MES Communication

January 4-13

Hello BEAR Nation!

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through the 2022-23 school year. While our weather is unseasonably warm as I write communication, cold and snowy weather will most likely interfere over the next few months. Should this occur, it is important to know that Stafford County Public Schools has NO intention of having any virtual or asynchronous days during weather days this year. If you wish to have your student do anything academic during a weather day, I recommend for students read something that appeals to them.

As I mentioned in my last communication, the second half of the year will begin with a fury as our 3rd-5th Grade students will participate in the mid-year SOL growth assessment and all of our ESOL students will take their annual WIDA assessments. We will also restart our Bear Talk series in Mid-January. To learn more about up upcoming Bear Talk sessions, please see below. Thank you for your support and partnership. Let’s make 2023 special together.

Happy New Year!

Mr. Machi

Lunch Menu (Jan. 5 – Jan. 20)

FREE Breakfast and Lunch is available daily.

Students may decline a meal at any time.

Available Everyday: Yogurt Meal, Hummus, or Sunbutter & Jelly

Specials Rotation (Jan. 5 – Jan. 20)

Moncure is operating on a six-day rotation this year. Please look for specific Specials information from your child’s teacher!

SCPS 2022-23 Calendar

To help you to prepare for the year ahead, I encourage families to access the SCPS 2022-23 School Calendar. Please print or keep this link handy, as it will help you to prepare for holidays or periodic days off.

Mid-Year Growth Assessments (Grades 3-5)

All 3rd-5th Grade students will participate in their mid-year SOL Reading and Mathematics Growth Assessments. Please, encourage your student to take their time on these assessments. Students who race to finish do not display their true ability. Together, I am hoping we can encourage all students to shine! Look for reports to be sent home after these assessments conclude. Thanks for your help!

MES - Upcoming “Bear Talks” / Family Engagement Experiences

Moncure has several “Bear Talks” and Family Engagement experiences planned for the second half of the school year. Please refer to the calendar below for specifics. All Virtual “Bear Talks” will begin at 7PM. Look for login information as virtual sessions approach. We will do our best to keep all virtual sessions to 30 minutes or less. Spanish captions and an interpreter will also be available. We hope you will mark your calendar to attend

MES - “Bear Talks” / Family Engagement Experiences Calendar


Jan 12: Digital Citizenship (Virtual “Bear Talk”)

Jan 26: Managing Emotions (Virtual “Bear Talk”)

Feb 2: Live Science Experiment w/ Mr. Machi (Virtual “Bear Talk”)

Feb 28: Measurement and Geometry Carnival 5:30-7:00 PM

TBD: One Book, One School - Kick-off (Time TBD)

Mar 7: Sixth Grade Electives Registration Assistance (Time TBD)

Mar 30: Multicultural Night (Time TBD)

Apr 6: SOL Parent Information (Virtual “Bear Talk”)

School Calendar of Events

January 5: Students return from Winter Break

January 11: Report Cards go Live in ParentVue

January 16: MLK Jr. Day - No School

January 18: SOL Growth Assessment – Reading (Grades 3-5)

January 19: SOL Growth Assessment – Mathematics (Grades 3-5)

Help Moncure Celebrate Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, Moncure will celebrate prominent Black Americans from past and present. Like last year, we invite families to send us inspiring quotes, photos, and/or tributes to family members or other prominent figures in black history. Your digital entries will printed and posted in our building for everyone to celebrate. Please forward all digital entries to Mr. Price at We will take care of everything from there. Thanks for your contributions in advance.

Substitute Teachers Needed

Have you ever considered being a substitute teacher. Stafford County Public Schools is always looking for substitutes to support our schools. To learn about the application and hiring process, access the link below. We are always looking for energetic and positive substitutes to support our school. SCPS Substitute Hiring Information

REMINDER: National School Lunch Program Application (School and Family Benefits)

As a Title 1 school, Federal funds are allocated to Moncure to support our students. These funds can be used to hire staff, purchase supplies, pay for professional development, as well as provide funds to support our families and community. One way funding is determined for Stafford County and Moncure Elementary School is through the National School Lunch Program. With Moncure currently offering free meals for all students, it is easy for our families not to apply for this support. However, if your family has received financial meal support in the past, or if you believe you would need this support to provide school meals to your children, we ask that you use the link below to complete a National School Lunch Program Application. Applications for the National School Lunch Program must be completed annually. Should you have any questions, please contact our school or Stafford County’s Nutrition Department. Free School Lunch Application Link

A Note to School - Communication

Plans change and communication makes everything easier. Should you need to report an absence or adjust your BEAR’S dismissal plan, please contact our school. One way to communicate is by completing our “A Note to School” form and sending it through email to our office and your student’s teacher or by simply sending the form or a note to school. To access digital forms of this note, you can go to the parent portion of our webpage or simply use the link below. Thanks for keeping us informed. The earlier the better.

How to communicate with Moncure: -or- "A Note To School"

Please include in all emails:

Student's Name, Teacher's Name, and your name

Office Dismissal Hours (“No Student Office Dismissals” after 2:30PM)

It is not uncommon for our office and elementary schools across our county to receive multiple emails each day with dismissal changes from parents. The notifications require our office to contact teachers to prevent students from being dismissed incorrectly. Student office dismissals after 2:30PM only add to this confusion. Please understand that our “No Student Office Dismissal” restriction after 2:30PM is based on student safety. Thanks for your understanding!

“Pawsitive” and “Caught Ya” Citations

“Pawsitive” and “Caught Ya” Citations are great ways to recognize students and staff for being awesome! Staff members are responsible for submitting “Pawsitive” Citations for students and students and parents are welcome to submit “Caught Ya” Citations for staff. Check your email for these citations! They are a highlight of our day to send and often a highlight for students and families to receive. They also provide students with an opportunity to earn House points. Everyone wants to be a member of the “House of the Year!” If you would like to recognize one or more of our staff members, simply use this link. “Caught Ya”–Staff Citation Link Thank you so much!

Time to do More Great Things! #BEARNATION!
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