Montgomery Virtual Academy K-5 News

Week of November 6, 2022

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A Note from the Dean's Desk

Greetings Montgomery Virtual Academy Voyagers!

Hopefully you remembered to set your clocks back on Saturday night! I always enjoy what feels like an extra hour in the day when we turn our clocks back in the Fall!

This week is an unusual week for students with no school on Monday so teachers can complete report cards and no school on Tuesday for Election Day.

This is also a very important week as we are now in re-enrollment season! We need to hear from each family regarding your enrollment intentions for the 2023-2024 school year. A message went out last week and we need to hear from each family by November 15. To assist families with completing the form or to help answer questions, we will have four Zoom support sessions this week. We will also be discussing re-enrollment at this week's Parent Teacher Council meeting on Thursday. We invite all families to attend to hear important information regarding re-enrollment and get answers to commonly asked questions. Please complete this form for each child:

Finally, Friday, November 11 is Veteran's Day, a day to honor the service and sacrifice of all those who have served in the armed forces. For those in the MVA with a family member who is currently serving or has served in the armed forces, I invite our MVA community to join me in extending an extra note of sincere appreciation and gratitude.

I want to thank all of you all for your support & partnership! We are so happy to have you on our voyage!

Mrs. Cassandra Heifetz



  • Monday, November 7 - No school for students
  • Monday, November 7 - Re-enrollment support session @ 2-3 PM
  • Tuesday, November 8 - Election Day, schools and offices closed
  • Wednesday, November 9 - Re-enrollment support session @ 3:30-4:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 10- Re-enrollment support session @ 11:35 - 12:35 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 10 - MVAPTC meeting 6:30pm-8:00pm and Re-enrollment support
  • Friday, November 11- Re-enrollment support session @ 11:35 - 12:35 p.m.
  • Friday, November 11- Veteran's Day
  • Monday, November 14 - Marking Period 1 Report Cards available in ParentVUE
  • Tuesday, November 15- Rainbow Club (Grades K-2)
  • Thursday, November 17- MVAPTC Special Education Committee Meeting
  • Tuesday, November 22- Rainbow Club (Grades 3-5)
  • Wednesday, November 30- Kids for Equity Club (Grade 2-5)


Notice of Intent for 2023-2024 School Year- DUE 11/15/22

We are seeking to verify every full-time student's intention for school enrollment for next school year (2023-2024). This confirmation is MANDATORY for all currently enrolled full-time MVA students. Please complete a separate form for each MVA student in your family.

PLEASE CLICK HERE to indicate your intention for school enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year.

Enrollment in the MVA is intended to be a full year commitment. Current Montgomery Virtual Academy students who confirm their desire to remain enrolled by November 15, 2022 will not need to reapply for next school year.

Families who do not complete the form (linked above) by November 15, 2022:

  • will not be automatically re-enrolled in the MVA for 2023-2024.
  • will be expected to re-apply on ParentVUE.
  • will be considered by lottery unless space is available.

Please complete the form (linked above) for each student currently enrolled in the MVA. All responses are due by November 15, 2022. PLEASE ONLY COMPLETE THE FORM ONE TIME PER CHILD.

If you have questions as you consider the best fit for next school year, please join us in one of our live open Zoom sessions next week. School staff will be available to answer your questions and help with the process.

  • Monday, November 7, 2:00- 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 9, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 10, 11:35 - 12:35 p.m.
  • Friday, November 11, 11:35 - 12:35 p.m.

To join any of the open support sessions listed above, please use the following link and information:

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 830 0426 4203

Passcode: mva

Thank you for your response to the form, and for your continued support of the MVA!


The Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation was established by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights in 2019 to promote a better understanding of its history and legacy of African Americans in the county.

In response, Montgomery County Public Schools will observe Remembrance and Reconciliation Month by supporting local Emancipation Day celebrations, providing schools with age-appropriate lessons on local historic African American communities, and virtual changemaker workshops for students and their families in English and Spanish on November 15 - 17, 2022. See below for details.

Click here for Additional Remembrance and Reconciliation Month Events

Changemaker Workshop for Students and Families

All grades 3 – 5 students and families are invited to participate in a virtual changemaker workshop to learn how to make positive changes in their communities. Local and student activists will help students and families learn strategies to challenge problems and inequities in their communities.

Student Council Grades 3-5

We have added an additional Interest Meeting on Wednesday, November 9th at 12:40 & 3:30. Students can attend either time to learn more details and ask any questions. Students wishing to run for office must have submissions in by November 14th (this has been extended from 11/11). Election of Officers will be held the week of November 14th and the election of Homeroom Representatives will be held after Thanksgiving break.

See flyer for meeting details.

Student Council FLYER

FALL FUNDRAISER - Ends December 1, 2022

Looking to get a head start on some holiday or winter season shopping! Don't like going out to stores? Then our Fall Fundraiser just might be the answer! Our online fundraiser store has all occasion and holiday items, apparel, bags & totes, candles, floral items, sweet & savory snacks and treats, popcorn, jewelry, kitchen items, kids & pet items, magazines, gift wrap, and more!

With your help, we will be raising funds to be used to support Montgomery Virtual Academy K-12 students and teachers through general school-wide purchases that would otherwise not be funded by available school funds. We are encouraging every family to participate. We will reach our first goal when each student registers and shares the fundraiser with 5 or more supporters.

There are 2 ways to participate:


  1. Please register your student(s) at After registering, you will get a link/code to share with family & friends
  2. Send your link/code to 5 supporters
  3. Consider making a purchase

B) Not interested in registering, but still interested in supporting? Use this direct shopping link set up for MVA K-5 Admin & Staff:

Any purchase made will generate funds for the benefit of every child. Your participation is very appreciated. Thank you for your help and support! All purchases will be shipped directly to purchasers in time for the winter holidays! There are prizes for the highest sellers. See the linked letter for details.

Click to view the Believe Fall Fundraiser Parent Letter for more details

Digital Citizenship Lessons

MVA lower school students are taking part in digital citizenship lessons from Common Sense Education to learn the habits and skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly in school, at home, and beyond. The Common Sense lessons help kids in grades K–2 develop healthy media habits and learn how to be safe online. Lessons in grades 3–5 continue to focus on screen time and online safety. Older kids also learn how to recognize cyberbullying, what is and isn’t OK to share online, and how to find credible news and information. Our media specialist, Ms. Jeffcott, and media assistant, Mrs. Rahr, will be plugging into classes throughout the year to share these lessons with our students. Click here for tips and strategies to use when talking about digital citizenship at home

Center for Applied Linguistics Evaluation of the English Language Development (ELD) program for Emergent Multilingual Learners (EMLs)

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is ready to collect survey data from parents and caregivers to gather input about their experiences in MCPS, per the Center for Applied Linguistics Evaluation of the English Language Development (ELD) program for Emergent Multilingual Learners (EMLs) and instruction/supports for Latina/o/e in MCPS.

Participation is completely voluntary, and any participant can withdraw from the survey at any time with no negative consequences. All information will be confidential. Names will not be used in reports or papers about this project. Additionally, personal information will not be shared with MCPS schools, teachers, or administrators.

Please note that the deadline for all parent responses is November 11. Thank you for your participation and feedback! Your voice matters and can help make the change you want to see.

Access the CAL Parent Surveys by Clicking on the Links Below:


Parent Survey


Encuesta para padres


የወላጅ ጥናት




학부모 설문조사


Pesquisa de Pais


Khảo sát phụ huynh


Enquête auprès des parents

Technology Challenges

We are aware that some of our students have been experiencing challenges with accessing instruction in the recent weeks. We have been in close contact with our partners in the technology office to try to identify what might be causing some of the specific issues. To support this work, we have been gathering data from our staff to try to identify any patterns. As we work to find a more comprehensive solution, we shared some tips at the MVAPTC meeting this past week. The tips that were shared address obstacles that we typically see, as well as the current issues with the password resets and Zoom functionality issues. These tips have helped some of our students, but not all. In most cases, the issue is not with the device itself and does not require a device swap. Please continue to reach out to our main office at 240-740-6060 and email the Community Help Desk mailbox at . We thank you for your continued patience and willingness to help problem-solve.

Extracurricular Clubs and Activities

In an effort to create more social opportunities for students this year, we are working to expand our after-school clubs. Two clubs that will be starting in October are the Rainbow Club and the Kids for Equity Club. Both clubs will be run by MCPS central office staff and high school students in partnership with MVA staff. Other clubs are also in development and will be shared as information becomes available.

Please click here or on the picture to view the flyer for Rainbow Club (in English & Spanish).

Please click here or on the picture below to view the flyer for the Kids for Equity Club! (in English & Spanish)

Students in the MVA are also permitted to participate in extracurriculars at their home school. Parents interested in an after-school activity at their child's school should contact the school for information and details.


Personal Body Safety Lessons


MCPS implements Personal Body Safety Lessons (PBSLs) with grade-level, age-appropriate content for students in every grade from Pre-K to 12. These lessons were developed with input from national stakeholders and County partners, and are designed to empower students to recognize and report suspected cases of abuse without fear of reprisal. The Chief of the State’s Attorney’s Office—Special Victims Division has commended MCPS on the PBSLs and shared publicly that these lessons are making a difference in children reporting incidents of abuse and neglect. In addition, embedded in the MCPS elementary and secondary health curriculum are age-appropriate lessons on safety and injury prevention, family life and human sexuality, cyberbullying and social media, healthy relationships, harassment, and intimidation.

Lessons will be provided by the Virtual Academy School Counselors during students´ class schedule one day during November. Please see the parent letters below about Personal Body Safety Lessons. Letters are available in 6 languages. Plus 3 additional links with detailed information about the lessons being provided.

Parent letter links:







Virtual Family Grief Supports

Virtual GRIEF SUPPORT program for FAMILIES to do together. Any family who is grieving the death of someone important to them can participate. We welcome families who speak Spanish and we have bilingual interpreters available.

Registration is required. Information is on the flyers. Family Night Information

Es necesario registrarse. La información está en los volantes. Noche familiar informacion general

Registration is now open for our Winter Holidays & Special Days, December 8, 2022 (Registration deadline December 2nd).


The Holiday Giving Project (HGP) of Montgomery County has provided Thanksgiving meals and December holiday assistance to families in need for over 30 years. A network of social workers, school counselors, and other human service professionals refer families and individuals in need of assistance. Local non-profits, faith-based organizations, service organizations, and other government agencies serve Holiday Giving recipients, as donations are available.

If you and your family are in need and would like to be referred to possibly receive assistance for the Thanksgiving or Winter holiday season, please complete the following referral form. The information is required to make a referral to The Holiday Giving Project.

Applications for Winter holiday referral must be submitted by November 14, 2022. (Referrals to be considered for the Thanksgiving services have now passed.) Resources are limited, please apply only if you and your family are truly in need. While a referral is not a guarantee of assistance, the Project helps as many families in need as donations will allow.

If you have any questions please email your student's school counselor. Ms. Whited: Ms. Bamberger:

Holiday Giving Project Referral (English)-

El Programa de Asistencia para los días de Fiesta Referidos (español)-

Report an Absence Form

Please use this form to report a student absence for any Montgomery Virtual Academy student in Grades Kindergarten - Grade 12.


Adult Literacy & Language Courses

The George B. Thomas Learning Academy offers two face-to-face Adult Literacy classes and one virtual (weeknight) class to parents of MCPS students. The program gives parents the capacity to support their children’s success and navigate through the processes of the MCPS school system. The classes offer basic, intermediate, and advanced levels and focuses on listening skills, reading, comprehension, speaking and writing.

Parents of MCPS students from any school in the county may attend after registering.

See flyer for details:

Additionally, in collaboration with MCPS, the Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) is offering free English as a Second Language classes for MCPS parents. The classes will be held virtually and in-person, and there are options for all levels of English speakers. They are available to any MCPS parent for whom English is not their first language. Parents can complete this interest form to receive a placement test.

Technology Support for Virtual Academy Families

If you are having technology issues, please submit an e-ticket by emailing your question or issue to or submit a ticket via the Community Tech Support portal This account is monitored daily and you will receive email notifications throughout the process.

For helpful support guides and screencasts in English and Spanish:

Community Tech Support Portal Support Guide:

To request tech support or submit a Chromebook Repair Request

Zoom Log in information & Troubleshooting

Zoom for Students /Zoom para estudiantes

myMCPS Classroom/Canvas Information & Troubleshooting

Having trouble logging in? Please review the support guide

MCPS Parent Academy

Families and students can stay engaged throughout the school year with Parent Academy TO GO, a series of webinars for families to watch at home. The webinars are available on the Parent Academy website. Registration is available here.


The following MVA Parent Council Announcements are being shared as a public information courtesy. The MVAPTC is the MVA parent-teacher organization with non-profit status and insurance.

MVAPTC Meeting: Thursday, November 10th at 6:30 PM.

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. Meeting slides, meeting minutes and other documents in English and Spanish are available for review on the MVAPTC website located at A board member election will be held for the Vice President of Grades 3-5. Additional positions available are Vice President for High School, President-Elect, and Treasurer-Elect. Please contact Jessica at to express your interest. No experience is required.

Zoom: :

Meeting ID: 830 0426 4203

Passcode: mva

MVAPTC Special Education Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17th.

The topic will be: IEPs and 504s: What are they & what questions do you have?

Donation Request: Let's support our office staff and our volunteers for student materials organization days with food & drinks to let them know how much we appreciate them! Donations can be dropped off, mailed, or delivered to 15 West Gude Drive, 2nd Floor, or Jessica in Kensington. Thank you in advance for your support!

Helpful Links:


Facebook page: Montgomery Virtual Academy Parent Teacher Council

Facebook Discussion Group: MVAPTC Discussion Group - Montgomery Virtual Academy Families & Staff(MD)

Facebook Special Needs Discussion Group: MVAPTC - Children with SN - Montgomery VIrtual Academy (MD)

Shirts, Dues & Donations:

Please contact Jessica, MVAPTC President, at to volunteer, or with any questions or concerns.


Montgomery Virtual Academy Website

Check out our website to access the staff directory and other resources!