MVSD Family Engagement Newsletter

October 2021

Happy Harvest!

Fall is always the season of Harvest! As we enter the season of cooler weather and longer nights, it is often a time to come together and enjoy the family! Remember to continue to plant the seeds of hope and promise and harvest the love your family creates! Read a book, enjoy a video, sing a song, laugh, and dance!

This week you will have some time to connect with your child's teacher. Build that partnership that will help your child feel that they are part of a TEAM effort! Everyone is there to coach and support them to get to that finish line! We encourage you to ask questions and see how you can best support your child.

Happy Harvest!

parent conferences

This Wednesday, October 13, 2021, is a student-free day due to Parent/Teacher Conferences.
Classes will resume on Thursday, October 14, 2021.

Monday, November 1st, 2021 will also be a student free day for staff development.

Down below are a few questions that can help you prepare for parent conferences.

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Technology Trainings

Sign up for our parent technology trainings to refine your technological knowledge to help your student at home and prepare for the job market.
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Virtual Town Hall#2

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CPAC Meeting

Join us for our Consolidated Parent Advisory Meeting on October 15, 2021. We will be discussing Goal Setting After Parent Conferences and the strength of Curiosity. Click on the link down below to join the meeting.
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Parent Trainings

We invite you to join our Sharing Circle for Parents to learn how to be engaged in your student's education. If a parent does not have a device, a device will be loaned out to them to participate in the workshops.
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Free COVID-19 Testing & Vaccinations

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Social Emotional Learning Strength-Curiosity

Use Literature to Foster Wonderings

Families should follow the child’s interests and curiosities and expand upon them to build a world of information around books they read.

  • Search for the setting of the book on the internet.

  • Visit a location in the book or use the book to take a virtual tour.

  • Keep a wall of wonderings.

The Starfish Story

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I made a difference for that one.”

Submit your ideas, activities, or wonderings about the value of having Curiosity to our email down below.

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Celebrate a Sweet and Healthy Halloween!

October is a wonderful time to start new traditions. Celebrating Halloween in a healthy way isn’t about giving up all the treats. Including family fun activities with limited sweets is a great way to enjoy the season. A scavenger hunt – give your kids a list of Halloween themed things to look for outdoors, like different types of decorations or hide stickers, small plastic spiders or themed pencils and erasers for them to find. Hold a virtual costume party online or have a Halloween craft or pumpkin carving party with the family. Don’t have a pumpkin? Decorate tangerines to look like pumpkins. Use themed cookie cutters to make your favorite food look ghoulishly delicious! Above all, enjoy quality time together.