The Lion's Den May 12, 2023

MES Family Newsletter

We are moving right along through May! SOL testing started this week with students in grades 3-5 taking the Reading SOL. SOL testing will continue next week. Please refer to the May calendar included in this newsletter with specifics. Students' SOL score reports will be mailed home with report cards on June 9th. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or me with any questions. A huge thank you goes to Coach Roach, our testing coordinator, for her organization and hard work in making testing run so smoothly at MES!

This week, we celebrated all of our teachers and staff, as well as Nurse Marie as Wednesday was School Nurse Appreciation Day! Our PTO has spoiled us with special breakfasts, treats, and prizes! Today, we had a delicious meal from Crossroads Cafe. Thanks to all of our families for your support of our school. Our teachers and staff work tirelessly as a team to support every child academically, socially, and behaviorally. The work is not easy but they make it look effortless and one week of appreciation isn't enough. We are so blessed with so many amazing people at MES!

As a reminder, report cards will be mailed home to all students on June 8th! The additional teacher workdays in June allow teachers more time to complete report cards following the last day of school.

As we look toward the 23-24 school year, we have several grade-level changes. We are excited to share that Ms. Howard will be teaching second grade along with Ms. Eppard. Ms. Hope Warner will be going back to first grade after looping up to second grade with her students this year.

As we enter one of the busiest times of the school year, we are also starting to prepare for next year! This means that we start having grade-level discussions about student groupings. It is important to note that these groups are not set in stone as students can move, teachers can move, numbers can fluctuate, etc. To group our students, we look at student data including but not limited to literacy, academic strengths, and weaknesses, social development, etc. We obviously can't entertain parent requests for specific teachers for their child(ren). However, we welcome your input on your child's strengths, interests, preferences, and needs! If you'd like to provide that input, please complete the form linked here if you haven't already!

Have a great weekend!

Sports Physical Night Information

Dear Parents,

Sentara Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will be offering the annual sports physical night on Thursday, May 18, 2023. Physicals will be given from 4:30pm to 6pm - if a student checks in by 6 their physical will be completed. This event will be held at Sentara Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, 2509 Pleasant Run Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. East Rockingham athletics will be accepting a $10 donation for each ERHS and EMS physical. The $10 donation will go towards the ERHS athletic training budget for the 2023-2024 school year. All students eligible to participate in a sport at East Rockingham High School for the 2023-2024 school year are invited to join - this does include current 7th graders that will be in 8th grade next year. Students must have a VHSL physical form completely filled out and signed by a parent or guardian prior to coming for a physical. If a physical form is missing any of the three parent signatures or is not completely filled out, the physician exam will not be completed. All students attending the physical date are asked to wear shorts in order to make the orthopedic screening easier for the physicians and students. Parents are welcome and encouraged to accompany their child through the process of the physicals. These sports physicals are intended for athletic participation and should not replace a yearly physical exam done by a student’s primary care physician.

Attached is a copy of the VHSL form that will need to be filled out before screening will begin.

Please email our athletic trainer, Lacey Shifflett, at with any questions or concerns regarding this event.

East Rock Sports Physicals for 2022-23 Flyer.pdf


Lunch Menu Changes!

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Sloppy Jo w/ Bun

Green Beans


Choc Chip Cookie



Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Beef Bites w/ Biscuit

Green Peas

Steamed Broccoli



RCPS Podcast!

Did you know that RCPS has a podcast? This 20-25 minute show comes out on the first Thursday of each month and provides helpful information for parents and guardians! The podcast link is included below!

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VDH Immunization/Physical Examination Schedule

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Library Info from Ms. Breeden!

  • Our Used Book Sale continues through Friday, May 19. The book sale takes place during school hours only. All books are .25 cents or 5/$1.00. Thank you to all who have supported our MES Library through this Used Book Sale!

    The very last day for book checkout will be Wednesday, May 24 (Day 5). ALL books must be returned by no later than June 1 (Day 5)!!

    Also, if anyone has any sturdy boxes that they do not want, please feel free to drop them off to be used in the MES Library. Thanks!

    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!

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Menus for May and June!
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MES PAW Patrollers!

This year, we are excited to start a new program at MES: PAW Patrollers. 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.


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!

If you are planning on taking a vacation or your child will be out of school for an extended period of time, please contact the school office. Thank you!

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.