MoES Quarter 4 Newsletter

April 13, 2020

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Gator Families

MoES Families,

I want to extend my deepest and most sincerest gratitude to each and every one of you. During these unprecedented times you are faced with more and more challenges in an ever-changing world. In addition to the adversities you face, you are now providing a structured environment where your child can access learning. Although we may not be able to come in close contact with you, we are here to support you. If there is anything we can do, please contact the school 240-236-1400 or email me at We are in this together.

We currently do not know the extent of school closure beyond Friday, April 24th. As we receive more information, we will be sure to communicate the details with you. Please stay connected during these times with your child's teacher, the school, and members of your community. It may be through email, phone calls, or virtually but we all need the support of each other to rise up during these trying times.

Since communication is through various modes it is critical that we have updated phone numbers and email addresses in our system. If you recently changed any of your contact information, email

We want to ensure that everyone is provided with the information as it pertains to school closure, continuity of learning, and most importantly to stay connected to you and your child.

We are in this together and we will RISE UP!

Troy Barnes,

MoES Principal


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The Kids are Home.....Now What? Making the most of school closure

Dear Parents,

Work Packets: Available in the cafeteria Monday-Wednesday from 8:30 am - 9:30 am and 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. Packets can be scanned or pictures taken and emailed to the teacher at the end of each week.

Online Learning: This is still the BEST format. If you have the means, I strongly encourage you to utilize the continuity of learning through the internet. If you are having technical difficulties, please email If you are still in need of a device, please email me at or call the school at 240-236-1400.

Report cards for Quarter 3 will be mailed out on April 22nd. Grading criteria for Quarter 4 will be released by FCPS in the upcoming days. Please be on the lookout for this F.O.F message.

Although we are sending home work for your children, the days are long when school is canceled. We also wanted to put together some suggested schedules and resources for you to help the days pass more productively.

Good luck

Troy Barnes


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PATHS Students of The Month

Colella: Jose Sanchez

Huether: Kheira Barro and Samuel Carmack

Kraft: Ethan Sanchez

Zamora: Faith Wilson

Fields: Devine Sosoo

Loomer: Brielle Williams

Irons: Anthony Trejo

Wells: Brian Bruchey

Henry: Sanique Raby

Dowd: Savannah Masser

Legg: Grayden Lake

Higgins: Sophie Thomas

Douds: Jordan Kane

Poland-McMahon: McKayden Roseby

DeBoy: Andrews

Moore: Hamzah Wangabi

Katsifis: Marianni Mejia

Berg: Eli Diggs

Magolon: Razhlee Thompson

Baugher: Ryan Clary

Sinclair: Roman Singletary

Abbinanti: Yasir

Hargett: CJ Beaucage and Gianna Shippey

Soward: Isiah C

Wise: Jonas Hubner

Greene: Jacob Jackson

Richmond: Jaydon

Neverosky: Angelique Barrera Menendez

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Grade 5 Students

MoES and our wonderful PTA are still planning on holding our annual Bridge Ceremony and picnic for our fabulous 5th graders. The date and time of the event will be determined after we get through COVID 19. This may be in June, Summer, or Fall but we will celebrate our 5th Graders!
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Community Resources

Resources in Spanish

Resources in English

2020 Summer Camp: FCPS World Languages Department--> Crestwood Middle School

July 6th - 9th and July 13th - 16th 8:30 am - 2:00pm

Learn basic phrases, numbers, colors, and names of foods in ASL, French, German, Latin, and Spanish.

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020

Limited to 100 students

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A Sample Day with Ideas to Help Fill the Time

*Disclaimer: what follows is a pretty packed day with a lot of transitions. The purpose here is not to impose a structure but to offer ideas for how to break up the time. Think of it as a menu of options; pick and choose what works for your children and your family.

8:00 Make breakfast together and watch morning announcements

9:00 An hour of schoolwork (ELA and Math)

10:00 Break

11:00 Exercise/Yoga/Mindfulness Activities

12:00 Make lunch together

1:00 A half hour to an hour of schoolwork (Science/Social Studies and Specials/PATHS)

2:00 Exercise/Yoga/Mindfulness Activities

3:00 Healthy Snack

4:00 Family Time (Movie, TV, Game, Activity, Reading)

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Baking = great STEM learning

Looking for fun at-home STEM enrichment? Try a baking project (or any cooking, really). Use cooking as a way to discuss measurement and fractions. Is a quarter of a cup of oil different than a quarter of a cup of sugar? How many quarter cups are needed for one cup? What would that same measurement be in grams?

After you've done all the measuring, then you can think about the chemistry of cooking. At what temperature does butter melt? Or water boil? You and your child can generate hundreds of questions and answers about math and science by the simple act of making cookies.

Then, once those cookies are made, there are all kinds of story problems! If everyone in the family gets an equal number of cookies, how many cookies does each person get? What about the ethical dimensions of cookie-making? Who should get the most? The person who cooks? Who cleans? Who buys the groceries? Or should everyone get an equal amount? Or should we freeze them and give them to Mr. Barnes when we see him?

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Early Childhood Registration

Registration will occur this and process TBD

Stay connected with F.O.F for more information and details.

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Great topics for studying together

Here are three topics you could research with your child:

1) Finish our unit of study for Women's History Month: research a woman and define the contribution she made to you, our society, and/or our world.

2) Research various board games and how they were designed/created. Design your own board game and play with your family.

3) 50 years ago Apollo 13.....check out the relentlessness that the crew had to have in order for them to return home.