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 email@example.com.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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:
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.
STEM and Specials
- 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
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?
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.
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
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.
Students' Desk Items and Supplies from Last School Year
School Board Meetings and Work Sessions Available on YouTube!
Ways to Support the PTO and our schools
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!
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!
MPCS School Board Meeting
Monday, September 21
School Board Meeting Room (available to watch live on YouTube)