Cougar Weekly Update

February 8, 2019

Principal's Message

Having a full week of school with a regular routine has made this a great week! We were happy to celebrate our wonderful counselors who remind us each day that we are loved and important. This week teachers spent time working together to improve student writing and reflected on their own practice in this area. It is great to see students progress in their writing skills. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Gwynn

It's Time for 18-19 Yearbook Sales!

Anyone who orders before February 8th will get the early bird price of $15. After 2/8 the price goes up to $20.

Order forms are in Friday Folders this week or you can order online at use yearbook ID code 9200019

A big Thank You! to Ms. Schmidt for putting the yearbook together this year!

School Board Meetings Available through YouTube

All School Board Meetings and Work Sessions will now be taped and available for viewing the day after the meetings take place. To view, visit the Manassas Park School Board Channel on YouTube. Type “Manassas Park School Board” into the YouTube search engine or visit the channel here –

Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest

Again this year Cougar students will be participating in the Zaner-Blowzer National Handwriting Contest. The contest focuses on legibility, paying attention to the shape, size, and slant of each letter, as well as the spacing between them. We look forward to seeing your child's best handwriting!

BEACON English Classes

English classes will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm - 9pm at the MP Recreation Center. The cost is only $55 per semester, book included. Registration will take place Tuesday, February 26th, and Thursday, February 28th, from 6:30pm – 8pm at MP Parks & Rec. Attached is a flyer. Flyers will also be available in each of our school’s Main Office.

In addition, BEACON is seeking volunteers to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). No experience necessary. Please see attached flyer for more information

Upcoming Events


11 Superintendent's Listening Tour 6:59 DeBolt Auditorium

12 100th Day of School Celebration

13 PTO Spirit Night - Chick fil A

18 No School-President's Day

21 Family Market MPHS

27 PTO Spirit Night - Preston's Pub


1 Interim Reports Home

7 Fine Arts Night 6 PM

12 PTO Meeting 6:30 Cougar

13 PTO Spirit Night Chick-Fil-A

19 Tornado Drill 9:30 AM

21 Family Market

22 Betty and Marie's Spirit Night

28 End of Third Quarter

29 Parent Teacher Conferences - No School


1 Book Fair 8:30-4:00

2 Book Fair and Bedtime Read 8:30-8:00

3 Book Fair 8:30-4:00

4 Book Fair 8:30-5:00

5 Book Fair 8:30 - noon

Box Tops for Education

Our school participates in the Box Tops For Education program. We earn money for redeeming the pink box tops located on items such as tissues, snacks, markers, and paper. In the past we have used these funds to purchase items for the general school population such as parachutes for PE and water/sand boxes for Science experiments. As you are organizing and storing your new school supplies, please take a few minutes to locate the box tops and just “rip them off” the packaging and then send them in to school.

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Free and Reduced meals are available to qualifying families based on household income. Families must reapply every year in order to take advantage of this benefit.

The application is open and available for all families to see if they qualify. The paperwork needs to be completed in the first 30 days of school. After this time, if the paperwork is not completed, all meals charged to start the school year will be billed as full price. I encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

More information can be found here:

Stay Connected

So many exciting things happen during the school year! You can follow Cougar and Manassas Park City School on many different platforms:

You can stay connected by:

  • Checking your child's Friday Folder each week
  • Reading the CES weekly online newsletters emailed out each Friday afternoon
  • Following CES on Twitter @CESMiniCougars
  • Following MPCS on Twitter @MPCSchools
  • Liking and following the Manassas Park City Schools Facebook page
  • Checking the MPCS website frequently at
  • Following the MPC PTO on Facebook at