MVMPCS Monday eNews 2/8/16

Community news, updates, reminders, & events

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What's going on this week?

This Week:

  • Monday, Feb. 8: Talent Show Tickets for SALE!
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9: Report Cards Sent Home, GC Work Session 7
  • Friday, Feb. 12: Talent Show!


  • Monday, Feb. 15: No School, Presidents' Day
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16: No School, Teacher Work Day
  • March 7-11: MSA Science for grades 5 & 8

Staffing Changes and a Warm Welcome!

Jennifer McClung (Miss Jennifer) will be the new instructional assistant in Miss Heidi's Primary classroom. For the past two years, Jennifer has been a special education instructional assistant at MVMPCS. We are thrilled to be able to have her join our Primary teams.

Taking over the role of special education instructional assistant will be Brooke Sydnor. Welcome, Brooke, we are excited to have you join our team!

MVMCPS Middle School Students Give Back to Frederick

Our students took the winter woolens they collected and placed them in various locations where those less fortunate and often homeless frequently pass. Thank you, MVM families, for your donations of scarves, mittens, socks, hats, etc.

They attached notes that read: ...we care about to a good home...need one, take one...and hung them with care.

We love that our students are learning about the power of doing for others. Keep it up, MS. Keep paying it forward.

Thank you, MVM Families, for your contributions!

Update for 6th Grade Field Trip Tuesday, Feb. 23

Hi there 6th grade parents:

Our trip to the Holocaust Museum (originally set for last week) is now re-scheduled for Tuesday, February 23. For ease of effort, we will just use the permission slip that you completed for the original date. If you have yet to complete and return a permission slip, now is your chance. The cost of the trip is $15; permission slips and money are due by Monday, Feb 22.

If you originally agreed to chaperon and are still interested, please do nothing and we will keep you on the list. If you agreed to chaperon and NOW CANNOT, please let your child's classroom teacher or Ms. Venus ( know as soon as possible!

All-Country Chorus During Friday's Practice

MVM Students Represent at All-County Chorus and Orchestra

Miss Shannon prepared the students well! Lauren, Leila, Quinn, and Matthew were awesome. Amazing job during the performance at TJ High School Saturday night.
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MVMPCS's Talent Show

Friday, Feb. 12th, 6:30pm

217 Dill Avenue

Frederick, MD

Tickets on sale Monday, Feb. 8!!

$6 Adult

$3 Child

More Talent Show Info

1. Tickets sales begin Monday February 8th and will be sold through Wednesday the 10th. Monday, tickets will be sold at both drop off and pickup, and Tuesday and Wednesday they will be sold at pickup only. (There will be actual tickets this year.)

2. Ticket prices are Adults $6 and Children $3

**Performers (adults or children) do not need to actually purchase their ticket, theirs will be complimentary. All others, staff included, must purchase. (All proceeds go to MMCI)

3. We need 2-3 volunteers to supervise the 15 minute intermission snack table. Please notify Dina Karakus if you are interested.

4. We are accepting snack food and water donations for the intermission. Individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars, pretzels bags, fruit snacks, goldfish, clementines, small bottles of water, etc., would all be greatly appreciated. Items should be dropped off during either rehearsal after school on Wednesday or Thursday. If you intend to bring donated items on Friday, please inform Dina Karakus.

5. 1-2 Volunteers needed at 6pm to collect tickets in the lobby before the show.

Thank you in advance for you generous donations and time! This is always a fun event and we look forward to another great show!!

Any questions, email:

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8th Graders: Reminder about High School Information Nights

Interested in learning more about the IB Program at Urbana High School?

The UHS IB Student Showcase and Auction is Feb. 25th.

This event because it is a great time for MVM middle schoolers (6th or 7th graders, or for 8th graders who have already applied) to come and learn what the IB Program is all about.

Current IB students are on hand to talk about their projects and answer questions about the program.

Read the press release below for further details.

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Get whisked away by the music and spirit of the Emerald Isle in three hilarious and action-packed Irish folk tales!

This uplifting, comic musical glitters like a gem with its peaceful Celtic melodies, clever dialogue, and slapstick humor to inspire many a chuckle in the wee as well as the old!


Thursday, March 17th & Friday, March 18th

Show time: 6 pm.

Tickets go on sale for the MVMPCS Spring production on February 15.

Watch for a link to the Showtix4u Box Office in the near future.

Please email with any questions.

A Great Resource at our Public Libraries!

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Fundraising Totals to Date

The Fundraising Committee is happy to report the following Fundraiser Totals.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our education community.

MVMPCS Fundraising Totals:

Curious Iguana Bookfair $1188.00

Spiritwear Shirts & Stuff $573.45

KidStuff Coupon Books $1,430.00

Catotin Popcorn Sales $656.40

Hi-Mowing Seed Sales $222.75


TOTAL: $4,070.60

Everyone who has placed an order for any of the above fundraisers should have received their items by this time.

Please e-mail if you have any outstanding issues with your orders.

We have a few KidStuff Coupon Books available if anyone would like to get an additional book, e-mail ASAP.

We have 8 out-standing payments, if you have received a notice that payment is due, please submit your payment to MMCI by Feb. 15th.

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MMCI Community,

If you’re interested in hearing more about Charter School law, consider attending the below event.

School Choice and the Maryland Charter School Law

Wednesday, February 10 at 7pm

8445 Spires Way, Suite CC in Frederick, MD

Mr. Smith, a nationally-recognized expert on education policy and reform, will lead a discussion about state charter school laws and how we can influence charter school improvements in our community.

Some topics of discussion will include:

  • What are your choices in public education and why choice is important?
  • What entails a good charter law and how does the Maryland law fall short?
  • How did the evolution of the successful Washington DC charter school system differ from Maryland?
  • What are the main catalysts and pitfalls to the success of a charter school?
  • How important is charter autonomy?

Nelson Smith is a Senior Advisor to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He served as President, CEO and Senior Advisor for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Vice President for Policy and Governance at New American Schools, Executive Director of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board; Vice President for Education and Workforce Development at the New York City Partnership; and Director of Programs for the Improvement of Practice at the U.S. Department of Education.

He has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and in 2010 was given a Career Achievement Award from New Schools Venture Fund, recognizing his quarter-century of leadership in education reform.

In June 2015, he was inducted into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame. His series on statewide school-turnaround efforts, for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, is called Redefining the School District in America. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.

The event is open to the public. For more information, please visit

Melissa Najera

MMCI President