The Lion's Den January 20, 2023

MES Family Newsletter

Dear MES Families,

We've packed a lot of learning and fun into a three-day week! January is flying by so you'll see the February calendar added below. We have so many great things happening in February! Our PTO is hosting a GLOW Run, we have partnered with Ms. Rickard, RCPS Math Supervisor, and JMU for what is sure to be an amazing Title I math night, and we have plenty of spirit days on the calendar.

I hope all of you have a great weekend!


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Help us stock the fridge for our amazing staff! Please click below to sign up!

Library Info from Ms. Breeden!

Hometown Heroes are Readers Too!!

We are looking for any law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs and/or military personnel who would be willing to come in and read to our students on Friday, March 3 from 9-11:30am. A snow date will be scheduled for Friday, March 31 from 9-11:30am. We do ask that uniforms be worn if possible! We will provide you with the books to read and lunch will also be provided to all of our readers!

Adopt-A-Book Time!!!!

It’s also Adopt-A-Book time!! If anyone would like to donate a new book to our school library, please click on the Signup Genius link to do so. Thanks so much in advance!

MES Adopt-A-Book

We have reached over 10,000 checkouts in the library! Wahoo!! That’s a lot of reading, way to go Lions!! Lots of fun things are happening in the library these days. We are busily working on our crayon project in the library. Thanks to everyone who has been sending in their broken crayons! Second graders are also gearing up to begin their book publishing project!

Please be sure to check out our MES Library Website! and Destiny Discover Tutorial video.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me!

Inspire Awards!

Inspire Awards are back in RCPS! All RCPS staff members are eligible to receive an Inspire Award! You can nominate any staff member for this award using this nomination form link.
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Information From School Nurses

How Sick is Stay-Home-From School Sick?

  • Students need to stay home for 24 hours when their temperature is 100 degrees or higher. Do not send your student to school following morning administration of Tylenol or Motrin. In order to return to school, students need to be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • Students that are vomiting or have diarrhea (3 or more loose stools) the night before school, they should stay home for 24 hours from the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Students with persistent yellow/green nasal drainage and have no known allergies or medical history of drainage need to stay home.
  • Students with a heavy, persistent cough with sputum present need to stay home until symptoms resolve.
  • Students with skin eruptions or undiagnosed skin rashes need to stay home.
  • Students that have redness of the eye lining or an irritation of the eyes accompanied by swelling and drainage need to stay home. Students diagnosed with pink eye must stay home until 24 hours of antibiotics have been administered.
  • Students prescribed antibiotics must stay home for 24 hours after the first dose is given.
  • Students need to stay home if they display any coronavirus symptoms like; fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, headache, runny/stuffy nose, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body/muscle aches, loss of taste or smell.

MES January Calendar

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MES February Calendar

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Important School Information & Upcoming Dates!

Looking Ahead!

February 1- Global Day of Play

February 9- Super Bowl Spirit Day! Wear your favorite sports jersey!

February 10- Division Inservices- No School for Students

February 13-17- Kindness Week!

Feb. 13- Workout your problems with kindness- wear workout gear!

Feb. 14- Valentine's Day! Wear red, pink, white, and hearts!

Feb. 15- Crazy about kindness- Crazy Hair day

Feb. 16- Spread kindness like confetti! Dress colorful

Feb. 17- MES PTO GLOW RUN!! Wear neon or white for GLOW DAY!

Feb. 23- JMU Math Night at MES! 6pm

February 27-March 3- Read Across America Week!

The 2022-2023 RCPS calendar can be found here!


MES PAW Patrollers!

This year, we are excited to start a new program at MES: PAW Patrollers. This program will begin on Monday, September 26th! A parent/guardian can sign up to be a PAW Patroller once per month from 11 am-2:30 pm. PAW Patrollers serve in various volunteer capacities to support our students! The PAW Patrollers schedule is below:

11:00-1:00: Volunteer in the cafeteria for all lunch shifts (PAW Patrollers are encouraged to have lunch with their child/children during their lunchtimes!)

1:00-2:30: Follow your child's schedule as a classroom volunteer. This may include attending specials/recess with your child!

If you want to learn more about signing up as a PAW Patroller, please contact Ms. Mitchell, our school counselor.

YEARBOOK ORDERS- the deadline to order is February 28th!

It's time to order your 2022-2023 MES yearbook! We sold out of yearbooks last year, so if you know you would like a yearbook, now is the time to order as we do not order extras! Yearbooks are $20 until November 4th. After November 4th, yearbooks are $25 until February 28th. February 28th will be the last possible day to order a yearbook. You can also order online using the link below!


If you need to contact the office regarding your child's attendance, please call the school at 540-289-3004 or email the school at before 8:30 am. Please include the following information in your email:

1. Student Name

2. Teacher Name

3. Reason for Absence

4. The name of the person submitting the email

You can also use this email address to send Dr. notes!

Transportation Changes- Important!

Any same-day transportation changes during the school year must occur before 1:30pm. Please make sure these are taken care of through the office, rather than contacting the teacher, so that we can ensure your child gets home safely! Often, teachers do not have time to check messages and email during the day, so it is important that these changes are communicated to the office. The office will take care of making sure teachers know of the transportation changes.