3rd Quarter MoES Newsletter


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Monocacy Gator Families

It is hard to believe we are already closing the chapter on the first half of the school year. We have had many accomplishments throughout the first two quarters and we are looking forward to a great last two quarters of the school year. It is through a strong home-school-community partnership that we will continue thrive. I am honored to be part of such a wonderful school and community!

As we move into the second half of the school year, please take time to communicate with your child's teacher to determine areas of strength and where additional support is needed. Help to develop a plan with your child's teacher, so that we can provide every student with the essential skills and learning that they need to be successful this year and in the years to come.

The second half of the school year focuses on progressing through the grade level standards and preparation for the essential knowledge needed to be successful in the upcoming school year. The work we do now will lay the foundation for continued success. Thank you for your ongoing support as we help all students reach their maximum potential.


Troy Barnes


Early Childhood Registration

Pre-K and Kindergarten registration begins Monday, March 18th each day between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in the front office.

Pre-K Registration: Student Needs to be 4 by September 1, 2019, Full Day Possibility

Birth Certificate

Current Proof of Residency (Electric, Gas, or Water Bill)


Food Stamp or TCA Letter or Proof of Income (W2's or the last 3 current and consecutive pay stubs)

Kindergarten Registration: Student needs to be 5 by September 1, 2019

Birth Certificate

Current Proof of Residency (Electric, Gas. or Water Bill)



Please mark the following dates on your calendars. Be sure your child gets a good night's sleep, a healthy breakfast, and is prepared to do their best work.

NAEP Assessment Grade 4: March 5th

MiSA Grade 5 (Science): March 11th - March 15th

PARCC Reading and Math (3rd - 5th): April 23rd to May 17th

Counselor's Corner

Monday, Feb. 11: Students will receive Kindness Challenge Cards to complete throughout the week

Tuesday, Feb. 12: Give a peer or staff member a Kindness Card

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Share an act of kindness during morning circle

Thursday, Feb. 14: Love of Learning Parties: Wear red or pink to show your kindness

Friday, Feb. 15: Turn in completed Kindness Challenge Cards for a drawing during all lunches

Students at Moes have been learning about kindness and ways to demonstrate it throughout the school. Check out the Kindness Tree in the hallway created by 2nd grade! It’s covered with examples of students showing kindness to one another. Another way students are showing examples of kindness, is by recognizing each other through Gotcha Tickets. Students hand a Gotcha Ticket to a peer for being kind.

“A seed of Kindness can go further than you think!”

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Our goal is to have students in school everyday. Students who miss days of school fall behind socially, emotionally, and academically from their peers. We want all of our students to achieve at a high level and to excel beyond our walls.

Please make sure that your child is ready for school every morning and comes to school on time. We want to surpass a 96% attendance rate for our entire school (no more than 8 days absent). In order to do so we need your help and support!

If your child is absent due to an illness, please contact your child's teacher for make-up work and send in a signed parent/guardian letter or note from a physician. You may also email a note of absence to Mrs. O'Connor at michele.oconner@fcps.org.

We appreciate your help in getting your child to school every day and on time.

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From the Front Office

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2 Hour Early Dismissal Half Day Pre-K Schedule

AM: 11:00 - 12:30pm

PM: 2:00 - 3:00pm

Lost and Found

With the fluctuating weather that we've had this winter season PLEASE remind your child to make sure they have their coats/jackets/gloves with them before they leave the building to go home. Out Lost and Found table has grown a lot and once the season's change, any coats that are left on the table will be donated.

Change of Clothes

Please remember to put an extra set of clothes into the bottom of your child's back pack for accidents (bathroom, recess, lunch, etc.).

Free/Reduced Lunches

If at ANYTIME during the school year your income changes and you feel that you may qualify for Free or Reduced lunches, you can find the application online at www.fcps.org in the front office, or call Mrs. Arnold confidentially at 240-236-1367.

Absent Notes

Absent and doctor notes can be sent in with the student or emailed to michele.oconnor@fcps.org .

Early Dismissal Notes

Early dismissal notes should be sent in with the student the morning of the change or called in to the front office at 240-236-1400. Please do not email dismissal changes.

Have you moved?

Please make sure the front office has any new contact information including a new proof of residency if you have moved so that we can update our records.


Provided free of charge to all students. We encourage all students to take a breakfast. We are working hard to increase the number of breakfasts received by students this year.

Meal Accounts:


Please sign up online to check your child's balance and to add money to their lunch accounts.

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Perceptual Survey

Your input is needed. Please complete the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FAM0222. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. We use the survey results to monitor our school improvement plan, make necessary adjustments, and to celebrate what is working. Your time in completing the survey is much appreciated!
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Magnet Nominations

The magnet program is designed for academically gifted students in grades 3-5 with superior performance in both language arts and mathematics. Nomination booklets, which will be available beginning January 25, 2019, may be obtained from the school office, the FCPS Office of Advanced Academics or online at https://www.fcps.org/advacademics under Elementary Magnet Program. Beginning January 25, 2019, the Office of Advanced Academics will be accepting nominations of present second through fourth grade students for possible placement in the magnet program for the 2019-2020 school year.

Students may be nominated for the magnet program by school staff, parents, or jointly. Parents and teachers are encouraged to review information, including some characteristics of gifted students, that is posted at https://www.fcps.org/advacademics. Teacher nominations, parent nominations and a completed Parent/Guardian Rating form are due in the school office by February 28, 2019, so that information required to complete the nomination packet may be gathered by school staff.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Advanced Academics at 301-696-6891.

Out of District Attendance

Dates for applying to attend school outside the usual attendance area are January 2nd - March 1st. FCPS will post the out-of-district application online on January 2nd in the section for Families and Students at www.fcps.org. Those needing a copy may call 240-236-2493 after January 2nd. Schools projected to be over capacity (MoES) in the coming school year are closed to out-of-district students. FCPS will post the list of restricted schools online in December. For details, please see the updated Assignment and Transfer of Students Regulation 400-15: https://apps.fcps.org/legal/doc.php?number=400-15.
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Calendar of Events: February

February 4th: 5th Grade Field Trip North

February 5th: PTA Staff Treats

February 6th: 5th Grade Field Trip South, Report Cards Sent Home

February 8th: PTA Father-Daughter Dance

February 13th: MoMs meets with 5th Graders 9:15 - 10:00

February 14th: Love of Learning Parties

February 18th: School Closed

February 20th: Dental Visit (Pre-K to 3rd), Jump Rope Club

February 21st: Gator on the Go Dance, Jump Rope Club

February 22nd: Semester 1 Award Program (Invites sent home with Report Cards), Perceptual Survey Closes

February 27th: Jump Rope Club, Grade 5 ESSL Field Trip, Dental Visit (PreK - 3rd)

February 28th: Jump Rope Club, Grade 5 ESSL Field Trip

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Calendar of Events: March

March 1st: 2 Hour Early Dismissal Day, Jump Rope For Heart

March 4th: Spirit Week-Hat Day, ESSL Grade 4 Trip

March 5th: Spirit Week-Fun Sock Day, NAEP Assessment Grade 4, PTA Staff Treats

March 6th: Spirit Week-Mix/Match Day

March 7th: Spirit Week-College Apparel

March 8th: Read Across Monocacy: 9:15 - 11:00 (MoES Shirts), PTA Mother Son Event

March 11th - March 15th: Grade 5 MiSA Assessment (Science0

March 14th: Math Night 6:00 - 7:30pm

March 15th: History Bee 10:00 - 3:00pm

March 20th: PTA Meeting

March 21st: Claire's Fundraiser Begins: Wild Heart Award

March 25th: Grade 3 ESSL Trip

March 29th: ESSL Grade 4 Trip

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Calendar of Events: April

April 2nd: PTA Staff Treats

April 3rd: Claire's Fund Raiser Ends

April 4th: End of Quarter 3

April 5th: No School: Teacher Work Day

April 6th: YMCA Magic Spectacular

April 8th: Quarter 4 Begins, Book Fair Week

April 10th: 2nd Grade Walking Field Trip

April 12th: Book Fair Ends, Grade 2 Walking Field Trip, Grade 5 Hood College Trip

April 18th to April 22nd: School Closed

April 24th: Picture Day

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