April 2019 Quarter 4 Newsletter

Note from Mr. Barnes

Dear Gator Families,

Quarter 4 is upon us and we have a lot to accomplish as we wind down the school year. PARCC Assessments for students in 3rd - 5th grades will take place between April 24th and May 17th. Please do your best to have students here everyday and on time with plenty of rest so that they can perform at their peak.

I am so very proud of the growth our students have made. It is truly a honor to serve Monocacy Elementary School as the principal. I know that we have the best students and the greatest teachers. We will continue to push ourselves for continued growth so that every child will be successful in school and outside of school. Thank you for your partnership with us. It takes a TEAM to support each student.

Please join us on May 30th from 6:00 - 7:30pm for our Spring Title I Event. Families will attend the grade level their child will be attending during the 2019-2020 school year in order to gain insights into the curriculum, learn expectations and procedures, and receive resources and activities for children to complete over the summer. This was a very successful event the last two school years, and based on the feedback we are excited to bring it back for the third year.

As spring weather approaches and summer fever sets in, please continue to reinforce our expectations for responsible, respectful, and relentless behaviors. I know that we will have a productive, safe, and successful 4th quarter.


Troy Barnes,


Calendar of Events

April 2019

April 8th: Quarter 4 Begins and Book Fair Week

April 10th: Book Fair Evening Event 4:00 - 7:00pm and Grade 2 Walking Field Trip

April 12th: Book Fair Ends, Grade 2 Walking Tour Field Trip, and Grade 5 Hood College Field Trip

April 15th: Pre K Event 8:30am -- Health and Wellness

April 16th: Report Cards Sent Home and PreK Parent Conferences

April 17th: PreK Parent Conferences

April 18th - April 22nd: School Closed Spring Break

April 24th: 9:00 - 11:15 and 12:30 - 3:15 Grade 4 ELA PARCC

9:00 - 10:30 and 12:30 - 2:30 Grade 5 Math PARCC

April 25th: 9:00 - 11:15 and 12:30 - 3:15 Grade 4 ELA PARCC

9:00 - 11:15 and 12:30 - 2:30 Grade 5 Math PARCC

8:00 PTA Pastries with Parents

April 26th: Picture Day and 8:00 Pastries with Parents PTA

April 29th: 9:00 - 11:15 and 12:30 - 2:15 4th ELA PARCC

9:00 - 10:30 and 12:30 - 2:30 5th Math PARCC

April 30th: 4th and 5th Grade Ensemble Field Trip

9:00 - 11:00 Grade 3 ELA PARCC

May 2019

May 1st: 9:00 - 10:30 and 12:30 - 2:30 4th Math PARCC

9:00 - 11:15 and 12:30 - 3:30 5th ELA PARCC

7:00pm Wienberg 4th and 5th Ensemble

May 2nd: 9:00 - 11:00 3rd Grade ELA PARCC

May 3rd: 9:00 - 11:00 3rd Grade ELA PARCC

May 6th: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7th: 3rd Grade ELA PARCC 9:00 - 11:00

Pre-K Event 5:00 - 6:30pm

Band Concert @ Waverly ES

May 8th: 9:00 - 10:30 and 12:30 - 2:30 4th Math PARCC

9:00 - 11:15 and 12:30 - 2:30 5th ELA PARCC

May 9th: 9:00 - 10:30 and 12:30 - 2:30 4th Math PARCC

9:00 - 11:15 and 12:30 - 3:30 5th ELA PARCC

May 10th: 2 Hour Early Dismissal

9:00 - 10:30 Grade 3 Math PARCC

May 13th: Gator Chorus and Ensemble Practice 3:45 - 5:30

Spirit Week

9:00 - 10:30 and 12:30 - 2:30 4th Math PARCC

9:00 - 11:15 and 1:00 - 3:30 5th ELA PARCC

May 14th: 9:00 - 10:30 and 1:00 - 2:30 4th Math PARCC

9:00 - 11:15 and 12:30 - 3:30 5th ELA PARCC

Gator Chorus and Ensemble Concert at 6:30pm

5:00 - 6:30pm PreK Event

Spirit Week

May 15th: 9:00 - 10:30 3rd Math PARCC

7:00pm PTA Meeting: Board Elections

May 16th: 9:00 - 10:30 3rd Math PARCC

10:00 - 2:00 L4L Field Day Picnic Event

May 17th: PreK Fountain Rock Field Trip, PARCC Ends

May 18th: PTA Color Run and Carnival

May 21st: 5:00 - 6:30pm PreK Event and PTA Roy Rogers Restaurant Night

May 22nd: Grade 4 Annapolis Trip

May 23rd: Career Day

PreK Event at 8:30am

May 24th: Band Selection Show (4th grade at 2:00pm) and PreK Fountain Rock Field Trip

May 27th: School Closed

May 28th: PreK Family Event 5:00 - 6:30pm

May 29th: Relay for Recess

May 30th: Relay for Recess Rain Date and 6:00 - 7:30pm Title I Transition Night

May 31st: Grade 1 MD Zoo Field Trip

June 2019

June 7th: End of Year Concert

June 10th: End of Year Music Program

June 11th: Grade 5 Bridge Ceremony and Picnic

June 12th: Field Day

June 13th: Field Day Rain Date

June 14th: Grade 5 Bridge Ceremony and Picnic Rain Date

June 18th: End of Year Awards Program

June 19th: Student Last Day (no more days off*) and Report Cards Sent Home

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PreK and Kindergarten Registration

Registration has started for 2019-2020 School Year

Please come into school to register between 10:00am and 2:00pm daily.

Pre-Kindergarten Child must be 4 on or before September 1, 2019.

Kindergarten is full day and for children who are 5 on or before September 1, 2019.

Bring with you:

*Immunization Records

*Proof of Birth Date

*Proof of Residency (current and active Gas, Electric, or Water Bill)

If registering Pre-Kindergarten student you must also bring in Proof of Income (1 of the following: W2s from 2018, 3 current pay stubs for each working parent, Food Stamp, or TCS Letter).

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Absent Notes: Send email to michele.oconnor@fcps.org or send in a written note with student upon return of absence.

Dismissal Changes--Please call front office at 240-236-1400 by 2:45pm the day of the dismissal change (please do not email as we may miss the email prior to dismissal).

Emergency Contact Numbers--Please update your phone number with your child's teacher and the front office. As phone numbers change throughout the school year, it is important to update our files so that we can reach you in the case of an emergency or incident.

Community Liaison--If you ever experience a financial change in your household income and feel you may need a free or reduced meal application please call the school or Mrs. Arnold.

Change of Clothes--Please remember to put a change of clothes in the bottom of your child's backpack for bathroom or outside accidents (PreK and K students).

Lunch Account--Please call the cafeteria at 240-236-1381 if you have any questions about your child's lunch account. Meal accounts can also be accessed and updated at https://frederickcounty.schoolcashonline.com/.

Transportation Delay Board--This is the method transportation uses to communicate with the public and schools when a bus is running 10 minutes or more late. The information can be accessed on the FCPS website at this link: https://apps.fcps.org/transdelay/.

Medications: Please pick up your child's medication by 2:00pm on or before the last day of school. Any student medications not picked up will be disposed of.

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The PBIS Team at Monocacy Elementary recently provided teachers with a lesson on conflict resolution. During the lesson students were taught ways to identify how big their problem is, and then how to handle problems on their own or when to go to an adult for help. Conflict resolution lessons to teach our students peaceful ways to solve problems will continue to be a focus.

Through the school counseling department, our students recently received a lesson on mental, emotional and physical health and well being. Before and after PARCC testing our students will be exploring different careers through the Paws In Jobland career exploration program during media time with Ms. DeFrance and Mrs. Nauman.

On May 23, 2019 we will hold our annual Career Day! The times will be 9:30-11:00 am and 2:00-3:30 pm. If you would like to present, or know someone who would be a great presenter, please contact Ms. DeFrance at 240-236-1363 or christina.defrance@fcps.org.