Montgomery Virtual Academy K-5 News
Week of 12/11/22
A Note from the Dean's Desk
Greetings Montgomery Virtual Academy Voyagers!
Looking for a sweet celebration with your kids this week? Break out the hot cocoa on December 13 for National Cocoa Day! Should be just the thing to hit the spot on these cold days!
And since the weather is definitely turning colder, although things like outdoor recess are not part of our virtual academy experience, we want to make sure families have winter coats for each child. If your child is in need of a winter coat, please contact us so we can help you connect with community resources that can assist.
As we approach the winter holidays, while there is no expectation for gift-giving, some families often reach out to me this time of year because they are interested in offering small gifts of appreciation to our staff. The MVAPTC is requesting $5 gift cards from a store of your choosing (Amazon, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Chipotle, etc) to be distributed to all the MVA staff for the holidays. The goal is to provide one gift card per staff member to let them know how much families appreciate all their hard work this school year. Gift cards can be emailed to email@example.com or can be mailed/delivered to MVAPTC/Montgomery Virtual Academy, Attn: Staff Appreciation, 15 West Gude Drive, 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD 20850.
The MVAPTC wishes to mention that If you wish to send a gift card or gift to an individual teacher or staff member, please send it to them directly as they do not have the volunteers to manage individual gift card distributions. Gifts for individual staff can also be dropped off at the MVA offices at 15 West Gude Dr., 2nd Floor. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Also, weekly meal kit requests continue. Be sure to complete the request form to reserve a box for the following week. Please note the THURSDAY pick-up on December 22, for the current form. See details below!
I want to thank all of you all for your support & partnership! We are so happy to have you on our voyage!
Mrs. Cassandra Heifetz
- Tuesday, December 13- World Cup Lunch Bunch with Mrs. Jeffcott
- Tuesday, December 13- Rainbow Club (3-5)
- Friday, December 16- Meal Box Pick-up (Prior Reservation Required)
- Monday, December 19- Winter Spirit Week begins- details coming soon!
- Thursday, December 22- Meal Box Pick-up (See Form Below to Make Reservation)
- Friday, December 23 - WINTER BREAK BEGINS- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
- Monday, December 26- Winter break- Schools and offices closed
- Tuesday, December 27- Winter break, MVA office open 10 AM -2 PM
- Wednesday, December 28-Winter break, MVA office open 9 AM -3 PM
- Thursday, December 29- Winter break- Schools and offices closed
- Friday, December 30- Winter break- Schools and offices closed
- Monday, January 2- LAST DAY OF WINTER BREAK- Schools & Offices Closed for New Year's Holiday
- Tuesday, January 3- Students return from Winter Break
- Thursday, January 12- MVAPTC Meeting at 6:30 PM
- Thursday, January 19- MVAPTC Special Education Committee Meeting at 6:30 PM
MONTGOMERY VIRTUAL ACADEMY INFORMATION & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Weekly Meal Kits for MVA Students- Reserve Now for Pick-up on *THURSDAY* 12/22/2022
MCPS and the Division of Food & Nutrition Services will be providing bulk meal kits to MCPS students enrolled in MCPS Virtual Academy. The boxes will be distributed at the designated locations listed below. The location selected will be your assigned location to pick up your pre-ordered meal kit.
Please utilize this form to place an order for our Bulk Meal Kits.
Meal Kits will provide 5 Breakfasts and 5 Lunches.
***Distribution & Distribution Sites***
Meal kits will be distributed at each site listed below every Friday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
- Seneca Valley High School
- A. Mario Loiederman Middle School
- Richard Montgomery High School
- Department of Food & Nutrition Services (DNFS) at Turkey Thicket
All orders for meal kits should be placed a week in advance for distribution the following week.
Meal kit orders must be placed using the google link each week.
The ordering link closes every Friday at noon and reopens Friday at 3:00 pm for the following distribution.
Parents must provide the first and last name & I.D. number of each student if they are requesting a meal kit.
Link to Meal Request form:
***Questions & More Information***
Questions regarding meal kits can be sent to the meals dropbox:
DFNSMealKitOrders@mcpsmd.org (The email dropbox is having technical challenges. Please email Cassandra.Heifetz@mcpsmd.net with meal questions to pass along to food services until the dropbox is repaired.)
Use this same link each week. The ordering link closes every Friday at noon and reopens Friday at 3:00 pm for the following distribution.
Student IDs Ready for Pick-up
Digital Citizenship Lessons
Passwords for Grades 3-12
myMCPS Classroom (Canvas) Course
To help alert students to change their password, MCPS has created a new district-wide Canvas Course (Student Password Reset) that the central technology teams will use to target students whose passwords are about to change. During the month that students need to reset their password, students will be enrolled in the course and will be assigned a no-submit assignment to change their password. This will trigger an alert as well as an action item on the student’s to-do list in Canvas. This, in conjunction with the email, will help create an awareness for students using Canvas regularly as part of their school experience.
In addition to the email and myMCPS Classroom course assignment alerts, MCPS has created a chrome popup for students. When students log into their chromebook, a message will pop up in the corner reminding them to reset their password. (see image)
Directions for Student Password Changes
As was shared with the students in the email notifications to student Gmail accounts, they simply need to go to https://SPM.mcpsmd.org and log in with their current username and password. That will allow them to reset the password.
Password Report Access by School Staff
As a reminder, should any of the students fail to reset their password by the expiration date, the account does not get disabled, but the password is changed automatically and the new password added to the password report. The MVA office staff have access to that report and can provide the new password, if needed. Please call 240-740-6060 for assistance if needed.
Extracurricular Clubs and Activities
In an effort to create more social opportunities for students this year, we are working to expand our after-school clubs. Two clubs that will be starting in October are the Rainbow Club and the Kids for Equity Club. Both clubs will be run by MCPS central office staff and high school students in partnership with MVA staff. Other clubs are also in development and will be shared as information becomes available.
Please click here or on the picture to view the flyer for Rainbow Club (in English & Spanish).
Please click here or on the picture below to view the flyer for the Kids for Equity Club! (in English & Spanish)
Students in the MVA are also permitted to participate in extracurriculars at their home school. Parents interested in an after-school activity at their child's school should contact the school for information and details.
Please use this form to report a student absence for any Montgomery Virtual Academy student in Grades Kindergarten - Grade 12.
MCPS RESOURCES FOR VIRTUAL ACADEMY FAMILIES
Technology Support for Virtual Academy Families
If you are having technology issues, please submit an e-ticket by emailing your question or issue to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a ticket via the Community Tech Support portal This account is monitored daily and you will receive email notifications throughout the process.
For helpful support guides and screencasts in English and Spanish: https://montgomery.service-now.com/csm.
Community Tech Support Portal Support Guide: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cczbhEXF7x3TBquSMQGUGsxIcqsm_BtG2KBBi_bA0_0/edit
To request tech support or submit a Chromebook Repair Request
Zoom Log in information & Troubleshooting
Zoom for Students /Zoom para estudiantes
myMCPS Classroom/Canvas Information & Troubleshooting
Having trouble logging in? Please review the support guide
MCPS Parent Academy
MONTGOMERY VIRTUAL ACADEMY PARENT TEACHER COUNCIL (MVAPTC) INFO & ANNOUNCEMENTS
The following MVA Parent Council Announcements are being shared as a public information courtesy. The MVAPTC is the MVA parent-teacher organization with non-profit status and insurance.
MVAPTC (Montgomery Virtual Academy Parent Teacher Council) Announcements:
Request: MVAPTC is requesting $5 gift cards from a store of your choosing (Amazon, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Chipotle, etc) to be distributed to all the MVA staff for the holidays. Our goal is to provide one gift card per staff member to let them know how much we appreciate all their hard work as a community this school year. Gift cards can be emailed to email@example.com or can be mailed/delivered to MVAPTC/Montgomery Virtual Academy, Attn: Staff Appreciation, 15 West Gude Drive, 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD 20850. If you wish to send a gift card or gift to an individual teacher or staff member, please send it to them directly as we do not have the volunteers to manage individual gift card distributions. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
New: Seeking parents/guardians and teachers/staff to form a subcommittee of the MVAPTC to make recommendations to the MVA regarding policies pertaining to attendance, grading, student engagement, schedule, improving parent/teacher communication, innovation, and more. Please contact Jessica, MVAPTC President, at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
Staff Appreciation Wish Donation Wish List: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/2AYECVMZIHTZ3/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl Thank you to all who donated!
Shirts, Necklaces, and Earrings are available for purchase at the MVA office.
Next MVAPTC Meeting: Thursday, January 12th at 6:30 PM.
Meeting slides, meeting minutes and other documents are available for review on the MVAPTC website located at http://www.mvaptc.org.
Zoom Link: https://mcpsmd.zoom.us/j/83004264203?pwd=M09hQzNtbVgyWVB6SGF3UE1sU2Fodz09
Meeting ID: 830 0426 4203 & Passcode: mvaptc
Next MVAPTC Special Education Committee hosted by Andrea Levy: Thursday, January 19th at 6:30 PM.
(Please note that the December meeting has been canceled due to the holidays.)
Topic: Transitions: What does it mean to transition to the next school level?
Facebook page: Montgomery Virtual Academy Parent Teacher Council
Facebook Discussion Group: MVAPTC Discussion Group - Montgomery Virtual Academy Families & Staff(MD)
Facebook Special Needs Discussion Group: MVAPTC - Children with SN - Montgomery VIrtual Academy (MD)
Shirts, Dues & Donations: https://mvaptc.square.site
Please contact Jessica, MVAPTC President, at email@example.com to volunteer, or with any questions or concerns.
Family And Friends Mental Health Support:
Food Giveaway Events this week:
Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center:
Health Care for the Uninsured (English): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FoOQWe-GVr6ljzHjIxYRcl5VxtdBQCHN/view?usp=sharing
Health Care for the Uninsured (Spanish):
Montgomery County Resources and Supports for Residents
Montgomery County Public Library Programs:
Utility Assistance from Montgomery County Government:
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