MVES Newsletter

November 19, 2021

Up Coming Events

November 22

2nd Grade Field Trip to the Frontier Culture Museum 8:30-2:30

November 24-26

NO SCHOOL - Office will be closed- Thanksgiving Holiday

December 11

PTO Movie Matinee- more details forthcoming

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Parenting Corner (Family Connections 11/19)

Things don’t always go smoothly and sometimes we have conflict in our homes (especially around the holidays). Here are a few tips that may help your family work through the conflict while maintaining relationship.

*Perception is reality! Trying to convince someone that you are right and they are wrong is an unnecessary waste of energy and accomplishes little! Set up space in which each person involved has an opportunity to share their perception of the situation. Do not interrupt and do not judge! This is how they actually see it, so deal with what it is they have experienced in their own mind.

*Decide what the overall goal is. Is it to stop all the noise and chaos? Is it to find some peace? Is it to hear and be heard? Giving each person involved (and that includes those who have witnessed, but weren’t directly involved) an opportunity to be heard and to hear often lessens the chaos and noise.

*Keep calm or step away until you are calm. Does yelling truly solve a situation? Probably not. While it might get someone’s attention, it often just adds to the chaos and shows a loss of control.

In the next Family Connection we’ll explore the Compass of Shame to get a better understanding of why we react the way we do!

Help Wanted: Cafeteria Courtyard Beautification!

Through generous donations from Interchange and the Ruritan Club, we are able to revitalize our small courtyard space off the cafeteria at MVES!! We have also been supported by Mike Fox of Non-stop Landscaping who has helped us plan our new outdoor area. He has designed a space to allow more seating space by way of adding to an existing deck space. We need volunteers that have experience in construction or general know-how to help us complete this project. If you or someone you know would be willing to give your time during the week to help with this project, please contact Autumn Pequignot ( or Lisa Roeschley ( so that we can set up a schedule. We would love to get this project started before our winter break! THANK YOU!!!
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PTO Movie Matinee (December 11th 1pm-4pm)

Enjoy an afternoon running errands or relaxing while your child has fun at the movies AND help support your MVES PTO at the same time! Send your child with a water thermos and a comfy blanket or towel to sit on during the movie. Two movies will be shown (one geared for older elementary students and the other for younger students). We will use both the gymnasium and the cafeteria to show both movies simultaneously. A snack will be provided. Please consider donating whatever you wish for this fun event. This fundraiser will directly support our MVES community. You can pay now using Venmo (@Robyn-Kondrad) or PayPal ( You may also pay on the day of the event using cash, check made out to MVES PTO, Venmo, or PayPal. Register here by December 9th:

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Jennifer MacRae at

Attractions Fundraiser

Attractions Books have been sent home this week. Please contact the main office if you have any questions about the fundraiser.
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Cardboard Tubes Needed

Our STEM Lab is running low on cardboard tubes. If you have any paper towel or toilet paper tubes you could donate, it would be greatly appreciated. Items can be sent to Mrs. Cherry in the STEM Lab. Thanks so much!

From the School Nurse...

As COVID numbers in our area are rising we need to come together as a team to keep our children healthy and safe.


  • They have to take any medications to make them feel better or reduce fever

  • Have had a fever of 100.4 or higher in the last 24 hours

  • they have a bad cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, a runny nose that will soil more than 2 masks per day

  • Someone in your household is sick and being tested for COVID

If you think that you have been exposed to COVID DO NOT send the child to school without consulting the school first.

If you are unsure of household contact or have any questions if your child should attend school please call the office at 540-438-1965 and ask to speak with the Nurse.

Please refer to the following Daily Home Screening tool before sending your child.

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Face coverings are required to be worn indoors at all times, in accordance with the state public health order date August 12, 2021, other than mask breaks and designated eating times. Face coverings are to be worn regardless of social distancing. Teachers will help/train students, as needed, to wear face coverings according to these guidelines. Parents are responsible for providing students with face masks.

Students that do not comply with wearing a face covering will be sent to the office. If the issue cannot be resolved, the student will be placed in an area distanced from others to wait until a parent picks them up.


If your child is going to be absent from school, please call the office at 433-1965, email, or send a written note to the school following the absence. If you are planning to take a vacation or your child will be out of school for an extended period of time, please contact the office. Thank you!

Parent Portal

The parent portal is an online portal accessible anywhere on the web that parents can log in to and see all of their children in one place, their grades, assignments, scores, attendance, schedules, and teacher comments for each school your children attend.

Parents need to contact the school to get access information to create an account in PowerSchool.

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Free and Reduced Meal Applications are now available for the 21-22 school year. Although all children are currently eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch meals during the school day, completing a meal application is still recommended if you believe you qualify. The qualification letter that is sent back to the household can be used for proof of eligibility for other program benefits and discounts, such as the Emergency Broadband Benefit. To apply, please complete the online meal application at, or fill out the attached application and return to your child's school or mail to: Food and Nutrition Services, 1210 N. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA, 22802.