News & Notes from Ms. Kapuchuck

January 9, 2022

Dear Families,

I hope all of you have had a wonderful weekend! Even though we only had school for two days last week due to weather, they were full of fun and excitement for our students and staff! It was great to see our students back in school and to listen to them talk about the winter break!

After a warm December, I know students were excited to see some snow! Snow days at my house were filled with sledding, building a snowman, hot dogs over the fire, and lots of hot chocolate! I hope you and your family were able to enjoy some time together and make memories to last a lifetime!

I heard from many of you that your children enjoyed the #whippedcreamchallenge! Thank you so much for sharing and for being such an incredible school community! I feel so blessed to work alongside all of you to support your children during their elementary school experience!

I am so excited to share that Tuesday, January 18th is MES Island Wing Night from 4pm-close. Enjoy dinner out on this Teacher Workday! Order take-out or dine-in and drop your receipt in our MES decorated box at the front of the store and our school will receive 15% of those food and non-alcoholic beverage sales! Please tell your friends and family and make sure they know to mention MES and drop their receipt in the box!!

Please note that Monday, January 17th is a holiday and all RCPS schools and offices will be closed. School will also be closed for a teacher workday on Tuesday, January 18th. This Friday, January 14th, is the last day of the second 9 weeks and the end of the first semester of school.

This week is a spirit week! Please see the calendar below!

Schools have experienced so many challenges since March, 2020. Each day, I am so proud of our entire staff for giving 100% to our students, despite the challenges and stressors of the pandemic. During the month of February, I would love to treat the MES staff with a special drink and snack bar! I have put together a sign-up genius with items that are needed. Please consider donating an item or two for this event by clicking here or using the link below. Let’s show our MES staff how much we appreciate them! Please sign up by Friday, February 4th, if you are able to help! Please reach out to me if you have any questions!

Have a great week ahead and as always, please reach out to me if you need anything or have any questions. I am always here to support you or your child in ANY way! :)


"It's your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don't take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver."

- Betty White.

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Save the Dates! Online Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year!

The online registration process for next school year (2022-2023) will open during the week of March 7, 2022. Parents whose children are currently enrolled in Rockingham County Public Schools will receive enrollment codes to process their children's enrollment for next school year online. Parents of rising Kindergarten students will be able to complete online enrollment registration during that same week. Rising Kindergarten students must be Age 5 on or before September 30, 2022. Parents who wish to schedule a Pre-Kindergarten Screening may begin the application process on Tuesday, March 8th by completing similar enrollment information. While the Pre-K paperwork application process begins on Tuesday, March 8, the actual Pre-K Screenings will be scheduled for a later date in the spring. For students to be eligible for Pre-K in the coming school year, they must be Age 4 on or before September 30, 2022. For parents who are not able to complete the registration process online for Kindergarten enrollment or Pre-K application, MES will offer two days of HELP DESK access for parents to schedule an appointment to come to school to have their questions answered or to receive assistance completing the online registration. These dates are listed below:

March 8, 2022: MES Kindergarten and PreK Help Desk (By Appointment only 9:00 am-2:00 pm).

March 9, 2022: MES Kindergarten and PreK Help Desk (By Appointment only 10:00 am-6:00 pm).

More information will follow next month as we get closer to the scheduled registration dates.

Martin's Grocery "Round Up at the Register" to Benefit Student Hunger Challenges

RCPS Food & Nutrition Services is excited to share that the GIANT Company is once again partnering with RCPS to help support children in our school district facing food insecurity. From January 1 through February 28, 2022, everyone who shops at Martin’s Grocery will be invited to “Round Up At The Register” and donate the round up amount to the Feeding School Kids program fund.

Please consider rounding up at the register when shopping at Martin’s if you are able and help us address food insecurity in our community.

PTO Board Members for 2022-2023!

MES is in need of parents to serve in all capacities on the PTO Board next year! The role of a PTO is to work as a collaborative team with the school to make school a great place for children to grow and thrive!

We are in need of the following positions:


Vice President



Meetings are held virtually once a month through Zoom and dates and times can be flexible to fit your schedule! If you are interested in serving on the PTO board, PLEASE contact Ms. Kapuchuck either at school or by email! Together, we can support our students!

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Don't forget to purchase your yearbook!!

MES is selling yearbooks online this year! If you would like to order a yearbook, please click on the link below!

Yearbooks are $20 until April 1st! After April 1st, the price increases to $25.

PTO Romano's Night!!

Did you know that every Thursday is Romano's night? 10% of all sales go to the MES PTO! We are so thankful for this partnership between Romanos and MES!

RCPS COVID-19 & Health Plan Information

You can find the RCPS reopening information by clicking here. You can find the RCPS health plan here.

We continue to follow the same health and safety procedures as last year when it comes to COVID-19. Thank you for understanding that all of our schools in RCPS are following this plan in order to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff. We appreciate your patience, flexibility and understanding as we navigate this "new normal".

As COVID numbers in our area are rising we need to come together as a team to keep our children healthy and safe.


  • They have to take any medications to make them feel better or reduce fever

  • They have had a fever of 100.4 or higher in the last 24 hours

  • They have a bad cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, a runny nose that will soil more than 2 masks per day

  • Someone in your household is sick and being tested for COVID

If you think that you have been exposed to COVID, DO NOT send the child to school without consulting the school first.

If you are unsure of household contact or have any questions as to whether or not your child should attend school, please call the office at 540-289-3004 and ask to speak with the school nurse.

Thank you for helping us to keep all of our students and staff safe and healthy!

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.


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!