MPES Connection

September 11, 2020

Message from Mrs. Mamon

We had a great first week of school! Even through the screens, you could feel the excitement as our students and teachers came together to kick off the new school year. The level of engagement was very high every day this week. I was extremely impressed with how well our students, teachers and families did in navigating this new learning environment. Everyone is trying their very best and most importantly remaining positive. We are all learning and every little bump we encounter will only make us better!


A reminder that Mondays are a school day! Homeroom teachers will start the day with a live class meeting from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (through Zoom) Students will then work on independent learning activities that his/her teacher assigns for the remainder of the day. Teachers will use this time to plan, collaborate with other teachers and participate in professional learning. Attendance will be taken on Mondays, so please do your best to have your child attend the live class meeting and complete their assigned work.


Just like last spring, I am asking families to please send pictures of our students learning at home! I love seeing and sharing them in my weekly newsletters. Snap a picture and send it to me at stacey.mamon@mpark.net.


Have a wonderful weekend!


Sincerely,

Stacey Mamon

Principal

FREE School Meals in the Community

MPCS is providing FREE lunches to students! Lunches can be picked up at 19 different locations throughout the Manassas Park community.


Meals can be picked up by walking to your closest bus stop Monday - Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


Click on the link below to see the map with pick up locations:


Meal Distribution Locations Map


Parents/Guardians may pick up meals without a student present. Staff will request parents/guardians provide proof of student enrollment in the form of a student ID card, report card, or other school documentation with the child’s name printed on the document.

Need IT Support?

Please email it.support@mpark.net.


Please make sure you include your student's name, the device type, and a detailed description of the problem.

STEM and Specials

This year, in our virtual return to school, our STEM and specials look a little different.


  • Each child will participate in two STEM/Specials classes a day (art, instrumental and vocal music, PE, library and Counseling Connection).
  • Each student will have one 30 minute class in the morning and another 30 minute class in the afternoon.
  • Each day, one of those 30 minute classes will be live (synchronous) with the STEM or specials teacher and the other 30 minute class will be independent (asynchronous).
  • During the independent (asynchronous) class, students will participate in activities planned by the STEM or specials teacher.


The transitions to the STEM and specials classes were a little bumpy this first week, but we have made some adjustments to help make things go smoother. STEM and specials are an important part of our students' learning and we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to participate!

MPES Office Hours

Please note that Manassas Park City Schools continues to be open to our families and the public by appointment only. Our phones will be answered between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please call our main office at (703)368-2032 during this time with any questions or to schedule an appointment. You can also email me any time at stacey.mamon@mpark.net with any questions.

Counselor Corner

Tips from Ms. Rose and Ms. Rupert

Throughout virtual learning, it is very possible that we may have to overcome different obstacles.


One obstacle may be that your internet goes out at home. First take a deep breath in, it's ok! Click on the button below for a list of non-digital learning activities to have on hand if your internet goes out. Afterwards, please contact your child’s teacher to let them know that you were having trouble with your internet connection.


If you notice your child getting antsy, frustrated or overwhelmed, providing them with a “Brain Break” might just be the trick. “Brain Breaks” allow students to let out some energy and have a small moment away from learning. Once their “Brain Break” is done, it is back to learning!

A good tip is to set the child up with “If you complete your math, then you can have a brain break.” Set the timer for 3 -5 minutes, when the timer runs out its time to go back to learning. Your child’s teacher might also have “brain breaks” included throughout the day.


If you notice that your child is becoming frustrated or overwhelmed on a more frequent basis, please reach out to his/her classroom teacher, Ms. Rose or Ms. Rupert.

What does Synchronous and Asynchronous Mean?

You have heard these two words a lot lately! Read below to find out what they mean and how they will each look in your child's virtual school day.


SYNCHRONOUS

In synchronous learning, students experience learning activities at the same time...LIVE. All of our synchronous (LIVE) learning will take place using ZOOM.


Synchronous (LIVE) learning puts the student into direct contact with a teacher and his/her classmates.


Examples of synchronous (LIVE) learning might include:


  • Live video conference for a morning meeting
  • Live science demonstration that all students watch together
  • Live discussion of a book students are reading
  • The use of digital tools where information is presented by a teacher and students can interact and discuss live during a lesson


*For student and family privacy reasons, teachers will NOT be recording any live ZOOM sessions.


ASYNCHRONOUS

In asynchronous learning, students work on learning on their own. The teacher will assign activities through Canvas for students to work on independently.


Examples of asynchronous assignments might include:


  • Reading and taking notes
  • Watching instructional videos and answering questions
  • Completing projects
  • Practicing a new skill
  • Solving math problems
  • Researching a topic
  • Working independently in an online program (ex. Achieve3000, Imagine Math, Exact Path)
  • Participating in an online discussion board

MPES Virtual Learning Schedules

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Contact Information

Please log into your PowerSchool parent portal account and make sure that we have your correct email address and phone number on file. Please call our main office at (703)368-2032 if you need assistance. We want to make sure that you don't miss any important information that is sent home this year!

MPCS Returning Forward Learning Plan and Health Plan

On Monday, August 17th, the school board approved the Health Plan and Learning Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. These two important documents are guiding our return forward this year and include many details about what our learning environment will look like. I encourage you to take some time to read them before school begins on Tuesday, September 8th.


MPCS Returning Forward Learning Plan 2020-2021


MPCS Health Plan

19-20 Yearbooks

We do have 19-20 yearbooks still available to purchase!. Yearbooks are $20.00, cash or check made out to MPE. If you would like to purchase a yearbook or you ordered one but weren't able to pick it up this past week, please call the office to set up an appointment to come purchase or pick up in our main office.

Students' Desk Items and Supplies from Last School Year

This past week, families of all students currently in 1st through 5th grade had the opportunity to pick up a Chromebook, their belongings from last school year, a special At Home Learning kit and a 19-20 yearbook if they ordered one. If you weren't able to visit the school during one of the distribution windows this week, please call our main office to set up a time to come and do so.

School Board Meetings and Work Sessions Available on YouTube!

All School Board Meetings and Work Sessions are 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 – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD7dQVX8-0Awc7AVgF3RSMQ.

Ways to Support the PTO and our schools

Amazon Smile
Start your shopping at smile.amazon.com! All it takes is a Smile to help raise money for our schools! If you are already an Amazon shopper, be sure to link your account to the Manassas Park Cougar Parent Teacher Organization and do your shopping directly on smile.amazon.com. A percentage of your order amount will be donated back to the schools!


Shoparoo Mobile App
Support our schools by downloading the Shoparoo Mobile App to your mobile device! After each of your grocery store shopping trips, open the app and snap a picture of your receipt! That's all it takes to earn money for our schools!


Harris Teeter VIC Card
Do you shop at Harris Teeter? Do you have a VIC Loyalty Card? Helping our schools to earn extra cash is as simple as visiting www.harristeeter.com and following the online steps to link your VIC card to both Cougar and Manassas Park Elementary!

Stay Connected!

There will be many exciting things happening throughout the next school year. I encourage you to stay up-to-date with important information and follow highlights of our learning at MPES and in Manassas Park City Schools.


You can stay connected by:


  • Checking your child's Monday Folder each week
  • Reading the MPES weekly online newsletters emailed out each Friday afternoon
  • Following MPES on Twitter @MPEScougars
  • Following MPCS on Twitter @MPCSchools
  • Liking and following the Manassas Park City Schools Facebook page
  • Checking the MPCS website frequently at www.mpark.net


Be sure to also keep up to date with PTO happenings!

Upcoming Dates

MPCS School Board Meeting

Monday, September 21

6:59 p.m.

School Board Meeting Room (available to watch live on YouTube)

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