MWES Week #36 Update: 05/16- 05/20

BUILDING EXCELLENCE in our Diverse Panther Cub Community!

This week in the Panther Cub Den...

Monday, May 16, 2022 - Encore Day 4

  • VA Studies SOL test for virtual students in grade 4

  • Science SOL test for virtual students in grade 5
  • Last day to register for PTO Family Day at Braehead Farm (see information below)

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - Encore Day 5


Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - Encore Day 1


Thursday, May 19, 2022 - Encore Day 2

  • 4th grade Math SOL test


Friday, May 20, 2022 - Encore Day 3

  • 5th grade Math SOL test


Sunday, May 22, 2022

  • PTO Braehead Farm Visit - 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Upcoming Dates

May 23 - Math SOL test for virtual students in grades 3, 4, and 5

May 27 - Class placement requests due to Mrs. Johnson

May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL

June 1 - Reading SOL Expedited Retakes

June 3 - VA Studies and Science SOL Expedited Retakes

June 6 - Math SOL Expedited Retakes

June 9 - School device drop off - 4:30 -7:00 p.m. (Don't forget cords and cases!)

June 13 - 5th Grade Fun Day

June 13 - 5th Grade Promotion Celebration - 6:00-8:00 p.m.

June 15 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

VISIT BRAEHEAD FARM WITH MWES PTO!

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The Mary Williams ES PTO is sponsoring a visit to the Braehead Farm for all Panther Cubs and two family members on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Dear Panther Cub Families, please register for the event by clicking on the button below. The PTO will pay for entry of the Panther Cub student and up to two guardians. You do not need to include children 2 and under as they can enter for free. You must register by May 16, 2022.

The Play Grounds in the barn lot come with lots of things to do that are included with your entry:

  • Play barns with hay and "steer heads" to rope
  • Swings and slides
  • Sand piles with trucks and toys
  • A tree deck with slide
  • Corn pit
  • Trikes and push tractors for the little ones
  • Farm Animals: chickens, cows, pigs, goats, alpacas, sheep, horses, rabbits...and honeybees to watch in their visual hive.
  • Picnic Tables: Bring your own picnic or enjoy the Braehead Farm Kitchen offerings from 11am-4pm.

* During your visit you can also do some strawberry picking (at your own expense). Strawberries are sold by the pound.

* Please be sure to check in with the registered name upon arrival.


Eventbrite Registration: https://tinyurl.com/mvy8nk5b

Password: MWESPTOSPRING

The MWES 2021-22 Yearbook is coming!

Details coming soon! Watch this space for more information!
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CLASS PLACEMENT REQUEST for SY 2022-23

May 3, 2022


Dear Panther Cub Parents,


As I do at the end of each school year, I am writing to invite you to provide input into the type of classroom your child is placed next year. If you would like to do so, please send me an email that describes:


  • your child’s learning style,
  • the type of classroom where you think your child will be most successful, and
  • the type of teaching style most suitable for your child


Since you are the person who knows your child best, it is helpful for us to know from your perspective if your child needs a very structured environment or a teacher with a higher tolerance for movement and/or noise. If your child is shy, outgoing, anxious, or struggling in a subject – that is information that is important to us also as we work to make the best grouping possible.


When we place children into classes, we examine their achievement, ability, and temperament, and then we work to make the best fit with an upcoming teacher. We consider the current teacher’s success with a child, and I review the parent’s input.


We will not honor requests for specific teachers by name, even if you have some experience with a teacher through an older sibling or a friend’s child. Each child is different, and each teacher/student relationship is different. Further, there is always the possibility that teachers will change positions or grade levels before we return to school. It is more helpful for you to focus on your child than the specific teacher.


We try to put all students in a class with at least one friend with whom they work well. We cannot place friends together just because they are friends. Sometimes that creates unforeseen challenges as students’ relationships change throughout the year. We do need to know however, if there are circumstances between your child and another that might result in a conflict should they end up in the same classroom.

Many hours and many discussions are put into creating well-balanced homerooms for the upcoming school year. I share that responsibility with all the teachers, administrators, and the school counselors since these are often people who know your child well, but I do make the final decisions.


I will accept emails requesting types of teachers and sharing characteristics about your child up until the close of business on Friday, May 27, 2022. We will not be able to consider parent input after that date. This is your only chance to provide input into your child’s placement for next year. Once the school year begins, we will not switch classes. Please email your requests directly to me at johnsdb@pwcs.edu. I will keep any information you share confidential. Thank you in advance for your input! Please let me know if you have any questions.


Sincerely,


Danna B. Johnson, Principal

VA SOL (Standards of Learning) Assessment Information

Spring 2022 SOL Testing Reminder

Each year, students at various grade levels are expected to participate in SOL testing or alternative assessments. The SOL testing window is May 4 to May 26. Expedited retakes will take place from June 1 to June 8.

For more information about the grade levels at which students participate and the windows in which testing will occur this spring, please visit the PWCS Testing webpage.


Please do not schedule medical appointments or family vacations during the SOL testing window. Thank you for your cooperation!

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SOL SCORES POSTED IN PARENT VUE

You will be able to see your child's scores after May 26, 2022 when the SOL window closes.

We will not be sending home SOL score reports at the end of the school year. Please contact the school if you have not activated your Parent Vue account. You must have an active Parent Vue account to access 2022 SOL scores.

SOL EXPEDITED RETAKES

Action is Required!

Dear Parents of students in grades 3-5,

Please fill out the Expedited Retake form and turn it in to your child's teacher ASAP. Thank you for your cooperation! Parents of virtual students, please turn in the form to Mrs. Garcia at garciakv@pwcs.edu. Thank you!

June 1-8 is the Expedited Retakes Window

If your child qualifies for an expedited retake for one or more SOL tests, his/her teacher will reach out to you directly after the testing window closes on May 26, 2022.

2023-24 SCHOOL START TIME SURVEY

Dear Panther Cub families,


We encourage you and your students to complete the Start Time Survey if you have not already done so. The survey links are below. Please note, if you have already filled out the survey you will get an error message if you try to submit a second survey.


Parent link: http://s.alchemer.com/s3/Parent-Start-Time-Survey


Student link: http://s.alchemer.com/s3/Student-Start-Time-Survey


You can also fill out the attached paper copy of the parent survey if you are more comfortable submitting their responses in that form. Please provide your student’s ID number on the paper survey and send the completed form to Mrs. Garcia at garciakv@pwcs.edu.


Thank you for your support.

DO YOU RECOGNIZE ANY OF THESE ITEMS IN OUR LOST AND FOUND?

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Please get in touch with the school or come by to retrieve your child's belongings if you recognize an item. Thank you!

All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the school year.

MARY WILLIAMS PTO SPIRIT WEAR SHOP

Dear Panther Cub Families,

Mary Williams PTO now has an online spirit wear store! Choose from hundreds of designs and garments that are delivered to your home in days! To celebrate the grand opening, use code SPIRIT51-FS to receive 25% off and get free shipping on orders over $50. Click on the buttons below to shop.

PWCS 2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten online registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open! Once you complete the online registration, we will follow up with an in-person registration appointment. For more information, click on the link below:

https://www.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=340225&pageId=775554

SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION - REGISTER NOW BEFORE IT FILLS UP!

MWES Panther Cubs will be attending summer school at Dumfries Elementary School this summer. We will not have a site-based summer school program at MWES this year. Summer School runs from July 11 to July 29, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each day. Free breakfast and lunch will be served for all students. Please click on the flyers or the link below for more information about how to register your child for the program.

Registration is from March 1 - June 15.

https://www.pwcs.edu/departments/student_management___alternative_programs/summer_school/elementary_school_summer_school_information

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD AT HOME?

THANK YOU FOR PARTNERING UP WITH US TO HELP YOUR CHILD GROW!!!

WE ARE SO "PANTHER CUB PROUD" OF YOU!

Congratulations to the Den of Enerji (Energy, yellow) for earning the most Den Points last week!

You can earn points for your Den by following the rules and making a difference in our Panther Cub Community. You can also earn points for your Den by wearing your Den Color every Friday.

Congratulations to these students for leveling up on Lexia and earning a certificate last week! We are so proud of you!

KINDERGARTEN - MARWA, ADELINE, RAUL, JAZLYN, NOAH, ADDISON

1ST GRADE - MUHAMMAD, GENESIS, FREDY, GIANELLA, ALI, GERALD, HAILEE, MELANIE

2ND GRADE - NORMAN, RAHEIL, KENNEDI, BENJAMIN, BRAEDYN, EZRA, SOFIA, BIBI, LYRIC, MARWA, ADAN, PARKER

3RD GRADE - ADRIAN, HARIS, ALIE, ALLEN, MEHROMA

4TH GRADE - LELA

5TH GRADE - NOOR, KENNEDY, MARCUS, JADEN

Have you read The Scoop this week?

Click here for the May 12 issue.

Please check your house for library books!

Please return all school library books by the end of the school year to avoid fees. Thank you for your cooperation!