News & Notes from Ms. Kapuchuck

September 26, 2021

Dear Families,

I hope all of you have had a great week! It is hard to believe that we have completed five weeks of school already! There are so many exciting things happening at MES on a daily basis. Pictures of our students have started filling the frames in our hallways, our Book Machine has been paid for and is in the customizing process thanks to many of our community partners, and we hope to be receiving a donation from a community partner to purchase all of the books for the book machine! Fingers crossed!

I have been working closely with a muralist after reading the book Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood to students during the first two weeks of school. Mr. Arbaugh had students draw their own individual pictures after they heard the story and it was inspiring to see their ideas and creativity! The muralist has incorporated many of the themes that came out of student artwork in order to design a beautiful mural for the cafeteria space. Additionally, she has designed murals to represent each of the HOUSES in our school. We are hopeful to see this project come to life in the near future and I will provide updates as I have them!

This week is Custodian Appreciation Week! Donnie, Brenda, and Missy do an excellent job of keeping our school clean and healthy for our students. They work together as a team and are always so positive and ready to take on any task. We will be celebrating them this week at MES!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead!


What does reading instruction look like in RCPS this year?

Please read the following information from Central Office regarding LETRS!

Your K-5 student may come home using words like onset-rime and fricative. This vocabulary is helping students “break the code” to become a more proficient reader, writer, and speller. Your student may be tapping each sound within a word using their fingers to help them learn to decode and spell words. Your learner may also share about their use of magnetic letter tiles and felt circles in their classrooms. This provides a multi-sensory approach to connect speech to print.

In Grades PK-5, teachers are participating in the LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional development course of study which:

  • provides in-depth knowledge of the scope and sequence of how language/literacy skills/writing should be taught,

  • offers assessment best practice to inform direct instruction and intervention support,

  • guides planning for word recognition and comprehension, and

  • recommends differentiated instruction that serves all learners.

The first year of study addresses brain science, including the challenges of learning to read, an intentional focus on the speech sounds of English, a systematic approach to phonics, word recognition, spelling, and advanced decoding and word recognition skill development.

All teachers in grades K-5 introduced the sound wall as a foundational component of learning to read. The sound wall introduces the students to all 44 sounds in the English language and the multiple letter patterns that represent each of those sounds. The instructional emphasis is to develop decoding skills so students can read words with automaticity instead of memorizing words. This systematic approach also aids upper grade students in reading complex, multisyllabic words.

After two years of interrupted learning, it is critical that we identify any gaps and unfinished learning for all students so that teachers can meet them where they are, advance them to their maximum potential, and fill any gaps that have been widened or created as a result of our disrupted instruction. To determine the students’ instructional needs, we assessed all students using the LETRS phonics screener, the PAST (phonological awareness), and PALS (comprehension/fluency).

Using the data from the assessments, students will be participating in explicit, systematic instruction using the interactive phonics lesson plan so that they can become fluent readers, while applying their word knowledge to their writing and unfamiliar texts. As students progress as readers, the interactive phonics lesson plan will be used to address advanced vocabulary with more complex prefixes, suffixes, and roots.

Mobile Dentist

The mobile dentist will be at MES on October 19th! Paperwork was sent home with students this past week!

Title I Information and survey!

MES is a Title I school again this year! Parents can access information about Title I by clicking here.

Please click here to complete a brief survey!

Fall Picture Day!

Fall pictures will be taken on October 5th. Picture retakes are scheduled for December 3rd.

Yearbook Sales are now ONLINE!

Picture day is right around the corner! This year, we will have online yearbook sales. If you would like to order a yearbook, please click on the link below!

Yearbooks are $20 until April 1st! After April 1st, the price increases to $25.

Breakfast and Lunch is FREE for all students! Menus are below!

School Quality Profile

School quality profiles are now posted on the VDOE website. Please click here to search for the school quality profile for MES.

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.

RCPS COVID-19 & Health Plan Information

You can find the RCPS reopening information by clicking here. You can find the RCPS health plan here.

We continue to follow the same health and safety procedures as last year when it comes to COVID-19. Thank you for understanding that all of our schools in RCPS are following this plan in order to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff. We appreciate your patience, flexibility and understanding as we navigate this "new normal".


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!