The Lion's Den March 13, 2023

MES Family Newsletter

Spring Break is March 13-17th!

While the weather certainly doesn't feel like spring, spring break is here! We hope all of you are able to enjoy some time as a family this week! MES will be closed for spring break. We will see all of our students on Monday, March 20th!

Spring School Cookie Dough Fundraiser!!

Our spring cookie dough fundraiser ends on March 21st! If you need an additional fundraising packet, please let the office know! Our students are already off to a great start and love coming to the office to get panda bears! Some have already "adopted" a panda! Thank you for supporting our school!

March is Reading Month!

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Student Vacations

Student vacations must be pre-approved! If you plan to take a vacation that will require your child to miss 5 or more days of school, a request must be submitted in writing. Please email your request to or provide a written letter before your planned vacation. You will receive a response to verify whether the vacation is approved or not approved based on your child's attendance history. Requests not made in advance will not be approved, so please make sure you request before your vacation.

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PreK Screenings and Kindergarten Registration for 23-24

Pre-K Screenings

Children who will be four (4) years old on or before September 30, 2023

The following forms are required in order to interview for PreK.

- Birth Certificate

- Proof of Residency

- Proof of Income for everyone working in the household

To schedule a Pre-K screening, please contact the school office. All of the above documents as well as the PreK screening are necessary to determine if a child qualifies for the program. If we do not have the documents listed above, the pre-k screening will need to be rescheduled.

Kindergarten Registration

Children who will be five (5) years old on or before September 30, 2023

The following forms/documents are required:

- Birth Certificate

- Proof of Residency

Note: A copy of a current physical examination form (within 12 months prior to the first day of school) and a complete immunization record must be provided before a child begins school.

All families are encouraged to complete online registration using the link that will be provided on our website starting Monday, March 6th (Be sure to select the 2023-24 school year). If you are unable to access the online registration, please contact the office and we will be happy to assist you!

VDH Immunization/Physical Examination Schedule

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Library Info from Ms. Breeden!

Thank you again to everyone who supported our Lions by purchasing Paw Print Crayons. The children have been sharing what books they want to see more of in the Book Machine and I am hoping to get many of those purchased over Spring Break. They are very excited to see the new books arrive!

We recently reached over 13,000 circulations in the library for this school year! That is a LOT of reading. I hope everyone is able to find a few moments over Spring Break to enjoy a good book!

Please be sure to check out our MES Library Website! and Destiny Discover Tutorial video.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me!

SHS basketball Camp

SHS is hosting a girls and co-ed basketball camp June 19-22. Click here to register.

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Inspire Awards!

Inspire Awards are back in RCPS! All RCPS staff members are eligible to receive an Inspire Award! You can nominate any staff member for this award using this nomination form link.
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Information From School Nurses

How Sick is Stay-Home-From School Sick?

  • Students need to stay home for 24 hours when their temperature is 100 degrees or higher. Do not send your student to school following morning administration of Tylenol or Motrin. In order to return to school, students need to be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • Students that are vomiting or have diarrhea (3 or more loose stools) the night before school, they should stay home for 24 hours from the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Students with persistent yellow/green nasal drainage and have no known allergies or medical history of drainage need to stay home.
  • Students with a heavy, persistent cough with sputum present need to stay home until symptoms resolve.
  • Students with skin eruptions or undiagnosed skin rashes need to stay home.
  • Students that have redness of the eye lining or an irritation of the eyes accompanied by swelling and drainage need to stay home. Students diagnosed with pink eye must stay home until 24 hours of antibiotics have been administered.
  • Students prescribed antibiotics must stay home for 24 hours after the first dose is given.
  • Students need to stay home if they display any coronavirus symptoms like; fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, headache, runny/stuffy nose, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body/muscle aches, loss of taste or smell.
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Important School Information & Upcoming Dates!

Looking Ahead!

March 1st-21st: Spring School Cookie Dough Fundraiser!

March 13-17: Spring Break- Schools Closed

The 2022-2023 RCPS calendar can be found here!


MES PAW Patrollers!

This year, we are excited to start a new program at MES: PAW Patrollers. A parent/guardian can sign up to be a PAW Patroller once per month from 11 am-2:30 pm. PAW Patrollers serve in various volunteer capacities to support our students! The PAW Patrollers schedule is below:

11:00-1:00: Volunteer in the cafeteria for all lunch shifts (PAW Patrollers are encouraged to have lunch with their child/children during their lunchtimes!)

1:00-2:30: Follow your child's schedule as a classroom volunteer. This may include attending specials/recess with your child!

If you want to learn more about signing up as a PAW Patroller, please contact Ms. Mitchell, our school counselor.


If you need to contact the office regarding your child's attendance, please call the school at 540-289-3004 or email the school at before 8:30 am. Please include the following information in your email:

1. Student Name

2. Teacher Name

3. Reason for Absence

4. The name of the person submitting the email

You can also use this email address to send Dr. notes!

If you are planning on taking a vacation or your child will be out of school for an extended period of time, please contact the school office. Thank you!

Transportation Changes- Important!

Any same-day transportation changes during the school year must occur before 1:30pm. Please make sure these are taken care of through the office, rather than contacting the teacher, so that we can ensure your child gets home safely! Often, teachers do not have time to check messages and email during the day, so it is important that these changes are communicated to the office. The office will take care of making sure teachers know of the transportation changes.