • Ancient China
  • Ancient Greece and Rome

4th Grade

Language Arts

  • Poetry and descriptive language


  • Fractions, decimals, and probability


  • Ecosystems

Social Studies

  • Civil war and reconstruction

5th grade

Language Arts

  • Finish persuasive writing rough draft
  • Peer editing persuasive writing
  • Final copy persuasive writing
  • Grammar: review homophones, synonyms, and antonyms
  • Poetry


  • Students will use problem solving to simplify whole number numerical expressions, using the order of operations.
  • Students will identify, describe, create, express, and extend number patterns found in objects, pictures, numbers, and tables.
  • Students will create a problem situation based on a given equation, using a single variable and one operation.


  • Students will be able to identify light as radiant energy that moves in transverse waves.
  • Students will identify the visual light spectrum.
  • Students will expand on their knowledge through the understanding of opaque, transparent and translucent, as well as refraction/reflection of light.

Social Studies

Latin America Unit

  • Key Political Features
  • Physical, Climate Characteristics
  • Natural Resources and Economic Activity
  • Population
  • Life Today


  • 4th and 5th grade will be starting our digital art unit, creating art using technology
  • 2nd and 3rd grade will continue to explore crafting using yarn and weaving techniques
  • 1st grade and Kindergarten will practice "reading" art, using visual information to understand what the picture is trying to tell us


  • Kindergarten: Learn the basic skills for striking.
  • 1st Grade: Learn the basic skills for striking.
  • 2nd Grade: Striking a ball with a short-handled implement.
  • 3rd Grade: Striking a ball with a short-handled implement.
  • 4th Grade: Striking a ball with a long-handled implement in a game situation.
  • 5th Grade: Striking a ball with a long-handled implement in a game situation.


Students in all grades will explore using music and sound to tell stories. Students will create sound effects, and compose background music for stories written.