January 10, 2021

News & Notes from Ms. Kapuchuck!

Dear MVES Families,

I hope you have had a restful weekend filled with family time! I know that all of us are working through many emotions and feelings following last week's events at the Capitol, especially when it comes to talking with our children about what they may have seen or heard on the news. Below, I have included an article that provides some helpful strategies to consider if children demonstrate fear or uncertainty about their safety.

What to Say to Kids When the News is Scary

The DEADLINE FOR THE RCPS SURVEY is TOMORROW (January 11th). If you wish to request placement changes for your child- either switching your child from the Home Learning Academy to in person learning, or switching from in person learning to the Home Learning Academy, the survey you received from RCPS is due tomorrow (Monday, January 11th). If your child is enrolled in the Home Learning Academy, you will need to designate whether you prefer morning or afternoon instruction. We will not be able to accept any changes to educational preference after tomorrow (Monday, January 11th), therefore please make sure you complete the survey ASAP if you wish to make a change.

As a reminder, RCPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 18th. Enjoy the three day weekend with your family!

Please read the important information below. Have a great week!



January 11th and 12th: Snowflake vs. CandyCane- wear your favorite blue and white or red and white combination!

January 14th and 15th: Disney Days!

January 19th- SPORTS DAY!

January 21st and 22nd- Boggins, Boots, and Flannel Days!

January 25th and 26th- Hibernation Days! Wear your PJs!

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Duke Dog Reading Program

The Duke Dog Reading program will run from Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 until Friday, January 8th, 2021. Due to the current pandemic, we will not be collecting paperwork at school. Instead, parents must submit evidence of student completion of their reading online once they are done! The submission form will be available starting Monday, November 30th at 6 am, can be found at under "Parent Information", and must be completed by Friday, January 15th, 2021.

*The goal for students in grades PK-3 is to read 5 books.

*The goal for students in grades 4-5 is to read 3 books.

Students who reach this goal will receive:

-3 digital ticket vouchers, which admits the student and 2 additional guests to a future JMU football game, tentatively for the Fall 2021 football season. A valid parent email will need to be provided to receive ticket vouchers.

-a digital coupon for Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, located in Harrisonburg

-be entered to win a $529 Invest529 college savings account, courtesy of Virginia529

Free Meals for Students

Please see attached forms about free take home meals for students. If you would like to receive these free meals and are unable to drop off the form please call the office 438-1965.

Consulte los formularios adjuntos sobre comidas gratuitas para llevar a casa para los estudiantes. Si desea recibir estas comidas gratis y no puede entregar el formulario, llame a la oficina 438-1965.