A Message from Principal Williams

January 28, 2023

Dear Amazing Moorefield Station Families,

Welcome to another wonderful weekend! Hoping you and your family are enjoying all of the best things that the weekend has to offer.


It was an exciting week for our Sharks, and our second grade students were awarded with their Glow-Stick Dance Party as the winners of the Big Chip Challenge, which focuses on Shark Behavior during music, P.E., library, and art. We have hit the reset button, and it will be exciting to see who the winner of the next Big Chip Challenge will be.


We also celebrated our Sharks of the Month for November and December where students were recognized for their focus on Achievement and being Responsible! The focus for the January Shark of the Month Award will be Kindness, those students will be celebrated in February.


As always, our focus remains on providing students with high quality learning experiences and deeper learning through the 5C's (Collaboration, Creativity, Contribution, Critical Thinking, and Communication), and we will use mid-year data to continue to guide our instructional practices.


As a reminder, you will be able to view your student's report card via ParentVue beginning Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. If you have specific questions about your student's progress, please feel free to contact their teacher at any point in the school year.


This week's message contains important information about online only kindergarten pre-registration, and information nights for parents of rising 6th grade students. There is also information about the need for each student to have their own set of headphones, an upcoming 5th grade fundraiser, and much more!


As always, I thank you for sharing your children with us.


Sincerely,

Paula Williams, Principal


UPCOMING HOLIDAYS & SCHOOL CLOSURES:


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH-PRESIDENT'S DAY (HOLIDAY)


MONDAY, MARCH 13TH-STUDENT HOLIDAY (County-Wide Staff Development Day)


MONDAY, MARCH 27TH-STUDENT HOLIDAY (Teacher Planning Day)


ONLINE ONLY KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 1, 2023.

Please access this link for additional information:


https://www.lcps.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=13807&ModuleInstanceID=114369&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=449782&PageID=104514


PARENTS OF RISING 6TH GRADE STUDENTS:

Stone Hill Middle School is excited to invite you to these upcoming events for our next class of Stingrays!


Rising 6th Grade Parent Night

Monday, February 13th from 6 – 7:30pm


Please view this Rising 6th Grade Parent Night Flyer below for information and to RSVP

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CCl-cnddQ70GZtZwyKdYbU-l8Kiw1xDj/view


  • Rising 6th Grade Music Selection

IMPORTANT (Please read ALL items listed):

  • Instrument nights are: February 9th or 15th, 2023, from 6-8 PM @ STONE HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • Students will be selecting their 6th grade music choice in their music class with Mrs. Woolston & Mr. Hickey the week of February 6-10, 2023.
  • Students who wish to select Chorus, or Music Lab, do not need to attend instrument night.


How it works:

For strings - Students will watch an instrument demonstration by current strings students.


For band - Students will work with an instructor on how to produce a sound and once they try it, the instructors will give a rating on how easy or difficult it was to produce a sound. Once the students go through and try out the instruments they want, they will choose their top 3 choices of instruments.


Stone Hill directors will then send information about instrument selections and the items that will be needed when they begin classes. Students do not need to worry about purchasing an instrument yet.


If you have any questions, please email at brian.morton@lcps.org or matthew.pazanowski@lcps.org.


Click on this link for Rising 6th Grade Music Frequently Asked Questions:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1pGGxyB2FtZvco_eydA2UOZBhUwuA8wyxNfdFns-Mo7I/edit?usp=sharing



  • MSE Spring Chorus Registration
    • Starts Monday, January 30, 2023
    • Ends Friday, February 10, 2023 @ 2:10 PM
    • Rehearsals begin the week of February 13, 2023


Registration Link can be found below:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScorNH-kFgMznlf6RByS7sr85_qZeGy53WtBxTg6m02CCDu6Q/closedform


Chorus is a great way to get involved in music outside of the normal music class time. We will be working to develop our students' vocal skills and enhance their musicianship. Through chorus we also expect students to develop as performers and to give students a sense of responsibility.


Considering chorus? Your student should be committed to attending the rehearsals.


It is a privilege to be involved in the school chorus; chorus members are considered role models for the other music students at Moorefield Station Elementary. All students involved are expected to behave in chorus as they do in music class. If using appropriate behavior becomes a problem, the student(s) in question will be given a verbal reminder. If the behavior continues a parent or guardian will be contacted. If the behavior still has no improvement, the student will be removed from the Moorefield Station Chorus.


Be on the lookout for performance date announcements coming soon! As always if you have any questions, feel free to reach out via email.


We look forward to working with your student in creating beautiful music!


Mrs. Woolston & Mr. Hickey


FIFTH GRADE FAMILIES (From our 5th Grade Fundraiser Committee)

The 5th Grade class is going to be running their annual Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser from February 2nd to February 6th. Stay tuned for more info.


5th grade families- please do your best to get as many people to purchase as you can during this limited time fundraiser! It runs for only 4 days, and could potentially help us achieve our total financial goal in 1 weekend!


MSES community- Please see your 5th grade friends and family to help raise money for their year end celebration and class gift!


HEADPHONES NEEDED:

Each student needs their own pair of inexpensive headphones as a part of their school supplies. Headphones are needed for various educational activities such as listening to audiobooks, using math apps with audio, testing, etc.


Headphones can be purchased from any source, and we are providing the link below as one possible option:


https://www.amazon.com/Koss-Portable-Headphone-Adjustable-Headband/dp/B00KHA1ZTS/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=child+headphones&qid=1674222524&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011&rnid=2470954011&rps=1&sprefix=child+head%2Caps%2C88&sr=8-4



CAR RIDER LINE:

With the winter temperatures, there has been an understandable increase in the number of cars in the morning drop off line. I ask that you remain patient with each other and with our hard-working staff as students are exiting their cars. Please remember, many of our students are quite young, and it takes them a while to safely exit their cars.


A Few Helpful Reminders:


  • The doors of the school open at 7:10 a.m., and staff are available to welcome students beginning at that time.
  • Please remain in your car when you drop your child off. This helps prevent delays.
  • It's helpful if students are ready to exit their vehicle promptly. If they are old enough to exit their car without staff assistance, they are free to do so.
  • The car rider staff have instructional responsibilities that begin at 7:30.


Please consider allowing your student to ride the bus to school. This is an efficient way to ensure they arrive on time.


NOTE: On days of inclement weather (ex: rain), we know that more parents will opt to drive their child to school, and we do allow an additional grace period before students are marked tardy.


AFTERNOON CAR RIDER LINE:

If you pick your child up by car in the afternoon, please remain in your car. We have staff that will bring them to your car.


GIFTED EDUCATION EVALUATION PROCESS:

Parents of 3rd - 5th students: The Gifted Education Office has created a video that shares information about this year's spring gifted evaluation cycle. You can find the video by going to the https://www.lcps.org/Page/211705 Please click the “Notifications” tab to locate the video.


LUNCH DROP OFF:

If you plan to drop off a lunch for your student, please do so no later than 30 minutes before their scheduled lunch time. Our Amazing Office Team is very busy throughout the day, and this will help ensure that your student receives the lunch you drop off.


Here are our lunch start times:


  • First Grade-10:15
  • Kindergarten- 10:50
  • Fifth Grade- 11:25
  • Second Grade- 12:00
  • Fourth Grade- 12:35
  • Third Grade- 1:10


Please note, you are always welcome to join your student for lunch. All visitors must present government issued photo identification, and will receive a visitor's pass/sticker.


VALENTINE'S DAY SHOP:

Our Amazing PTO will once again host a Valentine's Day shop from February 7th-February 10th. Please consider volunteering. More details to come.


YEARBOOK ORDERS (APRIL 17TH IS THE FINAL DAY TO ORDER)

You can now order a yearbook for your student(s).


Please go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and use school code 25407


A REQUEST FOR OUR CLINIC:

As you are sorting through sweat pants and sweatshirts/pullover shirts that your child has outgrown please consider donating them to the school. We are in need of all sizes. These come in quite handy when the children find that oh-so-fun puddle at recess! We do NOT need fitted pants, such as jeans, or fitted shirts at this time. THANK YOU!


COFFEE & CONVERSATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL (2nd Wednesday of the Month):

Our next Coffee & Conversation with the Principal will take place on Wednesday, February 8th, where we will be joined by our Instructional Facilitator of Computer Science, Shawn DeLuca, and learn more about Computational Thinking.


Our in person session is at 8:30 a.m., and our virtual session begins at 9:45 a.m. You can join the virtual session by using the link below:


https://meet.google.com/mcx-gibc-nxx?authuser=0


The same information is shared at both sessions.


Past Coffee & Conversation Slide Presentations:


January 2023

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1czaYrnRjWDjgmHf3t7L-YFZfp8f3mgoLcUR0r1xYFl0/edit?usp=sharing


November 2022

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1hkYAHTe5_zGF0P3SvqwVgVC2wth4V_WrkRC6g8w_0Os/edit?usp=sharing


October 2022

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Eb0MhWujeJSoKmyRpV3KZ13bMIwy-lUq56y-BHEEKDI/edit#slide=id.g1541965c715_0_341


September 2022

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/11RkCCUnJFgkTJs_PEq8rKzvBY6CEQmHgJMY-C1fU56M/edit?usp=sharing


ASSESSMENTS:

Mid-year assessments are taking place to measure student progress and guide instruction. The link below provides an assessment overview, and you can also contact your child's teacher with specific questions about their progress.


Assessment Overview:

https://www.lcps.org/Page/220789


A MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARY:

The library is looking for overdue books. Please talk with your students about any books they might have at home. Grades K, 1, and 2 will either have a paper in their take home folders that list the overdue books or Mrs. Davidson will send an email. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 can log into Destiny to see what books they have checked out. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Davidson or Mrs. Jacobson.


PREARRANGED ABSENCES:

In accordance with Regulation 8140, parents and guardians are encouraged to minimize absences during the school year, and to plan family trips and vacations during school holidays.


Due to various demands on teachers for make-up work, teachers will not be expected to provide classwork or assignments for students that take family trips or vacations during the regular school year.


If your student is absent for 15 or more days, they will be unenrolled from LCPS, and you will need to re-enroll them when you return.


PARENT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION:

We are incredibly grateful for our parent volunteers and welcome parents to have an active role in their student's school experience.


LCPS requires all volunteers (including Field Trip Chaperones) to submit the attached application (see link below). Applications must only be submitted once per school year, and your personal information will remain confidential. If you plan to volunteer and/or serve as a volunteer or chaperone, please submit your completed application to me at Paula.Williams@lcps.org


https://drive.google.com/file/d/12Byqlv2kalQ2m8KPtx2mNnqqY4JWaaOO/view


We will also have applications in the front office for your convenience.



PTO CORNER:



https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c44afa92ba7f85-mses


SPIRIT WEAR

Although the holiday sale has ended, you can still order spirit wear all year long!


https://1stplacespiritwear.com/schools/VA/Ashburn/Moorefield+Station+Elementary+School?utm_source=98625


You can also purchase spirit wear for your child(ren) to represent their PBIS House. The holiday sale also pertains to these items. There is a different link for each House:


MSES SPIRIT WEAR SHOP


https://1stplacespiritwear.com/schools/VA/Ashburn/Moorefield+Station+Elementary+School?utm_source=98625


You can also purchase spirit wear for your child(ren) to represent their PBIS House. The holiday sale also pertains to these items. There is a different link for each House:


Red House:


https://1stplacespiritwear.com/schools/VA/Ashburn/Moorefield+Station+Elementary+-+Red


Orange House:

https://1stplacespiritwear.com/schools/VA/Ashburn/Moorefield+Station+Elementary+School+-+Orange


Yellow House:

https://1stplacespiritwear.com/schools/VA/Ashburn/Moorefield+Station+Elementary+School+-+Yellow


Green House:

https://1stplacespiritwear.com/schools/VA/Ashburn/Moorefield+Station+Elementary+School+-+Green


Light Blue House:

https://1stplacespiritwear.com/schools/VA/Ashburn/Moorefield+Station+Elementary+School+-+Light+Blue


Dark House:

https://1stplacespiritwear.com/schools/VA/Ashburn/Moorefield+Station+Elementary+School+-+Dark+Blue


Purple House:

https://1stplacespiritwear.com/schools/VA/Ashburn/Moorefield+Station+Elementary+School+-+Purple


Black House

https://1stplacespiritwear.com/schools/VA/Ashburn/Moorefield+Station+Elementary+School+-+Black


AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

Stay tuned for more information regarding some ASEP opportunities after the winter break.


Kimberly Juania Medina

President, 2021-2023

Moorefield Station Elementary School PTO

www.MSESPTO.org

Follow us on Facebook


ON TIME SCHOOL ARRIVAL:

We open our doors to welcome students at 7:10, and our tardy bell rings at 7:30. We want to be sure that students have a positive learning day, and that begins with arriving to school on time.


If you drive your child to school and arrive at or after 7:30 a.m., I ask that you please walk them to the front doors of the school, as that is the time that our Car Rider Staff Members will enter the building to begin their instructional responsibilities.


Please note: If bus riders arrive to school late, they are not marked tardy.



SCHOOL CASH ON LINE PAYMENT SYSTEM:

As a reminder, this year began the launch of SchoolCash Online, a new online payment system that allows parents to pay for school-related fees, including everything from field trips to yearbooks.


Please use the link below to register:


https://lcps.schoolcashonline.com/


PROFILE OF AN LCPS GRADUATE & THE 5 C's

The Profile of an LCPS Graduate encompasses what's called the 5 C’s (listed below). As we continue to place students at the center of our work to prepare them to make meaningful contributions to the world, we will integrate the 5C’s into our daily learning, and I wanted to share them with our families:


COLLABORATOR

Collaborators work with and learn from others to interdependently solve problems, achieve goals, and complete tasks, while showing respect for diverse perspectives, remaining open to ideas, and learning to compromise.


CREATOR

Creators generate new ideas and/or build on existing ones by asking questions, thinking flexibly, and learning from experimentation, which leads to innovative approaches and solutions to authentic challenging problems.


CONTRIBUTOR

Contributors engage in work to impact the community (local, regional, global) by building awareness, utilizing resources, and/or developing solutions to authentic, challenging problems.


CRITICAL THINKER

Critical Thinkers analyze, question and synthesize ideas to evaluate information, make inferences, draw conclusions, establish patterns and connections, or solve problems.


COMMUNICATOR

Communicators express ideas clearly, use active listening skills, and anticipate and adjust to audience types, purposes, and settings, using appropriate resources to enhance that expression.


TITAN FAMILY PORTAL PAYMENT SYSTEM:

If you are encountering difficulty with the Titan Meal Payment System, please contact our School Nutrition Services at 540-751-2690.

Moorefield Station Elementary School, Home of the Sharks!!

Be a Shark, and Keep Moving Forward!
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture