MVMPCS Monday eNews 4/18/16

Community news, updates, reminders, & events

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what's going on this week?

This Week:

  • Monday, April 18: All School STUDENT Assembly- Urban Gardener 1:00-1:45
  • Tuesday, April 19: Donuts with Dads (Primary-UE) 9-10, Archery Demonstration for MS
  • Wednesday, April 20: UE (Christine) to Montgomery Recycling Center
  • Friday, April 22: MVM Student Art Show 3-5


Upcoming

  • Tuesday, April 26: Schools Closed-Primary Election Day
  • Wednesday, April 27: Transition Visits for Parents of current Kindergarteners (Please note: visit for parents of 3rd graders is being rescheduled for Friday, April 29)
  • W/TH April 27 & 28: 6th Graders to Outdoor School
  • Thursday, April 28: Lower Elementary to National Zoo
  • Friday, April 29: Transition Visits for Parents of current 3rd Graders
  • Friday, April 29: 2-Hour Early Dismissal for Students-Teacher Work Session
  • Friday, May 6: Keyboard Concert 5 pm

Tuesday: Donuts with Dads

We are looking forward to welcoming our visitors on Tuesday from 9-10. Please sit with your child, allow your child to show you a Montessori work, and spend some time in your child's world.


We kindly ask that you be fully present with your child, speak in a soft voice, and express appreciation and support of your child.

Art Show: Friday, April 22

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Thanks for the beautiful handprint flowers, Regina Chadwick!

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Please Note: CHANGE in Schdule for Transition Visits

Kindergarten Parents to Visit Lower Elementary

Wednesday, April 27, 9:10-10:00


Parents of current MVM Kindergarten students are invited to visit Lower Elementary classrooms (Gale Carr, Carol Dutrow, Wendy Campbell, Amy Kravetzker) on Wednesday, April 27, from 9:10-10:00.


3rd Grade Parents to Visit Upper Elementary

Friday, April 29, 9:10-10:00

(Due to a scheduling conflict with Outdoor School, we have adjusted the date of the 3rd grade Parent Transition Visit. We apologize for any inconvenience.)


Parents of current MVM 3rd grade students are invited to visit Upper Elementary classrooms (Zoe Alexandratos, Christine Carey, Venus Elliott, Craig Boss) on Friday, April 29, from 9:10-10:00.


Parents should plan to spend 10-15 minutes maximum in each classroom. Forms will be available to complete either during or after your visit to classrooms. These forms are due back to Ms. Nancy by the end of April.


Please note: we take many factors into account when placing all of our students in classrooms. We use teacher and parent input, knowledge of the student's academic level and social/emotional factors, and overall classroom and teacher fit.


Kindergarten and 3rd grade students will receive their next year teacher/classroom assignments on their 4th quarter report card.

Wish List for Library

We have a "wish list" of fiction books we would like to add to the school library. Some of these are award-winning and other well-regarded books; others come from direct requests from our students. If you can donate any of these books, either new or gently used, we would greatly appreciate it!


After Iris by Natasha Farrant

Story Thieves by James Riley (books 1, 2)

The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer (books 1-4)

Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff by Robert Paul Weston

Bone (graphic novels) by Jeff Smith (books 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)

The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy J. Cavanaugh

Big Bad Ironclad! by Nathan Hale

Four Secrets by Margaret Willey

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell

On the Day I Died: Stories From the Grave by Candice Fleming

Amulet by Kazu Kabuishi (graphic novels) (books 3-7)

Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama (graphic novels) (books 3, 6-26)

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Upper Elementary Families, the wait is over!


It’s time to be a part of this year’s first

MVMPCS Upper El Volunteer Project!


Come join the fun at Downtown Frederick Partnership’s

Bring a Broom Saturday 2016

April 30, 2016 from 8:30am to 11:00am


This downtown clean-up is sponsored by Downtown Frederick Partnership, Comcast and Tobacco Free Frederick. Community members are asked to ‘Bring a Broom’ and help Downtown Frederick get ready for spring.


As a group, we have a specific block to clean—in previous years, we have been assigned a block close to our school; we are still awaiting this year’s assignment.


Participants (YOU!) should go to the website (below) and register in advance (which is free) so that event organizers can plan for snacks:

http://www.downtownfrederick.org/calendar/events/view/2524/redirTo:L2NhbGVuZGFy


Bring a broom, a water bottle, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a visor and let’s work together to help our school’s neighborhood-- Downtown Frederick -- freshen up!


Volunteers will sweep, mulch, clean up and plant flowers. All ages are welcome. More information on where we will meet will be sent out once our block assignment has been made!


Breakfast snacks, coffee and water will be available during registration courtesy of Wegmans. Clean up continues from 9 - 11AM. Free pizza courtesy of Brewer's Alley will be available to all Bring a Broom Saturday volunteers at the conclusion of the event.


So go to the website and “buy a ticket” (pre-register), get more details, and GET EXCITED about spending a morning with other Upper Elementary families, beautifying our community and volunteering for our school!

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PARCC Schedule for MVMPCS

Week of May 2: PARCC English/Language Arts & Math for Grades 4, 5, 6


Week of May 9: PARCC ELA & Math & Algebra (8th Accelerated) for Grades 7, 8


Week of May 16: PARCC ELA & Math for Grade 3


All students will use computers to complete the PARCC assessments this year. Look for more details about PARCC in upcoming newsletters.


Don't want to wait? http://www.parcconline.org/resources/parent-resources

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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6.

In just a few short weeks, the hospitality committee would like to show our teachers just how special they are. We are planning to provide a breakfast, a lunch, and a day of snacks for our awesome MVM staff.


We need your help!


Please consider donating food, your time, or monetarily to help make this a spectacular week.


There are 3 links to sign up for the breakfast, lunch, and snack items, as well as slots for help setting/cleaning up. There is also a link for the Teacher Appreciation Week fundraiser page. Your contribution will help to raise funds for our annual gift to the teachers.


Thank you for your willingness to help- we couldn't do it without you!


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054fafac28a5fb6-teacher1

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054fafac28a5fb6-teacher2

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054fafac28a5fb6-teacher3


Fundraising link: https://www.youcaring.com/mvmpcs-teachers-540316


~Hospitality Committee

FCPS Elementary Honors Chorus @ Weinberg

Thank you for representing MVMPCS, Gabe Lohr and Rachel Ullman!

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Watch the Performance!

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Vaccination Requirements for 2016-17

State vaccination requirements for students entering kindergarten and 7th grade in the 2016-2017 school year were recently revised. Please see important requirements below.

Prior to starting the 2016-2017 school year, all kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students must have the following:

  • 2 doses of Varicella


Prior to starting the 2016-2017 school year, all 7th, 8th and 9th grade students must have the following:

  • Single dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine*
  • Single dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MCV)

    *Tdap is not the same as the other Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis vaccines called DPT or DTaP. Even if a child has received DPT or DTaP in the past he or she will still need a single dose of Tdap.


FCPS advises parents to make an appointment now and avoid the last-minute rush. Please submit the vaccination documentation to school as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the new vaccination requirements, please contact your child’s healthcare provider or the school health room.

Current 6th grade Families

We do not want to exclude your child from school in August!


State vaccination requirements for students entering 7th grade for school year 2016-2017 have been revised.


Your 7th grade student must have the following:

· Single dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine.*

· Single dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MCV)


*Tdap is not the same as the other Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis vaccines called DPT or DTaP. Even if your child has received DPT or DTaP in the past they will still need a single dose of Tdap. *


Make your child’s appointment now and avoid the rush. Please bring the vaccination documentation to school as soon as possible.


If you have any questions about the new vaccination requirements, please contact your child’s health care provider or the school health room.

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What is this BIG Work?

Above is the decanomial work, or Table of Pythagoras. It is a "BIG" work, literally and figuratively.


This Montessori work is a hands-on representation of all the math fact tables from 1 to 10. The colors of the Decanomial material correspond with the Montessori colored bead sets. Red for 1's, green for 2's, pink for 3's, yellow for 4's, light blue for 5's, purple for 6's, white for 7's, tan for 8's, dark blue for 9's, and gold for 10's.


You might notice that the Lower Elementary students in Miss Carol's room are about to begin their last columns of tens.


To learn more about this work, including directions on how to make your own, click http://teachingfromatacklebox.blogspot.com/2012/10/decanomial-who-knew.html.

Summer Drama Camps Information

Amazon Smile for MVMPCS

Do you shop Amazon? How about shopping and donating to MMCI at the same time?


Share this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-0481461
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Just 2 months until the MMCI 2015-16 ANNUAL FUND drive closes!

If you haven’t had the chance to make your donation this year,

please consider using the

BLUE ENVELOPES that came home in Thursday folders to

SEND IN YOUR CONTRIBUTION.


Remember—the amount donated is not as important as your participation!


As always, we aim for

100% PARTICIPATION

from families and staff at

Monocacy Valley and Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter Schools!


You can find out more about MMCI and donate online @

www.mmcimd.org/support-mmci