Mayo Elementary

November News

Hello, November!

As I walk our school building, I hear and see evidence of students learning. The hallways display colorful artwork, descriptive writing and marvelous math problems. I hear students singing in music class, cardio drumming in PE and playing on the playground. Our daily WMAYO morning announcements are informing everyone of upcoming events, and students are navigating their instructional schedules with ease. While school is different in many ways since the pandemic began, it is exciting to see students are not only adapting to our new normal, but thriving.

I want to thank the Mayo community for helping to keep our students healthy and present in school. Please be sure when you drop your students off at school or send them to the school bus they are wearing a mask and have at least one spare in their backpack. Students must wear their masks correctly, covering their nose, and masks should be washed and/or changed nightly.

Safety of our students continues to be a top priority. We are following AACPS protocols, but we need your help to keep all staff and students healthy. Click here for information on what families can do to keep us all healthy, and please be sure to keep your student home if they have any symptoms mentioned here on the AACPS Daily Screening Student Checklist. If you ever have a question, please call the school and ask to speak to the Health Room or email our school nurse, Mrs. Hutzell, at

Parent Teacher Conferences

AACPS has built conference days into the school calendar for teachers to conference with parents about their child's progress. This year, there is a new format using not only the early dismissal format, but also a late arrival day for conferences.

  • November 22 is a two-hour late arrival for students. We will open our doors at 9:55am that morning, and instruction will begin at 10:10am.
  • November 23 is a two-hour dismissal for students.

Teachers will be contacting families to schedule conferences. If you are not scheduled for a November conference, you may have had an October conference, or your child's teacher may be planning to meet with you for a conference on March 7 or 8. Families will have the option to conference via Google Meet or phone.


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Every elementary student in AACPS will be issued a Chromebook. If a student transfers from one AACPS school to another, their Chromebook will go with them. If a student withdraws from AACPS, you must return the Chromebook to the school that issued the device.

Students in grades K-2:

New this year...students in grades K-2 will have one Chromebook that will stay at home, and another Chromebook to use at school. Our youngest learners will not be responsible for transporting Chromebooks to and from school. This is great news!

Students in grades 3-5:

Students in grades 3-5 will need to bring their charged Chromebook to and from school every day. Please be sure Chromebooks are charges at home and ready for the school day.

Chromebook Care instructions

November Student Spirit Days

11: Veterans Day– Wear Red, White and Blue

22: Cozy Monday—Wear your comfy flannel

23: Fall Colors Day– Wear your festive fall clothes

Every Friday is Mayo Spirit Wear day! Show your Mallard pride in your Mayo gear!

Creating an Attitude of Gratitude

There’s a saying that “it’s not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are

happy.” Gratitude is a simple, yet powerful practice that can promote well-being in our children.

Studies show that children and adolescents who thank others and are also appreciated by others report higher levels of happiness, confidence, stronger connections with others, and lower stress levels. Gratitude is also a practice that supports resiliency, or the ability to “bounce back” from adversity and hardships in life. Some simple ideas to practice gratitude with young children:

  • Create a gratitude jar

  • Spend time writing a thank you note or thank you drawing with your child

  • Make it a tradition to share out gratitude at dinner time or bedtime

It’s okay to keep it simple. However you choose to express thanks with your children you will be giving them a wonderful life skill!

More information about the benefits of gratitude and ways to practice it!

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More research on gratitude and ways to practice it

November is National Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month has evolved from its beginnings as a week-long celebration in 1986, when President Reagan proclaimed the week of November 23-30, 1986 as "American Indian Week." Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of November as the time to celebrate the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of people who were the first inhabitants of the United States.

Students will be learning and exploring Native American Heritage throughout this month in school, and we encourage you to participate at home as well. Here is an activity to help foster this discussion and celebration.

From pineapples and pumpkins to a model of government and the zero in math, discover some of the many contributions Native Americans have made to world cultures. Choose from the list below and share how Native Americans shaped our world today!

  • Corn.

  • Rubber.

  • Kayaks.

  • Snow Goggles.

  • Cable Suspension Bridges.

  • Raised-Bed Agriculture.

  • Baby Bottles.

  • Anesthetics and Topical Pain Relievers.

  • Lacrosse

  • Navajo Code Talkers.

  • Canoe.

  • Chewing gum.

  • Topic of your own.

Print out our research page below or create your own:


November 8-12: Book Fair

November 11: 2 Hour Early Dismissal

November 12: 2 Hour Early Dismissal /End of Marking Period

November 16: Virtual PTO Meeting

November 19: PTO Virtual Trivia Night @6:30pm

November 22: 2 Hour Late Arrival /Parent Teacher Conference

November 23: 2 Hour Early Dismissal /Parent Teacher Conference

November 24-26: All School & Office Closed for Thanksgiving Break

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SAVE THE DATE: PTO Virtual Trivia Night

Mayo PTO will host a virtual trivia night on Friday, November 19th at 6:30pm. There will be a prize for the winning team and raffles! Sign up details will be coming soon, so mark your calendars!

PTO News

Please join us for our November PTO meeting. Principal Fox and Teachers will give school updates, the PTO will announce plans for fundraising efforts and discuss getting Air Purifiers in the classrooms ASAP!

Mayo PTO is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: November PTO Meeting
Time: Nov 16, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 997 188 2408
Passcode: 21037

Why Join the Mayo PTO?

When you join the PTO you support important curriculum programs, field trips, your teachers, classroom supplies, air purifiers for a healthier school, and more! Currently our membership is at it's lowest. Without our members we can't support our school.

When you join, you will get to signup first for events, you will receive monthly PTO newsletters, you will have the right to vote on PTO issues, the ability to vote for next year's PTO officers, you will be able to run for a PTO office, and you will feel good about supporting your child's school. The sign of a healthy school is a vibrant PTO. Please join us!

Please support our school by filling out this Google Form and sending payment either by check made out to Mayo PTO or via this PayPal Link. Memberships are annual and are $10/family.