November 8, 2019

Quarter 2 Newsletter

Monocacy Gator Families

We are busy preparing end of term grades and report cards as we wrap up a successful first quarter. I know that you will take the time to review your child's report card with them, provide congratulatory remarks, set goals for the upcoming quarter and reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions. We are partners and want each and every student to be successful. By working collaboratively together, our students will reap the benefits and experience the success we all want for them to achieve.

Many families have noticed the beautiful library designed, built and installed at the front of the building by the Bache family. We couldn't have added this wonderful addition without our PTA and the Bache family's time, commitment and resources. Please utilize the little library. You can take books and donate books at any time. Our goal is to promote reading and to provide this free resource to our students.

We are in need of volunteers. Your talents, time, and energy are in great demand. Our wonderful PTA plans numerous events for our families and students throughout the school year. In order for these events to be successful, we need you. Please join us on November 19th at 6:30 pm in the Media Center to learn more about volunteer opportunities. The training for volunteers and field trip chaperones can be found at the following link: In addition we are composting at lunch for every grade level. These efforts are to keep lunches out of landfills and to preserve our future planet. If interested in helping during lunch shifts please contact the front office. Finally, thank you to all who do give of their time to support our school. All contributions no matter how big or small are valued and appreciated.

I am looking forward to a very successful and productive 2nd quarter. Please contact me with any questions and/or concerns at or by phone at 240-236-1400.


Troy Barnes,


Monocacy Gators

Mark You Calendars


November 11th: 2nd Quarter Begins, 9:45 - 10:45 Grade 2 CogAT Testing

November 12th: 2nd Grade CogAT Testing, Grade 1 (Dowd/Henry/Legg) 9:00-11:30 ESSL Field Trip

November 13th: Grade 1 ESSL Field Trip (Snyder/Higgins)

November 14th: 9:45 - 10:45 Grade 2 CogAT Testing

November 19th: Report Cards Sent Home, 6:30 pm PTA Meeting

November 21st: EL Family Breakfast in Cafeteria 9:00 - 10:00 am

November 26th: Grade 2 Maryland Zoo Visits from 2:00 - 3:00 in Cafeteria

November 27th - November 29th: Schools Closed


December 3rd: Picture Retake Day, PTA Treats for Staff

December 4th: 3rd - 5th Grade Dental Clinic

December 11th: PTA Restaurant Night at Manhattan Pizza

December 12th: Winter Chorus and Ensemble Program at 6:30 PM

December 19th: Winter Chorus and Ensemble Program for Students, Grades 1 and 2 visit by CTC

December 20th: Mid-Term, 2 Hour Early Dismissal, 9:15 - 12:30 5th Grade Field Trip (Weinberg)

December 23rd - January 1st: No School


January 2nd: School ReOpen

January 7th: Orchestra Concert, PTA Treats for Staff

January 9th: Grade 2 (Weddle/Poland-McMahon) ESSL Field Trip, 7:00 pm Martin Luther King Celebration at GTJHS

January 10th: Grade 2 (Douds/DeBoy) ESSL Field Trip

January 13th: Chorus Feeder Concert at GTJHS

January 15th: Band Concert

January 16th: MLK Celebration Snow Date at GTJHS

January 17th: Chorus Feeder Concert Snow Date at GTJHS

January 20th: School Closed

January 21st: PTA Meeting at 6:30pm

January 22nd: Title I STEAM Night

January 23rd: Title I STEAM Night (snow date)

January 28th: End of Quarter 2

January 29th: No School (Teacher Work Day)

January 30th: Quarter 3 Begins

January 31st: 5th Grade North Field Trip

Inclement Weather

For the fastest, most reliable information, check the following for school delays and closures:

FCPS on Twitter

FCPS on Facebook

Find Out First

Comcast Channel 18

FCPS Find Out First Mobile APP

Please avoid calling the school to check on delays and closures as the front office may be

closed or delayed.

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School Health Room

Here are a few indicators to keep your child home from school in order to prevent the spread of illnesses and to help your child have a speedy recovery.

Temperature over 100



Undiagnosed Rash or Skin Irritation

Lice (any nit)

Students will need to stay home from school for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and/or lice infection. This will help to decrease the spread of germs to other students and help your child have a full recovery. Please call the health room with any questions concerning your child's health (240-236-1379).

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Our goal is to have your child in school on time every day that they are healthy enough to be here (no fever, no diarrhea, no vomiting, no lice). Students who miss 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.

Make sure your child is ready for school every morning and here before 9:00 am. Doors open at 8:30 am and every student is offered breakfast in their classroom.

If your child is absent, you will receive a phone call, email, and/or text message from an automated program. Please follow up with your child's teacher for make-up work and send a signed parent/guardian letter or note from a physician. You may also email a note of absence to Mrs. Kaleo at

Lawful and/or Unlawful absences will result in a note home after 3 absences. When a child misses 10% (18 days) in a school year it is considered excessive and requires additional supports between the school and home.

We appreciate your help in getting your child to school every day and on time. If we can be of any assistance please contact the front office at 240-236-1400.

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Substitutes Needed

Do you have what it takes to be a substitute teacher?

We need substitute teachers. And we find that parents make the best subs! You will love substitute teaching for these reasons:

Flexibility: teach when, where, and how often you want

Money: you earn a fair hourly salary doing something you love

Recognition: you get honored for a job well done

Professionalism: you work with the FCPS teaching Pros

Students: you change lives and make a daily difference

Great Hours: an ideal job while your kids are in school.

You must love working with kids and have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. Visit to see all the requirements and apply online. If you have additional questions, call the Sub Help Desk at 301-644-5120.

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Front Office

Snowy Weather…School Delayed or Closed?...Where You Can Find the Information

Occasionally inclement weather or other safety or health conditions require FCPS to cancel, delay or otherwise change school routines or schedules. Typically, cancellation and delay decisions are made by 5 a.m. that day and announced soon after. If weather becomes a factor after school is in session, a decision to close early is made, whenever possible, by 10 a.m. that day. Although we notify numerous regional news outlets, we encourage parents and guardians to use the following sources for the most accurate news:

Internet: (sign up there for FindOutFirst e-mail & text messages)

FCPS Television on local cable Channel 18 and online at


Facebook: FCPS Maryland

Burr, Winter’s Coming!

Winter is fast approaching and with that comes a lot of runny noses! Please consider making donations of Kleenex, Clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer. Any and all contributions would be appreciated. Please dress your child in warm layers. We do go out for outdoor recess! Remember that if your child gets sick, they should be fever-free and vomit-free for at least 24 hours prior to coming back to school. For your convenience, you may email the front office at to notify the school of your child’s absence.

It is Cool to Get to School ON TIME

Our school building opens at 8:30 a.m. and instruction begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Between 8:30 and 9:00 students are eating breakfast and preparing materials for the day. Students should be arriving as close to 8:30 a.m. as possible so that they can get prepared for the day. Students will be marked late after the bell rings at 9:00 a.m.

Lost & Found

We have quite the collection of items left behind. Please check our lost and found table out by the cafeteria. It is helpful for us to return items if they are labeled with your child’s name. We will be donating any items not picked up the week of December 1st.

Bus Delay Information Board

I wanted to remind you of our transportation delay board. This is a way that we communicate with the public and schools when a bus is running 10 minutes or more late. If you could help us in getting the word out about our delay board it would be greatly appreciated, you can send this out to the parents too. The information may be accessed on the FCPS website at this link:

Pre K and Kindergarten Familes
Send in a fresh set of clothes for the new season in case of emergencies and continue to update as your child's size and season changes.

Pre-K Hours on 2 hour delays or early dismissals

Pre-K Hours for 2 hour delay

AM Class 11:00am to 12:30pm

PM Class 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Pre-K All Day 11:00 am to 3:30pm

Pre-K Hours for 2 hour early dismissals

AM Class 9:00am to 10:30am

PM Class Noon to 1:30pm

Pre-K All Day dismiss at 1:30pm

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Internet Safety

Internet Safety Tips for Families

Please consider some or all of these safety rules for your children while online.

● Ask for permission before giving out personal information online. This includes a child’s name, age, gender, phone number, home address, location of school, email address and parents’ work addresses.

● Visit websites that are only approved by parents.

● Keep passwords secure. Passwords should only be shared with parents or a trusted adult.

● Do not arrange to meet a friend you have met online unless a trusted adult has agreed to go with you.

● Remember that people on the other side of the screen have feelings that can be hurt by what you say and do.

● Cool down if you get mad while online before you say something hurtful.

● Do not share something that will embarrass someone or hurt their feelings.

**Ideas adapted by Mrs. Nauman from www.mediasmarts**

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Saturday, November 16th

FCPS and MSD Family Support Services, Frederick

County Infants & Toddlers Program & Frederick County SECAC presents:

“Why Will No One Play with Me?” -- a question every parent fears having to answer, yet one that has become more prevalent with each generation. Whether you are the parent of a child with learning differences, social integration issues, one that is a victim of bullying or even the parent of a child navigating the seemingly simple process of growing up, there has never been a greater need for a go-to resource that provides parents with the tools to help their children navigate the challenges of social interactions. In this talk, Caroline introduces audiences to the tools they need to become their child’s (or student’s) social skills coach. Through step-by-step guidance, parents and educators will learn how to help others build social skills, use positive social behaviors, and become social problem-solvers. Caroline will demonstrate the coaching process for participants, so they can apply coaching techniques at home, in the classroom, or anywhere needed most.

*If sign language or foreign language interpretation is needed, please call 240-236-8744 or

email no later than 10 business days before the conference.

Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed. has been a rock for hundreds of families who have children with ADHD who struggle to fit in socially. Caroline’s unique way of drawing out the best in her clients has been recognized internationally as she is invited to speak at conferences and schools around the world on topics related to coaching children and young adults with autism, ADHD, LD, executive function or social skills deficits. Her dedication, passion, and efforts are a direct result of her own struggles to fit in as a child with ADHD and dyslexia.

Saturday November 16


Frederick High

650 Carroll Pkwy, Frederick MD

(Main Entrance)

Caroline Maguire



To Register:

$25 Registration Fee includes light breakfast and lunch

(Childcare is not available)

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Title I Update

At conference teachers handed out our 2019-2020 Title 1 and Monocacy Elementary Family Involvement Plan and Compact for Student Achievement. This plan outlines how all members of our Monocacy community are part of a powerful and productive unit, one that will produce a better future for ALL of our students. If you were unable to attend conferences or would like another copy please call Laura Gilmer 240-236-1400.

PARCC Results were sent home with students in September from the 2018-2019 school year. Our ESSA report card should be released in the near future. An opportunity will be provided to families to review the report card and to delve deeper into the results. Details regarding this opportunity will be shared at a later time.

Our School Improvement Plan can be found in the front lobby as well as on our school website, Please contact Mr. Barnes with any questions.

One Team One Goal

*Sign up for Find Out First to receive email/text updates and pertinent information:

*Follow us on Twitter: @MOES_Principal and @MonocacyElem

*Students in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten should have a bag of clean clothes in case of accidents. Please update as your child’s size and the seasons change.

*Breakfast is provided FREE of charge to all students. We encourage all students to take a breakfast. They can choose to eat it or take it home with them. 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.