Quarter 3 February 2020
Monocacy Gator Families
As we finish the first half of the school year and embark on the second half, it is important to reflect on our progress. I have seen your child make great gains from the start of the school year and I am proud of each and every student. Our school is doing tremendous work daily to accelerate learning for all students, provide a safe and welcoming learning environment, and to tear down any barriers. However, there is always room for improvement. I ask that you reflect with your child on their report card and assessment reports. Take time to celebrate improvements and areas of success with your child. Identify one goal with your child for the third quarter and develop a plan to help them accomplish their goal. Please reach out to your child's teacher to discuss his/her progress, the established goal, and to collaborate on strategies in order for your child to reach the desired outcome.
Our families and community are an essential part of our TEAM. Together we can help your child reach their maximum potential. I would love to see our family events filled to capacity, our PTA meetings with wall to wall parents, and our students in school every day that they are healthy. The message and importance that you portray about education and schooling is so very vital. I want that message to be a positive one filled with hope, promise, and a brighter future through the doors opened by a quality school experience. I am here to support and assist you in whatever way possible. Please know that your child's success is our number one priority.
Early Childhood Registration
Pre-K Registration: Student Needs to be 4 by September 1, 2020, Full Day Possibility
Current Proof of Residency (Electric, Gas, or Water Bill)
Immunizations Food Stamp or TCA Letter or Proof of Income (W2's or the last 3 current and consecutive pay stubs)
Kindergarten Registration: Student needs to be 5 by September 1, 2020
Current Proof of Residency (Electric, Gas. or Water Bill)
Mark Your Calendar
Our 5th grade students will be participating in MISA science testing this spring. The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate our students science knowledge that they have learned in 3-5th grades. The test will be held from March 9-12th from 9:30-10:30. Please make every effort for your child to be in school these days having had a good nights sleep. Results from the assessment will be distributed in September.
This year our students in grades 3-5 will participate in MCAP. In years past our students took the PARCC assessment but this year MCAP is replacing PARCC. Students will be assessed in their reading/writing and math skills. Students will take 4 – 70 minute assessments in language arts and 4 – 40 minute math assessments. The testing window falls between April 29th and May 22nd. A testing calendar will be sent out in March with the specific dates your child will be testing. Please try to avoid scheduling routine doctors appointments during this time if at all possible. If you have questions for either state assessment please contact Laura Gilmer at 240-236-1400
From the Front Office
Elementary 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Half Day Pre-K Schedule AM: 11:00 - 12:30pm PM: 2:00 - 3:00pm
Lost and Found
With the fluctuating weather that we've had this winter season PLEASE remind your child to make sure they have their coats/jackets/gloves with them before they leave the building to go home. Out Lost and Found table has grown a lot and once the season's change, any coats that are left on the table will be donated.
Change of Clothes
Please remember to put an extra set of clothes into the bottom of your child's back pack for accidents (bathroom, recess, lunch, etc.).
If at ANYTIME during the school year your income changes and you feel that you may qualify for Free or Reduced lunches, you can find the application online at www.fcps.org in the front office, or call Mrs. Arnold confidentially at 240-236-1367.
Absent and doctor notes can be sent in with the student or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Dismissal Notes
Early dismissal notes should be sent in with the student the morning of the change or called in to the front office at 240-236-1400. Please do not email dismissal changes.
Have you moved?
Please make sure the front office has any new contact information including a new proof of residency if you have moved so that we can update our records.
Free of charge to all students. We encourage all students to take a breakfast.
Meal Accounts: https://frederickcounty.schoolcashonline.com/. Please sign up online to check your child's balance and to add money to their lunch accounts
Out of District Attendance
Do you have a child that is interested in participating in football or cheer with the Thomas Johnson Youth Athletic Association? If you do, please fill out the attached survey. We would like to get an idea of the number of athletes we have for our upcoming program. http://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRpWe2uLenuFksGTbaaXM4jYE8Ej0fa-QpoA3EOhEJlzDx0g/viewform
Thank you for your help as we restore the football legacy for all ages at TJ!
The Elementary Magnet Program Application season is now upon us! This program is designed for academically gifted students in grades 3 – 5 with superior performance in both language arts and mathematics.
Application information may be obtained online at www.fcps.org/academics/elemmagnetprg. The 2020-2021 Elementary Magnet Program application is for students currently in Grades 2, 3, and 4. The application should be submitted by parents no later than February 28, 2020.
Parents are encouraged to review information, including some characteristics of gifted students. All information may be found:
PATHS Parent Visit
Tuesday, March 17th, 8:45-10:15am
MoES Cafeteria and Classrooms
On March 17th and March 19th Monocacy Elementary will hold a family breakfast/informational observation of our new social emotional learning curriculum called PATHS. Parents will be able to learn about why the program was chosen, learn about what is being taught and get to observe your child’s PATHS classroom. Students in grade K,2,4 and learning for life will attend on Tuesday, March 17th and students in grades Pre-K, 1,3,5 will participate on Thursday, March 19th. Please look in your child’s Thursday folder in February for an informational sheet coming home.
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PATHS Classroom Visits and Presentation
Thursday, March 19th, 8:45-10:45am
MoES Cafeteria and Classrooms
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2/4: Maryland Science Center 9:45 (3, 4, 5) and 12:05 (1, 2) Assembly (Gym), PTA Treats for Staff
2/5: Hood Basketball Game (Community Event)
2/6: PTA Bowl-A-Thon (Gator on the Go), Kindergarten Weinberg (9:15 - 12:00) Field Trip
2/7: Report Cards Released
2/10: 3rd Grade ESSL: 9:00 - 12:00
2/11: 3rd Grade ESSL: 9:00 - 12:00
2/13: Semester 1 Award's Ceremony
2/14: 2 Hour Early Dismissal, Love of Learning Parties (Gym and Cafe), 9:15 - 10:15 MoMs 5th Grade Presentation
2/19: 6:30pm 5th grade MoMs Night
2/20: 5th Grade ESSL 12:00 - 3:00 Richmond and Greene
2/21: PTA Dance 6:00pm, 5th Grade ESSL 12;00 - 3:00 Wise and Neverosky
2/25: PTA Chic-Fil-A 5:00 - 8:00pm, PTA Gator on the Go Game Truck
3/4: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
3/9 - 3/12: 5th Grade MiSA Assessment 9:00 - 12:00
3/17: PATHS Parent Breakfast --> K , 2, 4 (8:45 - 10:15)
3/19: PATHS Parent Breakfast --> 1, 3, 5 (8:45 - 10:15)
3/20: Grade 5 Field Trip to HOOD College
3/24: PTA Coal Fire 11:00 - 10:00
3/26: CTC Visit 9:00 - 12:00 1st and 2nd grades, Pre K Colella (MD Zoo Assembly @ 10:00), Book Fair Begins
4/3: Pastries with Parents
4/7: PTA Treats for Staff
4/8: 2 Hour Early Dismissal, Quarter 3 Ends
4/9: Teacher Work Day
4/9 - 4/13: No School Spring Break